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Workspace Lavapies Market / Colectivo PEC

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Workspace Lavapies Market / Colectivo PEC, © Juan Carlos Quindós
© Juan Carlos Quindós

© Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós © Juan Carlos Quindós +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de Embajadores, 41, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    Rodrigo Muñoz García, Pablo García Bachiller, Laura Casanova Colvee, Pablo Farfán, Rosa San José Miguel, Ana María Marrero Castro, Mónica Cuende Lozano, Marian Cuenca, Manuel Cifuentes Hernández, Javier Miranda Abad, Jesús Peinado Alonso, Angel Cabra, Mónica Bujalance
  • Area

    4137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Paule Offices / Estudio ARN

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
© David Frutos
© David Frutos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Amorós + Luis Rubiato + Patricia Navarro
  • Technical Architects

    José Vicente Carpena + Elena Rogel
  • Area

    1349.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +32

Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013, The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com
The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com

Last week Time Magazine released their list of the top 25 inventions of 2013. The list covers both fun and life-changing new ideas, covering everything from the Cronut to the Artificial Pancreas - but there are also four architectural innovations that made the prestigious list. Find out more about them after the break.

Khao Mo (Mythical Escapism) / Sanitas Studio

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
Khao Mo (Mythical Escapism) / Sanitas Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

Khao Mo, which translates as Mythical Escapism, is a reflective sculptural work by Sanitas Studio currently being exhibited at the Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre. The concept behind the work is based on city dwellers' desire for a moment of escape from everyday life, along with the concept of the Chinese garden: a scaled replicated universe expressed through nature in order to create a sense of tranquility. According to the artist, "the smell of earth, the moisture and vapour that evaporate from the earth, the ordinariness and the emptiness allow the audience time to imagine." 

Call for Entries: 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Call for Entries: 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

The call for entries for the eighth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space is now open. This honorific competition has been held on a biennial basis since 2000 with the aim of recognising, encouraging and publicising examples of good practice in the ways in which European cities are dealing with the many challenges they must confront. Undergoing processes of exponential growth and far-reaching transformation, these cities are facing the fact that the age-old democratic ideal of striving for cohabitation on an equal basis within a plural society is in jeopardy. 

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal  / The Open Workshop, Courtesy of The Open Workshop
Courtesy of The Open Workshop

A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones - one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable. 

Lasesarre Football Stadium / NO.MAD

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Lasesarre Football Stadium / NO.MAD , © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Ferrocarril, 14, 48901 Barakaldo, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Arroyo
  • Collaborators

    Nerea Calvillo,Sergio L. Piñeiro, Héctor Mejía, Francesco Monaco, Raúl Ortega, Santiago Mazorriaga, Luis Arroyo
  • Technical Architect

    Jose Luis Villanueva, Jose Miguel Ortega, Gorka Revuelta
  • Structure

    Joaquín Antuña, Carlos Olmedo
  • Landscape Architect

    Teresa Gali
  • Area

    9260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2003
  • Photographs

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University / Perkins+Will

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University / Perkins+Will, © Bill Lyons
© Bill Lyons

© Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons © Bill Lyons +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Contractor

    Saudi Oger, Saudi Binladen Group, El Seif Engineering Contracting Co.
  • Master Plan

    David Hansen, FAIA, LEED AP, Design Director
  • Area

    3000000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Zhukovka XXI / UNK PROJECT Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Zhukovka XXI / UNK PROJECT Architects, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +32

Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
© Aristea Rizakos
© Aristea Rizakos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    The Planning Partnership, Jill Anholt Studio, Teeple Architects
  • Client

    Waterfront Toronto
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Tom Arban, Courtesy of PFS Studio, Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto, Aristea Rizakos

BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
BIG Selected to Design Human Body Museum in France, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier. Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.”

It’s design, orchestrated by eight undulating forms which “weave together” to create an underlying continuous space, will serve as a mediator between nature and city - Charpak Park and the Montpellier city hall. Stunning views, access to daylight and critical internal connections will all be revealed by the Museum’s shifting form. 

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Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO
Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO

Besting a shortlist of fourAnn Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in Athens’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University, © Archexist
© Archexist

© Archexist © Archexist © Archexist © Archexist +29

Carrieres Sous Poissy / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Carrieres Sous Poissy / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +14

Healthcare Centre in Amer / Pm, Mt

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Healthcare Centre in Amer / Pm, Mt, © Alex Martínez
© Alex Martínez

© Alex Martínez © Alex Martínez © Alex Martínez © Alex Martínez +7

  • Architect Office

  • Location

    17170 Amer, Girona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Patricio Martínez, Maximiá Torruella
  • 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

    345.0 sqm
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Alex Martínez

Sugiura House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Sugiura House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd

© Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd © Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd +10

October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services, 2013 October ABI. Image © Calculated Risk
2013 October ABI. Image © Calculated Risk

After three consecutive months of growth, the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reveal a slight decrease in the demand for design services. Keeping in mind that any score above 50 indicates an increase in billing, the ABI score fell from 54.3 in September to 51.6 this past October. In contrast, the new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from the reading of 58.6 the previous month.

The Indicator: What Goes Up Does Not Come Down

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
The Indicator: What Goes Up Does Not Come Down, One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

We all know what architecture critic Banksy thinks about 1 World Trade Center. He infamously called it a “shyscraper” in an op-ed piece the New York Times declined to publish. But that hasn’t stopped the article from circulating and pissing New Yorker’s off. In true Banksy form you can find it on his website, mocked up to appear like a front page headline. 

In it, he writes, “It reminds you of a really tall kid at a party, awkwardly shifting his shoulders trying not to stand out from the crowd. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a shy skyscraper.” Of course, this didn’t stop the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) from recently celebrating it as the tallest building in this here United States of America. Yippee ki-yay!

But- who cares? New York has many other things going on urbanistically and architecturally that render tallness less significant than it used to be, if not outright pointless. Infrastructural interventions of the more horizontal sort, a la the High Line for example, seem far more significant. In the face of real urban complexity and uneven development, grasping for tallness is a simplistic go-to, while the real problems remain down on the street, unrelated to air rights, view corridors, sunlight access angles, and blocked horizons. 

And yet cities of the world continue to privilege tall towers as icons of economic and political might.