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© ATENASTUDIO

Wuxi Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO

ATENASTUDIO…, in collaboration with Archmaster studio, has developed a masterplan for a new district in Wuxi, China, which takes a 200,000 sqm buildable zoning lot to present two main keywords which are the base of all design choices and that can be

Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA

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Architects: Liebel Architekten BDA
Location: Aalen,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Schnell

Profile House / Black Line One X Architecture Studio

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Architects: Black Line One X Architecture Studio
Location: Brunswick East, Melbourne,
Area: 83 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Competition

Jacques Rougerie, a famous French Sea oriented architect, had the chance during his career to receive help and support from those who believed in his talent. Open to everyone, his foundation, the Jacques Rougerie Foundation, has launched an International Competition which aspires to offer…

Office+Showroom for DK / Megabudka

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Architects: Megabudka
Location: , Russia
Сredits: Kirill Gubernatorov, Andrey Samonaev, Artem Ukropov, Daria Listopad, Svetlana Tverdova
Constructor: Igor Zavarov
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Megabudka

Atali Ganga / RLDA

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Architects: RLDA
Location:
Architect In Charge: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh
Design Team: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh, Kushal Lachchwani, Sajal Das, Ajay Saini
Structural: S.D Construction
Area: 2045.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Asif Khan

House Tijl&Indra / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

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Architects: Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Location: Gent,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea’s “Dream Hub”

Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the “” project in Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan – MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate “Dream Hub” project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

Five Crescent Drive / Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Location: Crescent Drive, , PA 19112, USA
Area: 208000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Tunghai University Learning Commons / YD Architects

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Architects: YD Architects
Location: Taichung,
Architect In Charge: Chun-Yen Chen
Design Principal: Jui-Ti Chen
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Zhi-Tan Lin

RIBA Campaigns For Space and Light Requirements in New Homes

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In preparation for a ministerial review of housing standards by the UK government, the RIBA has launched their “Without Space + Light” campaign aimed at advocating minimum requirements for total space and natural lighting in order to improve quality in new built homes.

The campaign, supported by a survey titled “Housing Standards and Satisfaction: What the Public Wants“, aims to combat the recent trend towards ‘shoe-box homes’, highlighting the dissatisfaction among owners of new homes when it comes to living standards and the fact that new homes are an average of 10% smaller than they used to be.

Not only are the space standards in homes poor compared to past , they also lag behind standards set by other European countries: in Ireland, new homes are on average 15% larger, in the Netherlands they are 53% larger, and most strikingly in Denmark they are a full 80% larger.

Read more about the campaign after the break…

Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

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Architects:
Location: , Fukushima, Japan
Architects: Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki
Construction: Hikari Construction Company
Area: 124.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Designers React to Folk Art Museum’s Imminent Demolition

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UPDATE: Since we first reported on this story, the Architectural League of has written an open letter to the MoMA, calling for “a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive twelve-year-old building.” Signatories include Steven Holl, Thoma Mayne, Richard Meier, and Robert A. M. Stern. You can find the letter here.

As we reported yesterday, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced their plans to demolish the 12-year old American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams & Bille Tsien. The MoMA, which has planned a new expansion on either side of Williams & Tsien’s building, claims that the building will prevent the floors from lining up and thus must be demolished. Moreover, officials claim that the building’s opaque facade isn’t in keeping with the MOMA’s glass aesthetic.

Designers and architects, outraged by the MoMA’s decision to destroy such a young and architecturally important part of New York’s urban fabric, are now challenging the validity of the MoMA’s claim. Not only has a petition been started to prevent the demolition, but many are pleading with MoMa to consider how the Folk Art Museum could be integrated into the new expansion. In fact, a Tumblr – crowdsourcing ideas for potential re-designs - has even been set-up.

See more designers’ reactions & suggestions on how to save the , after the break…

Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA

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Architects: SANAA
Location: Vitra Campus, , Germany
Architectural Planning: Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
Architectural Execution: Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Lörrach, Germany; in partnership with nkbak, Frankfurt, Germany
Project Team: team: Takayuki Hasegawa, Marieke Kums (ex-staff); nkbak team: Nicole Kerstin Berganski, Andreas Krawczyk; Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA
Area: 20455.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters, Julien Lanoo, Human Wu, Nicole Berganski, Courtesy of SANAA

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque

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Architects: Triptyque
Location:
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of

Facing a scientific, technical, environmental, human, symbolic and geo-political challenge, a simple and efficient strategy that could respond to all needs and goals should be developed. It needed a principle that integrates security, flexibility and modularity and that could provide comfort, thermal or acoustic, but, above all, quality of life for users.

More information after the break.

AD Interviews: Alexander Mamut

The construction of the city is something that goes beyond architects and planners. It involves the government, the citizens and the private sector. For the ArchDaily Interview series we have interviewed many architects with very different backgrounds, and we have started to include people outside the field that have played an important role either for our profession or the city.

During our last trip to , we had the opportunity to interview , businessman and investor who is involved in projects such as the Pioner Cinema, the Waterstone book chain, the blogging service LiveJournal  and other projects related to culture, media and the city. He is also one of the founders of the Strelka Institute, a post graduate school located at the Chocolate Factory in the heart of Moscow and using the city as a laboratory, with an ambitious plan to raise the quality of architectural education in the country.

The founders of Strelka (who also include Sergey Adonyev, Dmitry Likin, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper and Oleg Shapiro) invited Rem Koolhass to design the curriculum for this new school, who under the AMO research arm prepared the educational programme for Strelka, with a research agenda based on design, energy, preservation, public spaces and thinning. The institute brings together professionals from different disciplines to have a comprehensive approach to city and architecture, from architects to urbanists, writers, designers, scientists, and journalists.

The city of Moscow is facing tremendous challenges, due to the growth and changes it has undergone in the past few years, which will only accelerate as the result of its vibrant economy. The city is expected to double its population in the coming years, and many competitions, including the masterplan for the city’s expansion, are being held with this objective in mind.

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In this scenario, architecture education is key in order to form the new generation of professionals that wil face the critical issues of contemporary Russia. And this is why we wanted to include Alexander Mamut, whose passion for the city led him to invest in the city in a particular way, in our interview series. He is a good example of what can be done from the private sector to develop cities with a long-term vision.

During the interview, we discuss with Alexander Mamut the future of Moscow, how education can improve the quality of life of its habitants, the importance of the private sector in the development of cities, and more.

Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds
Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

The Benefits of Modern Design

Presented by BHI – Start Fresh, Buy New.

While architects are huge proponents of the benefits of modern design (especially the open plan), sometimes clients just don’t understand its appeal. The following 5 characteristics of modern design should explain to your client why he/she may actually just prefer to go modern!

Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow

Louis Kahn Looking at His Tetrahedral Ceiling in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Image © Lionel Freedman. Yale University Art Gallery Archives Transfer.

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural , has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

Does shadow have the power to give form to architecture? The increasing number of transparent buildings and LED installations would enforce the impression that light has eliminated the relevance of shadow. But to answer that question, let’s look back to a master of light whose architecture was shaped by shadow: Louis Kahn.

More Light Matters, after the break…