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Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos, Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos
Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area

    101.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

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Geneva Flat / FREAKS freearchitects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Geneva Flat / FREAKS freearchitects, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel +11

London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped, © KPF via wikipedia
© KPF via wikipedia

The Pinnacle, the 63-storey tower that would have been the tallest in the City of London's central cluster, has finally been abandoned, according to Gwyn Richards, the City’s new head of design. Originally granted planning permission in 2006, the "helter-skelter" design by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) was put on hold in 2011 due to financial issues. Now a replacement scheme is in the works which could be revealed in a matter of weeks.

More on the Pinnacle, and its replacement, after the break

The Green Building Wars

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
The Green Building Wars, The Clinton Presidential Center by Polshek Partnership and Hargreaves Associates received a rating of Two Green Globes from the GBI. But would LEED have rated it the same?. Image © Timothy Hursley
The Clinton Presidential Center by Polshek Partnership and Hargreaves Associates received a rating of Two Green Globes from the GBI. But would LEED have rated it the same?. Image © Timothy Hursley

Originally published by Metropolis Magazine, this comprehensive analysis by sustainability expert Lance Hosey examines the current disputes within the green building industry, where market leader LEED currently finds competition from the Living Building Challenge, aiming for the "leading edge" of the market, and the Green Globes at the other end of the scale. Arguing for a more holistic understanding of what makes materials sustainable, Hosey examines the role that materials, and material industries such as the timber and chemical industries, can have in directing the aims and principles of these three sustainability rating systems - for better or for worse.

Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing, 9x18 Scheme © Credit Peterson Rich Office/Sagi Golan via the NYTimes
9x18 Scheme © Credit Peterson Rich Office/Sagi Golan via the NYTimes

The cost of living in New York has skyrocketed over the years, causing one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biggest challenges to be the integration of affordable housing. Considering this, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has spotlighted a plan that suggests trading parking lots for micro housing units. Envisioned by three young architects at the Institute for Public Architecture, the “9x18” scheme has the potential to transform the city by capitalizing on outdated zoning regulations that would unleash more than 20.3 million square feet of usable space. Read more here on the New York Times

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center / Mahlum

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center / Mahlum, © Lincoln Barbour
© Lincoln Barbour
  • Architects

  • Location

    26000 Southeast Stark Street, Gresham, OR 97030, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Diane Shiner AIA LEED AP
  • Area

    22751.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour +11

Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea, Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions, an organisation founded by Swedish, London based architect Per Linde, organises international idea competitions for architects, designers and students. With a gentle emphasis on the ideas presented in proposals, rather than aesthetics alone, their main driver is to promote design concepts "where everything comes together to form a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts."

With the increasing ease in producing "amazing renderings and images," underling concepts can often be lost - or hidden by - a seductive final image. Combo Competitions seeks to reverse this trend by rewarding an emphasis on "well advised concepts" alongside appearance and presentation. Their latest competition, entitled Hello Nature, invites participants to explore a way of re-introducing nature into people’s consciousness.

Find out more about the competition and hear from Per Linde after the break...

Casa BC / 3ARCH

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Casa BC / 3ARCH, © The Black Rabbit
© The Black Rabbit

© The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Herradura, Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Design and construction

    3ARCH, Emilio Ades, Daniel Sampson, Gerardo Domínguez, Francisco Villalón, Antonio Peña
  • Area

    559.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sheila Kennedy Awarded 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
Sheila Kennedy Awarded 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize, Sheila Kennedy. Image © UC Berkeley
Sheila Kennedy. Image © UC Berkeley

Shelia Kennedy has been awarded the 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize, a $100,000 prize presented biannually to a “distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.” Kennedy is a principal of Boston’s KVA Matx and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s first-ever female Professor of the Practice of Architecture who is internationally renowned for her explorations of material innovation in the fields of architecture and urbanism.

Richard Rogers Honored with Lifetime Achievement Medal

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
Richard Rogers Honored with Lifetime Achievement Medal, © 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP
© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

Richard Rogers has been honored with the Coutts Lifetime Achievement Medal for his “significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry,” an announcement made as part of the London Design Festival in Rogers’ newly completed Leadenhall Building

“He has played a leading role in designing buildings that made us think again about how we use them and how they function,” stated London Design Festival director Ben Evans. :His eminence is global, and he is part of a golden era of leading British architects who not only reshaped our city but also reshaped the world to some capacity.”

Football Playground / Guinée et Potin Architects

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Ter Quai François Mitterrand, 44000 Nantes, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Florian Carré
  • Design Team

    Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin architects
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +19

70 Documentaries By Spanish And Portuguese Architects To Be Exhibited In Beijing

00:00 - 16 September, 2014

LaMIPA, a non-profit "architectural exchange platform" dedicated to exhibiting art and culture, will be part of the 2014 Beijing Design Week (BJDW) with a launch event on September 25th 2014 and following events on the 26th and 28th. Exhibiting seventy documentaries by Spanish and Portuguese architects, and organised in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese Embassies to China, the unique audiovisual LaMIPA collection will be part of the main section of the Beijing Design Week festival. Alongside the exhibition a series of lectures from a number of renowned practices including Souto de Moura and OAB Ferrater will also be taking place.

Time Stacking House / JOHO Architecture

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
Time Stacking House / JOHO Architecture, © Sun Namgoong
© Sun Namgoong
  • Architects

  • Location

    78-3 Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jeonghoon LEE
  • Area

    98.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Sun Namgoong, Courtesy of JOHO Architecture

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The Maintenance-Free House / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
The Maintenance-Free House / Arkitema Architects, © Jesper Ray
© Jesper Ray

© Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray +25

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 5, “Working on Water”

01:00 - 16 September, 2014

The latest episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture takes us to Nigeria, where architect Kunlé Adeyemi has designed floating buildings to help solve overcrowding and flooding in the country’s waterside slums. “I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,” he says. Yet, despite his studio NLÉ’s easy-to-build, low-cost, sustainable prototype for a floating building, Adeyemi still struggles to get approval for their construction from the local authorities. This 25-minute episode follows Adeyemi as he seeks to implement his floating buildings.  

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

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ArchDaily Editors Select Our Favorite Projects in Mexico

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
ArchDaily Editors Select Our Favorite Projects in Mexico

Today is Mexico’s Independence Day and in celebration of this national holiday we wanted to recognize the great tradition of modern and contemporary architecture in the country. We asked the editors of all our sites – ArchDaily, Plataforma Arquitectura, ArchDaily Mexico and ArchDaily Brasil - to select their favorite architecture projects in Mexico. From Barragan to Rojkind, check out our round-up below, originally published on our sister-site ArchDaily Mexico.

Lausanne House / Hatem+D Architecture

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
Lausanne House / Hatem+D Architecture, © Alexandre Guilbeault
© Alexandre Guilbeault

© Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault © Alexandre Guilbeault +15

On Top of the City: Behind the Scenes at the Leadenhall Building

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
On Top of the City: Behind the Scenes at the Leadenhall Building, View of The Leadenhall Building from the East along Leadenhall Street . Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties
View of The Leadenhall Building from the East along Leadenhall Street . Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

Settled comfortably around a black conference table – the only item of furniture in an office space still lacking its carpet tiles – on the 40th floor of the new Leadenhall Building, I had the opportunity to discuss with lead designer Graham Stirk and his partner, practice co-founder Richard Rogers, the forces that shaped their new building and how they came to be working in the City of London once again.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has a rich presence in the Square Mile, including the landmark Lloyd’s of London, standing directly opposite the Leadenhall Building. The firm has specialised in assured, sometimes assertive insertions within the City’s fine, historic urban grain, and so setting aside the sheer bravura of the 52-story, 225 meter skyscraper, with its sloping glass façade to the south (giving it the popular nickname of the Cheesegrater) the first question that arose was a simple one – how did the building come about?