New PBS Architecture Series Features ‘Cool Spaces!’

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In an age where almost every conceivable subject has spawned its own reality series – be it Dancing On Ice or Hillbilly-Hand-Fishing - PBS’s new show, Cool Spaces!, aims to stimulate the public’s curiosity by engaging us in the story behind some of North America’s most interesting public buildings. The AIA sponsored show, which is hosted by Boston-based architect Stephen Chungdeparts from usual architecture-related television shows, which tend to focus on makeovers of private homes. Not only will this show look at public buildings, but it will also examine the people whose lives it has affected, the places that have shaped it, and the mind of the architect who brought all of these things together to design it.

Read more about the series and see a sneak preview after the break…

Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Haslington Road, Manchester,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 8,673 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andy Haslam

AD Round Up: Architecture in New Zealand

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For today’s Round Up we have our first selection of previous featured projects in the amazing . The main image belongs to Crosson Clarke Carnachan’ s Whangapoua an excellent example of small, functional and simple architecture. Don’t miss the Victoria Square  by Architectus or the MOTAT Aviation Display Hall a great wooden structure building designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Finally, you must check out the Salamanca House by Parsonson Architects and the stunning Yellow Treehouse Restaurant  designed by Pacific Environments.

Competence Centre Glastroesch / becker architekten

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Architects: becker architekten
Location: Im Allmey 14, 87435 Kempten,
Project Team: Michael Becker, Bernhard Kast, Franz G. Schroeck
Area: 2414.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of becker architekten

Datacenter AM3 / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Amsterdam,
Area: 17,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jannes Linders

MVRDV’s Book Mountain Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

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MVRDV’s “mountain of books” in the center of ’s town market square has just been announced as winner of the internationally acclaimed red dot design award for “high quality design” in the Architecture and Urban Design category. The jury selected MVRDV’s Book Mountain from 4,662 entries submitted from 54 countries, lauding the project for its “exceptional quality and refined detail solutions”.

More information on the building after the break…

University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: University at , , NY 14260, USA
Project Team: Rob Goodwin, Design Principal, NYO; Tony Caputo, Project Designer, NYO;Gary Shaw, Managing Principal, BOS; Andy Goetze, Project Architect, BOS; Madaline Hale, Interior Designer,BOS.
Collaborators: BR+A, Mechanical Engineers; LeMessurier, Structural Engineers; Mik-Young Kim, Landscape Designers
Area: 133510.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eduard Hueber

The Indicator: Architecture’s 1979

Seven of the architects who participated in the Architecture Gallery, from left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, and at Venice Beach, 1980 / Photograph by Ave Pildas / Digital Image / Image courtesy of the artist. / © Ave Pildas

The forthcoming Pacific Standard Time exhibition, A CONFEDERACY OF HERETICS: THE ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, VENICE, 1979, which runs from March 29 – July 7, 2013 at SCI-Arc, would like us to believe that there are “pivotal moments” in the architectural zeitgeist—that there are zeitgeists at all might even be worth questioning.

Pivotal moments are constructed after the fact. Zeitgeists are consumed by invested audiences and forced upon the non-cognoscenti as evidence. What we are talking about are discourses. Los Angeles, 1979 is one of architecture’s minor discourses, a pulse that warped the major discourse into something else, the anti-. By saying it is minor does not undermine its cultural significance.

UK’s Young Architect of the Year Awards Invites European Entries

UK’s Young Architect of the Year Awards Invites European Entries

European architects can now compete in the UK’s prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA). Now in its 16th year, YAYA is the only prize that recognizes the UK’s most promising new architectural practice and is a crucial means…

Lopez Island Cabin / Stuart Silk Architects

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Architects: Stuart Silk Architects
Location: Lopez Island, Washington, of America
Design Principal: Stuart Silk
Project Manager: Associate, Lisa Sidlauskas
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Stuart Silk Architects

Video: Maracanã’s Face Lift, Raising the Roof

Engineer Nelson Fiedler has gone to great heights to revamp ’s famous sports venue.

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© Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

Living on Kunstcampus Winning Proposal / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten… was recently announced as the first prize winner for their proposal in the Living on Kunstcampus competition. Situated in the heart of Berlin, on the estate of the Hamburger Bahnhof, a new quarter will be created there, including the

AD Interviews: Ricky Burdett

“The architect has to continue doing what he or she has done for the last 5,000 years, which is to make objects of great beauty, which uplift the spirits of whoever commissions them or occupies them or sees them. But, increasingly, [the architect] has to take on two other things, which is: to make things in such a way that they are part of an environmental whole; but also to be much more conscious of what the social impacts are of the decisions the architect may make. [...] The architect, unless they want to wipe themselves out and become aesthetes, has to deal with these big issues.” – Ricky Burdett

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, there lies an important question ahead of us. There can be no doubt that will grow, but how can we make sure that they grow sustainably and – what’s more – equitably?

To get to the bottom of these important questions, we spoke with Ricky Burdett, a professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics  (where he directs the program LSE Cities), the author of The Endless Cityand one of the world’s leading experts in . Not only was he the Chief Advisor of Architecture and Urbanism at the London 2012 Olympics, but he is also a founder of the Urban Age Project, an interdisciplinary investigation into the future of cities. We caught up with Burdett while he was in Chile, invited by CREO Antofagasta to advise on the development of Chile’s sprawled-out city of Antofagasta.

Burdett had so much to share about his varied experiences that we’ve decided to split this AD Interview into two. Part I (above) covers Burdett’s conception of what architecture is/should be; the London Olympics; and his strong opinion on the state of architecture in England today.

The second part of this interview, which you can see after the break, explores Burdett’s work studying urban environments – including the Urban Age project; the secrets to sustainable, equitable growth (for more on Burdett’s take on this, read Jared Green’s article “The Rise of the Endless City“); and how architects and policy makers must work together if we are to design cities that serve the greater social and environmental good.

Video: 75 Years of Mies van der Rohe and His Chicago School

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When emigrating from in 1938 to head Chicago’s Armour Institute, was challenged with two tasks: first reform the schools curriculum to his “back-to-basics” approach and then develop plans for a newly expanded 120-acre campus for the creation of Illinois Institute of Technology, a product of the Armour Institute and Lewis Institute merger. Mies was able to exceed both challenges and the outcomes have had a lasting influence on Chicago and modernism for the past 75 years. In celebration of this legacy and Mies’ 127th birthday, IIT complied this comprehensive video that features Mies’ contribution to the modern landscape of their campus and city. 

Learn more about Mies’ IIT master plan and building here on ArchDaily.

Amsterdam Block / CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS

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Architects: CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS
Location: Qingdao, China
Architect In Charge: Mr. Wouter Bolsius
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park / Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi
Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park / Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

Urban Edge Symposium

Curated by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi…, the biennial Urban Edge Award Symposium titled ‘Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices’ will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taking place

Living Knot / Polymur

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Architects: Polymur
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Homin Kim, Chris YooHeekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Suki Kwon, Chawon Go
Design Team: Suki Kwon, Heekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Chawon Go
Area: 16,101 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

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© Richard Meier & Partners

‘Richard Meier – Architecture and Design’ Retrospective Exhibition

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier…’s architecture career, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, in collaboration with the Fondazione Bisazza from Italy, are presenting the first Richard Meier Retrospective in Europe, titled ‘Richard Meier – Architecture and Design’. Taking place May 8-July 28, the new