Casa E246 / Ezequiel Amado Cattaneo

05:34 - 1 June, 2014
Casa E246 / Ezequiel Amado Cattaneo, © Alejandro Peral
© Alejandro Peral

© Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral +24

Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Estonia to Showcase the Act of Placemaking, An interior view of the pavilion. Image © Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam
An interior view of the pavilion. Image © Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam

The rise of the internet has radically changed how we inhabit space. Thus, for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Estonia’s pavilion will focus on how this change is applied to the practice of architecture. Titled Interspace, the exhibition will be a single room that digitally showcases the physical act of placemaking.

Four Teams to Envision Proposals for D.C. “Bridge Park”

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Four Teams to Envision Proposals for D.C. “Bridge Park” , Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC
Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC

The four teams moving on to stage three of Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park competition has been announced. Selected from over 80 qualified design firms from across the U.S., the following multidisciplinary teams will receive $25000 stipends to envision a new civic space spanning the Anacostia River by early September: 

BI's First Print Edition Released - FREE: Architecture on the Loose

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Courtesy of BI Publications
Courtesy of BI Publications

BI is a publication focused on the exchanges between architecture and its wider cultural context; it consists of short extemporaneous texts with longer studied pieces from a multitude of perspectives. The following is an excerpt from its latest (and first print) edition, FREE, written by the editors-in-chief E. Sean Bailey and Erandi de Silva.

There is implicit conflict in the word ‘free’. While culturally we celebrate the infinite opportunities afforded by the ‘freedom to’, the term also alludes to emancipation, a break from a captive state, or a ‘freedom from’. ‘Free’ is, at its core, an architectural concept. Architecture is a discipline directly engaged with shaping enclosure, of erecting and toppling barriers or—more explicitly—of extending and limiting ‘freedoms’.

Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / Urbanus

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / Urbanus, © Alex Chan
© Alex Chan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Director

    Meng Yan
  • Area

    10728.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alex Chan © Alex Chan © Alex Chan © Alex Chan +37

Venice Biennale 2014: "M9" to Discuss the Links Between Cultural Institutions and Urban Regeneration

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: "M9" to Discuss the Links Between Cultural Institutions and Urban Regeneration , Museum facing south. Image © Sauerbruch Hutton
Museum facing south. Image © Sauerbruch Hutton

This year at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Collateral Event M9 / Transforming the City will unveil an influential urban regeneration project planned for the heart of Venezia Mestre. Envisioned by British-Berlin practice Sauerbruch Hutton, the competition-winning design will be a new “multifaceted and encyclopedic” cultural center of “international appeal” that showcases the “fundamental” 100 years that “revolutionized the world."

The exhibition will pair a complete architectural presentation of the project alongside the political motives behind it and an overview of the site's history as an attempt to spark a “theoretical digression on the links between cultural institutions and urban-regeneration projects.”

More about the project, after the break...

Casa da Severa / José Adrião

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Casa da Severa / José Adrião, © Hugo Santos Silva
© Hugo Santos Silva
  • Architects

  • Location

    Largo Severa 2, 1100-341 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Carla Gonçalves, João Matos, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Tiago Pereira
  • Area

    2014.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva +17

GEH House / I.R.A.

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
GEH House / I.R.A., © Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design Team

    Akinori Kasegai , Daisuke Tsunakawa
  • Collaborators

    Hideyuki Hagiuda (Structure design)
  • Area

    93.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa +28

The Forgotten Modernist: Knud Lonberg-Holm

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
The Forgotten Modernist: Knud Lonberg-Holm ,  Knud Lonberg-Holm (1895-1972), a criminally overlooked but highly influential Modernist architect, photographer, and pioneer of information design. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Knud Lonberg-Holm (1895-1972), a criminally overlooked but highly influential Modernist architect, photographer, and pioneer of information design. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Who is Knud Lonberg-Holm? An overlooked modernist architect, photographer, author, researcher, and teacher praised by the likes of Buckminster Fuller - one of his good friends and biggest advocates. To learn about the architect's unsung accomplishments and the people determined to preserve his memory, check out Metropolis Magazine's article by clicking here.

Brother's House / Hiroshi Kuno + Associates

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Brother's House / Hiroshi Kuno + Associates, Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates
Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates

Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates Courtesy of Hiroshi Kuno + Associates +20

Spotlight: Toyo Ito

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Spotlight: Toyo Ito, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup. Image © Sylvain Deleu
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup. Image © Sylvain Deleu

As one of the leading architects of Japan's increasingly highly-regarded architecture culture, 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito (born June 1, 1941) has defined his career by combining elements of minimalism with an embrace of technology, in a way that merges both traditional and contemporary elements of Japanese culture.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup. Image © Sylvain Deleu Tower of Winds. Image © Tomio Ohashi Tama Art University Library. Image ©  Iwan Baan Sendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc +13

Spotlight: Norman Foster

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Spotlight: Norman Foster, Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935) - or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank - gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport +32

A2 House / VPS Architetti

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
© Pierluigi Dessì
© Pierluigi Dessì
  • Architects

  • Location

    53020 Castelmuzio Siena, Italy
  • Collaborators

    Gianluca Anolfo, Luigi Depperu, Marco Pittaluga
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì +31

1911 Revolution Museum / CADI

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
1911 Revolution Museum / CADI, © Zhang Guangyuan
© Zhang Guangyuan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei
  • Design Team

    Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei, Guo Lei, Ding Mao, Li Mingyu, Cai Xiaopeng, Wen Siqing, Wang Xin, Shao Guofen, Zhang Hao, Hu Wenjin, Lei Jianping, Sun Yanbo, Liu Bin, Ou Yangjian
  • Area

    22138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan +22

Do New Buildings In London Have Shard Envy?

00:00 - 31 May, 2014
Do New Buildings In London Have Shard Envy?, © Malcolm Chapman
© Malcolm Chapman

This interesting article by Oliver Wainwright at the Guardian reveals the trend in recent London architecture for "Shardettes" - smaller and usually cheaper imitations of Renzo Piano's famous design which Wainwright says "has become a beacon for designers bereft of inspiration." Highlighting four angular, glazed buildings that are either recently or partially constructed, he questions the quality of these miniature imitations and asks "is this Shardenfreude frenzy something to be welcomed?" You can read the full article here.

Le Coiffeur / Margaux Keller Design Studio + Bertrand Guillon Architecture

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
Le Coiffeur  / Margaux Keller Design Studio + Bertrand Guillon Architecture, © Margaux Keller Design Studio
© Margaux Keller Design Studio

© Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio © Margaux Keller Design Studio +16

KCAP Wins Joint First Prize in Eteläpuisto Park Tampere Competition

00:00 - 31 May, 2014
KCAP Wins Joint First Prize in Eteläpuisto Park Tampere Competition, Dock View. Image © KCAP Architects & Planner
Dock View. Image © KCAP Architects & Planner

KCAP Architects & Planners has recently won a shared first place title in the Eteläpuisto Park competition for the city of Tampere, Finland. The competition brief specified that entries were required to create an “urban residential area and provide for programs suitable for the city structure and for the landscape.” Recreational access to the nearby lake shore was required, as was enabling access to Tampere’s Hämeenpuisto Esplanade. KCAP’s residential park proposal was chosen unanimously by the competition jury from six total entries.

Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS, Power of idea - lightening - House in Barren land . Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS
Power of idea - lightening - House in Barren land . Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘mayaPRAXIS’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm.

While anchoring each work in its specific site and circumstance, mayaPRAXIS is a synthesis of Vijay Narnapatti and Dimple Mittal’s sensibilities, which endeavor to obtain a deeper experience of time, space, light and materials. A continuum of specific situations enables works of distinct individuality and stylistic variety from project to project. Every project has a realm of details where the essential qualities are crystallised and catalysed at multiple scales.

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Cottages - Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Cottage Sketch. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Reception interior Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Observatory, Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS +32