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“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community

14:00 - 22 July, 2017
“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community, Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects
Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects

New York based Büro Koray Duman Architects are collaborating with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to design a cultural center prototype, named Cordoba House, in order to facilitate the total integration of American Muslims, without compromising their religious identities. The center will be the first Muslim sponsored multi-faith community center in New York City, aiming to help promote “progressive change, inter-religious coexistence, and cultural exchange”.

Highlighting the necessity of such a project, the design team explain: “There are approximately 800,000 Muslims living in NYC. A majority of the gathering places for Muslims are Mosques that focuses on Religion as Practice, which does not leave enough room for developing Religion as Culture.”

Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects Courtesy of Büro Koray Duman Architects +11

House in Olmue / Rodrigo Pérez Kenchington

13:00 - 22 July, 2017
House in Olmue / Rodrigo Pérez Kenchington, © Andrés Goñi,
© Andrés Goñi,

© Andrés Goñi, © Andrés Goñi, © Andrés Goñi, © Andrés Goñi, +36

  • Architect

    Rodrigo Pérez Kenchington
  • Location

    Olmué, Valparaiso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Pérez Kenchington
  • Area

    138.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

The Driverless Future Challenge's Winning Entry Uses Plug-and-Play System to Reclaim Public Space for Pedestrians

12:00 - 22 July, 2017

Of the four finalists selected for Blank Space’s “Driverless Future Challenge”, which was announced last month, “Public Square” has emerged as the winning entry, with a plug-and-play scheme to transform New York’s public realm for its streets and pedestrians. Designed by FXFOWLE and Sam Schwartz Engineering, the proposal was selected by a panel of New York City commissioners, for its response to the competition brief with a flexible system that accommodates a variety of public space typologies, while creating a harmonious coexistence between pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.

Courtesy of Blank Space Courtesy of Blank Space Courtesy of Blank Space Courtesy of Blank Space +17

These "Artificial Trees" Can Filter as Much Pollution From the Air as 275 Natural Trees

09:30 - 22 July, 2017
These "Artificial Trees" Can Filter as Much Pollution From the Air as 275 Natural Trees, Eight CityTrees in front of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany. Image © Green City Solutions
Eight CityTrees in front of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany. Image © Green City Solutions

Developed in Germany, the CityTree is a mobile structure that incorporates mosses and urban furniture to create a possible solution to the polluted air of urban centers.

Rectangular, trunkless and flat, this "tree" basically consists of a large vertical panel, a wall of mosses which, according to its creators, has the capacity to absorb the same amount of nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles from the air as 275 natural trees.

Norvento Building / Francisco Mangado

09:00 - 22 July, 2017
Norvento Building / Francisco Mangado, © Juan Rodríguez
© Juan Rodríguez

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lugo, Spain
  • Design Team

    Sergio Helguera I Jose M. Gastaldo I Luis Alves I Eduardo Ruiz I Angel Martinez I Paula Juango. arqs.
  • Area

    4020.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Artist Brings Striking Pop Surrealism To An Abandoned French Castle

08:00 - 22 July, 2017
Artist Brings Striking Pop Surrealism To An Abandoned French Castle, © Spencer Chopem Down
© Spencer Chopem Down

Okuda, the Spanish artist who has been converted into one of the biggest figures in pop surrealism, is continuing his artistic journey in France. After paying homage to the Mona Lisa in the façade of a 19 story building and designing a trampoline above the Seine River, the artist has now taken on the façade of the Valette Castle (1864) in Loiret, which has been abandoned since the 80’s. 

The work is titled “Skull in Mirror” and reactivates the Valette Castle whose history links France and Spain. In 1936, during the time of the Spanish Civil War, Republicans purchased the castle, where initially it housed children evacuated from conflict and then later, political exiles. In the 50’s, Spain, under Franco’s rule reclaimed it and used it for holiday camps. Two decades later, the castle was converted into a Spanish school and by 1986 was left abandoned. In 2002, it was acquired by the Pressigny-les-Pins council and a private company. 

Le Haut Perché / Studio Weave

05:00 - 22 July, 2017
Le Haut Perché / Studio Weave, © Yvan Detraz
© Yvan Detraz

© Yvan Detraz © Yvan Detraz © Yvan Detraz © Yvan Detraz +10

City Balcony / bob-architektur

02:00 - 22 July, 2017
City Balcony / bob-architektur, © Conné van d' Grachten
© Conné van d' Grachten

© Olaf Rohl © Olaf Rohl © Olaf Rohl © Espendiller + Gnegel +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beuel, Bonn, Germany
  • Lead Architects

    Robert Wetzels, Jost Dewald, Thomas Ellinghaus, Kerstin Lindscheid, Julian Puchmüller, Karen Höfer, Ulla Bleck, Daniele Aulenta, Paula Catalan Gasulla, Tae Heung Lee, Charlotte Streuber with jbbug landscape architects
  • Area

    11500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Upcycling Gemert / Denkkamer

22:00 - 21 July, 2017
Upcycling Gemert / Denkkamer, © Jeroen Kuppens
© Jeroen Kuppens

© Jeroen Kuppens © Jeroen Kuppens © Jeroen Kuppens © Jeroen Kuppens +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gemert, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architects

    Dennis van de Rijdt, Peter Verschuren
  • Area

    1660.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The House of Pagona / Smyrlis Architects

20:00 - 21 July, 2017
The House of Pagona / Smyrlis Architects, © Irini Giotopoulou
© Irini Giotopoulou

© Irini Giotopoulou © Irini Giotopoulou © Chrissoula Voulgari © Chrissoula Voulgari +49

Movable Shinto Shrine / Kikuma Watanabe + Environmental Design System Laboratory

19:00 - 21 July, 2017
Movable Shinto Shrine  / Kikuma Watanabe +  Environmental Design System Laboratory, © Kikuma Watanabe
© Kikuma Watanabe

© Kikuma Watanabe © Kikuma Watanabe © Kikuma Watanabe © Kikuma Watanabe +16

CERAMICA SURO / MO+G taller de arquitectura

17:00 - 21 July, 2017
CERAMICA SURO / MO+G taller de arquitectura, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Oliver Lopez © Lorena Darquea +17

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Damaged from Flooding

16:30 - 21 July, 2017
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/pablosanchez/3145407730/'>Flickr user pablosanchez</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user pablosanchez licensed under CC BY 2.0

Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous house, Fallingwater, was the recipient of minor damage after heavy rainfall caused the creek that gives the house its name, Bear Run, to flood last weekend.

According to Fallingwater director Lynda Waggoner, a fallen log picked up by the overflow rammed into the stone wall of the lower plunge pool, breaking off the wall’s capstone and dislodging one of the home’s signature sculpture pieces, the Jacques Lipchitz’s “Mother and Child.” The cast bronze sculpture was selected for Fallingwater by Wright, and installed soon after its completion in 1939.

Bench Accounting Office Interiors / Perkins+Will

15:00 - 21 July, 2017
Bench Accounting Office Interiors / Perkins+Will, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Kim Muise © Kim Muise © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    545 Robson St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lead Interior Designer

    Sarah Stanford
  • Design Team

    K. Baba, S. Brent, D. Dove, H. Lai, S. Stanford
  • Area

    4656.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SOM Wins Competition to Master Plan Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka

14:00 - 21 July, 2017
SOM Wins Competition to Master Plan Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka, © SOM | Meshroom
© SOM | Meshroom

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in collaboration with landscape architects Grant Associates, has been selected as the unanimous winner of the International Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Financial District and Marina District of the Port City Colombo, Sri Lanka. An extension of the existing Colombo Central Business District (CBD), the new Port City district will comprise a whopping 269 hectares of development, transforming the area into a hub for commerce, tourism, and culture.

© SOM | Meshroom © SOM | Meshroom © SOM | Meshroom © SOM | Meshroom +5

Catacombs of Paris Entrance / YOONSEUXarchitectes

13:00 - 21 July, 2017
Catacombs of Paris Entrance / YOONSEUXarchitectes, © Pierre L'Excellent
© Pierre L'Excellent

© Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent © Pierre L'Excellent +26

The UK’s Best Contemporary Architecture Celebrated in New Stamp Series

12:30 - 21 July, 2017
The UK’s Best Contemporary Architecture Celebrated in New Stamp Series, Courtesy of Royal Mail
Courtesy of Royal Mail

The UK’s postals service company, the Royal Mail, has launched a new special stamp series celebrating 10 buildings “that represent the renaissance of contemporary architecture in the UK of recent years,” including Zaha Hadid Architects’ London Aquatics Center, Herzog & de Meuron’s Switch House addition to the Tate Modern and Mecanoo’s Birmingham Library.

Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail The Eden Project / Grimshaw Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of Royal Mail +11

NALU / Studio Saxe

11:00 - 21 July, 2017
NALU / Studio Saxe, Courtesy of Studio Saxe
Courtesy of Studio Saxe

Courtesy of Studio Saxe Courtesy of Studio Saxe Courtesy of Studio Saxe Courtesy of Studio Saxe +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guanacaste Province, Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Area

    656.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017