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11 Dwellings / La Nouvelle Agence

  • Architects: La Nouvelle Agence
  • Location: Sainte-Eulalie, France
  • Architect in Charge: Aït‐Mehdi Samira & Latizeau Sylvain
  • Area: 1048.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence

Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence

UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas' winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China's fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a "bow curve" of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme's success was "due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces."

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Nicolas Borel

The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar

  • Architects: Luis Mira Architects, StudioMAS, Sergio Aguilar
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team: Sean Mahoney (StudioMas), Michael Lumby (StudioMas), Charlton Botha (StudioMas), Sergio Aguilar (Plus Arquitectura), Katie Irvine and Luis Mira
  • Principal Agent: Luis Mira Architects
  • Area: 1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Wieland Gleich

© Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

  • Architects: Linehouse
  • Location: Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area: 145.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Benoit Florencon

© Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon

The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Location: 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
  • Project Responsible: Peter Baalman
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

JA92: World Yearbook 2013

JA92 takes a retrospective glance at the architecture of 2013. 49 works were chosen from cities around the world including Japan with the focus on architecture's relationship with environment and cultural background.

Also included are essays by Hitoshi Abe, Anton Garcia-Abril and TYIN.

How Should We Implement Smart Cities?

In this article, originally published by Arup Connect as "Anthony Townsend on Smart Cities", Townsend discusses his book "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia" and explains how, in his view, the push towards smart cities is being led by the wrong people - namely technology companies with short term goals; the architects, planners and scientists who should be leading this change, however, often struggle to share their knowledge.

Your book argues that there's a need for grassroots action rather than top-down, corporate-led implementation of smart cities. How do you see architects and engineers fitting into this picture?

Architects and engineers for the most part have to serve the interests of their clients. There's a balance that has to be struck, almost on a project-by-project basis, about how much they can push back in saying a piece of technology related to the business model for the project, or even a placemaking strategy, has unintended consequences, or that there may be a more democratic or innovative approach.

A lot of the vision of smart cities has been shaped by IT engineers and marketers. The problem there is not just that it's sort of a naïve vision being pushed by companies with very short-term sales goals. It just doesn't appreciate the complexity of good urbanism, and the role that both communications and information play in creating good places that people want to buy, work, live in.

Read more about the challenges facing smart cities after the break

VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps

Liz Diller, one of the three partners of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, discusses the history of the High Line and the active design decisions which led to its success.

The elevated railroad, which was designed to penetrate city blocks rather than parallel an avenue, saw its last delivery (of frozen turkeys) in 1980. By 1999, a “very strange landscape had formed, with a whole eco system around it,” says Diller. Advocacy for the site’s preservation began with two local residents, and culminated in its reclamation with the multidisciplinary collaboration of city officials and impassioned designers (namely James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf). "The High Line project couldn’t have happened without the right people, the right time and the right administration."

KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains

Construction has begun on KWK Promes’ lakeside hotel in Poland. Inspired by traditional mountain homes that found refuge from flooding on a neighboring hilltop, the building’s low profile burrows into the ground at its entrance while opening up to the Czorsztyn waters as topography descends. Similar to the regions typical layout, two massive gable roofs, which appear as two separate structures, are designed to house the elevated sleeping quarters. 

Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland

Arctic Harvester was the first prize winning entry in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition, 2013.  It proposes an itinerant soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to drift the circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, exploiting the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs as the basis for a large-scale hydroponic-farming system. The floating facility is equipped to house a community of 800 people, inspired in its compact urban form by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages and their social, cultural and economic relationship to the sea. 

Exedra Nice Hotel Spa / Simone Micheli

  • Architects: Simone Micheli
  • Location: 12 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice, France
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Jürgen Eheim

© Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim

Seatoun Heights House / Parsonson Architects

  • Architects: Parsonson Architects
  • Location: 51 Seatoun Heights Road, Seatoun, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

Tower Apartment / Agence SML

  • Architects: Agence SML
  • Location: 7th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France
  • Design Team: Marc Sirvin, Clemence Eliard
  • Area: 25.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie

Neulsam Church / Lee Eunseok, K.O.M.A

  • Architects: Lee Eunseok , K.O.M.A
  • Location: 462-1 Soha-dong, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area: 735.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Park Youngchae

© Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae

VIDEO: The Endless Table

When designing offices for creative companies, it's important to strike a balance between an efficient workplace, a fun space to be in, and an attention-grabbing signature for the company itself. That's exactly what Clive Wilkinson Architects did for the Barbarian Group, an advertising group in New York for whom they designed the Endless Table, a single desk which both seats all of their 125 staff members, but also defines spaces within the office, such as meeting rooms and cozy work nooks.