Cause Of Glasgow’s Mackintosh School Of Art Fire Revealed

Scottish Fire and Rescue in the aftermath of the fire. Image © Stewart Attwood

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) have revealed the unfortunate series of events that led to the school’s iconic Mackintosh library, alongside a large collection of student work and archives, devastated in a fire in May of this year. According to BDOnline, who have spoken with Tom Inns (Director of the GSA), “final-year students were setting up their degree show projects in the basement and holes in some pre-built foam panels were being filled with the spray foam.”

The flammable gas used as a propellant in the canister was sucked into [a nearby] projector’s cooling fan, setting it alight. A foam panel directly behind the projector then quickly also caught light. “The flames quickly spread to timber panelling and through voids around the basement studio and then into the library two floors above and up through the rest of Mackintosh’s 1909 masterpiece.” To add insult to injury, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) reported that “a fire suppression system was in the latter stages of installation at the time of the fire but was not operational.”

Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel , MDW Architecture
Location: Boulevard Pierre Mayence, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Lida Guan

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects

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Architects: TAKA Architects
Location: 4 Anglesea Road, Dublin 4,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alice Clancy

SUMIYOSHIDO kampo lounge / id inc.

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Architects: id inc.
Location: Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Seiji Oguri, Yohei Oki
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of © id inc.

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang,
Architect In Charge: Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Siefke

White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates

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Architects: Takahashi Maki and Associates
Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Takahashi Maki, Shiokami Daisuke
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc

Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton / Images by Danica O. Kus


Architecture photographer Danica O. Kus has shared with us images of Frank Gehry‘s recently completed Fondation Louis Vuitton. Labeled as a “late-career triumph” by Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Hawthorne, the sailed glass structure teeters on the edge of a Parisian water garden in Jardin d’Acclimatation. For a closer look at the building’s much-discussed structure, check out all of Kus’ images after the break.

Pop-up Café / PYE

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Architects: PYE
Location: Bangkok,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of PYE

Yoshio Taniguchi to be Honored with Isamu Noguchi Award

AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art. Image © Timothy Hursley

Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi and English designer Jasper Morrison have been selected to receive the second annual . Presented by The Noguchi Museum, the award recognizes “kindred spirits in innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange.”

“We are thrilled to present the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award to Jasper Morrison and Yoshio Taniguchi, whose visionary work and extraordinary contributions in the fields of design and architecture exemplify Noguchi’s lifelong commitment to world citizenship and the practice of art with a social purpose,” stated Jenny Dixon, Director of The Noguchi Museum.

More on Taniguchi’s selection, after the break. 

Grajo Residence / Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design

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Architects: Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design
Location: Powell, OH, USA
Architect In Charge: Jonathan Barnes
Project Architect: Jeremy Little
Structural Engineer: Joe Lewis
Contractor: Benco
Area: 4200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Feinknopf Photography

Gehry Sides with MAD, Defends Lucas Museum from Critics

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With criticism forcing progress on MAD’s “mountainous” Lucas Museum to come to a standstill, Frank Gehry has released a statement on the Chicago Tribune urging critics to “take the proper time to review” the museum before dismissing it.

“Chicago is a great city for architecture and has historically supported innovative, forward-looking work. There is a natural impulse to deride a project in the early stages of design, particularly one that has a new shape or expression. This is not a new concept,” says Gehry, citing that both the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall were shrouded in criticism before becoming “great assets to their mutual cities.”

Miraflores House / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos

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Architects: Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos
Location: José Hernández 2801-3399, Funes, Santa Fe Province,
Project Architects: Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández, Orlando Alloatti
Project Area: 800.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal’s Biodome in Winning Competition Design

Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

Montréal’s Space for Life competition has recently announced its winners: design firms AZPML and KANVA. The competition demanded that entrants reinvigorate the relationship between humanity and the natural world through an intervention at Montréal’s Biodome. The two firms’ winning design, Migration du Biodome, does that with the installation of a series of undulating walls

McElroy House/ Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Site Area: 19042 sq ft
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Miranda Brackett, Roger Davies

Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype

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Architect and MIT Lecturer Cristina Parreño has created this new prototype for a self-supporting glass facade, entitled “The Wall.” The design is the first in Parreño’s “Tectonics of Transparency,” a series of planned prototypes that will “explore the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication.”

More details about Parreño’s prototype after the break

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MoMA’s Pedro Gadanho on “Bringing Architectural Modernity Home”

“The celebrity of architects such as Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura has certainly contributed to Portuguese architecture’s increasing presence in the local press.” Image: Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 – 1998 / Álvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

This article by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Homeland: News From Portugal, the project created for Portugal’s national representation at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Nobody doubts that, in large measures, 20th century modernity has been brought to one’s living room by the media. Sure, toasters and mass-produced carpets have offered a sense of domestic modernity fostered by ever-more accessible technologies. But newspapers, the radio, and TV sets have delivered the sense that one was immersed in the long revolution happening outside. Drawing from popular media, Martha Rosler’s “House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home” series (1967-1972) gave this idea a poignant visual expression. If newspapers carried home modernity’s many conflicts and tensions, life-style magazines completed the picture with alluring visions of how to make yourself and your environment become “modern.”

CR House / CoA Arquitectura

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Architects: CoA Arquitectura
Location: , JAL, Mexico
Project Area: 413.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina / Fábrica de arquitectura

Video: Gaetano Pesce on Architecture as Art

In this video from Crane TV, Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce talks about his philosophy of art and architecture as an expression of reality. His philosophy raises the question of whether architecture itself should become symbolic of its time and place or express an idea in the way that art often can.  Beyond a symbolic nature, Pesce also suggests that architecture could be humorous or act as an extension of artistic expression. “Architecture is the king or queen of the arts,” he says, summarizing his beliefs.

Last week we brought you another video from Crane TV on Vito Acconci, which explored why the goal of architecture is not always a completed building.  As another architect who blurs the lines between buildings and art, Pesce’s unbuilt projects are an important tool through which he continually seeks new discoveries to prompt further design innovations.