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Part of Reparametrize Studio’s ongoing research on “Re-Coding Post War –Syria”, “House Re-Coding” is a new generation of housing solutions adaptable to the post-war cities. Focusing on innovation, collecting comprehensive infrastructural and socioeconomic analytics data through Artificial intelligence, the project seeks to envision the future of post-war cities, as a Smart urban development where all different actors come together, using the existing, and still useful, urban fabric.
Not relying on complete demolition and reconstruction, “Re-Coding Post-War Syria” puts in place Smart urban development projects. Presented for the first time part of the “Eye of The City” exhibition at the Shenzhen Biennale 2019/2020, curated by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, and developed in collaboration with Digital Architects, the initiative works with the existing urban fabric of the destroyed cities.
Merging numbers with Architecture and Culture, Reparametrize Studio’s latest venture offers adaptable housing solutions, for displaced families. Introducing a new methodology to regenerate the post-war smart city, involving local communities in the rebuilding process, this approach generates “high-performance urgent solutions for housing by using smart technologies to achieve a production line of prefabricated units for direct on-site installation”. Relying on advanced data collection from 3D scanning and advanced AI technology to analyze accurately large structural data volumes, the firm aims to transform the existing infrastructure into smart grids where multiple systems (tools, apps, platforms, social media, etc…) can communicate automatically and simultaneously through AI’s.
It is not re-develop it is re-coding or re-generate!! […] The difference between these words is big. We don’t want just to bring the city into its previous condition. We want to use this disaster as a positive opportunity to bring a better life for future citizens. — Ziwar Al Nouri, founder of Reparametrize Studio.
“Not about massive reconstruction, but efficiency on the human scale”, the project consists of affordable and easy to install self-sufficient house units. These elements generate power through electric turbine generators and rely on solar energy. Moreover, the adaptive system introduces B-Core Stainless Steel panels composed of two sheets connected by a strongly welded tubular system, creating double-layered walls, movable panels, and expanded furniture.
Tackling the destroyed buildings, the intervention can be adaptive to the deformation of the existing fabric, filling its gaps, and working with the functional circulation cores to create levels. Making it simple for inhabitants to design and assemble their own house, the project is also involved in the social aspect. On another hand, the adaptable system of standardized parts can be packed and shipped anywhere.“Proposing living space with different levels of privacy and public access, that connects the buildings with a series of intertwined plaza spaces, spreading resources and amenities throughout”.
Architectural practice Hawkins\Brown has designed a new mixed-use tower development for Hollywood. The project combines 117,000 square feet of office and retail space for the area’s growing media and creative community. As the design team outlines, the proposed project was made to address a growing demand for creative offices in Hollywood, where an influx of entertainment and technology firms are seeking Class-A space in a tight market.
The new proposal is located on the southern end of Hollywood and would bring over 100,000 square feet of office use and a total of 232 parking spaces via four levels of mechanical lift parking. Aiming to bring density to the site, the design was made to respect the the neighboring historic Villa Elaine while sculpting the massing from a street-level plinth to step up and away. As the team states, “the project seeks to compliment the rich tapestry of uses, density and architectural styles that characterize Vine Street.”
The building’s signature element is a series of arched openings and an articulated facade that create an external colonnade and display the project’s program. In turn, the building volumes sit atop the plinth and step down from Vine St. to the western end of La Mirada Avenue. Atop the stepped mass, a series of roof terraces were made to activate the building “in the round.” The mixed-use tower development was designed for The Post Group and is currently scheduled for completion in 2022.
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Creating visualizations of architectural designs has long been a very tedious process. Finding a way to make the procedure more efficient can help you quickly craft beautiful, sharply accurate visualizations while enhancing client engagement and cutting down project costs.
The Enscape real-time rendering tool offers many features that can help you streamline your architectural visualization workflows. Let’s take a look at some below.
Seamless Software Integration
As a plug-in software, Enscape can be effortlessly integrated with your existing CAD and BIM software (Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Rhino, Vectorworks).
After installing Enscape, you can open your CAD/BIM program to integrate the plug-in. Setup varies depending on the software you are using. For example, in Revit, Enscape will show up in the top-level menu bar when you open a project file. In ArchiCAD, the Enscape plugin can be found via the ArchiCAD -> Window -> Palettes menu.
All of the updates you make in your CAD/BIM files will be immediately reflected in the Enscape render. No need to export and import files to make changes!
Being a plug-in means that all functionalities of Enscape will be readily available in your CAD/BIM tool, so there is no need to go elsewhere to build the renderings. You no longer need to use an offline renderer or rack up more project costs by outsourcing.
Create renderings within seconds, generating single images or batches based on specific views and perspectives you’ve saved as favorites. To do this, you’ll first need to ensure that the Enscape window is active, then adjust the resolution of your rendering. Note that if you select a very high resolution, the rendering may take longer than just a few seconds.
Your team can quickly mark down questions, clash observations, and RFIs (requests for information) as “issues”. With the Enscape window open, simply press the “C” key on your keyboard to create a new note, or right-click on a point within the Enscape view to make a note at a specific position.
Time lost by switching between software is further reduced by Enscape’s BIM mode (Note: available only for Revit and ArchiCAD). See your BIM information directly in the Enscape window via the BIM information panel. This can be opened by pressing the “B” key on your keyboard.
You can see BIM data by searching for specific elements within the BIM panel, or mousing over elements within the view window while the BIM panel is open. Another option is to right-click visible elements and select “Show BIM Data”.
Using just CAD programs, you’ve likely had to completely re-draw your models to make 2D views. Thankfully, swiftly creating floor plans and cross-sections is possible with Enscape.
You can easily shift perspectives using the NumPad keys 2 (front), 4 (left), 5 (top), 6 (right), and 8 (back). In SketchUp and Rhino, you can also sync the Enscape camera with your in-program viewport. Accessing section views varies depending on the specific software you’re using.
Bringing your visualization to life is easier than ever with the use of over 1,900 high-quality ready-to-use assets. Enscape’s asset library is accessible in your design program, featuring everything from people and vehicles to even animated vegetation. The latter features wind speed controls and adjustments for degrees of movements (accessible via Enscape’s “Visual Settings”).
Panorama Creation & Exporting
No more stitching together countless photos of your project. Use Enscape to easily prepare 360° panoramas in both stereo and mono. In the Enscape menu, simply select “Render Panorama”. You will also have the option to render for Google Cardboard.
Saving your panoramas in the cloud will allow others to view them in the web browser via URL links or QR codes. Otherwise, panoramas can be saved as downloadable .png, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, or .tiff. files. To manage your panoramas, locate them within the “Manage Uploads” tab of the Enscape menu.
Virtual Reality Walkthroughs
Once you’ve completed your 3D render, you and other stakeholders can explore it in virtual reality. Compatible headsets include the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Odyssey. Exact setup protocols differ depending on the type of headset you’re using.
Enscape VR has many useful features, including a presentation mode, teleportation between all visible locations, navigation and floorplan maps, and a virtual camera for capturing images during exploration. These tools enable rich interactive experiences with your design before it’s even built.
Smoothly set camera paths, adjust the time of day, change view depth and angle, and alter timestamps. Once you’ve finished creating your video, it can be saved as an MP4 or a series of PNG still image files. You will be able to control the compression rate to make your video file suitable for any application, from email sharing to high definition presentations.
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Enscape offers a 14-day free trial. Visit and discover Enscape here.
Architect, urban planner, and professor, Dr. Abdelhalim Ibrahim Abdelhalim was selected as the 2020 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The highest accolade of the Tamayouz Excellence Award is awarded annually to an individual “who have made significant contributions towards humanity and the advancement of architecture and the built environment in the Near East and North Africa”.
Dr. Abdelhalim Ibrahim Abdelhalim is the 2020 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will receive this honor at Tamayouz’s annual ceremony, postponed to 2021. Established in 2014, the award, part of the Tamayouz Excellence Award program, “recognizes those whose commitments to architecture were and continue to be unparalleled”. Initially created for Iraq’s renowned architects, the award opened to individuals from across the Near East and North Africa in 2019, when it was granted to Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran.
Dr. Abdelhalim, born in 1941, is a professor of architectural design and theory at Cairo University in Egypt and the principal of his private architectural firm Community Design Collaborative Abdelhalim (CDC Abdelhalim), in 1978. He received both his Bachelor’s in architecture and Graduate Diploma in housing and building technology from Cairo University. In 1968, he obtained a Master’s in architecture from the University of Oregon and in 1978, his Ph.D. in architecture from the University of California, Berkley.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Abdelhalim ventured into different projects around the world, collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned architects. Working with traditional designs, materials, and systems, he aimed to establish and understand rituals and how different communities operate. On that note, Dr. Abdelhalim states that “rituals contain the configuration of the basic myth in its form, and regenerates the content of the myth in its encounter”. In 1983, with the Children’s Cultural Park in Cairo, Dr. Abdelhalim engaged the local community with the design process and used building materials from the local context. This philosophy has led the architect to receive the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1992.
Some of Dr. Abdelhalim’s work includes: Egyptian embassies and consulates in Kuwait (2016), Jordan (2005), Uzbekistan (2005) and Saudi Arabia (1998); Al-Hamad Palace in Bahrain (1993); the Brookins A.M.E. Church in California, US (1979); New Helwan in Egypt (1980); the Black Repertory Community, Cultural, Art Center in California, US (1982); Dirriyah City in Saudi Arabia (1998); the AUC New Campus Development in Cairo, Egypt (1999); Dirriyah Girls Students Campus of HM King Suad University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2002); Dhofar University in Oman (2005); Spanish Coastal Redevelopment in Andalusia (1975).
Finally, alongside his built projects, Dr. Abdelhalim taught in various academic institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US (1987), University of California in the US (1972-1978), University of Virginia in the US (1972), Assuit University in Egypt (1963-1965), and many more. Since 1980, he has maintained a constant position as a full-time professor of architectural design and theory at Cairo University.
In 1912 Le Corbusier was already experimenting with some ideas on the Jeanneret-Perret house, known as “Maison Blanche,” which eventually paved the way for the modern way of living.
“Le Corbusier worked with the architect René Chapallaz for his first projects. It is possible to see some of the houses they designed really close to the Maison Blanche, where they used the ‘Style Sapin’ – pine tree style. This style came from the Art Nouveau, and its creative decoration was inspired in the local landscape. The Maison Blanche marked a break with this regionalist style. The exterior of the house does not have any decoration, and the layout is much more open than the villas designed some years before,” says Helena Ariza of Architectural Visits during a tour through the area, from where she shares the following observations and photographs.
“The small garden was one of my favorite areas of the house. This has one of the first promenades architecturales by Le Corbusier, where one can enjoy a pleasant experience that takes you to the entrance door.”
“The bedrooms on the first floor have plenty of natural light thanks to many windows installed in a horizontal way. This reminds of the prairie houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work Le Corbusier had seen in the german magazines.”
Included in this week’s curated picks of new architecture competitions listed on Bustler are four design challenges with a focus on walkable microneighborhoods in Seattle, architectural responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new elementary school in Senegal, and innovative skyscraper ideas.
For the complete list of newly listed competitions click here.
Towards A Region Of Short Distances
Registration Deadline: Friday, Sep 18, 2020
Submission Deadline: Friday, Sep 25, 2020
Much of the area within the central Puget Sound Urban Growth Area is auto-dependent. […] How do we incrementally reshape our region to eradicate urban automobile dependency? A “City of Short Distances”, in which most needs of daily life are a short walk or bike-ride away, is the logical path forward for our region. We seek ideas that explore seeding areas of the greater Seattle region plagued by poor walkability with incrementally developed “microneighborhoods” at walkable intervals to restructure our region.
‘What is to be asked?’ – Architecture and Urbanism Beyond COVID19, Open Call for Collaborative Research and Proposal
Register/Submit Deadline: Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020
What is the question to be asked now? In the crisis from living environment that we called earth, architecture and city are facing due to COVID19, What is To be Asked Platform_WTA Platform is set up, to reflect and gather wisdom from professionals, researchers and citizens globally. Each one of us should draw a map by gathering individual observation during COVID19, and through cooperation and alliance, we invite questions and topics that worth exploring deeply.
SENEGAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: “Sambou Toura Drame”
Register/Submit Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
Archstorming is calling for proposals to design an elementary school in Marsassoum, Senegal. The school is currently constructed of bamboo walls and zinc roofs and it is in very bad conditions. The classrooms rarely survive the rainy season and that results in the cancellation of classes and students failing their academic year. In this competition we will research innovative and low-cost construction techniques in order to replace this temporary school with built structures. One of the most important aspects of this competition is to inspire people so they can build their own houses using the same technique once the construction of the school has finished.
2021 Skyscraper Competition
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2021 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations; along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.
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For years now, designers have been emphasizing natural lighting, ventilation, and connectivity to nature as ways to improve employee health and wellness. Now that the coronavirus is much more likely to be transmitted indoors—the risk is nearly 20 times greater, according to one study—a strong case could be made for moving some office work completely outside. “The benefits of light and fresh air are pretty self-evident, and the pandemic only reinforces that,” says Christopher McCartin, managing director of design and construction at real estate developer Tishman Speyer, which has been including “significant outdoor space” in all of its office developments nationwide.
While employers on the temperate West Coast may have an advantage when it comes to incorporating outdoor spaces, the concept has been spreading to other climes. Los Angeles–based RIOS (formerly Rios Clementi Hale Studios) hopes their design for a 500,000-square-foot, five-story office complex in Atlanta, currently in the permitting stage, will catch on as a model. All circulation corridors are open-air, and each floor has balconies that are at least 10 feet wide and can accommodate conference tables; they are also located on the north side of the building for shade, protected from rain by overhangs, and cooled by ceiling fans. Designed before the pandemic, the project is continuing to move forward rapidly. “The client can see that the benefits they signed up for—which seemed revolutionary at the time—are what the market is demanding,” says Mark Motonaga, creative director at RIOS.
Neglected terraces and balconies on existing office buildings are also being pressed into service. Valerio Dewalt Train is applying the same level of attention and design to terraces as to interiors for two buildings they’re remodeling in Silicon Valley. In one case, the firm is subdividing a large 3,000-square-foot terrace into several outdoor “rooms” for different uses. Bill Turner, principal at the firm’s Palo Alto office, notes that these spaces can sometimes be cold and windswept. In the past, the architects have implemented wind buffers in the form of tall glass panels, like those on a restaurant terrace, and hedges.
Elsewhere, the main conference room, which is typically one of the largest spaces in an office, is being reimagined as an indoor-outdoor space. Designed by SF Bay Area–based RossDrulisCusenbery, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s new Emergency Operations Center in Martinez, California, has a conference room that seats a crowd of 175 on risers. But the back wall can be opened up entirely to a shaded patio via a glass garage door, to accommodate another 100 people, and provide flexible space for training sessions. “Rather than narrowly focus on customizing spaces for a specific program, we’re prioritizing them for social interactions,” says firm principal Mallory Scott Cusenbery. For another building, currently in design for Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety, the architects are extending a conference room for breakout meetings by adding lighting stanchions with built-in power outlets around an adjoining courtyard. Instead of relying on a dim laptop screen, groups will be able to give presentations on portable, high-lumen monitors.
Besides a power source and Wi-Fi, shade is critical for working outdoors. “Pavilions are great conceptually, but it’s important to fine-tune them to create workable shade,” says Motonaga. At the Playa District office complex in L.A., his firm replaced ineffective rectangular pavilions with triangular-roofed ones that maximize shade. The shade can, as Motonaga says, “move radically off the work area,” so workers could be under the canopy but still in full sun.
Privacy is another important consideration. “People don’t like to work where others can look down on them or see their screens easily,” says Motonaga. “If you have a barrier or grade change, that can make a huge difference in people’s comfort levels,” he notes. The firm has found that people tend to gravitate towards bar-height tables versus low furnishings for work, perhaps because solo workers feel lonely sitting by themselves in lounge chairs. Lightweight furniture that can be easily reconfigured is useful, in these cases—and these days, critical for social distancing.
This article was originally published on Metropolismag.com.
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