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Architect Ross Langdon Among Those Killed in Nairobi Siege

In his TedxTalk, Australian-born, Tasmanian-raised architect Ross Langdon begins by reading from the book The Rabbits, a children's tale which depicts Australia's colonizers as an invasive, destructive species: rabbits. "I realized I didn't want to be a rabbit any more," Langdon explains. "So I thought it might be better to be like a chameleon, able to adapt and change and blend with our environment, rather than conquer it." 

Haus Am See / Spado Architects

© Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball
  • Architects: Spado Architects
  • Location: Carinthia, Austria
  • Project Manager: DI Harald Weber
  • Area: 73.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kurt Kuball

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball

House On A Warehouse / Miguel Marcelino

  • Architects: Miguel Marcelino
  • Location: Chicharo, 2350, Portugal
  • Structural Engineering: João Esteves
  • Plumbing Engineering: José Rodrigues
  • General Contractor: João Felício
  • Area: 437.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Barbacoa House / Pepe Gascón

  • Architects: Pepe Gascón
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Pepe Gascón
  • Area: 91.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Videos: TEDCity2.0

On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place at the TimesCenter in New York City. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event surfaced stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and featured an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners.

On session 4 (videos after the break), you'll find speakers Enrique Peñalosa (former mayor of Bogotá), Alan Ricks (MASS Co-Founder), Francis Kere and Iwan Baan. More information on all the speakers can be found here.

State Archive of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria / gmp Architekten

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Location: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze
  • Associated Partner: Dirk Heller
  • Project Leader: Karen Schroeder
  • Design Team: Christoph Berle, Katharina Traupe, Monika Braig
  • Implementation Team: Christoph Berle, Miriam Bamberg, Judith Saile, Alexander Schnieber, Sui Jinying
  • Area: 9327.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Heiner Leiska

© Heiner Leiska © Heiner Leiska © Heiner Leiska © Heiner Leiska

SEB 12 / Brembilla+Forcella Architetti

© Giovanna Silva
© Giovanna Silva
  • Architects: Brembilla+Forcella Architetti
  • Location: Seriate Bergamo, Italy
  • Project Team: Marco Carrara, Marco Zenucchi, Dino Poloni, Luca Bresesti
  • Client: Scuola Edile Bergamasca s.r.l.
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Giovanna Silva

© Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva

AD Architecture School Guide: Institute on Aging and Environment, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning

According to the UN, the elderly population not only exceeds the population of children in developed nations, but will increase more rapidly than any other demographic over the next 50 years -- in fact, it could even triple. 

Although most countries deal with the elderly population through institutionalized care, whether public, as in Canada or in Great Britain, or private, as in the U.S., the quality of care is widely divergent. It’s therefore fitting - and necessary - that the physical environment’s effect on elderly care is becoming a more prominent issue for research. 

One institute that is leading the way in this research is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s Institute on Aging and Environment

Gehry's Walt Disney Hall Turns 10

It's been called a "remarkable work of public architecture" that "engages [the city of] Los Angeles" like few others. With the 10 year anniversary of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall approaching, the LA Times, with some great, in-depth coverage, has been taking a look back at its architecture and what makes it such an important icon for both Gehry and LA. Oh, and don't forget to check out its soon-to-be neighbor on Grand Avenue, the Broad Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Hackney Marshes Centre / Stanton Williams

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© Hufton & Crow

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Centre For Cancer And Health / Nord Architects

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk

Hataitai home / John Mills Architects

  • Architects: John Mills Architects
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Team: James Warren, John Mills
  • Engineer: Clendon, Burns and Park
  • Area: 244.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

Hayden Building / CUBE Design + Research

  • Architects: CUBE Design + Research
  • Location: Boston, MA, USA
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research

Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research Courtesy of CUBE Design + Research

Fried Pavillion / Amunt Architekten Martenson und Nagel Theissen

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Mountain View Home Unites with Surrounding Landscape / Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild

  • Architects: Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild
  • Location: Mill Spring, NC, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Rob Carlton
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild

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Shortlist Unveiled for London's new Scotland Yard

The RIBA and the Mayor of London's Office has revealed the five shortlisted designs for the new Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) headquarters, set for completion in 2015. The proposed designs, attracting submissions from Foster + Partners, Allies & Morrison, Keith Williams Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, will be located in the Whitehall Conservation Area and be renamed back to 'Scotland Yard'.

Read more after the break...

A Sincere Interview with Zaha Hadid

With the opening of her latest London project, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, Xan Brooks of the Guardian conducted this interview with the enigmatic Zaha Hadid. They discuss some of her greatest successes (The MAXXI museum) and some of the contentious issues around some of her buildings (Galaxy Soho, for example) - before moving on to her approach to designing for oppressive regimes (yes, "if it helps people") and finally her apprehension over a return trip to Iraq, the homeland which she has not returned to in over 30 years. You can read the full article here.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Lauds "Exciting" New Building

New designs of the six-story, 34,000 square foot building on the intersection of Broadway and Spring Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in New York City led Commissioner Fred Bland to proclaim it as the most exciting building proposed during his tenure.

The proposal, designed by BKSK Architects, sits on a $147.9 million site purchased in December of 2012 by prominent developers, setting a per-buildable-square-foot record for SoHo retail. Their early intent of demolishing the existing building and constructing a new one garnered significant opposition. That is, till they revealed what was to replace it.