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Designed for Disassembly: Architecture Built with its Own End in Mind

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Few of us make plans for our lives with our own deaths in mind, so perhaps it’s not surprising that architects don’t usually spend much of the design process thinking about the virtually inevitable demolition of their creations. It might seem as morbid and premature as college graduates making plans for their own funerals, but considering the entire life cycle of a structure before it’s even built could have a massive impact on the amount of waste we generate – and help us adapt to the uncertain conditions of the future.

Though some buildings and infrastructure may stand for many hundreds of years, the vast majority of it is rendered obsolete in a matter of decades. Practical needs and aesthetic preferences change, and materials wear down. Currently, about 80% of all materials and minerals in circulation in the U.S. economy are consumed by the construction industry, and about 70% of construction waste is concrete.

Starchitect Spotlight: 9 Wooden Wonders by Kengo Kuma & Associates

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma brings traditional Japanese building techniques and aesthetics into the 21st century with dynamic structures making creative use of wooden elements. Known for his gridded installations and unusual ways of stacking and assembling small pieces of wood, the architect often works with joinery techniques that negate the need for any metal fasteners.

Japan House in São Paulo, Brazil

Books: Old Japan Made New

A new monograph explores the compelling work of architect Kengo Kuma.

By Michael Webb

Kengo Kuma: Complete Works.  (Thames & Hudson, $65)

In his erudite introduction, Kenneth Frampton calls Kengo Kuma “quintessentially Japanese” and the 25 projects the architect has selected are deeply rooted in the craft traditions of that country. The title is misleading: Only a quarter of Kuma’s buildings are featured, and the large commercial projects in Beijing that have sustained his practice in recent years are omitted. It’s a wise choice, for Kuma works best on a modest scale with traditional materials. In his foreword, he writes with feeling of his collaboration with traditional craftsmen in rural Shikoku and in Tohuku, a region ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami of 3/11.  “The richness and strength of that culture cannot be understood until one has worked with the people who live there—until one has eaten their food, drunk their sake, talked with the craftsmen and made things with them,” he writes.

eVolo #04

TweeteVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space Title: eVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space Cover: Perfect Bound Size: 9″ x 11.5″ Pages: 192 ISSN: 1946-634x Summer 2012 -> Reserve your copy INTRODUCTION The architecture for performance and exhibition, being museums, galleries, music halls, pavilions, etc., has been in the leading edge of architectural innovation throughout the history and evolution of the discipline.

Pabellón Bambú de Kengo Kuma

Arquitecto japonés Kengo Kuma ha doblado bambú en pasillos y zonas de descanso en la Bienal de Diseño de Gwangju en Corea del Sur , que se inauguró el día de ayer.

Best of the Week - A news report from Milan

From an experimental house designed by Kengo Kuma in the north of Japan, to a building that serves as a manifesto for urban rehabilitation in downtown Lisbon, here are this week's best stories.

Modern Wooden Architecture: 16 Fresh Takes on Timber

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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Wood may be most closely associated with cabins, stick-frame housing and other conventional forms of architecture, but a new wave of architects is adapting its usage for this century and beyond, using it as a primary material for large commercial structures, pavilions, energy-saving facades and even skyscrapers. Lightweight, flexible and renewable, wood is having a moment in modern architecture, transcending its rustic origins as one of the world’s most ancient building materials.

Visualización en Arquitectura / Factoría 5 Studio

Concurso Edificio Cajamar en el PITA – Mangado y Asociados

Esta semana en nuestra serie de Visualización en Arquitectura  les queremos presentar al grupo español Factoría 5 Studio conformado por 5 arquitectos jóvenes: Juan López, Mario Pérez, Manuel López, Mar Parreño y José Carlos Román.

Todos ellos, disfrutaban de la elaboración de imágenes virtuales mientras eran estudiantes en la Universidad y debido a la falta de trabajo, se organizaron para dedicarse a este importante aspecto en el rubro de la arquitectura, teniendo muchos encargos profesionales con solo dos años de experiencia en el mercado.

A continuación les presentamos una entrevista exclusiva a Factoría 5 Studio y una selección de sus mejores imágenes.

Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In Japan

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