PETZL North America Headquarters and Distribution Center / ajc architects

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Architects: ajc architects
Location: 2929 Decker Lake Drive, , UT 84119, USA
Area: 81183.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Blakely Photography

Beyond “Things That Flicker”: The Next Step for Media Architecture

Reconciling ‘media’ and ‘architecture’ evokes clumsy associations with Times Square, screens, integrated LEDs, paparazzi, or more generally ‘things that flicker’. Image © Flickr CC User MK Feeney

From November 19-22 in Aarhus, the Media Architecture Biennale 2014 held in will feature the world premier of ”Mapping the Senseable City,” an exhibition of the now ten-year-old MIT Senseable Cities Lab’s collected works. The following essay was written by Matthew Claudel, a researcher at the Senseable Cities Lab, In response to this collection, exploring what the future holds for media architecture, and imploring it to explore ideas beyond “TV screens for living in.”

The Actuated Cathedral

Media architecture is emphatically ambiguous. The phrase has been pasted wholesale onto a dizzying array of projects and products. But beyond imprecision, media architecture is vexed by an inherent tension: media are networked, immediate, dynamic communication systems that reach people broadly, while architecture is sited, singular, and persistent in time. Reconciling the two evokes clumsy associations with Times Square, screens, integrated LEDs, paparazzi, or more generally things that flicker.

30 Social Housing Units in Nantes / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

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Architects: Antonini + Darmon Architectes
Location: Nantes,
Area: 3264.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Wasilewski, Valery Joncheray

View from the Top: Instagrammer Climbs NYC’s Tallest Building

Photo taken from 432 Park Ave, looking West. Image © Demid Lebedev

“The higher you get the lonelier the world seems.”

Seventeen-year-old Demid Lebedev, better known by his Instagram username Demidism, recently climbed to the top of 432 Park Avenue, capturing unprecedented views from what will be New York City’s tallest residential building. “I went to heaven and back,” writes Lebedev in one of the photo’s captions. Surrounded in fog, Lebedev captures views from distinct levels of the building, which is currently in its final stage of construction. 432 Park Avenue will top out at 1,398 feet, surpassing One57 and earning the crown as the city’s tallest residential building when it opens in 2015.

Yet following his climb, Lebedev was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and reckless endangerment, local press reported.

We caught up with Lebedev to learn what it’s like to climb to the top of the city’s tallest buildings and how the city changes as it extends upward. Read what Lebedev had to say and enjoy his stunning photos after the break.

© Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak
© Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

Three Talks to Debate the Future of Life on London’s Rivers

As part of the their Architecture for All programme, London‘s Old Royal Naval College is set to host three debates about the future planned along the River Thames, investigating the issues surrounding living, building and working on the City’s waterways in the years to come. The series is curated by Ellis Woodman, critic for the Architects’ Journal and the Architectural Review, who said: “Despite the fact that the riverfront is currently the subject of redevelopment proposals of unprecedented scale, London’s ambitions for the Thames have yet to be widely articulated or debated.” Details of the three events after the break.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio

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Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Location: , Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28,
Project Team: Thomas Heatherwick, Katerina Dionysopoulou, Eliot Postma, Alma Wang, Ville Saarikoski
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

2013 Visualization. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS
2013 Visualization. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS

Renzo Piano Comments on the Difficulties of Designing LA’s Motion Picture Academy

In discussion with Christopher Hawthorne of the LA TimesRenzo Piano has taken his comments of modesty – verging on “self-deprecation” – to a new level. In response to questions about the design of the proposed Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles he has said: “I don’t think it will be that bad. [...] Actually, I’m struggling to do something good.” Although Piano’s design has previously been met with criticisms from Hawthorne, the Italian architect notes in this latest interview that ”everything we’ve made at LACMA has been extremely complicated.” The project, which has already seen a major alteration in the core design team, remains set to complete in 2015.

Kuopio City Theatre / ALA Architects

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Architects: ALA Architects
Location: , Finland
Client: City of Kuopio
Area: 11500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo

Majunga Tower / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: La Défense, France
Area: 69500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, , China, 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Transparent Landscape / UnSangDong Architects

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Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Architects In Charge: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Kim Mi Jung
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Foundation Launches Architecture and Film Competition

The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international competition on architecture and film with the intent to “revitalize the use of architecture on film and foster new inspiration to architects and film professionals.” The theme of the competition is the experience of architectural space over time. The task is to create a film sequence of 1-5 minutes which animates architecture by embracing time as the primary dimension. Up to €18,000 in prizes will be awarded to entrants who inspire a new approach to architecture and the film media. Submissions are due by March 15, 2015. A winner will be announced on April 20, Henning Larsen’s birthday. More information can be found here

Jakarta Praise Community Church / Sidharta Architect

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Architects: Sidharta Architect
Location: Jakarta, Jakarta,
Architects In Charge: Aryo Basuki , Melisa Fitri
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

Snøhetta Designs New Banknotes for Norway

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Snøhetta’s pixilated concept for the Norwegian banknote has been selected by the Central Bank of Norway to serve as the “foundation” for the backside of the new kroner notes. This news, announced yesterday in , also confirmed that the notes’ front will be based off The Metric System’s more “traditional” design featuring a images of sailing vessels.

Both Snøhetta and The Metric System were among seven designers invited to submit ideas under the nautical theme “The Sea,” in which Snøhetta chose to commemorate Norway’s coastal landmarks with a “visual language” of brightly colored, cubical patterns.

More on Snøhetta’s winning concept, after the break.

OAK Showroom / Anna & Eugeni Bach

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Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona,
Collaborator: Albert Cabrer
Area: 244.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eugeni Bach

Competition Entry: Atelier 8000 Designs Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras

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Atelier 8000 has design a sustainable mountain hut for ’s High Tatras as part of the Kežmarská Chata (Kežmarská Hut) international competition. Seated on one of its vertices, the simple cube “evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier,” while it’s “sharp edges” blend into the mountain backdrop.

New Fordham Law School / Pei Cobb Freed

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Architects: Pei Cobb Freed
Location: New York, NY,
Area: 468000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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© RCC

Architects Envision Buoyant “Thames Deckway” for London Cyclists

On the heels of Mayor Boris Johnson’s announced plan to construct an 18-mile protected bike lane by March 2016, architect David Nixon and artist Anna Hill have released their vision for relieving London’s congested streets with a floating “Thames Deckway” for cyclists. The proposal, though just in its preliminary design phase, claims the river Thames is currently a missed opportunity that could serve as a major travel artery for cyclists. If constructed, the £600 million project would run east-west for seven miles along the river’s southern bank, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, and harness it’s own energy through solar, tidal and wind power. Nixon and Hill have founded the River Cycleway Consortium in support of the project, which includes Arup and Hugh Broughton Architects.