Video: Alvaro Siza Denounces Architecture’s “Hyper-Specialization”

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In this video, produced by Hugo Oliveira, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza denounces the ”hyper-specialization” of architecture, outlining its academic roots as well as its practical implications for practice. Siza mentions how, in Portugal, a law was considered to limit architects to their specific specialities – exterior architects could not design interiors, for example. According to Siza, this tendency towards “hyper” or over specialization is unfortunate, as it gives rise to the segmentation of the discipline into subcategories - interior architecture, exterior architecture, landscape architecture, etc. - that undermine collaboration and team work.

Also make sure to check out the first part of this interview, where Siza discusses the obsolescence of buildings.

Video: SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma

As a part of his ongoing film series about Japanese architecture, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has created this visual exploration of SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma.  Designed to resemble a bamboo basket, this pineapple cake shop is built using the traditional Japanese joint technique of “Jiigoku-Gumi.”  The wooden latticework is meant to provide visual contrast with the concrete facades of the building’s neighbors.

VIDEO: I LIKE Transparent

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 10, I LIKE Transparent, which features one of our most popular projects (and Building of the Year Winner), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh‘s Reading Between the Lines. You’ll also see Heatherwick Studio‘s Bleigiessen, Plastique Fantastique‘s FLIPPAT and Numen/For Use’s Tape.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the final installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green
Episode 8 – I LIKE Red
Episode 9 – I LIKE White

Timelapse Captures 2.5 Year Transformation of Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Humanity’s ability to construct and change an urban landscape is incredible, but rarely do we get to see that interaction at full scale. Beno Saradzic’s “BEYOND: Memoirs in a ” captures just that. Taken from more than two years of footage from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this film showcases hourly transformations wrought on some of the city’s most famous buildings, such as the Al Bahar Towers and Burj Khalifa.  

City of Imagination: Kowloon Walled City 20 Years Later

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Twenty years ago, one of the world’s most unusual and unexpected pieces of architecture was razed to the ground: Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated area on earth. Squalid, dark, and labyrinthine, the informal city was not only a hotbed for organized crime, but also a vibrant community of commerce and hope. Now, the Wall Street Journal has released this short documentary, bringing the city back to life and revealing why it holds a special place in world culture today.

VIDEO: I LIKE White

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 9, I LIKE White, which features BIG’s Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, PROJECTiONE‘s EXOtique and dosmasuno arquitectosCarabanchel Housing.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the tenth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green
Episode 8 – I LIKE Red

The Berlage Archive: David Chipperfield (2001)

ArchDaily has teamed up with the The Berlage to provide exclusive access to their newly digitized archive of lectures. The Berlage is a postgraduate international institute where some of the world’s most renowned architects, thinkers, designers, photographers and other professionals come to share, exchange and critically reflect upon their ideas. Over the last 23 years, The Berlage has built up an extensive archive of seminal lectures. Thanks to this partnership we can now share them with you. ArchDaily is committed to providing inspiration and knowledge to architects all over the world, so please look forward to monthly publications of these lectures during the coming year.

In this 2001 lecture titled “Tradition and Invention,” David Chipperfield explains why the idea of continuity — as opposed to discontinuity — helps one design buildings. Though modern architecture has the desire to break with the past, Chipperfield embraces tradition and memory instead of modernistic pragmatism. 

Don’t miss the other lectures in The Berlage Archive series

VIDEO: Paris in Motion

In this four-part, stop-motion series, Mayeul Akpovi presents a new perspective on the City of Lights. Filmed with manual camera movements and composed of more than 30,000 photographs, the videos enable a unique, otherwise-unattainable experience of ’ sleepless urban spaces by ceaselessly attenuating the passage of time.

Watch part one (above), and continue after the break for the remaining series…

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TED Talk: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work / Amanda Burden

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Amanda Burden, former animal behaviorist turned ’s chief city planner, has discovered what makes cities desirable: great public spaces. During her time with the Bloomberg administration, Burden oversaw the fruition of the city’s most transformative public projects, including New York’s beloved High Line. In the video above, she reveals the many unexpected challenges of planning (and maintaining) parks people love, and why it is so important for cities to have great public spaces.

VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson , URBANSCREEN was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

VIDEO: I LIKE Red

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 8, I LIKE Red, which features stARTT‘s Whatami, Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist‘s City Lounge, Rojkind Arquitectos Nestlé Chocolate Museum and two other vermilion-hued projects.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the ninth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green

VIDEO: “Ambient 30_60 – Yap_Constructo” by Cristobal Palma

Cristobal Palma from Estudio Palma presents his latest video of Ambient 30 60, UMWELT‘s pavilion for Yap_Constructo 2014 in Chile. The video aptly captures the spirit of the Young Architects Program (YAP) — an annual collaboration between the MoMA and MoMA PS1 that takes place in Istanbul, , Rome and Santiago.

VIDEO: I LIKE Green

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 7, I LIKE Green, which features Vallo Sadovsky‘s BA_LIK, Jacques Ferrier‘s Overfly in Choisy, LAVA‘s Green Void, AVA ArchitectsCentro Antas Educative Center and qui es IN, qui es OUT by Yes We Can Architects.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the eighth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow

VIDEO: London From the Top of The Barbican, A Brutalist Icon

Recently voted the UK’s ugliest tower, The Tower is one of the three residential towers of the Estate, built between 1965 and 1976 in London. Along with fourteen apartment blocks, the Estate contains 2014 flats, connected by a labyrinth of floating passageways and landscaped gardens. 

Designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, the Estate was part of a utopian vision of urban renewal and transformation of the city center after the Second World War. When it opened in 1982, Queen Elizabeth even referred to the high-end mega-complex as “one of the modern wonders of the world.” Though many Londoners despise the massive concrete megastructure, it is in fact a Brutalist masterpiece in the heart of London, a relic from a time of architectural coherence and uncompromised ambition.

Check out the incredible view from the Barbican Tower in the time-lapse above, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Inside Johannesburg’s Infamous Ponte City Tower

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The history of Johannesburg‘s Ponte City Apartments is a provocative one: built in 1975 and designed by Manfred Hermer as the height of luxurious (white-only) living in South Africa, the continent’s tallest residential building soon became a notorious vertical slum, filled with crime and poverty, its signature hollow core re-purposed as a trash dump and a suicide drop.

Since 2001, however, the building has been the centerpiece of a drive to regenerate the wider Hillbrow neighborhood. The building is gentrifying once again – an almost color-coded gentrification as white people move back into the tower, mostly taking the more expensive upper apartments. However, as the video by Vocative shows, in the case of Ponte, gentrification is not as simple as elsewhere: heavy security eases the fears of middle class residents in what is still one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in . As the shows, there’s a palpable excitement that, finally, the building is becoming a truly multi-ethnic community.

VIDEO: I LIKE Yellow

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 6, I LIKE Yellow, which features João Luís Carrilho da Graça‘s School Of Music In LisbonManuelle Gautrand Architecture‘s Cite Des Affaires in Saint-Etienne, Ecosistema Urbano‘s Ecopolis PlazaTham & Videgård Arkitekter‘s Tellus Nursery School and a project by Höweler + Yoon.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the seventh installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue

VIDEO: Extreme Sustainability in the Congo

MASS has just released the third video in their Beyond the Building series, which examines how architecture and design can positively impact our world, beyond buildings (check out the first video here and the second here). The latest – “Ilima: Beyond Sustainability” – explores MASS’s collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation as well as local masons to build a primary school in the rural Congolese village of Ilima, where, due to its remote location, practically all materials must be sourced locally.

For more information on MASS’s work in Congo, follow the project’s manager, Andrew Brose, via the hashtag #AndrewinIlima on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to add your thoughts to how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding as well.

Inside the Cool Offices of Manhattan’s Tech Companies

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With an emphasis on collaborative environments, relaxing atmospheres, and quirky branding, it’s always interesting to take a peek into the offices of tech companies, often found in the sprawling, multi-colored campuses of Silicon Valley. But how does this particular brand of interior design transfer to the more cramped spaces of a Manhattan office block? This video by Internet Week NY takes us behind the scenes at Tumblr, About.com and Fueled Collective to find out.