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City Villa S3 / Steimle Architekten

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Exhibition: Nightscape 2050- A Dialogue Between Cities-Light-People in Future

The emphasis on light and lighting now is more than ever and this is evident from the global initiative by UNESCO to declare and celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Light. With this in mind, Nightscape 2050 is a unique exhibition dedicated to Lighting and is aimed to explore a completely new horizon of lighting design. This exhibition aims to explore the interactions between people, light, and cities in the year 2050. 

BIG Designs New Tower for Frankfurt

BIG has been selected through a competition to realize a 185-meter-tall, mixed-use tower in Frankfurt. With a shape that is "both rational and sculptural," the skyscraper is organized as a basic volume whose floor plates "shift" to provide the "best spaces for each specific program."

"Organized as a slender and rational stack of inhabited floors, the tower is interrupted by two sculptural moves where the program changes," says BIG.

Exhibition: Picture, Tower, Building – Richard Meier and the Ulm Minster

Designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, The Ulm Stadthaus presents a new exhibition of some of the most iconic and current projects by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. The works on display explore the development of the work of Richard Meier with some of his early residential projects in contrast to some of the more recent urban and large scale projects all around the globe in New York City, Hamburg, Prague and Mexico City.

The exhibition includes a selection of models, original sketches, drawings and photographs. Some of the projects exhibited on the show include the house designed by Richard Meier for his parents in Essex Fells, New Jersey, the Ulm Stadthaus, and the iconic Smith House in Darien, Connecticut. Other projects in the exhibition are some of the more recent and large scale developments such as the Reforma Towers, the East River Masterplan, Coffee Plaza, the Charles & Perry Street Condominiums, ECM City Tower and the unbuilt competition proposals for Madison Square Garden and the New York Historical Society.

Pavilion for the City Jubilee / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Kulturzentrum Neun / nbundm*

  • Architects: nbundm*
  • Location: Elisabethstraße 9, 85051 Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Henning Koepke

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House B / Format Elf Architekten

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Sports Hall at Schuldorf Bergstrasse / Loewer + Partner Architekten

  • Architects: Loewer + Partner Architekten
  • Location: Schuldorf Bergstraße Sandstraße 64342 Seeheim-Jugenheim
  • Design Team: Edmund Kallenbach, Matthias Pohl, Felix Junglas, Markus Märte
  • Associates: Andreas Janouschkowetz, Roland Meergans, Rudolf Schulz
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ralf Heidenreich

© Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich

Sandwich / Atelier ST

  • Architects: Atelier st
  • Location: Seepromenade 74, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Silvia Schellenberg-Thaut, Sebastian Thaut
  • Planning of Structural Framework: Mayer-Vorfelder und Dinkelacker Ingenieurgesellschaft
  • Area: 111.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Bertram Bölkow

© Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow

HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance

HPP Architects has won a competition to extend the campus of Cologne's University of Music and Dance. Chosen over 13 entries, the winning design will enclose a site in the Kunibertsviertel, close to Cologne’s railway station, and transform it into an "attractive" urban area. The plan, deemed by the jury to be a "clear example of a successful urban remedy," also calls for the conversion of an existing building into an animated concert and dance hall. 

American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary

The opening of the exhibition American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary presents the hand-drawn worlds of prominent American architects and architectural draftsmen. The art of architectural representation in the USA, particularly at the beginning of the 20th century, reached heights of originality and perfection, which still stands out today. On show will be works by Frank Lloyed Wright, Richard Neutra, Lebbeus Woods and Achilles Rizzoli.

Nursery +E In Marburg / Opus Architekten

  • Architects: Opus Architekten
  • Location: Marburg, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Anke Mensing, Andreas Sedler
  • Design Team: Kristin Egermann, Uwe Kühn, Jessica Mazur, Tina Ritter
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Eibe Sönnecken

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Werdendes Ruhrgebiet Exhibition / Bernhard Denkinger Architect

  • Architects: Bernhard Denkinger Architect
  • Location: Ruhr Museum, Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen/Ruhr, Germany
  • Director: Heinrich Theodor Grütter
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Deimel und Wittmar

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Exhibition & Symposium: Rebuild By Design Munich

Spanning practice and theory in an innovative and integrative manner, “REBUILD BY DESIGN MUNICH” is oriented towards a broad audience including the interested public, practitioners, scholars and students alike from disciplines in planning and design for the built environment.

The Rise Of Private Art Galleries

In an article for The New Yorker, Ben Mauk examines the rise of the private art 'museum.' In the centre of Berlin there sits a "heavy, grey, and shrapnel-pocked" bunker, designed by Nazi architect Karl Bonatz under the direction of Albert Speer which, in 2003, was transformed into a private gallery. Having been bought by Christian and Karen Boros in order to display a portion of their sizeable collection of contemporary art, the only way for a member of the public to gain admittance is by registering online for a group tour. For Mauk, however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Read the article in full here.

Residential Building at Heiligenstock / CHRIST.CHRIST.

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10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex