Chicago Biennial: “The State of the Art of Architecture” Will Feature Photo Series by Iwan Baan

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The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial now has an official name, with co-directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda announcing “The State of the Art of Architecture” as the biennial’s theme last week. Taking its name from a 1977 conference organized in Chicago by Stanley Tigerman, which focused on the state of architecture in the US, next year’s will aim to expand that conversation into the “international and intergenerational” arena.

In addition to the new name, the Biennial also announced its first major project, a photo essay of Chicago by Iwan Baan, which will contextualize the many landmarks of the Chicago skyline within the wider cityscape and within the day-to-day life of the city.

Read on for more about the biennial theme and more images from Iwan Baan. 

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

One Central Park. Design architect: . Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks

This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Cachan Covered Market / Croixmariebourdon Architectures

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Architects: Croixmariebourdon Architectures
Location: 5 Léon Eyrolles Avenue, 94230 , France
Collaborators: Thomas Bourdon, Nicolas Croixmarie, Cédric Goury, Pierre Mouton
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP
Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: “Failed Memorial and White Elephant”?

In an article for The Walrus, Adele Weder examines Antoine Predock‘s (who was recently made a National Academy Academician) Canadian Museum for Human Rights: a “colossal, twelve-storey mountain of concrete and stone, 120,000 square feet of tempered glass, and 260,000 square feet of floor space.” Early advocates of the museum “felt that Winnipeg was ripe for such a statement piece,” just as Bilbao had been for the Guggenheim. Welder’s explorations are clear and concise, finding all sorts “of paradoxes swirling around the Museum for Human Rights.” Noting that “it’s definitely a kick-ass building, with its aggressive outer form, jagged paths inside, big black slabs of basalt, thick sheets of glass, and the huge metal girders that hold it all together,” Weder argues that it’s position as a “failed memorial and white elephant” may be it’s eventual undoing.

Cove 3 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA
Location: , South Africa
Design Team: Greg Truen & Roxanne Kaye
Area: 1005.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA, John Devonport, Micky Hoyle courtesy of VISI

24Sailing World Championship Facilities / AZPML

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Architects: AZPML
Location: Santander, Cantabria,
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Riancho & Herrero, Alberto de la Cruz Briceño, Guillermo Fernandez Abascal

Paul Smith Flagship Store / _SYSTEM LAB

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Architects:
Location: 16-9 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim, Taek Hong
Design Team: Kyunam Song(project manager), Hyunsoo Park, Younghwan Kim, Youngjin Cho, Chulmin Ahn
Area: 919.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson
AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

Guggenheim Creates New Curatorial Position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives

Architect and scholar Troy Conrad Therrien has been appointed as the Guggenheim’s new Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives. Therrien will now contribute to the development of the museum’s engagement with architecture, design, technology, and urban studies, in addition to providing leadership on select new projects under the direction of the Chief Curator and the Director’s Office. “Advancing innovative programming that relates to architecture, technology, and urban studies, particularly on a global stage, is a priority for the Guggenheim,” Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim stated. “Troy’s impressive and dynamic background spanning academia, architecture, and computer science should expand our forward-looking curatorial team.” Read the complete press release, here

Tengbom Prepares to Break Ground on New Trail Center in Kungälv

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Tengbom is preparing to break ground on their competition-winning proposal “Kotten” (The Pinecone) in the Fontin area of Kungälv municipality. Following the destruction of the old trail centre in a fire in 2013, Kungälv municipality arranged an architectural competition for a new, modern trail centre in the Fontin area.

Vincent Callebaut Designs Sustainable Mixed-Use Complex for Cairo

Perspective Towards a Courtyard. Image Courtesy of VCA

French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) has unveiled a new multi-use complex for in Cairo. Designed to obtain LEED Gold Plus standing, the building features a solar roof, green terraces, sky villas, and a vertical system of gardens and solar heating tubes. Composed of 1000 apartment units, the Gate Residence is also designed to include a health club and spa, fitness center, business center, restaurants and cafe, retail, and medical center.

House Ca’s Bouer / Jordi Queralt + La Boqueria

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Architects: Jordi Queralt , La Boqueria
Location: , Girona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Oriol Antolin, Ricard Grau, Alfons Tornero, Jordi Queralt
Architect Technical: José Berrocal
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eugeni Pons, Núria Ginès

Video: Daniel Libeskind on Masterplanning Ground Zero

“Its an adventure, because it’s a highly political, highly emotional, highly complicated process, to get something built on the site which is about memory,” explains Daniel Libeskind. “It’s a day that changed the world… and architecture responds in constructing something that has sense for people, that has spirit.”

In this latest installment by the Louisiana Channel,  recounts his involvement and intentions behind the Ground Zero master plan. Rejecting the idea of building mega structures and exploiting the site’s real estate, Libeskind focused his efforts on the people of New York and using architecture as a means for healing.

Watch the video about to hear Libeskind’s story.

Have you Seen This Forgotten PoMo Jewelry by 1980s Architects?

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It’s not often that a major design project by a bevy of superstar architects is forgotten to history. But this seems to be what happened in the 1980s, when Italian designer Cleto Munari commissioned a stable of world-famous architects to design a new jewelry collection. The (unashamedly PoMo) results were documented in a now almost forgotten book by Barbara Radice called simply “Jewelry By Architects,” which included interviews with each designer. Originally published by Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen, this article shows off just some of the contents of this fascinating work.

Until about six months ago, there was only one Munari we idolized: Bruno, one of our favorite 20th-century designers and design theorists. (If you haven’t read Design As Art, we suggest you hop to it!) But then, one fateful day this past spring, we were wandering aimlessly around the internet when we stumbled upon the biggest editorial coup we’ve scored in years, and thus began our love affair with Cleto Munari. The Italian designer—who, as far as we can tell, is unrelated to Bruno—commissioned a dream-team of architects like Ettore Sottsass and Peter Eisenman in the early ’80s to create a jewelry collection for his eponymous company, and the project had almost no coverage anywhere on the web. After immediately snapping up a copy of the incredible out-of-print book that documented it, which we’re excerpting a small portion of here, we set about doing more research on Munari himself. Turns out he’s a bit of a Sight Unseen patron saint, who dreamed up all kinds of cross-disciplinary projects for the precious metals–focused design brand he founded in the ’70s with Carlo Scarpa. “It is most interesting to me to have a poet design a table, a painter design a credenza, and an architect design a spoon,” Munari told the Huffington Post in an interview two years ago.

Anglet South Coastline / Debarre Duplantier Associés Architecture & Paysage

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Architects: Debarre Duplantier Associés Architecture & Paysage
Location: ,
Area: 38000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Arthur Pequin, Yohan Zerdoun

Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Initiatives

Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of

Architecture for Humanity has announced the end of their program in Haiti, effective from January 2015. The charitable organization, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, set up offices in Port-au-Prince in March 2010 in order to better help the people of after the 2010 earthquake. Through almost five years in , they have completed nearly 50 projects, including homes, medical clinics, offices, and the 13 buildings in their School Initiative. Their work has positively affected the lives of over 1 million Haitians, with their schools initiative alone providing education spaces for over 18,000 students.

Read on after the break for more on the end of Architecture for Humanity’s Haiti program, and images of their completed schools

Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House to be Exhibited at Design Shanghai 2015

Prouve House with Easy Armchair Chair and Committee Chair by Jeanneret. Image Courtesy of Forward

Marking the second edition of Design Shanghai, this year’s will take place March 2015 and will include over 300 exhibitors across three halls; Contemporary Design, Classic Design, and Collectible Design. Featured among the confirmed installations is Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House, a rare early example of prefabricated housing.

French architect Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, and is known for combining bold elegance with economy of means in a socially conscious manner. He is also recognized for his manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, where he designed and produced lightweight metal furniture in collaboration with some of the most well known designers of the time. One such designer was Pierre Jeanneret, a Swiss architect and furniture designer who often worked with his more famous cousin, Le Corbusier.

Read on after the break to learn more about this year’s featured exhibition.

Cabin Ryfylke / Pir II Oslo + Resell Arkitektur

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Architects: Pir II Oslo ,
Location: Ryfylkevegen, Jørpeland, Norway
Architect In Charge: Olav Resell
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Olav Resell

Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: ,
Project Director: Michael Meier
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop