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Punniest Title of the Week: "Google Street Views Gets An EIFFEL"

00:00 - 19 July, 2013

And this week's "punniest" title award goes to Fast Company (there was no contest, really). Beside the pun, of course, the article itself is pretty cool, outlining how Google Street View has followed-up on their latest intrepid capture of the Burj Khalifa with the 1889 classic: the Eiffel Tower. Read the article here and check out the fun video above! 

Yongjia World Trade Centre / UNStudio

01:00 - 19 July, 2013
Yongjia World Trade Centre / UNStudio, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wenzhou, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber
  • Design Team

    Hannes Pfau, Ger Gijzen, Juliane Maier, Martin Zangerl and Sontaya Bluangtook, Amanda Chan, Albert Gnodde, Jan Kokol, Patrik Noome, Mo Lai, Jan Rehders, René Rijkers, Stefano Rocchetti, Shuang Zhang
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of UNStudio

Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio +13

Hawthorn House / AM Architecture

01:00 - 19 July, 2013
© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Director

    Andrew Mellios
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape +22

Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus

01:00 - 19 July, 2013
Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Azcapotzalco, México D.F
  • Design Team

    Isaac Michan, Salomon Cohen, Eduardo Lorenzana
  • Area

    3650.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +19

Doppio Hotel and Offices / ArchitekturConsult

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
© Franz Ebner
© Franz Ebner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rennweg 99, 1030 Wien
  • Architect in Charge

    Johannes Weigl
  • Design Team

    Alejandro Corena, Elisabeth Eder, DI Isabel Zapata-Sanchez
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Franz Ebner © Franz Ebner © Franz Ebner © Franz Ebner +44

Social Housing in Sa Pobla / RIPOLLTIZON

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Majorca Island, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Pep Ripoll - Juan Miguel Tizón
  • Area

    2498.7 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +16

Plaza Internacional / Gracia Studio

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Plaza Internacional / Gracia Studio, © Luis García
© Luis García
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Ensenada, Baja California, México
  • Principal

    Jorge Gracia García
  • Collaborators

    Javier Gracia, Valeria Peraza
  • Construction

    Gracia Studio
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Luis García

© Luis García © Luis García © Luis García © Luis García +16

How Engineering the Serpentine Almost Brought AECOM's Computers to a Halt

00:00 - 18 July, 2013
How Engineering the Serpentine Almost Brought AECOM's Computers to a Halt, © Danica Kus
© Danica Kus

AECOM has published an article detailing the way they helped engineer this year’s Serpentive Pavilion. “A typical building might have between 1-2,000 such steel supports, and it’s estimated that the Eiffel Tower has just over 18,000 steel struts, but the Serpentine’s new pavilion has over 26,000 – each one working hard to lend form and strength…The level of detail nearly brought AECOM’s computer systems to a halt. In fact a system upgrade was required to manage the information.” On AECOM’s website you can read more about the challenges of lighting and fireproofing Fujimoto's complicated structure.

OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center

00:00 - 18 July, 2013
OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center, © OMA
© OMA

After months of competition, debate, and quite a fair share of controversy (from the Miami politiicans that is), OMA and South Beach ACE have beaten BIG to win the Miami Beach Convention Center masterplan. 

Despite the last-ditch efforts of the Miami politicians to keep the drama going (including a presentation on the supposed superiority of the BIG plan, due to time-sensitivity and cost-efficiency) and even the surprising revelation that negotiations with the teams had been taped (we assume to monitor corruption, as accusations of back-handed deals have haunted the vote), the Miami Commissioners approved the South Beach ACE team over the Portman-CMC team (with BIG) in a five to two vote

The 52 acre mixed-used development will not only include an iconic new convention center and hotel, but will revitalize this underutilized area of Miami Beach with a network of undulating, green spaces that integrate into Miami's urban fabric. As OMA Partner-in-charge of the project, Shohei Shigematsu, and Rem Koolhaas said in a statement: "We are thrilled to be chosen to develop one of the most significant urban districts in the US. Our design will reintegrate Miami's vital convention center with its neighbors, offering new facilities as well as amplifying the character of this exciting city."

Last month we interviewed Shohei Shigematsu about the Miami Project. Check out that interview, as well as a short video of the proposal itself, after the break...

10 East Road / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
© Chris Gascoigne
© Chris Gascoigne

© Chris Gascoigne © Chris Gascoigne © Chris Gascoigne © Chris Gascoigne +26

BESTIE / Scott and Scott Architects

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects +15

House in Yamakawa / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
House in Yamakawa / Naoko Horibe, ©  Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

©  Kaori Ichikawa ©  Kaori Ichikawa ©  Kaori Ichikawa ©  Kaori Ichikawa +14

AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani, Photo by Christopher via flickr.com/photos/identity-chris-is
Photo by Christopher via flickr.com/photos/identity-chris-is

The International conference center in Kyoto is a geometric megastructure of exposed, reinforced concrete designed by Japanese architect Sachio Otani in 1963. Although relatively unknown, the Center is a unique, Modern masterpiece that re-interprets traditional Japanese architecture and asserts itself powerfully into its peaceful, natural surroundings. 

Read more after the break...

The main conference hall, via www.congre.co.jp Photo by satti07 via flickr.com/photos/satti07 Photo by Gili Merin Photo by Gili Merin +11

House in Chayagasaka / Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
House in Chayagasaka / Tetsuo Kondo Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan +18

PALÄON / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
PALÄON / Holzer Kobler Architekturen, Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lange Trift 1, 38364 Schöningen, Germany
  • Area

    4090.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen +12

The Tower House / Gluck+

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
The Tower House / Gluck+, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol Courtesy of Gluck+ © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Upstate, New York, United States
  • Project Team

    Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, David Hecht, Marisa Kolodny, A.B. Moburg-Davis
  • Area

    2545.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Forest in the Space / Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Forest in the Space / Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth, © Noriyuki Yano
© Noriyuki Yano

© Noriyuki Yano © Noriyuki Yano © Noriyuki Yano © Noriyuki Yano +30

Offices and Stores Building in Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Offices and Stores Building in Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects, © Charalambos Loizides
© Charalambos Loizides

© Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides © Kiriaki Dovinou © Charalambos Loizides +22