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STUDIOKCA's 'Head in the Clouds' Pavilion Opens in NYC

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
STUDIOKCA's 'Head in the Clouds' Pavilion Opens in NYC, © Lesley Chang
© Lesley Chang

Back in February of this year, the non-profit arts organization FIGMENT asked “What would an art pavilion made out of recycled materials and based around the idea of 'The City of Dreams' look like to you?.” Brooklyn-based STUDIOKCA beat out over 200 other submissions in the competition with their Head in the Clouds pavilion, now open to the public on Governors Island in NYC.

Seven Architects, Seven Multi-Sensory Installations Planned for London’s RA

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Seven Architects, Seven Multi-Sensory Installations Planned for London’s RA, Concept image of environment by Li Xiaodong, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, detail.Li Xiaodong
Concept image of environment by Li Xiaodong, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, detail.Li Xiaodong

The Royal Academy of Arts’ (RA) in London will soon be transformed into a multi-sensory “architectural maze” with the construction of seven installations by seven world-famous architects for the exhibit, Sensing Space: Architecture Reimagined. Participants, handpicked by curators Kate Goodwin and Drue Heinz, include Alvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Kengo Kuma

AD Round Up: Unbuilt Classics

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
AD Round Up: Unbuilt Classics, The Plug-In City by Peter Cook, 1964. Image via Archigram Archives
The Plug-In City by Peter Cook, 1964. Image via Archigram Archives

This AD Round Up is dedicated to unbuilt classics, a selection of projects and ideas that, although never built, contributed greatly to the canon of twentieth century architecture. In 1920, Buckminister Fuller designed the Dymaxion House, which displayed forward-thinking innovations in sustainability and prefabrication. In 1924, Le Corbusier’s radical plan for Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) had an extensive influence upon modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies. In the same year Friedrick Kiesler introduced his "Endless House", the basis for his subsequent manifesto of Correalism. Eight years later in 1932, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock curated the “Modern Architecture: International exhibition” at the MoMA, introducing the emerging International Style and laying the principles for Modern architecture. And finally, one of Archigram’s most famous utopian visions, the Plug-In City, proposed by Peter Cook in 1964, offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism and reversed traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.

Watermark / Wid Chapman Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Paul Johnson
© Paul Johnson

© Paul Johnson © Paul Johnson © Paul Johnson © Paul Johnson +16

House of Kasamatsu / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
House of Kasamatsu / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kasamatsu, Hashima District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Structure Company

    Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction Company

    ASJ Gifu Studio
  • Area

    113.25 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates +27

Opera House Linz / Terry Pawson Architects

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Opera House Linz / Terry Pawson Architects, © Helmut Karl Lackner
© Helmut Karl Lackner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Linz, Austria
  • Executive Architects

    architekturconsult zt gmbh / archinauten - dworschak + mühlbachler architekten zt gmbh
  • Structural Engineering

    schimetta consult zt gmbh
  • Lightning Design

    kress & adams
  • Landscape Design

    land in sicht, wien
  • Area

    420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Dirk schoenmaker © Dirk schoenmaker © Helmut Karl Lackner © Helmut Karl Lackner +41

MoMA Releases First Storybook: “Young Frank, Architect”

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
MoMA Releases First Storybook: “Young Frank, Architect”, Cover of Young Frank, Architect, published by The Museum of Modern Art
Cover of Young Frank, Architect, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Inspiring builders of all ages, MoMA has released their first storybook, following the adventures of a young, New York City architect and his architect grandfather: Young Frank and Old Frank. The creative pair - with matching bow ties, straw boater hats and, of course, Le Corbusier-inspired glasses - optimistically views the world as an endless supply of inspiration and possibilities. Everything, from macaroni to old boxes, inspires them to create - especially after discovering the works of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright at The Museum of Modern Art. 

Wenlock Road Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Hawkins\Brown Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
Wenlock Road Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Hawkins\Brown Architects, © Forbes Massie
© Forbes Massie

Award-winning architectural practice Hawkins\Brown Architects, with Regal Homes, have just received planning permission from the London Borough of Hackney for their design of a new 6,750 sqm mixed-use development located on Wenlock Road. Situated within the Regents Canal Conservation Area, their proposal has a unique cruciform plan which not only gives the development a unique residential experience, but results in a dynamic form when seen from the Regent's Canal. More images and architects' description after the break.

'Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District' Exhibition

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
'Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District' Exhibition, Courtesy of The Skyscraper Museum
Courtesy of The Skyscraper Museum

Despite its drastic evolution in the past 50 years, New York's historic Garment District remains one of the most authentic neighborhoods in the city. From August 5 through October 31, The Skyscraper Museum is presenting a free exhibition on its architecture and urban history in a pop-up space at 1411 Broadway. The installation reprises the exhibition The Skyscraper Museum originated last year in its lower Manhattan gallery. This exhibition is a great opportunity to explore a place that was once known as having the largest concentration of skyscraper factories in the world with more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs. For more information, please visit here.

Helena’s Villa / Grech & Vinci Architecture & Design

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
Helena’s Villa / Grech & Vinci Architecture & Design, Courtesy of Grech & Vinci
Courtesy of Grech & Vinci

Courtesy of Grech & Vinci Courtesy of Grech & Vinci Courtesy of Grech & Vinci Courtesy of Grech & Vinci +18

Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery
  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK
  • Project Directors

    Ted Cullinan, Johnny Winter
  • Project Architects

    Lucy Brittain, Tim Francis
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery +15

Studio Mumbai / Moleskine

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Studio Mumbai / Moleskine

From the Publisher. This book shows the development of Jain's personal mind-process as well as the collective dialogue through which each project evolves. Dialogues unfolded through study sketches made by both Bijoy Jain and the carpenters, as well photographs taken during journeys used as study and inspiration, showcasing a critical part of their design process. Studio Mumbai consists on a group of Indian architects and craftsmen, all resident artisans of Studio Mumbai, headed by Bijoy Jain, one of India's foremost architects.

Studio Mumbai's awards and honours include the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from the Institute Français d'Architecture (2008), a Special Mention at the 12th Architecture Biennale (2010), the BSI Swiss Architectural Award (2012).

Wordpress Automattic Space / Baran Studio Architecture

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Scott Hargis
© Scott Hargis

© Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis +8

House Tunquén / WHALE!

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Felipe Fontecilla
© Felipe Fontecilla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Constructor

    Branko Pavlovic, Pablo Lobos-Pedrals, Rubén Marchant
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla +22

Rome's New Mayor Seeks to Pedestrianize The Monuments

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Rome's New Mayor Seeks to Pedestrianize The Monuments , © Franco Origlia/Getty Images via NPR
© Franco Origlia/Getty Images via NPR

Rome’s new mayor, Ignazio Marino, is leading a crusade for walkability by eliminating noisy, out-of-control traffic surrounding the ancient monuments. Starting with the Via dei Fori Imperiali - a major avenue connecting the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum - Marino plans to ban private traffic so pedestrians will have a place to “bike, walk, enjoy this incredible archaeological site.” More on the story at NPR

Luxury Villa Built on Beijing Rooftop To Be Demolished

00:00 - 13 August, 2013
Luxury Villa Built on Beijing Rooftop To Be Demolished, Courtesy of China.org.cn
Courtesy of China.org.cn

As architects, it's often difficult for us to accept that the users who inhabit our buildings will modify the design in ways we never intended (or wanted). Of course, one can usually reasonably suspect that, at the very least, an inhabitant will never do this: a Professor Zhang has spent the last six years building a two-story luxury villa (complete with surrounding rocks and trees) on the roof of a Beijing apartment building. Unfortunately for Zhang, however, who legally bought the penthouse apartment, but never requested the planning permission to subsequently doze it and re-build another structure entirely, the Authorities will demolish the villa in the next 15 days, claiming that it places a dangerous amount of extra weight upon the building and increases "the susceptibility of the construction to earthquakes or lightning strikes." Story via the Shanghaiist.

WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong

01:00 - 13 August, 2013
WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

A major competition for a 40ha waterfront park in Hong Kong has been scrapped by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). Thus, Foster + Partners' competition-winning City Park will be abandoned, despite its potential to transform the Victoria Harbour's reclaimed edge into an important Asian hub for artistic exchange.

Read on to find out why the WKCDA has called it quits.

Fioretti House / A4 estudio

01:00 - 13 August, 2013
Fioretti House / A4 estudio, © García&Betancourt
© García&Betancourt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Loteo El Molino
  • Project Architects

    Leonardo Codina y Juan Manuel Filice
  • Project Area

    428.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© García&Betancourt © García&Betancourt © García&Betancourt © García&Betancourt +9