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Afife Houses / António Fernandez Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Afife Houses / António Fernandez Architects, © FG+SG - architectural photography
© FG+SG - architectural photography

© FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography +46

Constituyentes Fachada Iluminada / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Constituyentes Fachada Iluminada / Taller David Dana Arquitectura, © Alessandro Bo
© Alessandro Bo

© Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo +21

VIDEO: I LIKE Blue

00:00 - 1 April, 2014
VIDEO: I LIKE Blue

House at Rupanco Lake / Squella Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
House at Rupanco Lake / Squella Arquitectos, © German Squella
© German Squella

© Magdalena Squella © Magdalena Squella © Magdalena Squella © German Squella +27

Wine Culture Centre Architectural Competition

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Wine Culture Centre Architectural Competition

The ability of fermenting grapes has transcended through the centuries to be an art which blends science, pleasure and aesthetics. Cantina Valpolicella Negrar (Verona) produces some of the most prestigious classical wine labels in the world - such as Valpolicella, Recioto, Ripasso and Amarone.

In order to crown this excellence, the winery’s board of directors seek a design proposal able to match up to the prestige of its brand. The purpose is to rethink the “winery” under a contemporary perspective, transforming it from a simple storehouse / production facility into a catalyst for culture, tourism and research: what kind of architecture can be proposed?

Morphosis, Zaha Hadid Design Eggs for NYC's 'Big Egg Hunt'

00:00 - 1 April, 2014
Morphosis, Zaha Hadid Design Eggs for NYC's 'Big Egg Hunt', Egg designed by Morphosis. Image Courtesy of http://thebigegghunt.org/
Egg designed by Morphosis. Image Courtesy of http://thebigegghunt.org/

Fabergé's Big Egg Hunt, the world's largest egg hunt (according to their site), launched today in New York City. Over 200, three-foot tall eggs have been hidden across the city as part of a charity event; you can download a free smartphone app to try and locate them yourself. Architecture enthusiasts may want to head out to Soho & Hudson Square, where eggs designed by Grimshaw and Morphosis have been hidden, or the Upper East Side to find Zaha Hadid's. All of the eggs will be on display in Rockefeller Center from April 18 through 26.

Casa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Casa La Caleta  / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +37

Forget Flying Cars - Smart Cities Just Need Smart Citizens

00:00 - 1 April, 2014
Forget Flying Cars - Smart Cities Just Need Smart Citizens, Songdo In South Korea is a brand new city founded on smart city principles. Image Courtesy of Cisco
Songdo In South Korea is a brand new city founded on smart city principles. Image Courtesy of Cisco

This article by Carlo Ratti originally appeared in The European titled "The Sense-able City". Ratti outlines the driving forces behind the Smart Cities movement and explain why we may be best off focusing on retrofitting existing cities with new technologies rather than building new ones.

What was empty space just a few years ago is now becoming New Songdo in Korea, Masdar in the United Arab Emirates or PlanIT in Portugal — new “smart cities”, built from scratch, are sprouting across the planet and traditional actors like governments, urban planners and real estate developers, are, for the first time, working alongside large IT firms — the likes of IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft.

The resulting cities are based on the idea of becoming “living labs” for new technologies at the urban scale, blurring the boundary between bits and atoms, habitation and telemetry. If 20th century French architect Le Corbusier advanced the concept of the house as a “machine for living in”, these cities could be imagined as inhabitable microchips, or “computers in open air”.

Read on for more about the rise of Smart Cities

SAP Releases Rare Images of Architecture 'Selfies'

00:00 - 1 April, 2014
SAP Releases Rare Images of Architecture 'Selfies', Mies van der Rohe & Philip Johnson in front of a model of the Seagram Building in 1955. Image Courtesy of Society of Architecture Photography (SAP)
Mies van der Rohe & Philip Johnson in front of a model of the Seagram Building in 1955. Image Courtesy of Society of Architecture Photography (SAP)

In response to the recent popularity of "selfies" in social media, The Society of Architecture Photography (SAP) has racked their archives to release a few rare images of what the society is calling "architecture selfies" - images taken by architects in front of their works. SAP's Director, Chantelle Archambault, told us: "We weren't sure if we would find any at all, but we were pleasantly surprised to find seven - even one of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh in 1961. I suppose it's only natural - architects consider travel an integral part of their creative process, and a pilgrimage to a built work is one of the most rewarding experiences an architect can claim."

See all the newly released "architecture selfies" - including photographs of Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, and more - after the break...

Cocoon House / Studio Aula

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Cocoon House / Studio Aula, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Mitsuru Yoshida,Kyoko Hoshina
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Latest Illustration from Federico Babina: ARCHIPORTRAIT

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
The Latest Illustration from Federico Babina: ARCHIPORTRAIT, Toyo Ito. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina
Toyo Ito. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the extremely popular ARCHIST and ARCHICINE, has just released his latest project: ARCHIPORTRAIT, "an artistic representation of 33 architects, in which the faces and the expressions are made of their architecture." As Babina says, "The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the protagonist through his aesthetic."

See all the portraits - from Corbu to Foster to Gehry and more - after the break.

Le Corbusier. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Mario Botta. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Daniel Libeskind. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Norman Foster. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina +33

AD Classics: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
AD Classics: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute / Philip Johnson, © Ezra Stoller/Esto
© Ezra Stoller/Esto

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a Modern masterpiece and revolutionary precedent of American museum design.  Located in Utica, New York, it was the first of many influential cultural facilities designed by Philip Johnson.  Also known as the Museum of Art, the structure represents a stylistic turning point in Johnson’s career, marking the end of his loyalty to the International Style and the beginning of his experimentation with Neo-Classicism.

© Ezra Stoller/Esto © Ezra Stoller/Esto © Ezra Stoller/Esto © Ezra Stoller/Esto +11

Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Airbnb’s European Operations Hub in Dublin / Heneghan Peng Architects, © Ed Reeve
© Ed Reeve

© Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    4 South Lotts Road, Dublin, Ireland
  • Project Principal

    Shih-Fu Peng, Roisin Heneghan
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Redevelopment of the Praia dos Moinhos Beach / M-Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Redevelopment of the Praia dos Moinhos Beach / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Collaborators

    Diana Policarpo, Pedro Cordeiro
  • Area

    1025.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Paulo Goulart

House Twisted / Alphaville Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
House Twisted / Alphaville Architects, © Ichiro Sugioka
© Ichiro Sugioka

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino +26

Farrell's Architecture Review: 60 Ways to Improve the UK

00:00 - 1 April, 2014
Farrell's Architecture Review: 60 Ways to Improve the UK, Farrell believes that planning needs to be more proactive: "You could buy a plot of land, get lucky, and have a Shard built in your back garden. The tallest building in Europe was never on anyone's plan, yet it stands there today". Image © Renzo Piano
Farrell believes that planning needs to be more proactive: "You could buy a plot of land, get lucky, and have a Shard built in your back garden. The tallest building in Europe was never on anyone's plan, yet it stands there today". Image © Renzo Piano

After a year of gathering evidence and consultation, Sir Terry Farrell's review of UK architecture has finally been released. The review, commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, includes 60 proposals to improve the quality of the UK's built environment, targeting a wide range of groups including education, planning, government and developers.

Vaizey has urged everyone involved in the construction industry to get behind the report, saying that it "needs to kick-start a national debate" in order to achieve its aims.

Read on for some of the recommendations from the report

A Vertical City for Suburban Detroit Places in eVolo Skyscraper Competition

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
A Vertical City for Suburban Detroit Places in eVolo Skyscraper Competition, © Daniel Markiewicz & Mark Talbot
© Daniel Markiewicz & Mark Talbot

CAR and SHELL or Marinetti’s Monster, recently awarded second place in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, asks pertinent questions about an "insatiable" desire for growth in urban centres. Based on the premise that we "can no longer stand idly by and watch our cities consume themselves with an anxious need for expansion", Daniel Markiewicz and Mark Talbot's proposal seeks to demonstrate what a "city in the sky" could look like in suburban DetroitThe project is conceived as a vertical neighbourhood, or "a rich vertical urban fabric." Three main grids (streets, pedestrian pathways, and structure) are intertwined to create a box-shaped wireframe to which traditional/contemporary houses and other diverse programs (such as recreational and commercial areas) can be plugged in.

Residence the Grands Jardins / Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Residence the Grands Jardins / Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes, © Alexandre Guilbeault
© Alexandre Guilbeault

© Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault +26

  • Location

    Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, QC G0A, Canada
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs