playLAND / LIKEarchitects

© Dinis Sottomayor photography

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: 4940 ,
Architect In Charge: Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, Teresa Otto and João Salgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dinis Sottomayor photography

Foster + Partners Reveals Cardiff Central Square Masterplan

Millennium Walkway. Image Courtesy of Cardiff City Council

The City of Cardiff has unveiled plans by Foster + Partners to redesign the city’s Central Square, close to the Millennium Stadium, adding over a million square feet of office, retail and residential buildings organized around a new civic square. Explaining that it is “the key gateway to Cardiff” for many visitors, City Council leader Phil Bale said that Central Square’s ”role in providing a positive image for Cardiff and Wales cannot be underestimated,” adding that ’ design is “reflective of the City’s ambition to be amongst the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world.”

More on the plan after the break

Pixelmator for iPad: Sophisticated Photo Editing On The Go

Pixelmator, an app which has been familiar to Mac users since 2011, have released a version of their powerful software for . Although the App Store is awash with photo editing and manipulation packages, Pixelmator’s clean interface and collection of the most used features users require, makes it a good substitute for desktop based software packages when on the move. Alongside allowing image enhancement, a “painting engine, precise colour correction, and live histograms” (allowing you to gauge real-time colour values as you edit), the app also takes step into providing “layers, non-destructive layer styles and a collection of professional-grade selection tools.”

Paris- Quai de l’Oise / Agence VEA – Architects

© Sergio Grazia

Architects:
Location: 19th arrondissement, Paris,
Architect In Charge: Julien FORTIER-DURAND
Design Team: Antoine CASANOVA, Pauline CHASLES and Bertrand EMGOUE
Technical Design Office: CTH
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Wojtek Gurak
© Wojtek Gurak

Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

Since winning the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the first woman and Muslim to do so, Hadid’s career has been on an exponential trajectory. Before the prize, Hadid was better known for her extraordinary sketch-paintings of unbuilt works; particularly, her competition-winning entries for “The Peak” in 1982 and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in 1994. Zaha’s “flying” forms were so revolutionary, that some questioned if they could even be made reality – hence why the Opera House was ultimately rejected, for supposed ”uncertainties.” Indeed, before 1994, the only built project she could boast was the complex, deconstructivist Vitra Fire Station.

KaiF / FORM

© Andrey Bezuglov

Architects: FORM
Location: Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine
Architects In Charge: Victoriia Shkliar, Olga Antontseva
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Bezuglov

ArchDaily Celebrates World Cities Day: 23 Unmissable Articles on Cities and Urbanism

Last year the UN General Assembly issued a resolution to “designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Day.” A legacy of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, the first is being hosted today in Shanghai, with the aim of focusing on global urbanization and encouraging cooperation among countries to solve and promote sustainable urban development worldwide.

“In a world where already over half the population lives in urban areas, the human future is largely an urban future, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the importance of World Cities Day. “We must get urbanization right, which means reducing greenhouse emissions, strengthening resilience, ensuring basic services such as water and sanitation and designing safe public streets and spaces for all to share.  Liveable cities are crucial not only for city-dwellers but also for providing solutions to some of the key aspects of sustainable development.”

To celebrate World Cities day, we’ve rounded up 23 articles that you can’t miss on critical issues relating to our cities, ranging from sustainability to addressing equality and creative solutions for integrating cycling into our cities.

Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comments below.

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio

© Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: PALATIUM Studio
Location: , Tétényi Way, Hungary
Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
Area: 6180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Roomroom / Takeshi Hosaka

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Architects: Takeshi Hosaka
Location: , Tokyo,
Area: 72.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Incheon Children Science Museum / HAEAHN Architecture + Yooshin Architects & Engineers + Seongwoo Engineering & Architects

© Park Young-chae

Architects: HAEAHN Architecture, Yooshin Architects & Engineers, Seongwoo Engineering & Architects
Location: 108-1 Bangchuk-dong, Gyeyang-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Area: 14998.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Park Young-chae

House in Nagatoro / CASE-REAL

© Hiroshi Mizusaki

Architects: CASE-REAL
Location: Saitama, Saitama,
Area: 119.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site

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Construction has begun on Santiago Calatrava’s Saint Nicholas National Shrine on the World Trade Center site in . A “tiny jewel” for lower Manhattan, as referred by Calatrava, the white Vermont marble shrine will be based around a translucent central Cupola that illuminates from within. 

More images and an updated construction image of Calatrava’s neighboring transportation hub, after the break.

Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

© Brent Winstone

Architects: Bates Smart
Location: 43 Brisbane Street, NSW 2010, Australia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brent Winstone

World’s Tallest Twin Towers Planned for Dubai

© Emaar Properties and Holding; Courtesy of Gizmodo

Developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have unveiled a new mega development planned for Dubai, dubbed Dubai Creek Harbour. Though no official architects have been named, the 6 million-square-meter is designed to be three times larger than downtown Dubai and will include the world’s tallest twin towers.

Munich Botanical Garden Entrance Building / Kunze Seeholzer

© Jann Averwerser

Architects: Kunze Seeholzer
Location: Menzinger Straße 65, 80638 Munich,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jann Averwerser , Herbert Stolz

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

Graves-designed University building planned for . Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process.

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects

© Tom Arban

Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: 31 Caroline Street North, , ON N2L 6B9, Canada
Area: 55000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban , Scott Norsworthy , Shai Gil

Fly Through Milan’s 2015 Expo Site in Progress With the Help of a Drone

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Construction is entering into the final stages for Expo Milan 2015, with just over six months left in the five-year build. A quick fly through shows the centrepiece Italian Pavilion nearing structural completion, with national and corporate pavilions making steady progress. The video is the fifth in a series of drone-led tours of the site, created in partnership between Expo Milan and Telecom Italia.

Find out more and watch the remaining four videos after the break