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Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels

05:00 - 23 February, 2015
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels, © Elad Sarig
© Elad Sarig

Between 1945 and 1981 around 170 million prefabricated (prefab) residential units were constructed worldwide. Now, as part of a study undertaken by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 2012 and 2014, an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art features 28 large concrete panel systems from between 1931 and 1981. In so doing, it explores a transnational circulation of these objects of construction, "weaving them into a historical collage of ambitions and short-lived enthusiasm for utopian dreams."

This show, curated by Meira Yagid-Haimovici, is an attempt to reveal "how architecture and urbanism was charged with historical, social, and political narratives, and how the modernist vision promoted the fusion of aesthetics and politics." The models, which are being exhibited as part of the Production Routes exhibition, seek to highlight the richness embodied in 'generic' architecture through the lens of prefab construction methods.

Forest Refuge / Bernd Riegger Architektur

04:00 - 23 February, 2015
Forest Refuge  / Bernd Riegger Architektur , © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +21

Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects

03:00 - 23 February, 2015
Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Zvi Gersh, Evyatar Cohen
  • Interior Design

    Michal Keinan Sinai. Interior Arch
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

01:00 - 23 February, 2015

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today's society - especially in China - he discusses how the creativity which URBANUS is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: "Innovation is actually everything for URBANUS, because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That's the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don't have any marketing tools to get something more conventional... we push ourselves to the limit."

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: "We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us... networking is more like in the academic level - a more intellectual exchange."

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

Nanshan Wedding Center. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment. Image © Wu Qiwei Tulou Housing Guangzhou. Image © Iwan Baan Library of South University of Science and Technology of China. Image © Alex Chan +5

City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock, © l'autre image
© l'autre image

The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added. 

Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

00:00 - 23 February, 2015
Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award, New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley
New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, to receive the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, recognizing their excellence for architectural advocacy and achievement. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Learn more about the winners, after the break. 

Oscar-Nominated Film Captures Life with Modernist Architect Parents

00:00 - 23 February, 2015

Minimalism has its challenges and for this seven-year-old sibling of two, it’s not for children. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards, Me and My Moulton captures the unconventional life and struggles of three kids with modernist architect parents. Watch the trailer above and see what director Torill Kove believes are five sure signs your parents were architects, after the break. 

B"O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
B"O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 de Mayo 38, De La Merced, 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, CHIS, Mexico
  • Project Direction

    Elizabeth Gómez Coello, Jorge Medina Robles, Germán Velasco Espinosa
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Update: The five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award will be announced on February 25 at 12 UTC. 40 projects from 17 European countries have been shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from the 420 original nominees, five of the shortlisted projects will be chosen for the next round of selection, to be announced at the end of February in London. These selected architects will then present their projects before a committee on May 7, who will select one recipient of the highly esteemed international design award, as well as one recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize. The winners will be announced the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Frac - Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection. Image © Philippe Ruault Childrens Home Of The Future. Image © Mikkel Frost Waterford Medieval Museum. Image © Philip Lauterbach Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School Of Economics. Image © Dennis Gilbert +41

Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +25

OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville, View from Market Street. Image © OMA / Robota
View from Market Street. Image © OMA / Robota

OMA has unveiled plans for a mixed-use project that will consolidate facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville. A collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital Kentucky, the 24-acre “Food Port” will transform a former tobacco plant into an “active economic and community hub” that shapes a “new model between consumer and producer.”

“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

The expandable campus, which is expected to break ground this summer, will include an urban farm, edible garden, market and food truck plaza, retail space, classrooms, a recycling facility, and more. Continue after the break to learn more. 

Roof Plan. Image Courtesy of OMA Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of OMA Jefferson County Extension Office, Demonstration Farm. Image Courtesy of OMA Rooftop Plaza. Image Courtesy of OMA +15

Reforma de planta baja Residencia Universitaria Flora Tristán / José Luis Sainz-Pardo + Plácido González + Miguel Ángel Chaves

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
Reforma de planta baja Residencia Universitaria Flora Tristán / José Luis Sainz-Pardo + Plácido González + Miguel Ángel Chaves, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +12

Courtyard in Kudamatsu / Container Design

21:00 - 22 February, 2015
Courtyard in Kudamatsu / Container Design, © Eiji Tomita
© Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takanobu Kishimoto
  • Area

    104.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City

17:00 - 22 February, 2015
Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City, © CENTER Agency of Strategic Development
© CENTER Agency of Strategic Development

Architects interested in proposing ideas for a new public space in Kristall City, a former territory of legendary Moscow distillery, have until Tuesday (February 24) to submit applications. Organized by KRAYS development and the CENTER Agency of Strategic Development, the competition is calling on all architects and designers to consider three sites to host the cities premier public space. The newly developed area aims to “share the future look of the quarter” and establish a “new type of public space made out of form industrial city territories. Learn more and apply, here

SO/AP Architectes' Warsaw Memorial Places Unity at its Center

15:00 - 22 February, 2015
SO/AP Architectes' Warsaw Memorial Places Unity at its Center, Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes
Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes

This sculptural memorial by SO/AP Architectes, located at the center of what was the Warsaw Ghetto, commemorates the history and memories of the Polish nation by uniting its oppressive and heroic pasts in one form. Simultaneously representing the Jewish and non-Jewish population, the serpentine structure symbolizes the entirety of the Polish people to strengthen their identity as one collective community.

Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes +7

Happy 25th Birthday Photoshop; Architecture Wouldn't be the Same Without You

10:00 - 22 February, 2015
Happy 25th Birthday Photoshop; Architecture Wouldn't be the Same Without You, Over the past 25 years, Photoshop has helped make photorealistic images of near-impossible projects an everyday fact of architecture. Image Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Over the past 25 years, Photoshop has helped make photorealistic images of near-impossible projects an everyday fact of architecture. Image Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

This past week, Adobe Photoshop turned 25 years old. That’s right: at an age where us mere mortals are often still embarrassingly reliant on our parents, Photoshop is taking the opportunity to look back on how it became one of the world’s most ubiquitous pieces of software, and how in just a quarter-century it has transformed our very conceptions of beauty and even reality itself.

Of course, to the general public Photoshop is probably best-known for the role it has played in the fashion and advertising industries. Serving up heavily processed, idealized images of anatomically dubious models, its effect in our wider culture is well-known, but Photoshop has had its impact on the architecture profession as well. Join us after the break as we look at 25 years of Photoshop in architecture.

Bengal Foundation Breaks Ground on Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum

09:00 - 22 February, 2015
Bengal Foundation Breaks Ground on Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum, Courtesy of Bengal Foundation
Courtesy of Bengal Foundation

The Bengal Foundation has begun work on its Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum, Bangladesh's first private museum of its kind. The ambitious complex will house multi-media works from the organization's founder Abul Khair's private collection, pieces by local artists, a sculpture garden, and a boat museum to celebrate the various cultural arts of local residents. 

Learn more about the museum's design, after the break.

Film, photography, and architecture gallery. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation Courtesy of Bengal Foundation Cafe and seating area. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation View of the sculpture gallery from the art gallery. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation +14

Sluzewski Culture Centre / WWAA + 307kilo

01:00 - 22 February, 2015
Sluzewski Culture Centre / WWAA + 307kilo, © Rafał Kłos
© Rafał Kłos

© Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos +14