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Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games

16:15 - 14 September, 2017
Populous and Egis to Develop Plans for 38 Olympic Venues at 2024 Paris Games, aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)
aris 2024 Eiffel Tower at Night . Image © Paris 2024 (Populous-Luxigon)

The team of Populous and engineering consultants Egis will lead the planning of 38 Olympics and Paralympic venues across Paris, after the team received approval as part of the International Olympic Committee’s naming of the 2024 host city.

How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture

09:30 - 5 September, 2017
How a Novel Saved Notre-Dame and Changed Perceptions of Gothic Architecture, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kosalabandara/17395160431/'>Flickr user kosalabandara</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "It’s a Book. It’s a Building. It’s a Behavioral Intervention!"

This Stone Vault Prototype Creates Almost No Material Waste

09:30 - 26 August, 2017
This Stone Vault Prototype Creates Almost No Material Waste, © Maurizio Barberio
© Maurizio Barberio

Italy-based New Fundamentals Research Group recently designed and built a full-scale prototype of an experimental barrel-vaulted stone structure for SNBR, a French company that specializes in cutting-edge stone construction. The structure is named Hypar Vault in a reference to the geometry of its constituent blocks; it uses two types of prefabricated stone modules—one type is the mirror image of the other—whose designs are based on the hypar (hyperbolic paraboloid), one of the only "doubly-ruled" surfaces in geometry. The use of these configurations allowed the vault to be constructed with almost zero wasted stone.

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:

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