Oscar Niemeyer Takes A Turn For the Worse

After being hospitalized, recovering, being hospitalized again, and then making a near-full recovery (even working from his hospital bed), famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has now taken a sharp turn for the worst.

Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital reports that the 104-year old has suffered kidney failure and is bleeding from his digestive tract; he is lucid, but breathing with the aid of machines.

Story via the Huffington Post 

First Place (Tied) / Archilier Architecture; Courtesy of Transforming the Bridge Competition
First Place (Tied) / Archilier Architecture; Courtesy of Transforming the Bridge Competition

Transforming the Bridge Competition Winners

Results from the Transforming the Bridge Competition for Cleveland, Ohio, are in.  The competition called for an innovative solution for the redevelopment and repurposing of the abandoned Detroit-Superior Bridge.  The brief called for a variety of uses, dedicated pedestrian and bike…

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Video: CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes by Cristobal Palma

After opening in August, the 13th Venice Biennale will end this Sunday (November 25th). This video is a recording made by Cristobal Palma of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 entitled CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes (see our coverage of the exhibit here).

The Chilean Pavilion was curated by Pilar Planchart and Bernardo Valdés. Other invited architects included Pedro Alonso (Deserta), Elemental (Metropolitan Promenade), Susuka (Limitless Chile), Genaro Cuadros (Playground), Germán del Sol (Kancha), Iván Ivelic (Travesies of the Amereida) and Rodrigo Tisi (Performances of Conquest). The Chilean artist Pedro Pulido also exhibited his sculpture, Nein.

More info on the Pavilion, and videos by Cristobal Palma, after the break…

“Universidad del Pacifico” Branch Office / Metropolis

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Architects: Metropolis
Location: , Peru
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Juan Solano

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Büro Ole Scheeren unveils ‘DUO’ towers in Singapore

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Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren has released plans for a mixed-use, high-rise development in the modern of Singapore. Titled ‘DUO’, the twin towers are not intended to be conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them. Their curved facades engages the city and frames a “new civic nucleus” at its base, while featuring premium offices, a five-star hotel, 660 high-end residential units and signature retail space.

DUO is lead by German-born architect Ole Scheeren, whose best known for his work with OMA on Beijing’s CCTV headquarters and has recently turned heads with the popular floating Archipelago Cinemas. The project is expected for completion by 2017, with construction planned to break ground next year.

More images and the architects’ description after the break.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis

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Architects: Morphosis
Location: , Texas, USA
Director Of Technology & Bim: Synthesis
Associate Architect: Good Fulton & Farrell
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
Consulting Structural Engineer: John A. Martin Associates, Inc.
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: URS Corporation
Area: 16,722 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of

The Indicator: Two Degrees of Separation

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“…clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Hurricane Sandy painfully clarified the deadly implications of . In fact, the superstorm was so forceful as a reminder of just what means in real terms that it played a decisive role in the presidential election.

Here in the US, the issue defines political divides. A recent Pew Research Center survey  shows 85% of Democrats believe climate change is a scientific fact, while only 48% of Republicans believe so. Another poll  shows 68% of Americans believing climate change is a serious problem and 38% believing it is a very serious problem.

The impact of Sandy may have played a role in bumping these numbers up but there is still no slam dunk on the issue when roughly 30% of the population still believes climate change is not real. For those of you outside the US this is your cue to roll your eyes and say, Stupid Americans.

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

Jiading Office Complex / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

As part of the new Tongji Science and Technology Park in Jiading, Shanghai, the aim for the design by Damian Donze… of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute was to create a high level office complex with a commercial street

Courtesy of AFP
Courtesy of AFP

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Cultural Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain’s cultural cache is at an all-time high.
The magazine’s latest annual Soft Power Survey (which measures the “Soft Power” of a country, or “the ways in which a nation can shape the world…

Urban Day Care Center for Alzheimer Patients / Cid + Santos

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Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando, Angel Cid Carballo
Location: ,
Collaborators: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
Area: 497 sqm
Photography: Santos-Díez | BISimages

Films & Architecture: “The Truman Show”

What if your house, neighbourhood, even your city were part of a TV set? This is the fake world - a kind of suburban utopia - where Truman Burbanks lives, tricked by loops of spaces and stuck in routines. The film questions the idea of a “perfect” reality, and troubles the predictable scenarios of suburban life. From the perspective of urban planning and architecture, the film makes you wonder: to what extent should we have control over our environments? To what extent should we design out choice, or randomness, or disorder, in the name of “perfection”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Courtesy of M:OFA Studios
Courtesy of M:OFA Studios

Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee Proposal / M:OFA Studios

Commissioned through a design competition, the Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee proposal by M:OFA Studios… houses about 200 officials , scientists and a devoted work force responsible for making and implementing policies, research and formulating norms for keeping

House in Yamasaki / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: , Japan
Principal Designer: Yo shimada
Area: 119.11 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

Summit Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

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Architects: Lab Modus
Location: ,
Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Ivy Lin
Area: 660 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Lab Modus

Kaufman & Broad Office Building Winning Proposal / Studioninedots

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Studioninedots, in collaboration with Atelier 115 Architectes, recently won the limited competition for the design of a 9200m2 office building for Kaufman & Broad in . Their highly legible, iconic office building, called Ya, holds its own among the high-rise structures on the park-side of Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux. The application of horizontal articulation also connects the project to the more small-scale residential developments in the vicinity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Palais des Sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: ,
Structure: Khephren Engeniering
Fluids: Alto Ingénierie
Economist: RPO
Acoustic And Lighting: Jean-Paul Lamoureux
Client: La Crea
Site Area: 31,500 sqm
Area: 17,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Georges Fessy, Final Cad

Shaker Heights House / Dimit Architects

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Architects: Dimit Architects
Location: Shaker Heights,
Design Principals: Scott and Analia Nanni Dimit
Project Architect: Scott Csutora
Area: 7,200 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Videos: New Flea Market in Barcelona / Prompt

Videos: New Flea Market in Barcelona / Prompt

Just a couple months ago, we featured a video by Prompt… for the new flea market for the IMMB Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona. The project will play a key role in the economy and urban identity of the