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Metro Cable Caracas / Urban-Think Tank

  • Architects: Urban-Think Tank
  • Location: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Design Team: Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner
  • Project Team: José Antonio Nuñez, Carlos Bastidas, Alfredo Brillembourg, Patrick Edlinger, Elizabeth Florian, Cesar Gavidia, Dora Kelle, Hubert Klumpner, Rafael Machado, Claudia Ochoa, Regina Orvañanos, Juan Ponce, Matt Tarczynski
  • Photography: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Rendering

Emilio Caraffa Fine Arts Museum / GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

© Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

Koolhaas Revamps UN Building's Modernist-Era Lounge

Dutch designers, Rem Koolhaas and Hella Jongerius, have revamped the delegates' lounge in the United Nations building just in time for the 68th General Assembly this week. The "workshop of peace" lounge space, originally designed in 1952 by Wallace K. Harrison in collaboration with renowned modernists Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer, now sports a range of pastel-colored sofas and lounge chairs, opting for minimal intervention in attempts to maximize the social space. Read more about the UN North Delegates lobby on Gizmodo.

Multifunctional Building and Sports Facility / GANA Arquitectura

  • Architects: GANA Arquitectura
  • Location: Vélez-Málaga, Málaga, España
  • Architects in Charge: Antonio Galisteo, Álvaro Fernández Navarro
  • Collaborators: Guillermo Mateos Frutos, Juan Francisco Mata Díaz, Antonio de la Herranz, Francisco Jesús Camacho Gómez, Claudia Muñoz Núñez, Alejandro Reina López.
  • Area: 655.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of GANA Arquitectura, Blanca Green

© Blanca Green Courtesy of GANA Arquitectura © Blanca Green © Blanca Green

RIBA and Arb Team Up to Reform UK Architecture Education

The RIBA and Arb have teamed together to examine UK architectural education, with the aim of bringing the UK into line with other EU countries.

The move is part of a new EU directive, due to be ratified next month, which seeks to establish more uniformity across Europe by aligning the time it takes to qualify and by making mutual recognition of title easier between countries - a move which would make architects more free to move between countries.

Read more about the aims of the RIBA and Arb after the break...

Must Parking Garages Be So Ugly?

In his column in Providence JournalDavid Brussat questions why parking garages can't be designed to better compliment their surroundings. He believes that these utilitarian spaces should look like they "belong in a city," rather than resembling "a giant set of concrete shelves." He also examines cities which achieve this aim - incorporating styles from Art Deco to Neo-classical - and comes to the interesting conclusion that Richmond, Virginia is the "mecca of parking decks." You can read the full article here.

Parador Penitente / G+ Gualano Arquitectos

Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos

UB House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo + Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo

  • Architects: Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo, Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Team: Álvaro Mauricio López Gómez, Juan Camilo Garcés Cuesta
  • Area: 465.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya

Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya

New Court Building in Almendralejo / Enrique Bardají & Asociados

  • Architects: Enrique Bardají & Asociados
  • Location: Calle Leopoldo Capella Avila, 06200 Almendralejo, Badajoz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Enrique Bardají Álvarez, Carlos Santi Merayo
  • Area: 5310.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Netherlands Forensic Institute / Claus en Kaan Architecten

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
  • Location: The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
  • Project Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Allard Assies, Henri van Bennekom, Valéry Didelon, Gabriella Fiorentini, Michael Geensen, Artsje Hijlkema, Carl de Leeuw, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Björn Scharwei, Kartsen Schellmat, Heidi Serbruyns, Kim Sneyders, Pasquale Talerico, Thierry Voellinger, Martin Zwinggi
  • Client: The Government Buildings Agency
  • Area: 28500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 205
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

The Dune House / Wolveridge Architects

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Could Ho Chi Minh City's Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?

In this article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "A Time-Out," Carl Robinson reminisces about the architecture of the Ho Chi Minh City he remembers from the 1960s and discusses how the urban landscape has changed in subsequent years. As Vietnam grapples with economic downturn, he asks, how might the city to develop? 

Over the past 15 years, as Vietnam finally left its long years of war behind, the former capital of South Vietnam—Saigon—became the country’s economic powerhouse. Until fairly recently, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was a boomtown. Even before touching down at its busy international airport, I see new buildings rising up through the sprawling and tightly packed suburbs, splayed across the city’s surrounding delta landscape and muddy meandering rivers. 

Off in the distance along the wide Saigon River, where the spires of the city’s French Colonial Roman Catholic cathedral once dominated downtown, an impressive silhouette of high-rises reach to the tropical sky. The city’s twenty-first-century feel continues through its sweeping new terminal (designed by GWA) and then down a wide boulevard past contemporary office buildings and shops. Eventually I reach the intimate tree-lined streets of old Saigon, the residential quarter created by the French more than 150 years ago.

The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

  • Architects: ARCHJS
  • Location: Al Hamra Tower & Mall, Al-Shuhada Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge: Jassim Al Shehab
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

San Francisco's Chrissy Field Proposals Released

The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image

With the news earlier this year that San Francisco's Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for 'The Bridge'), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Berkeley Prize 2014

The Berkeley Prize supports the study and teaching of the social art of architecture. The online, two-stage Essay Competition (in English) is open to undergraduate architecture majors in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world.