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Factory Office Renovation / VTN Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Factory Office Renovation / VTN Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects © Hiroyuki Oki +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto
  • Project Architect

    Kuniko Onishi, Nguyen Viet Hung
  • Area

    486.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Roll House / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Roll House / Moon Hoon, © Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Lee Byungyeup, Hwang Jiae, Park Minjoo
  • Area

    99.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Budapest Breaks Record with World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

00:00 - 2 June, 2014

Official Danish LEGO constructors have teamed up with locals in Budapest, Hungary to build the world’s tallest LEGO tower. Rising 34.76 meters (114 feet) in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the towering spire was officially registered with the Guinness book of World Records for breaking the US’ previous record of 34.43 meters on May 25th. The structure was made of 450,000 colorful bricks and appropriately topped with an oversized, Hungarian-built Rubik's Cube. 

Spordtgebouw / NL Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
© Ralph Kämena
© Ralph Kämena

© Ralph Kämena © Ralph Kämena © Ralph Kämena © Ralph Kämena +52

Casa Juncal & Rodney / Pepe Gascon

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Casa Juncal & Rodney / Pepe Gascon , © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer dels Torradors, 1, 17255 Begur, Girona, Spain
  • Area

    361.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014!

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014! , Courtesy of The Morpholio Project
Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

Our friends at The Morpholio Project have just announced that submissions are open for Pinup 2014 - a free competition for students and young professionals to submit up to three digital images of their studio, 3D-printed, or unbuilt work. All work should acknowledge the existence of technology and question why/how "we harness it as designers." The guest jury includes participants from Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto. Learn how to apply after the break!

Mortuary House in Vila Caiz / Raul Sousa Cardoso + Graça Vaz

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Mortuary House in Vila Caiz / Raul Sousa Cardoso + Graça Vaz, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +16

Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium, Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

"European-ness Porosity" is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

Lloyd's Set to Leave Richard Rogers-Designed Headquarters

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Lloyd's Set to Leave Richard Rogers-Designed Headquarters, © Flickr CC User Mark Kent
© Flickr CC User Mark Kent

Insurance firm Lloyd's of London has indicated that it plans to leave its famous Richard Rogers-designed headquarters, which it has occupied since construction ended in 1986. Lloyd's has recently been involved in talks with Henderson, the developer of Make Architects' Gotham City project which earlier this year gained planning permission for a site adjacent to their current headquarters.

More on the building's uncertain future after the break

Libeskind Breaks Ground on 60-Story “Century Spire” in Philippines

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Libeskind Breaks Ground on 60-Story “Century Spire” in Philippines , © Studio AMD
© Studio AMD

Last week, Daniel Libeskind joined Century Properties Group to celebrate the ground breaking of the “Century Spire.” Designed as a key building for Century City - a 3.4 hectare, mixed-use development in Makati - the all-glass, 60-story office and residential tower sets itself apart with a “dramatic crown” that divides and expands the building’s top half as it rises. 

House with Podocarpus / Yasutoshi Mifune + Toru Atarashi

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
House with Podocarpus / Yasutoshi Mifune + Toru Atarashi, © Yasunori Shimomura
© Yasunori Shimomura

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura +34

The (Home-Grown) Threat to London's Architectural Future

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
The (Home-Grown) Threat to London's Architectural Future, Some of London's most recognizable designs have come from foreign architects - like Ernö Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Image © Flickr CC User Jim Linwood
Some of London's most recognizable designs have come from foreign architects - like Ernö Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Image © Flickr CC User Jim Linwood

With the London Festival of Architecture opening yesterday, this article in the London Evening Standard highlights just one of the many threads which make up this year's theme: the importance of foreign talent in making up London's cosmopolitan architectural culture. From Adam Caruso to Zaha Hadid, many of the city's biggest names have come from abroad to study and work in the UK, helping to make it one of the greatest centres for design in the world - but all this could be at risk from untenable housing prices and draconian new visa restrictions. You can read the full article here.

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Installed in the second-floor apartment of Columbia’s Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture exhibition, that architecture focus on its “fundamentals.” House Housing replies by considering architecture’s economic fundamentals, which locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network. 

Casa Varatojo / Atelier Data

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
© Richard John Seymour
© Richard John Seymour
  • Architects

  • Location

    Varatojo, 2560-237 Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
  • Design Team

    Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, André Almeida, António Cotrim
  • Area

    380.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour +29

Sustainable Design-Build Projects from Seven Universities Around the World

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Sustainable Design-Build Projects from Seven Universities Around the World, The University of Sao Paulo's communal bathroom proposal for post-disaster relief. Image Courtesy of Pillars of Sustainable Education
The University of Sao Paulo's communal bathroom proposal for post-disaster relief. Image Courtesy of Pillars of Sustainable Education

Interdisciplinary teams from the University of Sao Paulo, Delft University, and five other post-secondary institutions are currently exploring sustainable innovations in design, materials, and building systems thanks to the support of Pillars of Sustainable Education – a partnership between Architecture for Humanity and the Alcoa Foundation. The collaborative effort was founded as a way to “educate the next generation of architects, engineers, and material designers while supporting real-world design-build projects that positively impact both the environment and the local community.” Months into the project, the schools’ proposals are turning into reality as students collaborate with NGOs. To learn about what each school is working on, keep reading after the break.

Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library, The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg. Used under Creative Commons

Details have been released on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) plan to renovate its Mid-Manhattan branch, while creating more public space within its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The news comes shortly after Foster + Partner’s redesign of the the Beaux-Arts landmark was scrapped due to concerns of a ballooning budget. The revised $300 million overhaul suggests a more affordable option of relocating Schwarzman’s main stacks beneath Bryant Park, while establishing a more campus-like connection with a fully renovated Mid-Manhattan branch. All the details, here

GM Architects Cut Through Beirut's Multicultural History at 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
GM Architects Cut Through Beirut's Multicultural History at 2014 Venice Biennale, A view of the museum from the monolith. Image © GM Architects
A view of the museum from the monolith. Image © GM Architects

Lebanese design firm GM Architects will be presenting its “Museum of Civilization” at the Time Space Existence exhibition of the 2014 Venice Biennale. The firm will be the only group representing Lebanon at this year’s exhibition. Their museum design addresses the Biennale’s theme of fundamentals by exploring the historical basis of architectural culture in the rich and varied context of their home country.

Have We Reached the "End of Architecture"?

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Have We Reached the "End of Architecture"?, Venice Biennale 2014 / Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 . Image © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Venice Biennale 2014 / Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 . Image © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

This year's Venice Biennale, curated by OMA's Rem Koolhaas, is "interested in the banal". In an article in the Financial Times', Edwin Heathcote discusses the paradox between exploring generic modernism at an event which celebrates the individual. Heathcote raises interesting questions about the extent to which world architecture has developed in modernity, ultimately arguing that, "in a way, architecture is over." You can read the article, which neatly investigates the curatorial rationale behind this year's Biennale, in full here.