Video: Richard Meier on Creating Public Spaces

Richard Meier recently discussed his perspective on creating public spaces. He expands on his experiences of designing numerous buildings across the globe and their importance in relation to public spaces. He discourses how the Getty Center in LA fosters a special environment for all activities, whether it be viewing the entire city or participating in cultural activities – the surroundings of the building are just as important as the structure itself. He also comments on the significance of the square that is encompassed on one side by his Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and its destination as a mecca for teenage skateboarders and the seniors that come to watch the youths. Interestingly enough, his talk emphasizes the places that surround the architecture, the idea that the intent is not about making a building or monument, it is about creating a place and making a statement. This in turn makes for a much more exciting architectural experience – because it is the spaces that objects make that we inhabit.

Be sure to check out our recent with here.

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AD Round Up: Kohn Pedersen Fox

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The new Abu Dhabi International Airport by KPF was approved yesterday, so we decided to prepare a little round up on some great projects we’ve featured before by the firm founded by Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox in 1976.

Early in 2011, we featured the INCS Zero Factory and showroom in Nagano, . We also featured One Jackson Square, where KPF transformed an existing surface parking lot into a mixed use development within Greenwich Village of Manhattan that received an AIA Honor Award. The FIU Chapman Graduate School of Business in Miami was another great one you can’t miss, same as the China National Offshore Oil Corporation Headquarters in Beijing. KPF also worked in Paris, where they designed the Tour First. Finally, don’t miss our very own interviews with founders Gene Kohn and Bill Pedersen. Enjoy!

Reorganization of Pombal Castle’s Hill / Comoco

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Architecture: Comoco, Luís Miguel Correia, , Susana Constantino
Location: Pombal,
Promoter: Pombal Municipality
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 48,650 sqm
Cost: 3,000,000€
Structural Engineering, Hydraulic devices and Acoustics: ABL – Gabinete de Projectos Lda
Electric and electronic devices: Luís Ribeiro
Mechanical devices: João Gonçalves Madeira da Silva
Landscape Architecture: Luís Guedes de Carvalho, Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota e Susana Constantino.
Contractors: JRSF Joaquim Rodrigues e Silva Lda, Ibersilva, Argoconstrutora, Construção Civil Lda
Photography: FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura 


Fasano Las Piedras Hotel / Isay Weinfeld


Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: ,
Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Team: Marcelo Alvarenga, Adrianaun, Bruno Levy, Manoel Maia, Alexandre Nobre, Juliana Scalizi
Built Area: 43,000 sq ft
Building Completion: December 2008 (Phase 1), January 2011 (Phase 2)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House G16 / Mira Arquitetos

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Architects: Mira Arquitetos - Luís Eduardo Loiola e Maria Cristina Motta
Location: Piracicaba,
Collaboratos: Marcelo Ribas, Carolina Gaspar, Gabriela Ornaghi, Ricardo Tadashi, Rodrigo Bordigoni.
Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba


Pierscape / James Corner Field Operations Team

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James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) is one of five shortlisted teams invited to participate in an international design competition to renovate and reactivate ’s landmark Navy Pier. Unveiled to the public last month, the goal of the intervention is to refocus the experience of the pier to the lakeside. This is an opportunity for the city to reassess what the waterfront means to an urban center and the character of its identity.

Blundell New Residence / Studio MWA

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Architects: Studio MWA
Location: 36 Sylvan Way, Silverstream, ,
Client: Mr. Phillip Blundell &Mrs. Helen Blundell
Size: Floor area 267 sqm, terraces app. 150 sqm, landscaped over 450 sqm, sloppy site of 2,100 sqm
Structural Engineers: Meyers and Associates Ltd.- Wellington
Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
Project Team: Davor Mikulcic, Shantanu Kirtikar, Michael Maddern, David Thompson, Daniel Casas
Builder: Maridale Construction LTD. – Upper Hutt
Photographs: Courtesy of  Studio MWA


HWKN wins the 2012 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in New York

Rendering of HWKN’s Wendy, winning design of Young Architect’s Program 2012. Image courtesy of HWKN.

The Museum of Modern Art and PS1 have announced the based office HWKN (HollwichKushner) as winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. As winners of the 13th edition of the program, HWKN will construct an outdoor summer installation at the PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, Queens. The winning proposal, known as Wendy, was selected from five finalists and will provide a unique setting for the popular Warm Up summer music series.

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In Defense of an Architecture Education


When the statistics showed architecture as the field of study where recent graduates had the highest unemployment rate, some suggested that future students ought to pursue different educational backgrounds.   Courtney Lukitsch has shared her response to such a claim by defending the merits of an architecture education.  ArchDaily reaches a wide range of readers – from established professions to students just entering the field – and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the value of pursuing an architecture education.

“Recently published reports about education degrees ‘not to pursue’ in architecture, design and art, made the rounds in the national press and A&D industry, raising eyebrows and demanding closer scrutiny.  Needless to say, this news spread like wildfire on social platforms such as Facebook and twitter, oddly to scant commentary among top-tier critics, academics and educators, architects and designers, a decidedly vocal and opinionated group of incredibly well educated professionals.”

Read the rest of Lukitsch’s article after the break. 

House in Nakameguro / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects

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Architects: Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
Location: Meguro, , Japan
Collaborators: Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
Site Area: 40.01 sqm
Building Area: 32.17 sqm
Total Floor Area: 99.80 sqm
Project Year: December of 2010
Structure: Steel frame
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Architects are, do, and/or do not…

Architects are not funny

Architects do not fish

Architects do not understand velvetta

Architects do not hunt, they do peck

Architects have not seen ”Two and a Half Men”

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‘I Have Seen the Future’ Event / CityVision

I Have Seen the Future will be the fourth event that the creative Roman group, CityVision, will present at the MACRO museum of via Nizza in Rome next February 17th at 6:30pm. After the great success of Rome CityVision Experience,…

Jidaiya Arashiyama / GENETO

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Architect: GENETO - Koji Yamanaka, Yuji Yamanaka, Asako Yamashita
Location: ,
Structure: Wooded structure
Floor Area: 47.79 sqm
Total Floor Area: 94.6 sqm
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos

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Architects: Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos 
Location: Ocean Park, ,
Design Team: Jose R. Coleman-Davis Pagán, Ariel Santiago Bermudez, Pedro J. Santa Rivera, Víctor Nieto Villalón, Yadira Adorno Pomales, Francisco Rivera Rodríguez, Edgardo D. Ocasio Roig, Yanitza Maldonado González
Interior Designer: BASICO (Jean Pierre Santoni)
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez Pérez


Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO

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Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: China, Province, Xiaoquan town
Total Floor Area: 8,900 sqm
Construction cost: RMB 14 Million
Completion: 2010
Design team: HUA Li, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa, Kong Desheng
Photograph: Yao Li 


‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

Co-sponsored by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, the Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today discussion will take place Monday, February 27, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Center for Architecture…

Cultural Place In Domaine de Bayssan / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Domaine de Bayssan,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes


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“Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors,…