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Canyons do Lago House / Mutabile Arquitetura

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
© Carlos Dias
© Carlos Dias
  • Architects

  • Location

    Capitólio - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Gabriel Souza, Isabel Brant, Priscila Musa
  • Area

    569.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias +35

Are Abandoned Constructions the Ruins of Modernity?

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Are Abandoned Constructions the Ruins of Modernity?, © Sam Laughlin
© Sam Laughlin

Europe's ancient ruins are numerous: Pompeii, the Parthenon, the Colosseum - but what about new ruins? Skeletons of incomplete buildings now litter the skylines of European cities. A form of memento mori, these abandoned constructions prove that no structure is permanent or impervious to the changing desires of a society in flux. English photographer Sam Laughlin documents the creation of these 'ruins' in his series Frameworks, a contemporary dissection of the aging built environment.

Enter the abandoned world in Frameworks with more photos and info after the break. 

© Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin +16

Brutalism: Back in Vogue?

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
Brutalism: Back in Vogue?, The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet
The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet

Are Brutalist buildings, once deemed cruel and ugly, making a comeback? Reyner Banham's witty play on the French term for raw concretebeton brut, was popularized by a movement of hip, young architects counteracting what they perceived as the bourgeois and fanciful Modernism of the 1930s. Though the use of raw concrete in the hands of such artist-architects as Le Corbusier seems beautiful beneath the lush Mediterranean sun, under the overcast skies of northern Europe Brutalist architecture earned a much less flattering reputation. Since the 1990s, however, architects, designers, and artists have celebrated formerly denounced buildings, developing a fashionably artistic following around buildings like Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, "even if long-term residents held far more ambivalent views of this forceful high-rise housing block." To learn more about this controversial history and to read Jonathan Glancey's speculation for its future, read the full article on BBChere.

Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan, © Arthur Pequin
© Arthur Pequin

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin +23

Maceda Sport Building / ArchiTailors

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Maceda Sport Building / ArchiTailors, © CP+EC
© CP+EC
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ovar, 3885 Arada, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Cruz, Carlos Praça
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© CP+EC © CP+EC © CP+EC © CP+EC +43

House in Komaba / Soichi Yamasaki

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
House in Komaba / Soichi Yamasaki, © Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa +28

Cultural Warehouse for the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture / André Jost Mafra + Natasha Mendes Gabriel + Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Cultural Warehouse for the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture / André Jost Mafra + Natasha Mendes Gabriel + Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +28

Sebastian Patiño House / Adolfo Mondejar

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Sebastian Patiño House / Adolfo Mondejar, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +17

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov
Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov

Competitions results for the first stage of the Moscow Metro Station for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino have been announced. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations since the 1930s-50s, this is the first time in the recent expansion of Moscow's Metro system that a competition has been used to find an architect. 

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow has chosen 10 finalists out of approximately 100 entries who will continue to work on the architectural design concepts of the stations until November. See images of all ten proposals after the break. 

GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers, © Lawrence Anderson
© Lawrence Anderson

© Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson +11

Interview: Ma Yansong on "Silhouette Shanshui" at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 5 September, 2014

MAD Architects' "Silhouette Shanshui" - which lies somewhere between an installation and a model - is currently on display at the 14th Venice Biennale. The inspiration for the project is the firm's Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, a master plan with an overall area of 560,000 sqm that challenges how modern development is typically thought of in China. According to Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects, the city-scale urban project is already underway with 13 towers under construction.

Construction Halted on SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards Housing Project

00:00 - 5 September, 2014
Construction Halted on SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards Housing Project, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

The saga of the long-awaited housing component in SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards masterplan in Brooklyn took a dramatic turn this week, as contractor Skanska USA decided to halt all construction on the B2 BKLYN project, the first of 14 planned apartment buildings at the site. The decision is the result of a long-running dispute between Skanska and the developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) over the slow pace of construction, with only 10 of the building's 32 stories constructed so far - despite the project's initial deadline having passed three months ago.

The project was lauded before construction began in 2012 for its plan to use a system of fast and cheap modular construction. However Skanska claims that the design of this system, which was developed by SHoP Architects in collaboration with Arup, was flawed. With both the contractor and developer claiming that the other is to blame for cost overruns into the tens of millions of dollars, Richard Kennedy of Skanska told the New York Times that they "came to the decision to stop work on the project until our significant commercial issues are resolved."

More on the dispute after the break

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos +19

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award, Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman +33

New Mahle Distribution Center / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Hassan Bagheri
© Hassan Bagheri

Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture. 

Oculus. Image © Flickr user noktulo © Hassan Bagheri © Hassan Bagheri Roof Plan +12

It's "Time For Strategic Architecture"

00:00 - 5 September, 2014
It's "Time For Strategic Architecture", Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates
Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates

In an article for the New York Times, Alexandra Lange discusses a number of US projects which are "transforming, but not disrupting," their respective communities. In this vein, she cites Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates' new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury, Boston, as a prime example of a new kind of architecture which "comes from understanding of past civic hopes, redesigning them to meet the future." Examining some of the key concepts that make for successfully integrated community buildings, such as the creation of spaces that actively forge personal connections, Lange concludes that perhaps it is now "time for strategic architecture."

Final Design Concepts Unveiled for Arizona’s Mesa City Center

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8

The final design concepts for the redesign of Arizona’s Mesa City Center have been unveiled by the competition's three finalist design teams: Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore; Woods Bagot + Surface Design; and Otak + Mayer Reed.

The Mesa City Center redesign project aims to develop an 18 acre site in the city’s downtown and enhance the urbanization of the area. When complete, the city center will be transformed into a public space with both programmed and passive space that can be used for informal gatherings as well as events. “The signature public space will be a key element in the activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center with a variety of uses that activate the public space,” the competition website states.

Read on after the break for descriptions and images from the architects of their design proposals…