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A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s favelas in a palate of bright hues. Now they’re back again, this time with a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to paint the rest of the favela in the hopes of further transforming this crime-ridden community. 

Dallas Architecture Forum Announces Its 2013-2014 Lecture Season

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to announce its 2013-14 season of lectures that will begin with award-winning Korean architect and the founder of Mass Studies, Minsuk Cho, who will speak Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at The Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave. Other speakers for this season include Hugh Broughton, Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, Larry Scarpa, and Gregg Jones.


  • Architects: OK PLAN ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Konárovice, Czech Republic
  • The author: architekt Luděk Rýzner
  • Co-author: Ing.arch. Jiří Vincenc
  • General contractor: IPM Building spol. s r.o.
  • Furniture supplier: ARA Kolín, Vitra
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaroslav Hejzlar

© Jaroslav  Hejzlar © Jaroslav  Hejzlar © Jaroslav  Hejzlar © Jaroslav  Hejzlar

How Will the Shutdown Affect Architects?

The AIA President, Mickey Jacob, FAIA has just released the following statement on the US government's historic shutdown: “The design and construction industry is slowly recovering from one of the worst economic crises in modern history. The last thing we need is the self-inflicted wound that can potentially further damage the economy." To find out just how the shutdown could affect you, check out the AIA's FAQ page here.

Incheon International Airport - Terminal 2 / Gensler

A few days ago, Korea's Incheon International Airport broke ground on its latest addition, Terminal 2. Gensler, in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium, designed the $2.5 billion project that will double the size of the country's busiest airport with its 72 gates and 7.4 million square feet of space. The project includes a second airport control tower, train station, parking facilities and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).

Keep reading for the architects' description.

AD Classics: Ariston Hotel / Marcel Breuer

Located in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar del Plata, Argentina, the well-known yet now abandoned Ariston Hotel was designed and constructed in 1948 by the Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer, a great diffuser of the modern movement in architecture. Originally meant for housing social reunions, dances and cocktail parties, this project is notable for its elevated volume with a curving, clover-inspired form that permits maximum glazing. 

Slip House Wins the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal

The 2013 RIBA Manser Medal has been awarded to Carl Turner Architects for Slip House in Brixton, London. The Manser Medal is awarded for the best newly designed private house, and this year was announced in a ceremony at Central Saint Martins in London, along with the winners of the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize. The jury's citation for Slip House noted that "inside and out this house is immaculate in its detail, coordination and execution."

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam / René van Zuuk Architects b.v.

  • Architects: René van Zuuk Architects b.v.
  • Location: Olympic Experience, Olympisch Stadion 21, 1076 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Structural Engineer: ABT bv
  • Contractor: Gebr. Beentjes GWW bv
  • Area: 940.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects

Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects

Vallvidrera House / YLAB Arquitectos

  • Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
  • Location: Túnels de Vallvidrera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Tobias Laarmann, Yolanda Yuste López
  • Area: 286.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi

National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects & Engineers

  • Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Location: Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Collaboration: KeunJeong Architects & Engineers Inc
  • Area: 21076.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Young Chae Park

© Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park

Bassett Road / BOX Living

  • Architects: BOX Living
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Team: BOX Living
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

© Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Yale First-Years' Latest New Haven House Complete

Most architects have to wait years to see their first project realized – but if you’re an architecture student at Yale University, you may just have to get on campus.

The Jim Vlock Project, established in 1967, gives first year graduate architecture students the opportunity to design and build a single family home in New Haven, Connecticut. The most recent iteration of the program, which investigated prefab design and construction, will be dedicated today at Yale University.

More info on this year's Jim Vlock house, after the break...

World's First Inflatable Concert Hall Opening in Japan

The Telegraph reports that a new inflatable concert hall dubbed “Ark Nova," created by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is to tour the region of northern Japan that was most affected by the 2011 Tsunami. The hall, which will host world-class concerts, events and workshops, has a single skin membrane that can be easily inflated or deflated as well as seating constructed from local, tsunami-damaged cedar. The opening will take place this week in the coastal town of Matsushima. Learn more about the hall here

Light Matters: 3D Video Mapping, Making Architecture The Screen for Our Urban Stories

Powerful video projectors at an affordable price have opened the path for a young, impressive art form: 3D video mapping, a means of projection that uses the architecture itself as the screen. Artists and researchers initiated the movement, developing a new visual language to interpret architecture. Later, marketing adopted this technique for branding, with large-scale projections on skyscrapers; political activists have also initiated dialogues, turning ephemeral light interventions into eye-catching ways to point out and address urban design issues. 

More on the ways artists and groups develop this visual language for urban storytelling, after the break…