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Installation at London's Southbank Centre Opens Archive to the Public

04:00 - 28 October, 2015
Installation at London's Southbank Centre Opens Archive to the Public, © Dirk Lindner
© Dirk Lindner

The Southbank Centre—a large complex of Grade One listed, Modernist cultural venues on the banks of the River Thames—are poised to refurbish three of their most loved spaces: the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery. As part of this transformation, London-based practice Jonathan Tuckey Design (JTD) have been commissioned to create a new 'Archive Studio' set within the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, all part and parcel of the Southbank Centre’s desire to open up access to their collections and archives. JTD's free-standing, self-supporting structure is "an open framework which makes the scale the archival process apparent to visitors, held together by polished brass nuts and bolts and clad in perforated hardboard."

Studio Dror Designs Steel Sculpture for New Zealand Winery

16:30 - 27 October, 2015
Studio Dror Designs Steel Sculpture for New Zealand Winery, © Studio Dror
© Studio Dror

Studio Dror has been commissioned by Brancott Estate in New Zealand to design a steel sculpture inspired by the winery's history. The result, "a flat matrix of CorTen steel" that "stretches open to become a nine-meter-tall volume of aggregated triangulations." Named "Under/standing," the installation was inspired by the winemaking process. It will be built in 2016. 

Renzo Piano Defends London's Skyscraper Boom

12:00 - 27 October, 2015
Renzo Piano Defends London's Skyscraper Boom, © Michel Denance
© Michel Denance

"Cities face a choice of building up or building out," says Renzo Piano, according to a recent article on the Daily Mail. Responding to backlash led by the Skyline Campaign, a campaign spearheaded by architect Barbara Weiss that "aims to stop the devastation of London by badly designed and poorly placed tall buildings," Piano is defending London's controversial skyscraper boom by saying it's giving the one thing the city needs most: "space on the ground."

EmTech TWISTs Plywood at the Timber Expo in Birmingham

06:00 - 27 October, 2015
EmTech TWISTs Plywood  at the Timber Expo in Birmingham, The TWIST installation at Timber Expo, Birmingham NEC. Image © Patrick Tanhuanco
The TWIST installation at Timber Expo, Birmingham NEC. Image © Patrick Tanhuanco

Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (EmTech) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London has recently exhibited their project, The TWIST at the Timber Expo in Birmingham. The project is an experimentation in the properties of milled plywood, developed throughout 1:1 tests. Through these experiments, The TWIST seeks to gain full control of the material properties, developing articulated surfaces with the variable orientation of its elements. Read more about the project after the break.

Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome

04:30 - 27 October, 2015
Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as the 'Square Colosseum') is perhaps the most emblematic architectural project realised during Benito Mussolini's Fascist dictatorship, which governed Italy between 1922 and 1943. Now, sixty years later and having never been used, Italian fashion house Fendi and architect Marco Costanzi have—amid controversy—renovated the historically charged building into their headquarters, with office space to accommodate around 450 employees. Having reportedly signed a fifteen year lease with the municipality of Rome, the haute fashion house will be paying around €240,000 ($265,000) in annual rent.

SHoP Reveals Plan to Expand SITE Santa Fe

16:00 - 26 October, 2015
SHoP Reveals Plan to Expand SITE Santa Fe, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects have unveiled plans to expand SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary arts venue in the city of Santa Fe. With a mission to serve as a "dynamic cultural hub" within the heart of Santa Fe Railyard (one of America's six Great Public Spaces according to the American Planning Association), the new design "draws inspiration from traditional Navajo patternmaking" and will be anchored in the "distinctive material qualities" of its historic site. 

Sergey Skuratov Wins Competition for Multi Use Project on Moscow River Bank

14:00 - 26 October, 2015
© SSA
© SSA

A consortium led by Sergey Skuratov Architects (SSA) was selected over Steven Holl Architects and Miralles Tagliabue EMBT to develop a concept for a multi use complex on Moscow's Sofiyskaya Embankment. Planned for a historic area on the Moscow-river bank, opposite Kremlin, the winning concept calls for three "longitudinal units with roofs of different types and heights" that produce a "picturesque outline" and offers a "gentle transition" from the "old buildings to new."

Read on for a glimpse of the winning and two runner-up proposals. 

Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion Nears Completion

12:00 - 26 October, 2015
Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion Nears Completion , © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA.
© Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA.

Snøhetta's 10-story expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is nearing completion. As announced by SFMOMA, the "transformed" museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Its new 235,000-square-foot addition (that nearly tripled SFMOMA's gallery space) was designed by Snøhetta to "weave" into the city and connect "seamlessly" to the museum's existing 225,000-square-foot building designed by Mario Botta

MVRDV Transfer Early Work to the Archives of Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut

04:00 - 26 October, 2015
MVRDV Transfer Early Work to the Archives of Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut, The New Institute (formerly the NAi). Image Courtesy of Het Nieuwe Instituut
The New Institute (formerly the NAi). Image Courtesy of Het Nieuwe Instituut

Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV have begun a transfer of their early work, spanning fifteen years from 1993 to 2008, to Het Nieuwe Instituut — the central architecture archive of The Netherlands. This collection, which will eventually be made available to the public, will be in the institute's first primarily digital donation (approximately eight terabytes of data) and consisting of material from 400 of the practice's 680 total projects, including the Villa VPRO, the Silodam in Amsterdam, and the Markthal Rotterdam, as well as unrealised projects such as Meta City Datatown, Pig City, and 3D City Cube.

Famous Landmarks Reimagined with Paper Cutouts

14:00 - 25 October, 2015
Famous Landmarks Reimagined with Paper Cutouts , Big Ben, London. Image © Rich McCor
Big Ben, London. Image © Rich McCor

For the past few months, Rich McCor has been traveling around the world reimagining famous landmarks with paper cutouts.

Starting with some research on the locations he visits, McCor shifts between finding instant inspiration and letting his subconscious drive his creations: “After doing the first few cut-outs, I think my brain learned to look for quirky shapes and ideas in architecture and everyday objects; it’s a pretty good mental exercise.”

Montmartre, Paris. Image © Rich McCor St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Rich McCor Arc de Triomphe, Paris. Image © Rich McCor The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen. Image © Rich McCor +9

London’s Royal Academy of Arts Announces 4 Finalists for Urban Jigsaw Competition

07:00 - 25 October, 2015
London’s Royal Academy of Arts Announces 4 Finalists for Urban Jigsaw Competition, WELL-line by Chetwoods. Image Courtesy of London Royal Academy of Arts
WELL-line by Chetwoods. Image Courtesy of London Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts in London has announced the four shortlisted proposals in their Urban Jigsaw competition, which aims to generate ideas for the renewal of Brownfield sites in London. After appraisal of many high-quality entries, four finalists have been selected to move onto the next stage of the project. See the finalist proposals after the break.

These Interactive Graphics Show the Evolution of Tall Buildings in New York

14:00 - 24 October, 2015
These Interactive Graphics Show the Evolution of Tall Buildings in New York, © CTBUH
© CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has released a new research study called New York: The Ultimate Skyscraper Laboratory, which utilizes data to “develop graphic features showing the progression of tall building development in New York City.”

The Timeline of Skyscrapers in New York City Region 1906-2018 graphic illustrates “how skyscraper construction aligned with social or political events in history” in the context of key events, for example, building inactivity around the period of World War II.

Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR Selected to Design Performa 15 Hub in NYC

12:00 - 24 October, 2015
Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR Selected to Design Performa 15 Hub in NYC, Model. Image Courtesy of Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR
Model. Image Courtesy of Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR

Performa has selected the office of Christoph A. Kumpusch, Forward Slash ( / ) ARCHITEKTUR, as the winner of the competition to design the Performa 15 Hub. Held in New York City, Performa is a Biennale dedicated to live performance across artistic disciplines. This year’s Biennial, Performa 15, will take place November 1 -22, and the Performa Hub serves as the biennial's headquarters, offering a venue for special performances, screenings, panel discussions, artists’ seminars, a lounge, a shop and a visitor information center. Read more about the winning entry and Performa after the break.

Pop Up Box: A Customizable Retail Space in Germany

07:00 - 24 October, 2015

DITTEL | ARCHITEKTEN GmbH has created Pop Up Box, a convertible retail space located in a shopping center in Stuttgart, Germany. With its cube design, the Box serves as a self-contained, customizable presentation area, where retailers can move three of the four pieces to create his or her own sales space.

Sneak Peek at the World's First Underground Park - The Lowline

16:00 - 23 October, 2015

A 1,200 square-meter "test lab" of what aims to be the world's first underground park has opened its doors to New Yorkers. View a sneak peek above, shared with ArchDaily by The Spaces, to see just how the Lowline (as the project's known) plans to "plumb" sunlight into an abandoned trolley terminal beneath the city's Delancey Street in an attempt to transform the forgotten space into a sun-lit, subterranean public garden. 

Gaudí's Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026

14:30 - 23 October, 2015
Gaudí's Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026, Templo Expiatorio of the Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Jose Gonzalvo Vivas, bajo CC BY 2.0
Templo Expiatorio of the Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Jose Gonzalvo Vivas, bajo CC BY 2.0

133 years since the laying of its foundation, the construction of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família has entered its final phase. This news was announced in a recent press conference by the project's directing architect Jordi Faulí, who will oversee the completion of six new towers that will raise the "Tower of Jesus Christ" to 172.5 meters-tall, making it the tallest religious structure in Europe and Barcelona's tallest building. 

The final stage will include the construction of the 172.5 meter Tower of Jesus Christ, as well as five other 135-meter towers honoring the Virgin Mary and the four apostles. 

More information and a video after the break.

How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course

08:00 - 23 October, 2015
How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course , Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr
Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr

The best buildings always start with a background, materials, and a plan. With a little help, now shots can too. In their new book, The Architecture of the Shot, author Paul Knorr and architectural planner Melissa Wood teamed up to create 75 blueprints detailing the creation of "the perfect shot from the bottom up." With historical backgrounds, detailed materials lists, and precise plans, anyone with an architectural eye will feel right at home constructing the “perfect” mixtures.

Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul

06:00 - 23 October, 2015
Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul, Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition
Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition

The winners of the Sejongdaero Competition to masterplan the former National Tax Service building site in SeoulKorea have been announced. The competition called for entries that not only addressed the site, but also the underground area of Sejongdaero and the old city area of Seoul. The jury was looking specifically for entries that addressed the many layers of culture and history in the area, promoting a new vision for the future.

After receiving 80 entries from 20 countries; first, second and third places, as well as 10 honourable mentions were awarded. See the three finalists along with the jury’s comments after the break.

Time Connector. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition Seoul Living Room. Image  Time Connector. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition +15

LOBBY #3: Meaningful Defiance in a Disengaged Culture

04:00 - 23 October, 2015
© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos
© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos

'Defiance' manifests itself in many forms: riots in Baltimore, makeshift housing in Rwanda, Pink Floyd in Venice and plants growing where they ought not sprout. To defy the norm is an act of rebellion and in architecture, doubly so. In the third issue of LOBBY, the burgeoning magazine from London's Bartlett School of Architecture, the notion of defiance and its incarnations are investigated in a collection of essays, interviews and discussions with leading and emerging thinkers in urbanism and architecture. From Swiss master Mario Botta to Carme Pinós, former partner to Enric Miralles, this latest LOBBY investigates the act of defiance as a core tenet of architectural practice.

© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos +15

Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 22 October, 2015
Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, "Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been appointed to curate the United Arab Emirates' participation at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Elsheshtawy plans to work with a group of selected interns on an exhibition that will reflect the UAE's contribution to the advancement of architecture and culture. A theme for the exhibition has yet to be announced. 

3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

14:22 - 22 October, 2015
3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, © GreenWave
© GreenWave

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced GreenWave as the winner of its 2015 Fuller Challenge - "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award." The non-profit is responsible for designing the world's first multi-species 3D ocean farms with the intent to "restore ocean ecosystems and create jobs in coastal communities by transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers."

Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

10:55 - 22 October, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, 2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council
2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council

Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams have been selected to curate the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale - "Reporting from the Front." Chosen by the British Council for their proposal "Home Economics," the team will "explore the future of the home through a series of full-scale domestic interiors." 

Home Economics addresses the frontline of British architecture: the family home," says the winning team. "The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life - but the design of the home hasn't caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the models of ownership, finance and work that make these conditions possible?"

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Designs Low-Income Housing Prototypes in Mozambique

06:00 - 22 October, 2015
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Designs Low-Income Housing Prototypes in Mozambique, © Johan Mottelson
© Johan Mottelson

The Department of Human Settlements at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture, Design, and Conservation has developed a new low-income housing prototype for Maputo, Mozambique in southeast Africa as part of the Casas Melhoradas research project. The prototype reinterprets the area’s traditional “Casa de Madeira e Zinco,” which is made of wood and corrugated iron sheets, and the "Casa de Blocos," which is composed of concrete blocks.  

Florence's Museum of the Opera del Duomo set to Reopen to the Public

04:30 - 22 October, 2015
The 'Pietà' Room. Image © Antonio Quattrone
The 'Pietà' Room. Image © Antonio Quattrone

The new Florentine museum of the Opera del Duomo, affiliated to the city's cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is set to reopen its doors to the public next week following years of restoration and reconstruction. 6000 square metres of exhibition space, designed by Adolfo Natalini and Guicciardini & Magni architetti, will house the largest collection of Florentine medieval and Renaissance sculpture in the world, including pieces by Donatello, Michelangelo (the Florentine Pietà), Andrea Pisano, Lorenzo Ghiberti (Gates of Paradise), and Luca della Robbia. It will also exhibit fifteen 14th century statues and almost seventy fragments from the cathedral's original medieval façade.

Read Monsignor Timothy Verdon's, Director of the Opera, narrative of the new spaces after the break.