Saturday, July 30, 2016

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE: 2016 Pritzker Laureate Alejandro Aravena Makes His Public Housing Designs Open Source

Villa Verde Housing in Constitución, Chile

Villa Verde Housing in Constitución, Chile

The 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, has made the plans for four of his public housing projects available for free online, a move emblematic of an effort by his firm, Elemental, to design better social housing and to make it more widely available, particularly to underrepresented communities. The announcement was made during a press conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York, a day after the Pritzker awards ceremony there. The projects, all located in Chile, are Quinta Monroy Housing, in Iquique; Villa Verde Housing, in Constitución; Monterrey Housing, in Monterrey; and Lo Barnechea, in Santiago.


Monday, July 4, 2016

THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER: Gould Evans transforms Brutalist library into community hub

With declining public interest in an outdated 1970s exposed concrete library in Lawrence, Kansas, Gould Evans worked closely with residents, downtown neighborhood groups, and the library to establish primary goals for a renovation that sought to cover a broad base of community interests. Out of this extensive dialogue, the project team identified a design concept that promoted better contextual awareness between the library and the city through a new main entryway, a more functional threshold between the library and the surrounding community, and improved energy performance.

After an extensive energy modeling and analysis on the existing structure by Syska Hennessy Group, it was discovered that the building lost significant energy and lacked adequate levels of daylight due to the arrangement of exposed concrete fins that acted like a giant radiator during hot days.


Friday, July 1, 2016

DEZEEN: George Lucas abandons Chicago museum proposal in favour of California

Lucas museum by MAD

Filmmaker George Lucas has confirmed that he is pulling his MAD-designed museum from Chicago and plans to move the proposal to America's West Coast.

The Star Wars creator announced last week that he is ending his bid to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a lakefront car park in the Illinois city, after an ongoing lawsuit attempting to block the building.

The injunction has threatened the project since it was filed in November 2014 by organisation Friends of the Parks, which argues that the museum is a private development on public land and would spoil the area.


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