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Rock on a Slope / Unterlandstättner Architekten

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Michael Heinrich
© Michael Heinrich

© Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich © Michael Heinrich +19

'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised"

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised", Wim Wenders. Image ©  European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010
Wim Wenders. Image © European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

The highly anticipated 3D film series Cathedrals of Culture has now opened around the world. Directed by Wim Wenders and a team of five other acclaimed directors (Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim Aïnouz), the collection - according to The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright - "feels more like a series of vapid promotional videos." Arguing that in most of the films (with the exception of Michael Madsen's) the narrative is lost in favour of cinematic shots, "Cathedrals of Culture presents a limited and internalised view of what architecture is, a fault perhaps driven by the obsession with the 3D camera. [...] It has a self-satisfied, sometimes cultish, air that makes you feel like you’re taking part in some collective brainwashing exercise." Wainwright concludes that Living Architectures is the best place to go. See some of their films featured in ArchDaily's 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014.

David Chipperfield's "Sticks and Stones" Toys with Van Der Rohe's Bones in Berlin

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
© Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

In Berlin, Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie has begun a new phase today with the opening of David Chipperfield’s intervention, a prologue to the imminent restoration which the famed British architect is about to undertake. Completed in 1968, the gallery was Mies’ last project and his final masterpiece; for nearly fifty years, nobody dared to touch it - until now. Marking this event is a large, site-specific installation, created by Chipperfield as an attempt to engage Mies in a spatial experiment (or perhaps a last, apologetic tribute to the 20th century master) moments before he is about to embark on a mission which will, inevitably, transform Mies’ ultimate legacy.

© Gili Merin © David von Becker © David von Becker © David von Becker +13

ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing's Daxing Airport Competition

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing's Daxing Airport Competition, Foster + Partners completed Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport in 2008. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners completed Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport in 2008. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

ADP Ingénierie (ADPI), part of the French airport authority Aéroports de Paris (ADP), has won the competition to design Terminal 1 at Beijing's new Daxing Airport, beating both Foster + Partners, and a team composed of the China Civil Aviation Construction Group Corporation (CACC) and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. The design competition for the 700,000 square meter airport was announced in July 2011, with Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters (BNAH) putting the submissions through "a long and rigorous selection process," according to ADP.

Foster lost out on the competition despite having designed Terminal 3 at Beijing's main airport, which at the time of completion in 2008 was the largest airport terminal in the world. However owing to the rapid rise in use of air transport in China that airport is already running at full capacity, necessitating the creation of another airport at Daxing, 60 kilometres south of Beijing.

RTA-Office Designs Service Center for China's International Garden Expo

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Courtesy of RTA-Office
Courtesy of RTA-Office

RTA-Office has been selected to design and construct China’s 10th International Garden Expo Service Center in Wuhan. The center will serve as the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors on the edge of the Fuhe River at the 214 hectare site’s north entrance. 

The Expo, which will commence in 2015, is one of the largest garden events in China. It will take place within the grounds of the Zhang Gongdi forest park and occupy a vast landfill area, making the Expo’s realization a major ecological restoration project.  

More from the architects, after the break.

Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem, © Andreas Balon
© Andreas Balon

© Andreas Balon © Andreas Balon © Andreas Balon © Andreas Balon +14

Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location, Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson
Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is planning to construct a second location in New York City. As reported on the Art Newspaper, the expansion project, known as the “Collection Center,” aims to “consolidate its staff and art storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public programming component.” The news broke with the release of a curatorial job position, seeking personnel to assist in the center’s planning and a possible architecture competition that will ensure the “Guggenheim’s reputation for being a visionary architectural patron” is preserved. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim is expected to narrow its selection to six for its new Helsinki location in November.

MIT Beaver Works / Merge Architects

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
MIT Beaver Works  / Merge Architects, © John Horner Photography
© John Horner Photography

© John Horner Photography © David Bragdon © John Horner Photography © John Horner Photography +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    300 Tech Square, 300, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Elizabeth Whittaker
  • Project Architect

    Anne-Sophie Divenyi
  • Area

    4875.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Urbanists Architects + Veronique Descharrieres

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Urbanists Architects + Veronique Descharrieres, © Claud Cieutat
© Claud Cieutat

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +44

Kindergarten in Stabio / Studio WE

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Kindergarten in Stabio / Studio WE, © Alexandre Zveiger
© Alexandre Zveiger

© Alexandre Zveiger © Alexandre Zveiger © Alexandre Zveiger © Alexandre Zveiger +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stabio, Switzerland
  • Engineer

    Edy Toscano Engineering & Consulting
  • Area

    1848.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

01:00 - 1 October, 2014
Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age , 1. Iwan Baan Torre David #2, 2011 Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery
1. Iwan Baan Torre David #2, 2011 Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery

Currently on exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery in London is Constructing Worlds, an exploration of architectural photography from the 1930s to now. The exhibition brings together over 250 rarely seen works by 18 leading photographers who have demonstrated the medium’s ability to look beyond simple documentation of the built world and reveal wider truths about society. Learn more about the exhibition after the break. 

2. Iwan Baan Torre David #10, 2012 Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery 16. Iwan Baan Torre David #1, 2011 Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery 9. Nadav Kander Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006 © Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery 15. Luigi Ghirri Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena; the ossuary in winter, 1986 Courtesy of the Luigi Ghirri Estate and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery +27

INSIDE Awards Name 2014’s Best Interiors (Round 1)

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
INSIDE Awards Name 2014’s Best Interiors (Round 1), BEST of Retail: Cultura Bookstore; Sao Paulo, Brazil / studio mk27. Image Courtesy of INSIDE
BEST of Retail: Cultura Bookstore; Sao Paulo, Brazil / studio mk27. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

This Brazilian bookstore in São Paulo was name the best Retail Interior of 2014 as part of the first round of awards announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Winners have been revealed across five diverse categories, with an addition four category winners to be announced tomorrow evening. 

See what INSIDE deemed to be the best Bar & Restaurant, Hotel, and Residence of 2014 after the break.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo Steps Down as Princeton's Dean of Architecture

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
Alejandro Zaera-Polo Steps Down as Princeton's Dean of Architecture, Courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, © John Jameson (2012)
Courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, © John Jameson (2012)

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, the head of Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture, today announced that he is stepping down as the Dean of Architecture at Princeton University's School of Architecture. Zaera-Polo was appointed to the position in 2012 having been a visiting lecturer at the school since 2008, but stepped down in order to devote more time to his research and professional activities. He will continue to serve as a professor at the school, and his predecessor Stan Allen will take up the role of Acting Dean until a permanent replacement is found.

Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura, © Daniel Ducci
© Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Joao Xavier +67

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto, Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge
Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of Toronto’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced, Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image © BFI
Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image © BFI

Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Among this year’s finalists are a floating health clinic in Lake Tanganyika, a comprehensive coastal resiliency plan for the Northeastern Seaboard, and a waterfront regeneration plan for the Makoko/Iwaya community. 

The 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists are…

"Briefly": a Documentary About Design's Least Significant Piece of Paper

00:00 - 30 September, 2014

When we evaluate the work of architects and other designers, we often treat it as if the design was created in a vacuum. It's easy to forget that the vast majority of designs emerge from a collaboration between the designer and their client, and when it comes to the design's success the input of the client can often be as important as the work of the designer. This creative relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, yet it is usually held together by a single document: the brief.

Released today, this half-hour documentary by director Tom Bassett entitled Briefly takes a long hard look at the brief, with architects Frank Gehry and David Rockwell, industrial designer Yves Béhar, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, marketing executive John C Jay and creative executive John Boiler all pitching in their experience with creative briefs, and recounting stories where, for better or for worse, the brief had a major effect on their work.

More on the documentary after the break

Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pomona Hall, Amherst, Claremont, CA 91711, United States
  • Landscape

    wHY in collaboration with EPT Design
  • Furniture/Objects

    wHY in collaboration with the Pomona College Art Department
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs