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R House / PANORAMA

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
R House / PANORAMA, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Puchuncavi, Chile
  • Design Team

    Constanza Hagemann, Nicolas Valdes, with Nicolas del Rio and Max Nuñez
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Basic And Secondary School Of Sever Do Vouga / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
Basic And Secondary School Of Sever Do Vouga / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vouga, 3750 Lamas do Vouga, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Pedro Domingos
  • Design Team

    Pedro Gonçalves, Luís Rosário, Luís Pedro Fernandes, Hugo Amaro, Joana Fonseca, Patrícia Ribeiro
  • Area

    6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Royal Botanic Garden Sustainable Masterplan Proposal / Grant Associates

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
Royal Botanic Garden Sustainable Masterplan Proposal / Grant Associates, Courtesy of Grant Associates
Courtesy of Grant Associates

Grant Associates, the UK landscape architects behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, has just been appointed by the Royal Botanics and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain. Working alongside Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public realm elements of the new masterplan which includes an area of 64 hectares on a spectacular location bordering the iconic Sydney Harbor waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Arc En Ciel / Agence Bernard Bühler

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
Arc En Ciel / Agence Bernard Bühler, © Vincent Monthiers
© Vincent Monthiers

Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers +15

GLASS Residential Tower Proposal / Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
GLASS Residential Tower Proposal / Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect, © Michael Klausmeier
© Michael Klausmeier

Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect recently unveiled their design for GLASS, a new residential tower composed of 10 full-floor units located at 120 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. The 18-story, all-glass building is located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, which has become, over the past decade, one of the most expensive destinations for luxury high-rise living in Miami Beach. Delicate and sensorial, the design of GLASS is a considered a response to its setting in Miami Beach, specifically intended to allow one to experience the surrounding natural landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

52 Years Later, A Would-Be Urban Planner Responds to Harvard's Sexist Letter

00:00 - 12 June, 2013
52 Years Later, A Would-Be Urban Planner Responds to Harvard's Sexist Letter, Courtesy of Phyllis Richman. Published June 6, 2013 on The Washington Post.
Courtesy of Phyllis Richman. Published June 6, 2013 on The Washington Post.

In 1961, Phyllis Richman, a student at Brandeis University, was considering applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Department of City and Regional Planning. The response from Professor Doebele, which you can read above, was to question the validity/practicality of her desire to enter into higher education, being, as she would surely be, a future wife and mother.

While today it sounds almost quaint in its blatantly sexist assumptions, Ms. Richman's letter remains, unfortunately, all too relevant. In her article for The Washington Post, Richman says: "To the extent, Dr. Doebele, that your letter steered me away from city planning and opened my path to writing [a career Richman later describes as "remarkably well-suited to raising children"], one might consider that a stroke of luck. I’d say, though, that the choice of how to balance family and graduate school should have been mine."

She's absolutely right, of course; the decision was hers and hers alone to make. However, there's no avoiding that Richman eventually found success in a job that allowed her to live flexibly as a professional and parent. How many women, and for that matter men, can claim that of architecture? How many architects are convinced, just like Ms. Richman, to pursue success in other, more flexible careers?

More about Richman's letter, and where Denise Scott Brown comes in, after the break...

Video: The Obsolescence of a Building, an Interview with Álvaro Siza

00:00 - 12 June, 2013

In this interview by Hugo Oliveira, Álvaro Siza presents his ideas on the link between obsolescence and quality in architecture, and the role that a design's flexibility plays in this relationship. He argues that the convent is perhaps the best example of a typology which is both fit for purpose and very flexible, allowing myriad other uses when its lifespan as a convent has ended. He also laments the current tendency to design a building for a very short period of time - intended to last only as long as it is needed for its original function. He links this tendency back to the Futurists of the early 20th century, where the idea was that "each generation makes its own environment which is later destroyed", an idea he dismisses since "it also allows you to build badly because it only needs to last twenty years".

'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

00:00 - 12 June, 2013
'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

GPT / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
© Tyrone Branigan
© Tyrone Branigan
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Project Team

    Alissandra Johnston, Tessa Melick
  • Project Manager

    Buildcorp Group
  • Area

    3700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan +17

New Public School for Primary Education “Ave Maria-Patxi Larrainzar” / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

01:00 - 12 June, 2013
New Public School for Primary Education “Ave Maria-Patxi Larrainzar” / Taller Básico de Arquitectura, © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura
© Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura

© Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura +20

  • Architects

    Taller Básico de Arquitectura - Javier Pérez-Herreras Javier Quintana de Uña
  • Location

    Avenida Marcelo Celayeta, 10, 31014 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura

In Discussion: Peter Zumthor Speaks with Michael Govan About the LACMA Redesign

15:28 - 11 June, 2013

In a crowed auditorium in central Los Angeles on Sunday, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor sat down with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan to kickstart the opening of The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. The hour-long discussion, captured in the video above, began with an insightful overview of Zumthor’s most famous works before moving to an in-depth conversation about the underlying ideas that drive Zumthor’s design for the highly anticipated LACMA overhaul.

The project – already six years in the making and yet still in its schematic phase – plans to replace LACMA’s aging cluster of three pavilions with an elevated, 21st century facility. A detailed project summary, alongside images captured from Zumthor’s 6 ton, concrete exhibition model, is available for you to review here on ArchDaily. Enjoy! 

Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
©  SHU He
© SHU He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    HUA Li
  • Design Team

    HUA Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
  • Area

    430.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He +21

Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics, © Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

With the opening of his cloud-like gridded structure in Hyde Park last week, Sou Fujimoto became the youngest architect in the pantheon of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designers. The pavilion is an annual commission for a temporary structure, always given to a well known architect who is yet to build in the UK. In previous years the commission has been awarded to Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei (2012), Peter Zumthor (2011), Jean Nouvel (2010), SANAA (2009), stretching back to the original pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000.

With such a prolific history of star designers over the past 13 years, Fujimoto's ethereal design has a lot to live up to. But despite these high expectations, architecture critics have been gushing over the new design. See a full round-up of opinions after the break...

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch, Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)
Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled 'Calligraphic-scapes,' for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects' description after the break.

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers, Dubai Skyline; Flickr User rickz; Licensed via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Dubai Skyline; Flickr User rickz; Licensed via Creative Commons

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use.  The new development implies that the Burj Khalifa will not remain the tallest building for very long.  The Burj, towering at 828 meters, has the longest elevator travel distance at 504 meters.  KONE promises to double that.  

Join us for more after the break.

2013 Burnham Prize Competition Winners Announced

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
2013 Burnham Prize Competition Winners Announced, 1st place 'Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations' / Courtesy of Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash
1st place 'Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations' / Courtesy of Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash

Three cutting edge designs were just selected as the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize competition, organized by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. Titled, 'NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations,' the competition asked participants to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago's urban fabric. Awarded the first prize was the 'Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations' proposal by designers Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know...

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know..., Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

For me, university was about finding the confidence to explore creativity, the notion of self, and determining my own measurements of expectation. Last year I wrote an article entitled “10 things you don’t get taught in architecture school,” which provided advice on how to succeed in an academic setting. Having now graduated, the following article is reflective of my first 2 years working full time in architecture.

My experience in the office so far has required another round of self-configuring: repositioning the value of free thinking, redetermining the notion of self within the larger context of someone else's expectations, and managing my objectives with those of others. The measurement of success is no longer determined by me, but by various organisational objectives and requirements.

Essential to the journey of finding my current job, I have initiated substantial life changes that include establishing a career strategy, reevaluating how I position myself in the field of architecture, and questioning who I am as an individual and what I want to contribute to the profession.

After the break, the 10 things most responsible for my obtaining a job in architecture...

eVolo 05: Architecture Xenoculture

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
eVolo 05: Architecture Xenoculture

Xenoculture is a term coined by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani that describes the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. In this issue we borrow the idea and explore the realm of Architecture Xenoculture -- the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities. An architectural form that emerges from mathematical processes and new material explorations and proposes something never before seen -- an aesthetic yet to be determined.