Spotlight: Paolo Soleri

12:00 - 21 June, 2015
Spotlight: Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti. Image © Tomiaki Tamura
Arcosanti. Image © Tomiaki Tamura

Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri (21 June 1919 – 9 April 2013) made his name as a countercultural icon and urban visionary, best known for his theory of "arcology" - a combination of architecture and ecology - and for Arcosanti, the prototype town in the Arizona desert which embodied his ideals and became his life's work, which he founded in 1970 and continued to work on right up until his death in 2013.

Like Father, Like Son: 4 Famous Architecture Dynasties

08:00 - 21 June, 2015
Like Father, Like Son: 4 Famous Architecture Dynasties, Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/
Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, NPS https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/

While Eliel and Eero Saarinen may be the most well known father-son architect duo, they are certainly not the only pair to have left their mark in the field. As far back as the 1700s, the Gabriel father and son dynasty (Jacques V and Ange-Jacques) constructed much of Versailles, and more recently both I.M. Pei and Lewis Davis have passed their legacy onto their sons. In honor of Father's Day, we look at four father-son architecture dynasties and their lasting influence on the profession, after the break. 

Spotlight: Pier Luigi Nervi

06:00 - 21 June, 2015
Spotlight: Pier Luigi Nervi, Palazzetto dello sport. Image © Flickr CC user Ernest Delaville
Palazzetto dello sport. Image © Flickr CC user Ernest Delaville

Known as both an architect and an engineer, Pier Luigi Nervi (June 21, 1891-January 9, 1979) explored the limitations of reinforced concrete by creating a variety of inventive structural projects; in the process, he helped to show the material had a place in architecture movements of the coming years. Nervi began his career in a time of technological revolution, and through his ambition and ability to recognize opportunity in the midst of challenge, he was able to have an impact on several disciplines and cultures.

Sung Jang Creates Modular Pieces for “This is Not a Duet” Exhibit in New York

16:00 - 20 June, 2015
Sung Jang Creates Modular Pieces for “This is Not a Duet” Exhibit in New York, Mobi by Sung Jang. Image Courtesy of Chamber
Mobi by Sung Jang. Image Courtesy of Chamber

Currently on display at the Chamber in New York, Sung Jang’s “Mobi” is the investigation of transforming a modular, buttress-like element into “the human perception of beauty.” Mobi is part of Chamber’s latest exhibit, “This is Not a Duet,” curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Juan Garcia Mosqueda, and which showcases the oppositional work of two artists. Sung's Mobi is complimented by Gala Fernandez Montero's “Caro Ettore.”

How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa

14:00 - 20 June, 2015
How the “Moladi” System is Making Affordable Housing More Accessible in South Africa, Courtesy of Moladi
Courtesy of Moladi

Design Indaba, in collaboration with the C-City Design Museum in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, has selected Hennie Botes’ “Moladi” for their new exhibit: “Design For A Better World | Innovations For People.” The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the significance of design by selecting projects relevant to current issues worldwide. Based out of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Moladi has provided a solution to the problem of affordable housing since 1986.

Learn more about the construction system and its benefits for affordable housing projects after the break. 

Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi Courtesy of Moladi +19

West 8 and Snoeck Win Competition to Redesign Het Zand Square in Bruges

12:00 - 20 June, 2015
West 8 and Snoeck Win Competition to Redesign Het Zand Square in Bruges, © West 8
© West 8

The Bruges City Council has selected West 8 + Snoeck & Partners, in partnership with Atelier Roland-Jéol, as the winners of a competition to design the ‘t Zand, also known as Het Zand Square, in Bruges, Belgium.

The 8,500-square-meter historic square has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, and the Council felt that an update was duly needed. In January, five out of 20 designs were shortlisted, and on June 16, the winner was chosen at a presentation before a jury of City Council representatives and external experts.

Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors

08:00 - 20 June, 2015
Atelier YokYok Designs an Enchanting String Installation in Cahors, Installation in Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste
Installation in Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste

Atelier YokYok has created an immersive experience of string and light for their "Shooting Vaults” installation at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Cahors, France. Created in collaboration with Ulysse Lacoste and Laure Qaremy, the project will be on display through the month of June.

In the Center of the Volume. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Installation in Cloister. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Centroid of Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste Visitor within Installation. Image Courtesy of Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste +10

Zeller & Moye Designs "Flower Terraces" Housing in Ruichang

16:00 - 19 June, 2015
Zeller & Moye Designs "Flower Terraces" Housing in Ruichang, Courtesy of Zeller & Moye
Courtesy of Zeller & Moye

Mexico City and Berlin-based Zeller & Moye has won the international competition MOLEWA (Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture) to design new housing in Ruichang. Organized by UIA (Unión Internacional de Arquitectos) and Hua Yan Group, the competition received entries from more than 40 countries. 

With an "innovative housing design that sets new standards in low-energy use," Zeller & Moye's "Flower Terraces" will be built in the heart of the circular Chinese city by 2016.

Read on to learn more about the competition-winning project. 

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First Images Revealed of SelgasCano's Serpentine Pavilion In Progress

13:01 - 19 June, 2015
First Images Revealed of SelgasCano's Serpentine Pavilion In Progress, © NAARO
© NAARO

With this year's Serpentine Pavilion in London scheduled to open next week, the Serpentine Gallery has released construction images of SelgasCano's multi-colored plastic shelter. The images by NAARO show the double-skinned ETFE-coated structure taking shape, and give an impression of the spatial experience offered by the "secret corridors" which circumnavigate and provide access to the interior space.

© NAARO © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO +18

MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project

12:33 - 19 June, 2015
MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled what will be their first US residential project, 8600 Wilshire. Planned to be built in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the 18-unit "hillside village" will be perched atop commercial space and united by a water-efficient "living wall" that was inspired by the local flora.

As MAD says, the project "demonstrates founder Ma Yansong’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities." It is expected to break ground this October, and complete in 2016. 

Hawkins\Brown Selected to Design the University of Reading's New School of Architecture

11:30 - 19 June, 2015
Hawkins\Brown Selected to Design the University of Reading's New School of Architecture , © Hawkins\Brown
© Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown has been chosen to design the new School of Architecture for the University of Reading in Reading, Berkshire, in the United Kingdom. The new School “will be housed in a retrofitted 1970’s concrete brutalist building originally designed by Howell, Killick, Partridge & Amis,” which is currently the University’s School of Construction Management and Engineering. Brutalist buildings, like the Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Preston Bus Station are continuously at risk of being demolished, which makes this retrofit all the more valuable. While the University seeks to modernize the building and improve efficiency, they also plan to respect the original design. Construction is set to begin in January 2017 and wrap up by December 2018.  Learn more about the project here.

Monocle 24 Investigates Playful Design and the Role of Luck in Shaping our Cities

04:30 - 19 June, 2015
Monocle 24 Investigates Playful Design and the Role of Luck in Shaping our Cities, Churchill Gardens Estate, London. Image © John Donat
Churchill Gardens Estate, London. Image © John Donat

For this week's editions of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team investigate the how the act of playing can shape design and the role of luck in our cities.

gmp Architekten Wins Competition to Design Guangzhou City Museum

14:38 - 18 June, 2015
gmp Architekten Wins Competition to Design Guangzhou City Museum, © gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

A competition entry by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has been awarded first prize for the new Guangzhou City Museum. The commission was announced at the same time as Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos' selection for the Guangzhou Science Museum, both of which will join the city's new Art Museum by Thomas Herzog Architects to form the central cultural precinct of Guangzhou - China's third largest city. 

HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance

13:17 - 18 June, 2015
HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance, Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects
Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects

HPP Architects has won a competition to extend the campus of Cologne's University of Music and Dance. Chosen over 13 entries, the winning design will enclose a site in the Kunibertsviertel, close to Cologne’s railway station, and transform it into an "attractive" urban area. The plan, deemed by the jury to be a "clear example of a successful urban remedy," also calls for the conversion of an existing building into an animated concert and dance hall. 

Richard Rogers Appeals for Public Support to Save Robin Hood Gardens from Demolition

10:30 - 18 June, 2015
Richard Rogers Appeals for Public Support to Save Robin Hood Gardens from Demolition, Robin Hood Gardens / Alison and Peter Smithson
Robin Hood Gardens / Alison and Peter Smithson

When it was announced in 2012 that London's Robin Hood Gardens – Alison and Peter Smithson's world-famous Brutalist housing estate – was to be demolished, there was outrage among the architectural community. Since then, many have called for the profession to act in order to protect "one of Britain’s most important post-war housing projects," which led to a fresh bid to save the scheme in March of this year. Richard Rogers, Simon Smithson (a partner at RSHP and son of Alison and Peter Smithson), and academic Dirk van den Heuvel have now called upon members of the public to voice their concerns to the UK Ministry for Culture, Media and Sport, before the end of the week:

"Previous efforts in 2009 to have the building listed failed, but the case has now been re-opened and we understand that the new Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage will be reviewing the arguments at the end of this week [w/c 15th June 2015]."

Critical Round Up: OMA's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

09:30 - 18 June, 2015
Critical Round Up: OMA's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Timur Shabaev. Image © OMA
Timur Shabaev. Image © OMA

Founded in 2008 and named after the constructivist bus shelter that was its first, temporary home, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is Russia's first private, non-profit art foundation. Relocating from a semi-industrial neighborhood on the northern edge of Moscow to Gorky Park, the Garage Museum's conversion of a Soviet era canteen and social club into Museum of Contemporary Art by OMA has so far been overshadowed by its more glamorous OMA counterpart which opened last month, the Milanese distillery conversion for Prada. Nevertheless, since opening last Friday the Garage Museum has attracted attention for Rem Koolhaas' shift towards preservation, something that has startled the critics. Find out more about what they thought after the break.

Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art David X Prutting. Image © BFA.com +6

2015 Norden Fund Winner to Study “Ecologies of War and Recovery” in Vietnam

08:00 - 18 June, 2015
2015 Norden Fund Winner to Study “Ecologies of War and Recovery” in Vietnam, Courtesy of The Architectural League New York
Courtesy of The Architectural League New York

The Architectural League has named Ylan Vo the winner of this year’s Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant for her project entitled Ecologies of War and Recovery: A Case Study in Vietnam’s A Luoi Valley.

Vo’s project explores the A Luoi Valley “as an example of the post-conflict landscape of Vietnam, with particular emphasis on understanding the ecological and social conditions surrounding toxic Agent Orange hotspots that mark the valley.” Agent Orange, also called Dioxin, is the most potent carcinogen in existence, and poses major threats to environmental health and sustainability.

Call for Submissions: New Ideas for Housing London

04:00 - 18 June, 2015
Call for Submissions: New Ideas for Housing London, The dense centre of London
The dense centre of London

New London Architecture have launched an international ideas competition to tackle the ongoing demands of London's growing housing shortage, in partnership with the office of the Mayor of London. They envisage that New Ideas for Housing London will provide opportunities for any level of designer, "be they a large organisation or just one person with a big idea," to submit a proposal "that could help shape the future of the UK capital." Selected entrants will work alongside the Greater London Authority to explore how the ideas could be put into practice. The organisers state that "no idea is too big or too small, as long as it can be applied to the capital."