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VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

00:00 - 22 April, 2014

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German projection company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson Germany, URBANSCREEN was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +16

House A / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
House A  / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Valentin Wormbs
© Valentin Wormbs

© Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs © Valentin Wormbs +12

Exhibition: New Moscow - Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
Exhibition: New Moscow - Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin

A new series of international architecture competitions are characterizing a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Youth-Club Extension  / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +12

Infographic: The Bauhaus, Where Form Follows Function

09:00 - 11 April, 2014

UPDATE: In honor of the 81st anniversary of the day the Bauhaus closed in 1933, we’re re-publishing this popular infographic, which was originally published April 16th, 2012.

From the “starchitect” to “architecture for the 99%,” we are witnessing a shift of focus in the field of architecture. However, it’s in the education system where these ideas really take root and grow. This sea change inspired us to explore past movements, influenced by economic shifts, war and the introduction of new technologies, and take a closer look at the bauhaus movement.

Often associated with being anti-industrial, the Arts and Crafts Movement had dominated the field before the start of the Bauhaus in 1919. The Bauhaus’ focus was to merge design with industry, providing well designed products for the many.

The Bauhaus not only impacted design and architecture on an international level, but also revolutionized the way design schools conceptualize education as a means of imparting an integrated design approach where form follows function.

Treehouse Solling / baumraum

01:00 - 10 April, 2014
Treehouse Solling / baumraum, © Markus Bollen
© Markus Bollen

© Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen © Markus Bollen +17

Lecture Series: Japanese Architecture at at Cologne University

00:00 - 31 March, 2014
Lecture Series: Japanese Architecture at at Cologne University

The Faculty of Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences will host a lecture series on Japanese architecture. The program will start April 8 with Junya Ishigami and will continue until June 24 with lectures by Shin Takamatsu & Takeshi Katagiri, recent Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, Ryusuke Kojio, Sou Fujimoto, Hitoshi Abe and Hiroaki Kimura. 

House P+G / Architekten Wannenmacher+ Möller GmbH

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
House P+G / Architekten Wannenmacher+ Möller GmbH, © Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

© Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos +20

AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com
© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com

The two-family structure known as Houses 14 and 15, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1927, is one of the earliest built manifestations of the Five Points of a New Architecture.  Located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, the attached dwellings were part of the Weissenhof-Siedlung (Weissenhof Estate), an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture.  A progressive precedent for the emerging International Style, Le Corbusier's work in Stuttgart serves as a critical prototype in the development and realization of the Swiss architect’s architectural identity, which would revolutionize 20th century architecture.

© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com +18

OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
OMA Tops BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren to Design Axel Springer Campus in Berlin, OMA's winning proposal for the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE
OMA's winning proposal for the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE

After deliberating over the stellar proposals of three renowned firmsBIG, Büro Ole Scheeren, and OMA, Berlin-based media company AXEL SPRINGER SE has just announced that Rem Koolhaas' design is the winning proposal for their new office building.

The task of the competition was to create additional space for the media company, particularly its digital offers, and thus design a workplace fit for the future of online media. Koolhaas' design, which features a large 30-meter high atrium or "open valley" with interconnected terraces and public workspaces for both individual, collaborative, and mobile work, won favor with the jury for its forward-thinking concept. As Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE, commented: “[Koolhaas] presented the conceptually and esthetically most radical model. The fundamental innovation of working environments will support the cultural transformation towards a digital publishing house."

For his part, Koolhaas had this to say: “It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, on this historical site of all places, for a client who has mobilized architecture to help perform a radical change…a workplace in all its dimensions.”

See more of OMA's winning proposal, after the break...

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children, © Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg
© Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg

An expansion to their permanent Level Green exhibition at Volkswagen Autostadt visitor’s center in Wolfsburg, J. MAYER H. has completed a “playful learning landscape”  of inhabitable solid wood sculptures that allow children to explore various aspects of sustainability. From the “issue of mobility” to cooking courses, the “MobiVersum” is designed to challenge children’s motor skills and imagination. 

Neubau Parkhaus SMA / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Neubau Parkhaus SMA  / HHS Planer + Architekten AG, © Constantin Meyer
© Constantin Meyer

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer +8

Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition, Courtesy of Labor4plus
Courtesy of Labor4plus

The winning entry of the Northern Shore Lake Zwenkau competition, which challenged select firms to introduce "holiday villages" and recreational activities to a small lake twenty minutes outside of LeipzigGermanywas proposed by Labor4plus. Dubbed "Yearning Spaces," the proposal envisions a Western harbor village that concentrates recreational activity along the northern coast of Lake Zenkau and connects to eastwardly located "hermit huts" via hiking trails paralleling the shore.

Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG, © Constantin Meyer
© Constantin Meyer

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer +7

House I / Stephan Maria Lang

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
House I / Stephan Maria Lang, © Hans Kreye
© Hans Kreye

© Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye © Hans Kreye +13

Bahnhofplatz Aachen / HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
Bahnhofplatz Aachen / HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann, Courtesy of HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann
Courtesy of HH+F Architekten Hentrup Heyes + Fuhrmann

© Jörg Hempel Photodesign © Kai Kasugai © Kai Kasugai © Kai Kasugai +16

House K / Stephan Maria Lang

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
House K  / Stephan Maria Lang, © Hans Kreye
© Hans Kreye

© Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye © Sebastian Kolm © Hans Kreye +12