MO House / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country’s cities, | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually – and physically – dense project in Santiago.

In this ArchDaily exclusive video, ELEMENTAL‘s director Alejandro Aravena explains the concepts that shaped the form and delineated the design process of the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini. Instead of using materials that are usually associated with technology and innovation, such as glass and steel, Aravena uses concrete and its hermetic, weighty properties to imbue the center with an air of timelessness and transcendence.

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Design Team: Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
Area: 667.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

New York Shows that Protected Cycle Lanes are a Win-Win Improvement

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The introduction of protected bike lanes in many cities usually raises objections from motorists who believe that devoting an entire road lane to cyclists will restrict the flow of cars and add to congestion in cities. However, a study of New York‘s streets, which has been ongoing since the first protected bicycle lanes opened in 2007, has recently shown that the opposite is actually true: by separating different types of traffic, cars can actually get around faster.

That’s before we even begin to discuss the safety benefits of protected bike lanes, with the study showing the risk of injury to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians all falling on streets where the protected lanes were installed.

Read on after the break for more results of the study

Hawkins\Brown Unveils Legacy Designs for London Olympic Broadcast Centre

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Hawkins\Brown has unveiled designs for Here East, the redevelopment of the former Press and Broadcast Centre at the London 2012 Olympics. The design for a “world class creative and digital cluster” will feature office and studio space for both established global companies alongside some of East London‘s many creative start-ups. Providing over a million square feet of flexible space, the design also includes shared work spaces and public areas, and a shared yard to host events, aiming to promote sharing of ideas and collaboration between the companies at various scales that will inhabit it.

Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

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Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Johannes Raible, Moritz Müller-Werther
Area: 3154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop, Hugo Jehle

Bernard Tschumi On His Education, Work and Writings

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In this extended interview between Bernard Tschumi and ’s Paul Finch, the pre-eminent Swiss-born architect discusses his education, writing, design and wider critical position. Speaking candidly, Tschumi explains how a visit to Chicago when he was seventeen years old sparked a life-long passion for architectural design - something that had been somewhat repressed due to his father who was, at that time, one of the world’s most highly respected architects. His friendship with British architect and theorist Cedric Price led to the start of a career that saw his proposals for Paris’s Parc de la Villette foreshadow the age of Deconstructivism. Ending with his take on the future of the profession, Tschumi also offers advice to students and young practices looking to make their mark.

Twin Stations / sporaarchitects

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Architects: sporaarchitects
Location: , Hungary
Architects In Charge: Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
Design Team: Zsuzsa Balogh, Attila Korompay project architects, Bence Várhidi, Noémi Soltész, András Jánosi, Diána Molnár, Károly Stefkó
Area: 7100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Luxembourg House / Richard Meier & Partners

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Location:
Design Team: Richard Meier, Bernhard Karpf
Project Architect: Anne Strüwing
Area: 975.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe

House in Ohno / Airhouse Design Office

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Architects: Airhouse Design Office
Location: Japan, 〒510-0089 Mie, Yokkaichi, Motomachi, 9−14 OHNO
Architect In Charge: Keiichi Kiriyama
Area: 128.0 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

APA Awards: James Ewing’s Matrimandir Photograph Places First for Architecture

The Matrimandir in Auroville, India designed by Roger Anger and Mirra Alfassa was constructed between 1971-2008. The inner chamber contains a meditation hall which houses the largest optically perfect glass sphere in the world. Auroville is an international peace community founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society in 1968 with the endorsement of the Government of India and UNESCO.. Image © James Ewing

Brooklyn based architectural photographer James Ewing has placed first in the American Photographic Artists for architecture. The image, as Ewing describes, “was created to describe the verdant landscape that surrounds the Matrimandir and the community of Auroville.” 

“The land was in an advanced state of desertification when the Auroville project was started in the 1960s. Heavy erosion had removed most of the topsoil and left a barren scorched earth. Through many years of careful engineering and land management Auroville has created a lush, wooded, garden city. I sought out an elevated vantage point that allowed me to present the building in context with its landscape. The building without the landscape would only be half of the story. The cyclists in the foreground show scale and provide a contrast between the familiar low-fi technology of the bicycles and the fantastic sci-fi form of the Matrimandir itself.”

Zé House / Paratelier

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Architects: Paratelier
Location: Palmela,
Architect In Charge: Leonardo Paiella, Mónica Ravazzolo
Area: 186.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

2014 Wolfson Economics Prize Exhibition Explores the Potential of Garden Cities

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On September 3, 2014, urban design consultancy URBED was announced winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize. The  has spurred unprecedented conversation and debate over the concept of Garden Cities in the , while the finalists call for the development of theoretical ideas and implementation of practical solutions. ArchDaily brought you the winning proposal earlier, and The Building Centre, an independent forum of the built environment, teamed up with the Wolfson Prize organizers to bring you an exhibit further exploring the broad range of design solutions from over 200 brilliant entries.

AD Interviews: Anne Marie Galmstrup

Speaking from the newly-opened Istanbul practice of Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects, Anne Marie Galmstrup describes her scandinavian design process in the context of her role as Principal-in-Charge of projects in Turkey. “Architecture is about space and about interaction between people,” Galmstrup says, asking “How does it work here? How is it different in this cultural environment or in that climate?” Galmstrup discusses the atmosphere in , and how to engage young architects. Henning Larsen has hosted a series of “Imagination Schools,” two-week workshops set in the middle east charged with overcoming regional design challenges, and Galmstrup has been instrumental in the orchestration of these and many more projects over her ten year tenure at Henning Larsen.

Henning Larsen employs 220 Architects with offices in , Munich, Riyadh, Oslo, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. Check out the video to find out more about the dynamic firm, the Imagination Schools, and their projects worldwide.

Laufen Forum / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

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Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: ,
Client: Keramik Laufen AG
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

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Spotlight: Renzo Piano

“Architecture is art, but art vastly contaminated by many other things. Contaminated in the best sense of the word – fed, fertilised by many things.” -Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano, the Pritzker-Prize Laureate born in Genoa, Italy, turns 77 today. While Piano was originally expected to follow the family tradition of building, Renzo rebelled to study architecture in Milan. Even so, to this day, Piano maintains a healthy skepticism of academia; indeed, craftsmanship and experimentation are both pillars at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Check out more Renzo Piano, including inspiring quotes and all his works on ArchDaily, after the break…

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

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Already one of the most remarkable examples of China’s urban growth in the last 30 years, Shenzhen will soon also host a bustling new financial district. The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with top headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. KAMJZ Architects has recently revealed their competition entry with a plan that proposes a more sustainable city center through the design of a radical new typology for office towers. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed masterplan.

11 Houses in Murtal / ARX

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Architects: ARX
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Architect In Charge: José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
Year: 2004
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG