@2 years ago with 4 notes
#traditional construction #Wang Shu #Chinese Architecture
Wang Shu’s Xiangshan School Campus Brings Chinese Architecture Back To Its Roots
The design for this campus is considered as a start of a reform. The choice of themes is directed by traditional construction culture and its continuation: Garden making, construction, differentiation, material recycling and reuse. The Chinese character of “ ªÿ” [enclose] is the theme of the series, which forms the layout of “ ”™“ [create, compose, shape, form, construct]. In fact, the simple “court” of traditional China can be made to accommodate nearly all functions. What is attempted here is a “court”-based free typology, related to both, the tradition and more importantly, the gigantic space and functional requirement of this building. In the character of “ ªÿ” building and nature occupy half of the space. As the sloping, twisting, and turning occurs on the site, the building twists and transforms accordingly, thus addresses uniformity and variation at the same time. The inevitable bulk of the buildings are purposefully lowered, horizontal sunscreen slope emphasizes the horizontal extension of the corresponding mountain range. The base of the handicraft-school is made with stone by a local method, traditionally used in the local tea field construction. This is a symbolic gesture representing the rooting of the school in the surrounding. An important aspect of the design is the “free” concept. This “free” concept is not just about its architectural forms, but its sensitive response to the nature. The structures are usually similar or identical to each other, but its variations are created by the relationship with the site. The basic architectural types are sensible to fast and large scale constructions. At the same time, changes in design are frequent and spontaneous during construction process. This provides a platform from where architects and artists will participate in the process to “build”. A large collection of over two millions pieces of tiles of different ages and sizes, salvaged from the traditional houses demolished all over the province of Zhejiang, will cover the roofs of the campus architecture. In sharp contrast to the fast and mass construction concept of today, the concept seeks to embody another philosophy.
Project location: Zhuantang Town, Hangzhou City, China
Site Area: 200 mu [one mu = 666,66 sqm]
Project size: 67.000 sqm
composed of ten buildings, including a library, a gallery, a small stadium, a workshop tower, six academic and workshop buildings, two traditional style bridges cross the river, two hillside art studio.
Architect: WANG Shu, LU Wenyu
Firm: Ye-Yu Architectural Design Studio/CAA
Firm in Cooperation: CCA/Landscape Design Company
Design Period: 3/2002 – 3/2003
Construction Period: 5/2003 – 12/2004
Structure type: Reinforced concrete frame + steel frame
@2 years ago with 2 notes
#architecture #haworthtompkins #dovecote #Aldeburgh Music
The creative campus at Snape Maltings was founded by Benjamin Britten in derelict industrial buildings on the Suffolk coast. The Dovecote is part of Haworth Tompkin’s phased extension of the campus for Aldeburgh Music and inhabits the ruins of a dovecote overlooking the marshes. The new form expresses the internal volume of the Victorian structure as a Cor-ten steel ‘lining’, a welded monocoque that was prefabricated and craned into position.
A large north light roof window provides even light for artists, while a small mezzanine platform with a writing desk incorporates a fully opening glazed corner window that gives long views over the marshes towards the sea. The single volume will be used by artists in residence, by musicians as rehearsal or performance space, by staff for meetings or as a temporary exhibition space.
Only the minimum necessary brickwork repairs were carried out to stabilise the existing ruin prior to the new structure being inserted. Decaying existing windows were left alone and vegetation growing over the dovecote was protected to allow it to continue a natural process of ageing and decay. The interior walls and ceiling of the space are lined with spruce plywood to create a timber ‘box’ within the Cor-ten shell.
@2 years ago with 2 notes
#Jeju Island #South Korean navy #marine ecosystem
The Battle for Jeju Island: How the Arms Race is Threatening a Korean Paradise
Imagine dropping fifty-seven cement caissons, each one the size of a four-story house, on miles of beach and soft coral reefs. It would destroy the marine ecosystem. Our imperfect knowledge already tells us that at least nine endangered species would be wiped out, and no one knows or perhaps can know the chain reaction.
That’s what is about to happen on the pristine coastline of Jeju Island, a culturally and ecologically unique land off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It seems motivated by the United States’ urge to encircle China with its Aegis anti-ballistic system — something China has called a dangerous provocation — and by the South Korean navy’s construction of a massive naval base for aircraft carriers, submarines and destroyers to carry Aegis…
Read More: http://www.onearth.org/blog/robert-redford-jeju-island-korean-paradise-threatened
@2 years ago with 1 note
#Arctic #changing glaciers #Ice Survey #sundance
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
@2 years ago
Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!
Martin Azua‘s Basic House is a brilliant self-inflating shelter that you can fold up and take with you – wherever the wind blows! With economic downturns, population growth, and dwindling space creating a widespread reversal of basic values, the lightweight tent-like structure provides a cozy low-impact shelter that can be set up in a snap.
@2 years ago
Amazing Eco-Capsule is a Hanging Tree-Nest
Imagine walking through the woods of Dorset,UK on a blistery, snowy day and coming across Jesse Randzio’s amazing eco-capsule - it’s green, made from local materials, sits in a nest of netting that doubles as a ladder, and there’s even an up-cycled stove (and chimney) inside that can boil water for a cup of tea! Jesse used an AV Custerson Award to conduct a month-long workshop in Hooke Park with 12 students from the Architectural Association. The ultimate low-impact woodland retreat, “A Separate Place”, is the result of that collaboration.
Read More: http://www.dezeen.com/2011/11/29/a-separate-place-by-jesse-randzio-and-architectural-association-students/#more-176842
@2 years ago
Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes
Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation in China, but Ai Weiwei manipulates the bicycles by removing their primary function and making them static. The freedom associated with cycling is lost and the bicycles are piled together in a labyrinth-like way that renders them useless and immobile. Visitors can stand below the installation and see each detail from a new angle, gaining a new perspective on the bicycles and reflecting on their meaning.
Ai Weiwei: http://www.aiweiwei.com/
Taipei Fine Arts Museum: http://www.tfam.museum/