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Villa in Monteriggioni / CMTarchitects

13:00 - 9 July, 2016
Villa in Monteriggioni / CMTarchitects, © Centrofotografico
© Centrofotografico

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  • Architects

  • Location

    53035 Monteriggioni, Province of Siena, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Arch. Paolo Mori, Arch. Simone Carloni
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum by Álvaro Siza Opened its Doors in Chaves, Portugal

12:00 - 9 July, 2016

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +112

Last month another building by Álvaro Siza Vieira, the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum in Chaves, Portugal commemorated its inauguration. To celebrate its opening, Fernando Guerra, from Últimas reportagens shared with us an amazing series of photographs.

See all the photos and learn more about the museum below.

Watch Almost 6,000 Years of Human Urbanization Unfold Before Your Eyes in This Video

09:40 - 9 July, 2016

From the Cradle of Civilization in ancient Mesopotamia to the modern urban explosion in China, cities are among the most obvious and dramatic evidence of human existence. In a recent paper published in Scientific Data, a team led by Yale University researcher Meredith Reba mapped the emergence of cities between 3,700 BC and 2,000 AD based on when their populations were first recorded in historical accounts.

Taking the data from this study, Max Galka of Metrocosm has produced this fascinating animation showing the history of cities worldwide. "Most datasets available go back only a few years or decades at most. This is the first one I've seen that covers 6 millennia," Galka told CityLab. "I'm a big fan of history, so after reading the study, I thought it would be interesting to visualize the data and see if it offers some perspective." The steady flow of time may seem a little slow at first, but stick with it through the early BC years and the shifts in urban development start to get intriguing. And—spoiler alert—buckle up as you approach the 20th century.

Live Biz / Studio R

09:00 - 9 July, 2016
Live Biz / Studio R, © Pedro Napolitano Prata
© Pedro Napolitano Prata
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Team

    Flavia Ranieri, Fernanda Rosa
  • Area

    60.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata © Pedro Napolitano Prata +24

Spotlight: Michael Graves

08:00 - 9 July, 2016
Spotlight: Michael Graves, Portland Building (1982). Image © Wikimedia Commons user Steve Morgan licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Portland Building (1982). Image © Wikimedia Commons user Steve Morgan licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

As a firm believer in the importance of making good design accessible to the public, Michael Graves (July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015) produced an enormous body of work that included product design alongside his architecture. Graves brought Postmodernism to the public eye through his emphasis on ornament and aesthetics, and stood firmly behind his design philosophy even as it went out of vogue.

KODA / Kodasema

05:00 - 9 July, 2016
KODA / Kodasema, © Paul Kuimet
© Paul Kuimet

© Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet © Paul Kuimet +15

Lofts aan de Amstel / Studioninedots

02:00 - 9 July, 2016
Lofts aan de Amstel / Studioninedots, Courtesy of Studioninedots
Courtesy of Studioninedots

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  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Area

    1150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studioninedots

House of the Floating Roof / Amitzi Architects

22:00 - 8 July, 2016
House of the Floating Roof  / Amitzi Architects, © Uzi Porat
© Uzi Porat

© Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bnei Dror, Israel
  • Structural Engineer

    Doron Tweg
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Olympia 66 Dalian / AEDAS

19:00 - 8 July, 2016
Olympia 66 Dalian  / AEDAS, Courtesy of AEDAS
Courtesy of AEDAS

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • Area

    221900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of AEDAS

Ceramics Rooms, Entities into Space / Gitai Architects

17:00 - 8 July, 2016
© Yohan Yerdoun
© Yohan Yerdoun

© Yohan Yerdoun © Yohan Yerdoun © Yohan Yerdoun © Yohan Yerdoun +19

This Ecological Cultural Center is Designed to Celebrate the Tradition of Marimba Music

16:10 - 8 July, 2016
This Ecological Cultural Center is Designed to Celebrate the Tradition of Marimba Music, Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos
Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos

The offices of Caá Porá, Siete86 and Ingeniera Alternativa have released designs for “Palenque Cultural Tambillo,” a cultural center dedicated to the artistic tradition of marimba music in the Afroecuadorean town of Tambillo, Ecuador. Consisting of a performance and meeting hall, two multi-use classrooms, rehearsal spaces, an artisanal instrument workshop and ecologically friendly public bathrooms, the project is planned to become one piece of a network of cultural centers to be built in the UNESCO heritage province of Esmeraldas.

