Royal Gold Medal 2013 Lecture: Peter Zumthor

It’s a rarity that the architecture community is presented a chance to indulge in a Peter Zumthor . Often referred to a architecture’s reclusive “man of mystery”, the Swiss legend has produced a handful of projects so eloquently designed that they have captured the attention of the world. In honor of his mastery, awarded Zumthor with the institute’s prestigious Royal Gold Medal in February. In this video, he gives the 2013 Royal Gold Medal Lecture at the RIBA, focused on the theme of Presence in Architecture. 

Construction Begins on NYC’s First Prefab Steel and Concrete Residential Development


Prefabrication has long been heralded as a possible way to infill New York’s vacant sites; however, it has only recently become a solid practical solution rather than an experimental concept. Riding the crest of the wave of new prefabricated housing is GLUCK+ (formerly Peter Gluck & Partners), in collaboration with developers Jeffrey Brown and Kimberly Frank. Together they have begun construction on one of ’s first prefabricated steel and concrete residential buildings.

Read more about this and New York’s recent wave of prefabricated buildings after the break…

House S / becker architekten

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Architects: becker architekten
Location: Wiggensbach,
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of becker architekten

Fitzroy North House / Nic Owen Architects

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Architects: Nic Owen Architects
Location: Fitzroy North, Victoria,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rhiannon Slatter

Ningbo History Museum / © Lu Hengzhong
Ningbo History Museum / © Lu Hengzhong

Wang Shu Lecture at The Cooper Union

Presented by The Architectural League of New York, the Wang Shu lecture is coming up this Tuesday, April 2nd, at The Cooper Union at 7:00pm. The 2012 Pritzker laureate will be discussing his current work and how Amateur Architecture Studio,…

Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel / Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
Location: City, Shanxi, China
Design Team: Jiang Bo, MO keli, SUN Jie
Constructor: Dalian, CIMC
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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Courtesy of Scandurrastudio

Milano EXPO 2015 Info Point Winning Proposal / Scandurrastudio

The winning proposal in the Info Point competition at Milano EXPO 2015 by Scandurrastudio… aims to be an impressive void; a square and two pavilions. Featuring a great open space, a central square between two booth-like pavilions, the gate to

Francisco Perez Anampa School / Architecture For Humanity

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Architects: Architecture For Humanity
Location: , Ica, Perú
Design Fellow: Diego Collazos
Colaborator: Arturo Novelli – Edificaciones America
Project Coordinator: Ofelia Harten
Area: 557 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Architecture For Humanity

Fletcher Hotel / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Team: Jan Benthem, Peter Kropp, Okke van den Broek, Pieter Rijpstra, Volker Krenz
Project Management: M. Caransa b.v
Area: 7000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jannes Linders, Rene van Dongen

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis
Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

‘Future of Cities’ Daniel Libeskind Lecture

Taking place this coming Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm, Daniel Libeskind…, one of the most celebrated architects working today, will be delivering the ‘Future of Cities’ lecture as part of the Assembly Series at Washington University in St. Louis. His presentation, sponsored by the Sam Fox School

Apartment Building in Chailly / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

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Architects: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
Location: Lausanne,
Architect In Charge:
Civil Engineer: SD ingénierie Lausanne SA
Environmental Engineer: Planair SA
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Fire Station / Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

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Architects: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
Location: , Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interior Architect:
Client: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Gemeente Utrecht
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cornbread Works

Y-Clinic / ARCO Architects

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Architects: ARCO Architects
Location: Tsuchiura , Ibaraki,
Architect In Charge: Kimitaka Aoki
Structural Engineer: Yasuhiro Kaneda
Area: 1,989 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

Arup Documentary: Traces of Peter Rice

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has been described as both one of the best and architects of the twentieth century. Unhappy with the role that play in designing buildings, Rice dedicated his life to championing brave innovation and poetry through structure in a way that helped bridge the gap between engineering and architecture. His desire to work in tandem with architects, towards a shared vision, made him one of the most in-demand of the twentieth century.

Read more about this amazing man and check out the video after the break…

B+L HQ / 137kilo Architekci

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Architects: 137kilo Architekci
Location: Warsaw,
Team: 137kilo + Beza Projekt, Anna Łoskiewicz, Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik, Jan Sukiennik, Bartłomiej Popiela, Krzysztof Benke, Alicja Getka, Robert Kłoś, Tomek Korzewski
Wall Graphics: Tymek Jezierski
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jacek Kołodziejski

Assess: Who Cares for Chilean Cities?

“Assess: Chile at Columbia” is an initiative led by the Latin Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) of Columbia University that discusses, in several formats, the state of contemporary cities in the southern country by addressing the question: who cares for Chilean cities?

This project aims to raise questions and skip external, often patronizing understandings of Chilean practices. To do so, “Assess: at Columbia” invites Chilean scholars who— closely in touch with both national practices and international debates in the fields of architecture, public space, and urban projects—are uniquely positioned to initiate a critical conversation.

Distinguished Chilean scholars Luis Eduardo Bresciani, Romy Hecht, and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce selected three projects to represent each of the aforementioned categories in the exhibition Answers form Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects, to be held on the 100 Level of Avery Hall. This show will inform the Conference “Who cares for Chilean cities?,” at which renowned US-based scholars Saskia Sassen, Stan Allen, and Iñaki Ábalos will assess the topics and works presented by their Chilean peers, opening up a further discussion moderated by GSAPP faculty Clara Irazábal, Galia Solomonoff, and Enrique Walker.

Inhabitable Sculpture / Jean-Maxime Labrecque

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Architects: Jean-Maxime Labrecque
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frederic Bouchard

Report Suggests Demolishing Unsustainable Mid-Century Skyscrapers in New York

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Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder , has found an unlikely ally in the form of environmentalists.

Re-zoning midtown would ultimately lead to the of the corporate steel and glass skyscrapers, which preservationists argue are emblematic of the cutting edge modernism that swept 1950′s America. However, landlords contest that – for the most part – they are poorly built copycats of seminal landmarks such as the Seagram and Lever buildings and are not particularly significant or suited for modern needs.

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