The Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper & The Clean-Tech Utopia: Two Game-Changing, Sustainable Proposals in China

How can the city be reinvented to save the world? Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue and Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo are two men with very contrasting answers to this loaded question. Zhang Yue’s answer puts trust in pre-fabricated, high-density vertical development, whereas Paloheimo envisions a built-from-scratch, clean-tech sprawling utopia. Their grand ideas, met with both skepticism and excitement, are documented in a new film by Anna-Karin Grönroos. To watch the trailer and learn more about the bold proposals, continue after the break.

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Casa Redux: A Love Story

One of the 100 architects and offices taking part in the “Time Space Existence” exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale, Studio MK27‘s Marcio Kogan has contributed to the exhibition with five videos that, often comedically and/or dramatically, portray the daily lives of the residents of his works.

Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the above video, titled That was not my dream, shows Casa Redux, a house located in Itatiba, .

The narrator tells the story of the house and how his ex-wife fell in love with its sober, cool and modern lines (as she simultaneously fell out of love with him). As the video lovingly captures each detail and material of the home, the narrator, critical of the house and of modern architecture in general, asks: ”Who would want that kind of house – cold, dull, lifeless?”

Answer? Us. If you agree, make sure to check out more of Studio MK27‘s fantastic homes here.

2,800 iPod Nano Screens Make Up Cornell’s Discovery Wall

Consisting of over 2,800 iPod Nano screens, “The ” at Cornell’s Medical College in Manhattan was a 2.5 year long process in digital art, conceived by Squint/Opera and accomplished in collaboration with Hirsch & Mann. From a distance, the animated screen appears as a single, unified image. But take a closer look and every single screen has its own unique text. As a permanent piece, it shows the plausibility of digital art to integrate with the existing building fabric. Watch the above and make sure to learn more about the creative process here.

Video: The British Pavilion At La Biennale 2014

Our friends from Crane.tv had the chance to visit the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, where FAT Architects and Crimson Architectural Historians call for a new vision during a time of crisis in the architectural practice.

VIDEO: 3D Printing San Francisco’s Future Skyline

The skyline of San Francisco is in the process of significant transformation. Projects such as OMA‘s 550-foot residential tower, as well as developments in the pipeline from Foster + Partners and Studio Gang, are sure to change the city dramatically – thankfully, the 3D printed model in this is there to show exactly how. The 6×6 foot model shows 115 blocks of downtown San Francisco as it will appear in 2017, and was created by visualization company Steelblue and Autodesk. Claimed to be the largest 3D printed model of a city in the world, it can show much more than just how San Francisco’s downtown will look: overlaid projections can show the status of each building, projected traffic patterns and more. Furthermore, each block is individually replaceable to keep the model up to date. Watch the video, and find out more about the model through this article from SFGate.

Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

We’re just coming back from the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, so you can expect a few more posts as part of our complete coverage. Our friends from Crane.tv were also there, and shared with us this video with an overview of this incredible event on this amazing city. Enjoy!

VIDEO: The Models of Richard Meier

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Through the passage of time and , models remain integral in Richard Meier‘s office. No only are they tactile, visceral objects that represent space in way a computer simply cannot, but they also serve as “remembrances” for Meier (after all, the clients get to keep the buildings themselves). In the above, NOWNESS gives us a sneak peek into Richard Meier’s Model Museum at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, where many of Meier’s 300+ models now call home. Enjoy!

Timescanners: Digital Scanners Explain Historic Architecture’s Engineering Mysteries

Thanks to state of the art mobile laser scanners, scientists can now document the greatest architecture in history, from The Pyramids to St. Paul’s Cathedral, as digital models with pinpoint accuracy. The digital representations take you inside, around and through the buildings, which means researchers can study and analyze sites without being in the field. The technology is already proving its worth – watch the trailer above to see how Petra was constructed and more!

VIDEO: Can Architecture Foster Dignity?

Believing the lack of dignity is a motivator of crime, MASS Design Group has dedicated their fourth Beyond the Building video series to the notion that architecture has the capacity to build peace. Focusing on how the building process can foster dignity, as well as economic and social justice, MASS encourages architects to ask themselves: “How can we use architecture to contribute to peace, conflict resolution, instill dignity, and promote justice?” Watch the video above and share your thoughts on how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding.

Video: Gort Scott Architects

From public places to designer retail spaces: this practice is reimagining London’s architecure. Enjoy this Crane.tv did with Gort Scott Architects.

Archilapse: The Fragrante House

This time-lapse montage by Ricardo Oliveira Alves Photography explores the passage of light through the Fragrante House, a project in Lisbon, Portugal defined by its skylights and green garden-walls. Excerpts from an interview with architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade are included, illustrating the many features that make this house unique, and how Lisbon’s quality of sunlight adds a natural beauty to the interior.  

VIDEO: Jeanne Gang on Resurrecting a Chicago Landmark

Shoreland, once a prominent destination built for the stars in 1926, stood derelict for years at risk of being erased from Chicago’s built history. This all changed the moment Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects seized an opportunity to restore the monumental building into a highly sought after residential tower.

Provided by our friends at Spirit of Space, the above takes you through the meticulous process and unique transformation of this historic landmark, highlighting insight by Gang herself and David Gwinn of Silliman Group.

For more on Gang’s design philosophy, watch our recent ArchDaily interview with her after the break…

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VIDEO: 2000 Years of Preservation in London

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Produced by The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, this somewhat hypnotic video charts the development of London from its origins as the Roman settlement of Londinium to the present day. It maps the changes in the city’s road network and built environment, and catalogs the thousands of historic structures which are now protected by either listing or scheduling. Among the fascinating thing revealed by the video is how historic events continue to have a profound effect on the city’s built environment: for example a law passed after the Great Fire of London determined that new buildings had to be built from brick, resulting in the large number of Georgian buildings that have survived to the present day.

VIDEO: Kengo Kuma on Architecture, Materials And Music

In Kengo Kuma’s work you may see influences of light, transparency and materiality. But when visiting the Woodbury School of in San Diego, Kengo Kuma shared a few of his not so apparent influences, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to jazz music. Make sure to view “Knowing Kuma” to see the architect’s definition of architecture, materials and more.

Video: Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima

As a part of his ongoing film series about Japanese architecture, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has created this visual exploration of Kazuyo Sejima’s Shibaura House. Completed in 2011, this five story office space is walled almost entirely in glass and features double-height, split level floors that showcase the paths of travel through the building. The building also features a public cafe on the ground floor, and a roof terrace.

VIDEO: Inside A Data Center, The Architecture Of The Cloud

Have you ever wondered where your information goes when you save it to “The ”? The answer is within giant data centers. According to reports, Facebook and Google’s data centers resemble something from Science Fiction, while some could come straight from a Bond flick. In a new short film named Machine, Filmmaker and Visual artist Timo Arnall takes us where few have been granted access, showing the world what “The Cloud” really is – a massive architectural space with extreme energy demands. To experience the power surging and hear the deafening hum of a data center, check out the trailer above.

VIDEO: I LIKE Orange

ArchDaily has teamed up with ’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 11, I LIKE Orange, which features NL Architects and West 8‘s Basketbar, Massimiliano FuksasZenith Strasbourg, Arne Quinze’s The Sequence and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter‘s Moderna Museet Malmö.

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.

Sadly, we’ve reached the final episode of the I LIKE Color series. But stay tuned for more collaborations between Canal 180 and ArchDaily!

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
Episode 10 – I LIKE Transparent

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 , outlining its academic roots as well as its practical implications for practice. Siza mentions how, in , 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 , exterior , landscape , 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.