Will Zaha Hadid Architects' Latest Design Be the Right Fit for Prague?

10:30 - 20 May, 2016
Will Zaha Hadid Architects' Latest Design Be the Right Fit for Prague?, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
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In a city as renowned for its historic buildings as Prague, urban change can often be hard to come by – which is why the announcement earlier this month that Zaha Hadid Architects will be designing a large complex of buildings around a railway station close to the city's historic center was big news. But is this the design that Prague needs? In this interview, originally published in Czech by Česká televize, Michaela Polakova speaks to Martin Barry, the Chairman of Prague-based NGO reSITE, for his analysis of how the design will impact the city's future.

Michaela Polakova: What is your opinion on the new Zaha Hadid Architects building in Prague?

Martin Barry: To me, it seems is too early to comment on the aesthetics of the buildings. We should focus on how the collection of buildings enhances the urban character of the city, and how they can improve the urban condition around the buildings. The city is a collection of buildings; the spaces between are what influence people’s lives; not so much the materials and forms of the architecture. That being said, this is a major development site and relatively large footprint of buildings from ZHA adjacent to the historic center of the city. So, we should pay close attention to how the designs develop. At present, it is clear that it is early and they need work.

UCLA Hitch Student Residences / Steinberg

09:00 - 20 May, 2016
UCLA Hitch Student Residences  / Steinberg, © Tim Griffith
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Client/Owner

    UCLA Capital Programs Design & Construction
  • Area

    77500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
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LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum

08:00 - 20 May, 2016
LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum, Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
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Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) has unveiled its plans for the renovation and master plan of the MBAD African Bead Museum, an arts and cultural complex in Detroit centered around African art.

Located on a major boulevard in a series of townhouses, the Museum is currently in a state of disrepair with the roof on its corner building having collapsed. This main corner building, although heavily damaged, still features wall murals by artist Olayami Dabls, and thus needs to be preserved.

Seychelles Makes First Venice Biennale Appearance with "Between Two Waters" Exhibition

06:00 - 20 May, 2016

The Republic of Seychelles will make their debut at the upcoming Venice Biennale with an exhibition titled Between Two Waters, Searching for Expression in the Seychelles. Curated by Andrés F. Ramírez, and featuring the work of local firm ADD.locus, the exhibition faces the Grand Canal and “transports visitors to the 115-island archipelago—the least populated nation in Africa,” exploring the identity of this nation while also investigating the architecture of every day life in the paradise islands.

Guesthouse in Lisbon / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

05:00 - 20 May, 2016
Guesthouse  in  Lisbon  / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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La Casa de Los Vientos / José Luis Muñoz

03:00 - 20 May, 2016
La Casa de Los Vientos  / José Luis Muñoz

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  • Architects

  • Location

    11300 La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz, Spain
  • Promoter

    Antonio Castillo López
  • Area

    193.5 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Uniplaces Headquarters / Paralelo Zero

02:00 - 20 May, 2016
Uniplaces Headquarters / Paralelo Zero , © Francisco Nogueira
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Interior Renovation in Tokyo / frontofficetokyo

22:00 - 19 May, 2016
Interior Renovation in Tokyo / frontofficetokyo , Courtesy of frontofficetokyo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Akazaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
  • Design

    Koen Klinkers, Dan Yu, Will Galloway
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of frontofficetokyo

Down Size Up Size House / Carterwilliamson Architects

20:00 - 19 May, 2016
Down Size Up Size House  / Carterwilliamson Architects , © Brett Boardman
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Paco’s Tacos / Technē Architecture + Interior Design

19:00 - 19 May, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134, Australia
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Technē Architecture + Interior Design

Erber Research Center / Chiangmai Life Construction

17:00 - 19 May, 2016
© Create Up Co., Ltd. and Markus Roselieb
© Create Up Co., Ltd. and Markus Roselieb

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Klong Wan Fishery Research Station Kasetsart University, Tambon Khlong Wan, Amphoe Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77000, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Markus Roselieb & Tosapon Sittiwong of Chiangmai Life Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    563.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

REX Designs a Concave and Crystalline Office Building for Washington DC

16:30 - 19 May, 2016
REX Designs a Concave and Crystalline Office Building for Washington DC, © Luxigon
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REX has released designs for 2050 M Street, an office building in Washington DC’s Golden Triangle Business District. The 41,800 square meter (450,000 square foot) building evolves and merges two existing typologies in the US Capitol: heavy masonry or concrete buildings, with high relief facades and punched windows – in styles ranging from Beaux Arts to Neoclassical, Art Deco and Brutalist – or modern structures with taut glass envelopes, many with applied decorative treatments. To reconcile these two competing strategies, 2050 M Street provides hyper-transparent, floor to ceiling glass, without view-impeding mullions. From the exterior, the panels appear scooped or concave, establishing that an all-glass building can also have a high-relief facade befitting of the nation’s capitol.

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Tobogan House / Z4Z4 AAA

15:00 - 19 May, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Jimena Menéndez Pidal, 22, 28023 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Author

    Rafael Beneytez Duran (Z4Z4)
  • Area

    512.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photography

Mecanoo Unveils Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul

14:00 - 19 May, 2016
Mecanoo Unveils Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul, Courtesy of Mecanoo
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Mecanoo has unveiled plans for the Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul. The tower takes its name from the Namdaemun Market, the oldest and largest market in South Korea, which is next to the ancient southern gate of the city. Opened as a government managed marketplace in 1414, the market is now an important 24-hour destination for trade and tourism. The slim 14-story, 5,900 square meter (65,000 square foot) building rests on a corner opposite the commercial activities of the market.

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33 New and Rehabilitated Housing Units / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

13:00 - 19 May, 2016
33 New and Rehabilitated Housing Units / Antonini + Darmon Architectes, © Luc Boegly
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LEGO® Releases 4000+ Piece Set to Build Big Ben

12:00 - 19 May, 2016
Courtesy of LEGO®
Courtesy of LEGO®

LEGO® today unveiled “Big Ben” as the company’s newest kit in its Creator series. Aimed at adult LEGO® fans (meaning 16 and older) the 4,163 piece design pays tribute to the engineering and architecture of the 19th century Gothic Revival clock tower adjoining the Palace of Westminster and Elizabeth Tower. Highlighting the set’s complexity, LEGO® has outlined the its unique features, including “detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location.” Big Ben measures over 23 inches (60 centimeters) tall and will be available to purchase on July 1, 2016.

Capilla San Bernardo / Nicolás Campodonico

11:00 - 19 May, 2016
Capilla San Bernardo / Nicolás Campodonico, Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico
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  • Architects

  • Location

    La Playosa, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Architect collaborators

    Martin Lavayén, Soledad Cugno, Virginia Theilig, Gabriel Stivala, Tomás Balparda, Pablo Taberna, Gastón Kibysz
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

This Database Makes Researching Housing Precedents Easy

10:30 - 19 May, 2016
This Database Makes Researching Housing Precedents Easy

Housing blocks come in all different shapes, sizes and layouts. So searching for the precedent that matches every category you desire can sometimes be a tedious process of clicking in and out of an unorganized list. Enter the Collective Housing Atlas, an online library of housing projects that is organized into categories.