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Rockefeller Foundation Announces the Next 35 Cities to Join Its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Rockefeller Foundation Announces the Next 35 Cities to Join Its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge , BIG’s winning design for the Rebuild by Design competition, the BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org
BIG’s winning design for the Rebuild by Design competition, the BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the next group of cities that will be part of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help prepare cities from around the world for the social, economic and physical challenges of the 21st century. After reviewing close to 350 applications from 90 countries across six continents, the Rockefeller Foundation selected 35 cities to join the 32 cities that were announced last year. The cities selected are addressing numerous challenges, ranging from flooding and extreme weather events to economic stress and strains on infrastructure and health systems, according to a press release.

“When you think about what makes a resilient city, you have to think in holistic terms. The reality is that resilience building is a multi-sector, multi-level kind of enterprise,” President of 100 Resilient Cities, Michael Berkowitz, told us earlier this year at the start of the inaugural Chief Resilience Officer summit in New Orleans.

Each city selected receives funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy. Read on after the break to see which 35 cities were selected. 

Vice President Joe Biden to Break Ground on Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Today

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden to Break Ground on Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Today, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Almost 50 years to the day after President Lyndon B Johnson broke ground on Edward Durell Stone's design for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, today Vice President Joe Biden will do the same for Steven Holl Architects' design of the Kennedy Center Expansion, a largely below-ground addition that will add an extra 60,000 square feet to the Center.

SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall, © SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners
© SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Rogers Partners have envisioned a new public gateway for the Mississippi River’s “one true waterfall” - St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. Named after being the city’s original site for its 19th-century water supply and fire-fighting pumping stations, “Water Works” is designed to “weave” together heritage ruins, local ecology, and recreational systems into a “coherent civic space” on four-acres of Central Riverfront. 

ESCALA83 Apartments / GRUPODEARQUITECTURA

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
ESCALA83 Apartments / GRUPODEARQUITECTURA, © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT
© GARCÍA+BETANCOURT

© GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT © GARCÍA+BETANCOURT +16

Espriss Café / Hooba Design Group

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Espriss Café / Hooba Design Group, © Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Architect in Charge

    Hooman Balazadeh
  • Project Manager

    Elham Seyfi azad
  • Design Team

    Niloofar Al-taha, Noushin Atrvash
  • Area

    28.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Qatar Unveils Designs for Fourth World Cup Stadium

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Qatar Unveils Designs for Fourth World Cup Stadium, Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

A new, 40,000-seat stadium has been unveiled in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Planned for Qatar’s Education City, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the “Qatar Foundation Stadium” is the fourth stadium design that has been released by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). 

The structure is intended to reference Islamic architecture. Both the interior and exterior will be clad in translucent triangular panels whose color and patterns will shift throughout the day, depending on the position of the sun and influence of artificial illumination which will reflect the events happening from within the stadium. 

Read on after the break for more on the design.

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Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Reconstruction Multifunctional Building in Jena / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jena, Germany
  • Support structure planning

    wurm + wurm architekten ingenieure GmbH, Bühl
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ester Havlová, Courtesy of wurm + wurm

Multifunctional Sports Hall / DICO si TIGANAS

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Multifunctional Sports Hall / DICO si TIGANAS, © Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Alexandra Bendea © Alexandra Bendea +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sala Polivalenta, Strada Uzinei Electrice, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Șerban Țigănaș, Florin Dico, Alexandrina Kiss, Camelia Gâz
  • Design Team

    Carmen Brădățeanu, Ciprian Onețiu, Diana Edițoiu, Iustinian Orza, Bogdan Dico, Alexandra Bendea, Alexandra Rus, Andreea Dărac, Adina Schmidt, Sorin Bularca, Ciprian Cătineanu, Ioan Iov
  • Design Partners

    Plan 31 Ro, Instal Data Proiect
  • Area

    38500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

100 Office / Shimizu Corporation

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
100 Office / Shimizu Corporation, Courtesy of 100 Office
Courtesy of 100 Office

Courtesy of 100 Office Courtesy of 100 Office Courtesy of 100 Office Courtesy of 100 Office +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Chome-5-1 Mishima, Settsu-shi, Ōsaka-fu, Japan
  • Area

    3753.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of 100 Office

Chipperfield On London's "Success-Based Culture"

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Chipperfield On London's "Success-Based Culture", Neues Museum, Berlin (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). Image © Achim Kleuker
Neues Museum, Berlin (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). Image © Achim Kleuker

Speaking to The Guardian, David Chipperfield has stated that he regards the hold of private investment over new architecture in London as an "absolutely terrible" means of building a city. He argues that Berlin - where he spends considerable amounts of time and runs a large office - "is a much more reflective society than ours" because the UK has sunk into "a success-based culture."

Material Masters: Le Corbusier's Love for Concrete

00:00 - 4 December, 2014

To celebrate the first anniversary of our US Materials Catalog, this week ArchDaily is presenting a three-part series on "Material Masters," showing how certain materials have helped to inspire some of the world's greatest architects.

Le Corbusier's love affair with concrete, evident in a number of his nearly 75 projects, began early. Having already designed his first house, the Villa Fallet, at the age of just 17, in 1907 the young architect embarked on a series of travels throughout central Europe on a mission of artistic education. In Paris, he apprenticed at the office of Auguste Perret, a structural rationalist and pioneer of reinforced concrete, followed in 1910 by a short stint at Peter Behrens' practice in Berlin. These formative experiences initiated a life-long exploration of concrete in Le Corbusier’s work.

ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Launch Virtual Spaces Competition

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Launch Virtual Spaces Competition

Have you ever wanted to see your un-built or fantasy project brought to life through the lens of a virtual reality headset? We’ve teamed up with IIDEXCanada and Invent Dev for the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, which aims to find the best un-built and fantasy projects. Designers and architects can submit images of renderings of their un-built and fantasy projects across three square-footage categories. The winners will have their designs developed into virtual spaces by Invent Dev and exhibited using virtual reality headsets at IIDEXCanada 2015 in Toronto. Winners will also be featured on ArchDaily and flown to the 2015 awards ceremony. 

IIDEXCanada and The Buildings Show are North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event for construction, design, and real estate professionals.  

Learn more and find out how to enter the competition after the break.  

“La Cité des Loisirs” / 2/3/4/

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
“La Cité des Loisirs” / 2/3/4/, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon +54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Courbevoie, France
  • Area

    16000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kungsbacka, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Michael Tuuling, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Mélia Parizel, Maria Syrén, Michele Pascucci, Gaby Andersson, Paulina Kaluzna, Paco Pomares, Sanna Johnels, Sofia Wendel, Marta Menéndez, Sandra Nygren
  • Partners

    Ramböll, 02 Landskap, Anna Törnqvist
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Towering Folly: As Qatar's Death Toll Rises, So Does This Monument

00:00 - 3 December, 2014
Towering Folly: As Qatar's Death Toll Rises, So Does This Monument, Courtesy of 1week1project
Courtesy of 1week1project

On one of Qatar's many World Cup construction sites, another Nepalese worker dies. The worker is not named; their death does not make the news, and work resumes on the site as soon as possible in order to make the 2022 construction deadline. But, in the desert outside Doha, a crane driver solemnly prepares to add one more concrete module to what has rapidly, and tragically, become one of Qatar's tallest towers.

This is the vision presented by Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, of the Paris and Santiago-based practice 1week1project, with their "Qatar World Cup Memorial." Designed as one of their week-long "spontaneous architecture" projects, the monument memorializes each deceased worker in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.

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Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

01:00 - 3 December, 2014
Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© Clément Guillaume © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © Clément Guillaume +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Avenue de Stalingrad, 92220 Bagneux, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects, Arnaud Eloudyi, Sarah Brebbia, Gautier Duthoit, Architects assistants
  • Area

    3431.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    David Romero-Uzeda, Clément Guillaume, Courtesy of Dominique Coulon Architecture

US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

00:00 - 3 December, 2014
US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials, New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for Mexico City (click image for more)
New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for Mexico City (click image for more)

A tri-national agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials. 

CVV Zwervers / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

01:00 - 3 December, 2014
CVV Zwervers / MoederscheimMoonen Architects, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +16