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AR Issues: A Biennale for Critical Times

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine's monthly editions. In this post, we take you back to AR's July 2014 issue, which focused on this year's Venice Biennale. In her introduction, AR Editor Catherine Slessor argues that while previous Biennales have been hopelessly out of touch, this year Rem Koolhaas has initiated a critical conversation at a crucial moment in time.

In its giddy, self-referential way, the Venice Architecture Biennale always seems blissfully detached from the real world. Set in the preposterous, decaying stage set that is modern Venice, the press vernissage is a frenzied bacchanal, as the global cognoscenti descend like locusts on a fragile urban eco-system already bludgeoned by battalions of tourists and hulking cruise ships.

Skaters Win Battle Against Southbank Centre

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Skaters Win Battle Against Southbank Centre, © Miller Hare
© Miller Hare

London's  announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with skateboarding group Long Live Southbank, and is dropping plans to move the famous skatepark to a new site underneath Hungerford Bridge nearby. The decision, which is ensured by a binding planning agreement with Lambeth Council, brings a close to a dispute that has lasted almost a year and a half - ever since the Southbank Centre unveiled redevelopment plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley which included the removal of the skatepark in favour of retail space in the Southbank's undercroft.

The agreement also involves both sides dropping a series of legal challenges initiated during the dispute, including the Southbank's challenge over the registration of the skatepark as an 'asset of community value,' an attempt by Long Live Southbank to have the skatepark listed as a village green, and a judicial review of Lambeth Council's decision to reject the village green application. 

Multifamily Building and Store / Risso+Carasatorre+Risso

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Multifamily Building and Store / Risso+Carasatorre+Risso, © Florencia Della Vedova
© Florencia Della Vedova

© Florencia Della Vedova © Florencia Della Vedova © Florencia Della Vedova © Florencia Della Vedova +18

Bridge House / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Bridge House / Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram
Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram

Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    McLean, VA, USA
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram

Maison P(c)ap(l)ill(ss)on / Guillaume Ramillien Architecture

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Maison P(c)ap(l)ill(ss)on / Guillaume Ramillien Architecture, © Eric Pouyet
© Eric Pouyet

© Eric Pouyet © Eric Pouyet © Eric Pouyet © Eric Pouyet +11

House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +9

GMT London / Z&M Architects

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
GMT London / Z&M Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xintiandi, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
  • Client

    Shanghai xintiandi & GMT LONDON
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

10 Modernist Buildings Receive Conservation Grants from Getty Foundation

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
10 Modernist Buildings Receive Conservation Grants from Getty Foundation, Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan / I.M. Pei. Image © Anonymous Blogger
Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan / I.M. Pei. Image © Anonymous Blogger

The Getty Foundation has named the first 10 recipients of its philanthropic “Keeping It Modern” initiative, which aims to advance the understanding and preservation of 20th-century modern architecture. From Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute to Le Corbusier’s Parisian apartment, each recipient has been chosen for their architectural significance and potential to advance conservation practices related to modern architecture. 

View all 10 projects, after the break...

Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List"

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List", Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí
Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí

Terence Conran asked nine of his friends in the design world "What have you always wanted in your home, but have never been able to find?" The result is The Wish List, a set of ten projects dreamed up by big name designers such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers, but designed and crafted in collaboration with emerging designers.

Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the only restriction was that the product had to be made of wood, leading to designs ranging from Foster's modest geometric pencil sharpeners to Paul Smith's dream garden shed.

As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, the resulting ten products will be on show at the V&A Museum until October 24th.

Pencil Sharpener / Norman Foster + Norie Matsumoto. Image © Petr Krejčí Workspace / Terence Conran + Sebastian Cox. Image © Petr Krejčí Ladder / Richard Rogers, Ab Rogers + Xenia Moseley. Image © Petr Krejčí Shed / Paul Smith + Nathalie de Leval. Image © Petr Krejčí +21

The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, © BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

The Holcim Foundation has announced the Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, the award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the winners are BIG and The Living, with designs which the jury stated showed "sophisticated and multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the building and construction industry."

The ten recognized projects share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards awards, to be selected in 2015.

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground, © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel's long-awaited 53 West 53rd Street, also known as the Tower Verre or the MoMA Tower, may finally be ready to move ahead with construction after the project's developer Hines purchased $85.3 million worth of air rights from its neighbors MoMA and the St Thomas Episcopal Church and arranged the $860 million construction loan required for the project.

Originally proposed in 2007, the design has been plagued by problems, including significant delays due to the financial crisis and a difficult approval process which resulted in the building's height being slashed from 1,250 feet to its current planned height of 1,050 feet. However, according to a statement from Hines groundbreaking on the project is now "imminent."

House NX / ARX

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
House NX  / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building  / Perkins+Will, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gainesville, FL, United States
  • Area

    120000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?, Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners
Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners

Alongside a number of recent articles that explore the rise of the urban property developer and the subsequent "threat" to the built environment, Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian explores at length how developers are "exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities." In discussion with Peter Rees, former Chief Planning Officer for the City of London and responsible for the financial district's monuments of today, Wainwright discusses the lack of accountability of the vast majority of urban developers. While local councils attempt to secure the next iconic development for their area many planners, authorities and developers are locked in a battle over the built fabric of our cities. Read the article in full here.

UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network, © Methanoia
© Methanoia

Aiming to encourage the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation, Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio to design the stations for the first phase of the Greater Doha Metro Network, part of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). With the first phase consisting of 30 stations on 4 metro lines, UNStudio has created an "Architectural Branding Manual," a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines which will be used by the design & build firms on each station to ensure the design quality and coherence of the network as a whole.

© Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia +7

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Rodeneck School  / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +11

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai, © Amelie Yang
© Amelie Yang

© Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361009
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Amelie Yang, Courtesy of XU Kai

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture, © Joseph Mills Photography
© Joseph Mills Photography

© Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, Oklahoma City, OK 73162, USA
  • Design Principal

    Craig Foster AIA
  • Project Architect/Manager

    Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs