Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Who Are Architecture’s Best Young “Disrupters”?

In their fifth annual “Game Changers” survey, Metropolis Magazine sought to uncover the visionaries who have the potential to make waves in design and architecture. Profiling six of design’s ”foremost forward-looking talents,” the list includes Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, the filmmaking duo whose “Living Architectures” series takes a sideways glance at some of the world’s most celebrated buildings; Amy Mielke and Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, whose work as Water Pore Partnership topped BIG and The Living for Holcim’s North America Award; and finally Aggregate, a collaborative of architecture historians who are rethinking the way we do architecture theory. For the full list and profiles of all those featured on it, head on over to Metropolis Magazine.

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architects: SAMI-arquitectos
Location: Pico Island,
Architects In Charge: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulo Catrica

Villa Π / Oliver Grigić

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Architects:
Location: Čepin,
Area: 1393.0 sqm
Photographs: Marin Topić

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Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

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Architects: A2 Architects
Location: Jevnaker,
Architect In Charge: Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott, David McInerney
Technical Design: Jakob Ilera, INSEQ
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiru Havran

Résidence Jouanicot – Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

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Architects:
Location: Anglet,
Area: 6269.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J

© Architectural League of New York
© Architectural League of New York

Call for Proposals: 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund

In memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund is calling for proposals from students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies for awards up to $5000 in travel and study grants. A program of The Architectural League of New York, participants must submit a maximum three-page proposal, which succinctly describes the objectives of the grant request and how it will contribute to the applicant’s intellectual and creative development. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2015. For more information, please visit here.

Fenwick Street House / Julie Firkin Architects

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Architects: Julie Firkin Architects
Location: VIC,
Area: 105.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christine Francis

Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Construction has commenced on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ 61-story condominium tower in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The $700 million development will be the tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest tower to rise since the 1976 John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed.

“The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting,” says Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

BLUEPRINT: Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO – IL

BLUEPRINT is the latest on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in . Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the exhibition features 50 blueprints from participating artists and architects, ranging from as far back as 1961 to 2013.

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

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Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architect In Charge: Siamak Hariri –
Local Architect: BL Arquitectos
Client: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada
General Contractor: Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá’í para Sudamérica Ltda.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings.

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Joseph Pschorr House / Kuehn Malvezzi

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Architects: Kuehn Malvezzi
Location: , Germany
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn’t Have Sued the New York Review of Books

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Update: Last week, Hadid and the Review of Books agreed to a settlement agreement, with Hadid accepting the apology of the Review of Books and, in conjunction with the settlement, donating an undisclosed sum of money to a labor rights charity. You can read the full joint statement at the end of this article.

For those that follow the ins and outs of architectural criticism, it will have been hard to miss the news this week that Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books, claiming that the critical broadside launched by Martin Fuller against Hadid in his review of Rowan Moore’s book Why We Build was not only defamatory but also unrepresentative of the content of the book. Hadid’s lawyers demanded a retraction of the review, which they claimed had caused Hadid “severe emotional and physical distress.”

Hadid’s lawsuit did manage to elicit an apology from Filler, but probably not the one she was hoping for: Filler posted a retraction admitting that his review confused the number of deaths involved in all construction in Qatar in 2012-13 (almost 1,000) with the number of deaths on Hadid’s own Al Wakrah stadium (exactly zero). However, much of Filler’s comments criticizing Hadid’s cold attitude to conditions for immigrant workers in Qatar remain unaddressed.

Throughout the week, a number of other critics took this opportunity to pile more criticism on Hadid, unanimously agreeing that the lawsuit was a bad idea. Read on after the break to see the six reasons they gave explaining why.

Explora Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol + José Cruz

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Architects: Germán del Sol,
Location: Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region,
Structure: Fernando del Sol Ing. Asociados
Year: 1993
Photographs: Guy Wenborne, Courtesy of Germán del Sol, José Cruz

Los Manantiales. Image Courtesy of www.rkett.com
Los Manantiales. Image Courtesy of www.rkett.com

Spotlight: Félix Candela

Mexican-Spanish architect Félix Candela (Jan 27, 1910-Dec 7, 1997) was known for redefining the role of the architect in relation to structural problems, and played a crucial role in the development of new structural forms of concrete. His famous experimentation with concrete gave rise to projects like the Los Manantiales restaurant in the Xochimilco area of Mexico City and the Cosmic Rays Pavilion for the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Office for Architecture Studio and Coworking Space / As – Built

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Architects: As – Built
Location: Rúa Pardo Baixo, 23, 15403 Ferrol, A Coruña,
Design Team: Pablo Ríos, Moncho Rey
Area: 82.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Moncho Rey

Michael Sorkin On The Guggenheim, Museum Culture, and “The Next Helsinki” Competition

Finalist: GH-121371443. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Aside from attracting a huge level of media interest, the record-breaking competition to design the Guggenheim Museum’s planned outpost in Helsinki also generated a significant level of criticism – not least from and his collaborators, who launched a counter-competition seeking alternative suggestions for how the site could be used. In this article, originally published on as “‘We Mean to Be Provocateurs’: Michael Sorkin on the Next Helsinki Competition,” Zachary Edelson interviews Sorkin on his reaction to the Guggenheim’s shortlist, his hopes for his own competition, and the critical role that museums play in the worlds of both art and architecture.

The reverberations of the Bilbao Effect, where a prize museum infuses a region with prosperity and global cache, have concentrated on an unlikely city: the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is famous for its Fifth Avenue museum, but its 1997 Frank Gehry-designed Bilbao outpost famously catapulted its small Basque host city to new levels of international renown. The city’s tourism revenue quickly helped recoup the museum’s extensive costs: $100 million for design and construction, subsidies towards a $12 million annual budget, $50 million for an acquisitions fund, and $20 million to the Guggenheim for its name, curatorial services, and the use of parts of its collection. Within three years, visitors’ spending had garnered $110 million and by 2013 more than 1 million had entered the gleaming metallic structure. Many have tried to replicate Bilbao’s success but opposition against such massive expenditures always looms. In this case, it has manifested in a rival competition led by New York-based architect and writer Michael Sorkin and titled The Next Helsinki.

Jaboticaba House / Raffo Arquitetura

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Architects: Raffo Arquitetura
Location: Alphaville, – PR, Brazil
Architectural Design: Lucas Raffo
Area: 540.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fabio Pitrez