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Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and Ireland, has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using brick in 14 different categories.  Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid Architects' Serpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio's Ace Hotel and Mecanoo's The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes 4 Views / AR Design Studio. Image Courtesy of AR Design Studio Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio. Image © Andrew Meredith +9

Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International, Courtesy of Allied Architects International
Courtesy of Allied Architects International
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Allied Architects International

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Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China'

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China' , Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai
Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai

When Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu arrived in Shanghai in 2000, working on a project for Michael Graves, they had no plans to stay. "Three months turned into six, then eight," said Neri of his first visit; fourteen years later, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office operates from Shanghai with more than 100 multi-disciplinary staff. The firm has developed a reputation for their original designs in a landscape dominated by duplicate architecture. In a recent article in The Star Online, Leong Siok Hui maps Neri & Hu's road to success, featuring their work on Design Collective and The Waterhouse at South Bund. Read more here

Office Off / heri&salli

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Office Off  / heri&salli, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgenland, Austria
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +39

Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio, Courtesy of Borja García Studio
Courtesy of Borja García Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Catalans, 8, 46001 Valencia, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Borja García. Laura Ros
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Borja García Studio

Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio +17

How OMA's Monditalia Paints A Dynamic Portrait of Italy

01:00 - 13 August, 2014

The component parts of Monditalia, the 41 projects that line the vast corridor of the Arsenale, provide contextualization for architecture operating within larger systems, be it politics, media, border control, religion, etc. When we spoke to Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli of AMO, Monditalia's head curator, he stressed that "the exhibition is a method, more than anything. This idea of the scanning through the country, selecting case studies, selecting another way to represent the case studies…it's a method that can be applied also elsewhere."

Monditalia mobilizes the other sectors of the Venice Biennale -- Cinema, Dance and Music -- in order to capture a "polyphonic" portrait of a European country with what Laparelli describes as "extreme conditions." Infographics produced in preparation for the exhibition demonstrate the statistical disparities between Italy and other nations. The scan of Italy begins from the south and continues to the north, allowing "different topics to collaps[e] or collid[e] onto each other, such as you would find when you travel through a real territory."

Monditalia's events have been programmed to take place between June and November in conjunction with a series of 21 Weekend Specials that allow further exploration of the issues/topics/case studies brought forth in the exhibition at large. 

Watch Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli explain Monditalia in the video above, read on after the break for the curatorial statement, and see the rest of ArchDaily's Biennale coverage here

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +44

BuildAChange Aims to Tackle Sanitation with Zero Project

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
BuildAChange Aims to Tackle Sanitation with Zero Project , Courtesy of BuildAChange
Courtesy of BuildAChange

Although the practice of architecture has historically done little to address the basic needs of those in the developing world, in recent years architects have gradually extended their reach into the realm of humanitarian work, as most notably exemplified by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. Despite these advances, one third of the world’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. This is astounding given the amount of resources and technology we have available to us in the 21st century, and it is a problem that architects have the opportunity to solve; some architects, including Julia King, have already begun to take on this challenge. It is also the focus of “Zero Project,” the first initiative of non-profit organization BuildAChange. Read about their proposal after the break.

Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full"

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full", Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster

Wim Pijbes, director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, has declared in an open letter to the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that the Dutch capital is "dirty, filthy, and too full." Complaining primarily about the culture of short-stay accommodation, segways, scooters and canal cruisers in the historic heart of the city, he argues that "the charm and spirited character has long since faded." Amsterdam, an apparent magnet for those who enjoy an "anything-goes atmosphere," faces an uphill battle in order to remold a dwindling reputation.

Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio, © Cameron Campbell
© Cameron Campbell
  • Architects

  • Location

    Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322, USA
  • Area

    5580.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell © Cameron Campbell +11

AD Interviews: Eric Bunge / nArchitects

01:00 - 13 August, 2014

At the New Cities Summit – held last year in São Paulo – we caught up with Eric Bunge of New York-based practice nArchitects outside of Oscar Niemeyer’s Ibirapuera auditorium. The summit’s theme was centered on the future of cities and Bunge was presenting his firm’s My Micro NY project, which was the winning design of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s adAPT NYC competition. “We’re kind of influenced by New York itself as a microcosm. Our project looks a little bit like a microcosm of the skyline. We’re interested in this idea of re-inventing what micro is and how much of New York you can inhabit,” Bunge said regarding the project.

According to Bunge, housing is based on regulation and therefore one of the most constrained things to design. “I think we can reinvent housing,” he told us. 

Watch the full interview to learn more about Bunge's thoughts on reinventing housing, the inspiration behind his My Micro NY project and how he strives to address climate change in his projects.

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Merging Bamboo & Concrete for the Emerging World

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
© Hannah Ahlblad
© Hannah Ahlblad

Developed by Hannah Ahlblad, a recent graduate of Wellesley College cross-registered at MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, this article explores the potential of merging bamboo and concrete, harnessing the strengths of both materials to create a sustainable, durable and affordable material for use in developing countries. Hannah’s project was created in conclusion to the semester-long emergent materials elective taught by Professor John E. Fernández, Director of MIT’s Building Technology Program.

In the rapidly developing economies of East Asia and Latin America, urban architecture often seeks to combine the local heritage with the prestige of Western contemporary form and practices. The materials used in urban areas of these growing cities follow the steel, glass, and concrete technology used elsewhere. Usually, emerging materials research looks at the structural properties and applications of materials under scientific development. Less consideration has been given to ancient building materials and their interaction with today’s engineering.

KPF Obtains Planning Permission for London's "New Bondway"

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
KPF Obtains Planning Permission for London's "New Bondway", © KPF
© KPF

After months of planning and preliminary design, it is expected that architecture firm KPF will be given permission to proceed with their New Bondway project in Vauxhall, London. This residential complex is sited in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, in close proximity to the new US embassy. The property was previously to be the site for the Octave Tower designed by Make architects, until the proposal was rejected by the Secretary of State.  

JG House / MPGARQUITETURA

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
JG House / MPGARQUITETURA, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Itaipava, Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Miguel Pinto Guimarães
  • Coordinator Architect

    Renata Duhá
  • Architects Team

    Vinicius Cesar
  • Area

    762.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +12

AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

© Flickr user Juliana Magro © Pedro Kok © Flickr user Rodrigo_Soldon © Flickr user Carol^-^ +9

Grammar School Frankfurt-Riedberg / Ackermann+Raff

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Grammar School Frankfurt-Riedberg  / Ackermann+Raff, © Thomas Herrmann
© Thomas Herrmann
  • Architects

  • Location

    Friedrich-Dessauer-Straße, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area

    18725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann © Thomas Herrmann +21

O Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
O Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Area

    298.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen , Courtesy of Global Schindler Award
Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for students that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

20 Productivity Apps to Help Make Your Life Easier On Sale Now

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
20 Productivity Apps to Help Make Your Life Easier On Sale Now

Need some help being productive or organizing your life? Ranging from Clear, an app that helps create tasks, reminders and to-do lists, to Grafio, which lets you organize your thoughts via diagrams, Apple has put 20 productivity apps in the iOS App Store on sale.