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Sebastian Weiss Reveals The Public Personalities of French Landmarks in Paris, Nanterre and Arcueil

04:00 - 21 August, 2017
Sebastian Weiss Reveals The Public Personalities of French Landmarks in Paris, Nanterre and Arcueil, © Sebastian Weiss
© Sebastian Weiss

For Hamburg-based photographer Sebastian Weiss, buildings are dramatis personae, or "characters". Inspired by Ash Amin and Stephen Graham's 1997 book The Ordinary City, in which the authors described the city as the "theater of life", this photo-essay of architectural landmarks in the French cities of Arcueil, Nanterre, and Paris examines the personalities of public buildings.

Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse

14:20 - 17 August, 2017
Studio Gang and nAOM Selected as Finalists to Redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, © Flickr user <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/chagiajose/2472909152/in/photolist-4LwiJG-TXcy2i-apaprx-nUefbb-dYZTk9-Uw3d5J-Egtc8u-sg1RU-hQUSkJ-8cS5Nx-7hcDwH-RND2eC-4t3s4X-dBV7pi-S3RSGn-cyjo71-sdwZYf-7bW6FG-zxBK7-5S2idP-mRUh4D-k5uJ16-sg1rV-MzfmA-sg3am-sg32Z-o77Vfu-btdtEs-pnAFrK-cx4smS-4yB5xs-k5vwfR-f9B5w6-8LnVbt-7Hh8Kn-SDm6c4-28F9us-fq1ohj-RoNfd7-f9DGvn-rc25NB-34drg4-34i1eU-UemyC2-mZu7JC-8vGir1-cFwZTm-jmLLVe-8JwF6h-7PtiSn'>chagiajose</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user chagiajose. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Studio Gang and nAOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture / Chartier Dalix / Hardel-Lebihan Architectes) have been selected as the two finalist teams competing for the redesign of Paris’ infamous Tour Montparnasse, beating out a star-studded shortlist that included OMA, MAD Architects (China) + DGLA (France), Architecture Studio, Dominique Perrault Architecture, and PLP Architecture.

When Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte's Pyramids by the Seaside

09:30 - 21 July, 2017
When Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte's Pyramids by the Seaside, © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ville-architecturale-de-la-Grande-Motte.JPG'>Wikimedia user Jjoulie</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© Wikimedia user Jjoulie licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Given a chance to realize the architect’s dream of creating his own utopian city from a blank slate, French architect Jean Balladur was inspired by lost civilizations of the past. His designs recall the architecture of grand Mayan ruins with some added flair from the 1960s, all in the form of a seaside resort village in southern France, La Grande Motte. Balladur devoted nearly 30 years to his life’s work, which today welcomes over 2 million tourists annually.

Bauhaus Houses, Eritrea's Capital and Ahmedabad's Walled City Among 20 Cultural Sites Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List

14:00 - 11 July, 2017
Bauhaus Houses, Eritrea's Capital and Ahmedabad's Walled City Among 20 Cultural Sites Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad. Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jama_Masjid,_Ahmedabad_01.jpg'>Wikimedia user Bernard Gagnon</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.5</a>
Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad. Image© Wikimedia user Bernard Gagnon licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently holding its forty-first annual session in the Polish city of Krakow, inscribed twenty new cultural sites on its World Heritage List, including the historic city of Ahmedabad in India, archaeological sites in Cambodia and Brazil, and a “cultural landscape” in South Africa. The Committee also added extensions to two sites already on the list: Strasbourg in France, and the Bauhaus in Germany. On the other hand, the historic center of Vienna was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger as the Committee examined the state of conservation of one-hundred-and-fifty-four of its listed sites.

Ilimelgo Reimagines Future of Urban Agriculture in Romainville

06:00 - 4 July, 2017
Ilimelgo Reimagines Future of Urban Agriculture in Romainville , Courtesy of Ilimelgo
Courtesy of Ilimelgo

In their winning competition entry, French architecture firm Ilimelgo reimagines the future of urban agriculture with a vertical farming complex in the Parisian suburb of Romainville. The project integrates production of produce into the city through a 1000 square meter greenhouse that maximizes sunlight and natural ventilation. Recognizing the developing world’s diminishing agricultural space, the project aims to meet the growing demands for crop cultivation in urban environments.

Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris

16:15 - 28 June, 2017
Tadao Ando to Design Art Museum Inside Historic Domed Structure in Paris, Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris
Courtesy of Collection Pinault Paris

Renowned art collector François Pinault has revealed plans for a “completely circular museum” that will be located within a 19th century, domed structure that once housed the Parisian Stock Exchange. To accomplish this, Pinault has enlisted the services of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, whose design calls for the construction of a giant concrete cylinder located directly below the building’s soaring rotunda.

13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

09:30 - 5 June, 2017
13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

Humanity always cherishes great works of art that stand the test of time. This June, for example, marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ psychedelic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s dystopian Ok Computer. These psychologically satisfying birthdays have generated serious appreciation and nostalgia. Similarly, we also love to praise the longevity of innovative architecture. The AIA bestows an annual “Twenty-five Year Award” to acknowledge projects that have "stood the test of time” and “exemplify design of enduring significance.” But one project a year seems stingy. Below are 15 modern classics which, though not always given the easiest start in life, we’ve come to adore:

Photographed: Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' Solar-Powered Seine Musicale

08:00 - 5 June, 2017
Photographed: Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' Solar-Powered Seine Musicale, © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

Photo series of Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' Seine Musicale by photographers Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia.

This Project Explores the Ottoman Miniature as a Form of Architectural Representation

04:00 - 24 May, 2017
This Project Explores the Ottoman Miniature as a Form of Architectural Representation, Fishmarket. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis
Fishmarket. Image © Deniz Basman, Louis Mounis

Over the following weeks we will be sharing a selection of unrealized student projects, alongside realized schemes by practices who explore representational techniques, in collaboration with KooZA/rchThe aim is "to explore the role of the architectural drawing as a tool for communication" and, in the process, provoke a conversation about the contemporary use, format, and role of drawing.

Look Inside a Collection of Parisian Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Mathieu Fiol

04:00 - 22 May, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Parisian Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Mathieu Fiol, Richez Associates. Image © Marc Goodwin
Richez Associates. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin, alongside Mathieu Fiol, has recently completed the fifth collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in la Ville Lumière, Paris. Following Goodwin's insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices, his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, his lens on a collection of Beijing-based studios and, most recently, his and Felix Nybergh's study of studios in Seoul, the project has now focused on the French capital.

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