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UNStudio's Ben van Berkel on Designing High-Rise for Central London

04:00 - 2 July, 2015

In the latest episode of Monocle's Section D, Josh Fehnert talks to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal of Amsterdam-based UNStudio, about London's new Caneletto residential tower. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museumin Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK. The tower, located at the confluence of two London districts — Islington and Shoreditch — marks a significant moment for the Dutch practice's œuvre.

ODA Unveils Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park Residential Towers

16:00 - 1 July, 2015
ODA Unveils Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park Residential Towers, © ODA Architecture
© ODA Architecture

Details have been released on a new residential project designed by ODA Architecture at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. Occupying two waterfront sites in the Pier 6 uplands development area, the project will include two10,000-square-foot buildings focused on affordable housing, community development and preserving the surrounding parkland.

Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower"

13:54 - 1 July, 2015
Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower", © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Paris has approved its first tower in over 40 years; the city council has agreed to move forward with Herzog & de Meuron's 180-meter-tall "Triangle Tower" - or "Tour Triangle" - after initially rejecting the proposal last year. The controversial plans have been the center of an intense debate since its unveiling in 2008 on whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century skyline. 

As Gizmodo reports, the Swiss architects sold the tower to the city by claiming its glass facade will "disappear" into the skyline.

“Almost everything the architects say has one message: This building is invisible,” as Foreign Policy pointed out last year. “As if to reinforce this strange duality, the renderings omit Paris’s one true existing skyscraper: the wildly unpopular Tour Montparnasse, built in 1973.”

Daniel Libeskind to be CNN Style's First Guest Editor

12:49 - 1 July, 2015
Daniel Libeskind to be CNN Style's First Guest Editor, AD Classics: Jewish Museum, Berlin / Daniel Libeskind. Image © Mal Booth
AD Classics: Jewish Museum, Berlin / Daniel Libeskind. Image © Mal Booth

Daniel Libeskind will be joining CNN for a month-long editorship that will explore the "interplay between architecture and emotion." As CNN reports, CNN Style is a "new international destination for cosmopolitan, global audiences" that will kickstart with Libeskind's architecture series this July.

How Newlight Technologies Creates a Plastic From Air and Greenhouse Gases

12:25 - 1 July, 2015

The 20th century was an era of unbelievable change, with more revolutionary ideas and scientific developments than perhaps any era before it. But among the many developments in the material sciences, one stands as perhaps the most revolutionary: plastics. An experimental group of materials at the turn of the century, artificial plastics are so ubiquitous now that it's almost impossible to imagine life without them.

However, in the 21st century plastics have gained a bad reputation; commonly produced from oil, plastics are a non-renewable resource and, after spending decades or even centuries polluting our environment, most plastics will eventually degrade to release their carbon into the atmosphere. Recycling plastic will go some way to slow this problem, but with so many modern products relying on plastic - and our tendency toward increasing consumption showing no signs of slowing - recycling can only do so much.

But what if there was a way to use plastics to actually reverse the release of greenhouse gases? That's exactly what Newlight Technologies is attempting to do with their carbon-negative plastic, AirCarbon.

Studio 015 Paola Viganò Wins Competition to Masterplan Rome's Progetto Flaminio District

06:00 - 1 July, 2015
Studio 015 Paola Viganò Wins Competition to Masterplan Rome's Progetto Flaminio District, Studio 015's Winning Entry Aerial View. Image via Progetto Flaminio
Studio 015's Winning Entry Aerial View. Image via Progetto Flaminio

CDP Investimenti has selected Studio 015 Paola Viganò as the winner of the Progetto Flaminio International Design Competition to master plan a new district surrounding the City of Science in Rome. After launching the competition in December 2014, CDP Investimenti Sgr and the Municipal Government received over 240 entries. Of those, six teams were shortlisted and given 24,000 euros each to develop and submit their final proposals. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Remains Consistent and Optimistic

04:05 - 1 July, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Remains Consistent and Optimistic, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for May 2015 continues to show widespread consistency in comparison to March and April, with the workload index remaining "remaining virtually unchanged" at +37 from +36 last month. The private housing sector, which remained strong last month, fell slightly to +34 from +38 while the public sector moved into negative territory for the first time since July 2014. The RIBA claim that "respondents anticipate public sector spending on building projects to be flat at best over the coming quarter." However, the forecasts for the commercial sector rose to +21 from +15 last month, and the community sector forecast "made a recovery from its recent decline" rising to +4 from -3 in April.

BIG Office Building to Break Ground at Philadelphia's Navy Yard

14:00 - 30 June, 2015
BIG Office Building to Break Ground at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, via Philadelphia Inquirer
via Philadelphia Inquirer

Construction is slated to begin next week on a $35 million office building designed by BIG at Philadelphia's Navy Yard. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Liberty Property Trust will break ground Tuesday on the 94,000-square-foot office building at a site adjacent to a five-acre park designed by James Corner Field Operations. The project will be Liberty's fourteenth development at Navy Yards - a 1200-acre office park sited on a World War II Navy shipyard. 

BIG Designs New Tower for Frankfurt

12:56 - 30 June, 2015
BIG Designs New Tower for Frankfurt, © BIG
© BIG

BIG has been selected through a competition to realize a 185-meter-tall, mixed-use tower in Frankfurt. With a shape that is "both rational and sculptural," the skyscraper is organized as a basic volume whose floor plates "shift" to provide the "best spaces for each specific program."

"Organized as a slender and rational stack of inhabited floors, the tower is interrupted by two sculptural moves where the program changes," says BIG.

Video: Dan Stubbergaard Explores Architecture's Social Impact through Time and Context

06:00 - 30 June, 2015

"The role of public buildings should be the first to show quality, sustainability, and an embrace of the people," says Copenhagen native and architect, Dan Stubbergaard, in this recent video from the Louisiana Channel. In COBE: Monuments of the FutureStubbergaard speaks in favor of architecture that reinforces the welfare state, beginning with the philosophy behind the process: "Our buildings are like a hard disk of our memory or history" says Stubbergaard, "and you can see that this was the best you could do at that time." 

Founder and creative director of COBE in Copenhagen, Stubbergaard focuses his practice on work varying from public space to large urban planning. Stubbergaard explains how architecture can be a way to understand how cities grow, live, break down and grow again. It is the architecture, the buildings and structure that direct people to the most popular cities, as it is "embedded into the history."

New York's Lowline Launch Campaign to Develop the World's First Subterranean Park

04:00 - 30 June, 2015

The New York Lowline, a project which was first announced in 2011 and was rekindled last year, have now launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to make their dream of using solar technology to "transform an historic trolley terminal into the world's first underground park" closer to a reality. Their proposal, which seeks to unlock the potential of underused subterranean urban spaces, would see the creation of a living, green public space built beneath the streets of New York City. They are currently seeking funding to build a long-term solar device testing laboratory and public exhibition in order to test and present their designs.

via Kickstarter via Kickstarter via Kickstarter via Kickstarter +4

Foster + Partners Win Competition to Design Cardiff Interchange

13:15 - 29 June, 2015
Foster + Partners Win Competition to Design Cardiff Interchange, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design Cardiff Interchange, the city’s central bus station. Part of the wider Central Square regeneration masterplan for the area, also by Foster + Partners, the interchange is being relocated closer to the Cardiff Central train station in an effort to allow greater integration of all transportation networks and accommodate future growth in passenger traffic.

Populous Creates Eames-Inspired Installation for World Architecture Festival London

04:00 - 29 June, 2015
Populous Creates Eames-Inspired Installation for World Architecture Festival London, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

Taking inspiration from Charles and Ray EamesHouse of Cards, London-based practice Populous have developed an installation for the inaugural World Architecture Festival (WAF) exhibition. Built from "hundreds of super-sized multiples of a single ‘W' form, the dramatic seven metre high installation forms the centrepiece" of an exhibition which seeks to showcase "the very best in world architecture." This year, 350 projects have been shortlisted from some the world’s best architects and designers.

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +17

Travel Through 115 Years of U.S. Residential Architecture in this Interactive Infographic by iMove

16:00 - 28 June, 2015
Travel Through 115 Years of U.S. Residential Architecture in this Interactive Infographic by iMove, Screenshot from "115 Years of American Homes Scrolling Parallax Infographic"
Screenshot from "115 Years of American Homes Scrolling Parallax Infographic"

Moving specialists iMove have created 115 Years of American Homes, a Scrolling Parallax Infographic in which viewers can “drive” through a neighborhood of single-family homes that reflect the style of their respective decades. For each home, graphics detail “tell-tale architectural features, design trends, average home price, and the historical and cultural context” of each decade from the 1900s through the present. Test out the interactive timeline here, and let us know: which decade of residential architecture is your favorite?

“The Architectural Imagination” Selected as Theme of U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 28 June, 2015
“The Architectural Imagination” Selected as Theme of U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, The U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
The U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

After an open competition and recommendations from the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, the U.S. Department of State has selected Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan to organize the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Their exhibition, “The Architectural Imagination,” will be curated by Cynthia Davidson, executive director of Anyone Corporation and editor of international architecture journal, Log; and Monica Ponce de Leon, dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Principal of MPdL studio.

Could Hovering Buildings be the Future of Sustainability?

09:30 - 28 June, 2015
Could Hovering Buildings be the Future of Sustainability?, Proposals such as Vincent Callebaut's "Hydrogenase" have always been science fiction as much as they are architecture - but with Arx Pax's MFA technology, is it time to think more carefully about how to design levitating buildings?. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Proposals such as Vincent Callebaut's "Hydrogenase" have always been science fiction as much as they are architecture - but with Arx Pax's MFA technology, is it time to think more carefully about how to design levitating buildings?. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Could Hovering Buildings be the Future of Sustainability?

If Arx Pax, a cutting-edge technology firm led by Greg and Jill Henderson, has its way, levitating objects could become a common sight. The team is developing what they call Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), a technology which controls electromagnetic energy to make objects hover, and at the several months ago, they used it to produce Hendo Hover, a hoverboard capable of carrying a person. While the fact that Arx Pax was able to produce a hoverboard is fascinating, the technology could have much more serious applications: as an architect, Greg Henderson envisions that one day MFA technology could be used in buildings to produce sustainable structures which can better survive earthquakes and other natural disasters. Is this goal realistic?

Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015

08:00 - 28 June, 2015
Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015, Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého
Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého

Architect Alban Guého's “Flood” installation for Paris' 2015 Nuit Blanche arts festival aims to serve as a stark reminder of climate change and the impact humanity has on the world. The 50-square-meter (538 square-foot) installation is composed of weaved filaments that connect the ceiling to the floor. A thick, dark liquid (either oil or black paint) will slowly flow down each string, trickling into a black pool. Flood seeks to address the theme of this year’s Nuit Blanche, which is to echo the issues stemming from COP21, Paris’ Sustainable Innovation Forum.

Detail of Trickling Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Vector Projection of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Parallel Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Axonometric View of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého +5

2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design

16:00 - 27 June, 2015
2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design, Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) has announced the winners of its 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, putting an emphasis on drought-conscious designs in light of California’s ongoing drought. The competition sought to find projects that “successfully married environmental sustainability with aesthetic sensibility while contributing to the fabric of their communities.”

Over three dozen designs were awarded, with the Grand Prize given to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering for their restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1919 Hollyhock House. Learn more about the rest of the winners, after the break.

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Affordable Housing Prototypes. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects LA Ocean Avenue South. Image Courtesy of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners LTD Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center. Image © Paul Turang Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Image Courtesy of Levin & Associates Architecture +45

Dror Unveils 3 New Residential Designs for NYC

12:00 - 27 June, 2015
Dror Unveils 3 New Residential Designs for NYC, 100 Varick. Image © Dror
100 Varick. Image © Dror

New York-based studio Dror has unveiled design concepts for three new residential buildings in New York City. The imagined buildings, spread throughout lower Manhattan, are based on the studio’s idea to “disrupt conventional building design by rethinking structure, where beauty and efficiency result from an imaginative, clever framework.”

Learn more about each of the plans, after the break.

RSHP Adapts Jean Prouvé’s 6x6 Demountable House for Design Miami/Basel 2015

08:00 - 27 June, 2015
RSHP Adapts Jean Prouvé’s 6x6 Demountable House for Design Miami/Basel 2015, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Jean Prouvé’s 1944 design, the 6x6m Demountable House has been adapted by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) for Design Miami/Basel 2015 at the Galerie Patrick Seguin. Originally designed to rehouse war victims in Lorraine, France, the Demountable House was built entirely of wood and metal, and could be transported and assembled by two people in a day. The new adaptation, led by Ivan Harbour of RSHP, is reimagined as a holiday retreat, complete with a bathroom and kitchen pods and service trolleys providing hot water and solar energy. Read more about this adaptation after the break.

Model. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Rendered Exterior. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners RSHP Adapts Jean Prouvé’s 6x6 Demountable House for Design Miami/Basel 2015 +9

Beacons of Pride: #LoveWins in These Illuminated Buildings

15:35 - 26 June, 2015
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com

Earlier today, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states, effectively overruling 14 states that so far have continued to enforce a ban (if you've been on Facebook in the last few hours, you've probably already heard). The ruling comes just in time for Pride Parades which will take place this weekend in many cities, and to celebrate this historic decision, we've rounded up some iconic buildings lit up for past Pride Parades for everybody to enjoy - equally.

Andrés Jaque Cleans New York's Water with COSMO

14:14 - 26 June, 2015

A photo posted by Andrés Jaque (@andres_jaque) on

This week COSMO begun its venture to filter more than 42,000 gallons of New York City water during the course of MoMA PS1's Summer Warm Up series. The 16th installation built as part of the annual Young Architect's Program (YAP), COSMO is a portable water purifier designed by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation to combat the world's clean water crisis while serving an animated backdrop to PS1's party atmosphere. 

An interview with Jaque, after the break.

Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

08:00 - 26 June, 2015
Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build, Timber Dentistry. Image © Satoshi Shigeta
Timber Dentistry. Image © Satoshi Shigeta

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

14 Modern Buildings Receive Conservation Grants from the Getty Foundation

06:00 - 26 June, 2015
14 Modern Buildings Receive Conservation Grants from the Getty Foundation,  The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Image © R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Image © R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

The Getty Foundation has selected 14 modernist buildings from across the globe to receive grants under its Keeping It Modern initiative, which seeks to help conserve 20th century architecture by putting a focus on conservation planning and research. 

“The use of concrete, while visually striking and radical for its time, has created a unique set of challenges for conserving some of the world’s most important modernist structures. Our new grants offer an excellent opportunity to advance research and conservation practices for this material. The accumulated knowledge that will result from the projects will be of tremendous benefit to the field," states the Getty Foundation. 

View all 14 projects, after the break.