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Spotlight: Peter Behrens

06:00 - 14 April, 2017
Spotlight: Peter Behrens, The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin_AEG_Turbinenfabrik.jpg'>Wikimedia user Doris Antony</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © Wikimedia user Doris Antony licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 – 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens' achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le CorbusierMies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD

12:00 - 12 April, 2017
Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD, Cortesía de Mapacad
Cortesía de Mapacad

Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.  

Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen

16:00 - 8 April, 2017
Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen, The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects
The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects

HENN and C.F. Møller Architects, of Berlin and Aarhus respectively, have jointly won an international competition to extend the iconic University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany. The winning entry, chosen amongst twelve others, responds to RWTH Aachen's existing listed 1970’s hospital with a partially-underground extension embedded in the landscape, seeking to minimize visual impact whilst creating lush green parkland for patients, staff, and the public.

Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag

09:30 - 26 March, 2017
Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag, Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie is a unique presence in Hamburg’s cityscape. Image © Maxim Schulz
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie is a unique presence in Hamburg’s cityscape. Image © Maxim Schulz

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim?"

One of Oscar Niemeyer's Final Designs Will Be Completed Posthumously in Germany

15:05 - 21 March, 2017
One of Oscar Niemeyer's Final Designs Will Be Completed Posthumously in Germany

One of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s final designs, a 12-meter-diameter glass and concrete sphere perched on the corner of a factory building, is set to be completed in Leipzig, Germany, reports Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting, MDR).

This Photographer Brightens Up Mundane German Architecture with a Jolt of Color

14:00 - 17 March, 2017
This Photographer Brightens Up Mundane German Architecture with a Jolt of Color, via the_architecture_photographer Instagram
via the_architecture_photographer Instagram

In any city across the world, there are countless examples of unsung architecture – well-designed if inoffensive buildings that strive to please by not standing out from the crowd. For German photographer Paul Eis, these buildings provide the perfect canvas for his work. Displayed on his Instagram account, the_architecture_photographer, Eis captures these buildings in their best light, and then digitally adds in bright colors, elevating these structures from mundane to magnificent.

This System of “Superhighways” Creates a More Bicycle-Friendly Berlin

06:00 - 13 March, 2017
This System of “Superhighways” Creates a More Bicycle-Friendly Berlin, Courtesy of Flicker User Andreas Levers, Creative Commons
Courtesy of Flicker User Andreas Levers, Creative Commons

Amongst many things, Europe is known for some of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, offering safe and convenient travel routes for its two-wheeled commuters. Berlin, however, does not sit high on this list, but in an effort to address this, a new plan for a system of bicycle “superhighways” is undergoing implementation, incentivising cycling as an efficient means of transport.

Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin

12:15 - 10 March, 2017
Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin, © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal
© Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal

“If it hadn’t been for Frank Gehry, we would have made a simple, straightforward concert hall where students play concerts. But if the space is there, and somebody so gifted, like him, is prepared to do that, then of course you have to do that” - Daniel Barenboim, Founder, Pierre Boulez Saal.

See How Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Sits in Its Context

04:00 - 7 March, 2017
See How Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Sits in Its Context, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has visited Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie HamburgGermany – a 2017 winner of the ArchDaily Building of the Year award. The striking silhouette of this cultural centre and concert hall, which is identical in ground plan to the brick block of the older building upon which it sits, is often photographed as an isolated object. In this photo-essay, the context of the port around the project is often foregrounded – and unusual views offer new perspectives onto its iconic design.

UNStudio Wins Competition for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt

12:15 - 2 March, 2017
UNStudio Wins Competition for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt, The development will become a new landmark on the Frankfurt skyline. Image Courtesy of UNStudio
The development will become a new landmark on the Frankfurt skyline. Image Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Selected to complete the urban strategy for the district last March, UNStudio has now been unanimously selected to carry out the architectural redevelopment of the site, beating out third prize proposals from the teams of Dudler / Jahn and MSW / Snøhetta, and an honorable mention from Christoph Mäckler / CoopHimmelblau.

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