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Wang Shu: "Architecture is Not Just an Object That You Place in the Environment"

10:30 - 27 March, 2017

[Architecture can] change the life of people and give them a new one right away. This is not a job for normal people to do. This should be the work of God.

20 Things Your Non-Architect Friends Secretly Think About You

09:30 - 27 March, 2017
20 Things Your Non-Architect Friends Secretly Think About You, © Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

Maybe it's a result of long studio hours, the fact that architectural thinking tends to seep into every aspect of life, or a combination of other factors—but it's certain that architects have a culture all their own. Weird obsessions feel so commonplace in our closed social circles that it's easy to forget how bizarre some of our little quirks can appear to people on the outside. If you're an architect with a friend whose architectural knowledge pretty much stops at the Franks (Gehry and Lloyd Wright), here are some secret thoughts about you that they might be harboring. 

Impala House / Ariel Galera

09:00 - 27 March, 2017
Impala House / Ariel Galera, © Diego Medina
© Diego Medina

© Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cariló, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Ariel Galera
  • Design Team

    Ariel Galera, Diego Ballario, Cesar Amarante, Francisco Villamil
  • Area

    435.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Construction Halted on Heatherwick's Pier 55 in New York

08:00 - 27 March, 2017
Construction Halted on Heatherwick's Pier 55 in New York, © Heatherwick Studio via Curbed
© Heatherwick Studio via Curbed

Construction on Heatherwick Studio’s undulating Pier 55 in New York has come to a screeching halt, following a ruling by a United States District Court judge last week that will require the project to undergo an intense wildlife impact review.

Last April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the project, located on the Hudson River in West Chelsea, the go-ahead, allowing initial construction to begin. But the district judge found that the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to properly consider the wide effects of the projects on the river wildlife.

6 Tips for Designing Accessible and Safe Bus Stops

08:00 - 27 March, 2017
6 Tips for Designing Accessible and Safe Bus Stops, © NACTO
© NACTO

Designing urban spaces to improve mobility for all inhabitants is one of the main objectives of NACTO, the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Founded in 1996, this non-profit organization brings together more than 40 US and Canadian cities to share their advice and design practices seeking to raise the design standards in public policies for public spaces, mobility, and transportation.

They’ve developed a series of guides in which they propose design guidelines to make streets, cycle paths, intersections and other urban spaces more accessible and safe for all road users. One of the most recent is the "Transit Street Design Guide" in which they offer, among other things, 6 recommendations to take into account when designing bus stops. Find out what these recommendations are below.

"Are.na" is an Online Tool for Contextualizing the Internet – Here's Why It's Useful to Architects

07:00 - 27 March, 2017
"Are.na" is an Online Tool for Contextualizing the Internet – Here's Why It's Useful to Architects, "The intention behind Are.na is to build a platform that helps people continually recontextualize information into new ideas and help us all understand the vast amount information we face on a daily basis". Image © Are.na
"The intention behind Are.na is to build a platform that helps people continually recontextualize information into new ideas and help us all understand the vast amount information we face on a daily basis". Image © Are.na

Outside of our familiar feeds, social or otherwise, the Internet can be a daunting place. While information and interaction have never been easier, developing ways to get a handle on the quantity and pace of this crowded, if not valuable, world can often be difficult – it’s all too easy to find your digital life unintentionally isolated. In the architectural sphere, shared knowledge and a broad understanding of history and contemporary practice are all-important; discourse and conversation even more so. Are.na, a platform for collaborative and independent research, provides a new lens when surfing, capturing and contextualizing the content of the Internet.

'Channels' on Are.na. Image © Are.na 'Blocks', as shown in this 'Channel', can be hyperlinks or text. Image © Are.na Picasso's 'Constellation Drawings' (1924) shown here as a 'Block' with eight other connections. Image © Are.na This 'Channel' comprises entirely of text-based 'Blocks'. Image © Are.na +12

Spotlight: Mies van der Rohe

06:00 - 27 March, 2017
Spotlight: Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona Pavilion. Image © Gili Merin
Barcelona Pavilion. Image © Gili Merin

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (27 March 1886 – 17 August 1969) is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, known for his role in the development of the most enduring architectural style of the era: modernism. Born in Aachen, Germany, Mies' career began in the influential studio of Peter Behrens, where Mies worked alongside other two other titans of modernism, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. For almost a century, Mies' minimalist style has proved very popular; his famous aphorism "less is more" is still widely used, even by those who are unaware of its origins.

Neue National Gallery in Berlin. Image © Guillermo Hevia Garcia The Farnsworth House. Image © Greg Robbins IBM Building. Image © Bluffton University Seagram Building. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NewYorkSeagram_04.30.2008.JPG'>Wikimedia user Noroton</a> licensed under public domain +14

International Motorcycling Federation / LOCALARCHITECTURE

05:00 - 27 March, 2017
International Motorcycling Federation / LOCALARCHITECTURE, © Matthieu Gafsou
© Matthieu Gafsou

© Matthieu Gafsou © Joel Tettamanti © Matthieu Gafsou © Joel Tettamanti +15

LE RHEU / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects

03:00 - 27 March, 2017
LE RHEU  / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia         © Sergio Grazia         © Sergio Grazia         © Sergio Grazia         +65

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

02:00 - 27 March, 2017
Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR
© CreatAR

© CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR +25

Cantilever House / Design Unit Sdn Bhd

20:00 - 26 March, 2017
Cantilever House / Design Unit Sdn Bhd, © Lin Ho Photography
© Lin Ho Photography

© Lin Ho Photography   © Lin Ho Photography   © Lin Ho Photography   © Lin Ho Photography   +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Architect in Charge

    John G N Bulcock
  • Area

    7000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

16:00 - 26 March, 2017
Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA +22

Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York

14:00 - 26 March, 2017
Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York, © Morris Adjmi Architects
© Morris Adjmi Architects

Elijah Equities, LLC has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of The Warehouse in New York City, a property currently occupied by car parking and art galleries, which will be transformed into 100,000 square feet of rentable office and retail space designed by Morris Adjmi.

Situated next to the High Line, the building currently at the site is a four-story, 65,000-square-foot former apparel-manufacturing warehouse. The redevelopment will add a three-story, steel-framed, cantilevered addition, resulting in a seven-story building with over 18,000 square feet of rooftop and outdoor amenity space.

© Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects +9

Call for Entries: The Best Architecture Portfolios

13:05 - 26 March, 2017
Call for Entries: The Best Architecture Portfolios

Given the hearty success of our architecture resume/CV post, we understand that there's a demand for inspirational information that will help you land the job, grant or school admission you've always wanted. But portfolios, though a basic requirement in many creative fields, can be very tricky to master. How do you select the work you want to feature? How will you present it visually? Most importantly—how will you make it memorable enough that it won't be cast aside after a three-second glance? In an age where more and more portfolios and CVs will be viewed exclusively on a screen, how have you, our readers, developed portfolios that you are proud of? We would be honored to share the most innovative, inspirational, well-designed portfolios, so submit your designs!

If you think your portfolio has what it takes to be featured in a top-10 list, then send it over. (But please read the rules and guidelines!)

JP+C House / Zargos Arquitetos

13:00 - 26 March, 2017
JP+C House / Zargos Arquitetos, © Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Eng. Carlos Goulart, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Zargos Rodrigues
  • Team

    Caroline Wajdowicz, Débora Camargos, Frederico Rodrigues, Rodrigo Pereira, Thiago Álvares, Viviane Roza
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition

12:00 - 26 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition, First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has released the results of their Blue Clay Country Spa competition, which asked participants to design a non-urban ecotourism facility in Latvia. The competition invited students and professionals to “interrogate the inherent tensions between subject and object, [and] building and site,” as well as to “engage the agency of typological form—including, for instance, the courtyard, shed, garden, and pavilion.”

The winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa competition are:

First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Reflection in the Garden / Miroslava Brooks and Amy DeDonato. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders BB Green Award: Blue Clay Country Spa – Garden Spa / Ashley Clayton and Mangyuan Wang . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders BB Student Award: Boxes! / Federico Rodriguez and Alejandro Lobo, of Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo – UdelaR. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +77

Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag

09:30 - 26 March, 2017
Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag, Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie is a unique presence in Hamburg’s cityscape. Image © Maxim Schulz
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie is a unique presence in Hamburg’s cityscape. Image © Maxim Schulz

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim?"

So much has already been written about Hamburg’s undeniably excellent Elbphilharmonie, which formally opened in January but has been publicly accessible, in part, since November. The chatter has mostly revolved around the same two talking points—the building’s on-the-tip-of-your-tongue shape and its fantastic price tag. In addressing the former, critics have called attention to the hall’s resemblance to an iceberg, an outcrop, a ship, circus tents, or the Sydney Opera House. And as for the costs, totaling $900 million, they point out how the project hemorrhaged cash, even if they have inadvertently exaggerated the figures. Having momentarily lost control of the narrative, the city felt compelled to set the record straight in time for the inaugural performance: The building cost just three—not ten!—times the initial budget.

The building’s facade incorporates 2,200 flat and curved panes, which contain millions of chrome-coated dots that reduce solar gain. Image © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan The walls of the main auditorium are covered in what the architects call a “white skin” made up of 10,000 gypsum fiberglass panels. Image © Iwan Baan The red-brick base, which was previously a warehouse for cocoa, contains various facilities, including a garage and a music education center, while the upper glass volume comprises luxury apartments and a hotel and spa, in addition to the new music venues. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron +10

CAP / AAVP Architecture

09:00 - 26 March, 2017
CAP / AAVP Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly  © Luc Boegly  © Luc Boegly  © Luc Boegly  +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    2nd arrondissement, 75002 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Vincent Parreira
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs