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Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless conflicts. In some ways, “modernity” could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity“ set for the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator’s take on the pavilion after the break

Country House Renovation / 2260mm Arquitectes

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Architects: 2260mm Arquitectes
Location: , Cantabria, Spain
Architects In Charge: Manel Casellas, Mar Puig de la Bellacasa
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lluís Bernat

New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image Courtesy of

New images have been released of Foster + Partners’ and Heller Manus Architects’ design for  “First and Mission,” a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development project in downtown .

The project consists of a 605-foot condominium tower — the tallest residential project on the West Coast — and an 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower. Together the two towers will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

View more images and learn more about the design of the “First and Mission” project after the break…

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen
Location: , CA, USA
Architects In Charge: Behnisch Architekten, , IPD International Parking Design
Area: 2,250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Matthiessen

An Interview With Materials And Rapid Prototyping Specialist Krista Ninivaggi

Named the 2014 Designer of The Year by Contract Magazine, of K & Co is an expert in material innovation. In the following interview, Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis Magazine asks the young designer about her design process, the materials she uses and more. 

Robert A.M. Stern Remembers Charles Moore

Moore House, Orinda, California, 1962. Image Courtesy of Morley Baer

Robert A.M. Stern, founder of his eponymous firm and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, remembers his colleague and friend Charles Moore in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine. Stern writes about the details most would never know — including what it was like to be a guest in Moore’s home and his eating habits. Read on to learn about and their relationship over the years and Stern’s admiration for Moore.

As an architecture student at Yale editing Perspecta 9/10, I first met by telephone and through correspondence. I had come across his amazing early projects in the Italian magazine Casabella, and was intrigued by what I read about him and his partners — especially in a provocative essay by Donlyn Lyndon. I got in touch with Charles and he volunteered that he was interested in writing about Disneyland for the journal, leading to the publication of his justifiably famous article, “You Have to Pay for the Public Life,” as well as a portfolio of projects by his firm Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker.

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

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Architects: Specht Harpman Architects
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Amy Lopez-Cepero
Area: 2400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Taggart Sorensen

The New York Times Asks: Are “Starchitects” Ruining City Skylines?

Hudson Yards, New York by Related Properties. Image Courtesy of Visualhouse

The idea of “star architects” or “starchitects” is, if nothing else, polemic. Frank Gehry has expressed his hatred for being labeled with the term, and in 2013 we received a letter from a reader urging us to ban the phrase as it “undermines serious discourse regarding architecture and urbanism.” Now, the “” debate has reached the opinion section of .

Following recent comments by Witold Rybczynski that “starchitects” — often unfamiliar with the cities they are designing for — are designing buildings that don’t fit into their surroundings, the NYT has posed the question: Are superstar architects ruining city skylines? Weighing in on the topic are Allison Arieff, an architecture and design writer for the NYT, Vishaan Chakrabarti, an associate professor at Columbia and a partner at SHoP Architects, Angel Borrego Cubero, a Madrid-based architect, and the director and producer of “The Competition,” a documentary about architectural competitions, and Beverly Willis of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

Sir Terry Farrell. Image © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page
Sir Terry Farrell. Image © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page

UK Ministers to Consider Key Recommendation of Farrell Review

The House of Lords has announced that the proposal to appoint a ‘Chief Architect’ in the UK, one of the major recommendations of this year’s report by Terry Farrell, will be discussed by the UK’s minister for architecture Ed Vaizey and Housing and Planning minister Brandon Lewis. The proposal was among 60 recommendations made by the Farrell Review at the end of March. Other proposals due to be discussed by ministers are a the idea of establishing a Place Leadership Council and design review panels for infrastructure projects. More after the break…

Mondang / AnLstudio

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Architects: AnLstudio
Location: Jongno 5(o)-ga, 124-8 Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Area: 34.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana
Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana

Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?

In an article for the New York Times Rachel Donadio examines Masterworks vs. the Masses. From the Louvre in Paris to London’s British MuseumFlorence’s Uffizi to the Vatican Museums, the increasing surge of visitors to these international cultural nodes “has turned many museums into crowded, sauna-like spaces.” Balancing everyone’s right to be “nourished” by cultural experiences with protecting and preserving the works of art in question is a very real problem. According to Donadio, ”even when the art is secure, the experience can become irksome.” With some museums seeing annual visitors of up to 6.7 million visitors (British Museum), addressing the issues faced by institutions that are a victim of their own success is becoming more and more pressing. Read the article in full here.

HOUSE-K / K2YT

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Architects: K2YT
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Consult: Takeshi Suzuki
Area: 291.0 sqm
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

PLASMA Studio Breaks Ground on Chinese Eco-Restaurant

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PLASMA Studio‘s latest project in Xixian City’s Eco-Park isn’t just a restaurant – it’s also a greenhouse, hydroponic garden, and indoor playground. The project, which broke ground this past July, will twist and fold across the green landscape. Future dinners will enjoy meals featuring local ingredients and in-house produce (which they will also have the opportunity to pick themselves), echoing the sustainable approach taken by the rest of the park. Keep reading after the break to learn more about the interrelated, mixed-use program.

G-ROC / Nook Architects

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Architects: Nook Architects
Location: Barcelona,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

Chapel St Genevieve / OBIKA Architecture

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Architects: OBIKA Architecture
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Caroline Leloup Szalkowski, Katarina Dubravcova Malingrey
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Atelier Vilela / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

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Architects: Hitzig Militello Arquitectos
Location: ,
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian

Godfrey Hotel / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: , IL, USA
Architects Personnel: Joseph Valerio, FAIA; David Jennerjahn, AIA; Louis Ray, AIA; Steve Droll, AIA; Brad Pausha, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Kurt Volkman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Robert Webber, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Kathryn Soven, LEED AP BD+C; Lauren Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 53,839 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing

Horse Stable Refurbishment / 3+1 architekti

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Architects: 3+1 architekti
Location: Předlice,
Area: 458 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pavel Plánička