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 Johannesburg. 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 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 by Internet Week NY takes us behind the scenes at Tumblr, About.com and Fueled Collective to find out.

Video: Three Courtyards House / Miguel Marcelino Architect

Our friends from Archmov shared their latest video with us. Three Courtyards House was designed by Miguel Marcelino Architect and completed in 2012 in Benavente, Portugal.

VIDEO: I LIKE Blue

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 5, I LIKE Blue, which features OMA/AMO‘s 2012 Prada Catwalk, DOSE‘s Bluetube Bar, Rad Louda & WRKSHP’s full-scale blue foam model of an interior, and more.

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 sixth 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

VIDEO: Jonathan Segal’s “The Cresta” Through the Lens of Breadtruck Films

Jeffrey Durkin, director of Breadtruck Films, has shared with us this insightful short film on Jonathan Segal’s new concrete and glass house in La Jolla: The Cresta. According to Durkin, “The film explores the relationship between nature and architecture, father and son, and how clean minimal design can save us from the suburbs.”

TED Talk: How to Build with Clay… and Community / Diébédo Francis Kéré

In this TED Talk, Aga Khan Award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how to build a community with clay. With his firm Kéré Architecture, the Burkina Faso native has achieved international renown by using local building materials and techniques to engage and improve local expertise. Watch as explains how he applied his personal success to benefit the small African village he grew up in.

VIDEO: Charlie Rose Interviews Tom Pritzker and Shigeru Ban

sits down with and 2014 Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban to discuss the importance of architecture, the purpose of the Prize and the significance of Ban’s selection. The discussion starts at 40:00, following coverage on the Malaysian Airline’s tragedy.

VIDEO: I LIKE Multicolor

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 4, I LIKE Multicolor, which features four kaleidoscopic 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 fifth 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

The Berlage Archive: Luis Fernández Galiano Theory Master Class (1994)

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 1994 theory master class, Spanish architect Luis Fernández Galiano expresses discomfort with the hegemony of vision and the image in architecture. Moving towards the argument that reconstruction should start by changing the prevailing dominance of vision in society, Galiano gives an overview of Spanish housing projects from the 1950s – 1980s in an attempt to reconcile the object with the process of building. Finally, he brings up culture and civilization as issues that he feels must be addressed in the future, concluding that “architecture, if it is to recover, must dream again.”

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

VIDEO: Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners

Our friends at Arbuckle Industries has shared this short clip that takes you inside Foster + Partners’ Yale School of ManagementCompleted earlier this year, the new school unites Yale’s faculty departments at the Edward P. Evans Hall with world-class teaching facilities and collaborative social spaces. This, as the architects described, brings a new level of transparency to education, abandoning traditionally closed-off courtyard buildings for an open design that embraces the campus community. More stunning images and information on the project can be found here

TED Talk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders / Teddy Cruz

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In this talk, architect and urbanist urges us to rethink urban growth. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz denounces the “stupid” and consumption-driven ways in which our cities have been expanding and declares that the future depends on the reorganization of social economic relations.

VIDEO: Wes Anderson // Centered

American film director shares something in common with architects: a love for symmetry. Serving as proof, this kogonada produced video reveals Anderson’s masterful use of symmetry by compiling perfectly centered scenes from his many works.

Did you know Stanley Kubrick is a master of the one-point perspective? See why, here

VIDEO: Fernando Romero, In Residence

In Residence: Fernando Romero on Nowness.com

NOWNESS has released the latest in their “In Residence” series, a collection of short videos that interview designers in their homes. This time, internationally renowned Mexican Architect Fernando Romero presents his Mexico City villa, designed by Francisco Artias in 1955, which he describes as “the ultimate modernity dream come true.”

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VIDEO: I LIKE Purple

ArchDaily has teamed up with ’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 3, I LIKE Purple. The video features SO-IL‘s Flockr Pavilion, raumlabor‘s SOFT SOLUTION and two other purple-hued spatial interventions.

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 fourth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

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VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration – the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings – and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of . In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

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VIDEO: I LIKE Pink

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 2, I LIKE Pink. The video features UNStudio‘s Holiday Home, Périphériques architectes‘ Pink Ghost and two other pink-hued installations.

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 third installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

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