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Law May Render Architects Unnecessary in Spain

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Law May Render Architects Unnecessary in Spain, Courtesy of NoalaLSP, via Plataforma Arquitectura
Courtesy of NoalaLSP, via Plataforma Arquitectura

As if architects in Spain weren't struggling enough - what with the Crisis closing half the country's studios and putting over 25% of Spanish architects out of work - a new law could now render Spanish architects effectively unnecessary.

A preliminary document reveals that, if passed, The Law of Professional Services (LSP) will modify labor regulations in order to allow engineers, or really any one "competent" in construction, to take on the work of architects: 

“Exclusivity is eliminated. Architects or engineers with competency in construction will be able to design and direct projects, including residential, cultural, academic or religious buildings. [...] If a professional is competent enough to execute one building’s construction, it is understood that he/she will also be capable of executing other kinds of buildings, regardless of its intended use.”

Unsurprisingly, Spanish architects have risen up against the law, mobilizing both physical protests as well as social media campaigns. Even Pritzker-Prize winner Rafael Moneo has offered his opinion on the matter...Hear what Moneo has to say, after the break...

AD Interviews OMA, BIG on their Miami Showdown

01:00 - 18 June, 2013

Over the last few months, OMA and BIG have been vying for the opportunity to redevelop the 52-acre site home to the convention center in the heart of Miami Beach. With two award-winning, international firms at the center of the showdown, the media frenzy has been intense and the public’s imagination activated. It only remains to be seen if the results, which promise to be visionary, surpass expectation. With so much on the line, we decided to sit down with both OMA and BIG and discuss how their proposals differ.

Ama'r Children's Culture House / Dorte Mandrup

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

© Torben Eskerod © Torben Eskerod Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup © Jens Lindhe +34

Play Perch / Syracuse University

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Courtesy of Syracuse University
Courtesy of Syracuse University
  • Architects

  • Location

    E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty members Larry Bowne and Sinéad Mac Namara
  • Student Designers

    Ford Bostwick, John Cardone, Jeffery Cheung, George Guarino, Zachary Harwin, Christina Hoover, Brian Luce, Sean Morgan, Sally Morrow, Doug Moskowitz, Steven O’Hara, Michael Palmer, Michaelle Williams, Mark Zlotsky, Ben Anderson-Nelson, Tom Arleo, Jessica Borri, Gabriel Boyajian, Charles Brock, John Coleman, Mark Hernandez, Tyler Holdren, Dong Min Shin, Winnie Tu, Emily Wutz, Sherina Zheng, Daniel Hopkins
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Syracuse University

Courtesy of Syracuse University Courtesy of Syracuse University Courtesy of Syracuse University Courtesy of Syracuse University +37

UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center / Michael W. Folonis Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
© Tom Bonner
© Tom Bonner
  • Architects

  • Location

    1223 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
  • Project Architect

    Rudy Gonzalez
  • Design Team

    James Kersten, Tommy Johnson
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner +21

Exbury Egg / PAD studio + SPUD Group + Stephen Turner

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Exbury Egg / PAD studio + SPUD Group + Stephen Turner, © Nigel Rigden
© Nigel Rigden

© Nigel Rigden © Nigel Rigden © Nigel Rigden © Nigel Rigden +12

Casa Murray / DISEÑO ESPACIAL

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Casa Murray / DISEÑO ESPACIAL, © Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes
© Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, México
  • Architects in Charge

    Arturo Álvarez, Daniel de León Languré, Carlos Ortega Arámburo
  • Structural Project

    Baez Santana, Ingenieros Consultores, SA de CV
  • Area

    125.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes

© Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes © Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes © Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes © Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes +23

China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate...

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate..., Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider
Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider

The architecture world has been abuzz over news that aChinese construction company plans to build the world's tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary prefabrication technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called Sky City Oneis expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz,an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile's critique.

Read Sottile's and Klemanowicz's conflicting opinions, after the break...

Shortlist Announced for U.S. Embassy in Beirut

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Shortlist Announced for U.S. Embassy in Beirut

The Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The project is part of OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative in which seeks to provide safe and functional facilities that represent the best in American architecture. 

New Concrete House / Wespi de Meuron

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
New Concrete House  / Wespi de Meuron, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +23

OMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in Bordeaux

15:25 - 17 June, 2013
© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius
© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius

City officials have selected OMA’s “stripped-down design” as one of two final projects for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc international competition in Bordeaux, France. Stretching over the Garonne River, the OMA-designed proposal seeks to rethink the civic function and symbolism of a 21st century bridge by designing a multimodal “platform that can accommodate all the events of the city.”

“We wanted to provide the simplest expression – the least technical, least lyrical, an almost primitive structural solution,” stated Clement Blanchet, the project architect working alongside Rem Koolhaas. “This simplicity allowed us to create a generous platform for pedestrians and public programs, as well as flexibility in accommodating the future needs of various types of traffic.”

More from the project description after the break…

Sports Club / GEO Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Sports Club / GEO Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Galmés, Arturo Grinda, Miguel Olazábal
  • Area

    2570.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +19

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson

For HSB Stockholm's architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of Stockholm. Berg | C.F. Møller's proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nøtterøy, Norway
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter +19

Strickland-Ferris Residence / Frank Harmon Architect

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Strickland-Ferris Residence / Frank Harmon Architect, © Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley

© Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley © Jeffery Jacobs © Jeffery Jacobs +17

Temporal Sustainable Theatre Finalist Proposal / PM²G Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Temporal Sustainable Theatre Finalist Proposal / PM²G Architects, © 3D Veron
© 3D Veron

Designed by PM²G Architects, their inspiration for their finalist proposal in the international competition for the Temporal Sustainable Theatre came up from the cultural and physical aspects of the region where Cardiff is based. The history of the country has been marked by the welsh coal mining industry resulting in a bumpy landscape which the architects used as a departure point for developing the idea of using it as the stage where the audience are the users, the actors and also the ones who try to discover what is inside and outside, giving freedom for exploration. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester, © Yael Engelhart
© Yael Engelhart

© Yael Engelhart © Yael Engelhart © Yael Engelhart © Yael Engelhart +43

J2 Residence / assemblageSTUDIO

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +27