Skaters Win Battle Against Southbank Centre

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London‘s  announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with skateboarding group Long Live Southbank, and is dropping plans to move the famous skatepark to a new site underneath Hungerford Bridge nearby. The decision, which is ensured by a binding planning agreement with Lambeth Council, brings a close to a dispute that has lasted almost a year and a half – ever since the unveiled redevelopment plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley which included the removal of the skatepark in favour of retail space in the Southbank’s undercroft.

The agreement also involves both sides dropping a series of legal challenges initiated during the dispute, including the Southbank’s challenge over the registration of the skatepark as an ‘asset of community value,’ an attempt by Long Live Southbank to have the skatepark listed as a village green, and a judicial review of Lambeth Council’s decision to reject the village green application.

Gurten Pavilion (Gupa) / :mlzd

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Architects: :mlzd
Location: Gurtenkulm, 3084 Köniz,
Design Team: Roman Lehmann, Stefan Leiseifer, Claude Marbach, Pat Tanner, Daniele Di Giacinto, Julia Wurst, Johannes Weisser, Moritz Werner
Area: 760.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexander Jaquemet

Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city – Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the following yesterday’s referendum.

House NX / ARX

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Architects: ARX
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

GMT London / Z&M Architects

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Architects: Z&M Architects
Location: , UK
Design Team: Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
Client: Shanghai xintiandi & GMT LONDON
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office

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Architects: eleven nine inteiror design office
Location: Nosakucho, , Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 91.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Seiryo Yamada

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

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Architects: XU Kai
Location: Huli People’s Government Heshan Sub-district Office, 705 Fanghu East Road, Huli, , Fujian, China, 361009
Area: 9500.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Amelie Yang

SFMOMA Tops Out

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind ’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break…

Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: VIC 3206, Australia
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image ©

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

Plywood House / Simon Astridge

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Architects: Simon Astridge
Location: Balham, London,
Area: 134.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicholas Worley

New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library

Helsinki Central Library. Image ©

Take a tour inside ALA Architect’s Helsinki Central Library with a new animation and set of images revealing the project’s spacious interiors. The project, which was awarded to ALA through an international competition, boasts a unique set of programs, such as a ground floor cinema, second story sauna, “Nerd Attic” and dreamy “Book Heaven” that is topped with a cloud-like undulating roof and includes a distinctive outdoor “Citizens’ Balcony.”

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

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Architects: LWPB Architecture
Location: 5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, , OK 73162, USA
Design Principal: Craig Foster AIA
Project Architect/Manager: Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography

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Spotlight: Peter Smithson

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After…

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

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ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to ’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city.

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…

Morumbi Residence / Monica Drucker

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Architects: Monica Drucker
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Fausto Chino
Project And Coordination: Drucker arquitetos associados
Area: 1033.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: João Ribeiro

21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture

The Offices of BIG. Image Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Originally published by Entrepreneur Architect, Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech Kevin J Singh gives his 21-point rundown of how to have a successful and happy life as an architect. The list gives some pointers that will certainly help young students and graduates, but may well be useful to some of the not-so-young practitioners who need to refocus on what’s important.

The following is a compilation of my professional practice lecture on the last day of class. Instead of recapping the course or giving a final exam, I share with my students a presentation titled Advice as You Finish School and Start to Practice. I present a series of statements followed up with a brief explanation.

Doehler / SABO project

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Architects: SABO project
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Alex Delaunay
Area: 124.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of SABO project