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Nautilus / TEN + NGO City Creative Network

  • Architects: TEN + NGO City Creative Network
  • Location: Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Authors: Lukas Burkhart, Alexa den Hartog, Dejan Dinevski, Milan Dinevski, Damjan Kokalevski, Aurel Martin, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, Luka Piskorec, Nicolas Rothenbuehler, Karl Ruehle, Darko Krstevski, Yves Seiler, Nemanja Zimonjic
  • Co-Authors: Sofija Bakalova, Jonatan Egli, Lucas Enzo Bucher, Iskra Filipova, Lukas Fink, Demjan Haller, Diandra Germann, Lukas Herzog, Ilcho Ilievski, Elena Jovanovska, Lazo Lazarov, Emilija Lelifanovska, Sandra Mojsova, Anne Marie Nagy, Monika Petrov, Micha Ringger, Martin Ristovski, Mirjam Schenk, Mihajlo Stojanovski, Jan Zurcher
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Joel Tettamanti

© Joel Tettamanti © Joel Tettamanti © Joel Tettamanti © Joel Tettamanti

Metropolis Selects "7 Design Innovators to Watch"

Candles shaped like icebergs that melt to increase awareness for global warming. Reconstructions of Brutalist playgrounds. Geometric overalls with patterns representing the taste buds. These are just a few of the projects tackled by the young minds selected by Metropolis Magazine as their “7 Designers to Watch.” The list includes architects RAAF, LAB.PRO.FAB and Assemble Studio, alongside furniture designers, industrial designers and a design strategist.

The Dam Collapse that Changed the History of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, as we know it today, was made possible by massive infrastructure projects that provide reliable sources of water to the otherwise semi-arid region. The mastermind behind many of these infrastructure projects in the early twentieth century was William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who rose through the ranks to become the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Bureau of Water Works and Supply (the precursor to today’s Los Angeles Department of Water and Power). Mulholland is most commonly remembered for the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which piped water to the city from the Owens Valley, over 200 miles away. But Owens Lake was drying up faster than expected, and the aqueduct was threatened by both earthquakes and sabotage from angry landowners and farmers in the Owens Valley who orchestrated dynamite attacks on the waterway, in what became known as the California Water Wars.

Mulholland needed a backup plan, so he turned to building reservoirs, most of which still function to this day. Tom Scott’s video above tells the story of how one of those reservoirs, and the failure of the dam that held it back, shaped the development of Los Angeles itself. When the St. Francis Dam collapsed in 1928 the ensuing rush of water killed at least 450 people (though some estimate the total is closer to 600), destroyed 1,200 homes, forever altered the reputations of Mulholland and the city’s water infrastructure, and ultimately cemented the boundaries of the city and its neighbors.

Reception Hut / BLIPSZ + Atelier F.K.M.

  • Architects: BLIPSZ, Atelier F.K.M.
  • Location: Tomești, Romania
  • Architect in Charge: István PÁSZTOR, Arnold MACALIK
  • Design Team: István BENEDEK, Zsolt SZÉNÁSI-PAPP
  • Area: 145.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: István Benedek, Ákos Kún, Arnold Macalik

© István Benedek © István Benedek © Ákos Kún © István Benedek

Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL

This past February, BIG and Heatherwick Studio unveiled their designs for Google’s new Mountain View Headquarters in California. The project, which will be built by robots, faced sizeable critique, as well as site complications—that have since been resolved—over the past year. Now, as a part of Esquire’s 2015 Breakouts, Bjarke Ingels—founder of BIG—is speaking out about how the firm won the Google bid, and why the headquarters could create a new mold for Silicon Valley urbanism. Ingels goes on to discuss other major BIG projects, like 2 World Trade Center, and an upcoming NFL stadium. Read the full Esquire interview, here.

ArchDaily Readers Debate: Preservation, BIG in Pittsburgh and Foster Imitating Frank Lloyd Wright

The past two weeks have seen a number of high-profile designs unveiled, including OMA in Manchester, SANAA in Budapest, Libeskind in Vilnius, Foster + Partners in Chicago and two projects involving BIG in Pittsburgh and New York. As ever with such renowned practices scooping up work, opinions flew and in some cases also produced reasoned debate over the new projects. Read on to find out what people had to say about them.

