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Critical Round Up: OMA's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Founded in 2008 and named after the constructivist bus shelter that was its first, temporary home, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is Russia's first private, non-profit art foundation. Relocating from a semi-industrial neighborhood on the northern edge of Moscow to Gorky Park, the Garage Museum's conversion of a Soviet era canteen and social club into Museum of Contemporary Art by OMA has so far been overshadowed by its more glamorous OMA counterpart which opened last month, the Milanese distillery conversion for Prada. Nevertheless, since opening last Friday the Garage Museum has attracted attention for Rem Koolhaas' shift towards preservation, something that has startled the critics. Find out more about what they thought after the break.

Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Yuri Palmin. Image © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art David X Prutting. Image © BFA.com

La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes

  • Architects: 2b architectes
  • Location: Passerelle de la Sallaz, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2b Team: Ph.Béboux, S.Bender, T.Borges, T.Auffret-Postel, M.Buxton, G.Warnking, G.Garcier
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Roger Frei, Courtesy of 2b architectes, Lausanne

© Roger Frei, Zurich © 2b architectes, Lausanne © Roger Frei, Zurich © Roger Frei, Zurich

2015 Norden Fund Winner to Study “Ecologies of War and Recovery” in Vietnam

The Architectural League has named Ylan Vo the winner of this year’s Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant for her project entitled Ecologies of War and Recovery: A Case Study in Vietnam’s A Luoi Valley.

Vo’s project explores the A Luoi Valley “as an example of the post-conflict landscape of Vietnam, with particular emphasis on understanding the ecological and social conditions surrounding toxic Agent Orange hotspots that mark the valley.” Agent Orange, also called Dioxin, is the most potent carcinogen in existence, and poses major threats to environmental health and sustainability.

Gallery: Mystical Photos of an Abandoned Chinese Village

Traces of human life lingering behind, forms carving their way through the land and sky, objects left in disuse and air that seems frozen in time -- whether morbid or sublime, abandoned buildings and settlements are an object of fascination and intrigue to architects and non-architects alike. As Shanghai-based photographer Jane Qing's photos of an abandoned village on Gouqi Island in China demonstrate, there is a rare kind of beauty to be found in the left-behind and the neglected.

See more photos after the break.

Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra

  • Architects: Vázquez Consuegra
  • Location: Avenida Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, España
  • Architect In Charge: Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Architectural Technicians: Marcos Vázquez Consuegra, Emilio Rodríguez
  • Area: 25.552 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba

Call for Submissions: New Ideas for Housing London

New London Architecture have launched an international ideas competition to tackle the ongoing demands of London's growing housing shortage, in partnership with the office of the Mayor of London. They envisage that New Ideas for Housing London will provide opportunities for any level of designer, "be they a large organisation or just one person with a big idea," to submit a proposal "that could help shape the future of the UK capital." Selected entrants will work alongside the Greater London Authority to explore how the ideas could be put into practice. The organisers state that "no idea is too big or too small, as long as it can be applied to the capital."

The Roc / D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés

Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés

Le Campus / Virserius Studio

© Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel

Joly House / Stu/D/O Architects

  • Architects: Stu/D/O Architects
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Krisada Boonchaleow, Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects, Chanin Limapornvanich

© Krisada Boonchaleow © Krisada Boonchaleow © Krisada Boonchaleow © Krisada Boonchaleow

TOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe Starck

  • Architects: Triptyque, Philippe Starck
  • Location: Rua Iguatemi, 236 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 01451-010, Brazil
  • Triptyque, Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • Triptyque, General Coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • Triptyque, Project Manager: Alfredo Luvison
  • Triptyque, Contributors: Guilherme Ramalho, Ulysse Baudet, Joana Telles, Bruno Cruz
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ricardo Bassetti

© Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti

AS+GG, Burj Khalifa Architect to Design World's Tallest Commercial Tower

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has been commissioned by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to design the world's tallest commercial tower, "Burj 2020." As Emirates 24/7 reports, AS+GG will work with WATG, a "top destination creation consultancy" who's been appointed to envision the Burj 2020 District's masterplan, to realize a "world-class destination" that will "set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability."

Leisure and Services Center / Link architectes

  • Architects: Link architectes
  • Location: Saint-Victor sur Loire, Saint-Étienne, France
  • Design Team: Guillaume Benier, Romain Chazalon, Jerome Glairoux
  • Area: 210.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: François Maisonnasse

© François Maisonnasse © François Maisonnasse © François Maisonnasse © François Maisonnasse

WEISS/MANFREDI Break Ground on "The Bridge" at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

WEISS/MANFREDI broke ground yesterday on Cornell Tech's pioneering building, "The Bridge." Spearheading the first phase of the $2 billion Roosevelt Island tech campus, the new building will "bridge" the gap between academia and industry, providing a seven-story "corporate co-location" loft where students and industry leaders will collaborate.  

“The Bridge is a crystalline incubator with river-to-river views and creates a three-dimensional crossroads, an ecosystem of innovation to catalyze collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs,” say design partners Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi.

ASH + ASH / Hennebery Eddy Architects

  • Architects: Hennebery Eddy Architects
  • Location: 6620 Southeast Ash Court, Portland, OR 97215, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Timothy R. Eddy, AIA
  • Area: 3023.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Josh Partee

© Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee

ARCHIDIRECTOR: A Fantastical City Inspired by Famous Directors by Federico Babina

"Directors are like the architects of cinema," says Federico Babina, an Italian architect known for his imaginative architecture-inspired illustrations. In his latest, Babina envisions a fictional city of 27 houses inspired by film's most celebrated directors, including George Lucas, Charles Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders and many others.

"The architecture is like a scene from a movie where the story is the life, the script is dictated by the use of the building and where the actors are the residents. A labyrinth where all - characters, director, audience –are lost and found in the intensity of their emotions," Babina adds. 

Tour through the entire city, after the break. 

© Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina

LEGO Invests $150 Million in Sustainable Materials Research

LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group
LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group

LEGO has long been recognized by architects as a key inspiration in the world of creative building - but the Danish toy company's influence over the construction industry may be about to get a whole lot more direct. Yesterday, LEGO announced the establishment of its own sustainable materials research center, with an investment of 1 billion Danish Krone ($150 million US), which will search to find sustainable alternatives to the plastic used in their products and packaging.