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Steven Holl's "Copenhagen Gateway" Will Finally Go Ahead

16:00 - 20 November, 2015
Steven Holl's "Copenhagen Gateway" Will Finally Go Ahead, © Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects (SHA) is preparing to break ground on a project that is nearly eight years in the making. The ambitious "Copenhagen Gate" development will break ground next year, as Fast Company reports, after being initially held back in 2008. It will feature two asymmetrical towers  - Gate L and Gate M - connected by a (terrifying) pedestrian skybridge suspended 213 feet above the harbor.   

Black Thread on Brass / presledek

15:00 - 20 November, 2015
Black Thread on Brass / presledek, © Ana Gregorič
© Ana Gregorič

© Ana Gregorič © Ana Gregorič © Ana Gregorič © Ana Gregorič + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Design Team

    Vid Zabel, Barbara Žunkovič
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Whitehall Library / Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design

14:00 - 20 November, 2015
Whitehall Library / Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf + 23

David Chipperfield Reveals His First Residential Project in New York

12:40 - 20 November, 2015
David Chipperfield Reveals His First Residential Project in New York, © Miller Hare
© Miller Hare

Details on David Chipperfield's first large-scale residential project in New York has been revealed. The last development to take place at Bryant Park, The Bryant condominium tower will feature 57 one to four bedroom residences, including two triplex penthouses, on a boutique hotel at 16 West 40th Street. The HFZ Capital Group development was designed with Chipperfield's "intelligent simplicity," as the architects describe. Each residence will occupy a corner of the tower.

REX to Design World Trade Center Performing Arts Building in New York

11:41 - 20 November, 2015
REX to Design World Trade Center Performing Arts Building in New York, WTC site. Image © James Ewing OTTO
WTC site. Image © James Ewing OTTO

A commission that was originally set to be Frank Gehry's, Brooklyn-based REX has been selected to design The Performing Arts Center at New York's World Trade Center site - PACWTC. REX was chosen over finalists Henning Larsen Architects and UNStudio through a "rigorous invitational process" that focused on the practices' experience with similar projects, including REX's Dee and Chales Wyly Theater in Dallas, Seattle Public Library and Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul.

"Throughout the architectural selection process, REX presented us with an inspired vision. Joshua [Prince-Ramus] totally blew us away with his innovative ideas about how to present cutting-edge culture, but also about how to make the PAC relate to everyone who comes to the WTC site," said PACWTC director and president Maggie Boepple.  

Therapeutic Pools for La Esperanza School / FUSTER + Architects

11:00 - 20 November, 2015
Therapeutic Pools for La Esperanza School / FUSTER + Architects, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 18

Architects and Our Right to Fail

09:30 - 20 November, 2015
Architects and Our Right to Fail, © Mark Lascelles Thornton
© Mark Lascelles Thornton

The architecture world is a very different place compared to what it was ten years ago - a fact that is all too obvious for today's young architects, who bore the brunt of the financial crisis. But how can recent graduates harness such rapid change to make a positive impact? This article written by ArchDaily en Español's Nicolás Valencia explores the impact of the financial crisis on architecture in the Global South and in particular in the Spanish-speaking world, finding that it may be the inalienable right of the architect "to give yourself room to fail or to quit."

For some years now, three figures have been floating around that are worrisome to Chilean architects and architectural students: every year 48 architectural schools enroll 3,500 students and give degrees to another 1,400 in a completely saturated market. The future appears bleak, the professional internships are depressing, and among those who already have degrees, we're all too familiar with the exploitative offices that not only offer their employees zero contracts (or health insurance of any kind, all the while praying that nobody gets injured) but also make them work much more than they agreed to with paltry salaries and labor unions that have seen better days. Meanwhile at the universities, talking about money in studios, or about flesh and blood clients, has become a taboo subject. “Students, don't let money tarnish the beauty of the discipline” they tell you. Of course, not only does it not get tarnished, but we've gotten to the point where many don't even know how much to charge for a plan drawing, let alone for an actual project.

Florins Residence / Philipp Baumhauer Architects

09:00 - 20 November, 2015
Florins Residence / Philipp Baumhauer Architects, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ruedi Walti © Ralph Feiner + 41

5 Places to Download Free, Ethnically Diverse Render People

08:00 - 20 November, 2015
 5 Places to Download Free, Ethnically Diverse Render People, via Nonscandinavia
via Nonscandinavia

The significance of people in architectural rendering is nothing new – the added realism, and addition of narrative elements can make or break whether a render successfully sells its project. With sites like Skalgubbar, architects and architecture students have easier access than ever before to “Render People”: PNG cut-outs of people, ready to be photoshopped into buildings.

In the early years of free, online render-people databases, there was a stark homogeneity to the people represented. As the people providing the crowdsourced images were from predominantly Caucasian, Scandinavian countries, there was a surge of such people appearing in renders in projects across the world. In wake of this, other groups have worked to produce workable databases of diverse, culturally representative render people, giving architects and architecture students the freedom to accurately depict their work in its intended context.

We’ve rounded up 5 different sites that offer free render people of a wide range of ethnicities. See them all after the break.

Ennead Architects Design Huawei Research Center in Wuhan, China

06:00 - 20 November, 2015
Ennead Architects Design Huawei Research Center in Wuhan, China, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has unveiled its design for the new Huawei Research Center, a research and development campus under construction in Wuhan, China. The new Center will be 350,000 square meters, and seeks to foster “interdepartmental interaction amongst employees while maximizing access to the surrounding landscape.”

Montebar Villa / JMA

05:00 - 20 November, 2015
Montebar Villa / JMA, © Jacopo Mascheroni
© Jacopo Mascheroni

© Jacopo Mascheroni © Jacopo Mascheroni © Jacopo Mascheroni © Jacopo Mascheroni + 17

  • Architects

    JMA
  • Location

    Medeglia, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Jacopo Mascheroni, Diego Magrì
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hear This Croatian Seawall Sing as the Wind and Waves Lap the Shore

04:30 - 20 November, 2015
Hear This Croatian Seawall Sing as the Wind and Waves Lap the Shore, The 'Sea Organ' / Nikola Bašić . Image © Tim Ertl
The 'Sea Organ' / Nikola Bašić . Image © Tim Ertl

Following the Second World War, the Croatian city of Zadar underwent a large, rapid reconstructive transformation. The city's seafront became nothing more than a concrete wall until 2005, when architect Nikola Bašić proposed to redesign parts of the seawall to interact with the ocean waves. Concealed beneath marble blocks, the 'Sea Organ' (morske orgulje in Croatian) is comprised of a network of polyethylene tubes and resonating cavities which sing as the waves and wind lap the shore. With thirty five individual pipes spanning a total length of seventy metres, it is the largest aerophone in the world. According to reports, the sound is specifically directed out to sea and is impossible to hear from within the city of Zadar itself. In 2006, the intervention was jointly awarded the European Prize for Urban Space.

Hotel Vincci Porto / José Carlos Cruz

03:00 - 20 November, 2015
Hotel Vincci Porto / José Carlos Cruz, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 34

Toulkarem Courthouse / AAU ANASTAS

02:00 - 20 November, 2015
Toulkarem Courthouse / AAU ANASTAS, © Mikaela Burstow
© Mikaela Burstow

© Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tulkarm
  • Funding

    Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Area

    8938.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Double Helix House / Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects

22:00 - 19 November, 2015
Double Helix House / Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura + 13

Cornerstone / designband YOAP

20:00 - 19 November, 2015
Cornerstone / designband YOAP, © Ryu, In Keun
© Ryu, In Keun

© Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Ha-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Hyun Bo Shin, Inkeun Ryu, Doran Kim
  • Area

    131.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

BAAN 0.60 / Integrated Field

19:00 - 19 November, 2015
BAAN 0.60 / Integrated Field, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya + 40

Dental Clinic with Coved Ceiling / Hiroki Tominaga

17:00 - 19 November, 2015
Dental Clinic with Coved Ceiling / Hiroki Tominaga, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 8