OMA’s De Rotterdam Becomes Screen for Stunning Video Projection

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Last night, the facade of Rem Koolhaas’ critically-acclaimed skyscraper – De Rotterdam – became the screen for the largest project ever displayed in Europe. The A15 Project, an initiative of Natuur & Mielieu, re-envisions the A15, the Netherlands’ busy highway, into a “sustainable highway.” Check it out in the video above!

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Paperhouses: Architecture in Open Source

Tatiana Bilbao S.C.’s design for Paperhouses, The Module House. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses

“Architecture does not change anything. It’s always on the side of the wealthy. The important thing is to believe that it can make life better.” — Oscar Niemeyer

As much as we’d care to deny it, Niemeyer makes a valid point here. Architecture is almost always “on the side of the wealthy”; the profession, as it has existed for about a century, rarely changes anything; and yet – and yet – it can make life better. If only for a select few.

But what if architecture could make life better for the many. What if good-quality, life-bettering architecture were open-source and available to download off the internet? For free?

Well, thanks to Paperhouses, it already is.

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2014 Cambodia Live Build Workshop

Building Trust is a non-profit charity founded in 2010. Last month, we featured one of the schools they have worked on in Thailand, and they now have a number of sustainable design and build projects in Cambodia during 2014, including a center, a school, a wildlife conservation project and housing.

They are offering hands on participatory workshops where you will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while building worthwhile projects that will have a huge benefit to the local community and local wildlife. Due to the fact they will have a number of projects on the ground you will gain an insight into a number of building techniques and architectural styles.

For more information please click here.

III Moscow Urban Forum – “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”

Urban Forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. The Forum has been held annually in since 2011 with the support of the Government, and with the Urban Land Institute as international partner. is a platform for an exchange of ideas where the heads of the largest cities in Russia and the world have an opportunity to discuss topics and projects of concern with the representatives of the international expert community. 

“Megacities: Development Beyond the Centre” is the topic of the III Moscow Urban Forum. The topic is up-to-date and relevant not only for the capital and most Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people, but also for megacities all over the world.

 Global urban planning gurus experienced in developing suburbs are ready to share their ideas – on how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, and make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens. They include Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York; the expert on suburban redevelopment Ellen Dunham-Jones, the founder of the charity “Architecture for Humanity” Cameron Sinclair, among others

The Forum will also server as the occasion for the City Festival, a unique opportunity to showcase ideas for the city of Moscow and connect with its citizens. More details: 

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Frank Gehry to Submit Grand Avenue Vision to L.A. City Officials

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After reviewing proposals from a selection of other firms, Related Companies has chosen to move forward with ’s Grand Avenue vision for Los Angeles. The design, which abandons the fluid forms of Gehry’s original scheme, has been described by critic Christopher Hawthorne as “significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture” than Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ recently rejected proposal

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2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

The Hong Kong Biennale is led by Chief Curator Prof. Colin Fournier along with Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS. As reported earlier, the Shenzhen edition will be curated by Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson.

As Asia’s leading architecture, design and planning event, it will exhibit work by leading international and local design professionals and engage in a three month cultural dialogue that will include satellite exhibitions, performances, fi lm screenings, forums, workshops, guided tours and lectures.

The Biennale “will be informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.”

ArchDaily will be present at the opening of the Shenzhen edition to bring you all the insights of the event.

Curatorial statement below:

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Round Up: Ingenious Interiors

Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi / ch+qs arquitectos. Image © FG+SG

The winners of the 2013 Interior Design Excellence Awards and the Great Indoors Awards have been announced, showcasing an innovative range of projects from around the world. We’ve rounded up some of the best of these award-winning interiors just for you, including: the origami-inspired, timber battens of Assemble Studio; the fantastic basketry of the Cinema Center in Matadero de Legazpi, by Churtichaga & Quadra Salcedo Architects; ’s golden Relojería Alemana; El Equipo Creativo’s PAKTA Restaurant of looms; and Breathe Architecture’s rebellious metallic and wooden Captain Melville. Enjoy!

Elevated Park Planned for World Trade Center

Early Schematic Rendering of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Liberty Park. Image Courtesy of Tribeca Citizen

The World Trade Center’s “best-kept secret” has been revealed. As reported by the Times, the Port Authority released details on what will be “Liberty Park,” an acre-sized, elevated park lifted 25 feet above Liberty Street on the WTC site. Planned for completion in 2015, the $50 million landscaped terrace will connect the financial district with Battery Park City, while providing a panoramic view of the National September 11 Memorial and serving as a forecourt for the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. More information on Liberty Park can be found here.

Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics

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In an exclusive interview with TIME, has finally responded to the claims – voiced most notably by Jon Stewart - that her design for the Al Wakrah Stadium (what will be Qatar’s stadium for the 2022 World Cup) resembles female genitalia (Stewart in fact called Hadid the “Georgia O’Keeffe of things you can walk inside“).

“It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this. What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.” Hadid also goes on to suggest that “if a guy had done this project,” these “lewd” comparisons would not have been made. Read the full story at TIME.com.

SHoP Architects Selected for Design of Iconic Site in Downtown Detroit

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One of Detroit’s most prominent vacant sites is slated to become one of its most iconic buildings. SHoP Architects will partner with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates to transform the site formerly occupied by Hudson’s Department Store. Located at Grand River and Gratiot in the city’s Central Business District, the two-acre site has remained a scar in the urban since the implosion of the Hudson’s building in 1998.

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Herzog & de Meuron to Design AstraZeneca Headquarters in Cambridge

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Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has commissioned Herzog & de Meuron to design their new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters. Planned for the Biomedical Campus on the southern outskirts of the city, the new £330m project will be home to one of the company’s three global strategic research and development centres as well as its corporate headquarters.

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Giveaway: Lina Bo Bardi

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UPDATE: Congrats to Susana Duarte of Portugal, winner of the “” giveaway! Thank you to all those who participated. Keep your eyes peeled for another fantastic giveaway, courtesy of Yale University Press, in the coming weeks. 

Our friends at Yale University Press have offered to give one of our readers a newly released copy of Lina Bo Bardi by Zeuler R.M. de la Lima; with an introduction by Barry Bergdoll.

“Architecture and architectural freedom are above all a social issue that must be seen from inside a political structure, not from outside it,” – Lina Bo Bardi, 1974

This is the first comprehensive study of the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and the first book about Bo Bardi ever published in English. Lina Bo Bardi (November 26) frames the influential designer’s activities on two continents and in five cities to consider how ethics, politics, and social inclusiveness influenced Bo Bardi’s intellectual engagement with modern architecture. This unprecedented volume provides an authoritative guide to her experimental, ephemeral, and iconic works.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comment section below: “Which Lina Bo Bardi project do you find most inspiring and why?”

You have until Monday, December 2nd to submit your answers. The winner will be contacted the following day. Good luck! 

Is the Open Plan Bad for Us?

One Workplace by Design Blitz. Image © Bruce Damonte

The concept of the revolutionized architecture  - promising light, space, and effortless collaboration (not to mention a more cost-effective way of getting lots of people into one space). Today, it’s practically become a standard of design – but at what cost?

A new report from researchers Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, concludes that the open plan comes with some serious collateral damage – namely a lack of “sound privacy” – which outweighs its positive qualities. What’s more, according to their results, the open plan doesn’t even make a measurable improvement in communication at all.

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Toward a Fit Nation: 18 Projects that Promote Healthy Lifestyles

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From Atlanta’s Beltline to Los Angeles’ Spring Street “Parklets,” architecture and design is increasingly more relevant in the fight against obesity and chronic disease, conditions which have reached epidemic levels in the United States. In the article, “Toward a Fit Nation,” the AIA and FitNation identify 18 projects from around the country, ranging from large complexes to temporal installations, that encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The AIA National Headquarters will be curating the exhibit till January 31, 3014. Read the article here.

A New Series Featuring Laurie Olin, Acclaimed Landscape Architect

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation recently launched its newest documentary as part of the ongoing Oral History series, this time focusing on the ideas and career of , a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and one of the greatest landscape architects of our time. Olin’s influential work as a practitioner, educator and author over the past forty years has helped to guide the future of landscape architecture and shape urban life around the world.

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HAO Makes Counter-Proposal To “Save” Sugar Factory from Development in Brooklyn

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HAO, together with community group, Williamsburg Independent People, hope to save the historic Domino Sugar Factory site and halt the current masterplan by SHoP Architects which proposes an additional 2,200 luxury apartments along the East River in Brooklyn, New York

HAO’s counter proposal seeks to adaptively reuse the existing factory buildings, including the iconic Civil War-era Domino Sugar Refinery — which has defiantly held its ground amidst heavy redevelopment in surrounding areas. Not unlike SHoP’s proposal, HAO aims to regenerate these spaces into a “world-class cultural destination” that combines public and private programs. 

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Wainwright Weighs In on Rem’s De Rotterdam

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In the architectural stomping ground that is , it’s no small task to design a building that actually stands out. But, according to The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright, the recently completed De Rotterdam building manages to. Although the Koolhaas-designed structure, which houses offices, apartments and even a boutique hotel, may at first seem simple (simplistic, even), Wainwright praises how the shifting masses cleverly play tricks on your perception. The building is undoubtedly impressive, but is the unconventional envelope enough to distract from a bland-at-best interior? Read the rest of Wainwright’s critique here. evaluate