Women going though Kalandia © Harris Silver
Women going though Kalandia © Harris Silver

Kalandia Checkpoint. The First New Gate To Jerusalem in 466 Years.

SCI-Arc graduate Harris Silver has shared his experience passing through the Kalandia Checkpoint during his quest for “an uncanny truth” that would lead him to develop an architecture project in the city of Jerusalem.…
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Summer International Shopping Mall / 10 Design

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Construction for the Summer International Shopping Mall in , has begun. The project is a mixed-use, 360,000 sqm development is designed by 10 Design and led by partner Gordon Affleck. The client challenged the design to move beyond the “black box” retail model, resulting in the diverse arrangement of forms and spaces of the final design.   Follow us after the break for more on this project.

Artipelag / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: , Sweden
Design Team: Johan Nyrén, Lukas Thiel, Staffan Hillberg, Peter Karlsson, Viktor Kjellberg, Måns Kärnekull, Karin Nyrén, Fabian Pyk, Oscar Pyk, Haldur Rohtla, Ebba Sjödahl, Gunilla Stenberg, Carolina Wikström, Mårten Ubbe
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Charlie Bennet

Steven Holl Architects Celebrates Pre-opening of the Sliced Porosity Block

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Steven Holl Architects just celebrated the pre-opening of the Sliced Porosity Block-CapitaLand Raffles City in Chengdu, with a visit of the Prime Minister of Singapore. Creating a metropolitan public space instead of object-icon skyscrapers, this three million sq ft. project takes its shape from its distribution of natural light. The required minimum sunlight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribe precise geometric angles that slice the exoskeletal concrete frame of the structure. The full expected completion is set for this fall. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Aero Pavilion Update

The above video is an update to the Department for Architecture Design and Media Technology‘s Aero Pavilion which was completed just last year. An environmental condition of wind combined with the penetration of light through the structure is utilized as means for architectural articulation. Emphasizing the immediate understanding of the airflow, which defines the perceptive characteristics of internal space, the simplicity of the form consists of planar plywood plates in digital parametric models for simple and fast production and assembly.

 

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 2nd Prize / Hadi Teherani Office + Design Core [4S]

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Designed by Hadi Teherani Office + Design Core [4S], the second prize winning proposal for the Stock Exchange competition is an elegant and simple two-part structure. While the lower main structure is ten storeys high and hovers above the piazza, the 66-meter high building stands as a dominant design motif in the city. The cubature, as well as the ecological and building services concept, is based on the historic Iranian ‘wind-catcher’ which forms a traditional, Persian architectural element to support the natural ventilation of buildings to convey an optimized state of the art technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Atelier Anton Corbjin / Bos Alkemade Architecten

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Architects: Bos Alkemade Architecten
Location: Den Haag, The
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Herman H. van Doorn

Courtesy of Portland State Department of Architecture
Courtesy of Portland State Department of Architecture

‘Placing’: Portland State Department of Architecture Lecture Series 2012-2013

This year’s Portland State Department of Architecture lecture series, which starts October 4 and runs until May 2, focuses on the theme of ‘Placing’. Six internationally renowned leaders from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, art, planning, and anthropology will…

AD Interviews: Renzo Piano – Part I

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Since first achieving international fame in 1978 with the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Renzo Piano has become known as a prolific, Italian architect capable of achieving a masterful balance between art, architecture and engineering. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques have led him to develop a wide-ranging portfolio that successfully merges high technology with humane and comfortable environments. Sophisticated, refined and elegant, the presence of Renzo Piano’s work is internationally celebrated. Originally born into a family of Italian builders, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect now leads a staff of 150 at his practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, from three locations – Genoa, Paris and . Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff of The Times described Piano’s work the best when he stated: “The serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.” The next part of the interview will air on Monday Sept, 17th. Renzo Piano completed works featured on ArchDaily:

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You can also read our editorials Piano’s Progress and The Shard: A Skyscraper for our Post 9/11 World?.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Team Chicago City Works

Alexander Eisensmith´s Phantom Panorama © Nico Saieh

With Alexander Eisenschmidt as curator, five chicago-based practices presented together “Team Chicago: City Works”. In our age of extreme urbanization, says Eisenschmidt, “architects have been placed in the critical predicament that calls for a new attitude towards the city that highlights its potentials, engages  with its problems, and understands itself as a catalyst”.

Team Chicago believes that Chicago has been particularly receptive to this new attitude. In the exhibition, the five practices pursued the concept through the presentation of projects -both real and imagined.

Eisenschmidt itself presents Phantom Chicago Panorama, “where the city is recreated through unbuilt visionary projects across the twentieth century -from Adolf Loos’s Tribune Tower to Griffin’s Plan for a Better Chicago to Greg Lynn’s Stranded Sears Tower.

See more pictures of Team Chicago: City Works exhibition after the break.

TEDx: Fracture-Critical Design / Tom Fisher

, Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, discusses the subject matter of his most recent book, Designing To Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design.

Fisher believes we have been engaged in a “Ponzi scheme” with our planet, as fracture-critical design has lead to a number of recent catastrophic events in our infrastructure, politics and economy. The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, New Orleans’ flooding, the BP oil spill, Port au Prince’s destruction by earthquake, Fukushima nuclear plant’s devastation by tsunami, the Wall Street investment bank failures, and the housing foreclosure epidemic are all examples of fragile systems that were created by this failed system. The solution? Integrating resiliency back into our lives. Watch the video to learn more.

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Media Evolution City / JUUL FROST Architects

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Architects: JUUL FROST Architects
Location: Malmö,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Felix Gerlach

HouseWING / AnLstudio + Heebon

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Architects: AnLstudio,
Location: Jongro, Seoul, South Korea
Design Team: Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee, and Yongseok Kwon
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sunghwan Yoon

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Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

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The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.

Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Märkli Architekt

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The term “common ground” claims something shared: relationships between people and things. This installation intends to awaken an appropriate sense within the soul of the visitor.

Pierres Vives / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: , France
Project Architect: Stephane Hof
Design Local Architect: Blue Tango
Execution Local Architect: Chabanne et Partenaires
Project Area: 35,000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Helene Binet

Video: Rem D Koolhaas, United Nude


The Dutch architect and creative director reveals how a broken heart led him from architecture to shoe design, and the story behind the name of his company, United Nude.

The Shard: A Skyscraper For Our Post-9/11 World?

, by Renzo Piano, towers over the London skyline.

When the Twin Towers came down 11 years ago (almost to the day), the world was struck numb. Even New Yorkers, who felt the trauma rumble through their veins, couldn’t get past the initial disbelief: how can this be happening? How can something so big, so invincible, actually be so vulnerable?

Hundreds of comments have been hurled at Renzo Piano’s “Shard,” the massive, reflective skyscraper that hulks over the London skyline – it’s big, no, huge; it’s out of the context of its Victorian neighborhood; its exclusive price tag could only be footed by Qatar royalty (as it is) – but few, beyond writing off the tower as a symbol of arrogance or hubris, have stopped to consider its impetus.

For that, we must look at the Shard in the context of . Only then can the Shard be understood for what it is: the amplification and perfection of the glass tower Piano began in post-9/11 New York, a utopian vision that stands defiantly in defense of the city itself.