The Atlanta BeltLine: From Student Thesis to Community Mobilizer

00:00 - 17 May, 2014
The Atlanta BeltLine: From Student Thesis to Community Mobilizer, A parade passes through the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, completed in October 2012. Image © Christopher T. Martin
A parade passes through the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, completed in October 2012. Image © Christopher T. Martin

An abandoned twenty-two mile stretch of derelict railroad and industrial sites used to be a thorn in the Atlanta community's side. But with one student's thesis proposal to redevelop these areas into a sustainable network connecting 45 mixed-use neighborhoods, public concern has since turned into excitement. To learn more about the ambitious project, head over to The Atlantic Cities here.

Attic Apartment Bled / Arhitektura d.o.o.

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Attic Apartment Bled / Arhitektura d.o.o., © Jure Goršič
© Jure Goršič

© Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič +17

Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands, Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock
Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Hundredhands’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm. 

Patient and purposeful, the work of Hundredhands responds to fundamental concerns of form and space, material integrity, economy and efficiency with a strong efficacy with respect to function and relevance. With a team of architects and architecture trainees directed by Bijoy Ramachandran and Sunitha Kondur, Hundredhands has a significant investment in the conceptual development of their work and architectural discourse as an extension. 

Pragmatic and grounded in ‘doing’, the built work of Hundredhands is developed through an analytical process of drawing, physical and virtual model-making, detailing and a control on the process of building. Their buildings have a sense of clarity that comes through methodical process and elimination of the unnecessary. They use contemporary building technology and materials responsibly and with due regard to available skill. Their architecture is enriched through selection and restraint.  

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Raja ra Mane: Drawing. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock NUA in Bengaluru. Image © Mallikarjun Katakol IME Sketches and drawings. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran +25

New Judiciary Police Department ‘s Headquarters / Saraiva + Associados

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
New Judiciary Police Department ‘s Headquarters / Saraiva + Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +14

Video: Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima

00:00 - 17 May, 2014

As a part of his ongoing film series about Japanese architecture, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has created this visual exploration of Kazuyo Sejima’s Shibaura House. Completed in 2011, this five story office space is walled almost entirely in glass and features double-height, split level floors that showcase the paths of travel through the building. The building also features a public cafe on the ground floor, and a roof terrace.

Chemical Engineering & Chemistry Building / Universidad Nacional de Colombia

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Chemical Engineering & Chemistry Building / Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Courtesy of Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Courtesy of Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Courtesy of Universidad Nacional de Colombia Courtesy of Universidad Nacional de Colombia Courtesy of Universidad Nacional De Colombia Courtesy of Universidad Nacional De Colombia +31

Venice Biennale 2014: “Anatomy of the Wallpaper” to Present Layered History of Cyprus’ Capital

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: “Anatomy of the Wallpaper” to Present Layered History of Cyprus’ Capital , © Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas / Anatomy of the Wallpaper (2014)
© Michael Hadjistyllis, Stefanos Roimpas / Anatomy of the Wallpaper (2014)

Cyprus has been shaped by a tumultuous history. Power struggles between invaders, conquerors and colonial powers have all left indelible marks on the landscape, much of which can be witnessed in the island’s capital of Nicosia. 

Uncovering this history, the curators of Cyprus’ fifth participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will expose the island’s layered past and the story of Nicosia in allegory form with the exhibition Anatomy of the Wallpaper. 

Learn more and read Cyprus’ full curatorial statement, after the break...

St Anne's SureStart Centre / DSDHA

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
St Anne's SureStart Centre  / DSDHA, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Project Team

    David Hills, Deborah Saunt
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +21

House in Sakura / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

01:00 - 16 May, 2014

Museo Arqueológico Nacional / Frade Arquitectos

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Museo Arqueológico Nacional / Frade Arquitectos, © Niccolo Guasti
© Niccolo Guasti

© Gabriel López © Jose Manuel Ballester © Luis Asin © Niccolo Guasti +22

GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas, Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

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In Search Of Invisibility: Jun Aoki's Omiyamae Gymnasium

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
In Search Of Invisibility: Jun Aoki's Omiyamae Gymnasium, © Maria Novozhilova
© Maria Novozhilova

Japanese architect Jun Aoki is famous, above all, for his rather object-like buildings. Although some of his works explore the theme of ephemerality, most are visually quite striking. That said, his new work, just completed in a small town near Tokyo (Suginami district), searches for invisibility. The huge volume of the covered sports hall Omiyamae Gymnasium is hidden. Approaching to the building, one sees only two ellipse-shaped one-floor structures. Lower than the surrounding city, tailored from small private houses, the newcomer does not stand out at all.

© Maria Novozhilova © Maria Novozhilova © Maria Novozhilova © Maria Novozhilova +7

Paramount Studios Building / Fox Johnston

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Paramount Studios Building / Fox Johnston, © Simon Wood
© Simon Wood
  • Architects

  • Location

    80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Practice

    Fox Johnston Architects with Barton and McCarthy, Don Cameron and Fearns Studio
  • Photographs

© Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood © Simon Wood +26

Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent in U.S.

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent in U.S., © 2008-2012 American Community Survey
© 2008-2012 American Community Survey

Over the last decade, the amount of bicycle commuters have increased 60 percent in the U.S. As the U.S. Census Bureau reports, this is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. Along with the study, the Bureau released a new interactive map that allows you to zoom-in and explore the commuting statistics for every neighborhood in the U.S. Find out how to access this map and read some highlights from the report, after the break...

Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

The Design Trust for Public Space announces The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm, a new request for project proposals to redefine public space. 

Rice Office / SALT

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Rice Office / SALT, © Amol Chakraborty
© Amol Chakraborty
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Design Partner

    Amit Sinha, Jassu Singh, Animesh Nayak
  • Design Team

    Mishal Shah, Ankit Berry, Rahul Deb
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty +12

Venice Biennale 2014: UAE Unearths “Structures of Memory”

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: UAE Unearths “Structures of Memory”, National House - My father’s friend Ahmed Abdulla Al Jassasi, Al Shahama, 1980; Courtesy of Houreya Naser Musabah Khamis Al Kalbani
National House - My father’s friend Ahmed Abdulla Al Jassasi, Al Shahama, 1980; Courtesy of Houreya Naser Musabah Khamis Al Kalbani

Within the rapidly changing landscape of the United Arab Emirates, much of the nation’s vernacular and modern architecture is being quickly replaced by “iconic” contemporary structures. Despite this, many of the UAE’s previous landscape remains a vivid memory within the minds and mementos of its people.

Thus, for the UAE’s 2014 participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the United Arab Emirates will bring to light seminal projects of the last century that expose the transmission of architectural traditions in a way that addresses the nation’s current cultural identity. 

Preservation of pre-oil vernacular architecture and a special focus on 1970s and 80s modern architecture will both serve as highlights of the exhibition. 

The UAE’s full curatorial statement, after the break...

Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum, Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Set to open to the public on Wednesday after a highly controversial and contested journey from idea to reality, the September 11 Memorial Museum has inevitably been a talking point among critics this week. The museum by Davis Brody Bond occupies the space between the Memorial Plaza at ground level and the bedrock below, with an angular glass pavilion by Snøhetta providing an entrance from above. A long ramp, designed to recall the access ramp with which tons of twisted metal was excavated from the site, descends to the exhibits which sit within the perimeter boundaries of the twin towers' foundations, underneath the suspended volumes of Michael Arad's memorial fountains.

The content of the museum is obviously fraught with painful memories, and the entrance pavilion occupies a privileged position as the only surface level structure ground zero, in opposition to the great voids of the memorial itself. The discussion at the opening of the museum was therefore always going to center on whether the design of the museum - both its built form and the exhibitions contained - were sensitive and appropriate enough for this challenging brief. Read the critics' takes on the results after the break.