The competition for re-imagining Chicago’s historic Navy Pier has produced some ambitious examples of design ingenuity and innovation. Feeding off of Daniel Burnham’s memorable quote “make no little plans”, this proposal comes from a design team led by !melkprinciple Jerry Van Eyck, UrbanLab and HOK - a series of “dramatic ideas to reconceptualize Chicago’s preeminent exclamation point extending from the Great Lakes to the world”. The intention behind this proposal is to provide a dynamic place in a historic area that provides a cultural landmark as well as a world-wide attraction that stems from the geological history of the site itself.
Follow us after the break for a more in-depth look at this project.
Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse has been severely damaged fire. The nine-story “vertical village” in Marseille, France became a historic monument in 1995 and serves as one of the most important postwar landmarks of modernist architecture.
The fire began Thursday afternoon in a first floor duplex. Firefighters fought over 12 hours to tame the blaze and were able to bring it under control earlier this morning. Many reports state at least eight to eleven homes were destroyed and twenty to thirty were damaged by smoke. All residents were evacuated late on Thursday. Thankfully, no one was critically injured and only five people were treaded in the hospital for minor injuries.
Le Corbusier built the social housing complex between 1947 and 1951. About 1,600 people live it its 334 famous duplex apartments. Some residents have resided in the complex since its inauguration. Many of the inhabitants include middle-class teachers and architects.
It remains unclear on how the fire was started.
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The design of the new housing project for the Erasmus University College by Erick van Egeraat consists out of five stories and houses a lecture hall, reading rooms, tutor rooms and offices for the staff of EUC. Located at the Nieuwe Markt in the center of Rotterdam, this new university concept will be implemented in the former 1923 library building which currently houses the Museum of Education. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Check out Great Spaces’ clip on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York’s amazing infrastructure feats. The construction of the bridge was a family affair as it was designed by John Roebling in the late 1860s and then completed by his son and daughter-in-law. One must imagine New York’s “skyline” of the 1800s to fully understand the innovation and the magnitude of such a massive project. For more about Roebling’s bridge, be sure to view our AD Classics coverage.
Taking place March 17-19, the 361° Design Conference, which we are media partners for, will be focusing on a series that aims to capture practices with the “one-degree of difference”. Its objective is to create a multi-directional showcase of ideas…
Ajman University of Science & Technology will hosting a four-day workshop by architects Mrs. Elke Delugan-Meissl and Mr. Roman Delugan of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects – DMAA… February 18-22. DMAA is known for their works involving urban development and interior
Architects: PRODUCTORA - Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
Location: Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico
Collaborators: Felix Guillen, Diego Escamilla, Oscar Trejo, Iván Villegas
Built Area: 450 sqm
Client: Díaz Family
Construction: Diseño e Ingenierías EMET (Leonardo León)
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Paul Czitrom
The University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” of Bucharest will be celebrating its 120th anniversary this year in an ample event known as the Romanian Convention of Architecture and Design (ROCAD), that is going to take place at Parliament…
Richard Meier recently discussed his perspective on creating public spaces. He expands on his experiences of designing numerous buildings across the globe and their importance in relation to public spaces. He discourses how the Getty Center in LA fosters a special environment for all activities, whether it be viewing the entire city or participating in cultural activities – the surroundings of the building are just as important as the structure itself. He also comments on the significance of the square that is encompassed on one side by his Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and its destination as a mecca for teenage skateboarders and the seniors that come to watch the youths. Interestingly enough, his talk emphasizes the places that surround the architecture, the idea that the intent is not about making a building or monument, it is about creating a place and making a statement. This in turn makes for a much more exciting architectural experience – because it is the spaces that objects make that we inhabit.
Architecture: Comoco, Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota, Susana Constantino
Location: Pombal, Portugal
Promoter: Pombal Municipality
Site Area: 48,650 sqm
Structural Engineering, Hydraulic devices and Acoustics: ABL – Gabinete de Projectos Lda
Electric and electronic devices: Luís Ribeiro
Mechanical devices: João Gonçalves Madeira da Silva
Landscape Architecture: Luís Guedes de Carvalho, Luís Miguel Correia, Nelson Mota e Susana Constantino.
Contractors: JRSF Joaquim Rodrigues e Silva Lda, Ibersilva, Argoconstrutora, Construção Civil Lda
Photography: FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Team: Marcelo Alvarenga, Adrianaun, Bruno Levy, Manoel Maia, Alexandre Nobre, Juliana Scalizi
Built Area: 43,000 sq ft
Building Completion: December 2008 (Phase 1), January 2011 (Phase 2)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra