UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

© Hufton+Crow

Architects: Wonderwall
Location: 39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris,
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Understanding St Louis: The Activism of Bob Hansman

Pruitt Igoe was just one step of the process that led to St Louis’ current state. Image by US Geological Survey via Flickr CC User Michael Allen

For the past few weeks, events in Ferguson, Missouri have prompted many debates over what can or should be done to ease tensions in this suburb of St Louis. But Bob Hansman, a professor at the Washington University in St Louis, is taking a different approach: understanding it first. This interview with Hansman, originally published on the Washington University in St Louis Newsroom, unearths a few of the issues that have made some areas of St Louis so severely dispossessed.

It’s 10am, and Bob Hansman is on a bus addressing students, brandishing a St. Louis guidebook like a prosecutor at trial.

“Today isn’t this,” he growls. “Get ready.”

Discover more about the work of Hansman after the break.

Home Cafes / Penda

© Zhi Xia

Architects: Penda
Location: , ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhi Xia, Fei Tang Precht

Open Call for Curator: Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

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Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) seeks a Chief Curator or Curator Team for its sixth international festival in Oslo, Norway in autumn of 2016. The Curator will be responsible for the academic and artistic development of the festival, including its conceptual framework, research and programming, as well as exhibitions and events.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale serves as a platform for developing alternative and interdisciplinary projects and is the main international architecture festival in the Nordic region. Content will be developed over the course of three years, and the festival functions to not only display, but to investigate issues of architecture and urban challenges. More on the triennale, and how to apply, after the break.

Rahul Mehrotra's designs for an office building in Hyderabad exemplify the social agenda of architecture which dominated discussions at this year's UIA World Congress. Image © Carlos Chen
Rahul Mehrotra's designs for an office building in Hyderabad exemplify the social agenda of architecture which dominated discussions at this year's UIA World Congress. Image © Carlos Chen

UIA World Congress Reveals Architecture’s Other Side

With the International Union of Architects (UIA)’s World Congress taking place last month, the eyes of the architecture world were on South Africa where - according to Phineas Harper of the Architectural Review - the conference was full of architects of all backgrounds with “irrepressible energy,” sharing ideas on how architecture can be used for social good with an urgency that is somewhat unfamiliar in the Western world. ”Whoever said architecture was stale, male and pale should have been in Durban,” says Harper. You can read the full review of the event here.

Building of Construction Engineering Disciplinary Organization / Dayastudio + Nextoffice

© Parham Taghioff

Architects: , Nextoffice
Location: Qazvin, Iran
Architects In Charge: Parisa Alimohammadi, Alireza Taghaboni
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Parham Taghioff

Umayyad Mosque, Old City of Aleppo, Syria (2013).
Umayyad Mosque, Old City of Aleppo, Syria (2013).

The Proliferation of “Cultural Genocide” in Areas of Conflict

In an article for the London Evening Standard, Robert Bevan examines one of the many often overlooked consequences of conflict: the destruction of monuments, culture, and heritage. With heightened conflict in the Middle East over the past decade an enormous amount of “cultural genocide” has occurred – something which Bevan notes is “inextricably linked to human genocide and ethnic cleansing.” Arguing that “saving historic treasures and saving lives are not mutually exclusive activities,” case studies from across the world are employed to make the point that with the loss of cultural heritage, most commonly architectural, the long term ramifications will resonate throughout this century.

Timber Dentistry / Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates

© Satoshi Shigeta

Architects: Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates
Location: , Osaka Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kohki Hiranuma
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Satoshi Shigeta

Family house Kostalov / 3+1 architekti

© Pavel Plánička

Architects: 3+1 architekti
Architect In Charge: Plánička, Panenka, Páral
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pavel Plánička

Beret / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Elenberg Fraser Reveals Designs for Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Elenberg Fraser Architects have revealed designs for what is slated to be Melbourne’s tallest residential tower. The project seeks to reinvent the natural landscape of ’s Victoria state in an urban setting, through an optically transformative facade and botanical aesthetic.

This Whimsical Cage Redefines Public Space

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Folly is a word not often used in architecture. By definition, ‘folly’ is a lack of good sense, or foolishness. And in the realm of architecture, folly is used to describe an extravagantly ornamented structure with no practical purpose. Yet gathering their inspiration from this word, Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH) have created and mounted a functional folly, appropriately named La Cage aux Folles (The Cage of Follies). Constructed of painted, tubes and installed at Materials & Applications, an exhibition centre in Los Angeles, La Cage aux Folles played host to an array of musical performances and lectures. 

Explore La Cage aux Folles with more photos and info after the break. 

Ban House / Zhang Dongguang + Liu Wenjuan

© Liu Wenjuan

Architects: , Liu Wenjuan
Location: , Shaanxi, China
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Liu Wenjuan

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The Conflict Between the Global North and South at the 2014 Venice Biennale

A view from the floor of the Latvian pavilion. The sheets of paper carry images of Modernist buildings; the ceiling asks, “There is no in Latvia”, commenting on the lack of historical scholarship. Image Courtesy of NRJA

“Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 is an invitation to the national pavilions to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in architecture in favor of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language and a single repertoire of typologies.” In this article, originally published on  as “Whose Modernity?“, Avinash Rajagopal investigates the conflict this mandated theme at the 2014 Venice Biennale unintentionally created between the Northern and Southern pavilions - with Northern pavilions tending to declare sole ownership over Modernism and many Southern pavilions denying that their countries were passive recipients of the North’s globalization. For more on how the Southern pavilions challenged the typical conveyance of architectural history, continue reading after the break.

Happycheap House / Tommy Carlsson

© Michael Perlmutter

Architects: Tommy Carlsson
Location: ,
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Perlmutter

9 Endangered Monuments to Receive Funding for Conservation Works

The Güell Pavilions in Barcelona, Spain. Image Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

From Gaudí-designed pavilions in Barcelona, Spain to the Tenyuji Temple in Ogatsu, Japan, nine “at-risk” historical monuments will receive funding for works, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from American Express to the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The nine sites were all included on WMF’s 2014 Watch list, and include Pokfulam Village in Hong Kong (SAR), China; the churches of Saint Merri and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris, France; the Farnese Aviaries in Rome, Italy; Tenyuji Temple, in Ogatsu, Japan; Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico; the Güell Pavilions in Barcelona, Spain; the House of Wonders in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania; Battersea Power Station in London, United Kingdom; and Sulgrave Manor in Sulgrave, United Kingdom.

This is the second portion of a $5 million, five-year grant from American Express to support WMF. “The longstanding support of American Express to the World Monuments Watch has resulted in preservation work at more than 150 sites in over 60 countries,” said WMF President Bonnie Burnham in a press release. “The sites on the 2014 Watch that will receive support are extraordinary places whose preservation will benefit both local populations and visitors from around the world.”

Read on after the break for a description of the sites.

Video: Sheppard Robson Underlines Importance of Hand Sketching

Our friends at Crane.tv have brought you the personal insights of Dan Burr and Lee Bennett of Sheppard Robson on the innumerable merits of hand sketching in the design process. The architects describe the process of designing within a team and communicating ideas to clients through simple and powerful visuals. Explaining their current projects, the two discuss the various roles of computer generated drawings versus hand drawings, and the instrumental value a single drawing could have in shaping a client-designer relationship, or the entire trajectory of a project.

Lee Bennet muses, “When you’re working with a computer, there’s a machine in the way. When you’re drawing, its an instant connection between your brain and the paper, and there’s something kind of instant about it, and magical.”

Grupo CP / SPACE

© Adrenorama

Architects: SPACE
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Gabriel Téllez Galindo
Area: 4800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrenorama, Paul Czitrom