Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize

Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London’s Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation’s mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER

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Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten

Architects: Abendroth Architekten
Location: 7361 Strebersdorf, Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Abendroth Architekten

Project Manager: D.I. Michael Klauser
Landscape Architecture: D.I. Ulrike Seher, Gruenhoch3
Building Physics: Schöberl und Pöll GmbH
Building Services: Kerschbaum Installations
Statics: D.I. Gerhard Hejkrlik

From the architect. Energy efficient residential poject for two families. The two houses together with the neighboring buildings form a cozy courtyard. The south garden offers much peace and quiet, away from the street noise. All living rooms have a direct connection to the outdoor space. The numerous balconies and terraces are well interconnected.

Both houses are provided with a controlled ventilation system. Additional heating is supplied by a common ground water heat pump and distributed through a ground heating system. In addition to that, fireplace fixtures have been foreseen for room-independantly ventilated single-room fireplaces. Aside from extensive heat storing volumes reached through massive construction, a cooling opportunity through the ground heating system is also available.

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Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten First Floor Plan
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Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten North Elevation
Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten South Elevation

Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 21 Nov 2014.

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Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities

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Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.

The architecture profession is back on the rise as the American economy recovers, according to NCARB’s 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. For starters, the number of architects has grown by 3.1 percent since 2011.

Collecting data from all 54 U.S. territories (including District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the 2014 survey states that there are 107,581 architects in the U.S., which is a 1.6 percent increase from last year. California is listed with the highest total number of added architects at 20,595, followed by New York at 16,809. Data collected for the fall 2014 survey also reflect registration levels from July 2013 to June 2014.

Findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show similar upward trends. In just the last two months, architecture and engineering services added 5,000 new jobs in September and 2,900 new jobs in October.

Earlier this year, NCARB made major announcements regarding licensure upon graduation as well as major mo…

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Erskineville Studio / Pivot

Architects: Pivot
Location: Erskineville NSW, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Justin Alexander

From the architect. The project is for a secondary dwelling which will be used as an art studio and home office. The project is characterized by its high level external aesthetic detailing.

A black glazed brick is chosen as the base building material with a cedar wall panelling system used as a secondary decorative cladding.

The timber panelling is both decorative and functional with it being used as rotating timber shutters over the northern level 1 window which reveals splashes of colour and tone in a rotated position.

The panelling arrangement acts as a ribbon, wrapping and shrouding the building whilst providing notions of flow and direction through its fluid and curvilinear arrangement and articulation.

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Erskineville Studio / Pivot originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 21 Nov 2014.

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Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall

The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of

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Winning Proposals “Reanimate the Ruins” of Detroit’s Packard Motor Plant

Parallel Projections has announced the winners of the Reanimate the Ruins competition, an international challenge to redesign and memorialize Detroit’s historic Packard Motor Plant. The competition called for designers to simultaneously honor Detroit’s history, while envisioning a future of technological, social, and aesthetic healing.

This year’s jury has selected three winners and six honorable mentions. Read more after the break to explore the award-winning proposals.

First Place: Cross the Plant / Nadau Lavergne Architects


The winning proposal follows a five step process: Open Up, Connect, Reinvest, Attract, Develop. A large scale, cross-shaped urban planning project, the design emphasizes the importance of eliminating poor existing structures, providing public transportation systems and soft mobility facilities to establish connections, and offer environmental healing by restoring surrounding buildings and supporting local farming. The plan also calls for the development of sports facilities, public spaces, cultural and social facilities, safety amenities, schooling, housing, and an international museum to attract visitors and create a dynamic social hub. More about the proposal, here.

Second Place: The Packard Belt / Javier Galindo


The second place project derives inspiration from the Serpentine/Poly-V belt in a car engine. Building on the historic importance of the automobile, the project uses the connective and unifying metaphor of the Poly-V belt to propose a “multifunctional cultural promenade that uses the car as its primary circulation mode.” This sinuous promenade simultaneously breaks up a large scale mixed use urban site into more sensitive parcels, and serves to connect each smaller part to unify the entire complex. Terraced landscape surrounds the site and mediates between visitors, residents, and city.

Third Place: Ecological Engineering Center Detroit / Toni Yli-Suvanto


The third place project imagines a way to convert the contributing elements of environmental degradation into a site that promotes healing. The designer creates an integrated system of ecological, economic, and social rejuvenation. The project enables waste purification, food, water, and biological energy production, climate change mitigation, diverse employment opportunities, and healthy community involvement and interaction.

Honorable Mention: Packard City / Bastian Gerner and Pola Rebecca Koch

Honorable Mention: Hollow Grounds: Reconceiving Packard as an Urban Archipelago / Samaa Elimam and James Leng

Honorable Mention: Higher Calling: Establishing a Spiritual Mycoremediation Corriador for Detroit / Tak Stewart, Arnulfo Ramirez, and Giselle Altea

Honorable Mention: Augmented Chassis: Crowd-sourcing the Detroit Streetscape / Jason Butz and Akshita Sivakumar

Honorable Mention: packard[Model D]etroit / Dominic Walbridge, Michael Miller, Yan Ding, and Rossy Iovtcheva

Honorable Mention: Urban Paradox: Architectural Iteration to Paranoiac Tensions / Chun Shing Tsui

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Winning Proposals “Reanimate the Ruins” of Detroit's Packard Motor Plant originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 21 Nov 2014.

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