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University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building  / Perkins+Will, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gainesville, FL, United States
  • Area

    120000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, © BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

The Holcim Foundation has announced the Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, the award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the winners are BIG and The Living, with designs which the jury stated showed "sophisticated and multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the building and construction industry."

The ten recognized projects share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards awards, to be selected in 2015.

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground, © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel's long-awaited 53 West 53rd Street, also known as the Tower Verre or the MoMA Tower, may finally be ready to move ahead with construction after the project's developer Hines purchased $85.3 million worth of air rights from its neighbors MoMA and the St Thomas Episcopal Church and arranged the $860 million construction loan required for the project.

Originally proposed in 2007, the design has been plagued by problems, including significant delays due to the financial crisis and a difficult approval process which resulted in the building's height being slashed from 1,250 feet to its current planned height of 1,050 feet. However, according to a statement from Hines groundbreaking on the project is now "imminent."

House NX / ARX

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
House NX  / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 35

  • Architects

    ARX
  • Location

    Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List"

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List", Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí
Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí

Terence Conran asked nine of his friends in the design world "What have you always wanted in your home, but have never been able to find?" The result is The Wish List, a set of ten projects dreamed up by big name designers such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers, but designed and crafted in collaboration with emerging designers.

Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the only restriction was that the product had to be made of wood, leading to designs ranging from Foster's modest geometric pencil sharpeners to Paul Smith's dream garden shed.

As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, the resulting ten products will be on show at the V&A Museum until October 24th.

Pencil Sharpener / Norman Foster + Norie Matsumoto. Image © Petr Krejčí Workspace / Terence Conran + Sebastian Cox. Image © Petr Krejčí Ladder / Richard Rogers, Ab Rogers + Xenia Moseley. Image © Petr Krejčí Shed / Paul Smith + Nathalie de Leval. Image © Petr Krejčí + 21

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai, © Amelie Yang
© Amelie Yang

© Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361009
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?, Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners
Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners

Alongside a number of recent articles that explore the rise of the urban property developer and the subsequent "threat" to the built environment, Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian explores at length how developers are "exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities." In discussion with Peter Rees, former Chief Planning Officer for the City of London and responsible for the financial district's monuments of today, Wainwright discusses the lack of accountability of the vast majority of urban developers. While local councils attempt to secure the next iconic development for their area many planners, authorities and developers are locked in a battle over the built fabric of our cities. Read the article in full here.

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture, © Joseph Mills Photography
© Joseph Mills Photography

© Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, Oklahoma City, OK 73162, USA
  • Design Principal

    Craig Foster AIA
  • Project Architect/Manager

    Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Rodeneck School  / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit + 11

UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network, © Methanoia
© Methanoia

Aiming to encourage the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation, Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio to design the stations for the first phase of the Greater Doha Metro Network, part of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). With the first phase consisting of 30 stations on 4 metro lines, UNStudio has created an "Architectural Branding Manual," a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines which will be used by the design & build firms on each station to ensure the design quality and coherence of the network as a whole.

© Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia + 7

Doehler / SABO project

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Doehler / SABO project, Courtesy of SABO project
Courtesy of SABO project

Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Alex Delaunay
  • Area

    124.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

House Thommy / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
House Thommy / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti + 15

New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library , Helsinki Central Library. Image © ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library. Image © ALA Architects

Take a tour inside ALA Architect’s Helsinki Central Library with a new animation and set of images revealing the project’s spacious interiors. The project, which was awarded to ALA through an international competition, boasts a unique set of programs, such as a ground floor cinema, second story sauna, “Nerd Attic” and dreamy “Book Heaven” that is topped with a cloud-like undulating roof and includes a distinctive outdoor “Citizens’ Balcony.” 

Ground Floor Lobby. Image © ALA Architects Middle Floor "Living Lab". Image © ALA Architects Top Floor "Book Heaven". Image © ALA Architects Top Floor "Citizen's Balcony". Image © ALA Architects + 19

SFMOMA Tops Out

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
SFMOMA Tops Out, © Henrik Kam
© Henrik Kam

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind SFMOMA’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break...

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center, © Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP
© Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP

ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to masterplan “New Moscow’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city. 

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool, © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo's food theme, the pavilion is centered around the Czech Republic's unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects + 30

Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pole DD - IUT Mantes-en-Yvelines, 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • Project Lead

    Stephane Nikolas
  • Area

    5085.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Peter Smithson

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Spotlight: Peter Smithson , © flickr user 51746218@N03
© flickr user 51746218@N03

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After returning to complete his degree in 1948, he enrolled in the Royal Academy architecture school. In 1950 he set up his own practice with his wife Alison, and the two went on to become some of the most influential British architects of the mid-20th century. 

© flickr user stevecadman © Alison and Peter Smithson © flickr user 51746218@N03 © Alison and Peter Smithson + 5