Resin Interpretation Centre / Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez

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Architects: Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez
Location: Calle Molino, 21, 47330 Traspinedo, Valladolid,
Area: 234.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez

AD App Guide: Morpholio Board 2.0.

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Consistently ranked as among some of the best digital tools available for architects and designers, the team behind the Morpholio Project today release 2.0., the second version of their moodboard and layout app for iOS. The app has been made possible by a number of collaborations with high profile interior designers in order to develop a ‘gallery’ of “significant design objects”, with contributions from the likes of Dyson, Herman Miller, and Knoll. For the past year Morpholio have ”assembled research groups and canvased design leaders worldwide” in order to better understand the power and potential of the ‘board’. The general consensus was that getting style, products, and sketching onto a single platform could “change the way designers access, build, and share ideas.”

Textilmacher / tillicharchitektur

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Architects: tillicharchitektur
Location: Munich,
Architect In Charge: Kurt Tillich
Area: 1135.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Compensis

The Maiden Tower / Marte Marte Architekten

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Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: 6835 ,
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Lins

Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes

© Eugeni Pons

Architects: RCR Arquitectes
Location: Carrer Comte Borrell, 44, 08015 ,
Project Architects: RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
Project Area: 4171.0 m2
Project Year: 2007
Photography: Eugeni Pons

© Denis De Mesmaeker
© Denis De Mesmaeker

A Future Without Slums: Too Good to be True?

As the tide of urban migration sweeps across the developing world, cities experience an overpowering pressure to provide basic services such as electricity and sewage treatment to an enormous amount of people building illegal shacks on city outskirts. When they fail, the slum is born – but is it possible for a city to expand without slums? In Hanoi, Vietnam, officials hope to answer this question, with a number of tactics that have led to a “culture of semi-legal construction.” Read this article in The Guardian to learn how Hanoi manages to curb slums and provide a basic standard of living to its poorest inhabitants.

Step Inside This Brain-Like Pavilion for an Eerie Architectural Light Show

Have you ever wondered what a thought might look like traveling through your brain? In a recent installation in Moscow‘s Nikola-Lenivets park, media design firm Radugadesign animated the inner workings of the human brain with an innovative video projection. Universal Mind, a sculptural installation by artist Nikolay Polisskyserves as the immobile backdrop for the elaborate video mapping project. Over the course of nearly eight minutes, Polissky’s brain-like sculpture explodes into a maelstrom of light and sound, with carefully curated streams of energetic colour interspersed with dark scenes of manufactured glimmering starlight.

The New Media Night Festival orchestrated the installation on July 5th with over five thousand in attendance across the three-day festival. park is home to 28 different public sculptural installations.

Early Excellence Centre Munich / Boesel Benkert Hohberg Architekten

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Architects: Boesel Benkert Hohberg Architekten
Location: Heinrich-Böll-Straße 133, 81829 ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Henning Koepke

Drawings from Famous Architects’ Formative Stages to be Exhibited in St. Louis

, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum

As a student of architecture, the formative years of study are a period of wild experimentation, bizarre use of materials, and most importantly, a time to make mistakes. Work from this period in the life of an architect rarely floats to the surface – unless you’re Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, that is. A treasure trove of early architectural drawings from the world’s leading architects has recently been unearthed from the private collection of former Architectural Association Chairman Alvin Boyarsky. The collection is slated to be shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, as a part of the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association from September 12th to January 4th, 2015.

Take a look at the complete set of architects and drawings for the exhibition after the break.

Two Houses Conde / Hitzig Militello arquitectos

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Architects: Hitzig Militello arquitectos
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Hitzig, Leonardo G. Militello
Area: 182.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian

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34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

“I feel a misfit in my own time,” says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world’s leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. “From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation,” says Koolhaas, adding ”I’m very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue.”

Read on after the break for more summary of the fascinating lecture

Koolhaas stands at the intersection of art and architecture, deliberating on the evolution of museum design. Using the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron as an example, Koolhaas states: “In order to fill spaces like this, artists are forced into an apocalyptic mode as only very strong emotions register – this is not a space you can fill with delicacy.” Koolhaas’ solution to the apocalyptic problem can be found in his recent design for the renovation of Galeries Lafayette, a heritage protected building in Paris with zero tolerance for structural modification. The design calls for movable floors installed in a steel-framed courtyard – the only intervention available in the listed building. “The beauty of preservation is that it begins with acknowledging that another architecture is worth keeping,” concludes Koolhaas.

“Atelier of the Future” Competition Results Announced

First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński

The  of the Future competition asked entrants to design a “creative and artistic vision of an atelier.” Having been organised by FAKRO, in conjunction with A10 New European Architecture magazine, the proposals also were required to feature at least three FAKRO products (roof lights and windows) as part of a space which is functional, technologically astute, and able to “create the appropriate mood to stimulate creative visions.”

With sixty two entries in total, a third of which were from Poland and 90% of which were from within Europe, the jury deliberated entries that “stimulated [their] imaginations and provoked a set of reflections about the possible futures of architecture and its fields for action.” Divided among themes which ranged from projects associated with Industry, to Nature, to Water, entrants proposed solutions for “underwater resorts, skylofts, subterranean spaces, derelict areas, wheels of fortune and metabolist towers.”

See the winning entries after the break.

Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA

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Architects: DJA
Location: Sigulda, Siguldas pilsēta,
Architect In Charge: Didzis Jaunzems, Klinta Pickaine
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ernests Sveisbergs

Brasov Tower / Point 4 Space

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Architects: Point 4 Space
Location: Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu, Brașov,
Architects In Charge: Radu Enescu, Constantin Goagea, Justin Baroncea
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

© Luca Santiago Mora

Architects: Bianco + Gotti Architetti
Location: 24030 Palazzago Bergamo,
Project Team: Angelo Bianco, Mara Gotti
Area: 1598.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

Courtesy of Docomomo International
Courtesy of Docomomo International

“Expansion and Conflict”: 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political expansion from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia? The 13th International Docomomo Conference, hosted in Asia for the first time, seeks to explore the powerful complexities of expansion and conflict. Examining the effects of the expansion of a Eurocentric design philosophy into distinctly individual, pre-existing yet violently colonized cultures, the organization declares that “conflict is not necessarily a pejorative but…a challenge for the future.”

CASAVAL / Jaime Rouillon Oviedo

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Architects: Jaime Rouillon Oviedo
Location: Escazu,
Collaborators: Elecmeza, Guidi Estructurales
Area: 6000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pucci

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London?

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London is the world’s most expensive city to build in, but the reasons may surprise you. The city is well known for its high cost of living despite being far less crowded than cities such as Tokyo and New York. In fact, commercial real estate in London’s West End costs nearly twice as much as similarly sized spaces on New York’s Madison Avenue.

This video from the Economist reveals how these high costs arise thanks to the city’s historic infrastructure. Vast networks of underground tunnels, unexploded World War II bombs, ancient Roman ruins, and narrow medieval roads all make in the city a highly specialized endeavor. These difficulties, combined with strict historical preservation regulations drive up costs even more. However, architects and developers are not deterred, and are willing to pay high prices for the privilege of building in London.