Kulturbau and mall / Benthem Crouwel Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
© Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner +27

AD Interviews: Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

01:00 - 1 April, 2013

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the directors of the UK firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects who received the World Building of the Year Award for their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.

Demystifying the London Airport Conundrum with Ricky Burdett

00:00 - 1 April, 2013

There's no denying that London's airport capacity is insufficient (to put it mildly) - not just for its current needs, but, most worryingly, for the future. Nor are architects ignorant to the situation; in the last few years we've published proposals from the likes of Foster+PartnersZaha Hadid ArchitectsBeckett Ravine, and Grimshaw Architects, offering their own unique perspectives on what could be done.

However, for all the proposals (some emphasizing new off-shore airports, others on bulking up infrastructure or existing facilities), it's hard to untangle what's actually being done towards making these ideas reality. To clarify the situation, and lay our doubts at rest, we spoke with Ricky Burdett, one of the commissioners of the newly created Independent Airports Commission.    

In the video above, Burdett, a renowned architect and professor of Urban Studies at the LSE (who has previously served as architecural advisor for both the 2012 London Olympics and the Mayor of London, 2001-2006), explains the political situation in the UK that has been preventing action, and describes how the Independent Airports Commission has been assembled in order to help the government through this process. 

More info on this controversial commission, after the break... 

Collective Eco-Housing La Canopée / Patrick Arotcharen Architecte

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
© Vincent Monthiers
© Vincent Monthiers

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers +27

Zhongwei Cultural Complex / hpa

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex
Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhongwei, Ningxia, China
  • Area

    80000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex

Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex +80

Call for Projects: Eme3 International Architecture Festival 2013

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Call for Projects: Eme3 International Architecture Festival 2013, Courtesy of Eme3
Courtesy of Eme3

Bringing together the new producers of emergent architecture in a space for experimentation, display and debate, eme3 just launched the period for the submission of projects to take part in the 8th edition of eme3 Festival to be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats. Inviting architects, designers and artists to present innovative and unconventional projects that go beyond common trends in urban planning and construction, they are searching for projects that are product of a critical reflection to reality, with an eye on the political, economic and social context. Submissions are due no later than April 19. For more information, please visit here.

Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York, Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design
Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design

As part of Season of Cambodia, a multidisciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York CityParsons The New School for Design and Cambodian Living Arts will be presenting a two-day colloquium titled, 'Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York'. Taking place April 6-7, the event will bring together artists, performers, curators, arts managers, scholars and students in a series of facilitated workshops and discussions on how to make the arts central to a sustainable future in Cambodia, in the face of rapid growth and urban development. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit here.

ArchDaily partners with Google for Google Nose BETA

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
ArchDaily partners with Google for Google Nose BETA, High Line Park smells wet / Photo by Marcin Wichary / http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/
High Line Park smells wet / Photo by Marcin Wichary / http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/

We know a good idea when we see it. That's why as soon as we heard about Google Nose we decided to call our friends at Google and work something between both of us. Google has the power to bring you the scent of food, animals, and all sort of things. But what about buildings? That's were we come in.

Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site, © via Opportunity Detroit
© via Opportunity Detroit

In an effort to generate innovative ideas for the re-use of one of the most important building sites in Detroit’s redeveloping downtown, Rock Ventures LLC has collaborated with Opportunity Detroit to launch the open ideas competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site. Entrants are challenged to create compelling visions for a new urban development on the famous 92,421 square foot Hudson's site that would play a significant role in the regeneration of downtown Detroit. 

Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy

00:00 - 1 April, 2013
Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy , © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

An intense gender debate has been making headlines after Denise Scott Brown called for Pritzker to “salute the notion of joint creativity” and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown’s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard’s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid, along with MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, architecture photographer Iwan Baan, Rice School of Architecture dean Sarah Whiting, and Berkeley College of Environmental Design dean Jennifer Wolch. 

Responding to the outrage, Martha Thorne, executive director of Pritzker Prize, promised to “refer this important matter to the current jury at their next meeting”, respectfully pointing out that this presents an “unusual situation” considering each Laureate is chosen annually by a panel of independent jurors who change over the years. 

Call for Projects: East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Call for Projects: East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013, Courtesy of Arhitext Design Foundation
Courtesy of Arhitext Design Foundation

Open to all architects, designers, urban planners, and landscape architects from any of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Arhitext design Foundation, editor of Arhitext magazine, recently launched an open call for projects to be presented at the Trans(ap)parencies Thematic Exhibition, at the 2013 East Centric Architecture in Bucharest, Romania. Inheriting a common history, the architecture of this region defines its identity today by making renewed use of local resources and by taking a critical stance with respect to international mainstream trends. For this reason they feel the need for a thematic exhibition. The deadline for submissions is April 11. For more information, please visit here.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

17:00 - 31 March, 2013

Kickstarter: New Model Library in Africa

09:00 - 31 March, 2013

With only 3% of Africa’s 1 billion population capable of accessing broadband internet and the wealth of information it provides, a multidisciplinary team, led by a strategic partnership between Architecture for Humanity, Gensler, Son & Sons, Librarians Without Borders, has embarked on an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to create a network of low-cost, digitally powered, revenue-generating libraries “deployed along the expanding fiber optic infrastructure in the developing world.”

If successful, Librii will become the first library to actively engage users as content creators, while operating on a sustainable business model and maximizing the potential of high-speed information exchange in developing markets.

Learn more about this initiative and support their Kickstarter campaing here

House in Minoh / Fujiwarramuro Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2013
House in Minoh / Fujiwarramuro Architects, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +15

House House / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 31 March, 2013
House House / Austin Maynard Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +50

Four Faces: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Atelier WHY

01:00 - 31 March, 2013
Four Faces: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Atelier WHY, Courtesy of Atelier WHY
Courtesy of Atelier WHY

Designed for the Collider Activity Center competition, Atelier WHY's ‘Four Faces’ proposal presents a diversity of images rather than one unified experience. With the building containing many different activities, the architects were interested in branding activities with different concepts.  They focused on how to convey the variety of activities happening inside to those who are outside though the shape of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

FBI's Brutalist Hoover Building Faces Serious Makeover

00:00 - 31 March, 2013
FBI's Brutalist Hoover Building Faces Serious Makeover, © Jeffrey MacMillan via The Washington Post
© Jeffrey MacMillan via The Washington Post

“Originally seen to reflect the democratic attributes of a powerful civic expression - authenticity, honesty, directness, strength - the forceful nature of Brutalist aesthetics eventually came to signify precisely the opposite: hostility, coldness, inhumanity. [...] Separated from its original context and reduced in meaning, Brutalism became an all-too-easy pejorative, a term that suggests these buildings were designed with bad intentions.” - “BRUTAL”/“HEROIC” by Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik 

Brutalism, an architectural movement that peaked in the 1960's, inspired the development of countless governmental buildings in Washington DC as well as across the world. Though Brutalism's original intentions may have been good, many believe that the actual manifestation of these buildings was not and consider them to be little more than an eyesore on the District's landscape. One such concrete structure, the FBI's J. Hoover Building, is currently facing possible redevelopment as the government has decided to relocate FBI headquarters and given the private sector the rare opportunity to transform this so-called "monolith" into a new kind of monument.

More on the Hoover Building after the break...

Museum of Underwater Antiquities Competition Entry / Charry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2013
Museum of Underwater Antiquities Competition Entry / Charry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects  + Georges Batzios Architects, Courtesy of harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects  + Georges Batzios Architects
Courtesy of harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios Architects

Designed by Charry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios Architects, their proposal for the Piraeus Museum of Underwater Antiquities, which received an honorable mention, was divided in two elements based on the notion of ‘Viollet-le-Duc’: the negative element being the void, whilst the positive being the vertical and horizontal elements that define a space (walls and slabs). The link between these two elements, which defines the unity of the space is man. Therefore, the architectural space cannot be applied without the presence of man. More images and architects' description after the break.