AD Round Up: The Architecture Photography of Fernando Guerra

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Today, we'd like to commemorate the captivating architectural photography of Fernando Guerra. The Portuguese architect-turned-photographer’s work has graced our webpages many times since he began his career in 2001. In a recent interview with Paperhouses, he recalls the evolution of his aspiration to capture decisive architectural moments. Here are five of our favorites: Cube HouseAlcácer do Sal Residences, House in Fontinha, the Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing, and the Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension.

Rem Koolhaas' Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr

In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with OMA founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

Main Street House / SHED Architecture & Design

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
© Mark Woods
© Mark Woods

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods +29

February ABI Reveals Slight Improvement

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
February ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
February ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

After starting the year with a “modest uptick” that disrupted a three month cycle of decline, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for Feburary has revealed that design services in the United States are continuing to (slowly) improve. As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), last month’s ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January. In contrast, the new projects inquiry index continued to fall, dwindling from 58.5 to 56.8 in February. This however, as AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker believes, could be due to harsh weather conditions that stalled construction activity throughout many parts of the country over the past few months .

More information and regional highlights, after the break... 

Preston Scott Cohen + Integrated Design Solutions to Expand UM Architecture Building

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture with Integrated Design Solutions (Click image for more). Image © Jeremy Bittermann
University of Michigan Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture with Integrated Design Solutions (Click image for more). Image © Jeremy Bittermann

The University of Michigan (UM) has commissioned Preston Scott Cohen and Integrated Design Solutions to design a $28 million expansion for its 40-year-old design building. Primarily planned to be used by the school’s architecture program, the new addition will include classrooms, studios and offices, as well as the renovation of existing studios. The news comes five years after schematic designs for the original expansion were abandoned. More information, here

Vault House / Johnston Marklee

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
© Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oxnard, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee
  • Design Team

    Katrin Terstegen, Andri Luescher, Nicholas Hofstede, Anna Neimark, Anton Schneider, Yoshi Nagamine, Ryan Roettker
  • Area

    3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier +36

Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos

01:00 - 19 March, 2014
© Adrian Llaguno
© Adrian Llaguno
  • Architects

    Garza Camisay arquitectos
  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Edna Garza, Darío Camisay
  • Project Area

    170.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Adrian Llaguno

© Adrian Llaguno © Adrian Llaguno © Adrian Llaguno © Adrian Llaguno +15

Psychiatric Centre Friedrichshafen / Huber Staudt Architekten

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +13

MIL House / A+D Proyectos

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
Courtesy of A+D Proyectos
Courtesy of A+D Proyectos

Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos +23

VIDEO: I LIKE Purple

00:00 - 18 March, 2014

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal's Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 3, I LIKE Purple. The video features SO-IL's Flockr Pavilion, raumlabor's SOFT SOLUTION and two other purple-hued spatial interventions.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world. 

Next week ArchDaily will premier the fourth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Venice Biennale 2014: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Herzog & de Meuron Collaborate on Swiss Pavilion

00:00 - 18 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2012: Switzerland Pavilion. Image © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Switzerland Pavilion. Image © Nico Saieh

Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, has been chosen as curator for the Swiss pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Inspired by director Rem Koolhaas’ theme, “Fundamentals,” Obrist recalled the first architects he ever met, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and invited them to collaborate on the exhibition. 

“When I was invited to do the pavilion, I thought working with [Herzog and de Meuron] fit in with the whole idea of the biennale this year – looking to the past, and using the past as a toolbox to create the future,” Obrist told ARTINFO UK.  

House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER

01:00 - 18 March, 2014

A+U 522: Supermodels – Photographed by Hisao Suzuki

00:00 - 18 March, 2014

From the publisher. March 2014 issue of a+u is focused on photographs of architectural models by Spain-based photographer Hisao Suzuki.

Based on the essence of architects' thinking expressed in the images, 70 photographs of models by 25 architects are categorized into "Inception", "Organization", "Blooming" and "Experiential". We also asked six architects – Arata Isozaki, Christian Kerez, Ryue Nishizawa, Kazuyo Sejima, Fabian Asunción (former architect at EMBT), Bijoy Jain – to talk about what models mean to their ways of creating architecture. Each photo is accompanied by photographer's story from the photo shoot.

Monique Corriveau-Library / Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas Architects

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +15

Block House / Porebski Architects

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Conor Quinn
© Conor Quinn

© Conor Quinn © Brett Boardman © Conor Quinn © Brett Boardman +24

Camper Together / Atelier Marko Brajovic

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Fernando Laszlo
© Fernando Laszlo

© Fernando Laszlo © Fernando Laszlo © Fernando Laszlo © Fernando Laszlo +12

Kickstart the Latest Edition of 'City of Darkness': The Authoritative Text on Kowloon Walled City

00:00 - 18 March, 2014

20 years ago, Greg Girard and Ian Lambot published "City of Darkness", a book which documented life inside the notorious Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong during its peak in the late 1980s. When the high-rise slum was cleared and demolished soon after in 1993, this collection of photographs, interviews and essays became a eulogy of sorts, becoming one of the key texts on the most densely populated place the world has ever seen.

Two decades later, Girard and Lambot have revisited the book - and to fund this new edition, they have turned to Kickstarter.

Read on after the break to find out what's new in this edition and how you can help fund the book.

HWKN + Handel Architects Break Ground on New Jersey's Tallest Building

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) + Handel Architects
© Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) + Handel Architects

Jersey City’s Journal Square will soon reach new heights, as Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Handel Architects have broken ground on what will be the tallest building in New Jersey: Journal Squared. The transit-oriented urban renewal project will be completed in three phases; the first, which will add 540 residential units to the area, is planned for completion in mid-2016. Once the 2.3 million square foot project is complete, three metal panel clad towers will dominated the skyline, ultimately totaling in 1,840 units and reaching up to 70 stories.