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What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?

05:00 - 8 May, 2015
What’s Behind Europe’s Grandiose Rebuilding?, Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005
Dresden's Baroque Frauenkirche was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, only to be revived in the same form in 2005

Is there a growing nostalgia pervading attitudes to civic architecture in Europe? From Berlin's new Royal Palace on the River Spree to Turkey's rekindled fascination with their Ottoman heritage, architecture is becoming the medium of choice for exploring a city's roots and a people's past. In this post originally published by TheLong+Short, Feargus O'Sullivan investigates how many governments and developers have decided that the way to future lies in looking backwards.

Reading about Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in the German press, you’d be forgiven for thinking the building was in Leipzig, not the Middle East. “The tallest building in the world is so German,” said Der Spiegel when the tower opened in 2010. “The Burj Khalifa is an Ossi!" shouted Bild, using the common nickname for East Germans. The headlines were partly right: when East Germany’s old parliament building, the Palace of the Republic in Berlin, was demolished in 2006, several thousand tonnes of steel girders were stripped from its carcass and shipped to the Gulf for use in the construction of Burj Khalifa. 

HVM House / M2.senos

04:00 - 8 May, 2015
HVM House / M2.senos, © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio +27

Morgue in Xirivella Renovation / In_Arquitectura

03:00 - 8 May, 2015
Morgue in Xirivella Renovation / In_Arquitectura, © David Zarzoso
© David Zarzoso

© David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xirivella, Valencia, Spain
  • Site Director

    Inés Esteve Sebastia, Nuria Moya Llorens
  • Collaborators

    Vicente Calabuig Montesinos, Teresa Huesa
  • Project Area

    602.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

23:00 - 7 May, 2015
Proekt Agency / Iceoff, Courtesy of Iceoff
Courtesy of Iceoff

Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff Courtesy of Iceoff +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Passo Novita / Oska&Partners

21:00 - 7 May, 2015
Passo Novita / Oska&Partners, © kentahasegawa
© kentahasegawa

© kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Midorigaoka, Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture 276-0049, Japan
  • Collaborators

    LGROW lighting planning room
  • Area

    497.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Passage de Melun / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture

20:00 - 7 May, 2015
Passage de Melun / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +12

ArchDaily Founders to Discuss Globalization and "Going Viral" at AIA Convention 2015

19:12 - 7 May, 2015
ArchDaily Founders to Discuss Globalization and "Going Viral" at AIA Convention 2015, via ArchDaily
via ArchDaily

A week from today the 2015 AIA National Convention will kickstart in Atlanta, Georgia. With a plethora of options to consider, we encourage those attending to sign up for the hour-long discussion "Going Viral: Blurred Borders and Globalization." Presented by ArchDaily co-founders David Basulto and David Assael, and organized by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, "Going Viral" will discuss how you can take your practice (and profits) to a global level. The discussion will occur at 5PM on Friday, May 15th. Sign up for the course here, using the code "FR418."

Whitehall Road Residence / B.E ARCHITECTURE

18:00 - 7 May, 2015
Whitehall Road Residence / B.E ARCHITECTURE, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Flinders VIC 3929, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Jon Boucher
  • Area

    740.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Proposal Loses to LinkedIn

16:13 - 7 May, 2015
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Proposal Loses to LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Google's ambitious plans to expand its California headquarters in Mountain View took a major blow last night when council members announced their decision to award LinkedIn three-quarters of the North Bayshore area site. With just 500,000 square-feet of area to work with, Google would only be able to construct one of its four proposed buildings.

Unveiled earlier this year, the company's futuristic "Googleplex," designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio, gained international attention for its outlandish plans to build four Lego-like buildings beneath a cluster of translucent canopies.

As The New York Times reports, LinkedIn won the council over by promising to "preserve business diversity."

House in Lubliniec 2 / Dyrda Fikus Architekci

16:00 - 7 May, 2015
House in Lubliniec 2 / Dyrda Fikus Architekci, © Bartłomiej Osiński
© Bartłomiej Osiński

© Bartłomiej Osiński © Bartłomiej Osiński © Bartłomiej Osiński © Bartłomiej Osiński +27

Henry N. Cobb Awarded Architectural League President's Medal

15:25 - 7 May, 2015
Henry N. Cobb Awarded Architectural League President's Medal, John Hancock Tower in Boston. Image © Flickr CC User Zach Heller
John Hancock Tower in Boston. Image © Flickr CC User Zach Heller

The Architectural League of New York has awarded its President's Medal to Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. The League's highest honor, the medal was awarded to Cobb “for the truly consequential work he has created as designer, educator, thinker, writer, and leader,” says the jury citation.

"We are inspired by his decades-long passion for the art of architecture; by his analytic rigor, manifest in subtle and articulate buildings and penetrating readings of history and place; by the broad and profoundly informed humanist culture that suffuses his writings and approach to education; and by the unbounded curiosity and delight he takes in new ideas, new work, and new talent. Henry N. Cobb embodies that combination of capability and conviction—artistic, intellectual, practical, and civic—that defines the ideal architect.”

Brazil Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Arthur Casas + Atelier Marko Brajovic

14:00 - 7 May, 2015
Brazil Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Arthur Casas + Atelier Marko Brajovic, © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architecture Author

    Arthur Casas
  • Architecture Co-authors

    Alexandra Kayat, Gabriel Ranieri, Alessandra Mattar, Eduardo Mikowski, Nara Telles, Pedro Ribeiro and Raul Cano
  • Architecture Project Coordination

    Alexandra Kayat
  • Architecture Co-author and interior design coordination

    Renata Adoni
  • Architecture Studio director

    Marilia Pellegrini
  • Architecture Collaborators

    Arnault Weber, Rodrigo Tamburus, Fernanda Müller, Daniel Vianna and Juliana Matalon.
  • Area

    3674.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Help Shigeru Ban Provide Emergency Shelter to Nepal

13:05 - 7 May, 2015
Help Shigeru Ban Provide Emergency Shelter to Nepal, Shigeru Ban's permanent paper housing in India. Image © Kartikeya Shodhan
Shigeru Ban's permanent paper housing in India. Image © Kartikeya Shodhan

Shigeru Ban Architects, together with the Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN), has announced plans to send emergency shelter, housing and other community facilitates to the victims of Nepal's deadly April 25th earthquake. As part of a three-phase plan, Shigeru Ban will first delivery and assemble tents with plastic partitions acquired though donation to provide immediate shelter. A few months after, the Japanese practice will collaborate with local architects and students to build temporary housing with materials found prevalent in Nepal.

Permanent housing will also be provided in the architect-led recovery plan's third phase, although little details have been released. However, you can help make it happen by donating to Shigeru Ban's efforts (here). 

Watch Shigeru Ban's TED Talk on paper emergency structures, after the break. 

Fondazione Prada / OMA

12:00 - 7 May, 2015
Fondazione Prada / OMA, © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

© Charlie Koolhaas - OMA © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano, Italy
  • Partners in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn
  • Project leader

    Federico Pompignoli
  • Preliminary Design Team

    Sam Aitkenhead, Doug Allard, Andrea Bertassi, Aleksandr Bierig, Eva Dietrich, Paul-Emmanuel Lambert, Jonah Gamblin, Takuya Hosokai, Stephen Hodgson, Jan Kroman, Jedidiah Lau, Francesco Marullo, Vincent McIlduff, Alexander Menke, Aoibheann Ni Mhearain, Sophie van Noten, Jan Pawlik, Rocio Paz Chavez, Christopher Parlato, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Dirk Peters, Andrea Sollazzo, Michaela Tonus, Jussi Vuori, Luca Vigliero, Mei-Lun Xue
  • Final Project Team

    Anna Dzierzon, Jonah Gamblin, Ross Harrison, Hans Hammink, Matthew Jull, Taiga Koponen, Vincent Konate, Andres Mendoza, Susanan Mondejar, Vincent McIlduff, Sasha Smolin, Michaela Tonus
  • Area

    18900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Light Matters: Heightening The Perception Of Daylight With Henry Plummer (Part 2)

10:30 - 7 May, 2015
Light Matters: Heightening The Perception Of Daylight With Henry Plummer (Part 2), Monastery of La Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France by Le Corbusier. Image © Henry Plummer 2011
Monastery of La Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France by Le Corbusier. Image © Henry Plummer 2011

Architecture professor and photographer Henry Plummer has heightened the transformative power of daylight with his cameras and published several remarkable books about light and architecture. His deep interest in light, and his lyrical writing perspective, were formed through his contact with the designer and art theorist György Kepes while studying at MIT. Within his numerous photo journeys Plummer has documented the various facets of daylight in Japan and the Nordic Countries, and of masters like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. As a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plummer also still has ambitious plans for future book projects. In the second part of this interview, Plummer reveals how changing technologies have affected his photography, and discusses his thoughts on phenomenology and developing a poetic language of light.

If you missed it, you can read part one of this interview here.

Galician Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela by Álvaro Siza. Image © Henry Plummer 2002 Guerrero House, Zahora, Spain by Alberto Campo Baeza. Image © Henry Plummer 2005 Männistö Church, Kuopio, Finland by Juha Leiviskä. Image © Henry Plummer 1995 Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto. Image © Henry Plummer 2013 +7

uncube Pays Homage to Frei Otto

10:15 - 7 May, 2015
uncube Pays Homage to Frei Otto, © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

uncube has published an entire issue dedicated to the late Frei Otto. The architect and inventor, known best for his tensile structures, was the first ever to be awarded the Pritzker Prize posthumously. Honoring Otto with more than a "simple retrospective homage," uncube has compiled an extensive online issue of "thoughts, anecdotes and observations" that reflect Otto's legacy and the ideas that lead him to be a significant part of architectural history. View the entire uncube issue on Frei Otto, here.

G House / Esaú Acosta

10:00 - 7 May, 2015
G House  / Esaú Acosta, Courtesy of Esau Acosta
Courtesy of Esau Acosta

Courtesy of Esau Acosta Courtesy of Esau Acosta Courtesy of Esau Acosta Courtesy of Esau Acosta +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Sauzal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History

09:40 - 7 May, 2015
An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History, Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Japan's tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.

View the interactive charts after the break.