The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats

Last week, Michael Graves attended a public conversation with Randy Gragg, director of The University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center to discuss the Portland Building, America’s first postmodern building. The discussion centered around the famed, 1980s building’s many problems – “dark, leaky and claustrophobic” interiors,” pedestrian-unfriendly parking garage, and more – asking Graves for his advice on whether the city should update it or tear it down. His response, “The whole idea of tearing the building down, it’s like killing a child… I don’t know how to react to that.” Read all of Graves’ responses to tenant complaints here on the Oregon Live.

K + S Selected to Design New “Skärvet” Neighborhood in Växjö

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Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects (K + S) has won first prize in a competition to design the “Skärvet” urban neighborhood in , Sweden. A starting point for Bäckaslöv, a long term vision for a sustainable community by developer Skanska, the new neighborhood will take shape along the railway line connecting to Norra Bergundasjon. 

BO House / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: , Antioquia, Colombia
Project Team: Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón, Alejandro Henao
Project Direction: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
Construction: Verónica Vásquez
Project Area: 300.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alejandro Arango

OSPA Wins Competition to Design Brazilian Sports Campus in Canoas

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OSPA Architecture and Urbanism has won a national competition for the new UFCSPA (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre) Campus Igara in , . The goal of the sports campus is to integrate itself within the community so it may serve as both a public institution and a public space. You can learn more about the winning scheme, after the break.

Critical Round-Up: Haworth Tompkins’ 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Win

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In the great tradition of the RIBA Stirling Prize, the announcement of Haworth TompkinsEveryman Theatre as the winner of the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize took many by surprise. The Everyman surpassed the public’s favourite, Mecanoo‘s Library of Birmingham, and the bookies’ (and many critics’) favourite, O’Donnell + Tuomey‘s LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre - as well as two household names in Zaha Hadid‘s Aquatics Centre and Renzo Piano‘s Shard.

In what was seen by many as the strongest shortlist in years, the underdog Everyman has emerged victorious. But was it a worthy winner? Read on after the break to find out what the critics made of this unexpected result.

Mulini Beach / Studio 3LHD

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Architects: Studio 3LHD
Location: ,
Area: 13515.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Insects and Humans Harmonize in a Symphony of Architectural Sound in this Roman Installation

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Within the walls of OFL Architecture‘s open-air wooden pavilion, the term “built environment” truly earns its keep. In Wunderbugs, humans become spectators of the natural world as insects toil away in six spherical ecosystems, and sensors weave movements into a web of data. Upon entering the pavilion, visitors are transformed into components of an interactive soundtrack harvested from the sensors and broadcast in the space, uniting the insect and human experience. The project was conceived for the second annual Maker Faire Europe in Rome, where it was installed earlier this month.

Enter the interactive acoustic experience of Wonderbugs after the break.

7N Architects Reveal Glasgow Masterplan

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Edinburgh-based 7N Architects has revealed their for Shawfield in Glasgow, a development containing 1.2 million square feet of “flexible business space” next to the River Clyde. Produced for the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company, the scheme aims to capitalize on the growth and investment that was brought to by this summer’s Commonwealth Games by providing “a nationally significant business district which will play a strong role in contributing to growth in Scotland‘s economy.”

House in Águeda / nu.ma

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Architects: nu.ma
Location: Casal, 3750,
Architect In Charge: Nuno Silva
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio

Wanderers Lodge / Garcia German Arquitectos

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Architects: Garcia German Arquitectos
Location: , Cantabria, Spain
Architect In Charge: Jacobo García-Germán
Design Team: Marta García Jiménez, Manuel del Río, Rebeka Záhonyi, Andrea Gutierrez, Olga González, Álvaro Sáez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge López Conde

N – House / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: Tokyo,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb
River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb

OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organized every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). The theme of the 2015 competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river. More information after the break.

Competition Entry: Fundamental Envisions “House of Hungarian Music” for Budapest

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Fundamental has shared with us their vision for the House of Hungarian Music, as part of the Liget Budapest Competition. Inspired by the Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic spires of the park’s monuments which surrounding it, the modest house features a folded, white canopy rooftop which illuminates its surroundings and provides natural light deep into its interiors.

More on Fundamental’s proposal, after the break.

A House Named Fred / in situ studio

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Architects: in situ studio
Location: , NC, USA
Area: 2369.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

The Windows of New York and São Paulo

-based graphic designer José Guizar’s captures the city’s eclectic array of windows through his weekly illustrations. Image Courtesy of José Guizar

A little over a year ago, New York City-based graphic designer José Guizar started illustrating an obsession of his that had quickly grown since moving into the city: New York’s varied and eclectic windows. “A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city,” Guizar writes on his website. “This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.”

Others have since been inspired by Guizar’s colorful and captivating homage to the windows of NYC, and earlier this year São Paulo-based Nara Rosetto began her own weekly illustrations of windows in South America’s largest city.

Ranging from Victorian and porthole windows to windows with security bars, planting boxes and the occasional cat, the windows are as varied as the cities and buildings they occupy.

Read on after the break for a journey through the windows of New York and São Paulo.

Tulane Students Upcycle Traffic Signs into Shade Canopy

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Tulane City Center and a team of Tulane architecture students worked together with the Lousiana Outdoor Outreach Program to design a shade structure made from traffic yield signs for a challenge course in City Park. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding tree canopy and the structure of the ropes course, the design team crafted a faceted, curving aluminum canopy suspended by steel cables with an earthen berm for seating below. More about the pavilion, after the break.

Emerging Voices: Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie

Joyce Hwang founded Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” according to the Architectural League. In her lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Hwang explains her fascination with the conflicted perceptions of urban wildlife, and discusses a series of projects that aim to incorporate diverse animal habitats into the built environment.

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

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Architects: BDP
Location: Croxteth, , , Merseyside L11, UK
Architect And Landscape Architect:
Area: 11000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Barbour