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Video: Snøhetta - Memories of Architectural Landscapes

00:00 - 26 June, 2013

The Louisiana Channel at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark shared with us their video, titled 'Snøhetta - Memories of Architectural Landscapes,' which captures the inner and outer landscapes of Snøhetta. The 30-minute tour features one of the heads behind it all - Norwegian architect Kjetil T. Thorsen, who reflects upon some of Snøhetta's major landmarks such as the Alexandria Library, the opera house in Oslo and The 9/11 Memorial Pavilion on Ground Zero in New York.

From the very beginning in the 1980's, Snøhetta's architecture has been inspired by landscapes, both natural and urban. ”Landscapes are a massive force”, says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder and director of Snøhetta: "And they are masterpieces, which architects can be inspired by." To view more of Snøhetta's work, please visit here.

Multimodal Interchange / Tetrarc Architects

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Avenue du Commandant l'Herminier, 44600 Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Tetrarc Architects
  • Project Director

    Romain Cateloy
  • Project Manager

    Claude Jolly, J.P Mace
  • Architect Designer

    Florent Delaboudinière
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +36

Dogchitecture, Inspired by "Architecture for Dogs"

00:00 - 26 June, 2013
Dogchitecture, Inspired by "Architecture for Dogs", PRODUCTORA
PRODUCTORA

Dogchitecture is an exhibit inspired by Architecture for Dogs”, a project by Japan's Kenya Hara that sought to reinvent the doghouse and integrate it into the world of design.

10 Mexican offices took part in the initiative, including: BNKR ArquitecturaRojkind ArquitectosBroissinPRODUCTORAa-001Taller 13, PMS Arch BuroROW StudioLaboratorio Arquitectura Básica y ESOS

Pink Flamingo / Stephane Maupin

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
Pink Flamingo / Stephane Maupin, © Guillaume Clément
© Guillaume Clément

© Guillaume Clément © Guillaume Clément © Guillaume Clément © Guillaume Clément +19

Yale Abandons, Re-locates Vlock Building Project

00:00 - 26 June, 2013
Yale Abandons, Re-locates Vlock Building Project, Courtesy of Yale Building Project
Courtesy of Yale Building Project

Every year, students at Yale design and build a single-family home in a low-income neighborhood. Called the Vlock Building Project, it’s one of the longest-standing and most admired public-interest design-build programs in the US. Unfortunately, it’s under threat. A/N reports professor Paul Brouard was assaulted and robbed on-site in Mid-May (he has since recovered). Despite the desires of dept. head Robert A.M. Stern, Yale University demanded the project be abandoned and re-located to an approved neighborhood. Did Yale make the right decision? Let us know what you think after the break.

Giant Pixel / Studio O+A

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
© Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad
  • Architects

  • Location

    431 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Studio O+A
  • Design Team

    Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Neil Bartley, Caren McDonald, Jeorge Jordan, Liz Guerrero
  • Area

    4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +15

Putting Trees on Skyscrapers: An Interview with Lloyd Alter

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
Putting Trees on Skyscrapers: An Interview with Lloyd Alter, Bosco Verticale. © Boeri Studio
Bosco Verticale. © Boeri Studio

Scheduled for completion later this year, Bosco Verticale, by Boeri Studio, will be the world’s first vertical forest. The project’s inspired many supporters, but also many detractors. Speaking to its controversiality, Lloyd Alter, the architect, sustainable design enthusiast, and managing editor of Treehugger, called it “the rendering that launched a thousand blog posts.” 

And perhaps no blogger caused more stir in the architecture community than Tim De Chant, who implored “can we please stop putting trees on skyscrapers”? De Chant’s article set off a maelstrom of comments from ArchDaily users, who vigorously debated both for and against the idea of putting trees on buildings.  

To get to the bottom of this, we talked with Lloyd Alter himself about vertical forests and the real challenges and benefits they present.  Lloyd is a regular contributor to Inhabitat, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications; he also teaches at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Read on for Lloyd’s take on this controversial trend, after the break.

BBC New Broadcasting House / HOK & MacCormac Jamieson Prichard + Sheppard Robson

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
© HOK
© HOK

© HOK © HOK © HOK © HOK +22

“CasaNova” Social Housing / cdm architetti associati

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
“CasaNova” Social Housing / cdm architetti associati, © Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Nicolò Rasmo, 55, 39100 Bolzano BZ, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Edoardo Cappuccio, Giuseppe Donato, Tomaso Macchi Cassia
  • Area

    20300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna +21

Resort Hotel and Spa Proposal / Richard Meier & Partners

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
Resort Hotel and Spa Proposal / Richard Meier & Partners, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners just broke ground on the 150-room HH Resort Hotel and Spa, which is their first project in South Korea. Located in Gangneung, the new resort complex will be a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel composed of elegant guestrooms, a world class restaurant and a wellness spa that reflect the local culture, a banquet hall, amphitheater, exhibition hall, beach house and various amenities. More images and architects' description after the break.

Roji House / airscape architects studio

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
Roji House / airscape architects studio, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +20

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA, Courtesy of SZA
Courtesy of SZA

Designed by SZA (Studio za arhitekturu), their Taichung City Cultural Center proposal is a complex space structure. With its ground plan being 50 x 50 m, their concept creates an energetic, self-sufficiency throughout the project through a system of a vertical accordion and through an exchange of functional storeys and sustainable construction storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Happy 161st Birthday Antoni Gaudí!

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
Happy 161st Birthday Antoni Gaudí!, © alexsalcedo / Shutterstock.com
© alexsalcedo / Shutterstock.com

Antoni Gaudí (1852 -1926), the Catalán architect best known for his imaginative style, inspired by the curves and shapes found in nature, and - of course - for his inimitable masterpiece, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, would have turned 161 today.

SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +21

Happy 88th Birthday Robert Venturi

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
Happy 88th Birthday Robert Venturi, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

Robert Venturi, the architectural figurehead who fought the cause for postmodernism, turns 88 today. Venturi, whose 1966 book 'Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture' coined the term "less is a bore" - to contradict Mies van der Rohe's famous "less is more" - is possibly the most influential of the theorists who worked to steer architecture away from the modernist ethos in which it had become so entrenched.

LEGO® Unveils 3,000 Brick Sydney Opera House

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
LEGO® Unveils 3,000 Brick Sydney Opera House, © The LEGO® Group
© The LEGO® Group

The LEGO® Group has unveiled a new rendition of Jørn Utzon’s beloved Sydney Opera House. Following last year’s unveiling of a slightly smaller edition, LEGO® will challenge the skills of its faithful builders with a new, highly detailed, 3,000 brick model of Australia's most famous landmark. 

2013 Foster + Partners Prize Awarded to John Naylor

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
2013 Foster + Partners Prize Awarded to John Naylor, ‘Bamboo Lakou’ / John Naylor
‘Bamboo Lakou’ / John Naylor

The Architectural Association and Foster + Partners have announced John Naylor of Diploma Unit 16 as the 2013 Foster + Partners Prize recipient for his project ‘Bamboo Lakou’. Presented annually, the award is presented to an AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. 

Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, said: “John Naylor’s project demonstrates the ways in which infrastructural ideas – and architectural imagination – might today expand beyond the clichés of Modernism to become life itself, literally breathing life into communities, cities and entire countries – today and long into the future.”

55 Social Dwellings in Can Jordana / Conxita Balcells

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
55 Social Dwellings in Can Jordana / Conxita Balcells, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi
  • Architects

    Conxita Balcells Blesa
  • Location

    Carrer Riera d'en Font, 60, 08391 Tiana, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    8149.0 m2
  • Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi +23