David Chipperfield Disowns Milan’s Museum of Culture Over “Floor War”

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The poor quality and laying of stone flooring in Milan‘s newly completed Museum of Culture has led its architect, David Chipperfield to dissociate himself with the building. Blasting officials for skimping on materials, the British architect is demanding his name be removed from the project, claiming the building is now a “museum of horrors” and a “pathetic end to 15 years of work” due to the low quality flooring. 

On the contrary, ’s council says the material decision was made in the “interests of the taxpayers,” further claiming that, according to councillor Filippo del Corno, Chipperfield has been “unreasonable and impossible to please.” 

Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners

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Architects: Kuzmanov and Partners
Location: , Serbia
Architects In Charge: Lazar Kuzmanov, Miljan Cvijetić
Area: 3190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Miljan Cvijetić

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Selected to Design Ecole Polytechnique Learning Centre in Paris

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With an idea based on “flexibility, mingling and openness,” Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates have been announced as winners of a restricted competition to design a new Ecole Polytechnique learning center at -Saclay University. The winning scheme, chosen over four finalists, will consolidate six institutions under one roof: Ecole Polytechnique, Institut Mines-Telecom, AgroParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, ENSAE ParisTech and Institut d’Optique (IOGS).

José Macedo Fragateiro Secondary School / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

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Architects: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
Co Workers: Rita Gonçalves, Filipe Ribeiro, Joana Jorge
Engineering: TERMOPROJECTO
Year: 2010
Photographs: Manuel Aguiar

Mark Zuckerberg Praises Frank Gehry: “He’s Very Efficient”

Early building model inside the completed headquarters. Image Image via Mark Zuckerberg

After Facebook began its move into its new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters last week, founder Mark Zuckerberg has praised his architect for his work. In a post on his personal Facebook page yesterday, Zuckerberg shares the story of how Gehry he initially turned down Gehry’s request to design the project, saying that “even though we all loved his architecture… We figured he would be very expensive and that would send the wrong signal about our culture.”

But Frank Gehry persisted, saying that he would match any bids the company received. As a result, Zuckerberg has now praised Gehry – in a somewhat uncharacteristic description of the architect – for being “very efficient.”

Read Zuckerberg’s full statement, after the break.

VITRA / Studio Daniel Libeskind + Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind, Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
Location: Avenida Horácio Lafer, 500 – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo – SP, 04538-082,
Area: 14850.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Marcelo Scarpis, Courtesy of Pablo Slemenson

How Digital Design Review Enabled One of the Fastest US Hospital Builds

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Designing and building an 831,000 square foot in 30 months is no easy feat. In fact, the Denver Saint Joseph Hospital project, owned by SCL Health Systems, is actually one of the fastest hospital builds ever completed in the US. Innovative methods of design, construction and collaboration among project partners throughout all phases of the project — from planning to construction — were critical for the team to open the hospital doors on time.

“The document management was tough—a million square feet of anything is going to generate a lot of documentation,” said Dale Clingner, an associate with Davis Partnership Architects, who partnered with H+L Architecture and ZGF Architects on the project, which was built by Mortenson Construction. To avoid the type of document management confusion that could slow progress, all project partners established a tacitly agreed-upon BIM execution plan and decided to incorporate review in live collaborative sessions to successfully meet the condensed timeline on or under budget.

For and Against All-Nighter Culture: ArchDaily Readers Respond

Forrest Jessee’s Sleep Suit. Image © Forrest Jessee

Nearly three weeks ago, the editors at ArchDaily reached out to our readers to help us investigate one of the most difficult challenges of architecture education: what do and teachers think of the 24-hour culture that has come to pervade the architecture profession? As we mentioned in our original post, the idea that all-nighters are simply an unavoidable part of an education in architecture has come under fire recently, with some schools attempting to combat them by closing their studios overnight. Is this the right approach to reducing the hours that are (over)working? If not, what should be done instead? Perhaps there are some people that still think a 24-hour culture can be beneficial to young architects?

The response we got to our question was astonishing, with 141 comments on the article itself and over 100 more on our Facebook post. From this discussion, two overriding themes emerged: firstly, many commenters seemed to believe that architecture students have too much work in the first place; secondly, there was almost complete consensus that closing the studios achieves nothing but moving the problem of all-nighters from the studio to students’ homes. For the sake of brevity we’ve chosen not to include the many responses that mention these themes ideas in this post, but for anyone interested in seeing the evidence of these opinions, we encourage you to visit the original article.

As for the remainder of the comments, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting contributions. Find out what 15 commenters had to say about the 24-hour studio culture – taking in arguments for and against it as well as discussing its wider consequences and ways to avoid it – after the break.

Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design

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Architects: Imbue Design
Location: Capitol Reef National Park, , UT, USA
Structural Engineer: Shen Engineering
Contractor: Moosman Construction
Area: 1800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Imbue Design

Civilization 0.000: A Skyscraper for a “New Advanced Society”

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Imagine a future in which all the Earth’s divisions are removed: countries abolished, borders dissolved, and governments overthrown. Such is the version of planet Earth for which “Civilization 0.000″, the 2013 master’s thesis project by Dimo Ivanov of RWTH Aachen University, is designed. Envisioning a future free of “unnatural division” and where the earth’s resources are measured and meted out according to human need, the project proposes a series of interlinked skyscrapers or “0.000 Units” that harness local earth resources. Each of the units assumes one of 6 key functions: living space, education, resource management, production, energy storage, and electricity generation. Functions are determined by the environment in which the units are sited.

caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci

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Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
Location: Turin,
Collaborators: Roberto Spigarolo, Giancarlo Ambu, Paola Mare
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Beppe Giardino, Jana Sebestova

‘Dimensionless’ Photographic Façade Studies By Nikola Olic

Twisted Building (Frank Gehry). Image © Nikola Olic

Nikola Olic is an architectural photographer based in Dallas, Texas, with a focus on capturing and reimagining buildings and sculptural objects in “dimensionless and disorienting ways.” His photographs, which often isolate views of building façades, frame architectural surfaces in order for them to appear to collapse into two dimensions. According to Olic, “this transience can be suspended by a camera shutter for a fraction of a second.” As part of his process, each photograph is named before being given a short textual accompaniment.

See a selection of Olic’s photographs after the break.

Lublin Science And Technology Park / Stelmach I Partnerzy Biuro Architektoniczne

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Architects: Stelmach I Partnerzy Biuro Architektoniczne
Location: 20-262 , Poland
Architect In Charge: Boleslaw Stelmach
Area: 10500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcin Czechowicz

ECOPOLE / ENO architectes

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Architects: ENO architectes
Location: Zone d’activité du Colguen, 29900 , France
Architects In Charge: Claire du Crest and Xavier Stocq
Construction Management: OPC
Area: 770.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Pascal Leopold

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries Architects

Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
Location: Shunyi, , China
Area: 53000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

Smoking Room Grand Tree Musashikosugi / Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects
Location: Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture,
Designers: Ogawa Erika Okamoto
Produced By : BAMBOO MEDIA Co.Ltd.
Area: 12.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kaku Ohtaki

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

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Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
Location: Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, , 100095
Architect In Charge: Jinpeng YUAN
Partners In Charge: Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jinpeng YUAN

Archiculture Interviews: Sway Calloway

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“I think what you see visually in terms of how you live can definitely make a difference on how you view life.”

Radio host and TV personality Sway Calloway sits down with Arbuckle Industries in this Archiculture extras interview, speaking about the changing environment of his childhood when he moved to the projects and the accompanying psychological impacts of its architecture, both immediate and long-term. He discusses the importance of well-designed public housing projects and the mental effects of living in a cramped space. He also speculates on why architecture doesn’t receive as much public attention as music or sports.