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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. 

A+U 518: Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
A+U 518: Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability

The latest issue of one of our favorite magazines, A+U, has just arrived to the ArchDaily office from Japan. This issue’s main theme is “Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability," in which you can find projects previously featured by AD, like the amazing Trollstigen National Tourist Route by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Rintala Eggertsson's Seljord Watchtower and Høse BridgeJektvik Ferry Quay by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Helen & Hard's Vennesla Library and Culture House, the Statoil Regional and International Offices by a-lab and many more. Full info + content after the break.

Horvitz Hall / GUND Partnership

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
 Horvitz Hall / GUND Partnership, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gambier, OH, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    GUND Partnership
  • Landscape Architect

    David Berarducci Landscape Architecture
  • Area

    41500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Villa Anemolia / MPLUSM Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Villa Anemolia / MPLUSM Architects, © Andreas Sellinidis
© Andreas Sellinidis

Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM +16

Villa Överby / John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Villa Överby / John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor, © Åke Eson Lindman
© Åke Eson Lindman

© Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Robert Nilsson, Maria Århammar, Niklas Singstedt, Martin Zetherström, Vincenzo Cassotta
  • Landscaping

    Mikado Mark & Trädgård, Robert Forsberg
  • Contractors

    Geo Markservice AB, Eva Holmqvist (water/sewage), CSE Projekt, Henrik Nilsson (construction), Itecon AB, Eskil Stenstrand (water), Jan Fransson Elkonsult AB, Håkan Ackland (electricity)
  • Glass contractors/Suppliers

    JB Glaskonsult AB, Johan Backlund, JONI Metall & glasprojektering/ CL Specialglas, Claes Lundén
  • Building contractor

    Liljestrand Entreprenad LE AB
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects?

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects?, Megalomania? Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents. Image © Hufton + Crow
Megalomania? Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents. Image © Hufton + Crow

If the discussions recently held at the Battle of Ideas are any indication, it seems that we in the architecture community are living a certain crisis of confidence.

Not one new utopian vision has been presented in the past 30 years, lamented Theodore Dounas; all these pop-ups popping up are just evidence, said Pedro Bismarck and Alastair Donald, of architecture's fearful reluctance to tackle  complex problems or act as a legitimate agent for change at all; and then there’s the problem, voiced by Rory Olcayto, of architects being bullied by their clients into executing questionable agendas.

Immanuel Church / Sauerbruch Hutton

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +14

Arquine Call for Entries / Threshold of the Americas

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Arquine Call for Entries / Threshold of the Americas

The Arquine International Architecture Competition has been held since 1998 and aims to explore issues of significance and relevance for society as a whole, foster new platforms for dialogue and promote the involvement of architects in responding to specific problems, while encouraging local and international competition and participation. 

Over time it has become one of the design competitions in the field of architecture with the broadest scope and reach. Last year over 420 teams from 22 countries around the world sent proposals. 

On this occasion Arquine addresses an issue of timeless importance that will open up new possibilities of discussion, with an open, international call for entries for the design of the threshold between Tijuana and San Ysidro: the transit point that responds to the programmatic needs of those who cross the border here. At the same time it should be viewed as a point of reference of a monumental nature for the busiest border in the world. 

According to the May 2013 report by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), every year 13,672,329 automobiles cross the border at the Tijuana - San Ysidro border crossing—double the number of cars on the streets of Sao Paulo and four times the number in Mexico City—while the total number of passengers they convey amounts to 34,180,000—almost equal to the population of Canada. On average they take 45 minutes to cross, according to a study by the Business Advisory Board of Tijuana. Meanwhile, the number of border crossings made on foot totals 9 million individuals. As a result the zone is constantly bustling with activity, occupied by different kinds of people—those who cross, those who wish to cross and those who have failed to cross—an accumulation of people who occupy the space on a practically permanent basis, in a perennial state of indefinite waiting. Meanwhile, the State appears unable to solve the lack of clarity in migration issues, or provide the minimum conditions of security and protection the location demands. 

More information after the break.

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab, © Future Cities Lab
© Future Cities Lab

To represent a "speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure," California-based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture, © Jerry Yin
© Jerry Yin

© Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architects

    Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura, © Lluís Casals
© Lluís Casals

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Tànger, 130, UPF - Communication Campus - Poblenou, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Benedito Rovira, Ramon Valls Ortiz
  • Team

    Antoni Vilanova, Eduard Simó
  • Architects collaborators

    Roger Molas Bernabé, Júlia Barata de Tovar Vilhena, Javier Sánchez – Montaña López, Martín Cerreda Álvarez
  • Technical Architect

    Miquel Milian Barreda
  • Structures

    Manuel Arguijo y Asociados, SL
  • Health and Safety

    MBF Arquitectura.
  • Facilities

    Instal•lacions Arquitectòniques,SL
  • Builder

    SAPIC, CONSTRUCTORA SAN JOSE, SOGESA INSTALACIONES INTEGRALES, SA
  • Area

    15163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

House G / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
House G / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +13

Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center / KAAN Architecten

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center / KAAN Architecten, © Bart Gosselin
© Bart Gosselin

© Sebastian van Damme © Bart Gosselin © Sebastian van Damme © Bart Gosselin +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio Allard Assies, Luca Baialardo, Timo Cardol, Sebastian van Damme, Luuk Dietz, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Michael Geensen, Renata Gilio, Walter Hoogerwerf, Michiel van der Horst, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Antonia Reif, Shy Shavit, Koen van Tienen, Aldo Trim, Noëmi Vos
  • Area

    34000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA
Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA’s comprehensive strategy to rebuild the New Jersey city of Hoboken, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, has been selected as one of ten initiatives moving forward in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition. The proposal, Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge, focuses on establishing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural elements that not only protects coastal neighborhoods, but also the entire city of Hoboken. 

Chris Downey: Design with the Blind in Mind

00:00 - 19 November, 2013

Cities are diverse places, home to a rich spectrum of people and lifestyles. Chris Downey, however, believes that there are only two types of people, "those with disabilities and those that haven't quite found theirs yet." Downey, a distinguished architect of over twenty years, lost his eyesight four years ago and found a new way of seeing the world. "If you design for the blind in mind, you get a city that is robust, accessible, well-connected...a more inclusive, more equitable city for all." Hear his story, contrasting his daily life before and after this newly found "outsight."


Kanye West Drops In on Harvard's GSD

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Kanye West Drops In on Harvard's GSD, © Noam Dvir, Instagram User dvirnm
© Noam Dvir, Instagram User dvirnm

UPDATE: The Harvard GSD AASU has released a statement on Kanye West's invitation and visit, which you can find at the end of the post. Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the GSD, has also commented on the visit. 

Kanye West surprised students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) last night by dropping in un-announced before his Sunday night concert at the TD Garden in Boston. He gave a short motivational speech to the crowd that quickly formed in the GSD’s signature “trays.” West told the students

I just wanted to tell you guys: I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” [...] I believe that utopia is actually possible—but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. So in no way am I a politician—I’m usually at my best politically incorrect and very direct. I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation.

GSD student Sekou Cooke, writer of "Keep Talking Kanye: An Architect's Defense of Kanye West," confirmed to an ArchDaily editor that West had in fact seen his post defending West's right to speak-up about architectural issues and act as a role model for young potential architects of color. Although his visit with the student body was unexpected, West had been invited by Harvard GSD's African American Student Union (AASU). Following a meeting with the AASU’s core group of leaders—during which West led a conversation regarding under-represented minorities in the design disciplines—the star was inspired to briefly address the rest of the students. West also gifted 300 tickets to his show to the GSD. In fact, in an uncharacteristic moment of insecurity, West told the crowd of students:

Tonight, this show, if you come see it—um, I’m a bit self conscious because I’m showing it to architects. So the stage does have flaws in it. It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that. 

See images and video of West's GSD visit, after the break...