The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
© Greg Girard and Ian Lambot
© Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums. You see the Walled City pop up constantly like it’s still a valid or even interesting subject. This informal settlement has been diagramed, photographed, and written about for decades from an aesthetic point of view, rendering its victimized and oppressed inhabitants all but invisible. Not to say that this wasn’t home to a lot of people and that no “fond memories” were formed there, but still, like all slums, it was a tough place to live, fraught with contradictions in the haze of hope for a better life.

Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism - Call for Papers

01:00 - 28 February, 2014

Cities are developing into increasingly complex systems. This is giving rise to new scales of risk, making preparedness measures and resilience planning more challenging to formulate and implement.

Laboratorio Espresso / DO-Architecture

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
© John Wood Photowork
© John Wood Photowork

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Bermondsey Warehouse Loft Apartment / FORM Design Architecture

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
© Charles Hosea
© Charles Hosea

© Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea +16

HKSAR Government Headquarters / Rocco Design Architects

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Admiralty, Hong Kong
  • Project Team

    Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, William Tam, C M Chan, Henry Ho, Boris Lo, Lucia Cheung, William Lee, Wicky Choi, Herbert Hung, Ivy Yung, Queenie Szeto, Angela Fong, Joseph Kong, Sze Hoi Wai, Alonzo Cheng, Chan Chi Chung, Fiona Ching, Chris Wong, Tong Hui Ching, Ivan Chui, David Ho, Dathan Wun, Gary Ng, Agnus Lau, Mike Morgan
  • Area

    131574.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects +19

The Winners of d3 Housing Tomorrow 2014

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Courtesy of d3
Courtesy of d3

d3 has just announced the winners of its annual Housing Tomorrow competition, a competition that urges its participants to "deploy innovative, socially- and environmentally-engaged approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects" in order to determine "new architectonic strategies for living in the future." As always, the results are fantastic, thought-provoking visions of a more sustainable world. See the winners, after the break.

First Prize: Aboveground Anomaly / Tiffany Szeto (Hong Kong). Image Courtesy of d3 Second Prize: Primitive Rise / Kwang Min Lee, Kenny Kim, Jae Hyun Kim, Hyung Gyu Kim (Korea-USA). Image Courtesy of d3 Special Mention, Interior Architecture: High_Res / Andrew Isaac Ng, Max Obata, Daniel Kobran (Canada-USA). Image Courtesy of d3 Special Mention, Extreme Environment: Fortress Barge: Housing for Tomorrow / Pierre Thach, Long Chuan Zhang (Canada-Denmark). Image Courtesy of d3 +18

Shortlisted Proposals for the Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
Courtesy of Arkitera
Courtesy of Arkitera

As we announced yesterdayIND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company have won the Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition to design a 100-meter Observation and Broadcast Tower in Çanakkale, western Turkey (the first international competition in Turkey since 1997). The team beat out an impressive shortlist of eight architectural heavyweights, including Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsSnøhetta, and FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise; see all their proposals, after the break. 

Woesten Community Center / Atelier Tom Vanhee

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +27

Haus Neufert / Gatermann + Schossig

01:00 - 28 February, 2014

In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal

    James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer

    Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA
  • KPF Project Team and Contributors

    Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Audrey Choi, Edwin Lau, Peter Gross, Ciara Seymour, Gary Stluka, Benjamin Albury; Bernard Chang; Hanna Chang; Saera Park; Shang Chen; Sarah Smith; James Kehl; Sandra Choy; Thomas Coldefy; Javier Galindo; Onur Gun; Heejin Kim; Yoojung Kim; Ming Leung; Luis Llull; Manon Pare; Charles Portelli; Samuel Schmitz; James Siow; Kristin Speth; Donald Springer; Kyle Steinfeld; Scott Wilson, James von Klemperer, Paul Katz
  • Area

    152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) +23

"Too Radical to Implement Yet Too Relevant to Ignore": John Hejduk's Kreuzberg Tower

18:00 - 27 February, 2014

Robert Slinger, a founding partner of Berlin-based practice Kapok, narrates the story of a building "too radical to implement and too relevant to ignore." Having lived in John Hejduk's Kreuzberg Tower for eight years, Slinger "came to understand how Hejduk’s architecture both flexibly accommodates and yet asserts a presence which resists any attempts to co-opt it. Whilst impressed by its powerful exterior presence, its austerity and frontal directness left a strangely cold impression upon me."


"A house knows who loves it." – John Hejduk

© seier+seier © Robert Slinger © seier+seier © World-3 +5

AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

05:00 - 27 February, 2014
© Flickr user IK's World Trip
© Flickr user IK's World Trip

In contrast with its traditional Milanese surroundings, the Pirelli Tower is one of the earliest examples of Modern skyscrapers in Italy.  Affectionately called "Il Pirellone” (The Big Pirelli), the 127 meter tower stood as Italy’s tallest building from 1958 to 1995.  The design of the structure, led by architect/designer Gio Ponti and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, featured a tapered plan—as opposed to the conventional rectilinear volume which was prevalent in America—encouraging greater creative freedom during a time when skyscrapers typically lacked experimentation.

Interior. Image Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive © Wikipedia Commons user LapoLuchini © Flickr user mava +14

Topfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise Architects

02:00 - 27 February, 2014
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue +24

Russian Character International Architecture Competition

01:00 - 27 February, 2014

The Morton Group announces the "Russian Character" International Architecture Competition to develop the concept for a Culture & Education Center.

Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / WAI Think Tank

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Light Performance. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank
Light Performance. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank

Reaching the second stage of the international competition to design Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), which was won by Heneghan Peng Architects, WAI Think Tank put forth a proposal that projects the NCCA as not just a center "for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in Russia" but also "a building as manifesto." WAI Think Tank focused on giving a flexible autonomy to the enclosed and external spaces, designing the galleries as extensions of the city, in an attempt to design "the first archetype of Museum as City." 

Exhibition Hall: Kapoor. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Children's Educational Centre. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Creative Residence. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Exhibition Gallery: Paintings. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank +25

Mozilla YVR / HCMA Architecture + Design

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Courtesy of HCMA Architecture + Design
Courtesy of HCMA Architecture + Design

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Wolf D. Prix on Raimund Abraham: Visions in Exile or: Before we were so rudely interrupted

00:00 - 27 February, 2014
© Tomas Riehle / Arturimages
© Tomas Riehle / Arturimages

In the early years of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Raimund Abraham was a role model - later on a friend. On the occasion of the Austrian government "Staatspreis" awarded to Raimund Abraham, Wolf D. Prix held the speech of honor, and characterized him as one of the main representatives of the Austrian architectural approach of celebrating space.  

Float House / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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