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Wainwright Weighs In on Rem's De Rotterdam

00:00 - 24 November, 2013
Wainwright Weighs In on Rem's De Rotterdam, © OMA
© OMA

In the architectural stomping ground that is Rotterdam, it's no small task to design a building that actually stands out. But, according to The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, the recently completed De Rotterdam building manages to. Although the Koolhaas-designed structure, which houses offices, apartments and even a boutique hotel, may at first seem simple (simplistic, even), Wainwright praises how the shifting masses cleverly play tricks on your perception. The building is undoubtedly impressive, but is the unconventional envelope enough to distract from a bland-at-best interior? Read the rest of Wainwright's critique here. evaluate

INFOGRAPHIC: Architecture Education Today

00:00 - 23 November, 2013
INFOGRAPHIC: Architecture Education Today

Each year when Design Intelligence publishes "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools," we try to look beyond the rankings. At the end of the day, the report is a snapshot of the state of architecture today and, as such, is a minefield of useful information, particularly for current (or soon-to-be) architecture students. Check out the short infographic after the break to see how the profession's outlook has grown far more optimistic for architecture grads; what firms look for in recent grads (it may surprise you); and the unequal relationship of high-ranking sustainability programs vs. the prevalence of LEED certification.

Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Subterranean Museum in Warsaw

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Subterranean Museum in Warsaw, Entrance 2. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Entrance 2. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

A team consisting of Mecanoo, Michael van Gessel, Delva Landscape Architects and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci has won a competition to design the Royal Lazienki Museum in Poland's capital. The 1,800 square meter museum will be buried beneath a triangular, 2.5 hectare “Garden of the 21st Century” in Lazienki Park, one of Warsaw’s most popular cultural destinations.  Michael van Gessel and Delva Landscape Architects will focus on the garden, while Mecanoo leads the museum's design.

Family Vault in Elche / Estudio ARN

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
Family Vault in Elche / Estudio ARN, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elche, Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    José Amorós + Luis Rubiato + Patricia Navarro
  • Technical Architects

    José Vicente Carpena + Elena Rogel
  • Area

    18.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

How to Get a Building Through its Mid-Life Crisis

00:00 - 23 November, 2013
How to Get a Building Through its Mid-Life Crisis, Courtesy of Flickr user eschipul
Courtesy of Flickr user eschipul

According to LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, buildings experience a pretty distinct mid-life crisis. After seeing the demise of mid-century gems such as the Houston AstroDome and the Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, it's difficult to disagree. But unfortunately architectural value isn't convincing enough an argument - if preservationists want to get serious about their cause, he suggests, they will have to pick their battles far more strategically.  

In Progress: Aluminum House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos © Diego Opazo +22

TEDx: Designing for the Internet of Things / Rodolphe el‐Khoury

00:00 - 23 November, 2013

Filmed at TEDxToronto in September 2013, this talk by architect, educator and theorist Rodolphe el‐Khoury is based on the inevitable “internet of things.” As TEDxToronto described, “More than ever before, the line between the digital and real worlds is increasingly blurred. Historically, computers and devices have functioned as a separate layer within our lives... In this world, our homes, workplaces, and the objects within them will all be digitally connected, intelligent, and responsive.” It is only a matter of time.

LCD Exhibits "As Autumn Leaves" at Beijing's 2013 Design Week

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
LCD Exhibits "As Autumn Leaves" at Beijing's 2013 Design Week, Courtesy of Laboratory of Computational Design
Courtesy of Laboratory of Computational Design

"As Autumn Leaves" (AAL) is a spatial installation designed and built by students of the Laboratory for Computational Design (LCD) for Beijing's 2013 Design Week. Located in a historic hutong district in Beijing, AAL highlights the existing entrance to Dashilar Factory where emerging creatives exhibit their design.   The concept is based on ephermerality of nature. As temperatures change, autumn turns to winter, and trees shed their leaves, AAL recalls the passage of time through changing seasons. 

Kindergarten In Sondika / NO.MAD

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
Kindergarten In Sondika / NO.MAD , © César Sanmillán
© César Sanmillán

© César Sanmillán © César Sanmillán © César Sanmillán © César Sanmillán +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sondika, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Arroyo
  • Structure

    Joaquín Antuña, Ignacio Avila
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Pedro Paz
  • Electrical Engineerimng

    SKORPIO Patxi Hernando
  • Construction

    LOMSA
  • Project Year

    1998
  • Photographs

Business Club in the Allianz Arena / CBA Clemens Bachmann Architekten

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
Business Club in the Allianz Arena / CBA Clemens Bachmann Architekten, © Bernd Ducke
© Bernd Ducke

© Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Allianz Arena, Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 Munich, Germany
  • Interior Designer

    CBA Clemens Bachmann Architekten
  • Kitchen Planer

    Billinger Engineering
  • Light design

    Lumen 3
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Healthcare Centre in Son Servera / Pm, Mt

01:00 - 23 November, 2013
Healthcare Centre in Son Servera / Pm, Mt, Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura
Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura

Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura Courtesy of PmMt arquitectura +10

  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain
  • Architects

    Patricio Martínez, Maximiá Torruella, Vicenç Benéitez
  • Client

    IB-Salut, Servei de Salut de les Illes Balears
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Sebastià Bonet
  • Structural Consultat

    BIS Arquitectes
  • Services Consultant

    Barny Enginyeria
  • Construction Company

    Llabrés Feliu
  • Area

    1775.0 sqm
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Cortesia de PmMt arquitectura

Day Center For Alzheimer's Patients / Luis Navarro + Carlos Sánchez + Ángel Martínez

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
© Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez
© Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez

© Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez © Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez © Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez © Luis Navarro + Ángel Martínez +14

Michael Ong Wins 2013 SOYA Award

00:00 - 22 November, 2013
Michael Ong Wins 2013 SOYA Award, Hans House. Image Courtesy of M.O.D.O & Ricky Fung
Hans House. Image Courtesy of M.O.D.O & Ricky Fung

Qantas has selected Michael Ong as the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Youth Awards 365 (SOYA 365) for architecture and interior design, awarding him $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in Qantas flights, and a rare 12-month mentorship with leading architect and founding partner of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Brian Zulaikha. Ong, a Melbourne-based architect, founded MODO (Michael Ong Design Office) in 2011, and was chosen for the prize due to his work on the project Hans House. Check out more about the story here.

Poolhouse / OOK Architecten

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
© Harro Rijneke
© Harro Rijneke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Robin van Rossum, Martin Timmerman, Harro Rijneke
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Harro Rijneke © Harro Rijneke © Harro Rijneke © Harro Rijneke +11

ELEMENTAL's "Half-Finished" Housing Typology: A Success in All Circumstances

00:00 - 22 November, 2013
ELEMENTAL's "Half-Finished" Housing Typology: A Success in All Circumstances, © ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

Since they first developed the typology for their Quinta Monroy project in Iquique, Chile, the "half-finished home" has become something of a signature for ELEMENTAL: they have used the technique in multiple cities in Chile, as well as their Monterrey Housing project in Mexico. The typology began life as a way of dealing with extremely low budgets, allowing governments to provide housing to citizens at incredibly low prices, but nevertheless creating homes that would provide for the needs of residents and even gain value over time. Now, they have applied the theory to their Villa Verde Housing project, published just last week on ArchDaily.

Read more about the typology, and how it has been applied at Villa Verde, after the break...

24 Housing Units / Zanon + Bourbon Architects

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
24 Housing Units / Zanon + Bourbon Architects, © Olivier Dancy
© Olivier Dancy

© Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy © Olivier Dancy +19

Shirasu Residence / ARAY Architecture

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
Shirasu Residence / ARAY Architecture, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Asei Suzuki
  • Area

    143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Piano Takes on Kahn at Kimbell Museum Expansion

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
Piano Takes on Kahn at Kimbell Museum Expansion, Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum. Image © Paul Clemence
Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum. Image © Paul Clemence

For architects, Louis Kahn's Kimbell Museum has long been hallowed ground. For Renzo Piano, who designed the museum's first major expansion, it was also an enormous difficulty to overcome. His addition to the museum could be neither too close to Kahn's building, nor too far. It had to solve a parking problem, yet respect Kahn's distaste for cars. It had to respond to Kahn's stately progression of spaces—and that silvery natural light that make architects' knees go wobbly. And yet it could not merely borrow from Kahn's revolutionary bag of tricks.