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Copenhagen's Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green

00:00 - 24 March, 2014
Copenhagen's Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In an enlightening interview on Future Cape Town, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen discusses what it is that makes Copenhagen, and Denmark as a whole, such a green-focused society. The key it seems goes beyond simple politics, stemming from a combination of early adoption, a robust and widely appreciated welfare system and a culture of collaborative innovation. You can read the full interview here.

Island House / Peter Rose + Partners

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Island House / Peter Rose + Partners, © Matthew Snyder
© Matthew Snyder

© Matthew Snyder © Matthew Snyder © Matthew Snyder © Matthew Snyder +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edgartown, MA, United States
  • Design Team

    Peter Rose, AIA, FRAIC; Matthew Snyder; Stani Iordanova, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Grace Escano; Alex Yoon
  • Area

    6300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Centro De Artes Nadir Afonso / Louise Braverman

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Centro De Artes Nadir Afonso / Louise Braverman, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boticas, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Artur Afonso, John Gillham, Yugi Hsiao, Jing Liu, Snow Liu, Medha Singh
  • Local Architect

    Paulo Pereira Almeida
  • Area

    1858.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Courtyard House / Atelier Sacha Cotture

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Courtyard House / Atelier Sacha Cotture, © Luca Tettoni
© Luca Tettoni

© Luca Tettoni © Luca Tettoni © Luca Tettoni © Luca Tettoni +18

Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?, The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

In an entertaining take on the events that led BIG to completely redesign their winning competition entry for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan describes the new design as "ridiculously anonymous," "a huge — and almost hilarious — departure from the personality and warmth of the original design." She asks the residents of Park City, whose outrage forced the redesign, "are you happy now?" Read the full article here.

Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops + Juan Domingo

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops  + Juan Domingo, Courtesy of Saeta estudi
Courtesy of Saeta estudi

Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi Courtesy of Saeta estudi +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Passeig Calvell, 45, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Bet Cantallops, Pere Ortega , Lluís Cantallops, Juan Domingo
  • Area

    12290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

A Theory of Architecture Part 1: Pattern Language vs. Form Language

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
A Theory of Architecture Part 1: Pattern Language vs. Form Language, Galleria di Diana in Venaria Royal Palace, an example of Classical architecture. The Classical Language is an example of an "extremely successful form language". Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Galleria di Diana in Venaria Royal Palace, an example of Classical architecture. The Classical Language is an example of an "extremely successful form language". Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com

As you may have seen, ArchDaily has been publishing UNIFIED ARCHITECTURAL THEORY, by the urbanist and controversial theorist Nikos A. Salingaros, in serial form. However, in order to explain certain concepts in greater detail, we have decided to pause this serialization and publish three excerpts from another of Salingaros’  books: A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. The following excerpt, the first, explains the terms “Pattern Language” (as well as“antipatterns") and “Form Language.”

Design in architecture and urbanism is guided by two distinct complementary languages: a pattern language, and a form language

The pattern language contains rules for how human beings interact with built forms — a pattern language codifies practical solutions developed over millennia, which are appropriate to local customs, society, and climate. 

A form language, on the other hand, consists of geometrical rules for putting matter together. It is visual and tectonic, traditionally arising from available materials and their human uses rather than from images. Different form languages correspond to different architectural traditions, or styles. The problem is that not all form languages are adaptive to human sensibilities. Those that are not adaptive can never connect to a pattern language. Every adaptive design method combines a pattern language with a viable form language, otherwise it inevitably creates alien environments.

Architectural design is a highly complex undertaking. Heretofore, the processes at its base have not been made clear. There have been many attempts to clarify the design process, yet we still don’t have a design method that can be used by students and novices to achieve practical, meaningful, nourishing, human results. 

In the absence of a design method and accompanying criteria for judging a design, things have become very subjective, and therefore what is built today appears to be influenced largely by fashion, forced tastes, and an individual’s desire to garner attention through novel and sometimes shocking expressions.

