School Isabel Besora / NAM Arquitectura

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +16

The Immersery / HASSELL

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Courtesy of HASSELL
Courtesy of HASSELL

Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL +39

RW Concrete Church / NAMELESS Architecture

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Rohspace / NAMELESS
© Rohspace / NAMELESS
  • Architects

  • Location

    Byeollae-myeon, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo
  • Collaborating Architect

    Jplus (Jungtaek Lim, Hwataek Jung)
  • Area

    3095.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Rohspace / NAMELESS

© Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS +26

Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Manuel Aguiar
© Manuel Aguiar

© Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar +29

TIME Debuts Powerful, Multimedia Story on One World Trade

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Jonathan Woods, TIME
© Jonathan Woods, TIME

Today, TIME unveiled "Top of America," a multimedia site relaying the gripping story of One World Trade, the David Childs-designed skyscraper that stands 1,776-feet tall within Daniel Libeskind's masterplan. Beyond providing interesting tidbits of information (did you know that both an 18th century boat and an ice-age formation were found while digging out the building's foundations?), the article, written by Josh Sanburn, is a fascinating and often deeply moving account -- one that gets across the sheer force of will and the extraordinary amount of collaboration it took to raise this building into the atmosphere: 

"Nine governors, two mayors, multiple architects, a headstrong developer, thousands of victims’ families and tens of thousands of neighborhood residents fought over this tiny patch of real estate…. Almost 13 years later…. America’s brawny, soaring ­ambition—the drive that sent pioneers west, launched rockets to the moon and led us to build steel-and-glass towers that pierced the clouds—is intact. Reaching 1,776 ft. has ensured it."

TIME's investment into the story was considerable (and, one can speculate, motivated by a desire to rival the fantastic multimedia features of The New York Times). The site is accompanied by a special issue of TIME, a documentary film, an unprecedented 360-degree interactive photograph, and - come April - even a book. Sanburn was not only granted exclusive access to the project for about a year, but photographer Jonathan Woods is the only journalist to have ascended to the skyscraper's top. Woods, start-up Gigapan, and mechanical engineers worked over eight months to design (on AutoCAD no less) a 13-foot long, rotating jib that could sustain a camera in the harsh conditions at the top of the tower’s 408-ft. spire; over 600 images were then digitally stitched together to create the 360-degree interactive photograph (which you can purchase here. A portion of the proceeds go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum).

You can explore TIME's interactive at TIME.com/wtc . Click after the break to watch some incredible videos from the project & read some particularly moving quotes from Sanburn's article. 

Milan Expo 2015: Eight Teams Shortlisted to Design UK Pavilion

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Site, prior to construction
Site, prior to construction

Eight multidisciplinary teams have been selected to move forward in the second stage of competition to design the UK Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Drawing inspiration from the theme “Grown in Britain: Shared Globally,” the teams will now envision proposals that showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global challenges addressed by the overarching exposition theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Presentations will commence mid-April and a winner will be announced in May. View the selected teams, after the break. 

Vin Rouge Headquarter / Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.
Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.
  • Architects

    Lee Eunseok, K.O.M.A.
  • Location

    529-4 Gwacheon-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    497.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. +54

House in Yokawa / Mosaic Design

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +21

West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Alan Williams
© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +22

Against Sprawl, Mall, & Tall: Soulful Architecture in A Soulless Age

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Doonamoe, County Mayo Ireland. Town of Belmullet. The Thin Places are Irish places where time past, present, and future converge. This project envelops a 100 ft deep blowhole by the Atlantic Ocean. The waves are thrusting up over a 100 ft into the air and the thin place walk is aligned to the equinox. Image
Doonamoe, County Mayo Ireland. Town of Belmullet. The Thin Places are Irish places where time past, present, and future converge. This project envelops a 100 ft deep blowhole by the Atlantic Ocean. The waves are thrusting up over a 100 ft into the air and the thin place walk is aligned to the equinox. Image

Originally published by The Huffington Post as "The Problem With Architecture Today (and the Solution)", Monica Gray documents the work of Travis Price, an architect and professor who works with his students to produce singular works all over the world which fight against the soulless architecture of our age.

According to Travis Price, an award-winning architect and philosopher whose work is rooted in ecology and mythology, most architecture today is just plain soulless. "You go into malls and they float all kinds of Roman columns and fake images. It's Disney. It's superficial. It's mass produced. It's empty." 

Price, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, focuses on restoring the "spirit of place" to modern design by providing an alternative to the "sprawl, mall and tall" trend of generic suburban architecture today, or, as he puts it, "a slow moving Pompeii blanketing us with the pursuit of loneliness and homogeneity."

Read on after the break to find out how Price is in his own way combating this problem

The Unpublishables: Showcasing Writing From Young Architects & Designers

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables
Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables

The Unpublishables, an independent architectural fanzine based in the UK, seeks to offer a platform for young architects - as well as designers and makers - to publish their own writing. About to launch their second edition, the zine has provided an outlet for ideas of young people who have the commitment and vision to develop their own design philosophies, polemics and research outside of full-time education or employment.

Altus / Edwards Moore

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
© Fraser Marsden
© Fraser Marsden

© Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden +16

Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

00:00 - 6 March, 2014

Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel. 

Terrarium / Modo Architect Office

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© Yoon, JoonHwan
© Yoon, JoonHwan
  • Architects

    Modo Architect Office
  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim, kyungHee, Lee,EungRak
  • Area

    1725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Yoon, JoonHwan

© Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan +22

Black Gables / Omar Gandhi Architect

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© Greg Richardson Photography
© Greg Richardson Photography

© Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Omar Gandhi +19

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© Hiroki kawata
© Hiroki kawata
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/ninkipen!
  • Area

    61.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Hiroki kawata

© Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata +22

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© GRAFT + penda
© GRAFT + penda

GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

A Brief History of the Windowless House

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
The Vertical Glass House (2013), built at the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
The Vertical Glass House (2013), built at the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

In this article, originally published by Metropolis as "Houses Without Windows: Meditative Respites or Architectural Straightjackets?", Komal Sharma looks into the architectural oddity that is the completely enclosed house. While many would shudder at the idea, there is a rich history of houses which, in exceptional circumstances and with exceptional clients, make sense without windows.

The Vertical Glass House by Chinese architects Atelier FCJZ is disingenuous to say the least. Its name suggests a vertical derivative of Philip Johnson's canonical house, and in fact its architects describe it as a 90-degree rotation of the typical modernist glass house. Instead, what welcomes visitors at Shanghai's Xuhui waterfront is a four-story concrete house without any windows. Where is all that promised glass, you might ask? 

The answer is inside. The house's textured concrete walls give it the appearance of a bunker, but the interiors are actually light-filled. The architects accomplish this through an inverted sense of space. Where one expects walls of glass, yielding a platonic prism that brazenly exposes inhabitants to the outside world, the house instead delivers a surprising twist: the 7-cm-thick floor slabs are completely transparent, endowing users with a Superman-like sense of see-through vision. The experience of looking up through all of the house's spaces, even the most private spaces like the bathroom, is breathtakingly novel.

Read on for more about the phenomenon of window-less houses

The Leiria House (2010) appears as a ghostly reflection of the quintessential home. Image © FG+SG The U-House by Toyo Ito (1976). Image © Koji Taki The interior structure of the Vertical Glass House divides the floor area into four quadrants. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ The source of illumination for the Ryunsenji House (2008) in Japan, is a light well on the roof. Image Courtesy of Uno Tomoaki +8