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Arena House / Prow Architects

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Arena House / Prow Architects, Courtesy of Prow Architects
Courtesy of Prow Architects

Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Teh Kan Wee Wagen, AIA
  • Design Team

    Teh Kan Wee Wagen, Portia Wijatno
  • Area

    373.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Prow Architects

House in Miramar / e|348 Arquitectura

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
House in Miramar / e|348 Arquitectura, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miramar, 4410-316, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Pinheiro, António Teixeira
  • Area

    2013.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    275
  • Photographs

5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA's Prada Transformer

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA's Prada Transformer, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of OMA’s Prada Transformer. This fantastical temporary structure, erected in 2009 adjacent to Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, Korea, is one of Rem Koolhaas’ most popular projects to date. Composed of a stark white membrane stretched across four steel frame shapes, The Transformer was often referred to as an "anti-blob" --a hexagon, a rectangle, a cross, and a circle leaning against each other to create a tetrahedron-like object reminiscent of a circus tent.  The name Transformer came from the idea that any one of the pavilion's sides could serve as the building's floor, allowing for four unique spaces in one building devoted to exhibitions of modern art, fashion and design. 

The Prada Transformer played host to four such events, being lifted up and repositioned onto a different face each time via crane. The first was a garment exhibition, displayed using the hexagonal  floor plan.  The second, a film festival that took place on the rectangular floor plan.  A fashion show was staged using the Transformer's circular floor plan, and an art installation was shown using the cruciform floor plan.  As patron Miuccia Prada stated in an interview with The New York Times, “In my mind they [the arts] may be mixed but I want to keep them separate… So the Transformer concept was not for a generic space, but to be very specific, with all things separate in one building.”

We asked OMA's Vincent McIlduff to tell us more about this project. See his answers, a photo gallery and a time-lapse video of the transformation after the break!

The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin, Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Project Team

    Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System, Courtesy of Figueras
Courtesy of Figueras

Glasgow has just unveiled its new multipurpose structure which will end up revitalizing the Clyde Waterfront, which went into decline and neglect for many years following the closure of the town's major shipyards. After 8 years of construction, Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro now reveals its ETFE facade which is lit up every evening. During the day it manages to blend in with the usual changing Glasgow skyline. 

The structure of the SSE Hydro Arena is covered by a 1.400 ton steel housing – one of the largest domes in Europe - and the ETFE translucent building enclosure allows one to discern what is happening inside from the outside. A 260 ton ring which supports the lighting is suspended from the dome, which will allow spectacular and customized lighting for each show.

The modern technology applied to this project contrasts with its interior structure that has been based on the Roman amphitheater, allowing each and every spectator at an event -- which can be up to 13.000 -- to have an optimal view of the stage. The viewing angle and comfort of the user is furthermore guaranteed by the special seating system designed by Foster + Partners along with Figueras International Seating

Courtesy of Figueras Courtesy of Figueras Courtesy of Figueras Courtesy of Figueras +12

Urban Sprawl in the US: The 10 Worst Offenders

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Urban Sprawl in the US: The 10 Worst Offenders, Route 60 in Phoenix, AZ. Image © Wikimedia CC user Greg O'Beirne
Route 60 in Phoenix, AZ. Image © Wikimedia CC user Greg O'Beirne

A report released earlier this month by Smart Growth America investigates the topic of urban sprawl in cities in the USA. Analysing 221 US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Metropolitan Divisions with a population of at least 200,000, they have ranked cities from most dense to most sprawling. 

They also used this data to find a number of correlations between sprawl and poor quality of life, finding that people living in sprawling cities have higher living costs, shorter life expectancies, increased risk of obesity and diabetes, and lower economic mobility than those in dense cities.

Read on after the break to see the list of the 10 most dense and 10 most sprawling US cities

Mexico City to get "Pop-Up" Pompidou?

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Mexico City to get "Pop-Up" Pompidou? , AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers © conservapedia.com
AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers © conservapedia.com

French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti has revealed that negotiations for a “pop-up” Pompidou in Mexico City are underway. “The Centre Pompidou is exploring the possibility of establishing a temporary space here, a ‘pop up’ Pompidou,” Filippetti told the Mexican newspaper Reforma. “It will come with their exhibitions, their expertise, not only the brand.” 

Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture, © Joshua Jay Elliott
© Joshua Jay Elliott

© Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott © Joshua Jay Elliott +15

School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +72

  • Architect

  • Location

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Associated Architects

    Cristián Irarrázaval, Francisca Rivera
  • Area

    4716.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photos

TED Talk: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work / Amanda Burden

00:00 - 25 April, 2014

Amanda Burden, former animal behaviorist turned New York’s chief city planner, has discovered what makes cities desirable: great public spaces. During her time with the Bloomberg administration, Burden oversaw the fruition of the city’s most transformative public projects, including New York’s beloved High Line. In the video above, she reveals the many unexpected challenges of planning (and maintaining) parks people love, and why it is so important for cities to have great public spaces. 

National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette, © Warren Jagger
© Warren Jagger

© Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland
  • Area

    65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Espai Baronda / Alonso y Balaguer

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Espai Baronda / Alonso y Balaguer, © Josep Mª Molinos
© Josep Mª Molinos

© Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Esplugues de Llobregat, 36, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Alonso, Balaguer
  • Area

    6000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Kukumuku / Plazma Architecture Studio

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Kukumuku / Plazma Architecture Studio , © Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas

© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vokiečių gatvė 6, Vilnius 01130, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Evelina Talandzevičienė, Laura Janavičiūtė, Dina Sargautienė
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture, © Wang Yi
© Wang Yi

© Zhang Hetian © Wang Yi © Wang Yi © Wang Yi +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
  • Design Team

    Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

A+U 523: Juliaan Lampens

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
A+U 523: Juliaan Lampens

From the publisher. April 2014 issue of A+U is a monograph of Belgium architect Juliaan Lampens.

Featured works include: House Juliaan Lampens – Van Hove, House Vandenhaute – Kiebooms, and Kerselare Chapel. A+U visited Lampens in Eke, not far from Ghent, last year to interview him. Two essays, one by his former staff and the other by architecture researchers, depict the architect who, throughout his career, often avoided press exposer.

EERJ Adaptation of Patio de Armas in El Real de la Jara Castle / Villegas Bueno Arquitectura

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
EERJ Adaptation of Patio de Armas in El Real de la Jara Castle / Villegas Bueno Arquitectura, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    41250 El Real de la Jara, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Miguel Villegas Ballesta, Lourdes Bueno Garnica
  • Project Area

    1409.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition, The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)
The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes -- without repeating the mistakes of modernism.

To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific social housing solutions for cities around the globe. We've collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.

Modsim / Yazgan Design Architecture

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
© Yunus Özkazanç
© Yunus Özkazanç

© Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç +20