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Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Design Architect

    Kevin de Freitas, Manish Desai
  • Architect of Record

    Sillman Wright Architects
  • General Contractor

    PRAVA Construction Service Inc.
  • Public Artist

    Shinpei Takeda
  • Photographs

© Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani +26

Scaled Back House / ROOVICE

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Scaled Back House / ROOVICE, Courtesy of ROOVICE
Courtesy of ROOVICE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kamakura City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Design

    Masayoshi Otsubo, Fumie Otsubo(Otsubo Design) Nov Fukui(ROOVICE inc.)
  • Construction in charge

    Nov Fukui, Motomi Kuroda, Ryota Arai(ROOVICE inc.)
  • Area

    121.34 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE +12

Bayuquan Theatre / DSD

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Bayuquan Theatre / DSD, Courtesy of DSD
Courtesy of DSD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kege Ling, Qi Xu
  • Assisted by

    Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design

    DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer

    Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DSD

Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD +37

Gruta do Escoural / Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +17

m.poli by Miguel de Guzmán

00:00 - 2 August, 2013

Spanish architecture photographer Miguel de Guzmán has stepped into video, a new dimension of architectural representation, as we saw a few weeks ago with his video for the Espinar House

AD Classics: Modern Architecture International Exhibition / Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive
Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive

“Modern Architecture: International Exhibition” is the title of an exhibition that took place in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Curated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the exhibition introduced an emerging architectural style characterized by simplified geometry and a lack of ornamentation; known as  the “International Style,” it was described by Johnson as “probably the first fundamentally original and widely distributed style since the Gothic.” The exhibition, along with an accompanying catalogue, laid the principles for the canon of Modern architecture. 

Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr. and Philip Johnson: THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE: ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1922. via www.modernism101.com  Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier © Flavio Bragaia Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe © Flickr User: gondolas +8

House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki, © Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken +19

ÖAMTC Service Centers Upper Austria / PAUAT Architects

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger
Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger
  • Architects

  • Location

    Upper Austria, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    DI Heinz Plöderl
  • Collaborators

    DI Werner Bauböck
  • Locations

    Wels, Braunau, Schärding, Rohrbach, Eferding, Perg
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger

Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger +46

Bloomberg Moves Forward with Controversial Seaport City

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Bloomberg Moves Forward with Controversial Seaport City, Courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office
Courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office

Before he leaves office at the end of this year, Mayor Bloomberg has high hopes that his Post-Sandy plans will get off the ground. Most of his ideas have been met with consensus, however, one has stirred quite a bit of controversy: adding acres of land to Lower Manhattan in order to create apartment/office towers-cum-levees. 

Critics have launched a variety of arguments against the "Seaport City": (1) practical feasibility - beyond the "tough regulatory hurdles," the unpredictable nature of rising sea levels makes it difficult to predict how high these levee towers will actually need to be for them to safely withstand future storm surges; (2) economic feasibility - the plan would cost a whopping $20 billion dollars ($5 billion of which has yet too be accounted for); and (3) local character - local businesses are unlikely to care for their waterfront property suddenly becoming inland property, a transformation that would alter the character of the neighborhood entirely.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, maintains that Seaport City, a kind of Battery Park City for Lower Manhattan, will not only provide storm protection, but (unlike many other proposals) actually generate income, thus offsetting the project's considerable price tag: "this approach would provide the protective value of a traditional levee while also providing new land on which commercial and residential buildings could be constructed, both to accommodate the City’s growth and to help finance the construction of the multi-purpose levee.” To really understand the feasibility of the project, however, the city of New York has just released a request for proposals from architects, planners and developers. More info, after the break...

Video: Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, Berlin / Spirit of Place

00:00 - 2 August, 2013

The Jewish Museum is just as emotionally moving and utterly disorienting today as it was when it first opened. Taking a fresh reflective look, Spirit of Space has produced a short film capturing moments of this singular architectural experience.  The soundscape is jarring. Shots linger with trepidation. Perceptions waver with marks of appearance and disappearance. And in cinematic form, the film attempts to express the uneasy sequential essence of Daniel Libeskind’s work.

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design, Courtesy of EXH Design
Courtesy of EXH Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of EXH Design

Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design +17

MIY / NI&Co. Architects

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
MIY / NI&Co. Architects, © Hiroshi Tanigawa
© Hiroshi Tanigawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nagoya, Japan
  • Collaborators

    Yurisha
  • Structure Engineer

    Toshihisa Nakano
  • Contractor

    Kanou Koumuten
  • Property Management

    Nagoya Property Management Co.
  • Developer

    Miyataku Co.
  • Area

    428.92 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa +14

Founders Hall / Overland Partners

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Founders Hall / Overland Partners, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dallas, TX
  • Design Team

    Tim Blonkvist-FAIA (Principal in Charge), Jim Shelton-AIA, , Scott Adams, Bess Swantner, Brad Bailey-AIA, Adam Bush-AIA, Steve Bellanger
  • Consultants

    Project Cost Resources, Blum Consulting Engineers, EJES, Jaster Quintanilla (JQ), Lam Partners, 4B Technology, Hughes Associates, WJHW.
  • Contractor

    Beck
  • Area

    108000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro +12

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
  • Local Architect

    Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
  • Area

    35500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +24

PXSTL Competition Finalist Proposal / Freecell Architecture

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
PXSTL Competition Finalist Proposal / Freecell Architecture, Courtesy of Freecell Architecture
Courtesy of Freecell Architecture

Freecell Architecture's proposal for the PXSTL Competition was recently announced one of the three finalists by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Participants were asked to reimagine a vacant lot in St. Louis’ Grand Center cultural district while exploring the critical role arts and culture play in creating vibrant, growing communities. The competition aims to demonstrate how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation, and Freecell's proposal was selected for their ability to visualize Grand Center’s long-term vitality, emphasizing community engagement, interactive elements, and cross-disciplinary collaboration among St. Louis’ many cultural organizations. More images and information after the break.

LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has unveiled the newest addition to their architecturally-inspired family of products: LEGO® Architecture Studio. Designed as a tool for adults to unleash their inner creative, the 1200-piece, monochromatic set is intended to inspire the masses to think like an architect by creating their own building designs. For just $150, LEGO® fanatics can acquired their own architecture studio set and learn from some of the world’s most renowned architects with a 272-page inspirational guidebook. Though all-nighters are not a prerequisite, most LEGO® Architecture Studio owners have experienced long-lasting design charrettes due to the addictive nature of LEGO®. 

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014, Via AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA
Via AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA

With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of the year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back.  Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks largely unchanged, but a noteworthy drop in demand for institutional projects has caused participants in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast , a survey of the United State’s leading construction forecasters, to reduce projections for spending to a 2.3% increase in 2013, with next year’s projections raised to 7.6%.

An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois, Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.
Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.

"In architecture’s 'Mad Men' era, there was a woman." So begins David W. Dunlap's eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois' significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.