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AA Visiting School Singapore: 'Objectify' Workshop

Conducted by RARE directors on behalf of the Architectural Association in Singapore, the 'Objectify' workshop at Singapore Polytechnic's School of Design will sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city's idea of growth through image forging. Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. Taking place August 21-30, the workshop will explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals. More information after the break.

Never Built: Los Angeles

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated exhibition - Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. 

A New Tool for Comparing Cities

For the last fifty years Richard Wurman - architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences - has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares cities.  In Wurman's early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global cities was no easy task. Cities use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. "They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend," he tells Nate Berg of Next City.  

Thanks to sophisticated mapping tools, delving into the statistical data of numerous cities has become far more manageable than in 1962, when Wurman produced his first comparative analysis using clay models of 50 different cities. Wurman's analog-driven statistical analysis has turned into the Urban Observatory, a website that allows users to choose from 15 variables and easily compare the public data of up to 16 cities around the world in real time.

More about the platform after the break.

Waiwhero Farm House / Tennent + Brown

© Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg

Eindhoven Airport Extension & Hotel / KCAP Architects&Planners + De Bever Architecten

©  Norbert van Onna
© Norbert van Onna

©  Norbert van Onna ©  Norbert van Onna ©  Norbert van Onna ©  Norbert van Onna

Madison Square Garden Limited to 10 Year Permit

A landslide vote (47-1) by the New York City Council has limited the permit for Madison Square Garden to just 10 years. The decision comes after the property owner’s - MSG Company - 50 year permit expired earlier this year, sparking a heated debate on whether or not the city should deny the owners request to renew the permit in perpetuity and envision plans for a new Penn Station

The Architecture of Incarceration: Can Design Affect the Prison System?

On July 9th, 30,000 prison inmates across California took part in a hunger strike to show solidarity with those incarcerated in Pelican Bay State Prison, a 'Solitary Housing Unit' in which prisoners are incarcerated - some supposedly for years at a time - in solitary confinement.

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and its founder Raphael Sperry have made it their mission to make sure that architects are not complicit in designing prisons, even going so far as to form a petition asking the AIA to forbid members from designing execution chambers, 'supermax' prison facilities or solitary confinement facilities, as part of their statement that “members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors.” 

At ArchDaily we have already questioned whether it may actually be beneficial for architects to design prisons, rather than allowing them to be designed by less-trained people who could end up designing a space that is even less humane. Now, an article on Blouin Art Info seems to take a similar position: rather than retreating from the business of prison design altogether, architects should try to encourage prison design that facilitates rehabilitation rather than emphasizing punishment. 

Restaurante El Merca’o / Vaíllo & Irigaray + Galar

© José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architects: Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
  • Location: Calle deTafalla, 7, 31004 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Director: Daniel Galar Irurre
  • Area: 990.0 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

Wind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

  • Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
  • Location: East Coast, Singapore
  • Design Team: Cecil Chee, Robin Tan, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
  • Area: 553.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San

CCV Chapel / Stan Allen Architect

  • Architects: Stan Allen Architect
  • Location: Tagaytay, Philippines
  • Project Team: Carlos Arnaiz, Jane Kim, Benjamin Cadena, Marc McQuade
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Marvin Dungao

© Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu

  • Architects: Paul Andreu
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
  • Area: 220000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 1999
  • Photographs: Paul Maurer

© Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer

Varyap Merıdıan H Block / MTF Proje

  • Architects: MTF Proje
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architectural Project: Dome Mimarlık
  • Design Team: Derya Ekim Öztepe, Ozan Öztepe, Deniz Ekim Çubukçu, Betül Karanfil
  • Owner: Varyap Varlıbaşlar
  • Interior Project: Habif Mimarlık
  • Statical Project: Yapı Teknik
  • Electrical Project: Esan Mühendislik
  • Mechanical Project: GN Mühendislik
  • Landscape Project: DS Mimarlık
  • Area: 12660.27 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MTF Proje

Courtesy of MTF Proje Courtesy of MTF Proje Courtesy of MTF Proje Courtesy of MTF Proje

Montjuic Fire Station / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto

  • Architects: Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto
  • Location: Passeig de Montjuïc, 2, Barcelona, Spain
  • Team: Joana Sopena, Eulalia Gómez, Fabio Ferone, Iñaki Tarragó, José Mauriño, Mª Elena Alonso, Pol Alonso, Arantxa Zabalza
  • Consultants: BOMA (Structure), Eulàlia Aran (Tech. Arch.), Armengol Enginyers (Systems)
  • Area: 3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ferran Mateo

© Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo

Is This the Best Planned City in the World?

This discussion on Quora, entitled "which is the most well planned city in the world?" certainly got us thinking; not only because of the interesting and diverse answers to the question, but also because of the different reasons which were used to support these answers.

Currently the most popular answer seems to be Zurich, on account of its excellent (and obsessively punctual) public transport, organized waste disposal and numerous public drinking fountains. Other cities which are commended for their public transport and cleanliness are Singapore and Seoul. But other contributors seem to have a very different idea of what makes a well-planned city - read on to find out more.

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future, an exhibition that debuted last year at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012), has returned to the city of its origin. Currently on display though September 29th at the City of Chicago’ Expo 72 Gallery, the exhibition re-envisions a series of typical Chicagoan urban environments in an effort to examine alternative ways in which architecture can engage the city.