HOK and TAC Arquitectes Win Competition to Design Palau Blaugrana at FC Barcelona

06:00 - 12 February, 2016
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of HOK
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of HOK

After an international design competition, sports venue specialists HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have been selected to design the new 10,000 seat arena for FC Barcelona, the New Palau Blaugrana. Replacing the old arena which was built in 1971, the building is estimated to open for the 2019-2020 FC Barcelona Lassa basketball season. The redevelopment of the Palau Blaugrana is part of a larger scheme by the football team to refresh their entire campus - including the famous Camp Nou stadium for which a shortlist including BIG, Populous and HKS was announced in September. Read on for the architects' description of their Palau Blaugrana design.

Peratallada Castle / MESURA

05:00 - 12 February, 2016
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© Salva Lopez

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Discusses Heritage in Tunis, Vienna and London

04:00 - 12 February, 2016

In the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team revisit the theme of heritage, asking why we should "learn to cherish the history of our cities." They visit one of the world's oldest medinas in Tunis, Tunisia, and explore some of the Austrian capital's less than charming Listed buildings, before asking whether or not the quintessential British terraced (row) house is still a cultural icon.

Bonne Espérance / TRIBU architecture

03:00 - 12 February, 2016
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© Michel Bonvin

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Working in the Nature / LCArchitetti

02:00 - 12 February, 2016
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© Simone Bossi

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Apartment in Poznan / Cuns Studio

22:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Hanna Długosz

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Sky Habitat Singapore / Moshe Safdie

20:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Edward Hendricks

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SHUGAA / party/space/design

19:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© FSections

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Marwen’s Expansion / Wheeler Kearns Architects

17:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

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COBE Chosen to Develop Christiansholm Island in Copenhagen

16:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© COBE and Luxigon

COBE has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan Christiansholm island (also known as Paper Island) in Copenhagen’s inner harbor. COBE's plan calls to replace the artificial island's existing warehouses with new "Copenhagen Halls" that are topped with housing and commercial space, and anchored by "informal, public functions," such as event, gallery and swimming halls. All will be connected by a public promenade the surrounds the island. 

“Our vision for the island’s future is to create a place that celebrates the city’s culture and the Copenhagen way of life. It was important for us that Christiansholm also in future will be a first class example of Copenhagen’s generous urban living that can attract tourists and visitors at the same time has a strong local presence,” says Dan Stubbergaard, owner and creative director at COBE. 

House for Five / designshop

15:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Chad Mellon Photographer

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PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan

13:30 - 11 February, 2016
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture

Having won a competition to design a large complex at the heart of the Pearl River Delta in China, PLP has unveiled their winning entry, with a master plan comprising four buildings: the Platform for Contemporary Arts, the Lizhi Park Tower, the Concourse, and the Nexus - a 600-meter tall office and hotel tower that will be the masterplan's centerpiece and the region's tallest skyscraper.

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Quattro / Luciano Lemer Basso

13:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Marcelo Donadussi

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Neri Oxman and Kevin Spacey to Speak at AIA National Convention 2016

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter
Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter

Award-winning actor and producer Kevin Spacey plans to share some tips on how to "innovate, disrupt and take risks" at this year's American Institute of Architect's National Convention in Philadelphia. Kickstarting the 2016 convention, Spacey will be the first of three speakers to take the stage as a keynote speaker. Designer and Mediated Matter research group founder Neri Oxman will follow the "House of Cards" actor to discuss "material ecology" on the second day of the convention (May 20).

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
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Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

11:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Lourdes Legorreta
© Lourdes Legorreta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Torre BBVA Bancomer, Juárez, 06600 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    LegoRogers (colaboración entre Legorreta + Legorreta [ahora LEGORRETA ®] + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)
  • Area

    188777.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Lourdes Legorreta, Mark Gorton, Ma. Dolores Robles Martínez G

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5 Ways Architects Are Redefining Craftsmanship For a Postdigital Age

09:30 - 11 February, 2016
La Voûte de LeFevre sculpture. Image Courtesy of Matter Design
La Voûte de LeFevre sculpture. Image Courtesy of Matter Design

Craftsmanship is one of those topics which it seems almost everyone has a strong opinion. But while many lament the fact that traditional craft practices have been in decline since the industrial revolution, today a new generation of architects and designers have set about redefining and updating the notion of craft to include the most modern design and fabrication techniques around. In this article, originally published on Autodesk's Line//Shape//Space publication as "5 Ways Architects and Postdigital Artisans Are Modernizing Craftsmanship," Jeff Link explores some of the traits that connect these pioneers to the craftsmen and women of a bygone era.

Craftsmanship in the digital age is hard to define. For some, craftsmanship evokes a purity of style, a preference for the handmade over the machine. For others, it recalls the Craftsman architecture of early-20th-century homes: overhung gabled rooflines, wide sheltered porches, detailed handiwork, and an ineffable Norman Rockwell sense of bygone Americana.

But regardless of one’s intuitive understanding of the term, the notion of craftmanship is evolving. Increasingly, the age-old knowledge of woodcarvers, masons, and other craftspeople is embedded in an intelligent design process using geometric computer models and machine fabrication to develop new crafts and architectural métiers—from gravity-defying furniture assemblies to complex workflows for robotic automatons. These innovations have helped place architects alongside craftsmen at the center of a revival in “maker” culture, which, for example, is in vivid display in handmade marketplaces such as Folksy and Etsy.

So what exactly is digital craft? And what does it look like in the work of top designers? Here, innovative architects identify five things postdigital artisans are doing to transform craftsmanship.

Jardines del Sur House / DX Arquitectos

09:00 - 11 February, 2016
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© Pablo Blanco

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