© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger
© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger

Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger

Only 5 more days on the exhibition 2D:3D, an installation by Barkow Leibinger at the BDA Berlin Gallery. Covering the wall surfaces of the small gallery space with “tapete” or wallpaper the façade of the storefront gallery frames what Leon…

Modsim / Yazgan Design Architecture

© Yunus Özkazanç

Architects: Yazgan Design Architecture
Location: Ankara/Ankara Province,
Architect In Charge: Kerem Yazgan, Burak Turgutoğlu
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Yunus Özkazanç

Raheen Library at Australian Catholic University / Woods Bagot

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: 115 Victoria Street, Fitzroy, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

City-County Building Plaza Design Competition

City-County Building Plaza Design Competition

The City-County Building Plaza Design Competition is seeking a final conceptual design that would be implemented on an existing 1.94 acre open space on the City-County Building Property also known as the City-County Building Plaza (CCB Plaza). 

Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence Entension / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architects
Location: 29 Avenue Robert Schuman, ,
Project Leader: José Luis Fuentes, Peter Mitterer
Planning Team: Ralitsa Kafova, Sabine Kopp, Zuzana Janouskova , Katja Pargger, Stephan Schwarz, Arne Speiser
Area: 9,160 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Plaza. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Plaza. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Design Central Bank of Libya

Henning Larsen Architects has won an invited competition to design a new headquarters for the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli. Inspired by Libyan vernacular architecture, the structure will occupy two existing site excavations. The first, and largest, excavation will be transformed into a “shaded oasis” that serves both the bank and Gurji district by providing areas for operations, an education center, restaurant and hotel. The second will allow vehicular access to the treasuries. Read on for more information…

Humble House / KRIS YAO | Artech

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Architects: KRIS YAO | Artech
Location: , Taiwan
Design Team: Glen Lu, Golden Kao, Ray Chen, Kai-Chih Chang, Kang Chiu, Dan Wang, Kang-Yueh Liu, Nini Cheng, Catch Tseng, Man-Ching Liao, Sam Chu
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of KRIS YAO | Artech

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

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ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within , Chile that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city’s many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal – named “Metropolitan Promenade” – seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city’s public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect’s description, after the break.

DEN-EN Office / AUAU

© Masaya Yoshimura

Architects: AUAU
Location: , Aichi, Japan
Architect In Charge: Akitoshi Ukai
Area: 228 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Heatherwick Tapped to Design “Sunken Oasis” in Abu Dhabi

Fractured Desert . Image © Heatherwick Studio

Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to transform a 125,000 square meter park in the heart of into a multifunctional “sunken oasis.” Inspired by “fractured desert crust,” the park is designed as a series of fragmented canopies that rise to form a three-dimensional landscape across the site. Beneath the cracked surface will be a series of interconnected public spaces cooled by lush vegetation that provide organic produce to local restaurants and space for community gardens.

Elderly Care Campus / Areal Architecten

© Tim Van De Velde

Architects: Areal Architecten
Location: Fredericusstraat 89, 2640 ,
Area: 15217.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Van De Velde

U.S. ABI Declines Sharply in March

March ABI. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

It seems the U.S. Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has yet to recover from 2013’s end of the year decline. Though 2014 started with a “modest uptick,” the March ABI has reveals a share decrease in design services. As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the March ABI score was 48.8, down from a mark of 50.7 in February. Despite this, the new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.

“This protracted softening in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market the last year and a half,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Hopefully, some of this can be attributed to severe weather conditions over this past winter. We will have a better sense if there is a reason for more serious concern over the next couple of months.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Alcoutins House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architects In Charge: José Guedes Cruz, Cesar Marques, Marco Martínez Marinho
Area: 656.0 sqm
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Flickr CC User Doug Downen
© Flickr CC User Doug Downen

McMansions: The Ultimate Symbol of American Inequality

In this fascinating post for Salon, Thomas Frank holds nothing back on the topic of so-called “McMansions“. Charting their history from the 1980s to today, he reveals that they are not just a symptom of the inequality in modern US society, but the very cause of it: “Everything we do seems designed to make this thing possible… This stupendous, staring banality is the final outcome for which we have sacrificed everything else.” You can read the full article here.

Venice Biennale 2014: Collateral Events Announced

The Venice Biennale has released a list of 21 Collateral Events that will take place alongside the official exhibitions during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (June 7 – 23 November 2014). Selected by Rem Koolhass and supported by non-profit national and international institutions, these collateral events will take place around Venice and, in the words of the Biennale, will “enrich the diversity of voices that characterizes the Architecture Biennale.”

President Paolo Baratta explained, “This announcement completes the number of organizations who despite being outside the boundaries of the Exhibition are exhibited in the city of Venice, and which contribute, along with a good number of participating countries that do not have a pavilion in the Giardini or in the Arsenale, to spread the 14th Exhibition by turning it into an urban phenomenon, that would engage every corner of the city.”

See the complete list after the break. And make sure to keep up to date with ’s complete coverage of the Venice Biennale. 

The Steel Age Is Over. Has The Next Age Begun?

As of now, carbon fiber has only been applied to small scale applications, such as the Textile Room by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Image © Monica Nouwens

Andrew Carnegie once said, “Aim for the highest.” He followed his own advice. The powerful 19th century steel magnate had the foresight to build a bridge spanning the Mississippi river, a total of 6442 feet. In 1874, the primary structural material was iron — steel was the new kid on the block. People were wary of steel, scared of it even. It was an unproven alloy.

Nevertheless, after the completion of Eads Bridge in St. Louis, Andrew Carnegie generated a publicity stunt to prove steel was in fact a viable building material. A popular superstition of the day stated that an elephant would not cross an unstable bridge. On opening day, a confident Carnegie, the people of St. Louis and a four-ton elephant proceeded to cross the bridge. The elephant was met on the other side with pompous fanfare. What ensued was the greatest vertical building boom in American history, with Chicago and New York pioneering the cause. That’s right people; you can thank an adrenaline-junkie elephant for changing American opinion on the safety of steel .

So if steel replaced iron – as iron replaced bronze and bronze, copper –  what will replace steel? Carbon Fiber.

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Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT
Location: Calle de María Díaz de Haro, 3, 48013 , Biscay, Spain
Project Architect: Gonzalo Carro
Project Director: Gonzalo Carro
Area: 8550.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz