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Le Corbusier, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Their Flights of Fancy

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
(Left) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944, (Right) Le Corbusier leaning against his Plan Voisin. Image © (Left) The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, (Right) Fondation Le Corbusier
(Left) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944, (Right) Le Corbusier leaning against his Plan Voisin. Image © (Left) The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, (Right) Fondation Le Corbusier

This article by Avinash Rajagopal, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as 'The Little Prince' and Le Corbusier investigates the link between Le Corbusier and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of The Little Prince.

On October 22, 1929, a French architect got on the inaugural flight of the Aeroposta Argentina, a pioneering airline service that flew from Buenos Aires to Asuncion del Paraguay, flown by a French co-pilot. The act of flying would deeply influence the creative output of both passenger and pilot.

The former, of course, was Le Corbusier. The latter was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, later to be famous as the creator of The Little Prince (1943), the well-beloved tale of a planet-hopping, fox-befriending, flower-loving space child.

Read on after the break for more about the pair

Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition, Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger

In a competition that ultimately crowned Frank Gehry as winner, Berlin’s Barkow Leibinger placed third with their 150-meter “faceted stacked building” proposal clad in glass. Aimed to be Berlin’s tallest building, the apartment and hotel tower is planned to be the city’s first high-rise residential development since the 1970s. 

Urbanprem Minami Aoyama / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Urbanprem Minami Aoyama / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +11

Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London, Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects
Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects

Coupdeville Architects has proposed designs for an environmentally responsible, carbon zero building in London. The earth sheltered structure is set into an existing slope on the site where it is arranged into three zones: an adult's area and a children's area both connected through larger living spaces. Following a requirement that the design provide areas "that allow the buildings occupants to be immersed on all sides by the site," all spaces are connected directly to the gardens. Not only has this allowed for optimal levels of sunlight into the rooms, but has allowed for excellent views from within and of the building.

De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain, Courtesy of Estudio Larrain
Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Panamericana Sur 2053, Castro, Los Lagos, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
  • Collaborators

    Pedro Leyton, Alonso De Orbegoso, Sebastian Suzuki
  • Constructor

    Constructora Tecsa S.A.
  • Area

    14179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Jordi Surroca +16

Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners, © Miljan Cvijetić
© Miljan Cvijetić

© Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić +19

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect, Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect
Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Denis Street, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Thomas Balaban, Justin Boulanger, Naomi Frangos, Maxime Lefebvre, Julia Manaças, Elliott Sturtevant, Jennifer Thorogood
  • Area

    1570.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale, © Tuomo Tammenpää
© Tuomo Tammenpää

As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

© Tuomo Tammenpää © Pekka Turunen © Tuomo Tammenpää © Tuomo Tammenpää +20

House in Utsunomiya2 / Soeda and associates Architects

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
House in Utsunomiya2 / Soeda and associates Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takayuki Soeda
  • Structural Engineer

    Masaki Yoshida/YSE
  • Constructor

    Seijo Kensetsu
  • Area

    96.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Emirates Old Trafford / BDP

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Emirates Old Trafford / BDP , ©  Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson

©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Main Contractor

    Morgan Sindall
  • Area

    32.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

BOBST Headquarters / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
© Yves André
© Yves André

© Yves André © Yves André © Yves André © Yves André +20

Should You Become a Global Architect?

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
Should You Become a Global Architect?, From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons. Used under Creative Commons

Globalization has brought with it many things: the ability to travel, to recognize familiarity in any city, and, most importantly for us, to create trans-continental opportunity in design. It has created a platform for young professionals that no other generation has been fortunate enough to encounter at this scale. If you want to be a Global architect, to chase the award-winning projects, to work side by side with inspiring people, to learn from them and be amongst those at the top of their game, you have to be proactive and seek these people out; in essence, you have to be willing to be mobile.

Relocating for a career is not for everyone and not without risks (those will be covered later); however, having the opportunity to travel to a new city and learn a new skill set is an amazing experience we were both fortunate and proactive enough to capitalize upon. If that’s the kind of experience you seek, then maybe being a Global architect is right for you. Read on to know for sure.

Özyeğin University Student Center / ARK-itecture

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Özyeğin University Student Center / ARK-itecture, © Koral Oral
© Koral Oral

© Koral Oral © Koral Oral © Koral Oral © Koral Oral +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    34794 Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Interior Design

    B-Design
  • Local Architect

    B-Design
  • Design Team

    Roger L. Klein AIA (Project Designer), Bulent Ergin Gungor (Architect of Record), Can Dagarslani (Project Architect), Baris Basat, Emre Gursoy, Nuran Erdogan, Ergun Kutluturk, Ece Seref, Turkan Dogan, Greg Taylor
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Francine Houben Named AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2014

00:00 - 7 February, 2014

Architects’ Journal has just announced that Mecanoo's Francine Houben has been chosen from an impressive shortlist of women architects as the winner of the Women in Architecture Awards.

In response to the honor, Francine Houben stated:“I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to bean architect, which was not always an easy combination. [...]I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the same time. Women are especially good at that.”

More on Francine Houben, after the break...

Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award, Mud Box (Terry Mowers Residence) / Rael San Fratello | Photo: Rael San Fratello
Mud Box (Terry Mowers Residence) / Rael San Fratello | Photo: Rael San Fratello

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of their 32nd annual Emerging Voices awards. The coveted recognition program spotlights eight emerging practitioners in North America whose “distinct design voices” have shown the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

“The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment,” described the League.  “This year, in particular, saw firms entrepreneurial in spirit, pursuing alternate forms of practice, often writing their own programs or serving as their own clients.”

This year’s eight Emerging Voices are...

Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava's “Chicago Spire”

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava's “Chicago Spire”, Chicago Spire. Image © Santiago Calatrava
Chicago Spire. Image © Santiago Calatrava

Cloaked in financial woes, what was intended to be the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere has remained a stagnate hole in the Chicago cityscape since the height of the crisis. However, the fate of the Santiago Calatrava-designed luxury condominium may be about to change, as developer Garrett Kelleher is actively seeking court approval to reinstate the project with a $135 million investment from Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC. More on Chicago's 2,000-foot “twisting" spire latest update here on the Chicago Tribune.   

Archivo: Zeller & Moye's Cultural "Exoskeleton" Planned for Mexico City

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Archivo: Zeller & Moye's Cultural "Exoskeleton" Planned for Mexico City, Courtesy of Zeller & Moye
Courtesy of Zeller & Moye

To be completed in 2016, 'Archivo' is an open space designed by Zeller & Moye in collaboration with FR-EE that will house a vibrant mix of cultural/design activities, with each floor given a different function. Designed as an "exoskeleton" that opens to its context, 'Archivo' aims to enrich the cultural and social life of Mexico City.

More on the project after the jump.