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The following is a re-print from the newly relaunched Harvard Design Magazine. The new approach to the 17-year-old publication is the vision of recently appointed editor in chief Jennifer Sigler and associate editor Leah Whitman- Salkin, in collaboration with creative director Jiminie Ha (With Projects, Inc.). “Do You Read Me?” invites “reading” across disciplinary boundaries, and stakes out an expanded arena for architecture and design dialogue. In her Editor’s Note, Sigler explores 




Architects: Torafu Location: Nakano, Tokyo, Japan Production: Ishimaru Area: 64.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Takumi Ota From the architect. We performed the interior and exterior design for a gelato store that opened in a shopping street of Nakano, Tokyo, where customers can enjoy watching their order being prepared on the spot through a one of a kind performance whereby liquid nitrogen is mixed into a liquid concentrate of ice cream to produce gelato. The entrance features a glass fac




Brooklyn based architectural photographer James Ewing has placed first in the American Photographic Artists’ APA Awards for architecture. The image, as Ewing describes, “was created to describe the verdant landscape that surrounds the Matrimandir temple and the community of Auroville.” “The land was in an advanced state of desertification when the Auroville project was started in the 1960s. Heavy erosion had removed most of the topsoil and left a barren scorched earth. Through many years of ca




Architects: Airhouse Design Office Location: Japan, 〒510-0089 Mie, Yokkaichi, Motomachi, 9−14 OHNO Architect In Charge: Keiichi Kiriyama Area: 128.0 sqm Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano From the architect. A piece of land in a Japanese persimmon (kaki) orchard was offered as the project area for a residential house. As the client wanted wide open spaces with high ceilings, a structure composed of a large roof set on top of seven thick columns was used. To secure copious glass windows, pri




We present to you 15 of ArchDaily’s most re-pinned pools on Pinterest; designs which resonate with the profound power of the aquatic. As Lao Tzu reminds us, “nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it,” not even architecture. Now come on in; the water’s fine. Fasano Las Piedras Hotel / Isay Weinfeld BT House / Studio Guilherme Torres Hacienda Bacoc / Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos House Pedralbes / BCarquitectos The Therme Vals




Architects: Hérard & da Costa Location: Neuville-sur-Seine, France Area: 328.0 sqm Year: 2009 Photographs: Philippe Ruault From the architect. The house is a parallelepiped composed of two areas – an insulated opaque area and a transparent unheated area. It has two faces, one is light on polycarbonate sheeting (garden side) the other is rugged, covered by opaque fibrocement sheets (street side). We chose fibrocement for it’s rocky aspect, similar to the stone houses just in f




Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, exhibition space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors. It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017. News via Skyrise Miami. Perez Art Museum / Herzog & de MeuronArquitectonica Takes Over Miami Beach Convention




Architects: Yasuhiro Sone Location: Gero, Gifu, Japan Area: 382.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Hideo Mori From the architect. This project is to renovate the old-Japanese style house: 2-storied wooden house. The house is located in Gero-shi,Gifu-ken, Japan , and surrounded by the place full of nature and greenery environment. Yasuhiro Sone is a designer who planed only inside of the house to make the space reborn and left the outside of the house unchanged, which harmonizes with natur




The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 61 projects making it to this year’s 2014 Australian National Awards. Selected from a pool of 153 regional winners across 13 categories, the jury have visited all the shortlisted projects (except the international shortlist) in preparation for the announcement of the National winners at a ceremony in Darwin on November 6th. Commenting on the shortlist, jury chair Paul Berkemeier said: “As a jury and as members of the profess




Architects: Studio GAON Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea Architects In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh Area: 115.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Yong Kwan Kim Project Team: Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Joowon Moon Translation: Joowon Moon From the architect. The owners of this house asked us to name the house as ‘House of Respect and Happiness’. It was just full one year since they were married. Though they weren’t 20s, they were very strong and fr




As the first phase of the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition concludes, a group of independent arts organizations headed by Michael Sorkin has launched an “alternative” competition: The Next Helsinki. The competition calls on architects, urbanists, landscape architects, artists, and “all others who love cities to suggest ways in which Helsinki and its South Harbor can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city.” More information, after the break. From the organiz




Architects: Cadence Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Architect In Charge: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar Project Architects: Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath Area: 2200.0 ft2 Year: 2013 Photographs: Anand Jaju From the architect. Placed in a residential context, the site is located at a corner and is abutted by roads on two sides. The context didn’t allow for too much interaction, hence the design required us to create a dynamic inter



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