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Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea, YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA
YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has announced a partnership with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul that has expanded the international Young Architects Program (YAP) to South Korea. Just as YAP presents opportunities for emerging architects to design and build temporary installations in New York, Chile, Rome and Istanbul, YAP Korea will offer the MMCA’s outdoor Museum Plaza as the summer installation site. 

Already, a winner has been chosen from 26 submissions to serve as the inaugural YAP Korea installation. With completion planned for July 8, winning team Moon Ji Bang (Threshold) is amidst the final preparations for mystical, mythology-inspired installation that will transcend visitors from the daily hustle into a cloud-like landscape of air balloon structures.

Parkark / BYTR architecten

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Parkark / BYTR architecten, © StijnStijl
© StijnStijl

© StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanaalweg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Richel Lubbers, Tjerk van de Wetering, Lucia Sanchez
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: Gort Scott Architects

00:00 - 30 May, 2014

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    838 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
  • Area

    257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever, After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz
After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week's fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh's canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the Glasgow School of Art is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession. 

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural history.

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever The Hagia Sophia. Image © Flickr CC User Collin Key The Reichstag. Image © Flickr CC User Sebastian Niedlich Chicago. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Wilke +12

Extension Railway Service Facility / EM2N

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Herdern, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Christof Zollinger, Stefan Berle, Duarte Brito, Fabian Hörmann (Associate), Mathias Kampmann, Benjamin Nordmann
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei +14

KPOP Curve / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
© Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun
  • Architects

  • Location

    582-1 Baekhyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Kim Sookhee, Jang Dukhyun, Kim Taehyeong, Lee byungyeup, Song Juneui
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun +47

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"
Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling events, culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country. 

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break...

Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival, Vivid Sydney 2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House © James Horan
Vivid Sydney 2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House © James Horan

Now through June 9, the city of Sydney will be illuminated by its annual, world-exclusive light festival known as Vivid Sydney. Each night from 6PM until midnight, many of the Harbour City’s most famous landmarks will be transformed into an interactive visual spectacular, paralleled with street side installations, laser shows, (free) live music performances and over 200 creative industry business events.

One of the festival highlights, of course, is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Watch as Jørn Utzon’s famous white sails are transformed by a series of mind-bending, 3D projections designed by 59 Productions after the break...

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten, Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten
Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Währinger Straße 29, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • Area

    1234.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Park Linné / kister scheithauer gross architekten

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Park Linné /  kister scheithauer gross architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eupener Straße, 50933 Cologne, Germany
  • Design/responsible partner

    Prof. Johannes Kister
  • Design Team

    Ruth Hofmann, Astrid Kunz, Magdalena Mazurkiewicz
  • Area

    24309.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Seasons Ensemble / Tchoban Voss Architekten

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Seasons Ensemble / Tchoban Voss Architekten, © Aleksey Naroditsky
© Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Architekt BDA
  • Project Leader

    Frederik-Sebastian Scholz (Leto), Pavel Zemskov (Osen, Zima), Valeria Kashirina (art direction façades)
  • Design Team

    Silvia Grischkat, Rene Hoch, Eugen Pfeil
  • Area

    20320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Pakhuis Clemmen / ALT Architectuur

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Pakhuis Clemmen / ALT Architectuur, © Thierry Lagrange
© Thierry Lagrange

© Thierry Lagrange © Thierry Lagrange © Thierry Lagrange © Thierry Lagrange +27

Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece, Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners

Four firms have been shortlisted to design Qatar's Lusail Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects are now competing to design the 80,000 seat stadium which will host the international event alongside Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah stadium and others.

Read on after the break for more on the shortlist

Light Matters: Mashrabiyas - Translating Tradition into Dynamic Facades

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Light Matters: Mashrabiyas - Translating Tradition into Dynamic Facades, INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE, Paris, France (1981 – 1987). Architecture: Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lézénès, Pierre Soria, Architecture Studio. Image © Georges Fessy
INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE, Paris, France (1981 – 1987). Architecture: Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lézénès, Pierre Soria, Architecture Studio. Image © Georges Fessy

The delicate mashrabiya has offered effective protection against intense sunlight in the Middle East for several centuries. However, nowadays this traditional Islamic window element with its characteristic latticework is used to cover entire buildings as an oriental ornament, providing local identity and a sun-shading device for cooling. In fact, designers have even transformed the vernacular wooden structure into high-tech responsive daylight systems. 

Jean Nouvel is one of the leading architects who has strongly influenced the debate about modern mashrabiyas.  His Institut du monde arabe in Paris was only the precedent to two buildings he designed for the harsh sun of the Middle East: The Doha Tower, which is completely wrapped with a re-interpretation of the mashrabiya, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum with its luminous dome.

More mashrabiyas, after the break...

BURJ DOHA, Doha, Qatar (2002 – 2012). Architecture: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © CSCEC BURJ DOHA, Doha, Qatar (2002 – 2012). Architecture: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © CSCEC BURJ DOHA, Doha, Qatar (2002 – 2012). Architecture: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © CSCEC LOUVRE ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2007 – under construction) Architecture and image. Image Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Artefactory, TDIC, Louvre Abu Dhabi +28

Uhee Sushi / HAO Design

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Uhee Sushi / HAO Design, © Joy Liu
© Joy Liu

© Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Glasgow School of Art Begins to Pick Up the Pieces

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Glasgow School of Art Begins to Pick Up the Pieces, The wreckage of the Glasgow School of Art Library. Image © Scottish Fire and Rescue via BBC
The wreckage of the Glasgow School of Art Library. Image © Scottish Fire and Rescue via BBC

After the tragic fire that tore through Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art last week, thoughts have now turned to the future of the building and the process of restoration. It seems that many people in the profession are in favour of a faithful restoration: John McAslan, who has previously worked on restoring one of Mackintosh's buildings in Northampton, saying that "it is not the time and place to interpret Mackintosh", and former GSA student and ex-director of FAT Sam Jacob commenting that the building "hadn't been turned into a museum piece" and therefore "a faithful restoration is exactly the right thing to do."

Though there has been one dissenting voice from George Cairns, a professor at Melbourne's RMIT who completed his PhD thesis on the building in 1992 and believes that a faithful restoration is impossible. In any case, this is what the Glasgow School of Art has resolved to do, and they have received a number of offers of help. Read on after the break to find out what's being done, and what you can do to help, after the break.

SOM Reveals Design for "All Aboard Florida" Train Station

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
SOM Reveals Design for "All Aboard Florida" Train Station, Miami Station- 1st Avenue elevation. Image © SOM
Miami Station- 1st Avenue elevation. Image © SOM

SOM recently revealed its design for the West Palm Beach hub of All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail line. The terminal will be one of three (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach) that connects more than 235 miles of rail lines crossing the state of Florida. With the Sunshine State close to becoming the third biggest in the union in terms of population, these stations will serve as a welcome travel alternative to crowded highways. The Miami station alone is expected to serve about 12 million visitors. The stations will also host retail outlets and restaurants, making them cultural landmarks within their respective cities.