Sarajevo by Lebbeus Woods
Woods’ solution to post-war cities is architecture, “by creating entirely new types of space in the city, without predetermined use, but whose strong forms demanded the invention of new programs corresponding to the new, post-war conditions.”
As the City of Chicago works to transform the long-polluted and neglected Chicago River into its “next recreational frontier,” Studio Gang’s two boathouses on its north and south sides will help catalyze this movement—creating key public access points along the river’s edge and providing facilities where the city’s youth rowing teams can develop their athletic and life skills.
The design for the boathouse structures translates the time-lapse motion of rowing into an architectural roof form. In addition to providing visual interest, this form also offers spatial and environmental advantages. With structural truss shapes alternating between an inverted “V” and an “M”, the roof achieves a rhythmic modulation that allows southern light into the building’s upper clerestory. The clerestory glazing warms the floor slab of the structure in winter and ventilates in summer to minimize energy use year-round.
Photography: John Zacherle
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Multihalle, Mannheim, Germany by Tatsuya Krause
One of the most important facts about the Multihalle is the generation process of the pavilion, based on a Gridshell.
Frei Otto developed a Gridshell form finding process that involved hundreds of scale models of Gridshells. He developed a catalog with several forms and shapes that the Gridshells can generate when hanged. Just like Gaudi, Otto worked on scale models to see the behavior of the grid he was working on. The studies he did were about form and shape but also involved architectural basic needs, as space and light.
First image Source: Princeton