Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates

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Architects: OISHI Masayuki & Associates
Location: , Hiroshima, Japan
Area: 156.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshinori Tanaka

Pediatric Emergency Department At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 101 West 8th Avenue, , WA 99204, USA
Architect In Charge: Gerald (Butch) Reifert, FAIA
Project Manager: Gary Signs, AIA
Project Designer: Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 28000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Frank Gehry Claims Today’s Architecture is (Mostly) “Pure Shit”

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“Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it. 

“Once in a while, however, there’s a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don’t ask for work. I don’t have a publicist. I’m not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don’t ask questions as stupid as that one.”

This, followed by the middle finger, was Gehry’s response to a reporter asking the 85-year-old architect how he responds to the critics claiming he practices “showy architecture.”

Originally covered by El Mundo and translated by Gizmodo, the awkward confrontation happened at a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, which Gehry attended to receive the Prince of Asturias Awards for the Arts

Emotions may have been running high considering this past week Gehry celebrated the opening of the new Fondation Louis Vuitton building which the critics have claimed to be not much more than a “spectacle.”

Studio Gang Reveals 14-Story Residential Tower Planned for Miami Design District

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Studio Gang Architects has released designs for a 14-story residential tower in the Design District. Anchored by ground floor retail and topped with a resident lounge and swimming pool, the tower will, as the architects describe, “demonstrate Studio Gang’s principle of exo-spatial high-rise design in which the inside extends to the outside in a dynamic spatial arrangement.”

Each of the building’s 76 residential units will frame panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood with Studio Gang’s contemporary reinterpretation of a “Florida Room.”

Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Insurgentes Sur, City, Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind y Gerardo Salinas
Project Area: 825 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Port Hope House / Teeple Architects

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Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 4450.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

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© Nicholas Blechman

Gastro-Architecture: Nicholas Blechman Illustrates Architecture as Food

Have you ever had the urge to squeeze a lemon on the dome of St. Peters Basilica? Or perhaps, crack a beer with Kohn Pedersen Fox’s “bottle opener”? New York-based designer Nicholas Blechman has put into illustration what we’ve all been thinking, landmark architecture as the food-related items they resemble. Check out Blechman’s “Gastro-Architecture” series here on the New York Times and preview a couple of our favorites, after the break. 

Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yoav Gurin

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 205-Meter Tower and Research Center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company

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Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans for the modernization of the Roche pharmaceutical company’s headquarters. With the first tower already under construction, the overall vision is to consolidate and update all existing facilities, including a historic Otto R. Salvisberg-designed office building, as well as construct a new, four-tower research center and 205-meter tall office tower by 2022.

“The planned consolidation of the existing industrial site will eliminate the need to build over green zones”, emphasizes Jürg Erismann, Head of the Basel/Kaiseraugst Site. “Instead, Roche will be making more efficient use of those parts of the site that have already been developed but cannot be expanded.”

Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth
Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth

Spotlight: Paul Rudolph

Paul Marvin Rudolph (October 23, 1918 – August 8, 1997) was a leading American architect known for his contributions to modernism during the International School and Postmodernism eras.  He served as the Chair of Yale University’s School of Architecture for six years and famously designed the Yale Art and Architecture Building, one of the earliest examples of Brutalist architecture in the United States.

Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

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Architects: John Ronan Architects
Location: 1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, , IL 60622, USA
Design Team: John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter AIA, (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
Area: 17470.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

See All 1,715 Entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Online

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The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last month, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Now, competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have made every single one available to view online, with each anonymous proposal presented in a series of two images, and a short description fro the architects. “Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to explore and consider the broad expanse of entries,” says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Museum and Foundation.

Competition organizer Malcolm Reading added: “For anyone interested in design, the gallery is a tremendous resource that offers rare insight into the design process and further illustrates how the vision for a … [has] captured the imagination of architects around the world.”

And indeed, the website does provide a tremendous tool: with such a huge volume of entries, the database and its associated tagging system offer an interesting way to probe the architectural zeitgeist: for example, it seems ‘curved’ buildings are almost twice as popular as ‘straight’ buildings; and ‘opaque’ buildings are still unpopular, being outpaced by ‘transparent’ buildings by almost five to one, despite the traditionally opaque museum typology.

But when it comes to architectural quality, where do you even begin with 1,715 proposals? The competition’s website has that covered too, with a favorites button, a six-building shortlist tool and a search-by-registration tool. ArchDaily is here to help too: after the break, we’ve hand-picked 50 of the most exciting, unusual, interesting and simply absurd proposals for you to start talking about.

Pe no Monte – Rural Tourism / [i]da arquitectos

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Architects: [i]da arquitectos
Location: 7630-174 ,
Architects In Charge: Ivan de Sousa, Ines Antunes
Project Leader: Ivan de Sousa
Area: 820.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River

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UK architects OS31 have recently won a competition to design RAW:almond, “the first ever outdoor dining restaurant on a frozen body of water.” The temporary restaurant has set up for business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the last two years, and for 2015 the organizers held an international open competition for the winning design. This year’s design establishes itself as an expressive frame that appears to float across the ice like a frozen jetty. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

Architecture & Water: Exploring Radical Ideas To Unlock The Potential of Urban Waterways

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In the first part of their new micro documentary series on architecture and water, Ellis Woodman and a team at the Architectural Review (AR) have collaborated with architects, developers, urbanists and thinkers to examine the latent connections between and our built environment. Taking a journey by narrowboat through London, discussing a raft of radical ideas which may offer the keys to unlocking the potential of the river along the way, the films discuss how we might begin to shape the contemporary city’s relationship with its urban waterways. Can ”floating parks, amphibious houses, floodable public squares, new wetlands or brand new canals foster a more meaningful relationship between the citizen and the city’s waters?”

StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg + Lykke

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Architects: CEBRA , Glifberg + Lykke
Location: 6100 , Denmark
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK’s Confidence Remains High

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for September showed that, for yet another month, confidence is high among UK architects, with the workload index up fractionally to +29 from +28 in August. Again, this positive figure was spread right across the country, with the most optimistic reports coming from Northern Ireland and the North of England, reporting workload index figures of +80 and +46 respectively – promising figures considering that these two areas were “slowest to show signs of recovery” after the recession, according to the RIBA.

Histria Aromatica Homestead / MVA

© Ivan Dorotić

Architects: MVA
Location: ,
Area: 972.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ivan Dorotić