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Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe
The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe

With conscious material choices, Australian architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer are known for their ability to integrate buildings into a city’s existing fabric. Michael Holt, editor of the Australian Design Review, caught up with partner Tim Greer, for the following interview, picking his brain on materiality, site, history and more. 

Since the practice’s inception in 1988, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) has become expert in the reuse of existing built fabric and how best to reintroduce the past into the contemporary. Through projects such as the restoration of Hyde Park Barracks, the National Arboretum Canberra (featured in AR131–Present), Carriageworks, and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, certain design characteristics are notable: volumetric boxes, a shifting in typology, an overarching and encompassing ceiling or roof plane, a restricted material palette, and working-off the existing while simultaneously revealing the existing.

“Zilverzijde” Social Housing / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
“Zilverzijde” Social Housing / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Teun van der Meulen, Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Anja Mueller, Peter Graf, Stefanie Diwischek, Andris Rubenis, David van Eck
  • Area

    9132.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +32

Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d'Ascia Architecture

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d'Ascia Architecture, © Barbara Jodice
© Barbara Jodice

© Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice +20

Barrakka Lift Project / Architecture Project

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

VIDEO: Chicago's Three Tallest Buildings Simultaneously Struck by Lightning

00:00 - 9 July, 2014

Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place - or so goes the saying. But if you've ever watched a skyscraper in a storm, you probably know that this saying isn't exactly true. What might be a little more rare is lightning striking three places at once, but thanks to this amazing timelapse video by Craig Shimala we now know that this too is possible, as the lightning rods on Chicago's Willis Tower, Trump Tower and John Hancock Center are all hit simultaneously (keep an eye out at the 36-second mark, and see the still image after the break). Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is that this is the second time Shimala has recorded this exact occurrence - you can also see his video from 2010 after the break.

In The Real World: The Consequences of Modernity in Japan at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

 “We were sensitive to the way in which society was becoming more consumption-oriented and gave serious thought to how we ought to respond to that change without simply accommodating ourselves to it.” -Toyo Ito
“I was entering a dead world, which would never see the light of the day. I wanted to treat that dead world as if it were alive, or to put it another way, to try to create a different reality.” - Terunobu Fujimori

Under the title of Fundamentals, Koolhaas’ Biennale asked national pavilions to focus on their respective countries’ relationships with modernity, the movement that has, for better or worse, shaped the contemporary city. In the case of Japan, modernity was expressed in a unique way, as architecture was instrumental to the rapid industrialization and growth that the country experienced after World War II. This growth resulted in the first architectural avant-garde outside of the Western world. By the 70s, as this movement reached its peak, local architects, historians, artists and urbanists began to look at modernism in a critical way, questioning its impact.

In “The Real World,” the Japan exhibit at the Biennale, curator Norihito Nakatani unearths how this critical movement expressed itself through Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, and other Japanese masters whose works strove to connect to the human of “the real world” rather than contribute to the failed utopias of modernism. Interviews with this group of architects bring to light the desire that they had to positively impact society, and how they attempted to materialize that desire in their early works. The objects found inside the pavilion articulate the storytelling behind the process, leaving their interpretation open to visitors.

“You’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words.” - Osamu Ushiyama
“Actual objects continue to possess tremendous energy - much more so than photographs or models.” - Tsutomu Ichiki

More about the "In the Real World" after the break:

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects, Arrette Scale: perspective. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale
Arrette Scale: perspective. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale

Building upon our Top 10 Apps for Architects, this collection brings together some of the best quality and most valued technical apps for designing, sketching, calculating and collaborating. Although the majority of those featured here are designed solely for the iOS platform, every time we collate lists such as these it's clear that more and more high quality apps for the Android and Windows platforms are being developed. From condensed versions of large scale software packages that architects and designers use every day, to blank canvases to scratch ideas down onto, you might just find an app that could improve the way you work.

Arrette Scale: calculating area. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale Morpholio Trace. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project iRhino 3D (iOS). Image Courtesy of iRhino 3D PadCAD (Android). Image Courtesy of PadCAD +29

Assemble Architects and the Coming-of-Age of the Pop-Up Project

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Assemble Architects and the Coming-of-Age of the Pop-Up Project, The Cineroleum, a temporary cinema in a disused petrol station. Image © Flickr CC User John Gordy
The Cineroleum, a temporary cinema in a disused petrol station. Image © Flickr CC User John Gordy

In his interesting profile of the young London-based practice Assemble, Rowan Moore of the Observer investigates the work of arguably the best collective of designers to emerge from 2010's "Autumn of Pop-Ups" - examining how they have stayed true to the more noble aspects of pop-up architecture despite the concept's increasing commercialization. From their first project, a temporary cinema in a petrol station, to their recent Yardhouse project in Stratford, Moore finds an architecture that values exuberance and fun, yet is mature and refined. You can read his article in full here.

Happy Birthday Michael Graves

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Happy Birthday Michael Graves, AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves
AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves

Today is the 80th birthday of renowned architect Michael Graves.  Famous for his bold, symbolic references to classical architecture and his use of geometry, Graves is also known as one of the New York Five. His work bridged the abstraction of Modernism and the Postmodernism of the current era.

Graves started his own practice in 1964 in Princeton, New Jersey, and has taught at Princeton’s school of architecture for more than 40 years.  A prolific architect, Graves has also met with considerable success as an industrial designer, producing products for companies such as Target and Black & Decker. He is highly decorated, having won such prestigious honors as the Nation Medal of the Arts (1999), the AIA Gold Medal (2001), and the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (2012).  On the anniversary of his birth, we invite you to look over our collection of some of his best work and check out our video interview with him, after the break.

AD Classics: Denver Central Library / Michael Graves & Associates. Image © Michael Graves © Flickr - User: Paul Gowder. ImageAD Classics: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Michael Graves AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves Photo by flickr.com/photos/camknows. ImageAD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves +6

New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Responsible Partner

    Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +27

Maison L2 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Maison L2 / Vincent Coste, © Florent Joliot
© Florent Joliot
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Tropez, France
  • Chef de projet

    Estelle Hondier
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot +41

Inside "Open: A Bakema Celebration" - The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 8 July, 2014

"We consider Bakema not so much an architect of buildings, but an architect of a new idea of what Holland could be--a new national identity, a new national landscape…with an architect in the center of this particular ambition." - Guus Beumer, co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale

Guus Beumer and Drik van den Heuvel, curators of "Open: A Bakema Celebration," sat down to speak with us about this year's Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. With the help of graphic designers Experimental Jetset, Beumer and van den Heuvel created an emblematic, stripped-down, research-focused display of a particularly Dutch idea: the "Open Society." This was all conveyed within and around a 1:1 model of architect Jaap Bakema's Lijnbaan Shopping Centre (Rotterdam 1954), constructed within the Netherlands Pavilion. 

The hope, as Dirk van den Heuvel explains, is that "the elements of Bakema...may be useful, inspiring for our own practices today. Elements that he developed in questions to housing, planning, modernizing… I think when you come here you will recognize that there's lots of affinities, interesting things that we still work with and that we will work with in the future."

After you watch the video, make sure to read the curator's statement, and see images of the pavilion, after the break.

Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh +18

Casa T / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Casa T  / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura  , © Nani Pujol
© Nani Pujol

© Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol +12

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
The Crow’s Nest  / BCV Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Norden, CA 96161, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Hans Baldauf, AIA Principal / Jennifer Smith, Associate
  • Team

    Asa Prentice, Senior Designer
  • Area

    5600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Partners in Charge

    Cristóbal Valenzuela H., Ángela Delorenzo A.
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +28

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

From the architect. Created for Barcelona's BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city's Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this installation by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of 'democracy'. The design, titled "Take My Hand" takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside Barcelona's Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that "the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages."

More on the installation after the break

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation © Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation +6

Design Contest Announced for New Thames Bridge at Nine Elms

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Design Contest Announced for New Thames Bridge at Nine Elms, The area of Nine Elms in London. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development Company
The area of Nine Elms in London. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development Company

Wandsworth Council has announced that it plans to hold an international design competition for a new pedestrian and cylist bridge across the Thames, connecting Nine Elms on the South of the river to Pimlico on the North. The announcement comes in response to a feasibility study by Transport for London which concluded that a bridge at this location could handle around 9,000 walkers and 9,000 cyclists a day at a construction cost of £40 million.

More on the competition after the break

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.