Location: Bansko, Bulgaria
Architects In Charge: Nikolay Ostrev, Vladislav Ignatov
Area: 336 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of OBIA
Architects: Todd Schliemann | Ennead Architects
Location: 413 East 69th Street, New York, NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Craig McIlhenny
Project Team: Barrett Brown, Ilya Chistiakov, Margaret Gorman, John Jordan, Zubair Kazi, James Macho, Patricia Salas, Margaret Tyrpa
Area: 480,000 sqft
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg
Robert Slinger, a founding partner of Berlin based practice Kapok, narrates the story of a building “too radical to implement and too relevant to ignore.” Having lived in John Hejduk’s Kreuzberg Tower for eight years, Slinger “came to understand how Hejduk’s architecture both flexibly accommodates and yet asserts a presence which resists any attempts to co-opt it. Whilst impressed by its powerful exterior presence, its austerity and frontal directness left a strangely cold impression upon me.”
A public petition that the design of new Federal building projects be awarded by open architectural competition has been submitted to the White House’s “We The People” website for consideration by the Obama Administration. The appeal proposes to give young architects greater…
Reaching the second stage of the international competition to design Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), which was won by Heneghan Peng Architects, WAI Think Tank put forth a proposal that projects the NCCA as not just a center “for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in Russia” but also “a building as manifesto.” WAI Think Tank focused on giving a flexible autonomy to the enclosed and external spaces, designing the galleries as extensions of the city, in an attempt to design “the first archetype of Museum as City.”
In this tongue-in-cheek “Dictator’s Guide to Urban Planning“, the Atlantic explores the various ways that the design of public spaces, and cities as a whole, have been used to suppress uprisings and bolster the control of authoritarian governments. Covering everything from Baron Haussmann‘s 19th Century Paris to the recent revolution in the Ukraine, the article reveals the fundamental relationship between public space and democracy. You can read the full article here.
In the early years of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Raimund Abraham was a role model – later on a friend. On the occasion of the Austrian government “Staatspreis” awarded to Raimund Abraham, Wolf D. Prix held the speech of honor, and characterized…
“In an era of incompetent nation states and predatory transnationals, we must ratchet up local self-reliance, and the most logical increment of organisation (and resistance) is the city.” This is how Michael Sorkin, writing in Aeon Magazine, explains his hypothetical plan to radically change the landscape of New York City, bringing a green landscape and urban farming into the former concrete jungle. The plan, called “New York City (Steady) State”, produced over six years by Sorkin’s Terreform, is not designed simply for aesthetic pleasure; it’s not even an attempt to make the city more sustainable (although sustainability is the key motivation behind the project). The project is in fact a “thought-experiment” to design a version of New York that is completely self reliant, creating its own food, energy and everything else within its own borders. Read on after the break to find out how New York could achieve self-reliance
Beating out an impressive shortlist of architectural heavyweights, including Sou Fujimoto Architects, Snøhetta, and FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise, IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with ABT, have won the Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition to design a 100-meter Observation and Broadcast Tower for the historic city of Çanakkale in western Turkey.The tower will be completed in 2015, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Galipoli.
Interestingly, this is the second design for an “iconic” antenna tower we’ve seen this month; you can check out Smiljan Radic‘s winning design for the antenna tower that will alter the skyline of Santiago, Chile here. And read after the break for IND + Powerhouse Company’s description of their winning design.
The Y-Cube, a £30,000 factory-built 26 square meter flat which can be easily transported and craned into place, has been prototyped and successfully tested in the UK. The YMCA asked Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to create the Y-Cube, an affordable alternative for residents moving on from the non-profit’s hostels. And now, the YMCA wants more of these one-bedroom dwellings.
“The beauty is that the units can be moved off site as quickly as they are installed,” says Andy Redfearn of the YMCA, “as we operate on short-term leases – we expect people to stay [in the Y-Cube] for between three to five years, giving them time to skill up and save for a deposit.”