Happy 91st Birthday Kevin Roche

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Kevin Roche, the Pritzker-winning architect known for his innovative and sometimes unusual designs, turns 91 today. His firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates was once described by critic C. Ray Smith as “the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working”.

Born in Ireland in 1922, Roche’s early years as an architect are telling: he first moved to the USA in 1948 to study under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology but left after just one semester, eventually swapping Mies’s strict formulaic style for a much more expressive modernism when he joined the firm of Eero Saarinen.

Roche is well known for his buildings such as the Knights of Columbus Building; however as Principal Design Associate at Eero Saarinen and Associates at the time of Saarinen’s death, he was also instrumental in the completion of many well known Saarinen projects such as the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

On the occasion of his 91st birthday, we invite you to look at our coverage of Kevin Roche on ArchDaily:

Ter Pitte / Import Export Architecture

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Architects: Import Export Architecture
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Architect In Charge:
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert, Courtesy of Import Export Architecture

Boathouse by TYIN tegnestue / © Pasi Aalto
Boathouse by TYIN tegnestue / © Pasi Aalto

Light Houses. Young Nordic Architecture Exhibition

The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s summer exhibition, ‘Light Houses.Young Nordic Architecture‘ is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects taking place now until September 22. Thirty-two architects from Finland, Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962,…

Pulp Press / John Gerrard

© | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

Artist: John Gerrard
Location: Jevnaker, Norway
Architect In Charge: John Gerrard
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gerrard | Pulp Press, 2013 | Installation view at Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013) | Photography: Jiru Havran

Courtesy of Williamson Architects
Courtesy of Williamson Architects

City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects

Australia based Williamson Architects…’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of Taichung, Taiwan aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in

Viewing Pavilion on Hill / TAO – Trace Architecture Office

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Architects: TAO – Trace Architecture Office
Location: , Shandong, China
Architect In Charge: Trace Architecture Office
Design Team: Hua Li, Jiang Nan, Yu Haiwen
Area: 256 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: YAO Li, Courtesy of Trace Architecture Office

El Alba Showroom / Polivalente

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Architects: Polivalente
Location: El Alba, , Santiago, Chile
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Polivalente

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© Luxigon

Gurgaon 71 Residential Proposal / Maison Edouard François

The Gurgaon 71 residential project proposal by Maison Edouard François… represents French-style luxury living while simultaneously respecting Indian traditions. Located in Gurgaon, India, these luxurious apartments make use of noble materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors,

Xi’an Westin Museum Hotel / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: Shaanxi, China
Principals In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate: mariarosa doardo
Sr. Interior Designer: Briar Hickling, Candice-Lee Browne
Architectural Designer: Willow Zhang, Amy Hu, Kevin Azanger
Interior Designer: Eva Wieland, Qi xiaofeng, Alena Fabila
Project Manager: Joy Qiao
Area: 80000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pegenaute, Jeremy San Tzer Ning

Point 92 / Zlg Design

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Architects: Zlg Design
Location: ,
Area: 200,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Zlg Design

Froeyland Orstad Church / LINK Arkitektur AS

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Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
Location: Kvernaland,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 2100.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

House GePo / OYO – Open Y Office

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Architects: OYO – Open Y Office
Location: Wijgmaal,
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Janssens

Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion Through the Lens of James Aiken

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Dazzling viewers with its “tron-like landscape of infinite white,” as described by Guardian critic Oliver Wainwright, ’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park is arguably “one of the most radical pavilions to date.” The 350 square-meter latticed structure melts into its surrounding by fusing together the man-made and natural world, creating a lush, semi-transparent terrain in which transforms into a variety of seating, steps and side tables that complement its interior coffee bar (view more images here).

This video was provided by film maker James Aiken, in collaboration with The , and commissioned by COS.

House 784 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: , UK
Architect In Charge: Stephenson ISA Studio
Project Manager: Mr John Gray
Structural Engineer: Mr Christopher Munro
Area: 486 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

Four NGOs Launch Housing Competition to Aid Disaster Survivors

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and Architecture for Humanity has formed a strategic partnership to launch “Designing Recovery,” an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuild of sustainable and resilient communities.…

Emporia / Wingårdhs

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Architects: Wingårdhs
Location: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö,
Architect In Charge: Gert Wingårdh, Johan Eklind, Joakim Lyth
Graphic Design: Jennie Stolpe
Interior Architect: Helena Toresson
Area: 27000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tord-Rikard Söderström

The Future of Train Travel: Life in Hyper-Speed

a smaller prototype of the Maglev

Japan, inventor of the world’s first bullet train, recently unveiled plans for an even faster and more radical train model: a floating train, powered by magnets, that will travel 100 mph faster than current bullet trains (about 300 mph). The maglev train, standing for “magnetic levitation,” will run between Tokyo and Osaka, an estimated distance of 315 miles, cost $64 billion, and be completed by 2045.

has already revolutionized national and international transportation in many parts of the world - for example, China has a maglev that already goes 270mph – and now high-speed is transitioning into hyper-speed. Last year, we reported that Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of both PayPal and Tesla Motors, shared with the public his desire to patent a new mode of transportation – the “Hyperloop” that would get passengers from San Francisco to LA in only 30 minutes.

So what might the future hold for train travel? And, more importantly, how will it affect our cities and the people who live in them?

For more on the maglev train and the future of rail, read on.

Can Ribas / Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

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Architects: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés
Location: La Soledat, de Mallorca,
Architect In Charge: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés
Collaborators: Yolanda Ortega Sanz, María Alemany Perelló, Jaime J. Ferrer Forés, Yolanda Ortega Sanz, Talleres Cortada
Area: 287 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Hevia