Covered Riding Arena Refurbishment / BETA.0

© Miguel de Guzmán, Rocío Romero / Imagen Subliminal © Miguel de Guzmán, Rocío Romero / Imagen Subliminal © Miguel de Guzmán, Rocío Romero / Imagen Subliminal © Miguel de Guzmán, Rocío Romero / Imagen Subliminal

Salon Unveils "Keeping the Valley Alive" Master Plan for Istanbul

Istanbul-based architecture studio Salon has unveiled the designs for its Beylikdüzü Life Valley Bridges and Routes Master Plan for Istanbul's Beylikdüzü district. Guided by the idea of “Keeping the Valley Alive," the project has created a new design for the area to thrive, maintaining the valley “livable, accessible, sustainable, feasible, and alive.” 

The House of Architect Alexey Ilyin / Alexey Ilyin

  • Architects: Alexey Ilyin
  • Location: Pushkino, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Architect in Charge: Alexey Ilyin
  • Area: 210.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Dmitry Chebanenko

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko

Xihe Cereals and Oils Museum and Village Activity Center / He Wei

  • Architects: He Wei
  • Location: Xinyang, Henan, China
  • Principal Architect: He Wei (School of Architecture, CAFA)
  • Architecture Design: Chen Long (School of Architecture, CAFA)
  • Lighting Design: Qi Honghai (Z DESIGN&PLANNING), Han Xiaowei (Geston)
  • Grafic Design: Xia Boyang (School of Design, CAFA)
  • Client: Village cooperative of Xihe Village
  • Area: 1532.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: He Wei, Qi Honghai, Chen Long

© He Wei, Qi Honghai, Chen Long Restaurant . Image © He Wei, Qi Honghai, Chen Long © He Wei, Qi Honghai, Chen Long © He Wei, Qi Honghai, Chen Long

Kki Sweets and The Little Drom Store / PRODUCE WORKSHOP

  • Architects: PRODUCE WORKSHOP
  • Location: 1 Zubir Said Dr, Singapore 227968
  • Design Team: PAN Yicheng; LOH Jian Hao, Jay; Don YAP; Stanley TAN; TEO Xiao Wei; CHUA Hong Zhi; Iven PEH; Chantal TAN
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

© Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

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Chicago's Overlooked Postmodern Architecture

Postmodern architecture has largely been overlooked in recent years, left behind by current fashion, but not quite old enough to gain the attention of preservationists. Even in the architectural hot spot of Chicago, postmodern buildings tend to go unnoticed in favor of the Miesian towers and Prairie Style houses. ArchDaily’s own feature of notable Chicago buildings was noticeably lacking a postmodern example. To correct this oversight Metropolis Magazine has compiled a collection of Chicago’s most noteworthy examples of Postmodernism.

Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration

Is ornament seeing a resurgence in architectural design? Writing for The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote examines the rising phenomenon of decoration as a growing element of contemporary architectural design. Describing FAT and Grayson Perry's recently completed 'kitsch' abode 'A House for Essex' Heathcote justifies the assimilation of decoration into the central design philosophy, thus creating an entirely new aesthetic category. "The building sits somewhere between outsider art, high culture and the most sophisticated postmodernism," Heathcote explains, adding that its decoration "is not just applied as a layer but subsumed into the architecture."

Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Migration-Themed Pavilion Selected to Represent Albania at 2016 Venice Biennale

Simon Battisti, Leah Whitman-Salkin, and design collective Åbäke have been selected to represent Albania at the 15th International Biennale in Venice in 2016, with their project entitled, “I Have Left You the Mountain.” The project was selected from an open call for proposals from the Albanian Ministry of Culture that was held earlier this fall.

I Have Left You the Mountain seeks to “evoke places and loss through polifonic singing, or multi part lyric,” and to display a theme of displacement and migration, both of which have been prevalent in Albanian history, and recent European events.

Do Architectural Preservationists Know What They’re Fighting For?

If there’s one thing that can get the architectural community up in arms, it’s the threat of demolition being placed over a much-loved building. Whether it’s a 44-year-old bus station, a 38-year-old hospital, or even a 12-year-old art museum, few other news stories can raise such a sustained outcry. And recently, some have started to turn their eyes toward the next wave of preservation battles: the upcoming crop of Postmodern buildings which are increasingly being placed under threat. But in all of these heated debates about preservation, do people really know what they’re arguing for?

Ana House / DAR612

  • Architects: DAR612
  • Location: Splitska, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge: Andrea Donatović Poljičak, d.i.a, Morana Lepur Donatović, d.i.a., Jakov Poljičak, d.i.a
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Robert Leš

© Robert Leš © Robert Leš © Robert Leš © Robert Leš