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Competition Results: 'The Next Helsinki' Call For Ideas

05:15 - 21 April, 2015
Competition Results: 'The Next Helsinki' Call For Ideas, #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki
#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, an 'anti-competition' masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have highlighted a number of entries from 217 international submissions. Launched as an alternative to the controversial, "imperialised" Guggenheim Helsinki project, the call for ideas asked architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how  and its South Harbour could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors. It "sought to ask first if a massive foreign museum was the highest and best use for public resources, especially in an aspiration-focused egalitarian social democracy like Finland."

See a shortlist of eight entries that, according to the jury, "reflect the variety and depth of the submissions" after the break. "These entries are not to be viewed as refined and final proposals, but rather ideas."

#76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #191 Baltic Tale of Nothingness / Constantinos Marcou & Costas Nicolaou. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki #76 MUUSA / draftworks*architects. Image Courtesy of The Next Helsinki +39

The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

04:00 - 21 April, 2015
The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +15

OJALÁ / Andrés Jaque

03:00 - 21 April, 2015
OJALÁ / Andrés Jaque, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de San Andrés, 1, 28004 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Design, Coordination

    Sebastian Bech-Ravn, Ljubo Dragomirov, Roberto González García, Senne Meesters, William Mondejar, Jorge Noguera Facuseh, Silvia Rueda Cuellar, Jarča Slamova
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Zgharta House / platau

23:00 - 20 April, 2015
Zgharta House / platau, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

© Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zgharta, Lebanon
  • Design Team

    Boulos Douaihy, Sandra Frem, Romeo Chahine
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates

21:00 - 20 April, 2015
Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +22

HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!

20:00 - 20 April, 2015
HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!, © Hiroki Kawata
© Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yasuo Imazu
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

18:00 - 20 April, 2015
Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

© Steve Tsai © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. +22

Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris

17:15 - 20 April, 2015
Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris, © Flickr CC user Marko Erman
© Flickr CC user Marko Erman

Jean Nouvel has lost a court battle aimed to remove his name from the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris. As The Telegraph reports, Nouvel claimed that the £280 million concert hall was inaugurated prematurely and parts of the building was "sabotaged" in doing so, thus believing it to be morally inapt from him be associated with the building.

"The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged," he said in a Le Monde editorial, "so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions."

Sign Up Now for Porto Academy 2015

17:00 - 20 April, 2015

Now for its third year, 's famed Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) will host "Porto Academy" - a week-long summer session of lectures, workshop studios and trips open to students internationally that provides the opportunity to work with the profession's finest. Planned to take place from July 20th through the 27th, this year's class will have the chance to work closely with the architects of Pezo von EllrichshausenMenos é Mais and many others. See a complete list of participating architects and find more details, after the break. 

The Covered Garden / Laboratorio Permanente

16:00 - 20 April, 2015
The Covered Garden / Laboratorio Permanente, © Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    42015 Correggio RE, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Nicola Russi, Angelica Sylos Labini, Pietro Ferrario
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ball-Nogues Compostable "Pulp Pavilion" Brings Shade to Coachella

15:00 - 20 April, 2015
Ball-Nogues Compostable "Pulp Pavilion" Brings Shade to Coachella , © Joshua White
© Joshua White

To demonstrate the structural potential of "pulp," Ball-Nogues Studio built an experimental reclaimed paper pavilion this year at Coachella. The lightweight, self-supported structure, known as the "Pulp Pavilion," was made from a low-cost blend of recycled paper, water and pigment sprayed onto lattices of organic rope. After its use as a place of refuge for festival goers, it will be either composted or recycled. See the pavilion illuminated at night, after the break.

Midrash / Isay Weinfeld

14:00 - 20 April, 2015
Midrash / Isay Weinfeld, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Adriana Zampieri
  • Area

    395.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Houses 10 & 10 + 10 / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

12:00 - 20 April, 2015
Houses 10 & 10 + 10 / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +54

Lacaton & Vassal's Lesson in Building Modestly

10:30 - 20 April, 2015
Lacaton & Vassal's Lesson in Building Modestly, FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault

The French duo of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are known for their delicate interventions, repurposing neglected structures with apparent effortlessness. Originally published on the Harvard Gazette website entitled "They Build, But Modestly," this article recounts the lessons which they offered students in a recent lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Around 1980, two young architects finished their training in Bordeaux, France, and moved to Nigeria. In that African nation’s remote regions, they were inspired by the simple structures they saw amid the stark, stunning desert landscapes. The houses were open to the air, had utilitarian thatched roofs, and were made with bits of local wood. Modesty prevailed in structures that also invited beauty.

The lessons of building in Africa stayed with Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in their Paris-based practice, Lacaton & Vassal: use what is there, stay simple, embrace open air, and honor light, freedom, and grace. They practice social architecture based on economy, modesty, and the found beauty of environments.

Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © 11h45 Nantes School of Architecture / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault Palais de Tokyo Expansion / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © 11h45 23 Semi-collective Housing Units / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault +8

Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura

10:00 - 20 April, 2015
Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura, © Ruy Teixeira
© Ruy Teixeira

© Ruy Teixeira © Ruy Teixeira © Ruy Teixeira © Ruy Teixeira +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guarujá - SP, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Thiago Bernardes, Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Bruno Milan, Daniel Vannucchi, Pérola Machado
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today's Architecture?

09:00 - 20 April, 2015
What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today's Architecture?, Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan
Competitions such as the RIBA Journal's "Eye Line" contest celebrate the importance of drawing. Image © Tom Noonan

Update: We have now published our follow-up article of readers' responses - see it here.

Maggie's Lanarkshire / Reiach and Hall Architects

06:00 - 20 April, 2015
Maggie's Lanarkshire / Reiach and Hall Architects, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monklands Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue, Airdrie, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire ML6 0JS, United Kingdom
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

San Rocco's Single Edition 'Book Of Copies' In Circulation

05:00 - 20 April, 2015
San Rocco's Single Edition 'Book Of Copies' In Circulation, San Rocco Book of Copies. Image © San Rocco
San Rocco Book of Copies. Image © San Rocco

Earlier this year San Rocco, recipients of the inaugural Icon Award for Emerging Architectural Practice of the Year in 2013, published a limited single-edition run of a new publication: the San Rocco Book of Copies. Within five volumes of 4120 pages lies what they describe as "a database comprised of images that may be copied in order to produce architecture; a receptacle of a collective form of knowledge that we can provisionally call 'architecture'."