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AR Issues: Architects Used to Design Homes for People, Not Investment

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the July 2015 issue, AR editor Christine Murray takes on "the most pressing issue of our time," the global housing crisis, asking "why don’t we shelter the homeless in empty housing? This crisis seems nonsensical when the postwar housing crisis was solved so efficiently."

The architect-designed home is a desirable commodity, that Modernist minimalist bungalow, all steel and glass with a large sofa, the Case Study House complete with swimming pool, MacBook Air and stunning view. 

But there was once a different kind of architect-designed home, for people in need of shelter, not investments – and it’s sorely required now. Housing is the most pressing issue of our time, with one in every 122 people in the world either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum – a record high, according to a UN report. Yet cash-strapped states do nothing, build nothing. They stand eyes averted, hands in their pockets.

Paired Residences / Estudio A+3

  • Architects: Estudio A+3
  • Location: Córdoba, Argentina
  • Architects In Charge: Estudio A+3 (Arías, Asensio, Audano, Ranea, Vega)
  • Technical Direction: Asensio, Vega
  • Area: 377.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte

SCoopA Announces Winners of 2015 Milan Expo Competition

Social Cooperation Architects (SCoopA) have announced the winners of their competition centered on the theme of the 2015 Expo Milano: Feed the World. The competition collected ideas and solutions from all over the world that addressed problems such as social inequality, population growth and the scarcity of resources. Currently the winners and honorary mentions are on display at the 2015 Expo Milano. Read on for the winning proposals and their accompanying boards after the break.

Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souto de Moura (born 25 July 1952), the Portuguese architect that won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, is known for designs that are formally simple yet serious and at times, dramatic, created through his thoughtful use of colors and materials. His architecture is both versatile and consistent, contextual yet universal, and rarely affected by current trends or styles.

Black and White Apartment / Crosby Studios

  • Architects: Crosby Studios
  • Location: Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Harry Nuriev, Dmitry Vorontsov, Olga Boris
  • Area: 64.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Evgeny Evgrafov

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov

Spotlight: Glenn Murcutt

As an architect, critic and winner of the 2002 Pritzker Prize Glenn Murcutt, (born 25 July 1936) has designed some of Australia's most innovative and environmentally sensitive buildings over a long career - and yet he still remains a one man office. Despite working on his own, primarily on private residences and exclusively in Australia, his buildings have had a huge influence across the world and his motto of "touch the earth lightly" is internationally recognized as a way to foster harmonious, adaptable structures that work with the surrounding landscape instead of competing with it.

Maala Square / Iosu Gabilondo Altuna

  • Architects: Iosu Gabilondo Altuna
  • Location: 20870 Elgoibar, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Area: 875.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

Bilkent Erzurum Lower School / FXFOWLE

  • Architects: FXFOWLE
  • Location: Erzurum, Erzurum Province, Turkey
  • Architect In Charge: Nicholas Garrison
  • Client: Bilkent University
  • Area: 6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

MArch. Architecture, Design and Innovation

The European University of Valencia offers a postgraduate education linked to Architecture and Design through three educational programmes. The different MArch programmes are directed by Fran Silvestre and feature influential speakers from current architecture, such as: Alvaro Siza, Souto de Moura, Manuel Aires Mateus, OAB • Carlos Ferrater and Juan Domingo Santos.

Prointel Offices / AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi architects
  • Location: Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Nasser B. Abulhasan
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

LEGO@ Villa Pennisi in Musica

A theatre destroyed by a fire, a unique architecture workshop, a classical music festival and a creative challenge. Can architects design a structure to amplify the sound and put the music back in the theatre? LEGO Architecture Studio is helping out.

Créteil-Pompadour Suburban Station / AREP

  • Architects: AREP
  • Location: Créteil - Pompadour, 94000 Créteil, France
  • Architect In Charge: J.M. Duthilleul, F. Bonnefille, E. Tricaud
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: J. Glay

© J. Glay © J. Glay © J. Glay © J. Glay

How Infrastructure Segregates Cities

The Washington Post has published a piece looking at how infrastructure acts as a form of segregation in cities in the US. Using racial dot maps from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, they show how highways, railroads, historically uncrossable avenues, and similar urban design decisions have a huge impact on the physical isolation of different races. These types of infrastructure were also found to reinforce boundaries set by natural patterns of topography and bodies of water. Cities found to have clear infrastructural segregation include Pittsburgh, Hartford, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Read the full article, here.

Solstice Point / Nick Baker Architects

  • Architects: Nick Baker Architects
  • Location: London NW1 7SA, UK
  • Area: 2790.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hamish Park

© Hamish Park © Hamish Park © Hamish Park © Hamish Park

Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.

Comunal Co-Working / DA-LAB Arquitectos

© Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati

gmp Selected to Design New Library in Suzhou

gmp Architekten has been selected to design a new library in Suzhou in China. As Suzhou's second library, the building will be constructed in the Xiangcheng area, a newly-constructed part of the city to the North of Suzhou's historic center. Located next to one of Xiangcheng's many artificial water courses, in addition to a traditional library, the building will feature China's first fully automated storage system for 7 million books, as well as other public functions including a cinema and exhibition rooms.

Bird's-eye view from the East. Image © Willmore CG Entrance area of library. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG

The Little Atelier / Natura Futura Arquitectura

  • Architects: Natura Futura Arquitectura
  • Location: Babahoyo, Ecuador
  • Project Area: 100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Natura Futura

Courtesy of Natura Futura Courtesy of Natura Futura Courtesy of Natura Futura Courtesy of Natura Futura