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7 Documentaries to Deepen Your Understanding of Le Corbusier

This week marked 50 years since the death of Le Corbusier, and to commemorate his 78-year career we’ve rounded up a selection of videos and documentaries on the architect. In a myriad of languages, the films cover everything from the historical context of his era to how the Villa Savoye is preserved, and his work in Argentina.

Exhibition: Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

Andrea Palladio is the only architect who has given his name to a style – one that is still in use around the world after nearly 500 years. From the US Capitol to a 21st century Somerset cowshed, 'Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected' introduces Palladio’s design principles and explores how they have been interpreted, copied and re-imagined across time and continents from his death in 1580 to the present day.

2M House / Salworks

  • Architects: Salworks
  • Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Author: Rui Sabino de Sousa
  • Collaborator: Gonçalo Cordeiro Pires
  • Project Area: 213.37 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Salworks

Courtesy of Salworks Courtesy of Salworks Courtesy of Salworks Courtesy of Salworks

Can’t We Design Buildings to Look Like They Used To?

Short answer: Sure we can. But everything will always bear the mark of its own time.

Long answer: Sticking with something that we know works is a good strategy. Lots of old buildings and cities function extraordinarily well. As a rule it’s dumb to replace them with something else. And modern times don’t necessarily demand modern buildings. In many cases it’s easy to live a modern lifestyle in a renovated building. The problem with creating new buildings and cities that look like old ones is not imitation per se—we’ve learned to deal with much bigger lies than that. But the charm of old cities runs deep below the surface. Once we’ve learned to really understand old buildings and cities, we can recreate their qualities in other forms. Buildings are resources; projects are opportunities.

Unlooped Kino in St. Petersburg / Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder

  • Architects: Ira Koers, Roelof Mulder
  • Location: State Hermitage Museum, Dvortsovaya ploshchad', 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder

Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder


  • Location: Manchon-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  • Project Team : Kim Gun cheol, Lee seung eun
  • Area: 363.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Moon Jung sik

© Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik

Living Anatomy: an Exhibition about Housing at Harvard Graduate School of Design

On Monday, August 24, the Harvard Graduate School of Design opened its main Fall 2015 exhibition Living Anatomy: An Exhibition About Housing. Focusing on the past 50 years, the mixed-media exhibition features both built and academic work and showcases innovative approaches and solutions to housing in contexts around the world.

H2 BOX / PODesign

  • Architects: PODesign
  • Location: Soi 21, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10220, Thailand
  • Area: 45.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio

Audrey Apartments / Carr Design Group

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath

MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles

MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic model for housing in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition at the A+D Museum. Dubbed the "Cloud Corridor," the concept is based on Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy for architecture to "manifest the spiritual essence between people and nature." The vision is the opposite of sprawl, proposing a high-density vertical village made up of nine interconnected residential towers. 

Dental Clinic in Porto / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

  • Architects: Ren Pepe Arquitetos
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Designer: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe (Ren Pepe Arquitetos)
  • Project coordinator: Michela Piddiu
  • Design Team: João Ramos, Cátia Cunha, Marta Machado, Ricardo Leitão
  • Photographs: Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro

Build a Life-Size LEGO Structure with these Modular Plastic Blocks

via Wired
via Wired

LEGO enthusiast Arnon Rosan has created a full-scale, interlocking "LEGO" block that allows users to quickly assemble life-size structures. The LEGO-like "EverBlock" is a modular system of polypropylene blocks with raised lugs that can be stacked to form furniture, installations or even emergency shelters. As Wired reports, the blocks come in 14 colors, three sizes - full (one-foot-long), half (six-inches), and quarter (three-inches) - and vary in weight from a quarter to two pounds.

"Each module is designed to connect easily with the parts above and below, using a pressure fit which creates a strong link between blocks. Because of its unique lug system, you can stagger EverBlocks in 3" increments, to create all types of patterns," says EverBlock.

Cermak McCormick Place Station / Ross Barney Architects

  • Architects: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: Cermak-McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
  • Design Team: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA; Eric Martin, AIA; Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Andrew Vesselinovitch, AICP Mordecai Scheckter, LEED AP; Sung-Joon Kim, LEED AP; Anna Ninoyu; Huili Feng; Monica Chadha; Nicolas Sanchez, LEED AP; Sallie Schwartzkopf, AIA; Amy Chun; Corrine Knight
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Kate Joyce Studios

© Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios

SO-IL Reveals Plans for New Brooklyn Art Gallery

New York-based SO-IL has unveiled plans for a new Brooklyn art gallery, dubbed Artes Amant. The 1,320-square-meter building will house the production, display and storage of art in a four-story "concrete mass" that is "spatially marked by its industrial past."

"This arts’ building is an exploration in soft form, where a cluster of shells acts to diffuse an exterior presence and shape the building’s interior," says SO-IL. 

Centor Showroom / exexe

  • Interior Designers: exexe
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Ligia Krajewska, Jakub Pstraś
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jakub Certowicz

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz

Why Sketchbooks Still Rule in a Digital World

In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly comes across as something of a technophile: some of his favorite topics include Revit macros, coding, Excel, automation and... Moleskine? In this article, originally published on ArchSmarter as "Why I Still Use a Sketchbook," Kilkelly explains why despite all the technology, sketchbooks remain one of the most important tools at his disposal.

I was in a full panic.

I got to the hotel when realized I left my sketchbook in the cab. I was freaking out. I called the cab company and explained, with a mounting sense of urgency, what happened.

“You forgot your sketchbook? What’s that? Some kind of laptop?”
“No,” I explained. “It’s a notebook with good paper. I sketch in it. You know, with a pen.”
“Why don’t you just use an iPad?”
“But I like to draw. I like the feel of the paper and it never runs out of batteries” I replied.
“Whatever. I’ve got a great sketching app on my iPad. Plus like a thousand games. And I can read the newspaper. And check my email...”

Tozzer Anthropology Building / Kennedy & Violich Architecture

  • Architects: Kennedy & Violich Architecture
  • Location: 21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • Area: 35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: John Horner, Courtesy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

US Pavilion Announces Architects for the Venice Biennale 2016

After a selection process involving over 250 submissions, the curatorial team for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale has selected 12 teams of architects to produce the US exhibition: The Architectural Imagination. The Architectural Imagination will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally.

This fall, the teams will travel to Detroit for site visits and community meetings, as well as to meet with faculty and students at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon hope to have selected a team that produces creative and resourceful work to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

See all of the selected teams after the break.