Virginia cabin by 3north features fully glazed corner with river views

Glass panels on the corner of this residence pivot aside, opening the double-height living space to its waterfront site in Virginia. Located in Matthews County, the simple Contemporary River House encompasses 800 square feet (75 square metres) and is positioned on sloping terrain leading down to the water. “The objective was to create a streamlined,

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A-frame roofs typify Charles DuBois’ Swiss Miss houses in Palm Springs

As we near the end of our series celebrating Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture, coinciding with the city’s Modernism Week, here’s a look at the chalet-esque houses that Charles DuBois designed to stand out from their neighbours. The Swiss Miss Houses were built in the Vista Las Palmas neighbourhood of Palm Springs, which was undergoing development in

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Is That Lounge Chair Made of Concrete? (11 photos)

Edgy and industrial, concrete has been cropping up as an outdoor furnishings material of choice among designers aiming for a contemporary look. As a material, it’s durable, outdoor-friendly and acts as a modern counterpart to natural elements like wood, stone and woven textiles. If you’re thinking

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Laurian Ghinitoiu Captures Visitors’ Delight at Asif Khan and Hyundai’s Interactive Olympic Pavilion

Earlier this month, the Winter Olympics was officially opened in South Korea. Laurian Ghinitiou visited PyeongChang to capture the celebrations and the festivities of the Winter Olympic Games. At the Olympic Park, he turned his lens towards the now-famous Vantablack VBx2 building designed by Hyundai and Asif Khan. The pavilion was conceived of as a “narrative” and everything from the facade to the five rooms within — water, solar, electrolysis, hydrogen fuel stack and recreation of water — were part of the story. 

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NYC’s High Line Wins the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

Eight long and prosperous years have passed since the first part of the New York High Line opened in 2009. As a prominent piece New York’s architectural and urban identity, it is no wonder that it has been awarded the Harvard GSD Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, recognising the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the High Line for their adaptivity to the changing context of the park and their support from the beginning for design excellence.

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House MV / Cristian Alvarado Espinoza

A break on the hill.
The order is a second home for a family on the slopes of a hill located in the southern sector of Laguna Aculeo, Paine. The conditions of the terrain with an angle of 30 degrees create the following problem: How, in addition to accommodating the traditional program, is the family reunion generated and possible? The work tries to solve this through the creation of a pause, a new horizon that on one hand projects us from the ground to the descent of the slope and on the other, the construction define a space for the encounter. Thus, the landscape is an excuse and a backdrop for daily acts. The construction protects but emphasizes and reinforces the idea of dominance. For this, it is proposed to separate the program into two volumes, one with the common areas and another one with the bedroom areas.

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State CTE funding changes hurt rural schools, SAD1 super says

A change in how the state government funds local career and technical education programs could disproportionately impact rural districts in northern Maine, according to the superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 1.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A change in how the state government funds local career and technical education programs could disproportionately impact rural districts in northern Maine, according to Brian Carpenter, superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 1.

The Maine Department of Education has changed its CTE funding policy, effective for the current fiscal year, to a per-student-based reimbursement model. The policy replaces a long-standing model of cost-based funding, where districts are reimbursed for their CTE costs plus inflation.

Carpenter said that change, even though it includes provisions for additional funding for the first three years, could leave many rural districts with gaps in CTE funding that may have to be covered by local taxpayers.

“This is being pushed by larger CTE centers downstate,” who have more students and will garner more funding under the change, Carpenter maintains.

Drafting and engineering students at the Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center use computer-aided drafting, CAD or AutoCAD, to see their designs take shape. (Files photo | Contributed)

Under the new policy, SAD1’s $1.6 million annual CTE program will fall $75,000 short this year, requiring that gap to be made up with local funds, Carpenter said. If the full policy were in effect, as is planned within three years, SAD 1 would be short $400,000, he said.

“The governor wants more kids in CTE, yet he’s cutting the funding and it’s impacting northern Maine specifically,” Carpenter said. “I’ve talked to legislators and I’ve talked to DOE officials about it.”

The changes would also impact CTE programs in Caribou, Houlton and the St. John Valley, Carpenter said.

CTE programs are usually hosted by larger districts and serve students from surrounding districts, who cover the transportation costs for their students and are later reimbursed by the state. Students from Mars Hill or Fort Fairfield, for instance, can take CTE classes in Presque Isle in areas such as agriculture or computer-aided design.

Caribou and Presque Isle each offer CTE programs that serve students from around central Aroostook County, but have little overlap other than building trades, Carpenter said. Presque Isle’s CTE program serves approximately 126 students and Caribou’s 167.

Carpenter said the largest problem with the state’s new funding policy is that it apparently does not provide any additional money for purchasing equipment. He is skeptical whether the policy’s three year “hold harmless” provision will allow districts to gather funds for equipment purchases.

For instance, Caribou has a heavy equipment operation program and Houlton has a mechanized logging program, both of which require regular equipment upgrades.

“If I’m going down to Houlton to buy a new tree harvester, that’s $1.2 million. If I’m going to Caribou, I’m going to need a new excavator for $300,000,” Carpenter said. “If we’re not having equipment that’s state-of-the-art, then students leaving these programs will not be certified to run the equipment that’s out there,” he added.

Rachel Paling, director of communications for the Maine Department of Education, challenged Carpenter’s assertions that the new model would leave rural CTE programs struggling.

“No CTE school is losing and, in fact, a rural CTE school such as Region 2 [serving southern Aroostook] actually benefits from the model,” Paling wrote in an email.

Paling said that for CTE programs not meeting the new model’s funding allocations, the DOE “will be working with each school individually to determine why the school does not align with the model and what action might be necessary, either on the part of the school to align costs to the model or through changes to the model.”

Paling added the new model does not include equipment funding, but that CTE equipment purchases will be funded by an additional $1 million to the state’s CTE equipment grant and that there may be an equipment bond program approved by the Legislature.

Carpenter said the new CTE funding policy creates an air of uncertainty for districts that manage CTE programs and those that send students to them.

“For a small district up here to take part in the program, that could be the death toll for CTE because the smaller districts won’t be able to support it with smaller budgets. They’re not going to pay to have their students come.”

Whether or not the policy could be amended is also uncertain. “You’re fighting an upstream battle now to get it changed. We don’t have the legislative power to change it,” Carpenter said.

“It’s going to be wait and see,” he said, noting that this time next year Maine will have a new governor. “We’ll have to cross the other bridge when we come to it.”

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Space Copenhagen renovates landmark Arne Jacobsen hotel using updated classic furniture

Space Copenhagen has re-introduced original features and furniture as part of a comprehensive refurbishment of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Royal Hotel, which is nearing completion in the Danish capital. The project involves the renovation of 259 guest rooms and suites, the lobby and meeting rooms, as well as the introduction of a new restaurant at the hotel,

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Most Architects Prefer Working in Organized Spaces, But Some Opt for “Organized Chaos”

When we say “most” architects, we’re basing our conclusion on the responses to our first AD Discussion of 2018. Even though Tim Harford, author of the book Messy, contends that disorder and a bit of confusion can be linked to spaces that inspire more creativity, our readers tend to disagree. In our review of comments on our article, the majority of respondents explained that workspaces with out-of-place objects negatively affected their ability to concentrate. Many responses alluded to their more efficient and prolific results gained by working in an organized space. But that doesn’t mean that all ArchDaily readers agreed; there are still ardent defenders of “control chaos” who insist that their best work emerges from working beneath piles of papers or supplies. 

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View the best wooden architecture via our updated timber Pinterest board

Following plans for the world’s tallest timber tower in Tokyo, we’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to wooden buildings, which includes a French social housing project with a slatted facade, and a latticed community centre by German students. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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L’ATALANTE / KOZ architectes

We wanted Paris’ biggest wooden amenity to be a real public place. Playing with its volumes allows to limit its emergence and to keep it quite narrow, making it almost an inhabited hedge. Only the vertical gesture creating the hall’s « cathedral » hosting the climbing wall reveals its intense activity to the passers-by. This set-up allows a vast internal space, opened towards the Bois de Boulogne and continuous between two public gardens. It asserts itself on the boulevard and takes into account the existing pedestrian paths, welcoming everyone as a public place would.

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4 Best Instagram Hashtags To Follow If You Want to See Great Architecture

The hashtag officially became part of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, and whether you tend to use them or not, they are a pretty unavoidable internet tool that helps users connect related internet content. Maybe you’re hashtagging photos to get featured on a certain account or to poke some fun at yourself (see Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon)? But serious ArchDaily readers have been using “#” to group beautiful photographs of architecture for the better part of a decade. When Instagram announced that it was possible to follow hashtags, die-hard taggers found a way to discover and like new content without actively seeking it out.

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Watch Robert A M Stern Make the Case for Preserving Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building

In a recent film published by Metropolis Magazine, New York-based architect Robert A M Stern explains why we should care about Philip Johnson’s controversial AT&T building. As landmark designation hearings to protect the buildings external facade continue, demolition of the lobby of this iconic Postmodern New York City skyscraper has already completed.

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