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Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?

12:00 - 15 April, 2015
Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?, © Sébastien Bertrand
© Sébastien Bertrand

For more than 150 years, the Golden Ratio has been one of the main tenets of design, informing generations of architects, designers, and artists. From Le Corbusier to AppleVitruvius to Da Vinci, the ratio purportedly dictates which forms will be found aesthetically pleasing.  Yet mathematicians and designers have grown skeptical of the practical applications of the Golden Ratio, with Edmund Harriss of the University of Arkansas' mathematics department putting it at its most simple: "It is certainly not the universal formula behind aesthetic beauty." Writing for Fast Co. Design, John Brownlee collates sources as diverse as the mathematics department at Stanford University to Richard Meier, laying out the case against what may just be design's greatest hoax. Read the full article here.

AMB House / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

12:00 - 15 April, 2015
AMB House / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guarujá - SP, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Paulo Jacobsen
  • Design Team

    Fabiana Porto (coordinator), Edgar Murata, Henrique Carvalho, Marina Nogaró.
  • Area

    810.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

AD Materials Round Up: Wire Mesh

10:30 - 15 April, 2015
AD Materials Round Up: Wire Mesh, Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution. Image © Camenzind Evolution
Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution. Image © Camenzind Evolution

Though it can sometimes be overlooked in favor of materials which are more decisively either transparent or opaque, wire mesh is a tremendously versatile material that can be used for anything from delicate screens to a rough industrial interior. Here, ArchDaily Materials presents five projects that use wire mesh to great effect: Camenzind Evolution's "Coccoon" building which shrouds the entire facade in a silvery screen; the Ibiray House by Oreggioni Prieto, which uses a loose mesh to grow plants for seasonal shading; Melaten Car Park by KSG Architekten, which uses a mesh facade to create an "out of focus" effect; Nickl & Partner Architekten's Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital, which uses motorized mesh screens to shade patient rooms; and finally the Croatian Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Biennale, with an interior space dramatically carved from a block of 32 tons of welded wire mesh.

Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto. Image © Leonardo Finotti Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten. Image © Jörg Hempel Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten. Image © Nickl & Partner Architekten Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image © Zelimir Grzancic +7

10 Things The “Cities: Skylines” Video Game Taught Us About Modern Urbanism

10:30 - 15 April, 2015
10 Things The “Cities: Skylines” Video Game Taught Us About Modern Urbanism, Courtesy of D. Wheatley (in-game screenshot)
Courtesy of D. Wheatley (in-game screenshot)

Ask a random person in the street about their favorite hobbies, and it’s unlikely that they’ll say “urban planning and traffic management” - yet when video games began to take off in the late 1980s city-building was one of the first breakout hits, in the form of Maxis’ SimCity series. The huge success of the “Sim” series in general drove conversations about the value of simulation, as part of the general 1990s optimism about virtual worlds being the future. Sim games became the subject of academic critiques of their philosophy of the world, while city builders became a lot more than a game: in 2002, SimCity 3000 was used as a semi-serious test for mayoral candidates in Warsaw.

After a slump caused by a difficult transition to 3D graphics, city builders are back in vogue. Following what is widely considered as a disappointing SimCity reboot in 2013, Finland’s Colossal Order recently released Cities: Skylines to critical and financial success. But simulations require assumptions; they are, after all, written by people who have their own conscious and unconscious views on how and why cities work. The limitations around designing a video game - the fact that each asset must be modeled and textured, and that each transport option requires a huge amount of work to simulate - mean that Cities: Skylines is as stripped down and streamlined an articulation of urban philosophy as Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse or the New Urbanists' models, and just as interesting. We investigate 10 things this game tells us about 21st century urbanism, after the break.

