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Maka-Sojka Architects Design Polish Public Television Headquarters in Warsaw

Maka-Sojka Architects have won a competition to design a new facility for Polish public broadcasting corporation TVP in Warsaw. Driven by their desire to communicate transparency in journalism, and centralize the many programs involved in television, the project consolidates many different factors, much like journalism itself. Read more about the TVP Information Agency building after the break.

Uppgrenna Nature House / Tailor Made arkitekter

  • Architects: Tailor Made arkitekter
  • Location: Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Fredrik Olson
  • Collaborators: Greenhouse Living by Anders Solvarm, Niklas Dahlström
  • Client: Bodil Antonsson
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ulf Celander

© Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander © Ulf Celander

What Can Piketty Teach Us About Architecture?

Last year, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century took the world of economics by storm. His historical analysis and critique of the capitalist system fed perfectly into the wider narrative being constructed in the wake of the global financial crisis. But what lessons does Piketty hold for architects? In an article for The Architect's Newspaper, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf examines the way that the development of architecture in the 21st century mirrored that of economics, as the design of buildings became simultaneously a symptom and a cause of trends in capital. Read the full article - including de Graaf's question for the architects of the 21st century - here.

The Noodle Rack / Lukstudio

  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Location: Changsha, Hunan, China
  • Design Team: Christina Luk, Alba Beroiz Blazquez, Cai Jin Hong, Pao Yee Lim
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Peter Dixie for LOTAN Architectural Photography

© Peter Dixie for LOTAN Architectural Photography © Peter Dixie for LOTAN Architectural Photography © Peter Dixie for LOTAN Architectural Photography © Peter Dixie for LOTAN Architectural Photography

Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

The Earth God (Tu Di Gong / 土地公) Temple, the symbol of humans' respect for Nature, exists in harmony and as one with the land and environment. However, current urban development practices have caused the gradual shrinking of this civic and religious center, as the property has been frequently ceded to the city under expropriation regulations. In response to this issue, Tai Square Arts and Aesthetics Association has organized the "Earth God Temple Student Design Competition", inviting young students with creativity and ideas to evaluate and provide a solution that will improve the situation of the temple and its surrounding

RebirthHouse / Ryo Matsui Architects

© Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners

Domus International Prize for Restoration and Conservation

The Prize conceived and promoted by the Department of Architecture at Ferrara University and Fassa Bortolo company gives visibility to contemporary restoration and recovery projects (in this fifth edition of the competition only for professionals) of interest with a total prize money of 13.000 euros.

Micro-Hutong / standardarchitecture

  • Architects: standardarchitecture
  • Location: YangMeiZhu Xie street, Dashilar
  • Design Team: Zhang Ke, Zhang Mingming, Dai Haifei, Ao Ikegami, Zhang Yanping, Huang Tanyu
  • Client: Camerich
  • Area: 30.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Chen Su, Su Shengliang, Zhang Yanping, Zhang Mingming, Courtesy of stantardarchitecture

© Su Shengliang © Zhang Yanping © Zhang Mingming © Su Shengliang

Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors

We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (The Monacelli Press; September 29, 2015) will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings.

Design a Skate and Play Park for Le Fanu Park in Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Architecture Foundation has opened a new competition to design a play and skate park in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council. Located on “The Lawns” in Le Fanu Park of Ballyfermot, the project is a unique opportunity for inter-disciplinary design work. A wide range of creative practitioners are invited to apply – designers, architects, play therapists, skate/BMX professionals, wild-life experts, musicians or anyone else with a passion for working in community contexts.

Vogue Architects Selected to Design Engineers Union Building in Kurdistan

Located in the autonomous Iraqi state of Kurdistan, Vogue Architects have won a competition to construct a new building for the Kurdistan Engineers Union in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. The mixed-use concrete and glass tower will serve as the new hub for the Engineers Union and will become home to several engineering firms, administrative offices, a fitness centre and public space. Designed to pay homage to the land, the tower was created on principles of holiness, honesty and respect for nature.

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Corisco Houses / RVdM Arquitectos

  • Architects: RVdM Arquitectos
  • Location: Santa Joana, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Ricardo Vieira de Melo
  • Design Team: Rui Rei, Ricardo Senos, Catarina Simões, Damião Santos, Jorge Brito
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

Archiculture Interviews: Peter Lippman

“We as a profession have to encourage young architects to understand that the technology they’re using is merely a tool. They have to understand how to build the building that they’re creating, but also understand that this place is going to affect somebody. So what can we do to make it a place that—in a sense—I want to be a part of, that I want to attach to?”

Why Old is the New Green

When it comes to sustainable architecture, the focus has historically been on designing buildings to reduce emissions. In recent years though, this focus has expanded to take into account the full life-cycle impact of a building and its components. But is this enough? In this article from ArchitectureBoston's Fall 2015 Issue, originally titled "Old is the new green," Jean Carroon FAIA and Ben Carlson argue that not only are most green buildings not designed with the full life-cycle of their materials in mind, but that even those which are they rely on a payback period that we simply can't afford. The solution? A dose of "radical common sense" in the form of preservation.

“Radical common sense” is the term a fellow preservation architect uses to describe a mindset that values repair over replacement. Why is this radical? Because, while reuse of water bottles and grocery bags is rapidly gaining ground, reuse of buildings and building components is not. And it’s not hard to see why: It is almost always less expensive and easier to replace a whole building and almost any of its elements — doors, windows, light fixtures — than to repair and reuse. Replacement also can offer measurable and consistent quality with product certifications and warranties not available for repaired items. Theoretically, a new building can ensure “high performance” and significantly reduce the environmental impact of building operations while creating healthier spaces. What’s not to like?

Maybe the old saying applies: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We want and need “sustainability.” We want and need buildings, towns, and cities that are not bad for the environment nor the people who live and work in them. But is “new” the solution or the problem?

ONS İncek Residence Showroom and Sales Office / Yazgan Design Architecture

© Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç

Kickstarter by New-Territories M4 Addresses New Forms of Ownership in Architecture

New-Territories/ M4 has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund MMYST, a hybrid architecture project that combines a hotel with a manufactured habitat for Swiftlets, a bird native to Thailand. Located in Krabi, the building will be used almost exclusively by backers of the project and will be set for removal in 10 years. In order to be realized, the project requires $200,000 in funding before October 25, 2015. Read more about this experimental project after the break.

Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio

  • Architects: Admun Design & Construction Studio
  • Location: Tehran, Nafisi St, Iran
  • Architect in Charge: Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza Fazel
  • Design Team: Ramtin Haghnazar, Mohsen Fayazbakhsh, Marjan Rafighi, Bita Latifi
  • Project Team: Ali Reza Fazel, Majid Rahmati, Bahareh Ahmadnia
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Mostafa Karbasi, Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff

Open Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, Ireland

Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council are launching a competition to design a play and skate park for ‘The Lawns’ in Le Fanu Park, Dublin 10. The competition is now open. The 'Play Park: Ballyfermot' project is a unique opportunity for an innovative inter-disciplinary design collective, with a passion for working in community contexts to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Dublin.