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A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati

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The Stadiums of Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics has commenced in Sochi within the shell of Populous’ Fabergé egg-inspired stadium. Built solely to host the opening and closing ceremonies, the Fisht Olympic Stadium's translucent polycarbonate roof bears a slight resemblance to the nearby, snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Once the Games are complete, the stadium’s 40,000-seat capacity will be expanded to accommodate the 2018 FIFA World Cup, before retiring as a scaled-down, 25,000-seat home venue for the local football team. 

Populous’ stadium is just one of eleven purpose-built venues within the “Coastal Cluster” Olympic park. Check out a few others that caught our eye, after the break...

Vandhalla” Egmont Rehabilitation Centre / CUBO Arkitekter + Force4 Architects

  • Architects: CUBO Arkitekter, Force4 Architects
  • Location: Hou Seasportcenter, Villavej 25, 8300 Odder, Denmark
  • Engineer: Hundsbæk & Henriksen
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert

Archaeological Pavilion / kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jörg Hempel © Jörg Hempel

Reviewing RIBA's City Health Report: Could Le Corbusier Have Been Right?

The RIBA's recent report "City Health Check: How Design Can Save Lives and Money" looks at the relationship between city planning and public health, surveying the UK's 9 largest cities in a bid to improve public health and thereby save money for the National Health Service. The report includes useful information for city planners, such as the idea that in general, it is quality and not quantity of public space that is the biggest factor when it comes to encouraging people to walk instead of taking transport.

Read on for more of the results of the report - and analysis of these results - after the break

2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners

UPDATE: The winning images will go on show February 28th in London at the "Building Images: The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2013" exhibition. They will remain on view through April 25th inside a renovated factory on 7–9 Woodbridge Street.

The Architectural Photography Awards, hosted by Arcaid Images, have announced the winner, runner-up and shortlisted images for this year's best architecture photos. A distinguished panel architects and editors that included Catherine Slessor, Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid, Ivan Harbour and Graham Stirk were asked to look beyond architecture and into composition, atmosphere and scale to ultimately judge four categories of images: Interiors, Exteriors, Sense of Place and Building In Use. Their selections reflect this vision admirably. 

Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects

  • Architects: Zhaoyang Architects
  • Location: Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yang Zhao
  • Advisor: Kazuyo Sejima
  • Local architect: Masanori Watase
  • Design Team: Ruofan Chen, Zhou Wu
  • Area: 94.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Hisao Suzuki

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, San Francisco’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a "cultural institution of distinction," its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither George Lucas’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the Chora Group’s sustainability institute, or the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here

Behind the Magic of Media Installations

In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Melissa Weigel of Moment Factory", Leslie Gallery-Dilworth talks with Weigel about the challenges of devising multimedia installations for public spaces, as in their recent installation for the Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

Montreal’s Moment Factory, a new media and entertainment studio, is best known for creating and producing multimedia environments that combine video, lighting, architecture, sound, and special effects. You may have seen their work at Cirque du Soleil, Madonna’s 2012 Superbowl Half Time Show, Disney's E3 booth, or Jay Z's Carnegie Hall debut. Perhaps you were there when they lit up the facade of the Sagrada Familia or Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles district. Or maybe you saw that they were included in Apple's recently launched 30th anniversary timeline.

Moment Factory was the main content provider for the interior concept and media features in the newly opened Bradley International Terminal at LAX, designed by Fentress Architects. It was a large collaboration consisting of several partners, including Mike Rubin with MRA International, Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design, Smart Monkey, Digital Kitchen, and Electrosonic with installation by Daktronics and Planar.

Stupet, refugium by a staircase / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

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Southbank Scheme Likely to Be Abandoned

The Southbank Centre has announced that it is delaying its planning applicationonce again.The decision has been prompted by comments from London Mayor Boris Johnson, who last month opined that the skate park should remain in its current location. An official statement from the Southbank Centre said: "it is far from clear how the scheme might now proceed without exposing Southbank Centre to unacceptable levels of financial risk but it has committed to a final three-month search."

However, despite the three-month extension, Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite has all but admitted defeat, saying "we are under no illusions [...] we don’t yet see how we will make it work."

Read on for more about the decision

Mosh House / Foong + Sormann

  • Architects: Foong + Sormann
  • Location: Elwood VIC 3184, Australia
  • Area: 740.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Foong + Sormann

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell Courtesy of Foong + Sormann

Sir Terry Farrell on UK Architecture & the "Urbi-Cultural Revolution"

Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells. Image © Fu Xing
Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells. Image © Fu Xing

In this intriguing and often insightful two-part interview with Section D, Monocle's weekly design radio show, Sir Terry Farrell discusses at length the findings of his review into UK architecture as well as his views on the current state of architecture in the UK and the world. Looking to the future of the profession, Farrell says he sees architects as one of the key contributors to the world's social future: "We live in what we've built, we're an urban-building creature... I call it the urbi-cultural revolution."

Read more about the interview, and listen to both parts of the interview, after the break

House in Austin / Jadric Architektur

  • Architects: Jadric Architektur
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Mladen Jadric
  • Design Team: Li Jie, Edin Velic, Mak Krankl
  • Partner Architect: Eric Gonzales, sago international
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

© Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy

Superbude 2 / Dreimeta

  • Architects: Dreimeta
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Collaborators: Judy Hänel, Andrea Kraft, Britta Kleweken
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Steve Herud

© Steve Herud © Steve Herud © Steve Herud © Steve Herud