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Farmhouse / RTA Studio

© Whitt Preston
© Whitt Preston
  • Architects: RTA Studio, Richard Naish
  • Location: North Island, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Architect In Charge: Richard Naish
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Whitt Preston

© Whitt Preston © Whitt Preston © Whitt Preston © Whitt Preston

AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.”       - Kenzo Tange

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects - the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II Japan.

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break…. 

Sick & Wonder / Best Act

On Saturday September 7, at 6 pm at Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, CITYVISION, in partnership with NuFactory and OUTDOOR International Street Art Festival, will present Sick & Wonder / Best Act, the most important annual event curated by the roman based urban lab for contemporary architecture.

New High School / Taller Veinticuatro

© Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves

House in Mosteiro / Arquitectos Matos

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado
  • Architects: Arquitectos Matos
  • Location: 4520 Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Ricardo Matos, Nuno Matos
  • Co Author: Luís Loureiro
  • Architecture Collaboration: Hugo Gomes
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Housing in Jaffa / GalPeleg Architects

  • Architects: GalPeleg Architects
  • Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architect In Charge: Orit Gariani-Rozental
  • Area: 740.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Amit Geron, Courtesy of GalPeleg Architects

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

Raas Jodhpur / The Lotus Praxis Initiative

  • Architects: The Lotus Praxis Initiative
  • Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Lead Designers: Ambrish Arora (Lotus, New Delhi) & Rajiv Majumdar (Praxis, Bangalore)
  • Design Team: Arun Kullu, Radha Muralidharan, Anuja Gupta, Ruchi Mehta
  • Landscape Design: Akshay Kaul & Associates
  • Structural Design: BL Manjunath
  • Contractors: Buildkraft India & Moolchand Stone mason
  • Photographs: André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana

© André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana © André J. Fanthome & Rajen Nandwana

reGEN Boston: Energizing Urban Housing Competition

Boston Society of Architects Housing Committee and Emerging Professionals Network Presents reGEN Boston: Energizing Urban Housing, an international ideas competition with presenting sponsor First Republic Bank. 

UNStudio Envisions Giant Observation Wheel in Japan

Consider a social-networking experience that combines real-time amusement with an awareness of your surroundings. Dutch architecture firm, UNStudio, together with Ferris Wheel Investment of Japan, have laid out a colossal vision that expects to attract millions of visitors to a mixed-use retail, food and beverage center anchored by an architecturally-iconic observation wheel, Nippon Moon. The concept utilizes a user's smart phone or tablet, extending the rider's experience far beyond the moment they physically enter one of the 32 single or double-decker capsules.

woning boW te Wondelgem / BLAF Architecten

  • Architects: BLAF Architecten
  • Location: Wondelgem, Belgium
  • Interiors: Sammy Darraz, Wakken
  • Area: 204.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert

Islington House / Bourne Blue Architecture

Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture
Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture
  • Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
  • Location: Garden Suburb NSW 2289, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Shane Blue, Claire Lavis
  • Area: 165.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture

Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture

THR350 / Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Area: 1832.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

Springboard Business Centre / McDowell + Benedetti

  • Architects: McDowell + Benedetti
  • Location: Ellerbeck Way, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire TS9, UK
  • Services Engineer: BDSP
  • Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
  • Quantity Surveyor: Jackson Coles
  • Photographs: Tim Soar

© Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar © Tim Soar

Green Lighthouse / Christensen & Co Architects

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk

Renzo Piano Becomes Italian Senator

Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano has been named a senator for life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, giving him the right to vote in the Parliament’s Upper House. Napolitano also appointed three others to the position, including Claudio Abbado (an accomplished conductor), Elena Cattaneo (a biologist specializing in stem cell research), and Carlo Rubbia (a Nobel Prize winning particle physicist). 

Parasite or Savior? Ibelings van Tilburg's Hovering New High-Rise

This article originally appeared in uncube magazine as "Saviour or Parasite?"

The post-war city centre of Rotterdam is ruled by commerce. Only five percent of the city's inhabitants live in the centre, which is almost entirely occupied by highstreet fashion chains, fast food restaurants, and offices. After shop closing time, the shutters go down and the streets are deserted. The municipality would like to lure more inhabitants into the centre – but space for new residential buildings is scarce. So in recent years, a 1960s cinema and church had to make way for a huge new housing complex designed by Alsop Architects, and a residential tower by Wiel Arets was speedily attached to Marcel Breuer's department store, De Bijenkorf. It was not until the municipality suggested forcing new housing high-rises into the green courtyards of the Lijnbaanhoven residential complex, designed in 1954 by Hugh Maaskant, that there were protests and the project had to be cancelled. For the time being, that is.

One densification project, however, tried not to destroy or debase the post-war building originally occupying its site. In many respects, the Karel Doorman residential high-rise could even be called the saviour of the old Ter Meulen department store. It might be rather uncommon for a valiant hero to crouch down on the shoulders of the little old lady he intends to rescue – but that's more or less what happened here.

Harding House / Athfield Architects

  • Architects: Athfield Architects
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Design Team: John Hardwick Smith, Jon Rennie, Jaime Lawrence, Paul Cummack, Lars von Minden, Maurice Pipson
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt