Critical Round-Up: Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Critical Round-Up: Venice Biennale 2014, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

With the first weekend of the Venice Biennale in the books, over the past few days reviews from critics have been flooding in. Each is eager to dispense their opinions on what has been one of the most highly anticipated Biennales in recent memory, and it seems that the event has not disappointed. From reviews of the festival as a whole to individual takes on the National Pavilions, read on after the break as we take a look at some of the most intriguing reviews so far.

The Role of the Architectural Discourse in the 'New Media Age'

04:00 - 9 June, 2014
The Role of the Architectural Discourse in the 'New Media Age', Paul Goldberger
Paul Goldberger

In an interview with Julia Ingalls Paul Goldberger, former architecture critic of the New York Times and forthcoming biographer of Frank Gehry, discusses the critical relevance of architecture in what he dubs the "new media age." According to Ingalls, Goldberger has thrived "by writing informed narratives that examine not just the trendy cladding of a building, but the deep historical, social, and political environments that invariably give rise to it." Goldberger is a writer who has embraced Twitter, using it as a platform for discussion and debate just as, in prior years, his writings in print media would act as less immediate provocations.

COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos, © Rubén Pérez Bescós
© Rubén Pérez Bescós

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós +17

London's Shell Centre Awarded Planning Permission

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
London's Shell Centre Awarded Planning Permission, Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups
Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups

The £1.2 billion Shell Centre development in London, masterplanned by Squire & Partners, has been awarded planning permission after being called in for review by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Featuring 8 towers of up to 37 storeys which will sit alongside the existing 27-storey Shell Tower, the scheme was granted permission by the local council last year but was called in for review over fears that it could threaten the UNESCO Heritage status of the area around Westminster.

However, despite being awarded planning once again, opponents of the scheme have said they will continue to fight it, and have threatened to mount a judicial review of the scheme.

Read on after the break for more on the controversy

Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups Building 6 & 7 – residential use; GRID Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups The public square; Townshend Landscape Architects. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups Building 5 – residential use; Stanton Williams. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups +8

168 Dwellings in Hospitalet de Llobregat / Estudio Rubio & Álvarez-Sala

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
168 Dwellings in Hospitalet de Llobregat / Estudio Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, © Lluis Casals
© Lluis Casals
  • Architects

  • Location

    Llobregat, 43006 Tarragona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Carlos Rubio Carvajal, Enrique Ávarez-Sala Walther
  • Project Area

    27900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Lluis Casals

© Lluis Casals © Lluis Casals © Lluis Casals © Lluis Casals +18

In Images: The Domino Sugar Factory's Beautiful Decline

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
© Paul Raphaelson
© Paul Raphaelson

Ten years after closing its doors, the Brooklyn Domino Sugar Refinery's iconic forty-foot tall yellow sign is still legible along the waterfront, even from parts of Manhattan. The refinery, built in 1882, was once the largest in the world, producing over half of the sugar consumed in the United States. Sadly, the historic landmark will soon be demolished, making room for luxury living — and a handful of apartments for affordable housing, at mayor Bill de Blasio's insistence. As time runs out, a photographer, photography editor, and historian are vying for the opportunity to thoroughly document the site and publish a book entitled Sweet Ruin: Fossils and Stories of the Brooklyn Domino Sugar Refinery.

The photographer, Paul Raphaelson, was recently given a day's worth of access to the site by its owner, real estate development company Two Trees Management. Raphaelson was able to visit and photograph three of the refinery's buildings, capturing the sugar-coated interiors of the hauntingly cavernous spaces. He hopes to revisit the site before it's too late to take more photographs with the guidance of his two collaborators, photography editor Stella Kramer and historian Matthew Postal. For the compelling images and more details about the future publication, keep reading after the break.

© Paul Raphaelson © Paul Raphaelson © Paul Raphaelson © Paul Raphaelson +43

Four Design Firms' Takes on Multigenerational Living

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
Four Design Firms' Takes on Multigenerational Living, Namly House by CHANG Architects, A House for Multi-Generation Living. Image © Albert Lim K.S.
Namly House by CHANG Architects, A House for Multi-Generation Living. Image © Albert Lim K.S.

Multigenerational homes are nothing new. But with life expectancy increasing, young people staying longer in their childhood homes, and Baby Boomers aging, children, parents, and grandparents under the same roof might soon become the norm. To explore this possibility, Metropolis Magazine asked four design firms to consider what multigenerational living might look like in the future. Check out each unique take on sharing resources and space by reading the article here.

Villa A / A-OMA

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
Villa A / A-OMA, Courtesy of A-OMA
Courtesy of A-OMA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Catania, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfio Faro
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A-OMA

Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA +17

Gerstäckerstreet / KBNK

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
© Carsten Brügmann
© Carsten Brügmann
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gerstäckerstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area

    6450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann © Carsten Brügmann +10

From Touring With Skrillex to Building A Community: A Musician-Turned-Designer Builds "Beautiful Things"

00:00 - 9 June, 2014

Before starting down the arduous path of the life of a designer, those who have been there before you will insist on one thing: you must be passionate about what you do. Music brought Nathanael Balon to California, where he ended touring with his neighbor Sonny Moore (you probably know him as Skrillex). But 40 days into his second world tour he woke up wishing he were doing something else. Nathanael dreamed of building.

His desire to "build beautiful things" culminated in the creation of WoodSmithe, a company that designs and constructs retail environments, window displays and trade-show booths. Get a glimpse into Nathanael's courageous move in the short video above and read on to find out about a group of people who have made bold decisions to follow their dreams.



INTERIORS: Stanley Kubrick

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
Courtesy of Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian
Courtesy of Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian

Interiors is an online film and architecture journal, published by Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen KaraoghlanianInteriors runs an exclusive ArchDaily column analyzing and diagraming films in terms of space.

Stanley Kubrick has been called many things: pretentious, unpretentious, alienated, ambiguous, audacious, empty, disturbing, outrageous, devilish, soulless, patient, unflinching, impersonal, arrogant, calculated, paranoid, aloof, visionary, genius, tyrant, misogynist, cineaste, original, and in the immortal words of Kirk Douglas, a “talented shit.”

It’s interesting to note then, when asked about his film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick himself said, “It's not a message that I ever intend to convey in words.” The film itself is a “nonverbal experience.” There are no words – or dialogue – for more than two-thirds of the film. Stanley Kubrick is a visual storyteller; in his films, words are secondary.

Glass-Walled Labyrinth / Robert Morris

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
Glass-Walled Labyrinth / Robert Morris, © Josh Ferdinand
© Josh Ferdinand

© Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand +7

Mercedes House In Garden City / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
Mercedes House In Garden City / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos, © Raul Lamoso
© Raul Lamoso

© Héctor Santos Courtesy of CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos © Héctor Santos © Raul Lamoso +26

IM Pei Wins UIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
IM Pei Wins UIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Courtesy of http://blog.newx.com/
Courtesy of http://blog.newx.com/

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has announced that it will award its Gold Medal to the Chinese born American architect and 1983 Pritzker Laureate, Ieoh Ming Pei.

By bestowing the most prestigious of the UIA's awards on Pei, whose “life and work spans the history of modern architecture over five continents for more than sixty years," the UIA recognizes "his unique style, his timeless rigor, and his spiritual connection to history, time and space.”

Pei will receive the UIA Gold Medal at the awards ceremony at the UIA World Congress of Architecture in Durban, South Africa on August 6th 2014.

© Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Flickr: username- Andy961 © Anonymous Blogger Courtesy of Daniel Cooper - http://www.flickr.com/photos/doitintheroad/ +5

Lone Outdoor Pools / 3LHD

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
Lone Outdoor Pools / 3LHD, © Siniša Gulić
© Siniša Gulić

© Joao Morgado © Siniša Gulić © Siniša Gulić © Siniša Gulić +22

Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School / Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa Soler

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School / Guillermo Hevia García  + Nicolás Urzúa Soler, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +41

MoyaMoya / Fumihiko Sano

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
MoyaMoya / Fumihiko Sano, © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc
© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc

© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc +39

Unit T2 for Goodman / MAKE Creative

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
Unit T2 for Goodman / MAKE Creative, © Luc Remond
© Luc Remond

© Luc Remond © Luc Remond © Luc Remond © Luc Remond +11