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Lycée Neslon Mandela Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau

03:00 - 11 April, 2015
Lycée Neslon Mandela Secondary School / Philippe Gazeau, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +16

PRIM4 Hair Salon / YOMA DESIGN

23:00 - 10 April, 2015
PRIM4 Hair Salon / YOMA DESIGN, © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio
© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

© Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio © Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio +28

Residence Hall of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary / SAC International

20:00 - 10 April, 2015
Residence Hall of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary / SAC International, © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio
© Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio

© Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio +27

Open Call: "STITCH" Portland

19:00 - 10 April, 2015
Open Call: "STITCH" Portland , Courtesy of AIA Portland
Courtesy of AIA Portland

Now in its second year, the AIA Portland is seeking entries for its ideas competition - "2015 STITCH II." Open to everyone, the competition asks participants to reinvent an unused site beneath Portland's I-405 bridge into an active public space or shelter. While the specific programming is left to the participants' discretion, designs must respond to the specific context of the neighborhood. Registration is open now and submissions are welcomed through June 1, 2015. Three winners will be chosen by a multidisciplinary jury and announced at a ceremony on June 9, receiving monetary prizes between $100 and $500. For more information, visit aiaportland.org. To register, visit eventbrite.com. You can see last year’s winner, here.

Arena Apartments / Ellivo Architects

18:10 - 10 April, 2015
Arena Apartments / Ellivo Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Michael Small (Project Architect), Mason Cowle (Director)
  • Area

    3350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

"Classic Japan" Episode 3: Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall / Kenzo Tange

16:00 - 10 April, 2015

This installment of Vincent Hecht's "Classic Japan" series takes you through Kenzo Tange's 1958 Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall. Emulating traditional Japanese wood construction, the reinforced concrete structure forms an L-shape around a central courtyard with a connecting eight-story administrative office tower and low-rise assembly hall.

The "Brain of Brian" Floating Office Barge / Marraum Architecture

16:00 - 10 April, 2015
The "Brain of Brian" Floating Office Barge  / Marraum Architecture, Courtesy of Marraum Architecture
Courtesy of Marraum Architecture

Courtesy of Marraum Architecture Courtesy of Marraum Architecture Courtesy of Marraum Architecture Courtesy of Marraum Architecture +54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Penryn, Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • Collaborators

    Mark and Loz Shipwrights, Eleanor Bell
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marraum Architecture

SHoP's 626 First Avenue Coming Soon to NYC's East River

14:00 - 10 April, 2015
© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Construction is underway on SHoP Architects' newest addition to the New York skyline - 626 First Avenue. The conjoined residential towers, slated for completion in early 2016, aims to stimulate development on the city's East River. Once complete, they will add 800 residential units to the area connected via a sky bridge. Featured amenities will include an indoor lap pool, communal lounge areas, rooftop deck, fitness center, and film screening room. In addition to the cooper structures, SHoP will also design all the buildings' interiors and furniture, making the development a true gesamtkunstwerk.

Read on for more images of the project and a fly-through around the structure. 

K4 Office Building / 3h architecture

14:00 - 10 April, 2015
K4 Office Building / 3h architecture, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Design Team

    Andras Mark Bartha, Zsombor Feher, Lilla Kantor, Bence Kertesz, Anna Sara Kiss, Tamas Nemeth, Orsolya Pataj
  • Design architects

    Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
  • Project Architect

    Tamas Bekesi
  • Area

    23330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan

12:00 - 10 April, 2015
Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan, © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie
© Oskar Da Riz Fotografie

The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, has completed in Milan. Overshadowed by controversy, the building has made headlines this week due to a disagreement over its "poor quality" flooring that has led its architect (David Chipperfield) to disassociate himself with the project. Despite this, MUDEC is moving forward with plans to open on April 26. Take a look inside the building, after the break. 

© Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie +17

House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture

12:00 - 10 April, 2015
House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture, © Peter Lyons
© Peter Lyons

© Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons © Peter Lyons +14

Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms

10:00 - 10 April, 2015
Elevation study of the southwest facade of Villa Savoye at Poissy, 1929, focussing upon the composition and proportioning of the openings and piloti, pencil and white pastel on trace, 75.5 x 126.2 cm (29 3/4 x 49 2⁄3 in). Image © Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris
Elevation study of the southwest facade of Villa Savoye at Poissy, 1929, focussing upon the composition and proportioning of the openings and piloti, pencil and white pastel on trace, 75.5 x 126.2 cm (29 3/4 x 49 2⁄3 in). Image © Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris

Marking the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier's death, Phaidon recently released a second edition of William J R Curtis' seminal book, "Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms." Following in the footsteps of the first edition published in 1986, the book reveals Le Corbusier's works through over 500 images and incisive analysis. The context within which the book will be received is of course very different compared to that of 1986; in the following text, the author explains how Le Corbusier's legacy has changed in the intervening years, but also why the book is needed just as much now as it was back then.

From the Preface to the Second Edition of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms:

When the first edition of this book was written Le Corbusier had been dead only twenty years. His reputation was in temporary eclipse. Demonized by post-modernist foes and over-simplified by neo-modernist friends, he risked becoming a caricature. At the time it was necessary to rescue him from transient perceptions and to place him in a longer and broader historical perspective. While focusing upon individual works I attempted to reveal Le Corbusier’s recurrent themes, basic types and guiding principles. His architecture was placed in the context of his larger social and cultural projects and related to his general conceptions of society, history and nature. The first edition closed with the declaration: ‘Le Corbusier is himself part of tradition and has even altered the perspective on the distant past. As he slips further into history, his modernity matters less and less: it is the timeless levels in his art which have most to give to the future.’

Patrik Schumacher: "The Denunciation of Architectural Icons and Stars is Superficial and Ignorant"

09:25 - 10 April, 2015
Patrik Schumacher: "The Denunciation of Architectural Icons and Stars is Superficial and Ignorant", Zaha Hadid Architects' Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton + Crow
Zaha Hadid Architects' Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton + Crow

In the latest of his provocative posts on Facebook, Patrik Schumacher has come out in defense of iconic design and star architects, arguing that the current trend of criticism is "superficial and ignorant," and "all-too-easy point-scoring which indeed usually misses the point."

Schumacher says that critics "should perhaps slow down a bit in their (pre-)judgement and reflect on their role as mediators between the discourse of architecture and the interested public." In the 1,400 word post, he goes on to elaborate that so-called icons and the star system are inevitable results of this mediation, adding that "explanation rather than dismissal and substitution should be seen as the critics’ task."

Read on after the break for more highlights from Schumacher's argument

Dinamarca 399 / Joaquín Velasco Rubio

10:00 - 10 April, 2015
Dinamarca 399 / Joaquín Velasco Rubio, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +42

Urban Systems Office's Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China

09:00 - 10 April, 2015
Urban Systems Office's Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China, The tower forms a new landmark within this fast developing city in China. Image Courtesy of Urban Systems Office
The tower forms a new landmark within this fast developing city in China. Image Courtesy of Urban Systems Office

London-based design group Urban Systems Office has developed a work-flow system employed in their  180-meter "Bundle Tower" to redefine the office typology of the Bank of China. Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements.

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library

06:00 - 10 April, 2015
Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library, Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1
Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1

Maya Lin, best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, together with Shepley Bulfinch has been chosen to redesign Smith College's Neilson Library. Selected after an international search conducted by the school, Lin's interdisciplinary approach coupled with Shepley Bulfinch's extensive work with academic institutions ultimately brought them to the forefront. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and last two years.

Crossed House / Clavel Arquitectos

06:00 - 10 April, 2015
Crossed House / Clavel Arquitectos, © David Frutos Ruiz
© David Frutos Ruiz

© David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Alcayna, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Clavel Rojo
  • Collaborators

    Robin Harloff, David Hernández Conesa
  • Area

    232.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

FAT And Crimson's 'A Clockwork Jerusalem' To Be Exhibited In London

04:00 - 10 April, 2015
FAT And Crimson's 'A Clockwork Jerusalem' To Be Exhibited In London, Electric Pastoral. Image © FAT Architecture / Sam Jacob
Electric Pastoral. Image © FAT Architecture / Sam Jacob

A Clockwork Jerusalem, the exhibition showcased in the British Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale, will make it's UK debut at London's Architectural Association (AA) next month. Commissioned by the British Council and curated by Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT, and , partner at Dutch practice Crimson Architectural Historians, the exhibition shines a light on the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s by exploring the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious - but also the moment that witnessed its collapse."