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The Forks Market Food Hall / Number TEN Architectural Group

15:00 - 8 July, 2016
The Forks Market Food Hall / Number TEN Architectural Group, © Mike Pratt
© Mike Pratt

© Mike Pratt © Erin Riediger © Mike Pratt © Mike Pratt +15

Ingenhoven Architects' Marina One Tops Out in Singapore

14:10 - 8 July, 2016
Ingenhoven Architects' Marina One Tops Out in Singapore, © Doug and Wolf V5. Courtesy of Ingenhoven
© Doug and Wolf V5. Courtesy of Ingenhoven

Ingenhoven Architects have released images of Marina One, a high-density mixed-use complex for the new Marina Bay Financial District in downtown Singapore. The plan consists of two office towers, two residential towers and a retail podium set between two large urban parks. The project’s centerpiece is the “Green Heart,” which upon completion will become the largest public plaza in the central business district. Construction has currently topped out, with an expected completion date falling sometime in 2017.

Courtesy of Ingenhoven Architects © Doug and Wolf V5. Courtesy of Ingenhoven © M + S Pte Ltd. Courtesy of Ingenhoven © Alexander Schmitz. Courtesy of Ingenhoven +4

House in Mexico / Peter Pichler Architecture

13:00 - 8 July, 2016
House in Mexico  / Peter Pichler Architecture, © Oscar Hernandez
© Oscar Hernandez

© Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez +17

Watch as James Corner Field Operation's "Icebergs" Comes Together at the National Building Museum

12:00 - 8 July, 2016

Building on the popularity of Snarkitecture's popular BEACH last year and BIG's massive Labyrinth in 2014, the National Building Museum's 2016 Summer Block Party installation has returned this year with "ICEBERGS," designed by James Corner Field Operations. ICEBERGS is an interactive underwater environment of glacial ice spanning the museum's Great Hall, and invites in the public to escape the hot Washington D.C. summer by exploring climbable bergs, ice chutes, caves, grottos and more.

Take a look at this time lapse video to see how the project came together.

Urban Cabin / Suyama Peterson Deguchi

11:00 - 8 July, 2016
Urban Cabin / Suyama Peterson Deguchi, © Michael Burns
© Michael Burns

© Michael Burns © Michael Burns © Michael Burns © Michael Burns +16

How the AIA's Committee on the Environment Can Ensure Its Own Obsolescence

10:30 - 8 July, 2016
How the AIA's Committee on the Environment Can Ensure Its Own Obsolescence, The Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, designed by SERA Architects with Cutler Anderson Architects, the 2016 AIA/Cote Top Ten Plus Winner. Image © Nic Lehoux
The Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, designed by SERA Architects with Cutler Anderson Architects, the 2016 AIA/Cote Top Ten Plus Winner. Image © Nic Lehoux

This article by Kira Gould was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Case for COTE's Obsolescence."

Recently the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment published, for the first time, a comprehensive report about the winners from the debut year (1997) through 2015: “Lessons from the Leading Edge.” Its lead author, a current COTE advisory board member, Lance Hosey, set out to review two decades of Top Ten winners as a group to see how performance is changing over time, how the winners size up (scale, cost, type), and more.

The result is a compelling report. It reveals that these high-performing projects skew small. That performance gains and metrics, particularly real-time performance metrics, are improving each year. That the leading projects tend to be expensive. On average, they come in at $537 per square foot. “The cost data shows us that we need more compelling examples of lower-cost, higher performance projects,” Hosey says. Clearly, more exemplars at greater scale, type, and cost variation would be beneficial to both the profession and the market.

Pajarera House / Catalina Patiño + Viviana Peña

09:00 - 8 July, 2016
Pajarera House / Catalina Patiño + Viviana Peña, © Isaac Ramírez
© Isaac Ramírez

© Isaac Ramírez © Isaac Ramírez © Isaac Ramírez © Isaac Ramírez +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Retiro, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architecture Office

    Ctrl G
  • Team

    Juan David Vargas, Luisa Amaya
  • Construction

    Lucas Álvarez, Carlos Serna, Héctor Palacio
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs