Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

Following the devastating news that the Mackintosh School of Art's iconic library was recently destroyed, Steven Holl - designer of the adjacent Seona Reid Building that opened earlier this year - reflects on the "magic" of what has been lost in an article for the Architectural Record. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, for Holl, "embodies a refreshingly direct conviction", the sudden loss of which brought on a "deep sadness." Placing it within a canon of architectural masterpieces, Holl gives insight to his emotional connections with this Glaswegian masterpiece: "the Glasgow School of Art has an inner worth and a dignity beyond all measurable value." Read the article in full here.

Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots, Screenshot from video
Screenshot from video

Given a cavernous gallery space at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo, artist Henrique Oliveira has created Transarquitetônica, a breathtaking installation from plywood, which fills the room with twisted tree roots large enough for gallery visitors to walk inside.

Read on after the break for more images of the installation, including photos of its construction

The exit from the root maze. Image Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Screenshot from video Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots +14

Iñaki Ábalos' Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: "Interior"

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Iñaki Ábalos' Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: "Interior", © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

By focusing on the architecture of interiors, Inaki Ábalos, the curator of this year's Spanish Pavilion, highlights the spaces within 12 Spanish buildings. These projects, mostly completed within the past three years, serve as specifically important instances of refurbishment and regeneration of Spain's built heritage. The exhibition is a study not only of the architecture itself, but of the cultural material that gave rise to the specific forms. Through large-scale photographs and sections of each of the presented spaces, Interior seeks "the place where life unfolds, the central theme of architecture." Read on to find the rest of the curator's statement. 

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2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced, Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact. 

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal's Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal's Pavilion Has No Buildings At All, Pedro Gadanho em entrevista a ArchDaily em Abril de 2013
Pedro Gadanho em entrevista a ArchDaily em Abril de 2013

The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal's Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations' representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that's ever more predictable. 

Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Israel is a country that was built with modernism as its guide. It flourished in a particular way and resulted in a unique architectural landscape, not only in terms of singular buildings, but also in the way in which the territory itself was planned. Anti-urban in essence, the Sharon Plan from 1951 gave birth to more than 400 new towns scattered across the territory.

This new landscape -a tabula rasa- evolved into a variety of patterns and forms, a landscape that is neither Urban nor Suburban.

“Urburb” is the title of the Israeli exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Within the pavilion, a constant robotic performance traces the patterns that resulted from the Sharon plan in the sand, only to erase them after a few minutes and then draw them again. It is a performance that makes one think about the future of new settlements and the possibilities of robotic construction.

The exhibition is curated by Ori Scialom, Dr. Roy Brand, Keren Yeala Golan and Edith Kofsky.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +13

Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story, http://instagram.com/trashhand
http://instagram.com/trashhand

Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes. Their new class, "Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story", launched yesterday. In the one-hour self-paced class, Chicago-based photographer trashhand will take students into the creative process that allowed him to rise from Instagram amateur to acclaimed artist.

What Can We Learn from Lloyd's?

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
What Can We Learn from Lloyd's?, © Flickr CC User Mark Kent
© Flickr CC User Mark Kent

Following the news that Lloyd's of London is planning to leave it's Grade-I listed headquarters designed by Richard Rogers, Edwin Heathcote has written an interesting article asking whether the Lloyd's Building - along with some other more spectacular failures of 'iconic' commercial architecture - can teach us anything about how we ought to design buildings. He argues that while high-profile design serves developers well, tenants seem to prefer bland yet functional corporate buildings, leading Heathcote to ask: shouldn't we be seeking something in between? You can read the article in full here.

Your Virtual Tour of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Your Virtual Tour of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2014, Bahrain Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Bahrain Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

Your virtual tour of the Venice Biennale has arrived! Check out each of the national pavilions currently on display for ' chosen theme - Absorbing Modernity, 1914-2014. 

The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture, Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh
Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh

The Guardian has released its annual UK University rankings, including their list of the top schools of architecture in the country. This year Cambridge University has taken first place, knocking off UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture after three consecutive years in the top spot.

This year there are two new entries into the top 10, with Queen's University Belfast and Northumbria University bagging 5th and 6th respectively, replacing Oxford Brookes and Kent, who drop to 12th and 14th. Elsewhere, the Glasgow School of Art had a disappointing result dropping to 43rd, and the University of Greenwich has reacted positively to their last-place position from last year by rising to 21st.

Read on for more analysis and the top 10 in full

Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center, Courtesy of RPBW
Courtesy of RPBW

Renzo Piano has been commissioned to return to the Bay Area, this time to design a 350,000 square foot “Plaza District” for a mixed-used City Center development in San Ramon. Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof. 

Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London's Science Museum

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London's Science Museum, © Coffey Architects
© Coffey Architects

Coffey Architects has won a competition to design a new research centre for the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Designed to enable a “new level of integration between exhibitions and research,” the new centre will act as a portal for over 500,000 items contained within the Wroughton Library. 

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, first open international competition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was officially launched today. Submission deadline for stage one is September 10. A jury that includes Mark Wigley, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will announce the shortlist during Fall 2014.

ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily
Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily

ArchDaily is excited to announce that we are now in Venice to cover this year’s highly anticipated Biennale. Curated by the influential Rem Koolhaas, this edition of the biennale delves into the past to inform current architectural production.

For this year, Koolhaas proposed “Fundamentals” as the main theme for the Biennale. Rather than focusing on contemporary production (as the Biennale traditionally has), “Fundamentals” is divided into three large exhibits that look into the past, present and future of architecture: Absorbing Modernity 1924-2014 (National Pavilions), Elements (Central Pavilion), and Monditalia (Arsenale). You can learn more about these exhibits in our previous coverage.

Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?, London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

A debate organized by New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed a strong need for civic societies in London which protect the interests of the public in planning decisions, offering New York as a potential model. The debate, which was one of the headline events at the London Festival of Architecture, was organized in response to a study which showed over 200 tall buildings were currently in the pipeline for the UK's capital, which sparked fears that the current planning system was not fit for the purpose of controlling development in the city.

More on the debate after the break

First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

To kick off our coverage of the Venice Biennale, we're bringing you photos of OfficeUS -- the United States' contribution to the national exhibitions organized under the theme of "Absorbing Modernity." The pavilion houses both a repository of information about the history of architectural firms in the US (with a focus on the US's role in exporting architecture) and serves as the base of operations for a new architectural firm that was created solely for this year's biennale. The research, collected into booklets, lines the walls of the space. While visitors mill around the pavilion, the members of OfficeUS work at specially designed tables. The output and deliverables of the office will be determined as the Biennale progresses. We also got the chance to speak to the organizers, so stayed tuned for video interviews with the curators and designers of the US Pavilion (coming soon!). For now, however, read on to the see the curator's statement on the exhibit.

Morpholio's Latest App Turns Photos Into Sketches, Mosaics, and More

00:00 - 4 June, 2014

The Morpholio Project's latest iPhone application, Morpholio Frame, "is like having a DJ booth for your photos." The application allows users to merge, crop, and filter photographs before posting them to social media outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Sounds typical, right? Not so fast.

The application gives users more control than most thanks to an interactive matrix approach. Users can select up to three filters and three related masks, creating an image with one of 64 million unique filter combinations. One of the most interesting filters for architecture fans is "sketch" – as seen in the image after the break.

Student Workshop Invites Participants To Construct Building Prototype

04:00 - 3 June, 2014
Student Workshop Invites Participants To Construct Building Prototype, The site in Norfolk, UK. Image Courtesy of Studio Bark
The site in Norfolk, UK. Image Courtesy of Studio Bark

Studio Bark, a London based collaborative practice, are inviting students to join them for a summer workshop in order to develop a "prototype for environmental low-energy student led construction." In collaboration with TRADA, the Timber Research and Development Association, the organisers hope to begin to bridge the "enormous chasm between architectural education and the on-site application of architecture" through a live-build project. They plan to give participants an understanding of construction terminology, materials, or technical detailing, all through on-site practice.