National Building Museum Honors Charlie Rose with Vincent Scully Prize

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The National Building Museum has announced Charlie Rose as the recipient of the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize. The American talk show host and journalist was honored for his exploration “good design, the growth of cities, and the shape of the urban form through his insightful and substantive conversations with leading thinkers of our day.”

“One of the great joys of spending twenty-five years at the table is meeting a cross-section of the best in culture and science and technology,” said Rose. “I have a special place for the men and women who inspire us with the buildings they create. Architecture is a passion of mine and I’ve been proud to know not only architects but also those who teach, assess, and love great buildings. Architecture is one of the reflections of the permanence of a civilization. I am indeed honored to be the recipient of the Vincent Scully Prize, named for a man I have known, admired, and interviewed.”

Constitución 8 / Proyecto Cafeína

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Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: , ,
Project Area: 1159.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes, Leonardo Neve Sánchez

Jump Off A Cliff and Land in Bed in this Edgy Australian Home

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Picture yourself waking up daily to a 180-degree view of the ocean without leaving the comfort of your living room. The owners of the as-yet-unbuilt Cliff House have teamed up with Modscape of Australia to design their compact dream home, delicately perched above open water, hanging off the cliff’s edge. Cliff House redefines “living dangerously” with its vast floor to ceiling windows and slender steel supports acting as the only separation between watching Jaws and actually being in Jaws.

Dive into Cliff House with images, plans and more info after the break.

Mediateca de Carballo / Óscar Pedrós

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Architects: Óscar Pedrós
Location: Rúa Pontevedra, 15100 Carballo, A Coruña,
Area: 1570.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Héctor Santos -Díez, Courtesy of

Amazon to Occupy Stalled Foster Scheme

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Amazon has confirmed plans to move more than 5,000 of its employees into a Foster + Partners-designed office building planned for Shoreditch High Street. On hold since January 2012, the £290 million mixed-use scheme will compete with Amazon’s Farringdon office to serve as the online retailer’s new UK headquarters.

Las Delicias House / FWAP Arquitectos

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Architects: FWAP Arquitectos
Location: Córdoba, Cordoba,
Project Architects: Federico Weskamp, Federico Arguello Pitt, Javier Zanotti, Gustavo Ostoich
Collaborator: Belen Mari Arq.
Project Area: 550.0 m2
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

AR Issues: Who Needs Architecture Critics?

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ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take you back to AR’s June 2014 issue, which examines the state of architectural criticism in our age of online media and ever-present PR. Here, AR Editor Catherine Slessor argues that “more than ever, architecture is in need of provocative, engaging and entertaining critics.”

Ambrose Bierce, the great 19th-century satirist and author of the The Devil’s Dictionary, once defined a critic as ‘a person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him’. Critics occupy a curiously parasitical position in the modern cultural milieu, and an architecture critic perhaps especially so. But in an age when architects can easily find obliging PR minions to dispense their gospel and biddable publishers to churn out infinite, anodyne oeuvres complètes, who still needs critics and criticism?

Les Elfes / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC,
Area: 5165.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie’s Architecture of Cancer Care

Snohetta – Maggie’s Aberdeen, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Organized by the New York School of Interior Design, and curated for CMOA by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a new exhibit: Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care. Opening September 13, the exhibit showcases the extraordinary Maggie’s Centres, works of integrated architecture designed to address essential human needs and the everyday challenges of cancer patients undergoing treatment. The work of Frank Gehry, Piers Gough, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers have been selected to be included in the exhibition, and provide insight into how some of the most influential architects of our age have sought to positively alter the look, and more significantly, the feel, of healthcare facilities.

Argentina to Build Latin America’s Tallest Skyscraper

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Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has announced the winning proposal for the Cinematography and Audiovisual Tower that will be built in capital Buenos Aires.

Out of five competing proposals, MRA+A Álvarez| Bernabó | Sabatini’s design was selected. At 335 meters, the skyscraper will become the tallest building in Latin America, surpassing the 300-meter Costanera tower in Santiago, Chile and a 330-meter tower under development in Monterrery, Mexico. To be used mainly for ’s film and television industry, the tower will have 67 floors and 216,000 square meters of space. A hotel will occupy the top 13 floors.

More details after the break…

House AND / adn Architectures

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Architects: adn Architectures
Location: , Belgium
Area: 24.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

A Temporary Setting for Performance in the Centre of Southampton

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The Playing Field, a 450-seat “high tech Tudor theatre” in the heart of the British city of Southampton, represented a major collaboration between the city’s arts organisations and was realised through a collaborative effort between engineers Structure Workshop and Assemble Studio, the London based practice known for innovative interventions within the public realm. Their Cineroleum, coupled with a bold renovation of a yardhouse, are part of a small canon of cultural buildings designed to temporarily reimagine the urban landscape on a small scale.

The Long Brick House / Foldes Architects

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Architects: Foldes Architects
Location: , Hungary
Architects In Charge: Laszlo Foldes, Peter Sonicz
Area: 138.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Levente Sirokai

Casa Ribeira de Abade / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima, 4420 Valbom, Portugal
Architect In Charge: & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Duarte Rodrigues, Sofia Reis, Demis Lopes, Barbara Guedes, Isabel Ribeiro, Bruno André, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
Year: 2005
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House in Miyake / Hidetaka Nakahara Architects + Yoshio Ohno Architects

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Architects: , Yoshio Ohno Architects
Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima,
Site Area: 341.42sqm
Area: 93.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kenji Masunaga

House of Respect and Happiness / Studio GAON

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Architects: Studio GAON
Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Architects In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
Area: 115.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yong Kwan Kim

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 National Awards Shortlist

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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 61 projects making it to this year’s 2014 Australian National . Selected from a pool of 153 regional winners across 13 categories, the jury have visited all the shortlisted projects (except the international shortlist) in preparation for the announcement of the National winners at a ceremony in Darwin on November 6th.

Commenting on the shortlist, jury chair Paul Berkemeier said: “As a jury and as members of the profession, we were inspired by the number of projects that had informed clients working closely with the architects to achieve better outcomes. In many instances, this relationship allowed the project to go well and truly above and beyond the original brief.”

Read on after the break for the full shortlist

Nautical Base Sunken Under a Dune / THE architectes

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Architects: THE architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: David Juhel, Joachim Seyer
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: S.Chalmeau