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Lateral Office's 2014 Venice Biennale 'Arctic Adaptations' Exhibition To Tour Canada

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

Lateral Office's Arctic Adaptations exhibition, which was recognised with a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale, will travel make its debut in Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this week before heading to Whitehouse, Vancouver, and Calgary. The exhibition "surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanising present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut" though interactive models, photography, and topographical maps of the twenty five communities of the area, as well as Inuit carvers’ scale models of some of the most recognised buildings in the territory. In addition, it proposes a future of adaptive and responsive architecture for Canada's northern territories.

Here's How BIG's Power Plant Ski Slope Will Blow Smoke Rings

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

When BIG's proposal for Amager Bakke, a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, was unveiled in 2011, there was a lot for skeptics to pick apart. Is it really possible to run a publicly accessible ski slope on the roof of an industrial building? Would they really be able to make it blow giant smoke (or rather, steam) rings? The whole idea seemed rather too good to be true. The project's ground breaking in 2013 may have silenced some critics, but the video above should convince the rest of the design's feasibility.

74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge , Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

All 74 “wild designs” being considered to become London’s next “landmark” have been released to the public. As part of a two-stage competition, architects worldwide have submitted ideas for a new £40 million pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect London’s Nine Elms and Pimlico communities over the River Thames. 

The jury, chaired by Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour, will choose four schemes to move onto the competition’s second and final round in March. These designs will be then shortlisted and further developed with input by the community and client before a winner is announced in July. 

See a selection of the considered bridge designs, after the break. 

Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership +11

Apartment in Moscow / M17

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Apartment in Moscow / M17, Courtesy of A.Volkov
Courtesy of A.Volkov

Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov Courtesy of A.Volkov +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kazarmennyy pereulok, 3, Moskva, Russia, 109028
  • Design Team

    A. Volkov, E. Vinogradova
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A.Volkov

Prodromos and Desi Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Prodromos and Desi Residence  / Vardastudio Architects & Designers , © Creative Photo Room
© Creative Photo Room

© Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room © Creative Photo Room +23

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 4, Natural Porto

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ third episode about Porto’s balconies, and now we present Episode 4 – Nature. Read the producers’ description of Episode 4 after the break.

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier

00:00 - 24 February, 2015
SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier, Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

SO-IL, in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, has been selected as the first-prize winner of a competition to reinvent the historic Site Verrier in France. Located in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, the updated plan addresses three elements of the site's industrial past while providing a dynamic space for cultural interaction and historic exploration of Site Verrier's glass factory days.

Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL +7

Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities, © Demid Lebedev
© Demid Lebedev

“The city for the people!” is the familiar rallying cry of the reformist architect - but which people, exactly? That’s the question at the heart of rooftopping, a new and thrill seeking variant of Urban Exploration which has recently captured the attention of the media. Spreading via social media outlets such as Instagram, the stunts draw attention by design, but why has coverage of the form of Urban Exploration climbed to such great heights?

Urban exploration has been at the fringes of the public consciousness since the mid 2000s as a form of punk sub-culture; anarchists poking around in sewer tunnels and proto-pinterest ruin exploration (although unsurprisingly the habit of people breaking into abandoned, closed off or normally inaccessible buildings dates back much, much farther). The way rooftopping has captured the public imagination, though, is as a form of public discourse: how it meshes with social media, the way corporate groups have attempted to market stunts, and the way these groups are interacting with the urban environment.

© Demid Lebedev © Demid Lebedev View of the Jin Mao Tower from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com +7

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

23:30 - 23 February, 2015
Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    2205-102 Alvega, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

21:00 - 23 February, 2015
Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter, Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xing Long Cun, Gonghe Xian, Hainan Zangzuzizhizhou, Qinghai Sheng, China
  • Principals in charge

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd)
  • Design Team

    Yong Zhang, Rui Liu, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng Zhang
  • Local Architect

    China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co.Ltd
  • Area

    168379.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ephemeral House / NAAD

20:00 - 23 February, 2015
Ephemeral House / NAAD, © Keishiro Yamada
© Keishiro Yamada

© Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team

    Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Golden View Residence / Workshop AD

12:00 - 23 February, 2015
Golden View Residence / Workshop AD, © Kevin Smith
© Kevin Smith

© Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House #20 / Rue Space

10:00 - 23 February, 2015
House #20 / Rue Space, © Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    31592 Cintruénigo, Navarra, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Raúl Montero, Emilio Pardo
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels

05:00 - 23 February, 2015
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels, © Elad Sarig
© Elad Sarig

Between 1945 and 1981 around 170 million prefabricated (prefab) residential units were constructed worldwide. Now, as part of a study undertaken by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 2012 and 2014, an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art features 28 large concrete panel systems from between 1931 and 1981. In so doing, it explores a transnational circulation of these objects of construction, "weaving them into a historical collage of ambitions and short-lived enthusiasm for utopian dreams."

This show, curated by Meira Yagid-Haimovici, is an attempt to reveal "how architecture and urbanism was charged with historical, social, and political narratives, and how the modernist vision promoted the fusion of aesthetics and politics." The models, which are being exhibited as part of the Production Routes exhibition, seek to highlight the richness embodied in 'generic' architecture through the lens of prefab construction methods.

Forest Refuge / Bernd Riegger Architektur

04:00 - 23 February, 2015
Forest Refuge  / Bernd Riegger Architektur , © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +21

Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects

03:00 - 23 February, 2015
Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Zvi Gersh, Evyatar Cohen
  • Interior Design

    Michal Keinan Sinai. Interior Arch
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

01:00 - 23 February, 2015

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today's society - especially in China - he discusses how the creativity which URBANUS is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: "Innovation is actually everything for URBANUS, because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That's the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don't have any marketing tools to get something more conventional... we push ourselves to the limit."

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: "We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us... networking is more like in the academic level - a more intellectual exchange."

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

Nanshan Wedding Center. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment. Image © Wu Qiwei Tulou Housing Guangzhou. Image © Iwan Baan Library of South University of Science and Technology of China. Image © Alex Chan +5

City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock, © l'autre image
© l'autre image

The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added.