House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +16

2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker
Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Urban Design Awards, a biennial competition recognizing projects that contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Canadian cities, were recently announced by the Royal Institute of Canada (RAIC), Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Eight individuals, organizations, and firms - including Perkins + Will for a masterplan in Edmonton - were recognized for their urban design efforts in categories such as Community Initiatives and Civic Design. For information and images on the winning entries, read on after the break.

Easter Eggs Designed By Architects

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt

In honor of Easter Sunday, we decided to follow-up on the news of Faberge's Big Egg Hunt and round-up some of the Easter eggs designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Ling, Two One Two, and more.

Enjoy them all in the gallery after the break!

Egg by Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by Zaha Hadid. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by OVO / fourfoursixsix. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by David Ling. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt +10

Vídeo: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

00:00 - 19 April, 2014

Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for cities to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that cities meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: "If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live." With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians.



Fours steps for safer crossings, after the break...

Strasbourg School of Architecture / Marc Mimram

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

The teaching spaces of La Fabrique are projected into the streetscape, encouraging students to engage with the building’s context and allowing the city to permeate the ribbed veil of the façade. The transparent plinth gives the feeling that a gravitational force has pulled the building upwards leaving it to rest on stiletto heels, allowing the city in underneath.

Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya's Karura Forest

00:00 - 19 April, 2014
Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners
Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners

South African-based practice Boogertman + Partners has recently won a competition to design a new education centre for the Karura Forest Environmental Education Trust in Kenya's Karura Forest ReserveThe centre, situated on around fifteen acres of a former sports club, will be surrounded by the closed-canopy forest close to the Kenya Teachers Training College, the International Center for Research in Agro-forestry and the United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters

Located in the northern part of Nairobi County, bordering the Muthaiga, Gigiri and Runda residential areas, the centre will seek to educate people on the many species of plants, birds, insects and mammals to be found within Karura's diverse landscape.

American Standard / SPACE

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Courtesy of SPACE
Courtesy of SPACE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Coyoacán, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Humberto Soto
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SPACE

Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE +19

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Luxigon
© Luxigon

Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. 

These shopping "embassies" will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as "an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall."

Vision42 Design International Competition

01:00 - 19 April, 2014

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. 

La Salle Cuernavaca University Annex Building / GBF taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Sergio R. Salas, Francisco Ramírez Díaz, Pedro Estrada Herrera
  • Collaborators

    Marcos Palma Estrada, Alberto Ayala Aranda, Ramón Rojas, Eric Pérez Navarro, Efrain De La Cruz Villalba, Laura Ortega Díaz, Karla Duran Montero, Julio Cesar Domínguez Rueda Ordaz, Universidad La Salle Cuernavaca
  • Construction

    Grupo AIC
  • Project Management

    WT Partership México
  • Structures

    Saltec
  • Project Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +33

Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don't Add Up

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru
Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru

Originally posted on ArchNewsNow as "Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?", this article by Michael J Crosbie examines the furore around crowdsourcing websites such as Arcbazar, explaining why the criticisms against it just don't stack up.

A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all over the world. The idea has been used to generate solutions to provide clean drinking water in third-world countries, to creating entire websites such as Wikipedia. Such activities are generally regarded as “disruptive,” in the parlance of the moment, in that they offer alternative ways of achieving a result that has traditionally been accomplished through other means. (ArchNewsNow is “disruptive” in the sense that it offers an alternative outlet for architectural news that impacts the traditional architectural publishing world of print media.)

Read on to find out why this "disruptive" new trend is nothing to fear

Mía House / Matias Pons Estel

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli
  • Architects

    Matias Pons Estel
  • Location

    Santo Tomé, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Project Area

    36.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +29

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

17a Highbury Terrace Mews / Studio 54 Architecture

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Sarah Blee
© Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee +11

How Kiev's Independence Square Helped Spur an Uprising

00:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Flickr CC User Michael Kötter
© Flickr CC User Michael Kötter

In a fascinating article for the GuardianOwen Hatherley visits Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, the public square at the heart of the Ukranian revolution that ironically was designed under Stalin as a Baron Hausmann-style weapon against uprisings. Hatherley examines how elements of the public space were utilized by protesters, and how different areas of the square are now hosting a variety of political factions. You can read the full article here.

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Cristian Brahona
© Cristian Brahona
  • Architects

    Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara A.
  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area

    8286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara © Cristian Brahona +20

UNC Coastal Studies Institute / Clark Nexsen

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wanchese, NC, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Clymer Cease, AIA, LEED AP
  • Senior Project Architect/Designer

    Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C
  • Senior Project Architect

    David Francis, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    63190.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +18

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Courtesy of Squadra Komanda
Courtesy of Squadra Komanda

The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, "might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital" due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a "visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period."

Late Soviet architecture constitutes "almost two third of all buildings in Moscow." As it represents "an unpleasant reminder of the recent past," many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this "neglected kind of architecture."