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ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
  • Design Team

    Philipp Auer, Martin Klemp, Christian Richardt, Heinz Wendl, Dominic Horn, Birte Böttger, Sascha Dehnst, Joachim Esser, Stefanie Kahle, Jakob Plötz, Ingo Pucci, Martin Janik, Kang-Min Lee
  • Area

    18736.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +9

No Wódka / KONTENT

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
No Wódka / KONTENT, © Zajaczkowski Photography
© Zajaczkowski Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pappelallee 10, 10437 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Monika Ryszka, Marcin Giemza
  • Area

    86.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Zajaczkowski Photography © Zajaczkowski Photography © Zajaczkowski Photography © Zajaczkowski Photography +13

Modernism in the Arab World: Bahrain's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 28 July, 2014
Modernism in the Arab World: Bahrain's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

In Bahrain's pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, the country uses its position on the eastern edge of the pan-Arabic region to investigate modernity's impact on the Arab world: first as a colonial imposition, then as a local attempt to reconcile global and Arabic culture, then finally as an acceptance of neoliberal ideals.

The exhibition collects 100 projects from across the Arabic states, with the intention of consolidating and preserving knowledge of this critical period. The installation itself, a giant bookcase, is the manifestation of this research, and will later be made available at the Arab Center for Architecture.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +9

Casa Escribenta / Emilio Rodríguez Blanco

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
Casa Escribenta / Emilio Rodríguez Blanco, © Santos-Díez | BISimages
© Santos-Díez | BISimages

© Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages +21

(Re)Made in China: The Soviet-Era Planning Projects Shaping China's Cities

00:00 - 27 July, 2014
(Re)Made in China: The Soviet-Era Planning Projects Shaping China's Cities, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. Image © Owen Lin under a CC licence
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. Image © Owen Lin under a CC licence

The following article, written by Jacob Dreyer and originally published in The Calvert Journal as "Maximum city: the vast urban planning projects of Soviet-era Russia are being reborn in modern China," analyzes a fascinating phenomenon: the exportation of Soviet urbanism — or rather Stalinist urbanism  shaping Chinese cities today. 

As I cycled to work on 20 May this year, the Yan’an Expressway — Shanghai’s crosstown artery, named after the utopian socialist city that was Mao Zedong's 1940s stronghold — was eerily silent, cordoned off for a visit by President Vladimir Putin. We discovered the next day that the upshot of his visit was the signing a $400bn contract with China for the export of gas and petroleum. As President Barack Obama had once promised he would, Putin made a pivot to Asia, albeit on a slightly different axis. From Shanghai, the terms of the deal — which was immensely advantageous to China — made it seem as if Russia was voluntarily becoming a vassal-state of the People’s Republic, making a reality of both the predictions of Vladimir Sorokin’s dystopian fantasy novel Day of the Oprichnik and of Russian scare stories about Chinese immigrants flooding into Siberia.

The irony is that models of society imported from Russia during the Soviet period — as realised in popular culture, legal apparatuses and, of particular interest to the cyclist, in architecture and urban planning — are as influential as ever in China. If, as Chinese philosopher Wang Hui observed in his book The End of Revolution, Socialism was the door through which China passed on its voyage into modernity, then it was Russia that opened that door, by exporting models and expertise that laid the foundation for much of what constitutes modern China.

Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture's Installation of Floating, Perforated Membranes

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture's Installation of Floating, Perforated Membranes, © Issei Mori
© Issei Mori

Japanese firm Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture's "Fusionner 1.0" was on display this past March at the White Gallery Cube in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The installation consisted of two horizontal floating membranes stretched across a simple rectilinear room, dividing the space vertically into three sections.

© Issei Mori © Mitsuru Narihara Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture +16

House Liebmann / Daffonchio and Associates

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
House Liebmann / Daffonchio and Associates, Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates
Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Principal Architect

    Enrico Daffonchio
  • Project Architect

    Leigh Maurtin
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates

Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates +16

House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rakuichi, Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kenichiro Ide
  • Design Team

    Kenichiro Ide, Mariko Shimada
  • Area

    69.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +18

100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

The much anticipated Time Space Existence collateral event at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale brought together a diverse group of 100 architects from six continents in an "extraordinary combination." Summoned by the Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation, the exhibitions the architects were asked to produce documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence. Featuring well established architects next to lesser known practices, they all share a "dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession."

Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects, Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects
Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at Anagram Architects, a New Delhi based architectural firm.

