Cody Seipp imagines Detroit as Amazon’s “hyper-designed” headquarters

Detroit is taken over by Amazon in architecture student Cody Seipp’s conceptual project, which envisions the US city in 2051 following a major redevelopment orchestrated by the retail giant. Created by Seipp as his final project at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Expo ’51 Detroit imagines the US city 33 years after it was acquired

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Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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SCI-Arc students propose self-growing park and parasitic housing to adapt former LA prison

Dezeen promotion: students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture have suggested ways to transform a former jail in Los Angeles, including a park controlled by artificial intelligence and building models designed by 3D printers. The schemes were designed by the first graduates of LA-based SCI-Arc’s Master of Science in Architectural Technologies – a one-year-long postgraduate

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Architecture students use cross-laminated timber to build tiny classroom in Oregon forest

Prefabricated panels of cross-laminated timber were used to construct this micro cabin in the Pacific Northwest, designed and built by architecture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Emerge cabin is located near Eugene, a small Oregon city that is surrounded by forests and farmland. The compact structure was created in three weeks by 13

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RISD students use standard greenhouse parts to build outdoor performance venue

Standardised parts from a greenhouse catalogue were repurposed to create this outdoor public space and performance venue in Providence, as the result of a design-build collaboration at RISD. The Southlight pavilion is the centrepiece of a larger scheme to provide a new public amenity for the city. It was completed by a team of students

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Alabama architecture students convert historic bank into library for rural town

A brick bank building in Alabama dating to the early 1900s has been transformed into a community library by Rural Studio, a student design-build programme dedicated to social projects. The Newbern Library is located in a town of the same name with less than 200 residents, and was converted by fifth-year architecture students at Auburn

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RIBA announces student winners of President’s Medals 2017

A novel response to London’s housing crisis and a study of the stark living quarters of Welsh quarrymen in the 1800s were just two of the student projects recognised by this year’s RIBA President’s Medals. The seven student winners received their awards at a ceremony hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects in central

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Kansas City architecture students wrap affordable home in corrugated metal

Students at Kansas State University in Missouri have designed and constructed a two-unit apartment building that is intended to be occupied by low-income tenants. The Waldo Duplex is located in a diverse and historic district in Kansas City that is dominated by single-family bungalows and shotgun homes. Architectural experimentation is “rare but celebrated” in the

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Yale architecture students create dwelling in Connecticut for the homeless

Graduate students at Yale University have completed a prefabricated building in New Haven with two apartments that will be leased to tenants who are experiencing homelessness. The 1,000-square-foot (92-square-metre) house was built on a slender vacant lot on Adeline Street, in the city’s Upper Hill neighbourhood. The building is clad in white-stained cedar and is

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Students “reinvigorate” traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong created this woven bamboo shelter for farmers in China’s Fujian province by combining age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies. Due to its complexity and reliance on skilled labour, the art of bamboo weaving is in steep decline in the region. Students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

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Bartlett student Damien Assini suggests replacing HS2 railway with zero-carbon towns

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Damien Assini has proposed that the UK government reallocates funds from the proposed HS2 railway, and instead creates a natural landscape incorporating carbon-free modular housing and a green economy. Assini’s project is called Re-imagination of the HS2, and is based on skepticism uncovered in his research about the potential benefits of the

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AA Design & Make students test the limits of timber in tensile woodland canopy

A sculptural, tensile timber canopy has been constructed in Dorset woodland by five students from the Architectural Association as part of the school’s Design & Make programme. Built on the school’s Hooke Park forest campus in Dorset, England, Sawmill Shelter provides rain cover for the campus’ sawmill and its operator. However, it also forms part of

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Student builds pavilion on campus of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school

Architecture student Jaime Inostroza has built a tiny pavilion on the campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, offering occupants framed views of the Arizona desert. Inostroza recently graduated from the architecture school – previously called the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – which is based at a house designed by the prolific American architect in Scottsdale. Inostroza was one of

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Swiss architecture students design and build wooden events pavilion beneath Zurich overpass

Two hundred architecture students from a Lausanne university designed and built this events pavilion in Zurich, using lengths of timber to create a towering staircase, undulating seating and projection screens. Conceived by first-year students taking part in Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) – a summer workshop at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – the 240-square-metre structure was erected under an overpass in the Swiss

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California architecture students design shelters for LA’s growing homeless population

Students at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have conceived a series of shelters for homeless people, ranging from a shopping cart converted into a tent structure to a tiny house made of scavenged material. Called the Homeless Studio, the course was aimed at investigating the architect’s role in homelessness, and devising solutions

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Architecture students work hardest of all US college majors

US students on architecture college courses put in more extra hours than those taking any other subject, a recent survey has found. Architecture majors put in an average of 22.2 hours a week of study outside their classes, according to Indiana University’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as reported by The Tab. This is

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Colorado architecture students clad micro cabins in sheets of hot-rolled steel

Students at the University of Colorado Denver have designed and built a series of rustic dwellings for a base camp operated by an outdoor education program. Called COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins, the project consists of seven insulated dwellings, each containing 200 square feet (19 square metres) of interior space and a 100-square-foot deck (nine square metres).

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RIBA names student winners of President’s Medals 2016

A proposal for craft workshops at London’s V&A museum, an extension to Sir John Soane’s Museum and a dystopian graphic novel are among the winning projects in this year’s RIBA President’s Medals and Research Awards. The seven student winners were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London this evening. The Part-I

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Students erect arching bamboo events pavilion in Hong Kong

Bent bamboo poles and translucent fabric make up this curving events pavilion in Hong Kong, designed and built by architecture students. The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was designed to host a series of events, exhibitions and performances that promote low-carbon living and construction. The pavilion accompanies a zero-carbon building occupied by the Construction Industry Council in Kowloon Bay, to the north

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Floating wooden pavilion designed by students to deal with forest flooding in Estonia

Estonian interior architecture students designed this floating timber pavilion to provide a shelter, sauna and campfire for visitors to the Soomaa National Park wetlands during flooding (+ slideshow). The students from the Estonian Academy of Arts collaborated with Tallinn-based architecture firm b210 to design and build the floating structure named Veetee, which translates as waterway. They created it during More

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Students create Night Train party pavilion for former brewery in Latvia

Architecture students have built a train-inspired party pavilion in the grounds of a former factory, featuring a glowing wooden carriage that shuttles along a raised platform (+ slideshow) Described as “both guiding light and party host”, the Night Train was designed and built by a group of 13 students from the Riga Technical University summer school. Made entirely of locally sourced Latvian More

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Bilding is a faceted wooden community centre built by students in an Austrian park

Architecture students from the University of Innsbruck have designed and built an angular timber and glass structure to provide a place for youngsters in the Austrian city to develop creative skills (+ slideshow). The Bilding pavilion is located in Innsbruck’s Rapoldi Park, on a plot provided by the city council. Devised by a voluntary group connected to local More

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Quarter of UK architecture students report mental health issues

More than a quarter of architecture students in the UK have reported mental health issues related to their studies, with workload and debt among the leading causes, according to a new survey. Twenty-six per cent of respondents to a Student Survey by British magazine The Architects’ Journal (AJ) said they were being treated or had More

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ETH Zurich students build floating wooden pavilion for Manifesta art biennale

Visitors to this year’s Manifesta art biennale can watch films while enjoying a swim in this floating pavilion, built by students to float on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich ( + slideshow). Entitled Pavillon of Reflections, the structure was designed and built by 32 students from Studio Tom Emerson, which is the design and research studio in the architecture faculty at Swiss university ETH Zurich. More

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Terunobu Fujimori works with Kingston University students to create charred timber pavilion

Graduate shows 2016: Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori worked with students from Kingston University to create this tiered pavilion, which is clad in pieces of charred timber, zinc and chestnut wood (+ slideshow). Fujimori designed and built the Seminar House Pavilion with postgraduate students from Unit 5 during his residency at the architecture school earlier this year. The architect – known for More

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Architecture students create studio building in rural Utah using recycled materials

Students in a design-build programme at the University of Utah have completed a studio building on a remote campus in the desert where they live and work for part of the year (+ slideshow). Called Cedar Hall, the building is located in Bluff – a small Utah community of roughly 300 people. The town is home More

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Harvard students create tiny vacation houses for stressed-out city dwellers

Graduate students from Harvard University have launched a company that designs, builds and rents out wilderness micro cabins to urban residents “looking to escape the digital grind and test drive tiny-house living” (+ slideshow). The company, called Getaway, is based within the Harvard Innovation Lab – a multidisciplinary program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. The More

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Huge timber steps form bridge built by students across a river in rural China

This stepped timber bridge was designed by a team of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong to provide a meeting place for residents of a rural community in southern China (+ slideshow). Wind and Rain Bridge links two banks of a river on the outskirts of Peitian, a village in China’s Fujian province. Designed by course leader Donn Holohan to be constructed More

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University of Brighton students create folding stalls for south London market

London Festival of Architecture 2016: students from the University of Brighton have created installations for London’s East Street Market, including a stall of interactive games and a cocktail-making machine (+ slideshow). Called Live Projects, the designs are the result of an academic competition set by London-based Studio Gil founders Pedro Gil and Christo Meyer, who teach undergraduate Studio 55 at More

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Studio 804 builds Kansas home designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption

Students in a design-and-build programme at the University of Kansas have completed a family dwelling intended to demonstrate a more responsible approach to house building (+ slideshow). Called the New York Street Passive House, the home is located in the city of Lawrence. It was created by Studio 804, a design-build programme affiliated with the architecture school More

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US architecture school intends to ban use of styrene in model-making

The architecture college at Washington University in St Louis has announced it plans to prohibit students from using styrene in their models, citing health risks related to the chemical that is used to make foam boards. The ban was reported in Student Life, an independent newspaper run by students at the Missouri university. The architecture More

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Colorado architecture students design rugged micro cabins for Outward Bound

Architecture students from at the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Participating in a design-build programme, the students designed the cabins for the Colorado Outward Bound School – one of 40 schools around the globe run by Outward Bound, the nonprofit outdoor education organisation More

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Boston architecture students complain about “unacceptable” studio space

Architecture students at Boston’s Northeastern University are petitioning for improved studio space, alleging their current working conditions are unsanitary, unsafe, cold and cramped. Their grievances were outlined in a letter published last week in the independent student newspaper, The Huntington News. The letter was addressed to university president Joseph Aoun, and was signed by the More

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Tokyo university students create “drawn-in-place” architecture using a 3D-printing pen

A group of University of Tokyo students overseen by architect Kengo Kuma have developed a 3D-printing pen that can be used to create complex architectural structures out of plastic sticks. The constructions – described by the team as “large-scale hand-drawn structures” – are formed when a user manually prints out strings of thermoplastic filament, guided by a digital tracking system. The strings More

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Cedar-clad house by Yale students could serve as a model for affordable housing

Graduate students at the Yale School of Architecture have designed and built a contemporary family home in a low-income neighbourhood in New Haven, Connecticut (+ slideshow). The dwelling was completed as part of the school’s Jim Vlock Building Project, a programme established in 1967. The programme is focused on designing and constructing low-cost homes in economically […]

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University graduates design and build cabins on Navajo reservation in Utah

Graduate students of a Colorado university design-build programme have completed a pair of cabins on the Navajo reservation made of rusted steel and reclaimed barn wood (+ slideshow). The cabins were designed and constructed by architecture students and faculty in the Design Build BLUFF programme at the University of Colorado Denver, who worked in collaboration with […]

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Floating pyramid and wooden tunnel built in the woods by Architectural Association students

Two new structures have been erected by students amongst the trees of Hooke Park, England – a translucent pyramid suspended from the branches and a wooden burrow that nestles amongst the trunks (+ slideshow). Five students from London’s Architectural Association designed and built the wooden shelters for their first task on the AA Design & […]
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UK architecture schools fail to equip students with skills needed for practice

News: most UK-based employers and students believe architecture graduates are not prepared for the realities of working in practice, according to an industry survey. Research undertaken by RIBA Appointments – the recruitment arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects – has found that 80 per cent of employers and 75 per cent of students think that architectural education puts theory […]
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Maxime Delvaux’s realistic photos of student models offer an alternative to 3D renders

Architectural photographer Maxime Delvaux challenged students at Brussels University to create scale models that would appear realistic when photographed (+ slideshow). Delvaux was invited by Thierry Decuypere and Paul Mouchet of Belgian architecture studio V+, who teach at the university’s Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta, to conduct a workshop about photography and scale models. Related […]
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