Snøhetta’s “library without books” encourages social learning at Toronto’s Ryerson University

(Courtesy Snohetta)

(Courtesy Snohetta)

The newest building on Toronto’s Ryerson University campus, the Snøhetta-designed Student Learning Centre, is a new expression of a very old idea: the ancient Greek gathering spaces of Stoas and Agoras. These inherently social learning spaces provided inspiration for the building’s eight storey design, which features unique spaces to meet, study, and exchange ideas.

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OMA selected to design The Factory, a major arts complex in Manchester, England

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

After fending off  Rafael Viñoly, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins Limited and compatriots Mecanoo, OMA‘s design for “The Factory” will become Manchester’s new art house. Lead by Rem Koolhaas, The Factory will be in the British city’s center and is touted to cost $166 million with a further $13.5 million-a-year to run.

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David Chipperfield chosen for 2016 Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative

Architecture, Awards, International
Monday, December 7, 2015
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Museo Júmex, designed by Rolex Arts Initiative mentor David Chipperfield, has one of the largest privately held collections of Latin American contemporary art in the world (Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects)

Museo Júmex, designed by Rolex Arts Initiative mentor David Chipperfield, has one of the largest privately held collections of Latin American contemporary art in the world (Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects)

Swiss watchmaker Rolex is looking out for new talent. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs accomplished artists and designers across all disciplines with emerging practitioners for a yearlong, one-on-one mentorship. At an awards ceremony on Sunday in Mexico City, David Chipperfield was chosen as the mentor in architecture. The partnership with the as-yet-unchosen protege will begin mid-2016.

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Enough Buildings: the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

Architecture, International, Urbanism
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Opening day at Re-Living the City at the Former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shenzhen. (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

Opening day at Re-Living the City at the Former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shenzhen. (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

“City-ness” is at the heart of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, which kicked off last Friday in Shenzhen, China. Titled Re-Living the City and curated by Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, and Doreen Heng Liu the event brought together architects, designers, urbanists, and makers on the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory not far from Shekou Port.

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Product> Temperature Controlled: Smart HVAC Systems

International
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Courtesy Momit

Courtesy Momit

Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier.

Smart Thermostat
Momit

Connect Smart Thermostat to any smartphone, tablet, or PC and control HVAC systems with your fingertips. This thermostat features three modes—Smart, Ambient, and Presence—that are energy efficient. It’s designed with a glass finish, six display options, detectable sensors, and 30 easy-to-use features.

Courtesy Reznor

Courtesy Reznor

Model AB
Reznor

Designed for installation over docks and bays, these industrial air curtains block wind from entering buildings to help keep cool air indoors during warm months. The air curtains are powered by gas or propane and can run in a blower-only mode. Model AB comes in two sizes, which can be joined together to reach a maximum width of 22 feet.

Courtesy Allied Air Enterprises

Courtesy Allied Air Enterprises

V-Series
Allied Air Enterprises

New to the Magic-Pak family, V-Series is a heating and cooling single-packaged vertical unit that’s made for both multifamily and mixed-use environments. It’s available in 1-, 1.5-, 2-, and 2.5-ton capacities and both gas-electric unit and electric-electric unit options. The V-Series efficiencies range from 9.2 to 11.0 EER and 80 to 90 percent TE.

Courtesy Ecobee

Courtesy Ecobee

ecobee3
ecobee

This smart thermostat includes wireless remote sensors that measure the temperature in a variety of rooms, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust heating, cooling, humidity, and fan settings with ecobee’s residential mobile app. Users can access multiple thermostats at once and schedule HVAC settings for long and short periods of time.

Courtesy ClimateMaster

Courtesy ClimateMaster

Trilogy 45 Q-Mode
ClimateMaster

This geothermal heat pump system features more than 25 unit settings and iGate Connect, which allows the user to control the system via WiFi. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow, and horizontal compositions, this system sucks in heat from a designated space and stores it in the iGate Smart Tank hot water storage tank for use.

Courtesy Honeywell

Courtesy Honeywell

Lyric
Honeywell

Lyric is an interactive thermostat that allows the user to remotely adjust heating, cooling, and humidity settings in a matter of seconds. The easy-to-use device features a three-inch round glass face, smart cues, geofencing technology, and a motion-sensing, illuminated display.

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Architects propose a Ferris wheel hotel in Paris, and it might actually happen

(COURTESY SCAU ARCHITECTS)

(Courtesy Luxigon)

French architecture firm SCAU has designed a “water wheel hotel” on the Seine River, currently under consideration in Paris. During its six-month installment, people would be able to sleep in the slowly moving hotel for 300 euros a night. The water wheel structure would be built of wood and only take four days to assemble, meaning the hotel can easily be re-erected elsewhere.

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MoMA PS1 names five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

MoMA has announced five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program. The winner will design and build an installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard during the summer Warm Up performance series. The honor is considered one of the most prestigious platforms for emerging architects in the United States and internationally. Notably, there are no New York architects on the lists this year.

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Bjarke Ingels wraps the Warehouse421 cultural center with Cor-ten steel in Abu Dhabi

Architecture, International
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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(Credit: designMENA)

(Courtesy designMENA)

The Bjarke Ingels Group has finished another one—this time in the Middle East.

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Digital artist Miguel Chevalier syncs science and spirituality at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Art, International, Newsletter
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

Paris-based digital projection artist Miguel Chevalier turned the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel into an intellectual hypnosis chamber during the recent Dear World… Yours, Cambridge charity event.

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MVRDV’s Flower Building in Shanghai is Complete

MVRDV'S FLOWER BUILDING COMPLETED. (COURTESY MVRDV)

MVRDV’S FLOWER BUILDING COMPLETED. (COURTESY MVRDV)

In 2013, Rotterdam-based MVRDV won the competition to design and masterplan the so-called Sustainable Business Park at Shanghai Hongqiao. With the firm’s design set to open in early 2016, the first and main structure of the masterplan, the Flower Building, is now complete.

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Here’s Daniel Libeskind design for the Lithuanian Modern Art Center

(Courtesy Lithuanian Modern Art Center)

(Courtesy Lithuanian Modern Art Center)

Daniel Libeskind has released the design for a 33,400 square-foot, contemporary art center in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, a city famous for its baroque architecture and medieval old town. The center, which represents Vilnius past and present, was designed by Studio Libeskind in partnership with Do Architects and Baltic Engineers. It is the first center ever to be dedicated solely to modern and contemporary art by Lithuanian artists.

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The long history of a tall sidewalk: How elevated skywalks have failed cities in the United States

Minneapolis-Skyways

The Minneapolis Skyway system near IDS in 1980 (City of Minneapolis Archives)

Skywalks, or elevated sidewalks, continually resurface as an urban solution to alleviate pedestrian traffic, provide additional retail space, and offer a safe alternative to sharing space with automobiles. However, each time a skywalk is actually realized, problems abound.

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