This Chapter puts forward a theory of architecture and urbanism based on two distinct languages: the pattern language, and the form language

Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Consolidated Urbanism by Labor4plus Wins Lake Zwenkau Planning Competition, Courtesy of Labor4plus
Courtesy of Labor4plus

The winning entry of the Northern Shore Lake Zwenkau competition, which challenged select firms to introduce "holiday villages" and recreational activities to a small lake twenty minutes outside of LeipzigGermanywas proposed by Labor4plus. Dubbed "Yearning Spaces," the proposal envisions a Western harbor village that concentrates recreational activity along the northern coast of Lake Zenkau and connects to eastwardly located "hermit huts" via hiking trails paralleling the shore.

Gary Tatintsian Gallery / SPEECH Architectural Office

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Gary Tatintsian Gallery / SPEECH Architectural Office, Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office
Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office

Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office +17

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Andrey Perlich
  • Design Team

    M.Grishanov, A.Kozyreva, M.Rasskazova, A.Sokolnikova
  • Area

    1172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings, Sight lines to St Paul's Cathedral are the most fervently protected views in London. Image © Make Architects
Sight lines to St Paul's Cathedral are the most fervently protected views in London. Image © Make Architects

In this intriguing article in the TelegraphStephen Bayley critiques protecting cities' "traditional" view corridors out of nostalgia (or fear of bad architecture). On the premise that "not all development is bad" and that "the only cities that do not develop are dead ones", Bayley argues forcefully for better, rather than less, city building. You can read the full argument here.

Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group, © Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Spezia, Italy
  • Design Team

    E. Frigerio con D. Galletti, D. Bona, E. Masala, M. Torrigiani, M. Russotto, F. Valido e C. Ginocchio
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Espace Monestie / PPA

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Espace Monestie  / PPA, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaisance-du-Touch, France
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Competition Seeks Architects to Design Massive "Bridge Park" in D.C.

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Competition Seeks Architects to Design Massive "Bridge Park" in D.C., Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC
Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC

A Washington D.C. nonprofit (THEARC) has launched a nation-wide competition soliciting designs for the proposed 11th Street Bridge Park from architects and landscape architects. With the culmination of the competition, the committee hopes to select a design that connects and re-engages residents from both sides of the river with the each other and the water, while establishing a new civic space that serves as stimulator for economic development. 

Designated as a “21st century play space,” the new park will occupy a space spanning the length of three football fields across the Anacostia River. If approved, it would host a performance space, education center, cafe, water sport and activity areas, as well as integrate public art throughout landscape. 

You can learn more and register for the 11th Street Bridge Park competition here. A video providing insight on the location can be found after the break...

Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design, © Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    141/149 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Design Team

    Martin Heide, Megg Evans
  • Area

    25.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG, © Constantin Meyer
© Constantin Meyer

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer +7

Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board, Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe
Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe

As Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” And what detail could be more important than the door - that pivotal point where architecture first greets the user? To help inspire, we’ve created a new Pinterest board dedicated entirely to functionally adept and beautifully designed doorways. 

You can view the board, here, and continue after the break for a selection of the board’s most popular doors...

"Architects I Met": Interviewing Architects Around the Globe

00:00 - 22 March, 2014
"Architects I Met": Interviewing Architects Around the Globe, Cover: San Francisco City Book. Image Courtesy of Architects I Met
Cover: San Francisco City Book. Image Courtesy of Architects I Met

We're architects. We travel the world to meet the women and men who build our world.

Construction Begins on the Vast Platform for New York's Hudson Yards

00:00 - 22 March, 2014

The construction of Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in the history of the United States and currently the largest development in New York City since the Rockefeller Center, is gaining momentum. The vast infrastructural project in the heart of the city is set to enclose an active rail yard with an expansive platform, paving the way for 28 acres (and 17 million square feet) of commercial and residential space. Housing over 100 commercial units, 5000 residences, 14 acres of open public space, an enormous school and luxury hotel all on top of a working train depot, the project will directly connect to a new subway station and meet with the High Line.

Visualisation from Central Park © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Visualisation © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Phase One Visualisation © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards +10