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Society for Atheistic Spirituality to Construct Etienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton

09:30 - 1 April, 2015
Society for Atheistic Spirituality to Construct Etienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton, Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Update: As many readers guessed, this story is of course a prank for April Fools' day. Thanks to everyone who played along, and a particular thanks to the seven readers (we won't name any names!) who were convinced enough to email their expressions of interest. Your optimism and ambition are admirable, and we're glad that you were able to take the joke in good humor. To anyone who dared to believe this story and had their heart broken: we're sorry!

Last week, a little-known charity known as the Society for Atheistic Spirituality (SAS) announced a proposal which is sure to put them very much on the map: they plan to build Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for a Cenotaph for Newton. The cenotaph, designed in the late 18th century as part of Boullée's Architecture, essai sur l’art, is a sublime homage to the enlightenment thinking of Sir Isaac Newton, making it a perfect fit for the Society for Atheistic Spirituality's mission to "endorse a rational understanding of our universe without abandoning the sense of wonder that makes life worth living."

Though the plans are very much in their early stages - and in spite of the fact that the cenotaph was never really designed to be built in real life - the society is serious about their proposal, having earmarked a $500 million donation from a single donor, and are working to establish a "world class" team to realize the design. To find out more about their plan, ArchDaily spoke exclusively to the society's director Zara Thustra, their construction projects leader Sidney Syfus, and their half-billion dollar donor, Dr Pang Luz. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, during the day with interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Split plan showing interior and from above. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, at night with interior day effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France +6

Silvina and Omar House / IR arquitectura

10:00 - 1 April, 2015
Silvina and Omar House / IR arquitectura, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +23

The Ultimate Guide To 21 Products You Need Now

09:00 - 1 April, 2015
The Ultimate Guide To 21 Products You Need Now

Let’s face it: architects are savvy, design-minded beings who usually approach their gadgets and gizmos with the same level of discretion and attention to detail that they approach their architecture. They settle for nothing less than pure, honest, functional products (and you can be sure that any of their devices or accessories look great, too). In the spirit of architects’ impeccable taste, ArchDaily has curated a list of exceptional products for you to add to your wishlist. 

8 Influential Art Deco Skyscrapers by Ralph Thomas Walker

06:00 - 1 April, 2015
8 Influential Art Deco Skyscrapers by Ralph Thomas Walker, The Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (now the Verizon Building) in New York. Image © Flickr user Wally Gobetz
The Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (now the Verizon Building) in New York. Image © Flickr user Wally Gobetz

No architect played a greater role in shaping the twentieth century Manhattan skyline than Ralph Thomas Walker, winner of the 1957 AIA Centennial Gold Medal and a man once dubbed “Architect of the Century” by the New York Times. [1] But a late-career ethics scandal involving allegations of stolen contracts by a member of his firm precipitated his retreat from the architecture establishment and his descent into relative obscurity. Only recently has his prolific career been popularly reexamined, spurred by a new monograph and a high-profile exhibit of his work at the eponymous Walker Tower in New York in 2012.

One Wall Street, formerly the Irving Trust Company building, occupies one of the most valuable plots of real estate in the world. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Image  The AT&T Long Distance Building in New York, NY, contains over 1.1 million square feet of office space. Image © Wikipedia user Jim Henderson 60 Hudson Street, formerly the Western Union building, has become one of the most important internet hubs in the eastern U.S. Image © Wikipedia user Beyond my Ken The aluminum-winged crown of the Times Square Building in Rochester, New York, is an icon of Art Deco architecture. Image © Wikipedia user Marduk +12

Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA

06:00 - 1 April, 2015
Puukuokka Housing Block  / OOPEAA, © Mikko Auerniitty
© Mikko Auerniitty

© Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architects

    Juha Pakkala (construction stage), Iida Hedberg (design process stage)
  • Other Team Members

    Jussi-Pekka Vesala (master plan stage) Mia Salonen, Teemu Hirvilammi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Santtu Hyvärinen
  • Area

    18650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Review: 'All Of This Belongs To You' - Civic Urbanism At London's Victoria & Albert Museum

05:00 - 1 April, 2015
Review: 'All Of This Belongs To You' - Civic Urbanism At London's Victoria & Albert Museum, A neon sign in the V&A’s grand entrance introduces the 'All of This Belongs to You' exhibition. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum
A neon sign in the V&A’s grand entrance introduces the 'All of This Belongs to You' exhibition. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), named after the Queen and Her Consort, has its foundations in the Great Exhibition of 1851 amidst the wealth, innovation and squalor of the Industrial Revolution. Britain was flooded by prosperity which allowed for the development of major new institutions to collect and exhibit objects of cultural significance or artistic value. The institute’s first director, Henry Cole, declared that it should be “a schoolroom for everyone,” and a democratic approach to its relationship with public life has remained the cornerstone of the V&A. Not only has it always been free of charge but it was also the first to open late hours (made possible by gas lighting), allowing a more comprehensive demographic of visitor.

Their latest exhibition, which opens today, seeks to realign the museum’s vast collection and palatial exhibition spaces in South Kensington with these founding concepts. The interventions of All of This Belongs to You attempt to push the V&A’s position as an extension of London’s civic and cultural built environment to the fore, testing the museum’s ability to act as a 21st century public institution. To do this in London, a city where the notion of public and private is increasingly blurred, has resulted in a sequence of compelling installations which are tied together through their relevance either in subject matter, technique, or topicality.

The Ethics of Dust: Trajan’s Column by Jorge Oteros-Pailos. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum ‘AgBags’ installed on the V&A’s stone façade as part of a work by Natalie Jermijenko. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum Spike studs by Kent Stainless Ltd. that are intended 
to discourage people from occupying various spaces in the city. Image © Peter Kelleher / Victoria & Albert Museum MacBook Air casing and components from a computer used by journalists to write editorial about the data leaked to The Guardian newspaper by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. Image © The Guardian/ Victoria & Albert Museum +9

Bakkerswinkel / Piet Hein Eek

04:00 - 1 April, 2015
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oostplein 223A, 3063 CE Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +25

b- Empordà Dwelling / B- Architecture

03:00 - 1 April, 2015
b- Empordà Dwelling /  B- Architecture, © Lourdes Jansana
© Lourdes Jansana

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    17466 Les Olives, Girona, España
  • Project Architects

    David Domínguez Fuster, Christian Sintes
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win, © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

After news of Frei Otto winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize broke, the internet was filled with comments on his influence on the profession over the past half a century of architecture. Of course, with the news of the Pritzker sadly packaged with news of his death, the impulse for many to offer some words in remembrance heightened the outpouring of opinion.

In addition, Otto was especially popular among some of architecture's most established names; in a tweet, the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman revealed that among the prominent advocates pushing for him to be awarded the prize were past laureates Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban. With that in mind, we collected the thoughts and reactions of some of the leading architects today, revealing the respect held for Otto within the profession.

KAPSARC Mosque / HOK

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
KAPSARC Mosque / HOK, © Abdulrahman Alolyan
© Abdulrahman Alolyan

© Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan +17

Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron

21:00 - 31 March, 2015
Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +12

Leo Burnett Singapore / SCA design

20:00 - 31 March, 2015
© Bai Jiwen
© Bai Jiwen

© Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen +24

Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April, Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute is presenting two architectural symposiums that are free and open to the public: "An Inventory of What's Possible" on April 10 and "The Language of Architecture and Trauma" on April 11, 2015. "An Inventory of What's Possible" will focuse on the history of America’s affordable housing emerging from the research, architectural prototypes, and financing that occurred in New York, as well as the city’s future potential in response to Mayor de Blasio's housing plan.

College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners, © Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

© Lars Frazer Photography © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA +29

Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York

16:15 - 31 March, 2015
Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York, © Fernando Guerra via Instagram
© Fernando Guerra via Instagram

Álvaro Siza has been commissioned to design his first ever US project. Planned to rise 122-meters on the corner of West 56th Street and Eleventh Avenue in New York City, the Siza - designed condominium tower will be developed by Sumaida and Khurana - the same firm who just released designs for Tadao Ando’s first New York City tower: 152 Elizabeth Street. Stay tuned for more details. 

Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects

16:00 - 31 March, 2015
Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects, Courtesy of Viereck Architects
Courtesy of Viereck Architects

Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Styria, Austria
  • Area

    316.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Viereck Architects

GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich's APASSIONATA Park

14:00 - 31 March, 2015
GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich's APASSIONATA Park, © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT
© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has released the final designs for the APASSIONATA adventure park. The competition-winning proposal aims to become a hub for leisure and entertainment in Munich, Germany, featuring a year-round venue for relaxation, discovery, and interaction with horses.

Check out the design and watch a virtual tour of the park, after the break.

© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT +10

A Pavilion on the Garden / Rafael Alanis, Andres Bonino, Matias Coll, Diego Secco

14:00 - 31 March, 2015
A Pavilion on the Garden / Rafael Alanis, Andres Bonino, Matias Coll, Diego Secco, © Marcos Guiponi
© Marcos Guiponi

© Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi +27