MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam

15:01 - 16 May, 2016
MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

A little over a month since Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV announced a new temporary urban structure—a 180-step staircase, 29 meters tall and 57 meters long—for the heart of city of Rotterdam, the project has been officially opened. Those who ascend the staircase will find a temporary observation deck looking over Rotterdam Centraal, a rooftop bar, and the temporary reopening of the Kriterion cinema that was last active in the 1960s.

Nursery School in Zubieta Extension / Estudio Urgari

15:00 - 16 May, 2016
Nursery School in Zubieta Extension / Estudio Urgari, © Jorge Allende
© Jorge Allende
  • Architects

  • Location

    20170 Zubieta, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Patxi Gastaminza, Jose Javier Uranga, Itziar Modrego, Jesús Etxeberria
  • Area

    331.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende +16

Minus5 Architects & Studio Mr. White Propose "Art Facade" for the Burj Khalifa

14:10 - 16 May, 2016

The Burj Kahlifa has been the world’s tallest building since 2009, and last year the Dubai-based supertall broke another record by implementing the world's largest LED-illuminated facade. Building on these accomplishments, Minus5 Architects in collaboration with Studio Mr. White, has proposed using LED technology to create scale silhouettes of architectural monuments from around the world on the facade, including the Empire State Building, Beijing's CCTV Tower, London's Shard, Toronto's CN Tower, Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers, and others.  

CCP Pavilion / + República Portátil

13:00 - 16 May, 2016
CCP Pavilion  /  + República Portátil, © Gino Zavala Bianchi
© Gino Zavala Bianchi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza de la Independencia - Bernardo O'Higgins 630, Concepción, Concepción, Región del Bío Bío, Chile
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi +37

Foster + Partners' Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval

12:10 - 16 May, 2016
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Heller Manus Architects, has received permission from the San Francisco Planning Commission for Oceanwide Center. The 2.3 million square foot (215,000 square meter) development is part of the Transbay development plan, to provide increased density to the city’s South of Market district (SOMA). The plan calls for two buildings, the 605-foot Mission Street Tower, with a hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower along First Street. In addition, the project creates new public spaces and pedestrian connections at the base of the towers, simultaneously restoring and revitalizing two historic buildings on the site.

Courtesy of dbox & Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners +7

SMF-TU. Social Medical Facility / BAarqs

11:00 - 16 May, 2016
SMF-TU. Social Medical Facility  / BAarqs, Courtesy of BAarqs
Courtesy of BAarqs
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Toscas, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Guillermo Banchini, Ezequiel Manasseri, Marcos Dana, Bruno Bolognesi
  • Project Leaders

    Guillermo Banchini, Ezequiel Manasseri
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BAarqs

Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs +29

"An Alignment of Missions": Why MIT Will Be a Major Player in the 2016 Venice Biennale

10:10 - 16 May, 2016
"An Alignment of Missions": Why MIT Will Be a Major Player in the 2016 Venice Biennale, Brussels Foodmet. A large, mixed-use market building in the immigrant neighborhood of Anderlect, Belgium by ORG Permanent Modernity. The ORG project team includes MIT professor and ORG partner, Alexander D’Hooghe, and MIT alumnus Kobi Rutherberg. Image Courtesy of Filip Dujardin
Brussels Foodmet. A large, mixed-use market building in the immigrant neighborhood of Anderlect, Belgium by ORG Permanent Modernity. The ORG project team includes MIT professor and ORG partner, Alexander D’Hooghe, and MIT alumnus Kobi Rutherberg. Image Courtesy of Filip Dujardin

This interview was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "MIT on the Frontier: An Interview with Hashim Sarkis."

At this year's Biennale, "Reporting from the Front," MIT will have an unusually widespread presence. Ten full-time and visiting faculty, six alumni, and a handful of other MIT-affiliates (many invited by curator Alejandro Aravena himself) will contribute to over 15 installations, including "Rwanda Droneport," a full-scale earthen masonry shell designed by Norman Foster, which will serve as a small airport for drones delivering supplies to inaccessible areas of Rwanda, and "Courtyard House Plug-In," a prefabricated building system designed to be inserted into Beijing's dilapidated courtyard houses. To discuss MIT's significance on the architectural stage today, we spoke with the Dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, Hashim Sarkis, who, it was recently announced, will also serve on the Biennale jury.

House in Llano Grande / Plan B Arquitectos

09:00 - 16 May, 2016
House in Llano Grande  / Plan B Arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +31

Green Academy: Call for Entries

08:30 - 16 May, 2016
Green Academy: Call for Entries

  • Cash prizes: 20.000 €
  • Subject: open architectural competition
  • Target: Designers, Architects, Students, Professionals
  • Location: Marzabotto (Bologna, Italy)

As the planet is quickening its pace towards 8 billion inhabitants and the effects of the anthropic action on the terrestrial ecosystem are becoming clear, a different environmental awareness is not an optional attitude anymore, but an urgent need that cannot be postponed.

In a society that consumes and pollutes at a quicker pace than the earth can stand, we need new ideas to face pointless alarmism and misguided scepticism. DISMECO srl -- a leading company in Europe in the disposal and recycling of electrical equipment -- has been pledging for years to create a more sustainable future through a more widespread action in reusing and treating complex waste.

WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn

08:00 - 16 May, 2016
WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn, Courtesy of WXY
Courtesy of WXY

Design firm WXY architecture + urban design has released plans for a reconnection of nearly 50 acres of public space between downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Called The Brooklyn Strand, the project seeks to create a more appealing and accessible waterfront, while transforming the quality of public space in the area.

Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia

06:00 - 16 May, 2016
Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled their design for the new Tebrau Waterfront Residences, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The new two million square-meter waterfront community will combine villas and high-rise residential towers with a variety of commercial programs and a hotel.

Isa & David House / Pepe Gascón Arquitectura

05:00 - 16 May, 2016
Isa & David House / Pepe Gascón Arquitectura , © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +22

New Power Station / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

03:00 - 16 May, 2016
New Power Station  / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

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Undefined Playground / B.U.S Architecture

02:00 - 16 May, 2016
Undefined Playground  / B.U.S Architecture, © Kyung Roh
© Kyung Roh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Byungyup Lee, Hyemi Park, Jihyun Park, Seonghak Cho
  • Area

    14.64 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh +33

Bower House / Andrew Simpson Architects

20:00 - 15 May, 2016
Bower House  / Andrew Simpson Architects , © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carlton North VIC 3054, Australia
  • Project Team

    Andrew Simpson, Michael Barraclough, Mel Buettikofer, Emma Parkinson
  • Builder

    Overend Constructions
  • Area

    176.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +26

Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Island Memorial in the Firing Line Over Accessibility Dispute

16:00 - 15 May, 2016
Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Island Memorial in the Firing Line Over Accessibility Dispute, Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC
Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC

Throughout the four years since the opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, New York City Hall has been arguing with the nonprofit group, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, over whether the park is adequately accessible to disabled people, reports The New York Times.

The park was designed from 1972 to 1974—before the advent of the American With Disabilities Act of 1990—by architect Louis Kahn, who died in Pennsylvania Station carrying the plans for the finished memorial. At its southernmost end the park features a 12-by-60-foot sunken terrace that, ironically, President Roosevelt himself would not have been able to use with his wheelchair.

National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure

14:00 - 15 May, 2016
National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure, Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)
Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)

A group of 20 students from the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V), along with chief of project Frank Rambert, have designed and built a small-scale building based on the theme of “The Minimum Habitat.”

Over a period of four months, students created individual projects meant to display, in a minimum number of square meters, the space that a person needs to live. A jury then selected one project to be built. This project covers a total of 12 square meters, with a five square meter footprint.

Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) +31

CSI-IDEA Building / Juan Blázquez + Oficina Técnica Municipal Ayuntamiento Alhaurín de la Torre

13:00 - 15 May, 2016
CSI-IDEA Building / Juan Blázquez + Oficina Técnica Municipal Ayuntamiento Alhaurín de la Torre, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +24