Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1934-1947. ©Núcleo de Documentação e Pesquisa – Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

In 1955 the Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in . On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

More about Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening at on March 29th, after the break. 

Greenwich Gateway Pavilions / Marks Barfield Architects

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Architects: Marks Barfield Architects
Location: Greenwich, SE10, UK
Area: 2648.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Soar

Shortlist Announced For RIBA London Awards

Shortlisted: Great James Street / . Image © Alan Williams

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA London 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by AHMM, dRMM, John McAslan + Partners and Grimshaw, to Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. Winning projects from last year included three Stirling Prize shortlisted projects, as well as another by Haworth Tompkins who ultimately took the prize in 2014 for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Headquarters of an Advertising Agency / YETI + JRK72

© Krzysztof Zgoła

Architects: , JRK72
Location: Kryspinów,
Architect In Charge: Jacek Krych
Area: 1125.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krzysztof Zgoła, Jakub Certowicz

Sports Facilities in Island of Cartuaja / Cayuela Marqués Architects

© Jesús Granada

Architects: Cayuela Marqués Architects
Location: Isla de La Cartuja, 41092 , Sevilla, Spain
Project Architects: María Cayuela, Paco Marqués
Project Area: 2830.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jesús Granada

The Cloud / a21studio

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Architects: a21studio
Location: , Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Area: 126.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of a21studio

A House in Tel Aviv / Weinstein Vaadia Architects

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Architects: Weinstein Vaadia Architects
Location: , Israel
Architect In Charge: Betty Beskin
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amit Geron

The Frontier House / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

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Architects: Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Shinichi Mamiya, Sho Odagiri from
Area: 101.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

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Stereotank’s HeartBeat Transformed into Times Square HeartSeat

Stereotank’s HeartBeat filled the air in Times Square this past Valentine’s Day. Now that the love season is over, the Brooklyn-based practice has turned their clever installation into a welcoming “HeartSeat” by simply opening up their heart-shaped sculpture to the public and transforming it into a bench. The installation will remain on view through Sunday, March 8th. See a video of HeartSeat, after the break. 

Sandringham House / Techne Architecture+Interior Design + Doherty Design Studio

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Architects: Techne Architecture + Interior Design, Doherty Design Studio
Location: 23 Susan Street, VIC 3191, Australia
Area: 83.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

KANVA Wins RAIC 2015 Emerging Architectural Practice Award


A Montreal-based practice known for their experimental material use and building methods, KANVA has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Emerging Architectural Practice Award. The 10-person collective was lauded by the jury for “always looking to the future” and being “continually and consistently innovative.”

Factoría Cultural in Matadero Madrid / Office for Strategic Spaces

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Architects: Office for Strategic Spaces
Location: Paseo de la Chopera, 14, 28045 , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Angel Borrego Cubero
Area: 484.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simona Rota

Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences Through the Lens of Edmund Sumner

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Edmund Sumner has shared with us images from his recent visit to Lyon, France, where he photographed Coop Himmelb(l)au’s newly completed Musée des Confluences. Perched on a century-old artificial peninsula at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the “museum of knowledge,” as Coop Himmelb(l)au affectionately refers to it, is distinct for its “iconic gateway” – an openly traversable “Crystal” that provides multi-level access to the museum’s exhibition spaces and views of the building’s unique context. Step inside, after the break.

Renton House / Stettler Design

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Architects: Stettler Design
Location: , WA, USA
Project Team: Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
Lot Area: 3,500 sq. ft.
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dale Lang

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 6 – Walking Through the Doors of Porto

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, , windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fifth episode on Porto’s textures, and now we present Episode 6 – Doors. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

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Architects: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
Location: Rue de Bernex 311, 1233 Bernex,
Client: Bernex municipality
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Free Online Architecture and Design Courses

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Thanks to the increasing popularity of massive open online courses — or MOOCs as they’re commonly referred to — learning has never been easier (or more convenient). Sites like Coursera and edX offer free classes online from accredited and well-known universities across the globe, including Harvard, MIT and the University of Hong Kong. While some classes are more structured and include a set lesson plan, homework assignments, quizzes and the option to receive a certificate at the end, others can be set at your own pace and approached more independently.

Following our wildly popular article on Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming online classes related to architecture, engineering, urbanism and design. So whether you’re looking to embark on a new topic or dive deeper into an already familiar subject, take a look at these free online courses after the break.

“A Truman Show-Style Nightmare”? Critics React to BIG and Heatherwick’s Designs for Google

© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

In their designs for Google’s new headquarters, released last week amid much excitement, Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick have taken cues from the utopian visions of the past to create a radical solution for the sprawling tech campus in Mountain View, California. Citing the lack of identifiable architecture in the sector, a promotional on Google’s own blog reveals how the company plans to embrace nature, community, and flexibility with the new scheme.

Chief among the company’s concerns was creating a building capable of adapting to future uses in addition to serving as a neighborhood-enhancing environment to welcome visitors from the surrounding community. As with any news related to Google, the design has already attracted the attention of the media – read on after the break for our rundown of the most salient reviews so far.