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Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material

00:00 - 23 November, 2014
Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material, © T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd. (2014)
© T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd. (2014)

Starting December 10, the Hortitecture 01 Symposium will kickstart a (free) public lecture series in Braunschweig, Germany, centered around brainstorming synergistic strategies for integrating architecture and vegetal matter. Stefano Boeri, MVRDV and WORKac are among a list of interdisciplinary experts that will join together to offer discussions focused around the exploration of vernacular wisdom and contemporary architectural solutions to sustainable building problems.

Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová +46

GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week, © Alp Eren
© Alp Eren

GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, just in time for Istanbul Design Week. Named after the minimalist sculptor whose work inspired the design, the Serra gate’s steel form was created using cutting edge technology. The sinuous curvature was conceived through the software “Mathematica,” and was modeled using the latest 3D printing technologies.

VA House / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
VA House / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa, © Manuel Aguiar
© Manuel Aguiar

© Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar +24

Defining Place: Alternative Urban Futures from The Neighbourhood

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
Defining Place: Alternative Urban Futures from The Neighbourhood, Courtesy of The Neighbourhood
Courtesy of The Neighbourhood

3D printing technology is quickly emerging as a technology that could be applied at the scale of the built environment. But could we use 3D printed materials to create engaging urban spaces that are constantly changing? Creative communications agency, The Neighbourhood, has imagined speculative architecture based on 3D printed materials. 

Video: Harvard Art Museums Construction Time-Lapse

00:00 - 22 November, 2014

Harvard Art Museums have released this time-lapse video of their recently completed four-year renovation and expansion project carried out by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Payette. Filmed from June 2010 – November 2014, the video shows the amount of work that went into renovating, expanding and uniting the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under the same roof. Watch as snow falls (and then melts) on the construction site in the full video above and learn more about the project here

The Times Resuscitation Building / Nano Architects

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
The Times Resuscitation Building / Nano Architects, © Yasunori Hidaka
© Yasunori Hidaka

© Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka +11

Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas, The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown
The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown

When it comes to public space, many assume that while truly public space is always good, "privately owned public space" is always bad. However, in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "A Plaza is No Guarantee of Democracy," NBBJ's Carl Yost argues that the distinction is not so binary. As architects, it's our job to smooth over the difference between the two, while we're at work - but most importantly while we're not.

The past few months have seen the opening of high-profile projects with contested public space. The Leadenhall Building, London’s “Cheesegrater,” rises above a public plaza that the Financial Times called “problematic,” with “an astonishing array of defensive measures to make it clear that while it may be open to the public, it is still ours” (that is, the landlord’s). In New York, the World Trade Center plaza has taken fire from critics, both domestic and international, who chafe at restrictions on visitors’ behavior.

It evokes the debate over “privately owned public space,” or POPS, that arose during Occupy Wall Street, when protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park, a Lower Manhattan plaza that is privately owned by Brookfield Office Properties yet must remain open to the public. Many rightly pointed out the restrictions that POPS pose to free speech and assembly, when owners can evict people they consider unwelcome.

Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti, © L. Bartoli
© L. Bartoli

© L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli +20

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District , Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Fashion, design and architecture collide in Zaha Hadid's recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea's most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza's Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building. One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs - an information booth and a miniature exhibition space - being accepted for construction.

See all of NL Architects'  Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break

Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +28

"Jellyfish Barge" Provides Sustainable Source of Food and Water

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
"Jellyfish Barge" Provides Sustainable Source of Food and Water, Exterior View. Image © Matteo De Mayda
Exterior View. Image © Matteo De Mayda

With the earth’s population increasing at an exponential rate, sustainable agriculture and access to clean water are becoming desperately important. Cristiana Favretto and Antonio Giraridi of Studiomobile recognize this and have proposed a solution. Dubbed the Jellyfish Barge for its shape and translucency, this floating greenhouse is capable of growing its own food hydroponically and producing up to 150 liters of fresh drinking water per day. Even more beneficial is its low-cost, easy-to-assemble design that can be implemented in a variety of locations. Learn more about how this fascinating project works, after the break.

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress, Interior View. Image © Studio Origin
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

Y111 Hotel / Estudio FWAP Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Y111 Hotel / Estudio FWAP Arquitectos, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +20

Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners, © Albatross Aerial Perspective
© Albatross Aerial Perspective

© Dana Polo © Dana Polo © Shay Adam © Dana Polo +25

The Ulrichshof / noa

18:00 - 21 November, 2014
The Ulrichshof / noa, Courtesy of noa*
Courtesy of noa*

Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of noa*

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station, Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond
Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond (Team A) have won an international competition to redesign the Assen railway station in the Netherlands. The winning scheme, marked by a triangular latticed canopy, is designed to reconnect the east and west side of the city with an “inviting and recognizable” transit hub. 

Station Hall. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Tunnel B. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Section. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Model. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond +13

Revitalizing Olmsted Center / BKSK

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
© Raimund Koch
© Raimund Koch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parks Department, 156th, Bronx, NY 10455, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Joan Krevlin
  • Design Team

    Harpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Preston, Christian Eusebio, Ivan Chabra
  • Photographs

© Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch +12

Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +24