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Why Do Architects Keep Struggling to Get By?

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
Why Do Architects Keep Struggling to Get By?, Courtesy of Jim Bryant/Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Courtesy of Jim Bryant/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In this Financial Times article, Will Hunter reacts to another FT article which brands architects as "cling-ons": "middle class but only by the skin of our teeth". Hunter's article looks at the reasons why our profession has suffered so badly, as doctors' and bankers' fortunes have improved dramatically. You can read the full article here.

The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?, House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Freakonomics has just posted a fascinating new podcast that takes on the question posed by Alastair Townsend in our AD original article: “Why Japan is Crazy About Housing.” The podcast consults with Townsend and economic experts to present a thought-provoking answer to the puzzling question of why Japan builds architecture that is avant-garde and yet, ultimately, disposable. The answer may just surprise you. Listen to the whole podcast here:

Swimming Pool Prototype in La Coruña / Francisco Mangado

02:00 - 1 March, 2014
Swimming Pool Prototype in La Coruña / Francisco Mangado, © Cesar San Millán
© Cesar San Millán

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Cesar San Millán © Cesar San Millán +10

Jeanne Gang Selected to Design San Francisco Skyscraper

00:00 - 1 March, 2014
Jeanne Gang Selected to Design San Francisco Skyscraper, © Sally Ryan Photography
© Sally Ryan Photography

Though few details have emerged, developers Tishman Speyer have confirmed that they have selected Chicago-based architects Studio Gang to design a skyscraper in San Francisco. Gang's tower will be one of three Tishman Speyer projects in the city. We'll be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Via SFGate.

House Maza / CHK arquitectura

01:00 - 1 March, 2014
House Maza / CHK arquitectura, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani    © Yoshihiro Koitani    © Yoshihiro Koitani    © Yoshihiro Koitani    +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Hernández Ch.
  • Area

    489.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Le Carré en Seine / PietriArchitectes

01:00 - 1 March, 2014
Le Carré en Seine / PietriArchitectes, © Thierry Favatier
© Thierry Favatier

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Thierry Favatier +26

Supermarket in Athens / KLab architecture

01:00 - 1 March, 2014
Supermarket in Athens  / KLab architecture, © Panos Kokkinias
© Panos Kokkinias

© Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elaion 38, Kifissia 145 64, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
  • Design Team

    Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Elena Skorda, Haris Heizanoglou, Mark Chapman
  • Construction Management

    Future Constructions
  • Area

    2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Waterfront Housing In a Post-Sandy World

00:00 - 1 March, 2014
Waterfront Housing In a Post-Sandy World, Domino Sugar Site by SHoP Architects
Domino Sugar Site by SHoP Architects

Almost 400,000 New Yorkers live in floodplains, a number that should double by 2050 due to sea level rising. After Hurricane Sandy, the waterfront neighborhoods in which they live were dramatically re-envisioned, taking into account the heavy downpours and high winds that come with coastal storms. Is it possible to live safely while enjoying life at the water's edge?

Villa des Sciences / LOG Architectes

01:00 - 1 March, 2014
Villa des Sciences  / LOG Architectes, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Project Management

    LOG architects and Jean-Pierre Bouanha (former associate) for the SD et DD phases
  • Area

    1319.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

For Flood Prevention, We Need to Raise Our Game (And Flatten Our Roofs)

00:00 - 1 March, 2014
Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

This article by Jonathan Ward, originally published on Arup Thoughts as "A Top-Down Approach to Flood Prevention" discusses a cheap, simple, but effective method of easing the load on drainage after a storm: temporary storage of water on flat roofs, which can not only help to prevent floods, but also provide unexpected benefits as well.

Gravity offers a simple and cheap way to attenuate stormwater flows – by storing water temporarily on a flat roof. All sorts of causes are being blamed for the current flooding in the UK; lack of dredging, poor management of catchment areas, construction on flood plains and paving over front gardens are all being mentioned in the press.

One thing is for sure – we will be paying a lot more attention to the topic given the current experience, and the fact that wetter winters are predicted in our changing climate, with a certainty of more extreme events.

Read on for an explanation of why this counter-intuitive measure actually makes perfect sense

AD Classics: PPG Place / John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson

05:00 - 28 February, 2014
via Wikipedia Commons
via Wikipedia Commons

The design of PPG Place, by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, melds the notion of the modern corporate tower with a neo-gothic monument. Clad in almost a million square feet of glass manufactured by the anchor tenant PPG industries, the architects ingeniously rethought accepted practices in curtain wall design to create "the crown jewel in Pittsburgh's skyline." (1)  The 1.57 million square foot complex was one in a series of high profile corporate projects completed during Johnson's controversial foray into postmodernism.

Night view of fountain and tower. Image © Highwoods Properties 2014 Glass reflections. Image © Highwoods Properties 2014 © Flickr user nooccar Ground Level Plan +33

Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory, The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly

New York's Park Avenue Armory, originally built in 1861 for the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and restored by Herzog & de Meuron in 2007, is about to be temporarily taken over by Rafael Viñoly. On April 30th 2014 Artvest Partners will launch Spring Masters New York, "a fair for art produced between antiquity and the 20th century, which corresponds with Christie’s and Sotheby’s signature Impressionism and modern art auctions". Viñoly's hexagonal grid of exhibition rooms will fill the 55,000 square foot Drill Hall in an attempt to break with the monotony of the rectangular grid format.

The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly +11

Troldtekt Award 2014 Now Launched

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Troldtekt Award 2014 Now Launched

Honour, glory and cash are at stake as Troldtekt A/S invites architectural and design students from all over the world to participate in the Troldtekt Award 2014. The most creative idea for using the company’s acoustic panels in a different and imaginative way wins a cash prize of EUR 5,000. The deadline for registering for the competition is 1 April 2014.

For the third time, Troldtekt A/S is challenging young talents to propose new ways of using its classic Danish-produced acoustic panels in the concept competition Troldtekt Award 2014. The competition last took place in 2012, when Troldtekt received entries from 23 countries. The 2012 competition was awarded to Matthias Kisch from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen who won EUR 5,000 for his Acoustic Synecdoche project, an acoustic cloud sculpture with the option of integrated lighting. The judges also presented a special supplementary prize to Amy Linford from Newcastle University for her (Fabric)ated project.

More on the Troldtekt Award after the break.

Little House on the House / Studio x Architettura

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Little House on the House  / Studio x Architettura, © Raffaele Cetto
© Raffaele Cetto

© Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    38050 Tenna Trentino, Italy
  • Design Team

    Luca Valentini, Raffaele Cetto, Mattia Giuliani
  • Construction

    Self-built
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2014 Annual Conference

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2014 Annual Conference

More than 600 scholars and professionals are expected at the 67th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) at Austin, Texas. For four days between April 9 and April 13, historians, city planners, civic leaders, preservationists, landscape architects, architects and more will discuss the issues that Austin faces as a fast-pace growing city. The discussion will also include tour to different architectural sites.

See the complete press release after the break.

Tavernier Drive Residence / Luis Pons Design Lab

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Tavernier Drive Residence / Luis Pons Design Lab, © Stephan Goettlicher
© Stephan Goettlicher

© Stephan Goettlicher © Stephan Goettlicher © Stephan Goettlicher © Stephan Goettlicher +22

Nexus Health GP Super Clinic / Billard Leece Partnership

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
© Tony Miller
© Tony Miller

© Tony Miller © Tony Miller © Tony Miller © Tony Miller +13

Is Arcbazar "The Worst Thing to Happen To Architecture Since the Internet Started"?

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
Is Arcbazar "The Worst Thing to Happen To Architecture Since the Internet Started"?, Crowdsourcing is gaining popularity worldwide, such as in the Strelka Institute's "What Moscow Wants" project, shown here. Image Courtesy of Strelka Institute
Crowdsourcing is gaining popularity worldwide, such as in the Strelka Institute's "What Moscow Wants" project, shown here. Image Courtesy of Strelka Institute

This article on the Orange County Register tackles the sensitive issue of the design crowdsourcing website, Arcbazar, a site described as "the worst thing to happen to architecture since the Internet started." On the one hand, Arcbazar seems to be driving down the earnings of talented designers, and could produce some rather suspect designs. On the other, it offers clients with low budgets access to an international group of designers, when they previously couldn't afford one at all. So, is Arcbazar good or bad for architecture? Read the full article hereto make your own decision.