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Formstelle / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Formstelle / Format Elf Architekten, Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten
Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten

© Bettina Kirmeier Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten +17

Architect Lord Richard Rogers and the Making Of Scandicci City

00:00 - 7 September, 2014

Scandicci City began as a suburb of Florence and was often described as a commuter town with a lack of a clear urban center. Having reached out to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to address this need, this short documentary created by scandiccibyrogers.com offers a look inside Rogers' studio in London and the creation of a new urban master plan for Scandicci City.

Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +41

COBE's Adaptive Reuse of Nordhavnen Silo Marks Beginning of Redevelopment

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
© COBE
© COBE

Danish firm COBE is transforming the largest industrial building in Nordhavnen - a silo - into an apartment building with both private and public functions. For COBE, who also created the urban development plans for Nordhavnen, this project marks the beginning of the post-industrial area's future. Nordhavnen is a harbor area located only 4km from Copenhagen's city centre.

 "The exciting thing about old industrial property is how to preserve their soul and at the same time use them for something else," said Klaus Kastbjerg, the owner of the silo, commenting on the adaptive reuse project. To preserve the soul of the silo, the architects will maintain a raw industrial feeling on the interior. Each of the 40 retrofitted apartments will contain visible historic remnants such as existing concrete columns and walls.

Keep reading after the break for more information and images...

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
North Classroom Block / CEPLAN, © Joana França
© Joana França
  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidade de Brasília - Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
  • Authors

    Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators

    Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
  • Project Area

    1265.0 m2
  • Project year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +18

Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +33

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks: Analog and Digital Together at Last

00:00 - 7 September, 2014
Courtesy of Moleskine
Courtesy of Moleskine

Forget about scanning the pages of your notebook - you can now work in both analog and digital at the same time. Moleskine recently teamed up with Livescribe, a smartpen manufacturer, to create two new notebooks that work exclusively with Livescribe smartpens to instantly transfer ideas from paper to screen. The notebooks feature add-ons that make this possible, but still retain the rounded edges, elastic closures, ribbon bookmarks, and other details Moleskine notebooks are known for. To learn about the notebook add-ons and how they work with the smartpens, keep reading after the break. 

Sauflon Centre of Innovation / Foldes Architects

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Sauflon Centre of Innovation / Foldes Architects, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +39

Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 7 September, 2014
Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale , Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh
Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh

"The Biennale reveals that modernism was never a style. It was a cultural, political, and social practice," says Sarah Williams Goldhagen in her recent article for New Republic, The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014. This year, the Venice Biennale dissects the notion of modernism by providing a hefty cross-section of architectural history in the central pavilion. However contrary to Koolhaas' prescriptive brief, the 65 national pavilions show modernism was not just a movement, but a socially-driven, culturally attuned reaction to the "exigencies of life in a rapidly changing and developing world." Unexpected moments define the 2014 Venice Biennale: from Niemeyer's desire to launch Brazil into the first world through architectural creation, to South Korea's unveiling of a deep modernist tradition with influence across the nation. This Biennale proved to be truly rebellious - read Goldhagen's article from New Republic here to find out why. 

Private Family Home / LA Hally Architect

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Private Family Home / LA Hally Architect, © Joel Knight
© Joel Knight
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Joel Knight © Joel Knight © Joel Knight © Joel Knight +16

"Mouthful of Meetings": The Collision of North and South at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
"Mouthful of Meetings": The Collision of North and South at the Venice Biennale , Courtesy of South of North
Courtesy of South of North

”Mouthful of meetings” is a moderated conversation taking place at the 2014 Venice Biennale with a focus on socioeconomic sustainability and current projects in developing countries around the world. The event is organized by South of North, a collaboration between Nordic architects working in the non-profit sector in developing environments. Contributors will include contemporary Nordic and African practices with an emphasis on recent works of socially committed architecture. Read on after the break for more details of the event.

Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October, Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of  Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek
Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek

An exhibition celebrating one of North America's foremost postmodern architects will open this October, marking 50 years of Michael Graves' practice. Past as Prologue maps the evolution of Graves' work in architecture and product design through an array of media including sculpture, painting, furniture, drawings and models. The comprehensive exhibition will begin with Graves' work from 1964 and conclude with works currently in progress. The exhibition will be hosted by Grounds for Sculpture with a mission to provide insight into the five-decade progression of Graves' unique design process. More on the exhibition after the break.

How Will We Design The Offices of the Future?

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
In keeping with present office trends, the Lumosity offices in San Francisco prizes lounge-like work environments, both informal and easy to personalize. Image Courtesy of Matthew Millman/Lumosity
In keeping with present office trends, the Lumosity offices in San Francisco prizes lounge-like work environments, both informal and easy to personalize. Image Courtesy of Matthew Millman/Lumosity

For many years, the world of office design remained relatively stagnant, with a light, open plan office floor and a generously-sized cubicle about as much as most employees could hope for. But recently all this has changed: the world of the technophilic, fun loving "Generation Y" has taken over, and with it come offices that mix the best elements of the traditional office with design culled from living rooms, coffee shops and children's playspaces. This will remain the future of office design for some time - or will it? According to Dr Michael O'Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, the Gen-Y office's days are already numbered, as he explains in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine. Read on after the break to find out why.

Casa RG / ES-arch

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Casa RG / ES-arch, © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana
  • Architects

  • Location

    23024 Madesimo Sondrio, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
  • Design Team

    Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
  • Construction

    Giancarlo Rigamonti
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana +26

Canyons do Lago House / Mutabile Arquitetura

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
© Carlos Dias
© Carlos Dias
  • Architects

  • Location

    Capitólio - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Gabriel Souza, Isabel Brant, Priscila Musa
  • Area

    569.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias +35

Are Abandoned Constructions the Ruins of Modernity?

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Are Abandoned Constructions the Ruins of Modernity?, © Sam Laughlin
© Sam Laughlin

Europe's ancient ruins are numerous: Pompeii, the Parthenon, the Colosseum - but what about new ruins? Skeletons of incomplete buildings now litter the skylines of European cities. A form of memento mori, these abandoned constructions prove that no structure is permanent or impervious to the changing desires of a society in flux. English photographer Sam Laughlin documents the creation of these 'ruins' in his series Frameworks, a contemporary dissection of the aging built environment.

Enter the abandoned world in Frameworks with more photos and info after the break. 

© Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin © Sam Laughlin +16

Brutalism: Back in Vogue?

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
Brutalism: Back in Vogue?, The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet
The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet

Are Brutalist buildings, once deemed cruel and ugly, making a comeback? Reyner Banham's witty play on the French term for raw concretebeton brut, was popularized by a movement of hip, young architects counteracting what they perceived as the bourgeois and fanciful Modernism of the 1930s. Though the use of raw concrete in the hands of such artist-architects as Le Corbusier seems beautiful beneath the lush Mediterranean sun, under the overcast skies of northern Europe Brutalist architecture earned a much less flattering reputation. Since the 1990s, however, architects, designers, and artists have celebrated formerly denounced buildings, developing a fashionably artistic following around buildings like Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, "even if long-term residents held far more ambivalent views of this forceful high-rise housing block." To learn more about this controversial history and to read Jonathan Glancey's speculation for its future, read the full article on BBChere.

Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Serge Baranx School Refurbishment / Pierre Marsan, © Arthur Pequin
© Arthur Pequin

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin +23