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BeiChen Mansion / PTArchitects

© Shanxi Studio © Shanxi Studio
  • Architects: PTArchitects
  • Location: West Coast, XiuYing District, Haikou, Hainan, China
  • Category: Showroom
  • Principal: Bin Lu, Hanhui Zeng
  • Design Team: Zhe Zhao, Ying Yang, Yingcheng Wang, Xiantao Lu, Gao Shen, Chengbei Li, Yazhong Huang, Xian Yang, Ruizhong Chen, Yining She, Yini Wang
  • Area: 206017.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Shanxi Studio

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Okada Marshall House / D'Arcy Jones Architects

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian

When Infrastructure Costs More Than Money: History’s Deadliest Projects

[ By SA Rogers in Culture & History & Travel. ]

Construction is a deadly industry. Falls, electrocution, blunt force trauma and mishaps with heavy machinery are just a few of the hazards workers face on project sites around the world, whether they’re building a small house or a massive dam. Historically, it hasn’t just been the nature of the work that makes this job so dangerous, but also attempts to cut costs and boost productivity at the expense of worker safety. Though tighter regulations have made mass worker deaths less common, they still happen, and the numbers can still be shocking.

When we calculate the costs for major infrastructure projects, we rarely include human lives in the figures. How do we do that math, anyway? Bridges, canals, tunnels, dams, railways and highways have made a lot of human “progress” possible over the last two centuries, but it’s worthwhile to consider their true toll – and remember that many of the dead were migrant workers, colonized people and prisoners.

Apparatus designs Los Angeles showroom to resemble moody paintings

Apparatus' showroom in Los Angeles

Shadowy arcades, cracked flooring and "desaturated sunset tones" form the setting for New York lighting brand Apparatus' first West Coast showroom in Los Angeles. Read more

10 Years Post-Recession, a Resilient Generation Makes Practice Work for Them

Courtesy of Atelier Cho, via CommonEdge. ImageAtelier Cho Thompson designed the offices for Food Corps, a Portland, Oregon non-profit. Courtesy of Atelier Cho, via CommonEdge. ImageAtelier Cho Thompson designed the offices for Food Corps, a Portland, Oregon non-profit.

This article was originally published on CommonEdge as "The Kids are Alright."

Economics and technology affect every profession. But since World War II perhaps no profession has experienced more technological change than architecture. These shifts occurred, paradoxically, within a well-established professional model of personal development: The guild structure of learning in the academy, then becoming professional via internship leading to licensure, has been the structure of practice for almost two centuries.

Once upon a time manual drafting with graphite or ink was applied by white males, and a single sheet master was reproduced with typed specifications added, and buildings were constructed.

That world no longer exists.  

Benedict Canyon / Whipple Russell Architects

© William MacCollum © William MacCollum

Venue B of Shanghai Westbund World Artificial Intelligence Conference / Archi-Union Architecture

B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian
  • Architects: Archi-Union Architecture
  • Location: Longtengdadao, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Archtiect: Philip F. Yuan
  • Architecture Design Team: Alex Han, Jinxi Jin, Lei Lin, Jinyu Huang, Xiao Zhang
  • 3 D Robotic Printed Pavilion Design: Ce Li, Chun Xu, Sijie Gao, Zhenxiang Huang
  • Interior: Fuzi He, Jingyan Tang
  • Structural Engineer: Zhun Zhang, Junchao Shen, Tao Huang, Rui Wang
  • Mep: Ying Yu, Yong Wang, Dawei Wei
  • Area: 8885.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tian

Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England

 via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall

Grimshaw can claim their horticultural Eden Project in Devon, South West England as being among their most iconic works. Nestled in a disused quarry, simultaneously acting as an embedded landscape feature and an alien spacecraft holding precious specimens and plants, the scheme has been celebrated as a successful modern interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept.

Having been speculated upon both in Qingdao, China, and loosely on the Planet Mars, the Architects Journal reports that Grimshaw has begun work on a new £100 million Eden Centre in Morecambe, on England’s north-west coast.

Under Armour Connected Fitness / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman
  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Architect : Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Design Team: Gregory Mottola, Douglas Speckhard, Reuben Alt, Sandy Lam, Helene Gregoire, Nicholas Backal
  • Area: 50000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Matthew Millman

Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe by Schemata Architects | Café interiors

Upon integrating Blue Bottle Coffee –– coming from America's West Coast culture –– with the machiya (traditional townhouse) located along the approach way to Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto, we continued to focus on our design concept for all of the Blue Bottle Coffee shops we designed, which is to "create equal relationships" throughout the space. The existing floor, raised 50cm above the ground conforming to a characteristic style of traditional Japanese architecture, was demolished to make a new floor level with the ground. In order to visually continue the pebbled ground into the interior, terrazzo containing the same type of pebbles as the ground was used to finish the floor. The floor inside the counter is also level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff following the same concept as the other shops, while integrating Japanese and American cultures at the same time. The terrazzo floor not only serves as a floor but also elevates itself… continue