Herzog & de Meuron to Design the National Library of Israel

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After carefully considering six international architecture firms – Ammar Curiel; Frank Gehry; Herzog & de Meuron; Kimmel Eshkolot, Kolker Kolker Epstein and Renzo Piano – an esteemed selection committee has chosen Herzog & de Meuron to design the new National Library of in . The result comes after a controversial first attempt that ended in the dismissal of the initial competition winner for alleged copyright infringement.

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The Vanke Sales House / AECOM

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Architects: AECOM
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Aki Omi
Project Director: Hiroyuki Shinohara
Project Manager: Yi-Chieh Su
Design Team: Sergio Marquez, Jie Edence Zhao, Yi-Ting Alice Chiu, Po Wei Lai, Chao Wei-Hsiang
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Marquez

Is Neighborhood Planning the New City Planning? A Conversation Between Peter Eisenman and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

: Q&A Series. Is neighborhood planning the new ? Peter Eisenman asks P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

As part of its Question and Answer Series, Bettery Magazine joined Peter Eisenman and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S to discuss the development of cities on an urban scale and the recent diversion of this development into the small scale of individual neighborhoods. What follows is a discussion that essentially describes the urban condition as a constant dialogue between scale and function.

There is an unstoppable element of spontaneous development that is a result of the city’s imposing forces as the scale of the individual and the immediate community.  Running concurrently with these developments are municipalities’ own agendas that may start off as heavy-handed, but eventually become molded by the will of affected neighborhoods.  This dynamic nature of cities and their functionality is what makes their nature unique and in constant flux.  In response to Eisenman’s question: “Is neighborhood planning the new city planning?”, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S addresses the balance of these two scales of development and discusses the four morphological states that city development could take.

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Harpa Concert Hall wins the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Winner / Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson the building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together.  The ‘Emerging Architect Special Mention’ award goes to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, . The award ceremony will take place on 7 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in , coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the prize. More information after the break.

Apartment Building and Learning Center In Barceloneta District / EC Compta Arquitectes S.L.

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Architects:
Location: Barcelona,
Project And Construction Manager: Ana Garcia
Project And Design Team: Joan Cortés, Rubén Férez
Year: 2012
Photographs: nieve | Productora Audiovisual

360 Hamilton Avenue | White Plains, NY / John Barnes
360 Hamilton Avenue | White Plains, NY / John Barnes

2013 EBie Finalists Announced

Known as the ‘Oscars of Sustainable Existing Buildings’, the finalists for the annual EBie Awards were recently announced by the Urban Green Council which aimed to celebrate sustainability improvements in Existing Buildings (therefore the EBies) and the individuals who made…

The Architect and the Accessible City: The Prize-Winning Essay

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Each year, the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley bestows the Berkeley Prize(s) in order to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. This year’s theme was “The Architect and the Accessible City.” The following essay, “A day in the life of a wheelchair user: navigating Lincoln,” written by Sophia Bannert of the University of Lincoln, took first prize. 

Architectural discourse has gradually become incoherent with the social and ethical needs of the contemporary city. With the relationship between theory and practice strained, lack of social relevance in design is ubiquitous. Practising architects frequently regard theory as esoteric and non-transferable, whilst many theorists do not manifest their ideas into reality and build. With the connection gripping the precipice by its fingers, this paper is conceived; written to persuade, motivate and encourage that there is real value in instigating ideas put forth in this paper. Concepts proposed are not only applicable to the city of Lincoln but are relevant and adaptable to all cities. Inspired by the architecture which has not yet manifested, it hopes to ignite the spirit needed to eradicate social inequities in urban design.

As Albert Einstein said: “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts”. In order to palpably grasp an understanding of what it is truly like to be physically disabled in Lincoln, I rented a wheelchair for one day to see for myself whether the facts fitted the theory.

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Vanke One City / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: Yantian, , China
Project Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Qin Zhantao, Yu Liding, Li Wei
Area: 2,300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lu Feng Photography, New & Old Studio

Market Hall in Ghent / Marie-José Van Hee + Robbrecht & Daem

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Architects: Marie-José Van Hee, Robbrecht & Daem
Location: Ghent,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

‘Salute to the White City’ Festival

‘Salute to the White City’ Festival

Taking place May 2-4, Tel Aviv’s upcoming ‘Salute to the White City’ weekend is a citywide festival in celebration of the Mediterranean coastal city’s 10th anniversary of being named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as the ‘White City,’ Tel…

Ski Restaurant Raduša / 3LHD

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Architects: 3LHD
Location: Uskoplje, Gornji Vakuf,
Project Team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Vibor Granić, Ines Vlahović
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of 3LHD

Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects + Martinez
Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects + Martinez

Hotel Park and Seeallee Heiden Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects + Martinez

Located in a strategic point in Heiden, where different urban conditions come together, the Hotel Park and Seeallee Heiden proposal is shaped by the surrounding landscape. The landscape continuity crossing the plot area, the particular building density, and its relevant…

House in Konan / Coo Planning

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Architects: Coo Planning
Location: Kobe, Hyogo,
Architect In Charge: Akiyoshi Nakao
Area: 75 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yuko Tada , Coo Planning

© 5468796 Architecture
© 5468796 Architecture

‘Flying Saucer’ Condominium Proposal / 5468796 Architecture

Set for completion in 2014, Winnipeg’s “Flying Saucer” condominium project 62M, designed by Winnipeg-based studio 5468796 Architecture…, will occupy the corner of MacDonald Avenue and Waterfront Drive, close to the Exchange District. Named after its address, 62M will be

La Luciole Concert Hall / Moussafir Architectes Associés

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Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
Location: 171 Rue de Bretagne, , France
Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Francesca De Marchi, Nicolas Hugoo, Alexis Duquennoy, Guillaume Cournut, Laurent Théaux and Albert Ruiz
Area: 1,274 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Luc Boegly,

An Exclusive Interview with Ian Harris, Director of ‘Archiculture’

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Architects and students worldwide are highly anticipating the Monday premiere of Archiculture - a that offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of five architecture students finishing their final design projects at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. The film, directed and produced by two architect-turned-filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries, features exclusive interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators to help create a crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.

Eager to learn more, we sat down with director Ian Harris for an exclusive interview. Read the interview and share your thoughts after the break.

Another Round of Human Rights Violations for the Sake of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Imminent domain has a new justification and it’s called the . Once again, the anticipation of the Olympics brings to light the slew of human rights violations that are permitted by countries as they prepare to host the games. So what is the real cost of hosting the ? We posed this question on ArchDaily last year in regards to Rio de Janeiro’s pick for hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Summer Games.  And here we are again, looking at the controversies that surround building the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, , which has been preparing for the games for six years now since it won its bid in 2007. If Brazil’s practices with the favelas struck a nerve with human rights groups, Sochi’s is sure to spark more controversy.

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Emergency Clinic + Clinic for Infectious Diseases / LINK arkitektur + CF Möller

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Architects: LINK arkitektur, CF Möller
Location: Skånes universitetssjukhus, Inga Marie Nilssons gata 10, 205 02 Malmö,
Area: 25800.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of LINK Arkitektur