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Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich

14:00 - 16 June, 2016
Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich , Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska
Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

Zaha Hadid’s exhibition design for Kurt Schwitters: Merz opened to the public earlier this week at Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich. In an article about the exhibition in T Magazine, senior designer and director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), Patrik Schumacher said, “It’s literally the last project of Zaha, finished by her team.”

The exhibition, presenting seventy works – in all media – from each period of the artist’s career, honors five decades of the gallery showing Schwitter’s work. Hadid’s design is a reflection on the artist’s well-known, but destroyed, Merzbau, a sculpture that filled the artist’s workspace from 1923-1937. According to the Hadid’s office, “[Merzbau was] a living, inhabited collage, ever-shifting and expanding, and this was the starting point for [Zaha’s] exhibition design which pushes beyond mere random collage to embrace the unpredictable richness and the complex variegated order found in nature.” The design builds on an established relationship between Hadid and Galerie Gmurzynska; Merz following in the footsteps of an earlier exhibition space designed for another of the architect’s inspirations, Kasimir Malevich.

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Casa Lineal / Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura

13:00 - 16 June, 2016
Casa Lineal  / Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura  , © Juan Solano Ojasí
© Juan Solano Ojasí

© Juan Solano Ojasí © Juan Solano Ojasí © Juan Solano Ojasí © Juan Solano Ojasí +30

  • Architect

    José Orrego
  • Location

    Lima District, Peru
  • Area

    839.18 m2
  • Photography

    Juan Solano Ojasí

Alison Brooks Architects Will Design the Next Maggie's Centre

11:00 - 16 June, 2016
Alison Brooks Architects Will Design the Next Maggie's Centre, Alison Brooks. Image Courtesy of Caro Communications
Alison Brooks. Image Courtesy of Caro Communications

Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) has been selected to design the latest Maggie's Centre, at the edge of the Musgrove Park Hospital Grounds in Somerset, England. Known as Maggie's Taunton, the project is a collaboration between ABA, Johanna Gibbons of JLH Landscape Architecture, and structural engineers Webb Yates.

Maggie's is a charity that provides free practical, emotional, and social support for cancer patients and their families and friends. Considering architecture as a vital element of care, since 1996 the organization has commissioned a who's who of contemporary practices to design their facilities, including Frank Gehry, OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Steven Holl, and the late Zaha Hadid.

Go Home Bay Cabin / Ian MacDonald

11:00 - 16 June, 2016
Go Home Bay Cabin  / Ian MacDonald

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ontario, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Ian MacDonald
  • Design Team

    Sam Laffin
  • Project Year

    2013

Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

10:15 - 16 June, 2016
Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, © Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation has selected Adjaye Associates to lead the design for a new contemporary art museum in downtown Riga. Selected from a pool of 7 finalists including wHY and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, the winning design features a strongly animated roof geometry designed to pull soft northern light into each of the gallery spaces.

Adjaye Associates, working with local firm AB3D, envisioned the museum as a social incubator, a welcoming and porous space where people could be brought together through a variety of formal and spontaneous interactions. The jury found that the proposal’s distinctive silhouette would give the museum a strong presence within its context of planned commercial and residential developments, and that is orientation and materiality showed a keen awareness of the vernacular and cultural contexts.

The Worst Thing About the 2016 Venice Biennale Was the Response of its Sanctimonious Critics

09:30 - 16 June, 2016
The Worst Thing About the 2016 Venice Biennale Was the Response of its Sanctimonious Critics, "Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
"Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

To many, it might seem that the goals of Alejandro Aravena's 2016 Venice Biennale—as he describes it, "to understand what design tools are needed to subvert the forces that privilege the individual gain over the collective benefit"—are beyond reproach. In spite of these aims, a number of commentators nevertheless have emerged, perhaps led most vocally by Patrik Schumacher, criticizing the biennale. In this article, originally published on The Architecture Foundation's website as "Holier than thou," Phineas Harper responds to those criticisms.

The most surprising turn of the 2016 Venice Biennale was not the exhibition itself, but the reaction of its critics. Within hours of kick-off, the internet was filling up with derogatory mutterings of the show being '"worthy," "moralizing," "holier than thou’," "earnest," "’virtue-signaling" and "right on" (which apparently is an insult). The architectural Twitterati, it seemed, were unimpressed.

But what exactly were they hating on? The biennale principally exhibited practices which saw some form of suffering in the world and, through their work, in way or another, were trying to lessen it. How did such a compassionate brief generate such a miserly push-back?

NLÉ's Makoko Floating School at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Gabinete de Arquitectura’s “Breaking the Siege” – Winner of the Golden Lion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu UNFINISHED, curated by Iñaqui Carnicero & Carlos Quintáns, the winner of the Golden Lion for a national contribution (Spanish Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu In Therapy, curated by David Basulto and James Taylor Foster (Nordic Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +16

The Lake House / JRKVC

09:00 - 16 June, 2016
The Lake House  / JRKVC, © Peter Jurkovič
© Peter Jurkovič

© Peter Jurkovič © Peter Jurkovič © Peter Jurkovič © Peter Jurkovič +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    930 31 Vojka nad Dunajom, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Jurkovič
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Redsquare Productions Releases Film Detailing Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum

08:00 - 16 June, 2016

Redsquare Productions has produced a short film on architect Shigeru Ban’s design for the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in Aspen, Colorado. The film explores the museum’s architectural design and built environment through the utilization of time-lapse and motion sequences, highlighting Ban’s vision for the space.

Studio MADe Wins Competition for Arts Center in South Korea

06:00 - 16 June, 2016
Studio MADe Wins Competition for Arts Center in South Korea, Courtesy of Studio MADe
Courtesy of Studio MADe

India-based Studio MADe has won the Suncheon Art Platform competition with its proposal, The Hidden Cloister. The competition, hosted by the City of Suncheon, South Korea, sought to revitalize the Old City area with an art square featuring an art center.

Through The Hidden Cloister, Studio MADe aims to create a “psychological ‘void’ in the midst of a high-density area by creating an open-to-sky quadrangle as a pure subtraction of ground.” Thus, the proposal creates a new link in the heart of the Old City by connecting the riverbank and public space.

Sirdalen House / Filter Arkitekter

05:00 - 16 June, 2016
Sirdalen House / Filter Arkitekter, © Lise Bjelland
© Lise Bjelland

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Architecture as an Agent of Change: Remembering Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect"

04:00 - 16 June, 2016
Architecture as an Agent of Change: Remembering Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect", Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect," passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel
Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect," passed away on June 26th 2015. Image © Chistbal Manuel

A year ago today, on June 16th 2015, the architectural community lost Charles Correa (b.1930) – a man often referred to as “India’s Greatest Architect” and a person whose impact on the built environment extended far beyond his own native country. Rooted in India, Correa’s work blended Modernity and traditional vernacular styles to form architecture with a universal appeal. Over the course of his career, this work earned him—among many others—awards including the 1984 RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK), the 1994 Praemium Imperiale (Japan), and the 2006 Padma Vibhushan (India’s second highest civilian honor).

Through his buildings we, as both architects and people who experience space, have learnt about the lyrical qualities of light and shade, the beauty that can be found in humble materials, the power of color, and the joy of woven narratives in space. Perhaps more than anything else, however, it was his belief in the notion that architecture can shape society which ensures the continued relevance of his work. “At it’s most vital, architecture is an agent of change,” Correa once wrote. “To invent tomorrow – that is its finest function.”

MIT / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Anton Grassl / ESTO Belapur / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates +21

House in Luxembourg / Eric Pigat Architectural Design

03:00 - 16 June, 2016
House in Luxembourg / Eric Pigat Architectural Design, © Serge Ecker (GRID-Design)
© Serge Ecker (GRID-Design)

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AND Office Tower / HPP Architects

02:00 - 16 June, 2016
AND Office Tower  / HPP Architects, © Onur Gürkan
© Onur Gürkan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    İçerenköy, Kozyatağı metro, Topçu İbrahim Sk., 34752 Ataşehir/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    HPP International Turkey, Gerhard G. Feldmeyer
  • Project Leaders

    Buğrahan Şirin, (and Nurgül Ece until 2015)
  • Design Team

    Buğrahan Şirin and Nurgül Ece with Özlem Ünkap ilis, Sibel Özgenç, Hüseyin Şahin, Müge Sarıoğlu, Henrik Schulte, Hande Tombaz, Elcin Kara Vatansever, Batu Ayhan
  • Area

    73320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hachi-Juu Hachi Shouten Restaurant / Worklounge03-

22:00 - 15 June, 2016
Hachi-Juu Hachi Shouten Restaurant / Worklounge03-, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh 70000, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Worklounge03-
  • Design Team

    Hiroomi Takemori, Tim Middleton, Le Tuan Dat
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

OA Kindergarten / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

20:00 - 15 June, 2016
OA Kindergarten  / HIBINOSEKKEI  + Youji no Shiro, © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue
© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue +19

Spring House / W L A

19:00 - 15 June, 2016
Spring House / W L A, © AKIRA Photography
© AKIRA Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Guiren Blvd, Guiren District, Tainan City, Taiwan 711
  • Architect in Charge

    LIU SHU HAO , WU YA PING
  • Design Team

    YU XIANG JUAN, LI MENG CI, LIAN SHENG NAN, SHEN ZI XUAN
  • Area

    288.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

LT House / Tropical Space

17:00 - 15 June, 2016
LT House  / Tropical Space, © Trieu Chien
© Trieu Chien

© Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Long Thành District, Dong Nai, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Thi Thuy
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Allies and Morrison Propose Alternative to Contested Garden Bridge

16:00 - 15 June, 2016
Allies and Morrison Propose Alternative to Contested Garden Bridge, Courtesy of Allies and Morrison
Courtesy of Allies and Morrison

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project has been under fire since plans were announced in 2013, drawing skepticism of the fairness of the competition process, and even being called “nothing but a wasteful blight.” Last month, London's new mayor Sadiq Khan gave a lukewarm endorsement of the project, noting that since £37.7m of the £60m allocated by the government has already been spent, scrapping the project now would end up costing taxpayers more than going forward with it.

The current predicament has inspired architects Allies and Morrison to design an alternative option – one that could both save the taxpayers money and create a new greenway spanning the Thames. Many of the complaints directed toward the original design have been associated with the cost of building a new bridge that would serve limited transportation needs; Allies and Morrison eliminate this issue by simply placing a garden pathway onto an existing piece of infrastructure, the nearby Blackfriars Bridge.