Country House Goedereede / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

01:00 - 15 March, 2014

Berlin Wall Memorials Prove Controversial, Fall Behind Schedule

00:00 - 15 March, 2014
The design for the Leipzig Memorial, by Marc Weiss and Martin de Mattia. Image © M+M / ANNABAU
The design for the Leipzig Memorial, by Marc Weiss and Martin de Mattia. Image © M+M / ANNABAU

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn, Germany planned two memorials, one in Berlin and one in Leipzig. However, as Der Spiegel reports, not only are they almost certainly not going to be complete in time for the anniversary, they have both proven highly controversial with the local people. Will these designs turn out to be monuments to German reunification, or just monumental failures? Read the article on Der Spiegel to find out more.

Heatherwick to Transform Cape Town's Grain Silo into Contemporary Art Museum

00:00 - 15 March, 2014
Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Interior. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Imagine forty-two, 33 meter high concrete tubes each with a diameter of 5.5 meters, with no open space to experience the volume from within. The brief from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) for London-based Heatherwick Studio was to "reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character," calling for a "solution unique for Africa" in order to create "the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside." Heatherwick's response will be the creation of a "a new kind of museum in an African context."

Janet Echelman's Largest Aerial Sculpture To Premiere in Vancouver

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
© Ema Peter / Studio Echelman
© Ema Peter / Studio Echelman

American Artist Janet Echelman is to premiere her latest, and largest, sculpture in Vancouver. Widely known for her artistic ability to reshape urban airspace, Echelman's sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology has led to collaborations with aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to "transform urban environments world wide with her net sculptures." Using a light weight fibre to elevate her monumental "breathing" forms above the streets of urban centres, Echelman's new sculpture will be of a size and scale never before attempted.

Courtesy of Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman © Ema Peter / Studio Echelman +22

MoMA PS1 YAP 2014 Runner-Up: Mirror Mirror / Collective-LOK

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
© Collective-LOK
© Collective-LOK

A vision by Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under)Collective–LOK’s compelling proposal to reimagine MoMA PS1’s triangular courtyard with a billowing “urban mirror” was one of five finalists shortlisted for the annual competition’s 15th edition. Though the Living’s compostable brick tower was ultimately crowned winner, the Collective-LOK’s Mirror Mirror was an intriguing proposal that transcended the boundaries of the site. 

Wembley WC Pavilion / Gort Scott

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
Courtesy of Gort Scott
Courtesy of Gort Scott
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wembley, Greater London, UK
  • Area

    224.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gort Scott

Courtesy of Gort Scott Courtesy of Gort Scott Courtesy of Gort Scott Courtesy of Gort Scott +11

AA Visiting School Los Angeles

00:00 - 15 March, 2014

The AA Visiting School is a satellite programme of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and will be taking place in Los Angeles for the first time, from June 16 to June 27. The programme is broken up into research clusters that will be led by individual tutors based on the theme of “Machining Adaptive Living.”

Municipal Boxing Gym / Urbánika

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
© Guadalupe Campos
© Guadalupe Campos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Federico Campos & Oscar Chávez
  • Area

    659.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Guadalupe Campos , Theo Leinad, Courtesy of Archivo Urbánika

© Guadalupe Campos © Theo Leinad Courtesy of Archivo Urbánika © Guadalupe Campos +26

Gerardo Anker Library / L+A arquitectos

01:00 - 15 March, 2014
© Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Diego Vasquez de Cepeda, Quito, Ecuador
  • Architect in Charge

    Gabriela S. Anker Cárdenas , Aaron S. Leppanen , Luis Alberto Játiva , Peter C. Matthews
  • Area

    740.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +19

If Architects Love Technology, Why Are Their Websites So Bad? 5 Tips for a Better Site

00:00 - 15 March, 2014

The original version of this article, entitled "Why (Most) Architects Don't Get Digital," first appeared on UXB London.

For super smart people who spend so much time imagining the future, it seems odd that, when it comes to digital, architects are so stuck in the past. Don't get me wrong, I love architecture and hold the profession in high regard. But I'm mystified as to why the digital revolution has been largely ignored by a profession so proud of integrating emerging technologies.

We recently carried out some research as part of a commission to develop a digital strategy for an established practice in London. We wanted to check the state of mobile adoption in the sector. We figured a good place to start would be the big guns, the award winners, and the ones that others want to be.

We made up our list* and visited each practice on a smartphone. Oh dear. I wouldn't advise you to do this – it's a dispiriting experience that could make your fingers hurt and your eyes bleed.

Space FA / Sebastián Yrarrázabal + Veronica Arcos + Andrea Von Chrismar

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
© Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +37

Residence In Legrena / Thymio Papayannis and Associates

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
© Charalampos Louizidis
© Charalampos Louizidis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Legrena 195 00, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Ivi Nanopoulou, Eirini Nikitaki, Eri Nikoloudi, Thymios Papayannis, Maria Sgouridou
  • Project Manager

    Ivi Nanopoulou
  • Area

    5940.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Charalampos Louizidis

© Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis +20

Spring / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
© Dick Liu
© Dick Liu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Joey Ho
  • Design Team

    Noel Chan
  • Area

    697.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Dick Liu

© Dick Liu © Dick Liu © Dick Liu © Dick Liu +9

Stoss + SHoP Beat Out Bofill, OMA for Downtown Dallas Re-Design

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
© Stoss + SHoP, Courtesy of A/N
© Stoss + SHoP, Courtesy of A/N

The results are in: Dallas has selected Stoss + SHoP’s “Hyper Density Hyper Landscape” (HDHL) over finalists Ricardo Bofill and OMA+AMO to reunite its downtown with the neighboring Trinity River. The winning team’s pragmatic approach aims to activates the region’s “full potential” by introducing an alternating “grid-green” development that will transform 176 acres into three new “dynamic, mixed-used” neighborhoods.

“The idea is very clear and compelling,” stated the jury. “There’s much left to be resolved in details but the diagram of the green coming into the city and the city going into the Trinity is a very powerful diagram that should become a strategy for managing change as the community moves forward.”

Suburban Studio / Ashton Porter Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects
Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    London Borough of Enfield, Greater London, UK
  • Area

    205.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects

Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects +22

Bennetts Associates Unveil Plans for Latest Development in London's King's Cross

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Visualisation. Image © Bennetts Associates
Visualisation. Image © Bennetts Associates

Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the latest development in London's King's Cross. Their proposal for a sensitive heritage conversion to "breath new life into a disused Victorian building" will house a new supermarket and cookery school, as well as an events and cultural space. As part of the ongoing transformation of one of London's central districts which has recently seen the completion of John McAslan's station concourse, Stanton William's Central Saint Martins, and an office proposal from David Chipperfield, Bennetts Associates' designs aim to reinvigorate the historic Midland Goods Shed.

Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Courtesy of Aires Mateus

The prestigious Portuguese office Aires Mateus - formed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - has won a competition to design the new headquarters of the University of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.

More information on the project, after the break...

Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

01:00 - 14 March, 2014