Led by Madhav Raman and Vaibhav Dimri, Anagram Architects is a growing studio that works in architecture, installation, urban design and material innovation. The firm is often experimental in nature, and each project is developed with a distinct, independent framework. Beyond architecture, Anagram Architects has also designed objects and installations with a strong, cohesive sense of material, detail and execution. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Gairole House: Volume and brick courses. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Kindred House: Pergolas. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects 3D Model: SAHRDC. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Vaansa: Under construction. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects +24

Syrian Refugee Camp Becoming Impromptu City

00:00 - 27 July, 2014
Syrian Refugee Camp Becoming Impromptu City, Aerial View of Zaatari Refugee Camp. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia
Aerial View of Zaatari Refugee Camp. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

As the Syrian civil war continues to rage, more and more Syrian citizens are emigrating across the border to refugee camps in Jordan.  While these camps were intended to be temporary, the sheer number of people they support and the uncertainty of when the Syrian crisis will end has leant them a sense of permanence.  This article from the New York Times takes a look at how Syrian refugees are prompting urban development and what this means for the future of refugee camp design.

Queen Street Residence / Tzannes Associates

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
© Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +17

Zuckerman Museum of Art / Stanley Beaman & Sears

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
  • Design Team

    Betsy Beaman, AIA, Steve Denton, RA, Clay Cameron, Josh le Francois, Brian Peterka, Brenda Dietz and Chris Bowles
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears

Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears +17

Jalisco Federal Judicial City / TACHER Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
© Mito Covarrubias
© Mito Covarrubias
  • Architects

  • Location

    Anillo Periférico Sur Manuel Gómez Morin, Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Arq. Alberto Tacher, Arq. Sara Tamez, Arq. Oswin Guzmán
  • Design Team

    Arq. Daniel Zepeda, Arq. Mónica Rivera, Arq. Jessica Tirado.
  • Project Area

    149727.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Mito Covarrubias, Gerardo Cárdenas, Alejandro Fournier

© Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas +22

House Kamperland / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
House Kamperland / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer
  • Architects

  • Location

    4351 Veere, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jacq. de Brouwer
  • Design Team

    Cees de Rooij, Kees Paulussen
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +13

Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014, Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.

Presented by the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, the installation "takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue, and represents a quintessential product of topical international dialogue while at the same time offering its own unique interpretation of the dynamic between tradition and modernity." See images of the pavilion and enjoy a statement from the curators after the break.

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 6

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 6, Bagsværd Church, by Jørn Utzon, is commonly cited as an example of "Critical Regionalism." However, according to Salilngaros' Unified Architectural Theory, "Critical Regionalism" does not go far enough in removing architecture from the influence of Modernist principles. Image © Flickr User seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/
Bagsværd Church, by Jørn Utzon, is commonly cited as an example of "Critical Regionalism." However, according to Salilngaros' Unified Architectural Theory, "Critical Regionalism" does not go far enough in removing architecture from the influence of Modernist principles. Image © Flickr User seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter discusses the extent to which architecture can be considered successful, i.e. adaptive to its specific locality. Although recognizing the merits of “Critical Regionalism,” Salingaros here explains why that framework is not enough to analyze architecture in terms of its environmental, cultural and emotional impact. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Suppose that we have successfully documented and catalogued all form languages, including those from vernacular traditions, past times, and contemporary practice. A scientific approach requires the next step, which comprises both analysis and classification. A catalogue is a useful store of information, but it is only the beginning of a systematic study.

What do some form languages have in common, and on what qualities do some of them differ? One measure is their degree of complexity, as documented by the length of description of the form language. Another is adaptation to locality. How far does a form language justify itself as being regional? Here, regional is the opposite of universal. 

It is therefore useful to classify form languages by how much they adapt to a certain locality. If it does adapt, each language will, of course, adapt to its own specific locality: what we measure is how good that adaptation is. Success of adaptation is measured if buildings are energy efficient in the low-tech sense, so that the majority population can profit from them. By contrast, high-tech energy efficiency may be very useful, but it usually relies upon imported technology and materials, and is thus global, not regional. 

Super Alloys / WAM Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Super Alloys / WAM Arquitectos, © Adrián Llaguno
© Adrián Llaguno
  • Architects

  • Location

    66350 Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Roberto Romero, Tania Coronado, Rocío González
  • Landscape Design

    Ecotono Urbano
  • Structures

    Eduardo Cristo
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno +25