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Sunset Terrace House / a_collective

  • Architects: a_collective
  • Location: Singapore
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of a_collective

Courtesy of a_collective Courtesy of a_collective Courtesy of a_collective Courtesy of a_collective

Heatherwick Tapped to Design $75 Million Icon for NYC

Related Companies founder Stephen Ross has commissioned London designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick to design what could be, according to the Wall Street Journal, “one of the most expensive works of public art in the world.” Planned to be the centerpiece of Related’s Hudson Yards project in Manhattan’s West Side, the estimated $75 million artwork and its surrounding 4-acre public space aims to become “new icon for the city.”

Fernando Jaeger Store / SuperLimão Studio

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Location: Rua Padre Chico, 552 - Perdizes, São Paulo, 05008-010, Brazil
  • : SAPU
  • Lighting: LDArti
  • Old House Structure Project: Ricardo Zulkes e SuperLimão Studio
  • Project Area: 605 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba

House in Shinoharadai / Tai and Associates

  • Architects: Tai and Associates
  • Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Katsuma Tai
  • Structural Engineer: motoi nomura
  • Area: 393.17 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Seiichi Ohsawa

© Seiichi Ohsawa © Seiichi Ohsawa © Seiichi Ohsawa © Seiichi Ohsawa

Light Matters: Europe's Leading Light Festivals

In mid autumn, when the nights get longer in the northern hemisphere, we encounter numerous light festivals. And indeed, within the last ten years, more and more light festivals have globally emerged. The reason for the success of light festivals is simple, as the German curator Bettina Pelz concludes: “It’s actually fairly easy, because whenever you do something with light in cities in the night, then people do come. If you do it good, they come twice.” 

As Pelz points out, light is an apt medium for evening events, since it easily attracts people. Communities have discovered the potential of lighting for city marketing, and the closer they plan their date to Christmas, the more they merge their illumination with the festive blinking lights of commercial Christmas markets.

Join us on a tour through some of the leading light festivals in Europe. Read more about their different backgrounds, artistic concepts and future trends after the break...

Light Marina Bay. Singapore, 2012. Image © Darren Chin Berliner Cathedral, Festival of lights. Berlin, 2012. Photographer: Marius Schwarz. Image Courtesy of  Festival of lights / Frank Herrmann Tunnel of love by Vollaerszwart. Glow 2011. Image Courtesy of GLOW Eindhoven Cagna Illuminations, 2012. Design: De Cagna . Light Festival Ghent. Image Courtesy of City of Ghent

The Absent Column: Examining the Prentice Preservation Battle

In light of the extensive demolition that has already taken place at Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown Chicago, we present to you this short film that examines the hospital’s preservation battle and poses the question, “Who determines the future of the past?”

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building / Westlake Reed Leskosky

  • Architects: Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Location: Oberlin, OH, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Paul E. Westlake
  • Project Designer: Jonathan C. Kurtz
  • Client/Owner: Oberlin College
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Structural engineer: Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Civil engineer: KS Associates
  • General contractor: Krill Construction
  • Landscape architect: GroundView, Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Acoustic Consultant: Kirkegaard Acoustic Design
  • Cost Estimator: Project and Construction Services
  • Area: 37000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nic Lehoux , Kevin G. Reeves, Scott Pease

© Kevin G. Reeves © Kevin G. Reeves © Scott Pease © Kevin G. Reeves

House H / Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

The Sunshine Beach House / Wilson Architects

  • Architects: Wilson Architects
  • Location: Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia
  • Design Team: Phillip Lukin, Stefan Pirie, Hamilton Wilson, Sarah Russell
  • Landscape Architect: Wilson Landscape Architects
  • Structural Consultant: Bligh Tanner Consulting Engineers
  • Building Surveyor: Suncoast Building Approvals
  • Quantity Surveyor: Graham Lukins Partnership
  • Builder: Novak Constructions Pty. Ltd.
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brent Hardcastle

© Brent Hardcastle © Brent Hardcastle © Brent Hardcastle © Brent Hardcastle

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

  • Architects: GAP Architects
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Principal designer’s name: Raymond Lau
  • Design team members: Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

Restaurant On The Sea / Case-Real

  • Architects: Case-Real
  • Location: Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
  • Project in Cooperation: Tsuyoshi Matsuzawa
  • Structural Engineer: Hiroshi Ohno
  • Design Cooperation: Naikai Archit
  • Area: 1685.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

© Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki

Court-housing Cortinghborg Groningen / Architecten|en|en

© BASEPHOTOGRAPHY
© BASEPHOTOGRAPHY

© BASEPHOTOGRAPHY © BASEPHOTOGRAPHY © BASEPHOTOGRAPHY © BASEPHOTOGRAPHY

Turkish Embassy in Berlin / NSH Architekten

  • Architects: NSH Architekten
  • Location: Tiergartenstraße 22, 10785 Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architects: Volkmar Nickol, Felipe Schmidt, Thomas Hillig
  • Sketches: Felipe Schmidt
  • Area: 16000.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Bernardette Grimmenstein

© Bernardette Grimmenstein © Bernardette Grimmenstein © Bernardette Grimmenstein © Bernardette Grimmenstein

Museum of the Built Environment / FXFOWLE Architects

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is a new 55-million-square-foot mixed-use urban community in Riyadh. Among its public buildings under construction is FXFOWLE Architects’ Museum of the Built Environment (MOBE), which explores the role of social, economic, and environmental issues in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the larger region. The museum will exhibit works related to the history of the arts and architecture on the Arabian peninsula, as well as document trends in sustainable thinking and their role in the future of the built environment. The museum puts the traditionally private culture of Saudi Arabia on display, creating a building for residents and visitors.

Think Sol, International Ideas Competition

As part of the Architecture Week in Madrid, the "Past, Present and Future of Sol" exhibition was inaugurated and the brief for the International Ideas Competition was publicated.

PIENSA SOL is a reflection about the future of Madrid's Puerta del Sol plaza. Its objective is to compile proposals through an international ideas competition to profile the path of its evolution looking to improve the Puerta del Sol context. To get to this objective PIENSA SOL is planned in a structured process base in four complementary phases: COMPETITION, EXHIBITION, CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND REFLECTION.

Banksy Critiques One World Trade as "Shyscraper"

Banksy, the pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist who is currently making his rounds in New York City, has proclaimed the One World Trade Center as the city’s “biggest eyesore.” In a brief op-ed piece, Banksy describes the SOM-designed tower as a “shy skyscraper,” one that declares New York’s “glory days” are gone. 

“You really need to put up a better building in front of it right away,” stated Banksy. “... because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads, New York - we lost our nerve.”

Criticism of the One World Trade isn’t new, as many leading critics have bashed its design for being “meh” - a watered-down version of Daniel Libeskind’s original proposal

Read Bansky's full op-ed, after the break.  

Dymax Redux: Crowd.Sourcing a New Map for the Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is proud to partner with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design to exhibit DYMAX REDUX, a crowdsourcing design contest to highlight today's graphic designers, visual artists and citizen cartographers own interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map. Originally published 70 years ago, Fuller's map was a cartographic breakthrough showing one island in one ocean; an iconic design that has inspired generations since.