Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library, The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

Details have been released on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) plan to renovate its Mid-Manhattan branch, while creating more public space within its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The news comes shortly after Foster + Partner’s redesign of the the Beaux-Arts landmark was scrapped due to concerns of a ballooning budget. The revised $300 million overhaul suggests a more affordable option of relocating Schwarzman’s main stacks beneath Bryant Park, while establishing a more campus-like connection with a fully renovated Mid-Manhattan branch. All the details, here

Vacation Residence at Lia / MOLD Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Vacation Residence at Lia / MOLD Architects, © Yannis Kontos
© Yannis Kontos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lia 463 00, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Iliana Kerestetzi
  • Design Team

    Maria Vrettou, Richard Rubin, Katerina Daskalaki, Fotis Zapantiotis
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yannis Kontos © Yannis Kontos ©  Iliana Kerestetzi © Yannis Kontos +44

Gafanha da Boa Hora School Center / António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
© Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves
  • Architects

  • Location

    3840 Gafanha da Boa Hora, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    António Portugal and Manuel Maria Reis
  • Design Team

    Cláudia Freitas, Elisabete Queirós, Nelson Miranda, Pedro Pita
  • Area

    3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +23

Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Ji
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hui, Lian Hui, Wang Jing
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +24

K Kindergaten / NKS Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
K Kindergaten / NKS Architects, © Kouji Okamoto
© Kouji Okamoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Noriko, Kaoru Suehito
  • Area

    1547.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto +20

GM Architects Cut Through Beirut's Multicultural History at 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
GM Architects Cut Through Beirut's Multicultural History at 2014 Venice Biennale, A view of the museum from the monolith. Image © GM Architects
A view of the museum from the monolith. Image © GM Architects

Lebanese design firm GM Architects will be presenting its “Museum of Civilization” at the Time Space Existence exhibition of the 2014 Venice Biennale. The firm will be the only group representing Lebanon at this year’s exhibition. Their museum design addresses the Biennale’s theme of fundamentals by exploring the historical basis of architectural culture in the rich and varied context of their home country.

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.

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’.

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: 

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

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

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

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.

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