Wim Wenders. Image ©  European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010
Wim Wenders. Image © European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

‘Cathedrals of Culture’ Proves To Be “Limited” & “Internalised”

The highly anticipated 3D film series Cathedrals of Culture has now opened around the world. Directed by Wim Wenders and a team of five other acclaimed directors (Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim Aïnouz), the collection - according to The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright - “feels more like a series of vapid promotional videos.” Arguing that in most of the films (with the exception of Michael Madsen’s) the narrative is lost in favour of cinematic shots, “Cathedrals of Culture presents a limited and internalised view of what architecture is, a fault perhaps driven by the obsession with the 3D camera. [...] It has a self-satisfied, sometimes cultish, air that makes you feel like you’re taking part in some collective brainwashing exercise.” Wainwright concludes that Living Architectures is the best place to go. See some of their films featured in ArchDaily’s 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014.

Kindergarten in Stabio / Studio WE

© Alexandre Zveiger

Architects: Studio WE
Location: Stabio,
Engineer: Edy Toscano Engineering & Consulting
Area: 1848.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexandre Zveiger

© Alexandre Zveiger

From the architect. The kindergarden is a solitary building on a green field. Only paths and walls connect the new building to landscape in order to create a subtle and strong texture of reference points within the site.

© Alexandre Zveiger

The architectural expression of the compact structure can be detected through few basic elements. The shape of the roof with its geometric waves over the entrance and its skylights defines the elevation of the front facade of the building. The kindergarden is composed by four classes and it lives on the dialogue between the interior rooms and exterior spaces. The typology of each class determinate this relationship.

Section 1

The intention is that children could experiment architecture in a natural and funny way that contribute to their growing. The theme of setting limits in its different varieties guides children in their search for freedom and also privacy. Extroverted and introverted moments alternate in a series defined by the different activities. Horizontal and vertical connections allow the perception of the overall facility from each of its units.

© Alexandre Zveiger

As in a small town, spaces of different size and shape, light, materials and colours determine a rich and the different identities of the space.

© Alexandre Zveiger

Paris Zoological Park / Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés

© Claud Cieutat

Architects: Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés
Location: 53 Avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 ,
Research Adviser: Mikaël Mugnier (Landscape architect)
Project Manager: Camille Piot (Architect) and Renaud Riboulet (Landscape architect)
Year: 2014
Photographs: Claud Cieutat, Martin Argyroglo, Mikaël Mugnier

Hotel Golden Holiday in Nha Trang / Trinh Viet A Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Trinh Viet A Architects
Location: , Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Trinh Viet A, Naoya Sakamaki, Le Hoai Phuong
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

House in Atsugi / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Kanagawa,
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Takumi Ota

“Briefly”: a Documentary About Design’s Least Significant Piece of Paper

When we evaluate the work of architects and other designers, we often treat it as if the design was created in a vacuum. It’s easy to forget that the vast majority of designs emerge from a collaboration between the designer and their client, and when it comes to the design’s success the input of the client can often be as important as the work of the designer. This creative relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, yet it is usually held together by a single document: the brief.

Released today, this half-hour  by director Tom Bassett entitled Briefly takes a long hard look at the brief, with architects Frank Gehry and David Rockwell, industrial designer Yves Béhar, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, marketing executive John C Jay and creative executive John Boiler all pitching in their experience with creative briefs, and recounting stories where, for better or for worse, the brief had a major effect on their work.

More on the documentary after the break

Bow House / Edwards Moore

© Fraser Marsden

Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: VIC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fraser Marsden

Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric
Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here

Locales Roca / BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

© Manuel Ciarlotti

Architects: BBC Arquitectos, Sol Loustaunau
Location: Tucumán 668, , Río Negro Province, Argentina
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Manuel Ciarlotti

Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image Courtesy of BFI

Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Among this year’s finalists are a floating health clinic in Lake Tanganyika, a comprehensive coastal resiliency plan for the Northeastern Seaboard, and a waterfront regeneration plan for the Makoko/Iwaya community. 

The 2014 Finalists are…

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

WHAT: With its fifth biennial competition and exhibition, the AIANY New Practices Committee is proud to recognize six emerging architecture and design firms working in New York City. These firms will be featured in an exhibition opening on October 1 at 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. This year, the opening of New Practices New York 2014 will also kick off Archtober 2014, Architecture and Design Month.

In Progress: Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY

© Jeremy Bittermann

Architects: wHY
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Benny Chan

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of ’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international , the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

Location: 37-39 Greenland Street, , Merseyside L1 0BS, UK
Architects In Charge: Hugh Miller Furniture, Howard Miller Design Ltd.
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

MASS Design Group’s Latest Video: Design That Heals

In their sixth Beyond the Building video, “Design That Heals,” MASS Design Group explores how architects can improve the lives and health of people everywhere. The video reveals how the work of MASS operates on various scales from everything to designing better furniture to influencing national policies. Their approach to humanitarian architecture begins by empowering the local community to take ownership of new projects, and in turn, bring about significant improvements in the quality of life in places that have previously been overlooked.

For example, talking about MASS Design Group‘s Butaro Hospital, Rwanda‘s Minister for Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho says: “There’s this idea of equity to put a hospital, state of the art, in the middle of nowhere. It was not nowhere for everybody, because there are 300,000 people living there.” Watch the video above and get involved in the conversation on how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding.

Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

© Daniel Ducci

Architects: Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
Location: – São Paulo,
Design Team: Henrique Fina, Lucia Hashizume, João Xavier
Area: 1250.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Ducci, Joao Xavier, Courtesy of Cristina Xavier – Photos of work, ITA – Prototype photos

Online Master Class:  Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense

Online Master Class: Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense

Online Master Class
Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense
Date: Oct 7th 2014 at 18:00 Madrid time.
Speaker: Sharon Liebowitz, VP of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
Registration: click here to register to the event.
Brought to you by: IE School of Architecture & Design

Real Estate is among the top three expenses for most corporations, and as such, needs to be aggressively managed. But, in addition to managing real estate as an expense item, real estate also needs to be managed as a strategic asset. This can include using the workspace to attract talent, developing a location strategy to situate offices near the best labor pool, or creating an office environment that supports collaboration. Deploying the capabilities of real estate as a strategic asset enables businesses to achieve their priorities.

Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all majors (excluding with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution

Using information collected from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution has created a set of interactive infographics comparing the lifetime earning potential of graduates of 80 majors. With so much debate over the earning potential of architects, the tool provides us with an invaluable insight into the long-range outlook for members of our profession, charting the both the total lifetime earnings of architects and their average earnings per year over a 42-year career.

Read on after the break for analysis of what the infographics tell us