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House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto

19:00 - 25 May, 2015
House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +27

AIANY Housing Awards Winner Symposium

18:00 - 25 May, 2015
AIANY Housing Awards Winner Symposium, Navy Green Supportive Housing / Architecture in Formation © Tom Powel Imaging
Navy Green Supportive Housing / Architecture in Formation © Tom Powel Imaging

On Friday, May 9, jurors Philip Casey; Tom Kundig, FAIA; Nancy Ludwig; Michael Maltzan; and Michael Sorkin convened at the Center for Architecture to select the winners of the 2015 AIANY Housing Design Awards. The jury selected five projects, listed below, to be honored.

E589 Apartments / Architects EAT

17:00 - 25 May, 2015
E589 Apartments / Architects EAT, © James Coombe
© James Coombe

© James Coombe © James Coombe © James Coombe © James Coombe +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Collaborators

    Marshall Day Acoustics, Meinhardt Group Engineering, Adams Consulting Engineers, Slattery Quantity Surveyors, Ferran Group Land Surveyors
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line

16:00 - 25 May, 2015
Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line, The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org
The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org

As part of their series of "Panorama" exhibits being presented this year, Friends Of The High Line have announced that they will host Olafur Eliasson's installation, "The Collectivity Project" from May 29th until September 30th this year on the High Line at West 30th Street. The installation, which has previously traveled to Tirana, Oslo, and Copenhagen, features an interactive imaginary cityscape made of over two tons of white LEGO bricks, with visitors invited to design, build and rebuild new structures as they see fit.

In a twist to the installation's usual presentation, High Line Art has invited high-profile architects who are working in the vicinity of the High Line to contribute one "visionary" LEGO design for the installation's opening, with BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, and Steven Holl Architects all contributing one building which the public will then be able to adapt, extend or work around.

E+ / Interface Studio Architects

15:00 - 25 May, 2015
E+ / Interface Studio Architects, © Sam Oberter Photography
© Sam Oberter Photography

© Sam Oberter Photography Courtesy of Urbanica Courtesy of Urbanica © Sam Oberter Photography +18

Lonely Houses: Sejkko’s Surreal Photos of Traditional Portuguese Homes

14:00 - 25 May, 2015
Lonely Houses: Sejkko’s Surreal Photos of Traditional Portuguese Homes, Courtesy of Sejkko
Courtesy of Sejkko

The son of Portuguese immigrants in Venezuela, Manuel Pita, also known as “Sejkko,” is a scientist and photographer who expresses his creativity on Instagram. In his latest series, “Lonely Houses,” Sejkko’s surreal photos capture the traditional houses of Portugal, edited to “bring them as close as possible to the way my eyes see them,” he explains. 

Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko +17

Armani Silos / Giorgio Armani

13:00 - 25 May, 2015
Armani Silos / Giorgio Armani, © Davide Lovatti
© Davide Lovatti

© Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti +8

  • Author

  • Location

    Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano, Italy
  • Original Construction Year

    1950
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Report Offers 10 Recommendations To Curb London's Tall Building Boom

12:00 - 25 May, 2015
Report Offers 10 Recommendations To Curb London's Tall Building Boom, Areas such as Vauxhall (above) and Stratford have seen a dramatic rise in high-density housing. Image © Flickr CC user Willard
Areas such as Vauxhall (above) and Stratford have seen a dramatic rise in high-density housing. Image © Flickr CC user Willard

A report released last week aims to highlight the problems involved in high-density housing in London, offering 10 suggestions for how to create future developments that offer density while maintaining the UK capital's distinctive character. Produced as a follow-up to their 2007 report entitled "Superdensity", four UK housing specialists Pollard Thomas Edwards, HTA, Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects have produced "Superdensity: The Sequel," aiming to address the dramatic changes that have taken place in London development over the intervening 8 years.

Read on for more of the report's aims and its 10 recommendations for future housing in London.

Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman

11:00 - 25 May, 2015
Casa Xixim / Specht Harpman, © Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

© Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen +20

Seeming Inevitability: Reconsidering Renzo Piano’s Addition To Louis Kahn’s Kimbell

08:30 - 25 May, 2015
South view. Image © Robert LaPrelle
South view. Image © Robert LaPrelle

When Renzo Piano’s addition to the Kimbell opened in late 2013, critical responses ranged from “both architects at the top of their games” (Witold Rybczynski) to “generous to a fault” (Mark Lamster) to “distant defacement” (Thomas de Monchaux). In this excerpt from a special issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, Ronnie Self gives a deeply considered assessment of the two buildings after a full turn of the seasons. The special issue also includes a review by Christopher Hawthorne of Johnston Marklee's plans for the Menil Drawing Institute, a review by David Heymann of Steven Holl’s expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and an essay by Walter Hood and Carmen Taylor about Project Row Houses. Also featured are interviews of the directors of all four museums and their architects (Piano, Holl, Johnston Marklee, David Chipperfield, and Rice Building Workshop), making for a very comprehensive issue.

Piano’s main task was to respond appropriately to Kahn’s building which he achieved through alignments in plan and elevation and by dividing his project into two major bodies: a concrete walled, glass roofed pavilion facing Kahn and a separate, sod-roofed structure behind that should integrate a significant portion of the project with the landscape and thereby lessen its overall impact. Still, the loss of the open lawn that existed in front of the Kimbell where Piano’s building now stands is regrettable. Kahn’s Kimbell was conceived as a large house or a villa in a park, and unlike much of the abundant open and green space in the Fort Worth Cultural District, that park was actually used. Piano’s new outdoor space is more like a courtyard – more contained and more formal. It is more urban in its design, yet less public in its use.

Aside from lamenting the loss of the open lawn, how might we judge the addition?

View of the double staircase leading to the lower level. Image © Robert Polidori View from the southwest. Image © Robert LaPrelle Lobby view, looking south. Image © Nic Lehoux Detail of roof and beam system. Image © Robert LaPrelle +33

Pool House La Lunera / Nicolás Pinto da Mota + Victoria María Falcón

09:00 - 25 May, 2015
Pool House La Lunera / Nicolás Pinto da Mota + Victoria María Falcón, Courtesy of Nicolás Pinto da Mota
Courtesy of Nicolás Pinto da Mota

Courtesy of Eduardo Moras Courtesy of Nicolás Pinto da Mota Courtesy of Nicolás Pinto da Mota Courtesy of Eduardo Moras +15

AD Classics: Austrian Cultural Forum / Raimund Abraham

06:00 - 25 May, 2015
AD Classics: Austrian Cultural Forum / Raimund Abraham, © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York
© Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Before the impossibly “super-thin” tower became ubiquitous on the Midtown Manhattan skyline, Raimund Abraham’s Austrian Cultural Forum challenged the limits of what could be built on the slenderest of urban lots. Working with a footprint no bigger than a townhouse (indeed, one occupied the site before the present tower), Abraham erected a daring twenty-four story high-rise only twenty-five feet across. Instantly recognizable by its profile, a symmetrical, blade-like curtain wall cascading violently toward the sidewalk, ACFNY was heralded by Kenneth Frampton as “the most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Museum of 1959.” [1]

The massing of the building is dictated solely by zoning laws and the immediacy of its neighbors. Image © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York The director's office that occupies the box-like protrusion on the southern facade. Image © Photo by David Plakke, davidplakke.com; Courtesy of Austrian Cultural Forum New York East-facing section with the "scissor stairs" on the left-hand side +7

National Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

05:00 - 25 May, 2015
National Theatre  / Haworth Tompkins, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Bank, London SE1 9GY, United Kingdom
  • Area

    16309.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross

04:00 - 25 May, 2015
Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross, via CityMetric
via CityMetric

A new pool has just opened in the heart of London's King's Cross. In the centre of one of the city's largest mixed-use development projects Ooze Architects, in collaboration with artist Marjetica Potrc, have developed and realised "the UK's first man-made fresh water public bathing pond" as a piece of and art. The oblong pool is forty metres long, built two metres above ground level, and is surrounded by "pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change." It will be purified through "a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water."

Casa Lela / Oficina d'Arquitectura

03:00 - 25 May, 2015
Casa Lela / Oficina d'Arquitectura, Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura
Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura

Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Cruz do Bispo, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    arch. Florêncio da Costa, arch. José Pinho
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Oficina d'Arquitectura

Kahrizak Residential Project / CAAT Studio

01:00 - 25 May, 2015
Kahrizak Residential Project / CAAT Studio, © Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kahrizak, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge

    Mahdi Kamboozia
  • Design Collaborator

    Helena Ghanbari
  • Assistant

    Alireza Movahedi
  • Area

    1660.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cubo House / PHOOEY Architects

20:00 - 24 May, 2015
Cubo House / PHOOEY Architects, © Peter Bennetts Photographer
© Peter Bennetts Photographer

© Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer © Peter Bennetts Photographer +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team

    Emma Young, Peter Ho , Adam Gordon, Jessie Cook, Rob Chittleborough, Helen Duong, Anne-Claire Deville & Lucinda Arundel.
  • Area

    410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris

16:00 - 24 May, 2015
Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris, © Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada

With the opening of their Fondazione Prada building in Milan at the start of this month, OMA got the chance to show off a skill that they don't get the chance to use very often: preservation. In this interview with Kultur Spiegel, Rem Koolhaas talks at length on the topic, explaining that he believes "we have to preserve history," not just architecture, and arguing that the rise in popularity of reusing old buildings comes from a shift toward comfort, security and sustainability over the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. "The dimensions and repertoire of what is worthy of preserving have expanded dramatically," he says, meaning that "we shouldn't tear down buildings that are still usable." Still, he says, that doesn't mean we shouldn't tear down and start again in some cases - an entire Parisian district beyond La Défense, for example. Read the full interview here.