‘The worst building in the world awards’ | Culture | Architects Journal

A massive gulf persists between the buildings that win architecture awards and those that  the public prefers, suggests research by Create StreetsIn 1987 a young psychologist conducted an experiment into how repeated exposure to an image changed perceptions of it. A group of volunteer students were shown photographs of unfamiliar people and buildings and asked to rate them in terms of attractiveness. Some of the volunteers were architects; some were not. As the experiment progressed, a fascinating finding became clear: while everyone had similar views on which people were attractive, the architecture and non-architecture students had diametrically opposed views on…

Favored 14 to 1 in Post-Katrina Architecture: New Orleans Styles over Contemporary Styles

“Our study reveals that in selecting an exterior aesthetic for their new homes, New Orleanians reached into their historical treasure chest. Whether you call it historicism, historical revival, neotraditionalism, pastiche, retro, or New Urbanism — we use the terms more or less interchangeably — the upshot is clear. In the rebuilt streets of 21st-century New Orleans there are thousands of new houses paying homage to 19th-century New Orleans. The number rankings were overwhelming. New homes in historical styles (“6” through “10” on our scale) were 14 times more popular than contemporary styles …” Source: 14 to 1: Post-Katrina Architecture by…

Andrés Duany:  Why We Code | Studio Sky

Within the last half-century, some 30 million buildings have degraded cities and reduced landscapes. Must we tolerate this comprehensive disaster in exchange for the (perhaps) three thousand great buildings that great architects have produced? Such a win-loss ratio is as unacceptable in architecture as it would be in any other field. We are compelled to intervene and have found that codes are the most effective instruments of reform.We must code because the default setting in contemporary design is mediocrity and worse. Those who object to codes imagine that they constrain architectural masterpieces (their own, usually). But great buildings are few…

Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

The Acanthus Awards … honor exemplary student work in classical or traditional design from current students and recent graduates.  School of Architecture alumnus Christopher C. Miller, M. Arch ‘14, received recognition for his thesis project, Market Bridge for Bath:  Fitting Type to Local Character—Professor Richard Economakis was the thesis advisor.  Miller developed a plan for a mixed use neighborhood development in the area surrounding River Avon in the historic city of Bath in England. Source: Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame See A Market for Bath:  Fitting Type to…

IASTE / LEGITIMATING TRADITION December 17-20, 2016 | Kuwait City

In contemporary contexts of globalization, political conflict, and dynamic social and cultural change, legitimacy is often invoked, questioned, or challenged by various actors to achieve certain ends. This conference seeks to ask: What role does tradition play in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments?Recent IASTE conferences have explored the role of subjectivity, authorship, and power in the construction of traditions in space and place. These themes often implied processes of legitimation that affect the built environment in ways that are sometimes more hidden and sometimes more obvious. This conference will seek to address this issue and to…

2226 Building | Baumschlager Eberle | Lustenau, Austria

A new office building in the Voralberg town of Lustenau near the Austrian border with Switzerland takes a radically low-tech approach to energy use with no heating, cooling or mechanical ventilation systems installed. 2226 Building | Baumschlager Eberle | Lustenau, Austria

Notre Dame : Hope for Architecture Lecture & Mass Wall Workshop

‘Great promise.’ —  These words come to mind when reflecting on the past weekend spent with architectural students of Notre Dame.  Friday evening, I spoke to a full gallery of students and faculty about affordable, multi-century building.  It was a warm reception and a humbling experience presenting HFA to the top school of Classical Architecture in the country.Almost 30 minutes of Q & A followed the talk.  Both students and faculty made detailed inquires that delved into the heart of what we’re doing and what we want to do further in terms of research.  I’ve had a number of occasions…

SAHARA Travel Fellow Report: Vernacular Settlements in China

My trip to China in the summer of 2012 was to visit vernacular settlements that were located along important trade routes and influenced by business activities.  The goal of my trip was to gather preliminary data and select possible sites for my dissertation. I mainly focused on vernacular settlements along two major trade routes, the Xianxia Historic Route and the Tea Horse Road. The Xianxia Historic Route was one of the two busiest commercial routes in pre-modern China since the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), while the other one was the Grand Canal.  The Xianxia Historic Route was part of an extended…

Solutions from Traditional Architecture for Housing the Urban Poor: 24-25 August 2013, Abuja, Nigeria

Important announcement: the dates of INTBAU Nigeria’s upcoming conference have been changed to 24 – 25 August 2013. Please follow the links below to the revised conference programme and additional information. According to the United Nations, for the first time in history more of the world’s population now lives in urban areas than in rural areas. There is thus tremendous pressure put on formal housing for the poor in cities, most especially in developing countries.  This is mainly due to the great influx of people from rural areas in search of jobs and basic services such as schools, hospitals, etc. …