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Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College, © Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid will be awarded an honorary degree and fellowship from Goldsmiths College, at the University of London, during the college’s graduation ceremony in September. Hadid was chosen because of her “inventive approach, and eagerness to challenge conventions which have pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design," Architects’ Journal (AJ) reported.

Guatemala Beach House / Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Guatemala Beach House  / Christian Ochaita  + Roberto Gálvez, © Víctor Martínez
© Víctor Martínez

© Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez + 33

  • Architects

    Christian Ochaita , Roberto Gálvez
  • Location

    Guatemala
  • Design Team

    Walfred Lainfiesta,Susan García, Leah Cabrera, José Miguel Benítez
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action, Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

The design of prisons is a controversial topic for architects, but Deanna VanBuren takes a novel approach to the subject. Designing for a judicial system that advocates “restorative justice,” VanBuren works with felons, victims, and other architects to create spaces where everyone can undergo a healing process following a crime. In a recent profile, the L.A. Times documents one of her design workshops with prisoners, demonstrating how this form of outreach can change the lives of those inside. Read the full story here. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Deanna VanBuren here!

Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis, Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Drawing both literal and theoretical inspiration from the Islamic Holy Book, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos earned an Honourable Mention for their design proposal of a habitable natural oasis for the Noble Quran International Competition in Saudi Arabia.

Understanding the significance of the location’s proximity to Islam’s second holiest city and the Capital of Islamic Culture, Rafael de La-Hoz aimed to create a memorable and iconic Islamic Landmark. Therefore, the Quran itself was chosen as the primary source of physical and contextual understanding, the most significant vessel of knowledge for the people and the location.

Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos + 10

Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert + 22

GG House / Architekt.Lemanski

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
GG House / Architekt.Lemanski, © Tomasz Zakrzewski
© Tomasz Zakrzewski

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski + 23

House of a Backstage / y+M

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
House of a Backstage / y+M, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners + 23

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Brazil
  • Project Architect

    Paulo Henrique Paranhos
  • Collaborators

    Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
  • Project Area

    880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photography

Yesterday's Future, Today: What's it Like to Work as an Architect in North Korea?

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Yesterday's Future, Today: What's it Like to Work as an Architect in North Korea?, A silk co-operative clad with acres of PV solar panels, one of several illustrations exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in Venice. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours
A silk co-operative clad with acres of PV solar panels, one of several illustrations exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in Venice. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours

Originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "The Future of Architecture, According to a North Korean Architect," this interview with Nick Bonner, Curator of the North Korean Portion of the Venice Biennale's Korean Pavilion, delves into the realities of architectural work in one of the world's most secretive countries.

There's good chance you'll never step foot in North Korea, which isn't the same as saying you can't. Interest in the socialist state is increasingly high, a fact reflected by a rise in tourists eager to discover the sites and spectacles of Pyongyang. Nick Bonner, founder of Koryo Tours, has been bringing visitors to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for over two decades. He recently curated a small exhibition in the Korean Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

For “Utopian Tours” Bonner commissioned designs from an unidentified North Korean architect, asking him to envision a whole new infrastructure for accommodating larger and larger groups of tourists. The resulting handdrawn illustrations are fascinating: the future of architecture—at least in North Korea—looks a lot like yesterday's future, where tourists travel in hovercraft RVs, and workers live in ziggurat-shaped hotels inspired by mountains and trees.

Metropolis asked the trained landscape architect to give us a tour inside the present architecture scene of one of the world’s most isolated countries today.

A resort hotel at Mount Kumgang. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours Mountain Conical Hotels, connected at various points by ski runs. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours A riverside development at the foot of Mount Kumgang. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours The Bird's Nest Villa. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours + 12

Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light"

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light", National Library of Latvia, Riga
National Library of Latvia, Riga

For an article featured in Blueprint Herbert Wright examines Riga's new National Library of Latvia, completed by 89-year-old Gunārs Birkerts this month. Located in one of Latvia's most historic urban settings, the library - locally known as the "Castle of Light" - challenges the city's recent history of Soviet public architecture with a contemporary, if not as equally monumental, cultural edifice. Initially conceived in 1988 now, over twenty five years later, the structure stands as a €163million testament to Latvia's rich academic and public cultural heritage. Earlier this year, "14,000 Latvians formed a 2km human chain to pass books from the old to new libraries." Wright's exploration of this seminal building on Birkert's œuvre is complemented by Janis Dripe's excellent photographic studies of what is certain to be one of the most important Eastern European buildings of this decade.

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture, © Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography + 23

Excavating the Sky: Syria’s Contemporary Landscape at Monditalia

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Excavating the Sky: Syria’s Contemporary Landscape at Monditalia, Courtesy of Khaled Malas
Courtesy of Khaled Malas

From August 12-15, architects, filmmakers and activists from Syria and the Arab World gathered in the Arsenale at the 2014 Venice Biennale for “excavating the sky,” a four-day event focusing on Syria and the production of its contemporary landscape from before WWI until today. The event took place in the context of the Monditalia exhibition and one of its key components was a “displaced pavilion” in Syria – a recently dug well providing water for a community of 15,000 people.

“As you know, Syria is currently undergoing a profound, and often violent, transformation, much of which is difficult to fully comprehend. It is my belief that architecture does play a role in this conflict, and that architects, with their disciplinary tools, must act more meaningfully and creatively in these struggles in/of space,” Khaled Malas, a Syrian architect and organizer of “excavating the sky,” told ArchDaily. “The 'displaced pavilion', in the form of a water-well, is an active embodiment of these struggles and our responsible participation as a discipline amongst those who have suffered years of neglect followed by war.”

To represent the "displaced pavilion" at Monditalia, a banner with a drawing of the well was hung in the Aresenale. 

Read on after the break to learn more about the other key components of the event and the significance behind its name…

House Plot 75 / Office Winhov

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
House Plot 75 / Office Winhov, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    252.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring  / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Lai Jie, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai.
  • Area

    11357.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Metropolis Magazine's Last Minute Summer Reads

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
Metropolis Magazine's Last Minute Summer Reads, One of the selected books, the Petropolis of Tomorrow, is an exhaustive look into the Brazilian offshore oil industry, and a radical design for a floating city to serve it. Image Courtesy of Actar
One of the selected books, the Petropolis of Tomorrow, is an exhaustive look into the Brazilian offshore oil industry, and a radical design for a floating city to serve it. Image Courtesy of Actar

With summer quickly coming to a close, time is running out to squeeze in one last good book. If you're open to suggestions, Metropolis Magazine recently rallied its staff members and a slew of notable architects, designers, and curators to round up an impressive list of summer reads. Amongst the architectural contributors are Mason White of Lateral Office, Donald Chong of Williamson Chong Architects, and Drew Seskunas of The Principals.

Bridge House / Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Bridge House / Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Project Architect

    Nicolas Aranguiz S.
  • Construction

    Tierra Austral Ltda.
  • Project Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
  • Coordinators

    Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
  • Collaborators

    Marcio Tanaka, Ricardo Gusmão, Guido Otero, Beatriz Vanzolini
  • Project Area

    5600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

D. Dinis Secondary School / Ricardo Bak Gordon

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
D. Dinis Secondary School / Ricardo Bak Gordon, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chelas, 1950 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architecture

    Ricardo Bak Gordon
  • Collaborators

    Luís Pedro Pinto, Pedro Serrazina, Sónia Silva, Vera Higino, Walter Perdigão
  • Project Area

    2200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photography