+POOL, Tile by Tile – Kickstarter


It seems every summer day we look out into the Boston Harbor or NYC rivers, and one mentions how awesome it would be to just jump into the water.  +Pool is still pushing forward to make this a reality in NYC.  One of the largest civic kickstarters ever done and you can be a part of helping to make it a reality.  We have been following +POOL, and Archie Lee Coates, Jeffrey Franklin, Dong-Ping Wong, every since the original idea was reveled.  Float Lab is just another stepping stone in making +Pool a reality.  A smart and creative design funded by the people for the people.  It seems like a no brainier!  So make sure to check out the +Pool kickstarter after the jump!

TEAM: Archie Lee Coates, Jeffrey Franklin,  Dong-Ping Wong
KICKSTARTER: +Pool, Tile by Tile
YEAR: 2013

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PIN architecture – JAN 2013 Competition


Some of the best designs and innovations are quick and dirty scribbles on a dirty napkin. So why do architecture competition require 6 boards of pretty images and sections, just to get the root idea across? PIN architecture is a way for students, designers, and professionals to quickly participate in a monthly competition. There is no fee to participate and no eligibility requirements. You are forced to keep your idea within a 4 inch diameter circle. A great competition to help flex professionals and students design muscles in a monthly competition. We look forward to throwing down ourselves and see what comes out of these competitions!

COMPETITION: pinarchitecture.blogspot.com
YEAR: Jan 2013

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Natural Prosthesis – José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal

A project out of BLUE at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, which is a design research laboratory at the school.  They take an experimental approach towards today’s digital fabrication and computational technologies to expand architectural boundaries.  Natural Prosthesis by José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal takes an ecological approach to how built architecture can interact with the machine that is nature.  They didn’t take the approach of nature being this pristine perfect form, but an ever changing organism as a whole, and how can architecture better approach and connect with this system.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal
CRITICS: Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez
COURSE: Master in Architecture & Urbanism AADRL
YEAR: 2012

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Para Eco-House – Tongji University

Tongji University’s Solar Decathlon project the “Para Eco-House” is a blend between parametric design and ecological innovation.  At first glance you can already see the integration of the parametric design that wraps the facade of the building.  Tongji University brought a mixture of students and professionals together to bring this project to reality.  The finish project blows away the conceptual design renderings, brought to life through the marrying of o theory in eastern philosophy and the theories of Michel Foucault in western thought.  Check it out after the jump! 

SCHOOL: Tongji University
PROFESSORS: Team Tongji University
SITE: http://solardecathlon2012.tongji.edu
YEAR: 2012

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The Bowooss Bionic Inspired Research Pavilion – Saarland University

Nature is our best resource for finding the strongest and most complex structures in the world today.  Saarland University School of Architecture teamed up with research collaborative Bowoos to investigate a bionic inspired wooden shell structure.  The results are this highly digitally fabricated temporary pavilion.  As we continue to see projects like this popping up all over the place, we are beginning to wonder what is the next step for these design studies into digital fabrication, outside of creating temporary structures? Or are we changing bringing ornamentation into built construction? 

SCHOOL: Saarland University
RESEARCH GROUP: Bowoos –  Bionic inspired wooden shell structures.
YEAR: 2012

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Today we are checking out a project from last year’s Techno-Futurism cluster lead by Chris Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.  Kyle Baumgardner approached the challenge that the city of Philadelphia is facing.  As Philly is in quest to become the ‘greenest’ city in America, but at the same time faced with the challenge of replacing the industry that keeps it alive.  Kyle pulls from the architectural notions of Yona Friedman’s, Marco Zanuso’s work, and Cedric Price’s Potteries.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Kyle Baumgardner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
COURSE: Final Thesis 
YEAR: 2012

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Aggre-Culture: Chicago’s Feedless District – Ryan Botts

We live in an age of a vastly growing population, where the demand for food is growing higher and the available land is shrinking.  The approach to organic farming and the beef industry has not radically changed enough for future demands.  Ryan Botts from Rice University, steps away from the traditional vertical farm parti, but approaches food production synthesized with dwelling.   Creating an urban farm in Chicago that combines the density of city dwelling to the heart of the agricultural world. 

STUDENT: Ryan Botts
Rice University 
YEAR: Spring 2011

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ICE[ATOME] – Noah Bentley, Sara Mackie, Dan Mills

What happens if we are forced into living within the norms of our habitat?  Or is it the buildings we design and live in today truly the foreign objects within the ecosystem?  These are the question posed by Noah Bentley, Sara Mackie, and Dan Mills in today’s post “Ice Bridge : Canadian Arctic Rehabilitation”, from the Montana State University Graduate School of Architecture.   The project is about today’s climate shift within the Arctic ecosystem between the Inuit population and animal life, and creating a nucleating agent to form ice structures.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Montana State University Graduate School of Architecture
STUDENTS: Noah Bentley, Sara Mackie, Dan Mills
PROFESSORS: Ron Shvartsman
COURSE: 5th Year Design Studio
YEAR: 2012

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Phytopia – Pablo Zunzunegui

Today F+ is showcasing an original submission by Pablo Zunzunegui with his M. Arch Thesis ‘Phytopia’, at UC Berkeley.  The project dives into the ecologies of the Amazon Forest, and designs an ecosystem between man and machine within the jungle. A radically different approach then Benjamin Badeau NATURE|MAN|MACHINE, where cities were left behind.  Pablo suggest the reinsertion of man into the jungle.  Phytopia, a Swiss Family Robinson like design, is designed to control both sunlight and rainwater exposure through mechanical intervention.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: UC Berkeley
 Pablo Zunzunegui
PROFESSORS: Ronald Rael 
COURSE: M. Arch Thesis 
YEAR: Spring 2012

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Sumbiosi – Solar Decathlon 2012 EUROPE


F+ is checking out some of the teams for the Solar Decathlon 2012 in Europe, with all the great projects and success of the event in the US we are looking forward to following the decathlon.  Today we are showcasing Sumbiosi, its title with an ancient Greek meaning, is to be 100% eco-friendly and run entirely on solar power.  Check out the rest of this project after the jump, and make sure to follow Sumbiosi’s progress on Twitter .

SCHOOL: Arts et Métiers ParisTech Bordeaux
COMPETITION: Solar Decathlon 2012 EUROPE
TEAM: Sumbiosi
YEAR: 2012

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