Archibot to Print CAD Data “Error Free” onto Construction Sites

Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Han Seok Nam

Archibot, a project currently being developed by South Korean architectural designer Han Seok Nam, aims to “revolutionize” how architects and contractors work on construction sites by printing digital CAD plans onto the ground “error free.” Having recently been granted a patent, the robot seeks to avoid the human errors associated with interpreting information from construction documents. 

According to Nam, a contractor “will be able to grasp exactly where the door and the wall needs to be constructed by having the construction documents be printed directly onto the site without measurements. Errors will be easily detectable since the construction document can be directly compared to a life-size print out directly on the construction site.” It would be “just like following a map and driving towards a destination.”

See a video of the robot at work, after the break…

2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners

Jiigew – By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Urban Design Awards, a biennial competition recognizing projects that contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Canadian cities, were recently announced by the Royal Institute of Canada (RAIC), Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Eight individuals, organizations, and firms – including Perkins + Will for a masterplan in Edmonton - were recognized for their efforts in categories such as Community Initiatives and Civic Design. For information and images on the winning entries, read on after the break.

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott and Scott Architects
Location: 299 East 19th Avenue, , Canada
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

What Makes a Copy-Cat a Copy-Cat? The Complex Case of Architectural Copyright

Courtesy of Mitch Tuchman

When an eminent jurist asks, “What does a of an architectural work truly protect?” you may be certain the question is not rhetorical. The U.S. Act does provide protection from infringement for architectural works, but it does so in terms so ambiguous that a judge might wonder, as did federal district court judge James Lawrence King in a case he decided earlier this year, whether broadly applicable standards for determining infringement even exist. Finding “the usual analysis … too vague and the language misleading,” King blazed a trail of his own in Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership v. Arquitectonica International Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19140, proposing detailed guideposts for future courts to follow.

Sieger Suarez involved two Miami architectural firms and a 43-story condominium tower nearing completion in suburban Sunny Isles. The Sieger Suarez firm was engaged in 2000 by the project’s first owner. When the project, now known as Regalia, changed hands, the new owners dropped Sieger Suarez and engaged Arquitectonica in 2006. This is a scenario made familiar in scores of disputes involving allegations of infringement of architectural works.

Befitting a beachfront property with floor-through units starting at $7 million,  both designs present dramatic, undulating exteriors. “When facing any of the buildings’ four sides,” King wrote in his opinion, “the façades create the impression of a wave rippling horizontally across the sides of the buildings.” Further, in cross-section, both buildings reveal what King described as a “flower shape,” “a stylized rectangle, with gently rounded corners and an outward bulge more-or-less in the center of each of the four sides.” Should this flower shape, combined with the wavelike exteriors, have been enough to sustain Sieger Suarez’s claim of infringement against its competitor and the property’s owners?

The results of this Court Case, and what they could mean for architectural copyright in general, after the break…

Divinely-Inspired Architecture

Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

In honor of those celebrating Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture.  See them in all their glory, after the break…

Easter Eggs Designed By Architects

By Morphosis. Image Courtesy of The Big Hunt

In honor of Easter Sunday, we decided to follow-up on the news of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt and round-up some of the Easter eggs designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Ling, Two One Two, and more.

Enjoy them all in the gallery after the break!

Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects


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Architects: Nakahira Architects

Location: Tsu, Mie,
Architect In Charge: Masaru Nakahira
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Nakahira Architects

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

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Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: Dunn Place, Hobart TAS 7000,
Area: 4190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

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Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: , Germany
Structural Engineer: Rainer Klein, Sachsenheim
Year: 2013
Photographs: Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Vision42 Design International Competition

Vision42 Design International Competition

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its…

American Standard / SPACE

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Architects: SPACE
Location: Coyoacán, City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Humberto Soto
Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SPACE

Construction Begins on UDG China’s Nanjing Office Tower

Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in . Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office .

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

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Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure.

Video: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: “If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live.” With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians.

Fours steps for safer crossings, after the break…

Mía House / Matias Pons Estel

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Architects:
Location: Santo Tomé, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Project Area: 36 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Federico Cairoli

Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don’t Add Up

Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru

Originally posted on ArchNewsNow as “Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?“, this article by Michael J Crosbie examines the furore around websites such as Arcbazar, explaining why the criticisms against it just don’t stack up.

A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all over the world. The idea has been used to generate solutions to provide clean drinking water in third-world countries, to creating entire websites such as Wikipedia. Such activities are generally regarded as “disruptive,” in the parlance of the moment, in that they offer alternative ways of achieving a result that has traditionally been accomplished through other means. (ArchNewsNow is “disruptive” in the sense that it offers an alternative outlet for architectural news that impacts the traditional architectural publishing world of print media.)

Read on to find out why this “disruptive” new trend is nothing to fear

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Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya’s Karura Forest

Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners

South African-based practice Boogertman + Partners has recently won a competition to design a new education centre for the  Forest Environmental Education Trust in Kenya’s Karura Forest ReserveThe centre, situated on around fifteen acres of a former sports club, will be surrounded by the closed-canopy forest close to the Kenya Teachers Training College, the International Center for Research in Agro-forestryand the United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters

Located in the northern part of Nairobi County, bordering the Muthaiga, Gigiri and Runda residential areas, the centre will seek to educate people on the many species of plants, birds, insects and mammals to be found within Karura’s diverse landscape.