Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Manhattan Apartments With Illegal Greenhouses Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:26 +0000 In most places, greenhouses are structures used to grow plants. In New York City, they’re used to grow apartments. From around the late ’60s through the early ’90s, many apartment dwellers fortunate enough to have a balcony or terrace put it under glass to make their patch of outdoor space habitable all year long. They […]]]> 0 The Curious Art of Urban Decay Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:51:52 +0000 0 Michael Graves defends his Portland building against demolition Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:29:43 +0000 Should the Portland Building be re-imagined and renovated, or should it be torn down? That was the unspoken question Thursday for Michael Graves, the controversial building’s creator. He was invited to a public conversation with Randy Gragg, director of The University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center and The Oregonian’s former architecture critic, as part of […]]]> 0 These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:19:13 +0000 Filip Dujardin is a strange sort of architectural photographer. He’s best known for pictures of buildings that don’t exist. Dujardin makes digital photo montages of impossible structures. In some, modernist buildings are stacked like towers of mislaid Jenga pieces, with cantilevered sections shooting out in every direction. Others show passageways leading nowhere, like Escher drawings […]]]> 0 Why oddball domestic architecture thrives in Japan Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:38:09 +0000 In a culture obsessed with real estate, where newspapers tirelessly chart rising and falling property values, and Grand Designs is a Sunday-night staple, it’s startling to imagine building your dream home in the full knowledge that it will be worthless within 25 years. The Japanese real estate market is as foreign to our own as […]]]> 0 Architecture And Tourism In Beijing And London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:25:19 +0000 Last week President Xi was reported to offer his views on art, including also remarks about “weird” buildings in Beijing like the CCTV headquarters, designed by Koolhaas, which has been likened by many Beijingers to a pair of giant trousers or even underpants. Such building should, according to Xi, no longer pop up in the […]]]> 0 Toronto suburb puts the emphasis on urban Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:58:15 +0000 The little girl, unsteady on 18-month-old legs, wobbles around the splash pad of the newly created park. Although there is no water to kick around today, the sheer joy of motion causes her to shriek out to her mother. The joyful sound causes architect Sheldon Levitt to shift his gaze from the tops of the […]]]> 0 Micro Cluster Cabins, Herfell, Vestfold, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:36:25 +0000 The client wanted a cabin for the whole family, but at the same time it needed to be divisible in some way. The solution was a cluster of three structures, which can be used individually. Each of the buildings is defined as a clarified geometric volume, organized around the outdoor area that binds them together […]]]> 0 Moama Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio, Moama, Australia by Ecotecture Design Group Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:39:28 +0000 Designer Alastair McDonald, from Echuca-based firm Ecotecture Design Group, said that while the client had set clear expectations, the design benefitted from freedom they gave him to specify various design features and details that gave the project many of its unique qualities. “We had a pretty tight building envelope with three main objectives; one, for […]]]> 0 The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership: Stoking a Hearth for Human Rights Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:54:04 +0000 At 10,000 square feet, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, on the campus of Kalamazoo College here, is modest. It doesn’t pierce a skyline or explode with titanium panels and big glass sails. All the more reason to make a pilgrimage. It’s a high-tech throwback by Studio Gang, the well-known Chicago architecture firm led […]]]> 0