27 Dwelling in Sete Cidades / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Adriano Pimenta

10:00 - 15 April, 2015
27 Dwelling in Sete Cidades / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Adriano Pimenta, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +58

6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter

09:00 - 15 April, 2015
6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter, © BIG
© BIG

Nearly 100 architects, designers, and consultants have been developing designs for a competition for the new government quarter in Oslo. Drawing an initial 24 entries, the intent of the competition was to generate viable solutions for the future relocation of all government ministries (excluding the defense ministry), emphasizing an urban atmosphere and public elements. In the six shortlisted proposals from both local and international firms, including BIG, Snøhetta, and MVRDV, the themes of building tall and introducing green space emerged.

Now a ten-member committee of industry professionals will assist Statsbygg, the public construction advisers collaborating on the government's behalf, with the evaluation of each design. Take a look at the six proposals after the break.

Courtesy of Asplan Viak Courtesy of Snøhetta Courtesy of White Courtesy of LPO +24

SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

06:00 - 15 April, 2015
SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, via inexhibit
via inexhibit

SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a "New National Gallery - Ludwig Museum" in Budapest's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their "equally outstanding" proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged "on professional and financial considerations." 

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály's Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize. 

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city's Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

Richard Rogers Restructures Practice Prior To Relocation

04:00 - 15 April, 2015
Richard Rogers Restructures Practice Prior To Relocation, RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties
RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

The Architects' Journal have reported that London based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), headed by Richard Rogers, has refined its in-house structure "as the practice continues to implement its long-term succession plan." The practice, who will move into their new home on level fourteen of the Leadenhall Building following its completion last year, will operate one studio led by Richard Rogers alongside partner Simon Smithson; another by Graham Stirk with partner Richard Paul; and a third headed by Ivan Harbour.

House B in B / Matti Schmalohr

04:00 - 15 April, 2015
House B in B / Matti Schmalohr, © Klaus Dieter Weiss
© Klaus Dieter Weiss

© Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss © Klaus Dieter Weiss +14

Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau

03:00 - 15 April, 2015
Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France
  • Commissioned architect

    Philippe Gazeau
  • Project director

    Jacques Forté
  • Work director

    Michel Delamotte
  • Area

    60000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture

23:00 - 14 April, 2015
Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture, © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography +36

Care Implant Dentistry / Pedra Silva Architects

21:00 - 14 April, 2015
Care Implant Dentistry / Pedra Silva Architects, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia
  • Architects

    André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, Maria Rita Pais e Ricardo Sousa
  • Area

    402.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cozy House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

20:00 - 14 April, 2015
Cozy House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects, © Yoshihiro Asada
© Yoshihiro Asada

© Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada +29

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

18:50 - 14 April, 2015
Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core. 

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects +23

Pumphouse Point / Cumulus Studio

18:00 - 14 April, 2015
Pumphouse Point / Cumulus Studio, © Stuart Gibson
© Stuart Gibson

© Adam Gibson © Adam Gibson © Adam Gibson © Adam Gibson +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Lake St Clair Road, Lake Saint Clair TAS 7140, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Chris Roberts, Liz Walsh, Peter Walker, Todd Henderson
  • Area

    1035.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition

17:25 - 14 April, 2015
3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition, © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

After deliberating over eight shortlisted proposals to reimagine the St. Petersburg Pier, the Pier Selection Committee has narrowed the competition down to three designs. Though the proposals vary widely in aesthetics, the finalists all approached the project as an opportunity to express the past while embracing modern forms and incorporating strong public programs.

Next on the agenda, the Pier Selection Committee will conduct an initial public meeting on April 23 in which finalists will present clarifications on their designs, followed later that day with a second meeting to announce the teams' rankings. Based on these proceedings, one design will be chosen for further development, in collaboration with the city. Check out the three finalists, after the break.

Novopie Podiatric Clinic / Estudio de Arquitectura Antonio Jurado

16:00 - 14 April, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Urbanización Centro Internacional, 29770 Torrox, Málaga, Spain
  • Architect in charge

    Antonio Jurado
  • Area

    18 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado +29

Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

14:00 - 14 April, 2015
Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture, © Shawn Bishop
© Shawn Bishop

© Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop +28