The Benefits of Modern Design

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
The Benefits of Modern Design, Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds
Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

To become an architect is to learn to fall in love with clean lines, pure functionality, and minimal simplicity. Which is why it’s so hard for us to understand why the majority of clients remain so tied to their “traditional” homes. You must understand that, for the typical home-buyer, a modern home seems “cold” and “austere” - even “clinical.” 

ZENSE: The Rebirth / Department of Architecture

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
© Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +14

Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition, Courtesy of FolkMOMA
Courtesy of FolkMOMA

As we reported yesterday, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced their plans to demolish the 12-year old American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams & Bille Tsien. The MoMA, which has planned a new expansion on either side of Williams & Tsien’s building, claims that the building will prevent the floors from lining up and thus must be demolished. Moreover, officials claim that the building's opaque facade isn’t in keeping with the MOMA’s glass aesthetic.

Designers and architects, outraged by the MoMA's decision to destroy such a young and architecturally important part of New York's urban fabric, are now challenging the validity of the MoMA's claim. Not only has a petition been started to prevent the demolition, but many are pleading with MoMa to consider how the Folk Art Museum could be integrated into the new expansion. In fact, a Tumblr - crowdsourcing ideas for potential re-designs - has even been set-up. 

See more designers' reactions & suggestions on how to save the American Folk Art Museum, after the break...

Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow,  Louis Kahn Looking at His Tetrahedral Ceiling in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Image © Lionel Freedman. Yale University Art Gallery Archives Transfer.
Louis Kahn Looking at His Tetrahedral Ceiling in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Image © Lionel Freedman. Yale University Art Gallery Archives Transfer.

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

Does shadow have the power to give form to architecture? The increasing number of transparent buildings and LED installations would enforce the impression that light has eliminated the relevance of shadow. But to answer that question, let’s look back to a master of light whose architecture was shaped by shadow: Louis Kahn.

More Light Matters, after the break…

Community Pavilion at Jintao Village / Scenic Architecture

01:00 - 23 April, 2013

Atali Ganga / RLDA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Atali Ganga / RLDA, Courtesy of Asif Khan
Courtesy of Asif Khan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rishikesh
  • Architect in Charge

    Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh
  • Design Team

    Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh, Kushal Lachchwani, Sajal Das, Ajay Saini
  • Structural

    S.D Construction
  • Area

    2045.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan +25

Office+Showroom for DK / Megabudka

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Courtesy of Megabudka
Courtesy of Megabudka
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Сredits

    Kirill Gubernatorov, Andrey Samonaev, Artem Ukropov, Daria Listopad, Svetlana Tverdova
  • Constructor

    Igor Zavarov
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Megabudka

Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka Courtesy of Megabudka +10

Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Competition

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Competition, Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Jacques Rougerie, a famous French Sea oriented architect, had the chance during his career to receive help and support from those who believed in his talent. Open to everyone, his foundation, the Jacques Rougerie Foundation, has launched an International Competition which aspires to offer a unique opportunity for students in architecture, engineering or design, from all around the world to make their projects come true, or simply to reward their creativity. The competition aims to reward the most innovative, creative and bold projects at the service of architectural innovation, relative to topics that are dear to the foundation; Water and Space. The deadline for entries is May 28. For more information, please visit here.

Profile House / Black Line One X Architecture Studio

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Profile House / Black Line One X Architecture Studio, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +21

TechTown District Plan / Sasaki Associates

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
TechTown District Plan / Sasaki Associates, Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

The TechTown District Plan by Sasaki Associates articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. An emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit, this town is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The architects' concept, however, aims to accelerate innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and build community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting. More images and architects' description after the break.

Un Zeste de Citron / Y. Architectes

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Priest, Rhône, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Area

    238.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert +10

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / APTUM Architecture

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / APTUM Architecture, Courtesy of APTUM Architecture
Courtesy of APTUM Architecture

Designed by APTUM Architecture, their proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina, titled MI’RAJ, is about a journey of ascension to prayer and the spatial experience that evolves. As the ascension to prayer begins, a sequence of events unfolds. As a result of the Islamic community of Pristina searching for a unifying symbol and identity that can bring together many disparate mosques scattered throughout the city, the proposal harnesses that need and brings together a sense of place and provides public space for the greater good of the community. More images and architects' description after the break.

Municipal Funeral Home Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete / dra arquitectos

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Municipal Funeral Home Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete  / dra arquitectos, © Miguel Souto
© Miguel Souto
  • Architects

  • Location

    02650 Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete, Spain
  • Project Architect

    DRA, Díaz Romero
  • Client

    Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Montealegre del Castillo
  • Area

    181.17 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto +14

112 Emergency Service Extremadura Office / Daniel Jiménez + Jaime Olivera

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
112 Emergency Service Extremadura Office / Daniel Jiménez + Jaime Olivera , © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +32

Covered Frontón in Ajangiz / Blur Arquitectura

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Covered Frontón in Ajangiz / Blur Arquitectura, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barrio Mendieta
  • Architect in Charge

    Alex Borrás, Enric Farrerons, Octavio Pérez
  • Project Architects

    Juan José Valdecantos, Iván Caro
  • Area

    1445.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +19

Muyidong / Joh Sungwook Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Muyidong / Joh Sungwook Architects, © Kim Yong Kwan
© Kim Yong Kwan

© Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan +51

Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects, Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects
Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects

The proposal for Healthy Urbanism is a collaboration between a visionary client, a health scientist and ISA - Interface Studio Architects to investigate the potential for health outcomes to influence large-scale neighborhood and building design. The consulting team developed a conceptual tool in order to bring spatial design and health outcomes into communication with one another. “The Matrix” is a key proposal of the work which creates a bridge between health-related research and literature, factors, health impacts, program, and design parameters. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in Bragança Paulista / Centro Arquitetura

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
House in Bragança Paulista / Centro Arquitetura, © Pregnolato & Kusuki
© Pregnolato & Kusuki
  • Arquitetos

  • Localização

    Bragança Paulista
  • Author

    Carlos Ferrata
  • Collaborator

    Patrícia Grimaldi Abud
  • Area

    165.0 m2
  • Ano do projeto

    2009
  • Fotografias

© Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki +20