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Wertheim Factory Conversion / Kerstin Thompson Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Wertheim Factory Conversion  / Kerstin Thompson Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Shannon McGrath © Derek Swalwell +14

Moshe Safdie, Richard Rogers & Rocco Yim to Deliver Keynotes at WAF

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
Moshe Safdie, Richard Rogers & Rocco Yim to Deliver Keynotes at WAF, The Marina Bay Sands. Image © Safdie Architects
The Marina Bay Sands. Image © Safdie Architects

Held annually in Singapore, the WAF annually recognizes the world's most amazing architecture projects (you can learn more here). They have announced an impressive line-up of prominent architects who will speak at the World Architecture Festival in October, including: 

RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy, The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has dropped their controversial proposal to ban the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the umbrella organization the International Union of Architects (UIA). Intended as a sanction against the IAUA for failing to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land," supporters of the proposal had hoped it would be discussed at the UIA World Congress in Durban in August, however the UIA has confirmed that it will not include the motion as it is beyond their 'political scope'.

In response to the highly controversial episode - which garnered criticism both in the UK and as far afield as the United States - the RIBA has announced a new working group that will "consider the institute’s role in engaging with communities facing civil conflict and natural disaster."

More on the decision by the UIA and the new RIBA Ethics Group after the break

The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations, © André Chiote
© André Chiote

In celebration of the Brazil World Cup, architect and illustrator André Chiote has created a series of illustrations featuring the tournament's most iconic stadiums. Comparing the social importance of these stadiums to cathedrals, Chiote believes that "the new architectural objects are landmarks in the cities that will perpetuate in the future as a cultural and social legacy," and there are few better ways to envision this legacy than to treat the structures with his abstracted, colorful aesthetic - in Brazilian green and yellow, of course. Check out the full illustration set after the break.

Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER, Courtesy of Urban Agency
Courtesy of Urban Agency

© Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency © Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency +37

Ether / Project Meganom

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Ether  / Project Meganom, Courtesy of Project Meganom
Courtesy of Project Meganom

Courtesy of Project Meganom Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Butikovskiy pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 119034
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov
  • Collaborators

    U. Villen, V. Zherebtsov
  • Area

    930.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

Elwood House / Robert Nichol & Sons

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Elwood House / Robert Nichol & Sons, © Michael Evans
© Michael Evans

© Michael Evans © Michael Evans © Michael Evans © Michael Evans +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elwood VIC 3184, Australia
  • Design Team

    David Nicholson, Brett Robertson, Vonne Yang, Jason Chongue, Fiona Plaisted
  • Interior Designer

    Dominique Rizzotto
  • Area

    248.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AB T9E 0V3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephen Boyd
  • Area

    8410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Interview: Phyllis Lambert on Winning the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
Phyllis Lambert, 1959, during her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Image Courtesy of Ed Duckett
Phyllis Lambert, 1959, during her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Image Courtesy of Ed Duckett

“Architects make architecture; Phyllis Lambert made architects,” Rem Koolhaas said of his decision to award Phyllis Lambert with this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. In an interview published on iconeye.com, the website for Icon Magazine, the 87-year-old founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) discusses her career, Mies van der Rohe, and the state of contemporary architecture with the editor of Icon, Christopher TurnerRead on to learn about her influential life in architecture.

Congratulations on your Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. How did you learn that you'd been awarded the honour?

Thank you very much. I got a phone call from the curator, Rem Koolhaas, telling me and I had to wait for weeks as it went before the board, unable to tell anybody – then I got an official letter. Isn't it wonderful?

VIDEO: Daniel Libeskind on Drawing, Architecture's Forgotten Fundamental

00:00 - 22 June, 2014

In this video from our friends at Spirit of Space, Daniel Libeskind talks about his installation for the Venice Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, entitled 'Sonnets in Babylon'. The installation deals with drawing, an act that Libeskind believes is "the foundational art, and the mystery and the magic of all buildings and cities." To Libeskind, drawings are akin to religious materials, communicating meaning without the use of a fixed language and each with its own power to shape the way we understand the world around us. At the end he gives a hint as to why he is so attached to drawings: "I drew for many years before I even built a building. But I based those buildings that I built on the drawings I made... Every drawing is also a tool for the future."

What Can Be Learnt From The Smithsons' "New Brutalism" In 2014?

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
What Can Be Learnt From The Smithsons' "New Brutalism" In 2014?, Alison and Peter Smithson (year unknown)
Alison and Peter Smithson (year unknown)

Sheffield born Alison Gill, later to be known as Alison Smithson, was one half of one of the most influential Brutalist architectural partnerships in history. On the day that she would be celebrating her 86th birthday we take a look at how the impact of her and Peter Smithson's architecture still resonates well into the 21st century, most notably in the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. With London's Robin Hood Gardens, one of their most well known and large scale social housing projects, facing imminent demolition how might their style, hailed by Reyner Banham in 1955 as the "new brutalism", hold the key for future housing projects?

Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of John Levett - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseph_beuys_hat/ Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of Amanda Vincent-Rous - http://www.flickr.com/photos/51746218@N03/ Drawing at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Alison & Peter Smithson (1963). Image © James Taylor-Foster Robin Hood Gardens, Alison and Peter Smithson +8

Photographic Archive Crowdsources Your Memories of The Mac

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
Photographic Archive Crowdsources Your Memories of The Mac, The Glasgow School of Art Library in 1976. Image © Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive
The Glasgow School of Art Library in 1976. Image © Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive

The interior of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art is, thankfully, being restored after being tragically damaged by fire last month. However, despite Scottish Fire and Rescue managing to save around 70% of the building's precious contents, many will likely struggle to get over the feeling that something is missing without the natural patina of 100 years of use.

The Old Library / TateHindle

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Courtesy of TateHindle
Courtesy of TateHindle
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3PF, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Andrew Tate-TateHindle
  • Project Year

    2014

Courtesy of TateHindle Courtesy of TateHindle Courtesy of TateHindle Courtesy of TateHindle +17

AD Round Up: Architecture in Singapore

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

BCI Asia recently released its top ten awards list for architecture firms in Singapore. In recognition of some of these firms, as well as the excellence of the built work across this sovereign city-state, we’ve collected some of our favorite projects from Singapore. In this round-up you’ll find a mall by Aedas, a house by Ong&Ong, and a theme park attraction by DP Architects - all firms that placed on BCI’s list. No less deserving of attention is this public library by LOOK Architects, a hospital by Broadway Malyan, an art school by WOHA. The Tangga House, Cluny House, and The Golden Box, designed by Neri & Hu, Guz Architects, and K2Ld respectively are also fabulous works. We hope you’ll enjoy these projects, as well as our full list of architecture in Singapore located here.

Video: The City With the Most Constructivist Buildings in the World

00:00 - 22 June, 2014

Few Constructivist projects made it through the World Wars, but if you're looking for those that did, you'd be wise to travel to Yekaterinburg, Russia. With over a dozen complexes, the city probably has the world's biggest collection of Constructivist buildings—and it's definitely the only place with a hotel in the shape of a hammer and sickle.

The fascinating video above by Ural Life and Culture tours the city and surveys the elements common to Constructivist buildings. Yekaterinburg was a laboratory for Constructivist architects who started building there soon after the movement was founded in Moscow in 1921. Architects from all over the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany designed 4-5 story apartment blocks and office towers to replace single story wooden houses. The Soviets also introduced new typologies like public baths, kindergartens, and a 14-building secret police complex called the "Little Town of Cheka Officers," with covered passages so residents could walk between buildings indoors. 

Smena Fitness Club / za bor architects

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Smena Fitness Club / za bor architects, Courtesy of za bor architects
Courtesy of za bor architects

Courtesy of za bor architects Courtesy of za bor architects Courtesy of za bor architects Courtesy of za bor architects +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Pyotr Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
  • Area

    1291.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities

00:00 - 21 June, 2014
Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, Courtesy of Wiley
Courtesy of Wiley

In Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities (2nd Edition), by Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, historical trends and practices are used to explain current theories of urbanism. The following excerpt illustrates one such historical trend, detailing exactly how the advent of railroads and skyscrapers following the Industrial Revolution radically changed the urban landscape.

Before the Industrial Revolution, forces such as trade, agriculture, and defense determined the shape of cities in North America and Europe, whether planned or unplanned. How far a person could reasonably walk and the requirements of carts, wagons, and herds of animals heavily influenced the layout and dimensions of city streets regardless of the form the larger city took. Defensive strategy and technology also dictated form, but the resulting walls — and the need to guard them — often imposed smaller footprints than cities might otherwise have produced.

Prado House / CoA arquitectura + Estudio Macías Peredo + TAAB

01:00 - 21 June, 2014
Prado House / CoA arquitectura + Estudio Macías Peredo + TAAB, © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
© Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina

© Jaime Navarro © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina +19