House N / Naoya Kitamura Architecture Office

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Architects: Naoya Kitamura Architecture Office
Location: , ,
Collaborators: KaNeKo Structural Engineers
Area: 114.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takumi Ota

CEMEX Announces International Finalists for XXIII Building Awards

CEMEX has unveiled the international finalists for the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction internationally. Spanning across three categories, the recognize housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques.

Both the international and national winners will be announced on November 5. Read on after the break for the international finalists and check out our coverage on the Mexican finalists for the XXIII Building Awards here.

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design

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Architects: gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design
Location: , Hainan,
Architects In Charge: Zhang Wei, Jiang Fang
Area: 62000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yao Li, Zhao Qiang, Ian F. Gibb

Luftwerk to Illuminate Mies’ Farnsworth House this Weekend

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Starting tomorrow (October 17), Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk will be transforming Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into a “canvas of light and sound” with the digital , INsite. “An exploration of the philosophy of Mies through light,” INsite will offer an entirely new nighttime experience at the Plano residence that highlights the architecture’s famed characteristics with an interactive light show pulsating to the original “sonic exploration” of Owen Clay Condon.

A video preview of the installation, after the break.

Riverview House / Studio Dwell Architects

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Architects: Studio Dwell Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Peters
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marty Peters

Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune
Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune

8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The installation, named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. 

BL783 Building / Walter Arquitectos

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Architects: Walter Arquitectos
Location: , Santa Fe Province,
Project Architect: Claudio Walter
Design Team: Arq. Claudio Walter, Arq. Ana Piuzzi, M.M.O. Leandro Schmithalter, Paola Lambrecht
Project Area: 852.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ramiro Sosa

Mapdwell and Jonas Dahlberg’s “Memory Wound” Ranked Top 10 Design Innovations of the Year

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has released what they consider to be the 10 best designs of the year. Selected from over 1500 international submissions and 53 finalists, the MIT-born Solar System platform Mapdwell and Jonas Dahlberg’s “Memory Wound” were among the winners to receive the 2014 “Innovation by Design Award.”

More about Mapdwell and Memory Wound, after the break.

Embera Atrato Medio School / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: , Antioquia,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Work Team: Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón
Area: 1305.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julian Castro , Alejandro Arango

How ‘Vandalizing’ a Classic Exposes the Hypocrisy of Today’s Modernists

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These images from artist Xavier Delory show ’s celebrated Villa Sovoye in a shocking state of disrepair. With stones and spray paint, vandals have tragically defaced its pristine walls and windows. Don’t panic: the images shown here are photoshopped. But what if they weren’t? In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Modernism in Ruins: Artist “Vandalizes” a Le Corbusier Masterpiece,” AJ Artemel explores how our shock and dismay at such images exposes an underlying hypocrisy in our reverence for famous modernist works, and proposes that perhaps  and vandalism are more closely related than we thought.

GR House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
Location: , JAL,
Area: 933.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcos García

Video: Rem Koolhaas Answers Questions From Fans as Part of ‘REM’ Kickstarter

In December of last year, we brought you news of Tomas Koolhaas campaign to fund a documentary about his father, Rem Koolhaas. Well, not only was Koolhaas’ REM documentary fully funded, three generous backers offered up $500 each in return for one question to be answered directly by Koolhaas himself. The video above is the result of those questions, in which Koolhaas responds to questions on urbanism in the developed country of the Netherlands compared to still-developing India, as well as a question about how his early work in film-making and scriptwriting influenced his architectural career.

Watch the video above and read on after the break for a synopsis of Koolhaas’ answers

OMA + OLIN Selected to Design D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park

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The competition jury for Washington D.C.‘s 11th Street Bridge Park has unanimously selected OMA + OLIN‘s design to turn the ageing freeway structure over the Anacostia River into an elevated park and new civic space for the city. With their dynamic intersecting structure, OMA + OLIN saw off competition from three other teams composed of: Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), NEXT Architects and Magnusson Klemencic AssociatesStoss Landscape Urbanism and Höweler + Yoon Architecture; and Balmori Associates and Cooper, Robertson & Partners.

Read on after the break for more on the design and a complete set of images.

Urban Link / VAUMM

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Architects: VAUMM
Location: Galtzaraborda, 20100 , Gipuzkoa, Spain
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

5-Axis Milling: The Next Level In Accessible, Versatile Digital Fabrication

The 5AXISMAKER is a desktop 5-axis multi-fabrication machine that hopes to expand the possibilities of by making it cheap and more versatile. Should the project receive backing on Kickstarter before the 27th October 2014, the possibility of 5-axis milling will become an affordable reality for manufacturing complex design prototypes. The product in development “provides a large cutting volume for it’s size, therefore producing “generously sized objects.” Developed by graduates of London’s Architectural Association, they hope to “shake the manufacturing world with new ways of fabricating using industrial robots right at your desk.”

House in Quinta do Lago / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Architects: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura
Location: Faro District,
Architect In Charge: Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Juan Rodríguez

Entre Deux Rives / PHILIPPON – KALT Architects

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: PHILIPPON – KALT Architects
Location: 7 Quai Châtelier, 93450 L’Île-Saint-Denis,
Area: 11100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Courtesy of PHILIPPON – KALT Architects

Pine Gallery / Taku Sakaushi (O.F.D.A.)

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: Taku Sakaushi (O.F.D.A.)
Location: , Ibaraki, Japan
Architects In Charge: Taku Sakaushi, Hirotoshi Takeuchi
Area: 103.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda