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The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities

08:00 - 5 December, 2016
The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities, New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Over the last few years, the way Americans move around has changed remarkably, especially among young people. Previously the automobile was people’s preferred, if not the only, option. Now they are choosing to walk, bike, or use public transport according to recent studies.

This difference in preferred transportation methods has generated many benefits not only for residents but also for cities, in both economic and social terms. 

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

06:00 - 5 December, 2016
Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi, Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Glass Box Project / Studio 304 Architecture

05:00 - 5 December, 2016
Glass Box Project / Studio 304 Architecture, © Jason Taylor Photography
© Jason Taylor Photography

© Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography +33

AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

04:00 - 5 December, 2016
AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, (2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
(2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Even in Manhattan—a sea of skyscrapers—the Empire State Building towers over its neighbours. Since its completion in 1931 it has been one of the most iconic architectural landmarks in the United States, standing as the tallest structure in the world until the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were constructed in Downtown Manhattan four decades later. Its construction in the early years of the Great Depression, employing thousands of workers and requiring vast material resources, was driven by more than commercial interest: the Empire State Building was to be a monument to the audacity of the United States of America, “a land which reached for the sky with its feet on the ground.”[1]

Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageLaying of the tower's foundations The pinnacle of the tower. Image © Wikimedia user David Corby (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction +6

German School Madrid / Grüntuch Ernst Architects

03:00 - 5 December, 2016
German School Madrid / Grüntuch Ernst Architects, © Celia de Coca
© Celia de Coca
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Monasterio de Guadalupe, 7, 28034 Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Armand Grüntuch, Prof. Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
  • Area

    27065.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

02:30 - 5 December, 2016
Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill, The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill (born 5 December 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

Wigglyhouse / ifdesign

02:00 - 5 December, 2016
Wigglyhouse / ifdesign, © Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna      © Andrea Martiradonna      © Andrea Martiradonna      © Andrea Martiradonna      +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    22100 Como, Province of Como, Italy
  • Lead Architects

    Franco Tagliabue Volontè, Ida Origgi
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Panorama House / CAPD

20:00 - 4 December, 2016
Panorama House / CAPD, © Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc
© Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc

© Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc © Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc © Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc © Daisuke Shima / ad hoc inc +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kazuo Monnai, Hirokazu Ohara, Dai Tsunenobu, Kazuya Masui
  • Area

    159.9 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Death Masks From MIT Capture Your Dying Breath

16:00 - 4 December, 2016
Death Masks From MIT Capture Your Dying Breath, Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
Courtesy of MIT Media Lab

In the ancient world, traditional death masks were believed to strengthen and protect the soul of the dead as they progressed to the afterlife. It was this mythical notion of transition from death to new life that inspired Vespers, a collection of death masks from Neri Oxman and her team at MIT’s Mediated Matter Group

Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab +40

Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey

14:00 - 4 December, 2016
Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey , Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects
Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects

Ziya Imren Architects has released its plans for Re-Naturing the Kizilirmak in Turkey, a new eight-kilometer-long urban design project around the Kizilirmak River. As the longest inland river in Turkey, the Kizilirmak, also known as the Red River, “has been regarded as a hard edge to the city due to access and safety concerns.” After recent municipal advancements, many areas around the river have been opened to a design competition with the goal of integrating the riverfront into the existing city fabric.

Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects +28

St. Trinitatis Church / Schulz und Schulz

13:00 - 4 December, 2016
St. Trinitatis Church / Schulz und Schulz, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Prof. Ansgar Schulz, Prof. Benedikt Schulz
  • Area

    5500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway

12:00 - 4 December, 2016
MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway, Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak
Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak have collaborated to create a feasibility study for Visjon Dokken, an idea for a 25-hectare urban development dock that could become a new center for “residential, business park, commute, and energy sufficient systems.”

Located in Bergen Harbor in Norway, the project would be the second largest development in the country and could house 3,500 dwellings and 8,000 workspaces, 37,000 square meters of public parks, as well as a connected walkway system and bicycle paths.

Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak +9

Sassen, Kimmelman and More Discuss the Urban Evolution of Migration in reSITE's Small Talks

09:30 - 4 December, 2016
Sassen, Kimmelman and More Discuss the Urban Evolution of Migration in reSITE's Small Talks, Courtesy of reSITE
Courtesy of reSITE

"What is your city? And what do you need to make that entire city yours?" These are some of the questions being posed by co-founding principal of nArchitects, Mimi Hoang, in reSITE’s Small Talks series. The videos, produced and edited by Canal180, were recorded during the reSITE event that took place in Prague earlier this year, titled "Cities in Migration." Reiterated again and again by several of the interviewees is the fact that migration is, in the words of founder and chairman of reSITE Martin Barry, "a natural human phenomenon; everyone is moving to cities to improve their lives."

La Casa of Paul & Sigi / MXMA Architecture & Design

09:00 - 4 December, 2016
La Casa of Paul & Sigi / MXMA Architecture & Design, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams               © Adrien Williams               © Adrien Williams               © Adrien Williams               +11

Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters

08:00 - 4 December, 2016
Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters, © nabil gholam architects
© nabil gholam architects

Nabil Gholam Architects' unbuilt proposal for a future bank headquarters competition, a.spire, has been named the winner of the Office-Future project category at World Architecture Festival 2016. The project, designed for the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, is a flexible intervention meant to both meet the client's needs in the present day and adapt to its long-term evolution.

© nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects +13

Sports Complex Olympiakwartier / Slangen+Koenis Architects

05:00 - 4 December, 2016
Sports Complex Olympiakwartier / Slangen+Koenis Architects, Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects
Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects

Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pierre de Coubertinlaan, 1362 Almere, Netherlands
  • Area

    6050.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Slangen+Koenis Architects

Urban Reflections / HOLODECK architects

02:00 - 4 December, 2016
Urban Reflections  / HOLODECK architects, © Pasteiner
© Pasteiner

© Pasteiner        © Pasteiner        © Pasteiner        Urban Reflections  / HOLODECK architects +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    1010 Vienna, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig
  • Design Team

    Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig, Sven Klöcker, Jan Chladil, Stephan Goos, Sebastian Uhl, Stefan Förg, Alexej Kolyschkow
  • Area

    1400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Plugin Tower / People's Architecture Office

20:00 - 3 December, 2016
Plugin Tower / People's Architecture Office, View 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office
View 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office

View 1. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Interior 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Birdview 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Interior 1. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office +24