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Call for Ideas: Imagining a New Eurasia

14:00 - 19 September, 2015
Call for Ideas: Imagining a New Eurasia, Courtesy of Asia Culture Center
Courtesy of Asia Culture Center

Imagine that Eurasia has been brought to absolute destruction - by wars over religion, ethnicity or countries, or maybe even nuclear destruction. Cities, towns and villages across the super-continent are left in rubble or abandoned; all forms of organization are a fairy tale from a bygone era. Thousands of years of culture and civilization, gone.

What if a new Eurasia could arise from the remnants of this destruction? What artifacts and memories would remain, to seed the creation of a new Eurasia? Imagining New Eurasia, commissioned by Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea, invites anyone living in, or from Eurasia to submit their ideas, in the form of drawings, sketches, text, artwork, found objects, photographs, maps, memorabilia or any other kind of artifact, on how the future of a New Eurasia may pan out.

Yellow Fever / Fleetwood Fernandez

13:00 - 19 September, 2015
Yellow Fever / Fleetwood Fernandez, © Undine Pröhl
© Undine Pröhl

© Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl +9

Tour Through Miguel Arruda’s “Factory of Words” in Portugal

12:00 - 19 September, 2015

On the northern bank of Portugal’s Tagus River lies Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados’ Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library. Dubbed the “Factory of Words” because of its location on the site of a former rice mill, the white building is marked by a triangular slit that runs through its floors. This video, by Sara Nunes from Building Pictures, features different perspectives of the library juxtaposed with an interview with the architect, where he explains the building’s connection with the city and the river as well as how they sought to create a library program that incorporates a broader use of the public space.

How New Laws Are Allowing Architecture to Flourish in Cuba

09:30 - 19 September, 2015
How New Laws Are Allowing Architecture to Flourish in Cuba, Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto's kitchen. He designed the kitchen himself and had it made by local craftspeople. Image Courtesy of Hannah Berkeley Cohen via Curbed
Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto's kitchen. He designed the kitchen himself and had it made by local craftspeople. Image Courtesy of Hannah Berkeley Cohen via Curbed

For decades, Cuba's communist economic system has essentially outlawed all forms of private architectural work. In 2011 though, wide-ranging economic reforms brought a challenge to this status quo. In this article, originally published on Curbed as "In Cuba, Architecture and Design Blossom Under New Laws," Julia Cooke explores how these laws to bring about a more flexible economic system are allowing a different kind of architecture to emerge.

This May, visitors were allowed into Havana's long-defunct Tallapiedra electric plant for the first time since it was shuttered in the 1960s. They could climb the grated stairs to the plant's nave, see how the light glinted off unchipped white and green tiles set in place in 1915, how tiny, stalky trees had grown out of clumps of dirt where machinery once sat, how the high, church-like central space and the split-level, open workspaces on one side might be adapted to any number of uses. The opening—for locals and some of the thousands of tourists in Cuba for the Twelfth Havana Biennial—was the work of Claudia Castillo and Orlando Inclán, and their eight-year-old think tank, Habana Re-Generación.

Anjos Loft / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

08:00 - 19 September, 2015
Anjos Loft / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +70

First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia

08:00 - 19 September, 2015
First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia, © Paco Ulman
© Paco Ulman

First-year architecture and urban planning students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have designed and created READER, a shelter based on the concept of removal from daily life, and focusing on oneself. Passers-by are invited to enter the shelter and “escape from the real world of problems into the fictional world of books.” And for those who don’t have a book on hand, the structure is meant to evoke the pages of a book through its ribbed wooden structure.

© Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman +8

MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee

07:00 - 19 September, 2015
MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, Image credit: Poy Gum Lee, On Leong Tong, 83-85 Mott Street. Presentation Drawing., 1948, Ink and watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Poy Gum Lee Archive.
Image credit: Poy Gum Lee, On Leong Tong, 83-85 Mott Street. Presentation Drawing., 1948, Ink and watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Poy Gum Lee Archive.

It’s hard to miss the On Leong Tong Chinese Merchants building on the corner of Mott and Canal Streets. With its pagoda façade and ornamented balconies, this iconic building designed by Chinese American architect Poy Gum Lee reveals the distinct hybrid modern architectural style often referred to as “Chinese modern.” Through Poy Gum Lee’s body of work in Chinatown and in China, guest curator of "Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968", Kerri Culhane illuminates Lee’s influence on the architectural aesthetics in Chinatown, the cultural and political impulses behind this architecture style, and the role of the built environment as an expression of identity.

Hotel in Relax Park Verholy / YOD design studio

05:00 - 19 September, 2015
Hotel in Relax Park Verholy / YOD design studio, © Andrey Avdeenko
© Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sosnivka, Poltavs'ka oblast, Ukraine
  • Architects in Charge

    Vladimir Nepiyvoda, Dmitriy Bonesko
  • Graphic Designer

    Ilya Nepravda
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

30 Social Logements / Bourbouze & Graindorge

02:00 - 19 September, 2015
30 Social Logements / Bourbouze & Graindorge, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © David Boureau © David Boureau © Filip Dujardin +29

Guanshanju Sales Center / Deve Build Shenzhen

22:00 - 18 September, 2015
Guanshanju Sales Center / Deve Build Shenzhen, Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen
Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen

Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
  • Design director

    Yu Feng
  • Project design team

    Deve Build Shenzhen
  • Designer team members

    Zhenhua Chen, Zongyue Jin, Zhaozhen Hu, Yanqin Deng, Yonggang Zhu, Nini Lai
  • Development firm

    Fudiyuan Estate Company, Xinjiang
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Panel Discussion: Climate Change and the Willamette Valley

19:30 - 18 September, 2015
Panel Discussion: Climate Change and the Willamette Valley

Farmland prices hitting new records, self-identified “climate refugees” fleeing the droughts in the southwest for verdant Oregon, rising water temperatures killing fish —the warming climate is already changing the Willamette Valley. Things will look very different here for farming, urban livability, and ecosystem health.

To ponder this rapidly evolving ecosystem, the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape will present four leading thinkers on the Willamette Valley and its future. What lies ahead for Oregon’s primary population center, breadbasket, garden, natural landscape, and playground? Moderated by Yeon Center director Randy Gragg, the conversation will explore the research that has been done, the successes and shortcomings of programs in place, what kinds of initiatives might be developed to shape a warmer, more populous valley to benefit its urban and rural populations, industries, and ecological health.

22 Greenleaf Place / IX Architects

19:00 - 18 September, 2015
22 Greenleaf Place / IX Architects, © IX Architects Pte Ltd
© IX Architects Pte Ltd

© IX Architects Pte Ltd © IX Architects Pte Ltd © IX Architects Pte Ltd © IX Architects Pte Ltd +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Chu Yang Keng & Chin Yew Chong
  • Area

    323.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Brighton East Interior / Dan Gayfer Design

17:00 - 18 September, 2015
Brighton East Interior / Dan Gayfer Design, Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design
Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design

Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design Courtesy of Dan Gayfer Design +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brighton East, Australia
  • Area

    42.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Neri Oxman and SOM Among Fast Company's Innovation By Design Award Winners

16:09 - 18 September, 2015
Neri Oxman and SOM Among Fast Company's Innovation By Design Award Winners, © Design.Lab.Workshop via FastCoDesign
© Design.Lab.Workshop via FastCoDesign

From interlocking 3D printed bricks to SOM's "All Aboard Florida" train station in West Palm Beach Fast Company has named 13 winners for their 2015 "Innovation By Design Awards." Each winner was selected from over 1,500 projects worldwide for being "big ideas" with "meticulously though out details" and a "clear viewpoint about how we live now—and how it could be better."

This year's winners include...

SHENDeVERË Bar / Besian Mehmeti Architects

15:00 - 18 September, 2015
SHENDeVERË Bar  / Besian Mehmeti Architects, © Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects
© Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects

© Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects © Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects © Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects © Andrijana Tilic & Besian Mehmeti Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tetovo, Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Design Team

    Besian Mehmeti, Armend Hebipi, Bisera Krckovska, Stefan Atanasoski, Hristijan Ivanovski
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Elia Zenghelis and Steven Holl Share Lessons Learned from a Life in Architecture

14:00 - 18 September, 2015

In the latest video on architecture and urbanism from 32BNY, Steven Holl and his associate Dimitra Tsachrelia sit down with Elia Zenghelis, a founding partner at OMA and former lecturer at the Architectural Association in London. After forty-five years in architecture, Zenghelis has come to a series of conclusions, including a long-standing belief that men obstruct the design potential of their female colleagues, creating an imbalance in the professional landscape. "Women are much better architects than men," proclaims Zenghelis, former professor to Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid (as well as a former collaborator of the latter two). Sitting in Holl's New York office, Zenghelis argues that women have a certain intuition that proves essential to the creation of great design. "It's men that dominate the scene - something has to happen," he says.

Read on for more on the contents of the video.

Zaha Hadid Backs Down From Second Tokyo Olympic Stadium Bid

13:01 - 18 September, 2015
Zaha Hadid Backs Down From Second Tokyo Olympic Stadium Bid, ZHA's New National Stadium proposal. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
ZHA's New National Stadium proposal. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Just two weeks after the Japan Sport Council launched a second call for New National Stadium proposals, Zaha Hadid Architects and partner Nikken Sekkei have withdrawn from the competition. Although the duo promised to develop a "cost-effective" design that strictly adhered to the new competition's scaled down brief, they were unable to secure a contractor and therefore were forced to step down from the competition. 

"It is disappointing that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new National Stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition," said ZHA in a press release.  

Carroll Gardens Townhouse / Lang Architecture

13:00 - 18 September, 2015
Carroll Gardens Townhouse / Lang Architecture, © Ty Cole Photography
© Ty Cole Photography

© Ty Cole Photography © Ty Cole Photography © Ty Cole Photography © Ty Cole Photography +23