Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

© Paul Ott

Architects: Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten
Location: Laimburggasse 40, 8010 , Austria
Area: 5159.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems + Laura Laudere + Jaunromans and Abele

© Maris Lapins

Architects: Didzis Jaunzems , , Jaunromans and Abele
Location: , Parish, LV-5113, Latvia
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maris Lapins

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: ,
Year: 2006
Photographs: Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

Courtesy of Thresholds
Courtesy of Thresholds

MIT’s Thresholds Launches New Website

In time with the release of the 42nd issue, Human, Thresholds Journal — MIT’s peer-reviewed journal of art, architecture and culture — has launched a new website. The new ThresholdsJournal.com has been redesigned with more content, spanning the past two decades of the journal’s publication. Other features include online purchasing of past issues, enhanced search capabilities for past contributors, and social media interactivity. The new website will feature news on upcoming issues and related events, submission calls, as well as the broad range of voices that Thresholds has featured since 1992. 

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

© Yao Li

Architects: ISO workshop
Location: , Jiangsu, China
Architect In Charge: Qi Wei
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yao Li

Maroin Office Building / Architects Group RAUM

© Yoon Joon-hwan

Architects: Architects Group RAUM
Location: 146-9 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Oh sin-wook
Partner Architect : No Jeong-min
Design Team : Ha Joung-un, Park Jeong-a, Lee Chul-woo, Lee Yeong-suk, Kim Dae-won, Yu Seong-cheol, Park Woo-jin
Area: 233.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoon Joon-hwan

Tyree Energy Technologies Building / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

© John Gollings

Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: University of NSW School of Optometry, University of New South Wales- Campus Gate 14/Barker Street, NSW 2033, Australia
Area: 16850.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings

Christoph Gielen’s “Ciphers”: Aerial Views of American Sprawl

Courtesy of Jovis Verlag

From the Publisher. Christoph Gielen’s aerial views offer a look at America’s most aberrant and unusual sprawl forms in ways we usually don’t get to see them: from far above the ground—a vantage point that reveals both the intricate geometry as well as the idiosyncratic allure of these developments. Here, encountering sprawl becomes an aesthetic experience that at the same time leaves us with a sense of foreboding, of seeing the “writing on the wall”. At once fascinating and profoundly unsettling, these photographs detail the potential ramifications of unchecked urbanization. When these settlements were developed, neither distance from work place nor gasoline prices much mattered in determining the locations of new constructions. These places are relics from an era that was entirely defined by a belief in unlimited growth, of bigger is better. The startling extent of those practices, and their inherent wastefulness, come to light in Gielen’s pictures—as if looking at a microcosm of non-sustainability through a giant magnifier.

Contributing essays by Johann Frederik Hartle, Galina Tachieva, Srdjan Jovanic Weiss, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris contextualize Gielen’s work by focusing on a range of aspects, from aesthetics to climate change and futurology. They also examine why taking a closer look at these places is particularly crucial at this juncture, when we are faced with a new wave of building booms in developing nations such as in China.

Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe’s Largest Demolition

© Amanda Vincent-Rous

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the plans to demolish the Red Road Flats during the have been scrapped due to concerns over public safety. The following news was originally published as “ to Demolish Iconic Modern Towers in Europe’s Largest Demolition” on April 10th, 2014.

To mark the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in July, Glasgow is planning a twist on the usual opening ceremony: the customary fireworks are going to be replaced with explosives of an altogether different kind, as the demolition of all but one of the remaining Red Road Flats buildings will be broadcast live into the stadium.

The demolition of the five 30-story buildings will take 15 seconds and will be the largest ever attempted in Europe, according to the organizers. According to Games Organizer Eileen Gallagher, including the demolition as part of the opening ceremony shows that Glasgow is “a city that is proud of its history but doesn’t stand still, a city that is constantly regenerating, renewing and re-inventing itself.”

Carozzi Production and Research Food Center / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

© Nico Saieh

Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: San Bernardo, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architects In Charge: Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G., Javier González E.
Project Area: 52000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen
© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

Preparations Begin to Demolish the American Folk Art Museum

Preparations have commenced to demolish Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ American Folk Art Museum in New York. Despite international backlash from preservationists, architects and critics, the neighboring Museum of Modern Art will raze the 12-year-old structure in an effort to make way for an expansion designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro. According to recent reports, scaffolding has arrived at the site and will soon be erected in front of the museum’s distinct, copper-bronze facadeMore on the controversy, here. 

Himalesque / ARCHIUM

© Jun Myung-jin

Architects: ARCHIUM
Location: Jomsom 33100,
Architect In Charge: Kim In-cheurl
Data Management : MASIL
Area: 747.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jun Myung-jin

The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH
The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH

Chinese to Build “Dubai 2.0″ in Kenya

As reported by Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper, a group of Chinese investors has revealed plans for a new city in Kenya that will “match the splendour of Dubai“. Though the investors are still resolving details with the Kenyan government, the city is planned for an area in Athi River, around 30km south-east of Nairobi, and is billed as a Chinese-controlled economic zone. At this early stage, the plans feature at least 20 skyscrapers. You can find more details of the proposal here.

Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio

Courtesy of Ace Hotel

Architects: Universal Design Studio
Location: 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ, UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ace Hotel, Andrew Meredith, Mandee Taylor

Prisons and Human Rights Violations: What Can Architects Do?

The execution chamber in Indiana where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was killed in 2001: should architects be involved?

Originally published by the Architectural Review as “Discipline and Punish: the Architecture of Human Rights“, this article by the founder of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility Raphael Sperry outlines how prison design in the US and elsewhere is violating fundamental human rights, and how some architects have come to be complicit in these designs.

We think of architectural regulations as being there to ensure that buildings are safe for the public. But what if a building’s harm is not caused by unexpected structural failure but by the building performing exactly as intended? Can a building designed to facilitate human rights violations amount to a violation in itself? And what is the responsibility of the architects involved? These are the questions at the centre of the current debate in America around the architectural profession’s involvement in prison design.

Read on for more on the ethics of prison design after the break

From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

BANAMID Architecture Research Institute in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS will hold the third International conference from the “Contemporary Architecture: Iran and the World Dialogue” series in Tehran, Iran. The conference, titled “From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman” will focus on the defining legacy of Peter Eisenman spanning across 50 years of his intellectual and professional body of work. The conference will trace the evolution of Eisenman’s work over time and will examine its imprint on the contemporary discourse of architecture.

House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

© Martin Schubert

Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Musikkens Plads, 9000 , Denmark
Design Principal/ Ceo: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Michael Volk
Design Architect: Luzie Giencke
Project Architect: Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
Area: 20257.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martin Schubert, Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rene Jeppesen, Aleksandra Pawloff

The House Reflecting Ripples / Kichi Architectural Design

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: Kichi Architectural Design
Location: , Ibaraki, Japan
Area: 169.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa