French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have won the 2021 Pritzker Prize for architecture, considered to be the profession’s highest honor. The two are known to create sustainable buildings by using pre-existing structures in their work. Their motto is to “never demolish”, and so ” Lacaton and Vassal undertake restrained interventions to upgrade dated infrastructure while allowing enduring properties of a building to remain”, the Pritzker Prize website says.
Last month the average Toronto home price surpassed $1 million for the first time. But a digital NFT version by artist Krista Kim was no steal either, selling at auction over $500,000. The Mars House was created by the Toronto-based artist in 2020 and was sold on non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace SuperRare for 288 Ether. The Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency has a real-life value equivalent to $515,712 with SuperRare calling it the world’s first NFT ‘digital house’.
This particular project is the construction of laboratory facilities for girl students of 12th grade. The idea was, to save the one tree which stands on the very tight, difficult-to-access site. We saw this as a tremendous opportunity, a project where some scientific principles can be integrated into the build itself. The method of construction chosen was steel box sections as unit members all to a 1200mm grid, cut welded, and assembled after delivery to site as a kit of parts. The labs will be column-free and the entire outer shell is thin steel framing and walls with terracotta cones, made by a local potter community.
The idea is to make the labs well lit, yet comfortable in terms of temperature, through evaporative cooling by suspending wet Khus reed Matts and green climber screens. The Venturi effect of the breezes flowing through the terracotta cone walls will add to the natural cooling of all levels. Solar panels will produce supplemental power and hot water power for evening lighting and lab needs.
Based on this essential belief, KAAN Architecten started long-term research and dialogue with a group of international filmmakers in 2017. The 4-year-collaboration has resulted in 12 short films, exploring architecture in relation to ‘time’, each in a specific context. Displaying architecture as a dynamic instead of a static, implemented with the motion of the day-to-day use
KAAN Achitecten states: "Their [filmmakers] brand new perception yielded impressive and diverse visual storytelling about the project we (thought we) knew for years."
The new book "Revered Reminiscences" by an Architect is launched recently. Published by White Falcon Publishing, Chandigarh - the book is authored by architect & journalist Pappal Suneja, Design Researcher & Architect currently based in Germany. According to the author, “Communicating Architecture is very much reflective. One can understand the mistakes and hence learn not to repeat them in the future; and one can also grasp the advantages & the positives so that they can be replicated ahead, keeping in mind the conceptual and contextual details.” This book primarily covers the best publications of the author related to diverse disciplines of Architectural Writings primarily inclusive of Creative writing, Book reviews, German Architecture News, Dialogue Section, Design project features, web portal articles & remembering veteran architects.