Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:17:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 China’s strangest buildings, from pairs of pants to ping-pong bats Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:17:12 +0000 He’s fed up of phallic towers, had enough of space-age blobs and is really rather cross about architects scattering novelty shapes across his great cities with reckless abandon. China’s president, Xi Jinping, has called for an end to the light-headed lunacy of weird buildings that have been spawned by the country’s construction boom over the […]]]> 0 Planners are suggesting a new location for Madison Square Garden Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:50:27 +0000 If there’s any hope for a new Penn Station, Madison Square Garden will have to move, and on Thursday, a group of prominent urban planners will recommend a place to move it to: a U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting facility on Ninth Avenue. “The site of the Morgan Post Office and Annex, located between 9th and […]]]> 0 The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building opens its doors Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:48:55 +0000 The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Queensland campus in Brisbane, Australia has officially opened its doors to students. The AEB is the result of a design collaboration between Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL, and is a technologically sophisticated and environmentally sustainable building that provides its students and staff with flexible teaching and […]]]> 0 A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:15:26 +0000 Game designer Cedric Kerr had a brilliant idea for a video game called Project Sprawl where specialized teams of players would attempt to pull-off high-stakes heists in a stylish, unscripted, neo-noir city governed by emergent NPCs. Imagine a cross between Ocean’s 11, Grand Theft Auto, and 1980s paper-and-pencil cyberpunk RPGs and you’ve got the rough […]]]> 0 Alpine foothills house, Borgiallo, Italy by Deamicisarchitetti Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:52:05 +0000 The intervention takes place on what can be considered as a single tile within a very specific building typology, situated along areas with the highest degrees of declivity. An opening in the perimeter block reveals the magnificent chestnut woods on the back become visible and cuts out a new private space for the house. The […]]]> 0 Anti-Seismic Architecture Rumbles Up in L.A. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:33:49 +0000 In Los Angeles—in a bid to open the eyes of an endangered community—artist and engineer D.V. Rogers, along with a group of volunteers, has constructed Domus, an experimental installation that allows visitors to experience the world’s constant, pulsating seismic activity. “The idea is create a contemplative space that will help people be more responsive to […]]]> 0 From Architecture to Landscape Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:58:09 +0000 Slowly — fitfully — landscape architecture is remaking itself. Its adherents are venturing from the confines of garden, park, and plaza into strange and difficult territory, where they face challenges of a greater order. How will our cities adapt to rising seas? How do we respond to the mass extinction of our fellow species? How […]]]> 0 Behind every crumbling downtown is a billionaire who wants to save it Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:34:16 +0000 “Come over and join us!” said the group of Detroiters at the end of the ballroom, hoisting their wineglasses. “We’re talking about billionaires who wreck cities!” We were all here in Detroit for the Meeting of the Minds conference, which convened businesspeople, tech people, city planners, politicians, and community activists together in one space to […]]]> 0 Exclusive look at plans for the Geffrye Museum’s new extension Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:23:21 +0000 During the decades when Hackney’s Kingsland Road was more derelict than desirable, the Geffrye Museum felt like an island of calm in an ocean of trouble. The early 18th-century almshouses were converted to a museum of the English home by the London County Council exactly a century ago to save them from demolition, unveiled here […]]]> 0 Troll Wall Visitor Center, Trollveggen, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:17:43 +0000 It’s a new cursor at the foot of the Troll Wall. The architecture of the new visitor center next to the E139 highway results from the site’s close relation to the impressive mountain wall, one of Norway’s many nature attractions. The building has a simple yet flexible plan, with a characteristic roof that derives its character […]]]> 0