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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City

04:55 - 24 July, 2015

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team investigate politics in global "power cities." Visiting Brussels, capital of Belgium and administrative capital of the European Union, they explore how politics have changed the city over the last four decades. Further south, they travel to Vienna which, "diplomatically remains very important and wields power." Yet even though the UN have an outpost there, is the Austrian capital still a stage for international diplomacy? The episode also makes a quick stop at Embassy Row in Washington D.C. to examine the architecture of diplomatic design.

Jewish Culture Festival Pavilions / BudCud

03:00 - 24 July, 2015
Jewish Culture Festival Pavilions / BudCud, Courtesy of BudCud
Courtesy of BudCud

Courtesy of BudCud Courtesy of BudCud Courtesy of BudCud Courtesy of BudCud +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kraków, Poland
  • Design Team

    Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Wozniczka
  • Client

    Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Sicillian Farm Renovation / ACA Amore Campione Architettura

02:00 - 24 July, 2015

© Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore +43

Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project

22:00 - 23 July, 2015
Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project, Courtesy of UNK project
Courtesy of UNK project

Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    2980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Container for Urban Living / Atelier Riri

19:00 - 23 July, 2015
Container for Urban Living / Atelier Riri, © Teddy Yunantha
© Teddy Yunantha

© Teddy Yunantha © Teddy Yunantha © Teddy Yunantha © Teddy Yunantha +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cikunir, Jatiasih, Kota Bekasi 17422, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Arga Putra Rachman
  • Area

    155.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Jung Gil-Young Gallery / Yoon Space Design

17:00 - 23 July, 2015
Jung Gil-Young Gallery / Yoon Space Design, © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun
© Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun

© Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gakbuk-myeon, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoon Seok-min
  • Design Team

    Rita-kim / SP R&D. Park Jung-su
  • Construction

    SP R&D. Park Jung-su
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Photographs

ABI Jumps Four Points in June, Equals Highest Mark Since 2007

16:00 - 23 July, 2015
ABI Jumps Four Points in June, Equals Highest Mark Since 2007, via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

After demonstrating a modest increase in demand for design services last month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for June showed its largest single-month jump in almost four years, rising to 55.7 and falling just a tenth of a point short of matching its post-recession high of 55.8 in June of last year. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the increased demand has been spurred by schools, hospitals, cultural facilities and municipal buildings, as the index for the institutional sector rose to a mark of 59.1.

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break.

Cantareira Building / Eduardo Souto de Moura

15:00 - 23 July, 2015
Cantareira Building / Eduardo Souto de Moura, © Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

© Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Collaborators

    António Sérgio Koch, Manuel Vasconcelos, Tiago Figueiredo
  • Project Area

    717.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition

14:00 - 23 July, 2015
CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition, PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winner and finalists of its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. Launched in 2014, the Urban Habitat Award recognizes the contributions of tall buildings to the urban realm. The winners this year were chosen for influencing their environment and cultural context intelligently, adding social sustainability to their immediate site and wider context. See all of the finalists and the winner after the break.

Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano

13:00 - 23 July, 2015
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico
  • Architectural Proyect

    Jacqueline Meixueiro, Roberto Díaz, Javier Hidalgo, Emilio Castañón, Erick Pérez, David Escobar.
  • Area

    722.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano © Onnis Luque +41

Snøhetta Selected to Design Cable Car for Bolzano in Italy

12:00 - 23 July, 2015
Snøhetta Selected to Design Cable Car for Bolzano in Italy, Base station. Image © Snøhetta
Base station. Image © Snøhetta

The Italian city of Bolzano, located in the foothills of the alps, has an intimate connection with the mountains that surround it. However, for almost 40 years, one of the most commanding views of Bolzano has been inaccessible, since the cable car which led up to the Virgolo mountain was closed in 1976. After winning an international design competition hosted by The SIGNA Group, Snøhetta has now been selected to replace that cable car, making the summit of Virgolo accessible once again and returning a valuable tourist asset to the city.

Summit station. Image © Snøhetta Summit station plan. Image © Snøhetta Summit station. Image © Snøhetta Base station plan. Image © Snøhetta +9

Ecuador Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Zorrozua y Asociados

11:00 - 23 July, 2015
Ecuador Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Zorrozua y Asociados, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi Courtesy of Zorrozua y Asociados +21

19 Notable Figures Who Left Architecture to Follow Other Career Paths

09:30 - 23 July, 2015
19 Notable Figures Who Left Architecture to Follow Other Career Paths, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

What do Ice Cube, the members of Pink Floyd, and Seal have in common with fashion icon Tom Ford and former president Thomas Jefferson? They all studied architecture. Perhaps a representation of the diversity of talents in architecture studios, household names like Samuel L. Jackson and Courteney Cox found their footing as students of architecture prior to reaching success in other fields. 

We've put together a list of some of the most unexpected names gracing the yearbooks of architecture schools from around the world, including the likes of Queen Noor of Jordan and George Takei of Star Trek fame. Discover "Weird Al" Yankovic's true (architectural) passions after the break.

Queen Noor of Jordan. Image via Flickr <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> user Skoll World Forum Monticello by Thomas Jefferson. Image via Flickr <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> user Eric Langhorst Ice Cube. Image via Flickr <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> user Eva Rinaldi George Takei. Image via Flickr <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> user TEDxKyoto +18

The Clearing - Memorial at Utøya / 3RW Arkitekter

09:00 - 23 July, 2015
The Clearing - Memorial at Utøya / 3RW Arkitekter, © Martin Slottemo Lyngstad
© Martin Slottemo Lyngstad

© Jørgen Watne Frydnes © Martin Slottemo Lyngstad © Martin Slottemo Lyngstad © Martin Slottemo Lyngstad +37

From Seville to San Francisco: 3 Pelli Clarke Pelli Projects in Progress

08:00 - 23 July, 2015
From Seville to San Francisco: 3 Pelli Clarke Pelli Projects in Progress , Hancher Under Construction. Image Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Hancher Under Construction. Image Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is renowned for their iconic and sustainable designs, having won numerous awards, including the AIA’s Firm Award. They currently have several projects under construction, ranging from a transit center in San Francisco to an office and retail tower in Seville, Spain. Read on after the break for an overview of three of their current projects, all in various states of completion.

Addition to S. Maria Convent / LR-Architetti

05:00 - 23 July, 2015
Addition to  S. Maria Convent / LR-Architetti, © Marco Introini
© Marco Introini

© Marco Introini © Marco Introini © Marco Introini © Marco Introini +22

RIBA Future Trends Survey Reaches "All Time High"

04:20 - 23 July, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Reaches "All Time High", Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for June 2015 shows "an all-time high," with the workload index ascending to +44 compared to +37 last month. All nations and regions within the United Kingdom returned positive balance figures, with practices in the Midlands and East Anglia responding most confidently about workloads in the next quarter. Following a slight fall last month, the private housing sector workload forecast increased to +39 (from +34), while the public sector saw a modest increase back into positive figures. Workload forecast balance figures have remained extremely high. The survey reports that large-sized practices continue to be the most optimistic about growth, while small and medium-sized practices "remain in strongly positive territory."

Earth Light / Workshop - Dionisis Sotovikis

03:00 - 23 July, 2015
Earth Light / Workshop - Dionisis Sotovikis, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Vangelis Paterakis © Vangelis Paterakis +19