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Imagining the Future of Suburbia, From “Freedomland” to “McMansion Hell”

04:00 - 22 June, 2017
Imagining the Future of Suburbia, From “Freedomland” to “McMansion Hell”, Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The blog invites designers, writers and other contributors to independently express their perspectives on the Biennial across a range of formats. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

Some works of architectural writing can be taken at face value as stark manifestos for a new aesthetic. Keith Krumwiede’s Atlas of Another America is, instead, a constantly unfurling satire that offers layers upon layers of artfully imagined social commentary. Like McMansion Hell, my own long-form satirical project, Krumwiede’s “architectural fiction" sends up American ideas about economics, politics, and culture by picking apart our outrageous suburban housing types. The project will be on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall, delivering a sardonic vision of American architecture that comes out of academic theory, but has a potent message for anyone who has spent time in suburbia. 

Eden Locke Edinburgh / Grzywinski+Pons

03:00 - 22 June, 2017
Eden Locke Edinburgh / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley +46

Győr-Gönyű National Public Port Control Building / sporaarchitects + Térhálózat

02:00 - 22 June, 2017
Győr-Gönyű National Public Port Control Building / sporaarchitects + Térhálózat, © Danyi Balázs
© Danyi Balázs

© Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    National Public Port Győr-Károlyháza, Kikötő l. 0691/4 hrsz., l 0691/4 hrsz., 9011 Hungary
  • Architects in Charge

    Ádám Hatvani, Attila Korompay, Tibor Dékány
  • Area

    708.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Yo House / SO Architecture

22:00 - 21 June, 2017
Yo House / SO Architecture, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kiryat Tiv'on, Israel
  • Lead Architects

    Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Alejandro Fajnerman
  • Project Team

    Oded Rozenkier, Shachar Lulav
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House for 4 Generations / tomomi kito architect & associates

20:00 - 21 June, 2017
House for 4 Generations / tomomi kito architect & associates, © Satoshi Shigeta
© Satoshi Shigeta

© Satoshi Shigeta © Satoshi Shigeta © Satoshi Shigeta © Satoshi Shigeta +18

Riverside Urban Hackathon 2017

19:30 - 21 June, 2017
Riverside Urban Hackathon 2017

Influence the future of Riverside, CA by merging design & tech to positively impact tourism in the city.
#RUH17

RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners

19:01 - 21 June, 2017
RIBA Announces 2017 National Award Winners, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced 49 exemplary projects as winners of the 2017 RIBA National Awards. This year’s list features projects from a wide range of typologies and leading architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + PartnersWilkinsonEyre, and Caruso St John Architects

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects © Hélène Binet Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building (Switch House) / Herzog & de Meuron © Iwan Baan South Street / Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd. © Richard Chivers St Albans Abbey / Richard Griffiths Architects © Richard Griffiths +50

New Campus of Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

19:00 - 21 June, 2017
New Campus of Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, © Li Yao
© Li Yao

© Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao +38

Ancha House / Augusto Quijano Arquitectos

17:00 - 21 June, 2017
Ancha House / Augusto Quijano Arquitectos, © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón
© Eduardo Calvo Santisbón

© Eduardo Calvo Santisbón © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mérida, Yucatan, México
  • Area

    495.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photography

    Eduardo Calvo Santisbón

João's House / Guilherme Machado Vaz

15:00 - 21 June, 2017
João's House / Guilherme Machado Vaz, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +39

9 Preservation Projects Win 2017 Modernism in America Awards

14:10 - 21 June, 2017
9 Preservation Projects Win 2017 Modernism in America Awards

Nine projects have been announced as winners of Docomomo US’ 2017 Modernism in America Awards, honoring projects within the United States that highlight and advocate for the restoration of postwar architecture and landscapes.

Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards were founded to celebrate "the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design."

Denver Pallet House / Meridian 105 Architecture

13:00 - 21 June, 2017
Denver Pallet House / Meridian 105 Architecture, © Astula Inc
© Astula Inc

© Astula Inc © Astula Inc © Astula Inc © Astula Inc +23

Foster + Partners' New London HQ for Bloomberg Uses Ancient Roman Site Features to Inspire Interaction

12:10 - 21 June, 2017
Foster + Partners' New London HQ for Bloomberg Uses Ancient Roman Site Features to Inspire Interaction, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has revealed new renderings of their designs for Bloomberg’s new London headquarters as the project races toward anticipated completion this autumn. The first building worldwide to be wholly owned and constructed by Bloomberg, the design of the London HQ has been guided by principles of collaboration, innovation and productivity, resulting in a structure that enhance both the workplace environment and the public realm.

© Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +5

Spotlight: Smiljan Radić

11:30 - 21 June, 2017
Spotlight: Smiljan Radić,  The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Mainly known outside of his home country for his design of the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, architect Smiljan Radić (born June 21, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures in current Chilean architecture. With a distinctive approach to form, materials, and natural settings, Radić mostly builds small- to medium-sized projects that flirt with the notion of fragility.

2014 Serpentine Pavilion. Image ©  Danica O. Kus Copper House 2. Image Courtesy of Smiljan Radic Mestizo Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Smiljan Radic Zwing Bus Stop. Image © Yuri Palmin +12

Willem II Passage / Civic Architects

11:00 - 21 June, 2017
Willem II Passage / Civic Architects, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Pieter de Ruijter © Richard Boerop © Kees Hummel +25

In Conversation with 3 Rapidly Emerging Practices: L.E.FT, Point Supreme, and vPPR

10:30 - 21 June, 2017
Courtesy of Point Supreme. Image © GSAPP Conversations
Courtesy of Point Supreme. Image © GSAPP Conversations

In these three episodes of GSAPP Conversations, a podcast series designed to offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice, three globally-operating emerging practices are pressed and interviewed by students and staff from the New York-based school.

© GSAPP Conversations
© GSAPP Conversations

Courtesy of Point Supreme. Image © GSAPP Conversations Courtesy of L.E.FT Architects. Image © GSAPP Conversations Courtesy of VPPR. Image © GSAPP Conversations Courtesy of Point Supreme. Image © GSAPP Conversations +16

13 Tragically Demolished Buildings that Depict Our Ever-Changing Attitudes Toward Architecture

09:30 - 21 June, 2017
13 Tragically Demolished Buildings that Depict Our Ever-Changing Attitudes Toward Architecture, Courtesy of The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (in public domain)
Courtesy of The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (in public domain)

Immortalized through photographs, drawings, and stories, buildings that have been demolished or completely renovated exist in the realm known as “lost architecture.” Either for economic or aesthetic reasons, the old gets torn down for the new, often to the disdain of community members and architects. But demolished buildings tell a story about the ever-changing politics of preservation—and often, they tell it far better than buildings that were actually preserved ever could. As the architectural landscape continues to change around us, it is important to recognize our past, even if its traces have been eliminated from the physical world.

House Spaak / AVARRUS Architects

09:00 - 21 June, 2017
House Spaak / AVARRUS Architects, © Ville Vappula Photography
© Ville Vappula Photography

© Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography © Ville Vappula Photography +32