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Wallaby Lane House / Robinson Architects

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
© Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +14

MICROTOPIA: Free on ArchDaily for the Next 24 Hours

00:00 - 14 February, 2014

For twenty-four hours only (until 5:59PM EST February 15th), ArchDaily readers have been given the exclusive opportunity to watch the documentary, MICROTOPIA, in its entirety, for free. 

The film is a provocative look at the global trends of micro-housing, downsizing, and living off-grid. As the film-makers put it: "In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators."

Miss your 24-hour window? MICROTOPIA is available to rent for $3.99 on Vimeo. You can also check out the trailer after the break.

Critical Round-Up: 'Sensing Spaces' Strikes a Chord With Critics

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Critical Round-Up: 'Sensing Spaces' Strikes a Chord With Critics, © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris
© Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris

As the most ambitious architecture exhibition hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts in a generation, Sensing Spaces was inevitably going to be under a lot of scrutiny from architecture and art critics. According to the Academy's Chief Executive Charles Saumarez-Smith, the momentous exhibition "represents a shift away from postwar modern architecture where it was about problem solving, to thinking about architecture in terms of experience, material, light and space." 

Fortunately the exhibition seems to have struck a chord with critics, who have almost universally praised the exhibition's premise and have, to varying extents, been highly complementary about the individual exhibits.

Read on after the break for a round-up of the critics' opinions

Opinion was more divided on Li Xiaodong's maze of hazel twigs - with Olcayto describing the "whiff of 'boutique hotel'", while Pilger describes it as "fabulously still, serious, and meditative". Image © Benedict Johnson Grafton Architects' play with light was another highly popular exhibit, with Olcayto describing its "magnetic charm". Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris The installation by Pezo von Ellrichshausen was one of the most popular, with critics praising how it alters perspectives of the room. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Kengo Kuma's installation was described by Wainwright as "insipid", and by Moore as "too literal". Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris +6

J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf, © J. MAYER H., via designboom
© J. MAYER H., via designboom

J. Mayer H. has been crowned as winner of an invited competition to design a 19-story medical services and residential high-rise in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The “sculptural” tower, which is defined by the horizontal “cloud-shaped” aluminum strips that cloak its facade, is designed to “provide a natural atmosphere” enhanced by planted terraces and balconies overlooking the adjacent landscape of the Rheinaue and views of Duesseldorf. 

Gamsei / Buero Wagner

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Gamsei / Buero Wagner, © Jann Averweser
© Jann Averweser

© Simon and Sebastian Schels © Simon and Sebastian Schels © Jann Averweser © Jann Averweser +16

If the Winter Olympics Were in NYC...

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
If the Winter Olympics Were in NYC..., © ANGEL FRANCO and RICHARD PERRY, via The New York Times
© ANGEL FRANCO and RICHARD PERRY, via The New York Times

The New York Times has run a fascinating thought experiment in rendered form: What would it look like if the winter Olympics were held in New York City? From luges through Times Square to ski jumps over Bryant park, the ideas are certainly fantastical - but also fun lessons in scale. See them all here

Salón Inés Pose / STGO

18:00 - 13 February, 2014
Salón Inés Pose / STGO, © Pablo González Fernández
© Pablo González Fernández

© Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández © Pablo González Fernández +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Santiago González Fernández
  • Design Team

    Carlota Pardo Martínez, Pablo González Fernández
  • Area

    79.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hairmake Enchante / Nakasai Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Hairmake Enchante / Nakasai Architects, © Syouichi Uchiyama
© Syouichi Uchiyama

© Syouichi Uchiyama © Syouichi Uchiyama © Syouichi Uchiyama © Syouichi Uchiyama +13

House at Matsubara / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts +22

NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky's Rupp Arena

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky's Rupp Arena, Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE
Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE

NBBJ, together with EOP Architects, has unveiled a massive renovation plan for Lexington’s famous collegiate basketball arena, Rupp Arena. An attempt to upgrade the 38-year-old arena’s facilities and strengthen its connection to the surrounding urban realm, the 23,500-seat stadium will be separated from the adjoining convention center, which is also undergoing renovation, while its enclosed facade is re-clad in glass and site sculpts a vibrant new public square within the heart of the city. 

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing  / BIAD 3A2 Studio, © Yang Chaoying
© Yang Chaoying

© Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changping, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
  • Area

    240000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure, Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen
Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen

In order to generate a debate on the future of housing, Danish designers Tejlgaard & Jepsen are in the process of permanently reconstructing the People's Meeting Dome as a gift from BL (Denmark's Public Housing) and Lokale & Anlægsfonden to the Island of Bornholm and the city of Allinge. Having previously been erected twice as a temporary event space, this final incarnation of the dome will be inaugurated at the next Folkemøde (an annual gathering of Danish politicians), with the intention of becoming a community and event centre for the city

Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen Courtesy of Tejlgaard & Jepsen +37

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District, © Farrells
© Farrells

Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in Shenzhen’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments. 

Príncipe Real Apartment / fala atelier

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Príncipe Real Apartment / fala atelier, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +41

The Lantern / zigzag architecture

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
The Lantern / zigzag architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +30

VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

00:00 - 13 February, 2014

In this powerful interview, Jean Nouvel explains his relationship to Arabic architecture. Discussing his various projects in Arabic countries - such as his office tower in Doha or the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel discusses how he is influenced by and integrates the abstraction and geometry of traditional Islamic architecture into his modern designs. He also espouses a strong opinion on the understanding of context in architecture, saying: "I'm a contextual architect, but for me the context isn't only the site. It's above all a wider historical context - a cultural context... each time, building is trying to continue a history, and to take part in this history." His architecture, he says, is about listening: "The architect is not meant to impose his own values or his own sensitivities on such general plans." Video via Louisiana.

Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    430 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Emily Hodgdon
  • Area

    38250.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Videos: Viewpoint / Finnish Architects

00:00 - 13 February, 2014