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Building for 163 Dwellings / ADI Arquitectura

  • Architects: ADI Arquitectura
  • Location: Sagunto, Valencia, Spain
  • Project Architects: Carlos Escura y Carlos Martín
  • Technical Architect: Benjamín Caballer
  • Project Manager: Pablo Moreno
  • Construction: Ferrovial.
  • Site Manager: Jesús Díaz
  • Engineering: César Estañol.Ncc Ingenieros.
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Mayte Piera

© Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera

Coupe Gordon-Bennett / LRS Architectes + 3BM3 + group8

© Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio © Régis Golay, Federal Studio

Consexto Lab / consexto

  • Architects: consexto
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Client: Consexto
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

Patricia Ready Art Gallery / Izquierdo y Lehmann, Elton + Léniz

  • Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann, Elton + Léniz
  • Location: Espoz 3125, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann, Mauricio Leniz y Mirene Elton
  • Project Area: 2016.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photography: Carlos Eguiguren

© Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren © Carlos Eguiguren

MG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan

In a brilliant article for Der Spiegel, "The New Monuments to Digital Domination," writer Thomas Schulz not only rounds up our reigning tech giants' oddly-shaped offices - from Apple's "spaceship" to Amazon's "biodomes" - but also pinpoints what they have in common: horizontality. And why? Because an "open creative playground" without boundaries (like floors or walls) is "the perfect ideas factory: the ideal spatial environment for optimally productive digital workers who continuously churn out world-changing innovations." And while this means that privacy has gone out these workspaces' proverbial windows, Schulz isn't too surprised - after all, "people have no right to a private life in the digital age." Check out this must-read article here.

AV Houses / Corsi Hirano Arquitetos

  • Architects: Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano
  • Location: Avaré - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Collaborators: Henrique Te Winkel, Elis Cristina Morales, Marina Nunes, André Ko, Anna Juni, Caroline Jun
  • Area: 612.0 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Wilhelm-leuschner-Platz station / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: Martin-Luther-Ring, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Max Dudler
  • Developers: Deutsche Bahn AG
together, Free State of Saxony
  • Area: 5678.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller

Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos

  • Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
  • Location: Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos

Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos

Win a Copy of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's Newly Released "Wunderkammer"

Thanks to our friends at Yale University Press, one of our readers has the opportunity to  win a copy of the newly released book Wunderkammer by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been selected as the 12th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Lauded for his “lifelong contribution to the human city and classical tradition,” Bontempi has dedicated much of his work in the “search for common ground between the classical and the modern; the two most powerful architectural ideas of our century,” as jury member Demetri Porphyrios described.

The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan

  • Architects: Suppose Design Office, Ohno Japan
  • Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office) + Ohno HIrohumi (Ohno Japan)
  • Area: 112.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

Form4 Architecture Wins WAN Civic Buildings Future Schemes Award for Cultural Center in Taiwan

Form4 Architecture has been awarded first place in the 2013 WAN Civic Buildings Competition for a proposal that promises to be a "catalyst for metropolitan living" in Taichung, Taiwan. The new city center, titled "Luminous Moon-Gate," was selected out of 46 entries in the "Future Schemes" category.

The Illinois School of Architecture Announces New Website

The Illinois School of Architecture, one of the oldest and largest schools of architecture in the United States, is proud to announce the launch of its new website.

Since the initiation of its architectural curriculum in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has consistently broken new ground in the education of architects. Like the School’s founder Nathan Ricker, we look beyond current fashion, striving to leverage technical virtuosity in the service of performative design, aesthetic expression, and service to society.

More after the break.

What Will Be Mandela’s Spatial Legacy?

Rendering for Greenpoint Stadium. Image Courtesy of
Rendering for Greenpoint Stadium. Image Courtesy of

 From the window of an airplane it's all too plain that apartheid has been deeply written into the South African landscape. Even the smallest town appears as two distinct towns. One features a spacious grid of tree-lined streets and comfortable houses surrounded by lawns. The other, its shriveled twin, some distance away but connected by a well-traveled road, consists of a much tighter grid of dirt roads lined with shacks. Trees are a rarity, lawns non-existent. This doubling pattern appears no matter the size of the population: here, the white town; over there, the black township. -- Lisa Findley, “Red & Gold: A Tale of Two Apartheid Museums.”

There are few systems of government that relied so heavily upon the delineations of space than the Apartheid government of South Africa (1948-1994). Aggressively wielding theories of Modernism and racial superiority, South Africa’s urban planners didn’t just enforce Apartheid, they embedded it into every city - making it a daily, degrading experience for South Africa’s marginalized citizens.

When Nelson Mandela and his party, the African National Congress, were democratically elected to power in 1994, they recognized that one of the most important ways of diminishing Apartheid’s legacy would be spatial: to integrate the white towns and the black townships, and revive those “shriveled twin[s].” 

As we remember Mandela - undoubtedly the most important man in South Africa’s history - and ponder his legacy, we must also consider his spatial legacy. It is in the physical, spatial dimensions of South Africa’s towns and cities that we can truly see Apartheid’s endurance, and consider: to what extent have Mandela’s words of reconciliation and righteous integration, truly been given form?