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A+U 539: Ingenhoven Architects – Supergreen

From the publisher. August 2015 issue of a+u is a special 228-page volume focused Ingenhoven Architects from Germany, led by Christoph Ingenhoven.

The concept of “supergreen”, proposed by Mr. Ingenhoven transcends green architecture that merely meets the environmental standards. Rather, it is a comprehensive idea that encompasses people and their activities. This issue introduces 22 of their works from around the world and explores “supergreen” architecture.

Food Villa Market / I Like Design Studio

  • Architects: I Like Design Studio
  • Location: 49/38 Soi Ratchaphruek, Khwaeng Nong Khaem, Khet Nong Khaem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10160, Thailand
  • Design Team: Narucha Kuwattanapasiri , Unnop Tupwong , Somchoke Uthansai , Chanon Kuwattanasiri , Teerapat Sukumolchan , Montree Utakrue
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Suppakorn Srisakul

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Exhibition: Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye

With over 50 built projects across the world, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism. The first comprehensive museum survey devoted to Adjaye, this exhibition offers an in-depth overview of the architect’s distinct approach and visual language with a dynamic installation design conceived by Adjaye Associates.

The Big Little House / Nic Owen Architects

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LYCS's Modular CATable 2.0 is Purrfect for Feline Roommates

You may remember seeing LYCS Architecture's clever CATable when if first was released in 2013. The solid wood cavernous table was intend to provide a beautiful work space that both you and your cat could enjoy. Now, LYCS has released CATable 2.0. Likening it to LEGO, the cubic wooden module consists of four stackable components that can be rearranged into an unconventional table, stools, or even a bookshelf - all while providing your cat with an ever-changing vertical playscape. 

See how the cats respond in a video, after the break. 

Zum Goldenen Hirschen Office Extension / schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur

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Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Japan's Decision to Scrap Zaha Hadid Stadium

Last month, Japan officially scrapped plans for the controversial Zaha Hadid Architects-designed National Stadium that was intended to be the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Since the decision, ZHA released a statement that denied responsibility for the project's ballooning costs, saying the Japan Sport Council (JSC) has been approving the project's design and budget "at every stage."

Now, British architect Richard Rogers, who served on the jury that selected ZHA's stadium design, has joined the conversation claiming Japan has "lost their nerve" and warning that their decision to "start over from zero" will harm Japan's "reputation as a promoter of world-class architectural design."

Read on for Roger's full statement:

1653 Residence / Studio Build

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Populous Unveils New Football Stadium for San Diego

Populous has unveiled plans for a new Chargers football stadium that is meant to capture the "essence of San Diego," California. The 68,000-seat stadium, planned to be built on the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, will feature a "kinetic skin" that will mimic the sound of the ocean as it sways in the wind.

"We wanted to make sure as a team that we were making this a really authentic place and people who see it will say, 'That represents our city - that represents where the Chargers should be. They've been here over 50 years and they should stay here.' This stadium represents that. This is an expression of San Diego," Populous senior principal Scott Radecic told the San Diego Union Tribune.

Court House Bärgiswil / AFGH

  • Architects: AFGH
  • Location: Merlischachen, 6402, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Gilbert Isermann
  • Planners: Pirmin Jung Ingenieure für Holzbau
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of AFGH

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Exhibition: Paul Schneider von Esleben – The Legacy of Postwar Modernism

Exhibition Paul Schneider von Esleben – The Legacy of Postwar Modernism M:AI exhibitions and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the architect’s birthday. For this exhibition, Thomas Mayer photographed 5 of Paul Schneider von Esleben’s projects in Dusseldorf.

Jan Gehl on the Global Need for Liveable Cities

As a founding partner of Gehl Architects and a consultant to cities such as Copenhagen, London and New York, Jan Gehl has been one of the most influential figures in the drive towards more liveable and healthier cities for over four decades. In this interview, first published by Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Jan Gehl on Making Cities Healthier and the Real Meaning of Architecture," Gehl discusses what makes a city healthy and why the need for healthy cities is a unifying worldwide phenomenon.

Mikki Brammer: You're often associated with the idea of making cities "healthier." What do you mean by the term?

Jan Gehl: I’m neither the first, nor the only one, to point out that in the past 50 years we have practiced city planning that invites people to be inactive in their lives. You can spend your entire life behind steering wheels, or computers, or on sofas, and in many cases you don’t have to move a muscle from morning to night. This, of course, has been identified as something that is very dangerous for mankind.

Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

  • Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Principals: David Miller, Viktors Jaunkalns, Ted Watson, Andrew Filarski, Robert Allen
  • Project Team: Troy Wright, Jeanne Ng, Siri Ursin, Kyung-Sun Hur, Cohen Chen, Carla Munoz
  • Area: 28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shai Gil, Scott Norsworthy

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil

Graham Foundation Announces 49 Grant Winners for 2015

The Graham Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2015 Grants—49 innovative architectural projects from a global range of “major museum retrospectives, multi-media installations, site-specific commissions, and documentary films to placemaking initiatives, e-publications, and academic journals.”

All of these newly funded project designs, chosen from over 200 submissions, show great promise in respect to impact on the greater architectural field. Overall, the Graham Foundation has awarded the projects $496,500 in an effort to help chart new territory in the future of architecture.

Out of the 49 projects, 12 are “public programs and exhibitions that will coincide with the inaugural Chicago Biennial, opening this fall.”

Learn about a few of the winning projects with descriptions via the Graham Foundation after the break.

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Image Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S (Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich), digital image, Keelung Crystal, 2013, Taiwan. Image Courtesy of James Vincent and Karim Moussa Noritaka Minami, B1004 I, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. Image Courtesy of the artist Meredith Miller, detail view of Half-Acre/Half-Life, a decomposing landscape installation, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI. Image Courtesy of the author

Submit Your Project for Inclusion in ArchDaily's 2016 Building of the Year Awards

Just over six months have passed since we announced the winners of our 2015 Building of the Year (BOTY) Awards, in which 31,000 of our readers helped us to narrow down over 3,000 projects to just 14 winners. Over six editions of our BOTY Awards, we've given awards to 83 buildings - some of these have gone to established names in the field, from OMA to Álvaro Siza; however over the years our peer-voted awards have also brought attention to emerging architects like Tiago do Vale Arquitectos and given international exposure to architects that were previously only known locally such as sporaarchitects.

Of course, with six months since BOTY 2015 we're also around six months from the award's next installment, making now the perfect time to start looking ahead to 2016. Find out how to ensure your firm has a chance to join the prestigious list of ArchDaily's BOTY winners after the break.

NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura

About a year ago, it was announced that Hotel Okura, one of Tokyo’s best-known modernist landmarks, was headed for demolition. With the impending demolition date of the hotel, deemed a “beautiful orphan child,” set for this September, an article from T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s upcoming Women’s Fashion issue looks at Japan's "ambivalent — and unsentimental — relationship with its Modernist architecture."

Carreras Múgica Contemporary Art Gallery / Estudio Herreros

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