Lead Flow – Alexander Liew


Alexander Liew model alone is what really drew us to checking out this project. The model is rough and yet at the same time extremely playful in its architectural elements. We often lose ourselves in the world and precision of 3D modeling and laser cutting, to the point of forgetting material integrity in design. Models are not to be a perfect representation of your 3D model, but a continuation of your design language and material use. Alexander’s model impressed us by the material exploration of tying the old Canterbury Cathedral into his regeneration design. Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Alexander Liew
Canterbury School Of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Rob Nice & Allan Atlee
YEAR: 2012

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Islamic Cultural Center – Yusuf Onder – Academy of Art University San Francisco

As we move into the future the culture of religion and its place within the fabric of modern society has been greatly tossed around.  How does a religion open its doors to outsiders, and become more of a cultural center to educate rather than a polarized entity within the fabric of our cities and towns?  Yusuf Onder’s thesis encapsulates these notions with his design of an Islamic Cultural Center within the city streets of San Francisco.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL:  Academy of Art University San Francisco
STUDENT: Yusuf Onder
COURSE:  Final Thesis Project
YEAR: Fall 2011

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Field Chapel – IIT Design Build Students

Today we bring you a field chapel designed by students at IIT and built by volunteers from the local community.  The design of the chapel was such that it could be built by people without construction skills, and could be built quickly, cheaply and by the community itself.

SCHOOL: Illinois Institute of Technology
PROFESSORS: Professor Frank Flury
COURSE: Advanced Design/Build Studio
YEAR: 2009

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SACROsecular – Brian Spangler

The architectural conversation throughout history has always been integrated and intertwined with that of religion.  Religion itself is delicate, and when a building begins to dictate how one practices their religion, it becomes an even more fragile and intriguing topic of discussion.  However what happens when you get rid of the building, and integrate the progression of the cross into the fabric of Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa? 

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENT: Brian Spangler 
YEAR: 2010
COURSE: Thesis

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Exuberant Cathedral for Vienna – Xin-yu Wan – Excessive Workshop


Today we are coming at you with an extreme design project by Xin-yu Wan at the Excessive Workshop, where the proposal is to replace St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna.  The project drives through the notion of what if the Art Nouveau broke the boundaries of ornamentation and into the realm of becoming the actual structure and makeup of the building.  This project looks like it is about to fly away, but is well worth checking out the imagery after the jump!

SCHOOL: The Institute of Architecture of Vienna
Xin-yu Wan
PROFESSORS:  Hernan Diaz-Alonso
COURSE: Excessive Workshop
YEAR: 2011

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BODY BAROQUE – Yousef Al-Mehdari

Today we are kicking it old school with a project from a few years back, with yet another investigation into the .  However Yousef Al-Mehdari exploration into the ornamentation of the Baroque style is haunting, grotesque and amazing.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture
STUDENT: Yousef Al-Mehdari
YEAR: 2009

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