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Norman Foster's Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Norman Foster's Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building, 610 Lexington Avenue. Image © Foster + Partners
610 Lexington Avenue. Image © Foster + Partners

Construction is officially underway on 610 Lexington Avenue, a 700-foot ultra-thin condominium tower designed by Foster + Partners in New York City. Designed as a contrast to its neighboring landmark, Mies van der Rohe’s midcentury Seagram Building, the slim 61-story tower will feature 91 luxury units encased within a pure white glass facade.

User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

The recently announced 'User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition' is searching for creative ideas and architectural solutions on building a better city. In nowadays circumstances, where citizens arise and understand that a city should be built by its citizens, the competition aims to convert the maximum energy generated by the revolutionary wave into urban ideas and new functions of public space.

Casadelmar Hotel / Jean-François Bodin

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Casadelmar Hotel  / Jean-François Bodin, Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin
Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin

Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin Courtesy of Jean-François Bodin +30

Agui House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Agui House / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    121.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Comcast / Design Blitz

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Comcast / Design Blitz, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +15

Eiffel Tower's 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière
Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière
  • Architects

  • Location

    Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
  • Area

    4586.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière

Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière +23

Building Omega / Metropolis

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Courtesy of Metropolis
Courtesy of Metropolis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago de Surco, Peru
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Orrego
  • Area

    36860.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Metropolis

Courtesy of Metropolis Courtesy of Metropolis Courtesy of Metropolis Courtesy of Metropolis +17

Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we've coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer's sinuous use of concrete to Kengo Kuma's innovative use of wood, which materials define some of the world's best known architects?

VIDEO: The Floating Metropolis That Could Support Brazil's Offshore Oil Rigs

00:00 - 5 March, 2014

In Brazil, the offshore oil mining industry is expanding. Unfortunately for oil companies though, it's expanding away from the coast, as new oil deposits are found further and further from land - so far, in fact, that they're outside the range of the helicopters that usually transport workers to and from the rigs. That's why Rice University students took on the challenge of designing "Drift & Drive," a floating community where workers and their families could stay for extended periods of time, eliminating the inconvenience of the usual "two weeks on, two weeks off" cycle.

The project won the Odebrecht Award last year, and now one of the largest petrochemical companies in Brazil, Petrobras, is working on a plan to implement elements of the design. 

Read on after the break for more about how the project functions

A House In The Woods / William Reue Architecture

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
A House In The Woods / William Reue Architecture, © Steve Freihon
© Steve Freihon

© Steve Freihon © Steve Freihon © Steve Freihon © Steve Freihon +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ulster County, NY, United States
  • Design Principal

    William Reue, R.A.
  • Project Team

    James Teese, Jr
  • Area

    4800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Residence in Lugano / Volpatohatz

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Residence in Lugano / Volpatohatz, © Richard Glover Photography
© Richard Glover Photography

© Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography +36

Autodesk Launches Foundation Aimed to Solve "Epic Design Challenges"

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
Autodesk Launches Foundation Aimed to Solve "Epic Design Challenges", Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan
Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan

Autodesk has launched the Autodesk Foundation, an organization which will "invest in and support the most impactful nonprofit organizations using the power of design to help solve epic challenges." In an effort to aid those tackling global issues such as "climate change, access to water, and healthcare," the foundation will provide select design-oriented grantees with software, training and financial support.

Center for New Technologies / Francisco Mangado

02:00 - 4 March, 2014
Center for New Technologies / Francisco Mangado, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rúa de Ramón Baltar, 15702 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
  • Area

    3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Tree Pavilions / Swanbury Penglase

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Tree Pavilions / Swanbury Penglase, © David Russell
© David Russell

© David Russell © David Russell © David Russell © David Russell +17

DawnTown - Architecture Ideas Competition: Alternative Mobilities

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
DawnTown - Architecture Ideas Competition: Alternative Mobilities

Recently, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado declared March as Miami Bike Month. And why shouldn’t it? Did you see the latest gathering this past Friday for Critical Mass? Hundreds of people, including celebrity cyclists and NBA megastars Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, were in attendance for a 13 mile trek around Miami. Cycling has become the latest “thing” in Miami. However, it could be more than just a monthly ride. Why not see cycling as a serious solution to the traffic congestion problems in and out of the city? Cities like Amsterdam and Chicago seem to think of it as a real solution. It doesn’t have to just be about bikes either, car sharing has become a major business as well and could also assist with making our streets safer. What if there was a place in Miami, built infrastructure that helped promote these solutions? Well there could be…..that’s where DawnTown needs your help.

Writer’s Shed / WSD Architecture

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Writer’s Shed / WSD Architecture, © Wai Ming Ng
© Wai Ming Ng

© Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hackney, London E9, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Percy Weston, Tom Surman, Joseph Deane
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Why 'Confluence' Isn't The Way Forward for Architecture Education in France

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
Why 'Confluence' Isn't The Way Forward for Architecture Education in France, Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes
Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes

On February 19th, 2014, Odile Decq, the world-renowned French architect, announced the launch of a new private university - the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture - to be built in Lyon this year. Decq has promised that the school will break from France’s “strict institutional system of education ill-adapted to change” and thus offer an architecture education fit for the 21st century.

In France, however, public opinion on the new school has been far from unanimous. The Union of Architecture (Le Syndicat de l’Architecture) even went so far as to respond with an open letter to the Minister of Culture and Communication, expressing concern over the project’s “openly mercantile and elitist purpose.” 

France possesses a free and public educational model that sets it apart from the rest of the world. Out of twenty-two schools of architecture, only one is private: l’Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (where Decq was once Director). And, while certainly not perfect, the quality of architecture education is, across the board, of a particularly high standard — the Agency of the Evaluation of Research & Higher Education (AERES) has given a rating of ‘A’ to twenty of the schools and ‘B’ to the other two. This means that regardless of a student’s economic background, he or she has the opportunity to receive an excellent architectural education. 

So, no matter how radical or forward-thinking Confluence may be, is it really a good idea for France to start emulating the model of expensive, private architecture schools we see across the rest of the world?  

room 211 Hotel T'Point / Mifune Design Studio

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
room 211 Hotel T'Point / Mifune Design Studio, © Yasunori Shimomura
© Yasunori Shimomura

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura +10