The Berlage Archive: Stefano Boeri (2001)

ArchDaily has teamed up with the The Berlage to provide exclusive access to their newly digitized archive of lectures. is a postgraduate international institute where some of the world’s most renowned architects, thinkers, designers, photographers and other professionals come to share, exchange and critically reflect upon their ideas. Over the last 23 years, has built up an extensive archive of seminal lectures. Thanks to this partnership we can now share them with you. ArchDaily is committed to providing inspiration and knowledge to architects all over the world, so please look forward to monthly publications of these lectures during the coming year.

What is Europe’s new role in a globalized, post-terrorist world? In this lecture from 2001, Italian architect Stefano Boeri meditates on the intersection of socialism, urbanism and globalization in a world still reeling from the attacks on September 11th, which had occurred just months prior. ”Multiplicity,” he explains, is about creating an opportunity to discuss the myriad of components affecting the all-encompassing world of architecture. Boeri paints his ideas in broad strokes, punctuating with specific examples of social uprising as catalysts for movements within architecture.

“Europe cannot be read as geographical or geopolitical environment” says Boeri, “it has a history of mobile borders.” In a world turned upside down by a new culture of terrorism, Boeri delves into the traveling museum exhibition as a worldwide vehicle for research, discussion and progress. Referencing his research on urban planning in “Mutations” with Rem Koolhaas, Boeri places architecture on the leading edge of societal progress, as typified in his later project Bosco Verticale in Milan.

Check out the other lectures in The Berlage Archive series

Festival Hall ’Neckarallee’ in Neckartailfingen / Ackermann+Raff

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Architects: Ackermann+Raff
Location: , Germany
Area: 1187.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Galvanizing a Legacy: FAT’s Final Built Work is Unveiled

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The scaffolding has come down, revealing the first glimpse of FAT‘s extraordinary A House For Essex. Designed in collaboration with British ceramic artist Grayson Perry and commissioned by Alain de Botton’s alternative holiday rental project Living Architecture, the house will be the final built work that FAT complete. The bejewelled two bedroom dwelling, topped with a shimmering golden copper alloy roof and clad in glinting green and white tiles, sits in the rolling landscape of Essex – Charles Holland (FAT) and Perry’s home county. Adorned with sculptures integrated into a wider narrative that spatially recounts the life of a fictional character called Julie, the barn-like shape, bold colours and decoration has not simply garnered widespread attention but has also captured people’s curiosity.

Find out more about the project in an with the architect after the break.

X2 River Kwai / agaligo studio

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Architects: agaligo studio
Location: Unnamed Road, , Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000,
Area: 3023.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of agaligo studio

North London Hospice / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: North Hospice, 71 Chase Side, N14 5BQ, UK
Area: 8000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Timothy Soar

FOO / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao maybe incredibly sculptural - but apparently it isn't sculpture. Image © Peter Knaup
Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao maybe incredibly sculptural - but apparently it isn't sculpture. Image © Peter Knaup

Gehry on Art, Curvy Walls and “Jumping Off the Cliff”

When someone is in the public eye as much as Frank Gehry, it’s easy for them to be misrepresented in the media. Fortunately, this interview by Architectural Record’s editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan sets the record straight: Gehry doesn’t consider himself as an artist, and he doesn’t think of architecture as sculpture (despite what he once said). He is however hugely influenced by the way artists work, inventing ways to make things when it might otherwise be thought impossible. That’s why he’s always the one to “jump off the cliff”, as he puts it. You can read the full interview here.

Richard Levy Gallery Hatches Architectural Birdhouse Competition

Natural Habitat 67? Fieldworks’ 2010 installation “Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven” offers birds and insects a place to stay. Image © Fieldworks

Do you have design skills to crow about? Well the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque wants to hear from you – to raise money for the National Audubon Society (the US partner of Birdlife International), they’ve organized NEST, a birdhouse design competition open to architects worldwide which they hope will result in some birdhouses to coo over.

Hopeful architects have until October 15th to submit their designs. The best submissions will be displayed in the gallery for a month, before being auctioned in March 2015 to raise money for charity. Visit the competition website for more details on how to enter.

Acoustic Shells / Flanagan Lawrence

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Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence

Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte
Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?

Since we spend most of our waking hours in buildings, shouldn’t they be designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle? It turns out there are many ways in which architects can design spaces that encourage us to exercise as part of our daily routine. Likewise there are many design features that often dissuade people from physical activity. For example, while a dark or secluded staircase may be off-putting, centrally located and open staircases tend to be used even more than elevators. Find out how buildings can serve as our personal trainers in this article from Fast Co. Design, “How To Keep Our Buildings From Making Us Fat.”

Could Detroit’s Most Remarkable Ruin Finally Have a Future?

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Originally posted on the Huffington Post’s Home Section as “How a Historic Movie Palace Became America’s Most Unusual Parking Garage,” this article tells of both the history and the possible future of the Michigan Theater – once one of ’s most opulent nights out, but now a crumbling (albeit oddly magnificent) garage. Emblematic of the city’s rapid decline, it turns out the recently-purchased Michigan Theater may also be a symbol of the city’s regeneration.

An inventor’s workshop. A movie palace. A rock club. A car park. A skate park. The backdrop for Eminem videos. Now it’s one of America‘s strangest parking garages, but a peek inside the Michigan Theatre reveals why it’s remained a landmark — and has a unique story that explains a lot about the importance of preserving cities’ historic architecture.

The former theater is attached to the Michigan Building, a partially occupied office tower, and might look familiar to some who have sought out urban decay photos. There’s something radically visceral about cars parked in the garage under the crumbling but ornately decorated ceilings of the site that in its heyday hosted legends like the Marx Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Doris Day.

Read more on the theater’s unusual, inspiring story after the break

House in Rubianes Refurbishment / Nan Arquitectos

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Architects: Nan Arquitectos
Location: PAZO DE RUBIANES, 36619 , Pontevedra,
Architect In Charge: Alberto F. Reiriz, Vicente Pillado, Wenceslao Lopez
Collaborators: Eleazar Álvarez
Area: 49.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Santos-Diez

JAJA Designs “Park ‘N’ Play” Parking Garage in Copenhagen

Exterior View. Image © JAJA Architects

With the intention of creating a beautiful public space from what is usually one-function building, JAJA architects are redefining what a parking deck can be. Their recent competition entry for a garage in the city of Nordhavn, Copenhagen is an inviting structure that incorporates green facades and a rooftop playground, making full use of its placement in an up-and-coming urban neighborhood. Read all about the aptly named “Park ‘N’ Play”, after the break.

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“Moskva: Urban Space” Investigates the Future of Moscow’s Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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In their collateral event for the debut of the pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition “Moskva: urban space“ explores the historic development of public spaces and examines the city’s progress in the context of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Zaryadye Park. Curated by Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow together with Kristin Kristin Feireiss from AEDES, and organized by MCA – Moscow Committee of Architecture and Urban Development, the exhibition comes at a pivotal moment in determining the future of urban development in Moscow. As Kuznetsov states, “While the face of Moscow in the past 100 years was largely determined by the architecture of its buildings, representing political and economic developments, today’s urban singularity is based on the “connective fabric” of its public spaces that have become equally important identity-makers and contributes significantly to improving the quality of urban life for its citizens.” To see photos of the exhibition by Patricia Parinejad and learn more about the story behind it, continue reading after the break.

The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

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Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
Location: , Greece
Architects In Charge: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Lianna Nella-Potiropoulou
Year: 2014
Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis

The Workshop / Guy Hollaway Architects

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Architects: Guy Hollaway Architects
Location: London,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charles Hosea

Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects

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Architects: Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects
Location: Arye De Modena Street 17, ,
Lead Architect: Hila Berger, Shay Naim
Main Supplier: Layish Metal Industries LTD
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

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Architects: Enter Projects
Location: NSW,
Photographs: Brett Boardman