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Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners
View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has announced that Thomas Phifer and Partners will be designing their new gallery space, after winning a competition against eleven other selected practices. The new museum, the largest cultural project in recent Polish history, will also house the TR Warsawa Theatre. The proposal consists of two separate buildings housing the theater and museum, joined by a common forum that will serve both as entrance and public multi-use space.

Leça do Balio School / aNC arquitectos

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Leça do Balio School / aNC arquitectos, © Daniel Malhão
© Daniel Malhão
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Dom Frei Manuel de Almeida de Vasconcelos, 4465, Portugal
  • Partner In Charge

    Teresa Novais
  • Project Leader

    Luísa Meneses
  • Design Team

    João Pedro Fernandes, Pedro Loureiro, Ana Bacelar
  • Area

    2736.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jorge Carvalho © Jorge Carvalho © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão +17

C-Q Project / JSª

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
C-Q Project / JSª, © Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Javier Sánchez, Irvine Torres
  • Design Team

    Francisco de la Concha, Carlos Chauca, Oscar Pita
  • Project Area

    3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto +40

Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College, © Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid will be awarded an honorary degree and fellowship from Goldsmiths College, at the University of London, during the college’s graduation ceremony in September. Hadid was chosen because of her “inventive approach, and eagerness to challenge conventions which have pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design," Architects’ Journal (AJ) reported.

Olafur Eliasson Creates an Indoor Riverbed at Danish Museum

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Olafur Eliasson Creates an Indoor Riverbed at Danish Museum, © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
© Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Blurring the boundaries between the Natural world and the Manmade in one wide, sweeping gesture, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's first solo exhibit, aptly titled Riverbed, brings the Outdoors in.

Recreating an enormous, ruggedly enchanting landscape, complete with riverbed and rocky earth, the artist draws heavily from site-specific inspiration. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's location on the Danish coast lends a raw, elemental and powerful character that extends into the building as a major intervention, transforming into a work of art.

© Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art +9

Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis, Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Drawing both literal and theoretical inspiration from the Islamic Holy Book, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos earned an Honourable Mention for their design proposal of a habitable natural oasis for the Noble Quran International Competition in Saudi Arabia.

Understanding the significance of the location’s proximity to Islam’s second holiest city and the Capital of Islamic Culture, Rafael de La-Hoz aimed to create a memorable and iconic Islamic Landmark. Therefore, the Quran itself was chosen as the primary source of physical and contextual understanding, the most significant vessel of knowledge for the people and the location.

Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos +10

Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action, Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

The design of prisons is a controversial topic for architects, but Deanna VanBuren takes a novel approach to the subject. Designing for a judicial system that advocates “restorative justice,” VanBuren works with felons, victims, and other architects to create spaces where everyone can undergo a healing process following a crime. In a recent profile, the L.A. Times documents one of her design workshops with prisoners, demonstrating how this form of outreach can change the lives of those inside. Read the full story here. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Deanna VanBuren here!

Guatemala Beach House / Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Guatemala Beach House  / Christian Ochaita  + Roberto Gálvez, © Víctor Martínez
© Víctor Martínez

© Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez © Víctor Martínez +33

Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +22

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília, Distrito Federal - Brasil
  • Project Architect

    Paulo Henrique Paranhos
  • Collaborators

    Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
  • Project Area

    880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photography

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +16

GG House / Architekt.Lemanski

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
GG House / Architekt.Lemanski, © Tomasz Zakrzewski
© Tomasz Zakrzewski

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski +23

House of a Backstage / y+M

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
House of a Backstage / y+M, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +23

Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light"

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light", National Library of Latvia, Riga
National Library of Latvia, Riga

For an article featured in Blueprint Herbert Wright examines Riga's new National Library of Latvia, completed by 89-year-old Gunārs Birkerts this month. Located in one of Latvia's most historic urban settings, the library - locally known as the "Castle of Light" - challenges the city's recent history of Soviet public architecture with a contemporary, if not as equally monumental, cultural edifice. Initially conceived in 1988 now, over twenty five years later, the structure stands as a €163million testament to Latvia's rich academic and public cultural heritage. Earlier this year, "14,000 Latvians formed a 2km human chain to pass books from the old to new libraries." Wright's exploration of this seminal building on Birkert's œuvre is complemented by Janis Dripe's excellent photographic studies of what is certain to be one of the most important Eastern European buildings of this decade.

Yesterday's Future, Today: What's it Like to Work as an Architect in North Korea?

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Yesterday's Future, Today: What's it Like to Work as an Architect in North Korea?, A silk co-operative clad with acres of PV solar panels, one of several illustrations exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in Venice. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours
A silk co-operative clad with acres of PV solar panels, one of several illustrations exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in Venice. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours

Originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "The Future of Architecture, According to a North Korean Architect," this interview with Nick Bonner, Curator of the North Korean Portion of the Venice Biennale's Korean Pavilion, delves into the realities of architectural work in one of the world's most secretive countries.

There's good chance you'll never step foot in North Korea, which isn't the same as saying you can't. Interest in the socialist state is increasingly high, a fact reflected by a rise in tourists eager to discover the sites and spectacles of Pyongyang. Nick Bonner, founder of Koryo Tours, has been bringing visitors to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for over two decades. He recently curated a small exhibition in the Korean Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

For “Utopian Tours” Bonner commissioned designs from an unidentified North Korean architect, asking him to envision a whole new infrastructure for accommodating larger and larger groups of tourists. The resulting handdrawn illustrations are fascinating: the future of architecture—at least in North Korea—looks a lot like yesterday's future, where tourists travel in hovercraft RVs, and workers live in ziggurat-shaped hotels inspired by mountains and trees.

Metropolis asked the trained landscape architect to give us a tour inside the present architecture scene of one of the world’s most isolated countries today.

A resort hotel at Mount Kumgang. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours Mountain Conical Hotels, connected at various points by ski runs. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours A riverside development at the foot of Mount Kumgang. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours The Bird's Nest Villa. Image Courtesy of Koryo Tours +12

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture, © Art Gray Photography
© Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography +23

Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring  / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Lai Jie, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai.
  • Area

    11357.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +26

House Plot 75 / Office Winhov

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
House Plot 75 / Office Winhov, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisdoddelaan 114, 1087 KA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    252.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +17

Excavating the Sky: Syria’s Contemporary Landscape at Monditalia

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Excavating the Sky: Syria’s Contemporary Landscape at Monditalia, Courtesy of Khaled Malas
Courtesy of Khaled Malas

From August 12-15, architects, filmmakers and activists from Syria and the Arab World gathered in the Arsenale at the 2014 Venice Biennale for “excavating the sky,” a four-day event focusing on Syria and the production of its contemporary landscape from before WWI until today. The event took place in the context of the Monditalia exhibition and one of its key components was a “displaced pavilion” in Syria – a recently dug well providing water for a community of 15,000 people.

“As you know, Syria is currently undergoing a profound, and often violent, transformation, much of which is difficult to fully comprehend. It is my belief that architecture does play a role in this conflict, and that architects, with their disciplinary tools, must act more meaningfully and creatively in these struggles in/of space,” Khaled Malas, a Syrian architect and organizer of “excavating the sky,” told ArchDaily. “The 'displaced pavilion', in the form of a water-well, is an active embodiment of these struggles and our responsible participation as a discipline amongst those who have suffered years of neglect followed by war.”

To represent the "displaced pavilion" at Monditalia, a banner with a drawing of the well was hung in the Aresenale. 

Read on after the break to learn more about the other key components of the event and the significance behind its name…