Lecture: Mega-Cities, Urban Poverty and Planning / Janice E. Perlman

Janice E. Perlman, author, researcher and CEO of The Mega-Cities Project, discusses her work in this at the for the “Urbanization Seminar Series”.  This in-depth lecture, titled “Mega-Cities, the Urban Poor and the Place of Planning” covers Perlman’s research and observation in India’s slums, noting the way people upgrade the status of the slum and their own opportunities through minor reforms on small-scales.

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Video: Jun Aoki House, Hanegi Park / Shigeru Ban Architects

Watch as JA+U takes a close look at the Jun Aoki House at Hanegi Park designed by Japanese architects .  The short video tours viewers through this intimate and minimalist home, revealing the nuances and features of the design.  The house has a number of unique features, the most prominent of which is the semi-arched roof vault on the second level, which also gives a penetrating view through the length of the house.  The openness of the architecture is emphasized by the austerity of the material choices.  Stark white walls are set against the lush trees and vegetation of Hangei Park, highlighting the contrast between the natural and man-made.

Click here for images via .  Check out other work by Shigeru Ban Architects on ArchDaily, like the Metal Shutter House in New York City. (more…)

Lecture: After March 11th / Kengo Kuma

This past Tuesday, Kengo Kuma of Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). His discussion centered around the epochal challenge architecture must respond to following the great disaster of March 11, 2011. The tsunami, which flattened the Tohoku coastline in a matter of seconds, and catastrophic nuclear accident that followed proved our infrastructure to be insufficient in the age of technology. With this realization, Kuma understands that we must learn from what happened and “start again from scratch”. (more…)

AD Interviews: Norman Foster

is undoubtedly one of the most influential architects of our time. Since establishing his award-winning practice in 1967 – originally titled Foster Associates – the Pritzker Prize laureate has grown Foster + Partners into an international powerhouse, with project offices in more than twenty countries.

The Manchester native has become known for contributing well-designed, imaginative solutions to complex design problems, while remaining sensitive to the environment and embracing the highest technological standards. His diverse portfolio ranges from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.

As stated in the 1999 Pritzker Jury Citation, “Sir Norman Foster’s pursuit of the art and science of architecture has resulted in one building triumph after another, each one in its own way, unique.”

has received nearly 500 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 national and international competitions. Some of Foster’s greatest achievements include receiving the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1999, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honors, and in 1999 was honored with a Life Peerage, becoming The Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

Check out the latest projects and news from Foster + Partners here on ArchDaily.

Video: Rupert Blanchard, Day in the Life


Designer and maker Rupert Blanchard creates bespoke furniture from discarded drawers, secondhand pieces and scrap material, but is adamant that his work should not be considered part of the upcycling trend. In 2011 Blanchard won ‘Best Product Design’ at The British Design Awards, and during London Design Festival he opened up his East London studio as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Blanchard takes Crane.tv on a day out to visit some of his favourite local haunts around Brick Lane and Bethnal Green including a welder, a junkshop and a scrapyard.

JA+U Interviews Japanese Architect Kumkio Inui

JA+U presents this brief interview with Japanese Architect of the Office of Kumiko Inui.  The interview gives an inside look at to how architects choose to design.  In Inui’s case, she explains how drawing and sketching is a way for her to explore her ideas in concepts, schematics and tectonics.  Sometimes these ideas are not fully formed and Inui uses sketching as a strategy to let her mind wander and unfold her various thoughts on the architectural problems before her.  Through iteration and reinterpretation, Inui explains how an idea from the depths of her subconscious, eventually surfaces.

Video: Muse – Isolated System by Richard Fenwick

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The British band Muse has just released the video clip for the single “Isolated System” from their latest album “The Second Law” alluding to the thermodynamic theory.

Trying to represent Entropy in a physical way, they selected a short film realised by Richard Fenwick on 2006 entitled “Artificial Worlds V.3.0″ which shows a world being geometrized in an unstoppable process. Any thoughts about Entropy and Architecture?

Video: 1 Bligh Office Tower / Ingenhoven Architects

Peter Hyatt, of Hyatt and Associates, shared with us his recently completed 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Office Tower. Designed by Ingenhoven Architects, the building is the first office tower in Sydney to get the highest score in the Australian “Green Star”-standard, a “6 Star/World Leadership”-certification. Derived from view corridors and the solar orientation, the 30-storey transparent office building offers unobstructed views of the world famous Harbor Bridge of Sydney and complements the opposite Farrer Place to create one of downtown Sydney’s most attractive urban spaces.

VIDEO: New World Symphony / Frank Gehry by Cristobal Palma

Since its opening in January 2011 we have presented two articles related to this project designed by , home for the New World Symphony founded by renowned american director Michael Tilson Thomas. Today we have this great video that Cristobal Palma just shared with us, for a better understanding of the spaces and surroundings.

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dbox wins Emmy for “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero”

The New York-based branding and creative agency dbox has won an Emmy for its CGI and Branding work on the Discovery Channel’s six part mini-series Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero. From executive producer by Steven Spielberg, the series chronicles the activity of the Ground Zero site and the personal stories of the construction workers, engineers and architects who have made the rebuilding vision a reality.

Enjoy the trailer above and check out ArchDaily’s previous September 11th coverage for more information on each project:

The Rise of Design/Build Architecture Inspires “All Hale” Love Story

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All Hale, a new film written by Anita Banerji, follows the story of college student Alice Walker who finds herself in a small town in Hale County, Alabama building a home for a family that is going through personal and financial hardship.  The movie is filmed on location, with a variety of unique Hale County architecture serving as the backdrop for a story that rekindles a love for “home-grown architecture”.  At a time when so much emphasis is focused on “starchitects” and the “Bilbao effect”, the story of this movie has a social agenda that highlights the backlash to this phenomena: the rising trend of design/build architecture.

Join us after the break for more on the underlying social inspiration of this film and a sneak peek at the trailer. (more…)

Video: Keiichi Matsuda, London Design Festival 2012


In collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, British-Japanese designer Keiichi Matsuda created multimedia sculpture ‘Prism’ in one of the V&A’s best kept secrets. The cupola at the top of the museum was transformed into a 47-panel geometrical construction feeding into London’s pool of readily available data. Anything from energy use at 10 Downing Street to a live route map of TFL’s transport network highlight the Internet’s force as the all encompassing source of information. Whilst Prism reflects the intricate networks of the virtual world, the cupola gives visitors a 360 degree view of real-time London.

Venice Biennale 2012: Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton

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Almost two years ago, on November 13th 2010, I had the chance to attend to a very special seminar to celebrate the 80th birthday of Kenneth Frampton at Columbia’s GSAPP. During that intense day, five north american practices presented their work followed by an interesting debate: Rick Joy Architects, Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects, , Steven Holl, and .

For the 13th Venice Biennale, Kenneth Frampton was invited to have his exhibit at the Arsenale, where the works of these five practices was presented on a series of videos, on a simple installation designed by Steven Holl.

While we don’t have the videos shown during the Biennale, we present you the full video of the seminar (almost 6 hours), made available online by the GSAPP.

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More information about the “Five North American Architects as a Common Ground” videos shown at the Biennale:

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Video: Tempeliaukkio, Rock Church / The Helsinki Series


With over half a million visitors a year, the Tempeliaukkio or ‘Rock Church’ is one of ’s most treasured landmarks. Designed before the Second World war in 1930, and built in 1968 by by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, the Lutheran church was constructed within an excavated rock formation. Apart from its impressive architectural features the glazed dome hovering above the church ensures the structure is bathed in natural light throughout the day. speaks to Timo Suomalainen about winning the architectural competition for Temppeliaukio in 1961, ’s modernist movement and how he was inspired by growing up on a Finnish Island, surrounded by natural landscapes.

Venice Biennale 2012: SPAINLab / Spain Pavilion


During the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale opening, we had the chance to interview Débora Mesa, curator of the Spain Pavilion together with Antón García-Abril, partners at Ensamble Studio.

SPAINLab, the name of the exhibit, looks to expose the research process behind the works of contemporary Spanish Architects:

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More photos about the pavilion and description from Anton and Débora after the break:

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Video: Sagrada Familia / Moment Factory

A huge creative and technical challenge was recently undertaken by Moment Factory. They were invited by the City of and the City of Montreal to create the first and light spectacle to be projected on the complex façade of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This 15 minute-long multimedia show, using video mapping techniques and their X-Agora playback system, was presented within La Mercè Festival in Barcelona this weekend. The inspiration: to realize Antonio Gaudi’s dream. The architect wished for the façade to be full of colors.

Video: The Junk King

The Junk King – Vince Hannemann - has spent much of his life constructing the Cathedral of Junk in , TX. In 2010, the City of requested a building permit and Vince was forced to tear down nearly half of his creation. Despite this traumatic event and with the help of many supporters, Vince was still able to keep the Cathedral alive and continue its legacy.

Directed: Evan Burns
Cinematography: Garyle Morgan & Mitzi Morrow
Produced: Eduardo Tobias

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TED Talk: Why Architects Need to Use their Ears / Julian Treasure

In architecture we talk about space and form.  We talk about experience and meaning.  All of these qualities are inextricably the sensory experience of light, touch, smell and sound.  Sound expert Julian Treasure asks architects to consider designing for our ears, citing that the quality of the of a space affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.

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