During this year’s Venice Biennale, Sir Norman Foster presented about a port that his firm has designed for drones. Designed for Rwanda, the “droneport” is meant “to service difficult to reach hospitals with medical supplies across inaccessible and rural” areas. The design is composed of rammed earth arches that are built from local soil to reduce the cost of construction. This article by Failed Architecture elaborates upon the conditions in Rwanda and is critical about the potential effects (or lack thereof) of Foster’s project upon the socio-political milieu.
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Researchers at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands are developing a self-healing concrete. Its cement paste has been infused with harmless, dormant bacteria that becomes active when in contact with rainwater. This would cause cracks in the concrete to be filled. Reportedly, the most complicated part of developing the technology was ensuring that the “healing agent particles” were not disturbed during the initial concrete mixing process.
Source: The Future of Things
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects have revealed the first renderings of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be completed in 2021. The library will be located in Jackson Park in Chicago, and is designed to “seamlessly integrate into the park and the community,” per the request of the Obamas. The museum portion of the complex is a multi-storied, stone clad structure that will sit opposite the horizontally oriented library. Landscaping will wrap around the museum and atop the library, which opens up to a public plaza. Barack and Michelle Obama presented the concept design and site plan at an event on May 3.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration asked Snøhetta to produce renderings for the conceptual design of a long tunnel underneath the Stad peninsula to connect between two fjords. It is estimated that “between 70 and 120 ships” would pass through this mile-long tunnel daily. This construction has been considered for many, many years. “Historians have even discovered that Vikings often preferred to portage their ships” over this distance than to endure the ship ride all the way around the peninsula.
In an article for Metropolis, Sam Jacob explains that the proliferation of photo-realistic renderings has brought about a resurgence in drawing. He argues that today’s architects who have been raised in a digital world are fascinated with “the super-collage possibilities of Photoshop and the extreme flatness of Illustrator that established a different kind of image discourse: one that considered other types of digital space, other forms of graphic quality, and simultaneously a set of alternative architectural propositions.” It seems that the envisioned all-digital future of architecture may appear the way we foresaw.
On October 5, 2016, Autodesk announced “the opening of its Boston-based Autodesk Building, Innovation, Learning and Design (BUILD) Space, a unique industrial workshop and innovation studio focused on the future of making things in the built environment.” The space allows designers to utilize specialty equipment such as waterjet cutters, robots, routers, and a 5-ton crane. There is a “BUILDers in Residence program” for which project teams may apply and, once admitted, may participate free of charge as long as the team provides its own materials.
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Spanish architect David Romero has created a series of renderings that portray the missing works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Two of the works were demolished, including the Larkin Administration Building and the Rose Pauson House, while one of the works—the Trinity Chapel—was never built. Using AutoCad, 3dsMax, Vray, and Photoshop, Romero recreated these works of architecture so that current generations could enjoy them. Although Romero was forced to take some liberties with the buildings, the renderings are meant to portray Wright’s ideas as accurately as possible.
The tale of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House will soon become a major feature film. The movie, starring Jeff Bridges as Mies and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Dr. Edith Farnsworth, chronicles the now-debunked tale of the passionate and ill-fated client-architect relationship. No further details have been released about the film, but the pairing of romance and architecture is sure to draw fans from all over.
A new study conducted by Indiana University’s National Study of Student Engagement claims that architecture majors spend more time out of the classroom studying or working on projects than any other major. Coming in at a whopping 22.2 hours of additional work a week compared to a communications major’s 12.18 hours a week or an engineering student’s 19.66 hours a week, architecture majors seem to live in their studios more than they live in their dorms. How many hours a week do you spend in the studio?
What happens when you combine a profession terrified of kitsch with the cheesiest tradition of all? Archdaily answers the question for us with “105 Valentines for Architects and Architecture Lovers.” The cards range from architecture-related puns to building forms in the shape of hearts. There’s no better way to express your love for trusses, Autodesk, and Loos than with these fun Valentines.
Italian artist Grégoire Dupond’s has stitched together sixteen Piranesi etchings in a dynamic animation. The eleven minute long video projects Piranesi’s etchings on a three-dimensional plane, taking the viewer on a trip through the fictional prisons in the “Carceri” series. The original prints, first published in 1750, portray a fictional labyrinth prison that evoke a dream world created in Piranesi’s mind. The animation presents the surreal etchings in a startlingly realistic light; as the video progresses, the viewer feels as though they are a visitor in Piranesi’s world.
Source: Gregoire Dupond
The Design Museum of London has awarded the 2016 Beazley Design of the Year award to Ikea for its flat-packed “Better Shelter.” The refugee shelter features a solar-powered wall and can be assembled in four hours. Currently, over 30,000 of these shelters are in use all over the world, offering privacy and comfort to those displaced by conflicts and disasters. The “Better Shelter” can be dismantled and reassembled in a few hours, making it a practical solution for those seeking temporary housing.