Video: A 3-Minute History of Chicago’s Millenium Park

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Did you know Millenium Park in ChicagoIllinois was actually a desolate industrial wasteland until the turn of the century? The 24.5 acre public park, host to a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and art, is now a popular destination for residents and tourists alike — all thanks to an unprecedented public-private partnership pioneered by former Mayor Richard Daley. To learn more about how Daley made Millenium Park a reality, with the help of famous designers like Frank Gehry, check out the video above.

The House of the Infinite / Alberto Campo Baeza

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Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: ,
Area: 900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

Institute for Public Architecture exhibition on public and affordable housing in NYC, "Total Reset." Installation by IPA Fellow Quilian Riano: “Work with Me, Neighbor.”
Institute for Public Architecture exhibition on public and affordable housing in NYC, "Total Reset." Installation by IPA Fellow Quilian Riano: “Work with Me, Neighbor.”

Exhibition: Total Reset

In the spring, the IPA launched the “Total Reset” series with a Roundtable exploring ambitious, achievable ideas for public and affordable housing in New York. This summer, IPA Fellows respond to the roundtable discussion with housing proposals that connect design, policy, and community engagement. 

Hunters Hill House / Arkhefield

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Architects: Arkhefield
Location: , NSW, Australia
Area: 334 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Angus Martin

London Announces Design Competition for ‘Olympicopolis’ Site

The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a new competition for the designs of a cultural quarter next to the 2012 Olympic park. The site has been dubbed ‘Olympicopolis’, and so far has expressions of interest from University College London, University of the Arts , the V&A, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and now possibly – according to the Guardian - Washington DC‘s Smithsonian.

Read on after the break for more details of the competition

Álvaro Siza’s Archives May Soon Belong to Canada

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The archives of Álvaro Siza, whose drawings, sketches, and models have been exhibited in the most renowned cultural institutions around the world, may soon be transferred to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d’Architecture, ) in Montreal.

The architect confirmed on Wednesday to Portuguese paper PÚBLICO that he has been “in talks” with the CCA, as well as other un-named institutions from different countries, in order to “decide the future” of his archives.

Aguazul 162 / Laboratorio de Arquitectura [mk]

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Architects: Laboratorio de Arquitectura [mk]
Location: Avenida Juriquilla, Santa Rosa Jáuregui, Juriquilla, Querétaro,
Project Architects: Ana Martin, Juan Carlos Kelly, Paulina Moreno
Project Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Diego Cosme

Ziya İmren Proposes a House of Hungarian Music

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Ziya İmren Architects have proposed a “symphonic architectural poem dedicated to Franz Liszt and Béla Viktor János Bartók” as part of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition launched earlier this year. The architects’ approach is based on the pioneering compositional methods of Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok. The design proposal brings ”thematic inspiration to the fore by restructuring the classical system of a symphonic work into the form of poetry as a gesamtkunstwerk (a ‘total work of art’).”

House in Los Molinos / BIAGIONI_PECORARI Arquitectos

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Architects: BIAGIONI_PECORARI Arquitectos
Location: , Province,
Project Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ramiro Sosa

Blackwood Street Bunker / Clare Cousins Architects

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Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Area: 75 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lisbeth Grosmann

16 Reasons to Study at ESARQ-UIC

ESARQ-UIC has a teaching method based on a scalar approach which covers building to landscape design, incorporating all areas of knowledge. This allows the school to produce highly competitive professionals, who are multifaceted, innovative, committed and entrepreneurial and are also able to act as leaders when facing new challenges.

To learn more about the Master and Postgraduate programs offered at UIC, read on…

Terrace-House in El Limón / Villar Watty Arquitectos

© Diego Serratos

Architects: Villar Watty Arquitectos
Location: Jalisco,
Project Architects: Gerardo Villar Watty y Alberto Villar Watty
Design Team: Daniel Villanueva, Paola García
Project Area: 263 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Diego Serratos

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

VIDEO: Marcio Kogan’s Studio SC

Textures and Ants is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the ”Time Space Existence“ exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale.

Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video shows Studio SC, a photography studio based in São Paulo and designed by Marcio Kogan.

Joan Maragall Library / BCQ Arquitectura

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Architects: BCQ Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona,
Project Architects: David Baena, Toni Casamor, Maria Taltavull, Manel Peribáñez
Project Area: 2,983 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Ariel Ramirez, Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

Critical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

Though O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Building for the LSE is not the bookie’s favourite, many critics feel it is most deserving of the Stirling Prize. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has now announced the six projects that form this year’s Stirling Prize Shortlist, the award that is the ultimate prize for any British building. As the ’s most publicly prominent award, the Stirling Prize is often a prime demonstration of the tension between architecture that is widely appreciated by the general populace, and that which is lauded by architectural critics and practitioners.

This year is no exception, with perhaps the country’s highest-profile project in years – the Shard - just part of the controversy. What did the critics make of the RIBA’s selection? Find out after the break.

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

The Great Wall Apartments, a Chinese style residential compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Go West Project

This article from delves into China’s urban development of many African cities, and the effect this has had on the architectural quality of those cities. Chinese contractors and architects are able to propel a city’s growth at lower cost and on schedule, but in doing so, they out-compete local companies and ignore cultural context. Is this an acceptable trade-off? Read the full article and decide for yourself.

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across , and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities.

Or so says Dutch research studio Go West Project , who have been tracking this phenomenon for their on-going project about the export of the Chinese urban model to Africa. Since 2012, the group, made up of Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof, have visited six African cities to do research. Roggeveen and Hulshof recently released their preliminary report in an issue of Urban Chinaa magazine focusing on Chinese urban development.

House in Nishimikuni / Arbol Design

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Architects: Arbol Design
Location: Nishimikuni, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka,
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

Maitres Vignerons / Vincent Coste

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Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: , France
Project Manager: Jérôme Garzon pour Design Studio et associés
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florent Joliot