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Sofia Lofts / Nakhshab Development and Design

13:00 - 27 August, 2015
Sofia Lofts  / Nakhshab Development and Design, © Paul Body
© Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body + 30

Obama to Cast Global Search for Chicago Presidential Center Architect

12:18 - 27 August, 2015
Obama to Cast Global Search for Chicago Presidential Center Architect, Sites under consideration for the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Image © OPLSouthSide.org
Sites under consideration for the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Image © OPLSouthSide.org

In May, the University of Chicago was selected to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. Now referred to as the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the building's task force is expected to cast a global call in search of an architect. As the Chicago Tribune reports, officials sent a request for qualifications to a select group of architects yesterday, although others are welcome to submit. All those interested must send their credentials by September 16. 

"The foundation and its advisers wanted to present the president and first lady with a strong and broad list of options," a foundation spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune. "We are looking at architects who represent a broad range of approaches and styles, but who all have a position of eminence within the architecture profession and have achieved some degree of public recognition."

Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero

11:00 - 27 August, 2015
Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero, © Isaac Ramírez Marín
© Isaac Ramírez Marín

© Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cl. 51 #36-66, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    21000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Isaac Ramírez Marín

Some Thoughts on Zaha Hadid Architects' Campaign to Win Back the Tokyo Stadium Commission

09:30 - 27 August, 2015
Some Thoughts on Zaha Hadid Architects' Campaign to Win Back the Tokyo Stadium Commission, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia
© Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia

Zaha Hadid Architects are no longer the architects of the New National Stadium, Tokyo's headline venue for the 2020 Olympic Games. You probably already knew - ZHA have been making quite a fuss about it, with a 1,400-word statement released last month and a 23-minute video released yesterday, both arguing that scrapping their design is a bad idea.

Clearly, brevity is not one of ZHA's strong suits, so for those who don't have 30-plus minutes to chew their way through both video and statement, the basics are as follows: the official reason given by the Japanese government for scrapping the stadium has been the rising costs of the design. ZHA have countered this complaint by saying that the rising costs are not a result of their design but of an uncompetitive tender process for the construction, and of skyrocketing construction prices across the whole of Tokyo. They add that by starting the project from scratch, Japan risks overshooting their 2020 deadline for the Olympic venue.

An extra complication is added by the widespread public dislike of the stadium's design, scale and location - most notably coming in the form of a petition led by Fumihiko Maki and Toyo Ito - which has caused some to speculate that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is secretly bowing to political pressure. In response, ZHA's video emphasized the features of the design which were either required by the brief or an attempt to respond to the context, in an attempt to absolve themselves from blame.

However, with the decision to start anew now over a month old, the question remains: will ZHA's attempts to win back the project be enough? More importantly, should this campaign be taken seriously?

© Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia + 7

El Maqui House / GITC arquitectura

09:00 - 27 August, 2015
El Maqui House / GITC arquitectura, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olmué, Chile
  • Project Team

    Rodrigo Belmar Expósito, Felipe Vera Buschmann, Carlos Estay Olguín, Rodrigo Del Castillo Celis, Felipe Muñoz Sepúlveda, Logna Barrientos S
  • Structural Calculation

    Roberto Soto V
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Oasis Terrace: Singapore's New Neighborhood Center and Polyclinic

08:00 - 27 August, 2015
Oasis Terrace: Singapore's New Neighborhood Center and Polyclinic, Courtesy of Serie Architects
Courtesy of Serie Architects

London-based Serie Architects, in collaboration with Multiply Architects of Singapore, has unveiled its winning design for a Neighbourhood Centre and Polyclinic in Punggol, Singapore. Called Oasis Terrace, the project will become the new center for public amenities for Singapore’s Housing & Development Board in Punggol.

The design spans 27,400 square meters, of which 9,400 square meters will be comprised of healthcare facilities, while the rest will include “communal gardens, play spaces, gyms, retail spaces, dining, [and] learning spaces,” all of which is expected to come together into “a new generation of integrated development.”

Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects Courtesy of Serie Architects + 10

50 Things You Didn't Know About Le Corbusier

06:00 - 27 August, 2015
50 Things You Didn't Know About Le Corbusier, © Willy Rizzo
© Willy Rizzo

You know him for his round glasses, affinity for concrete and undying love for modernism, but do you really know Le Corbusier? Le Corbusier led his life not just as the 20th century's most influential architect, but also as an artist, socialite and theoretician. Taught by architects August Perret and Peter Behrens, criticized by the likes of Jane Jacobs and celebrated worldwide, Le Corbusier's legacy is undeniable. Dabbling often with controversy, Le Corbusier preferred the mantra “Architecture or Revolution,” designing structures that have been dubbed "anti-humanist." While some propose that his buildings collectively become a UNESCO World Heritage site, many call for their demolition. 

In 2015, 50 years after his death, the debate on the calibre of his controversial projects rages on. To mark a half-century since the death of architecture's concrete man, we've rounded up 50 little-known facts from his illustrious 78-year life. Dive into the details of Le Corbusier's wild affairs, adventures and architecture after the break.

Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Structures in the Slope / bergmeisterwolf architekten

05:00 - 27 August, 2015
Structures in the Slope / bergmeisterwolf architekten, © Lukas Schaller
© Lukas Schaller

© Lukas Schaller © Lukas Schaller © Lukas Schaller © Lukas Schaller + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Neustift, Italy
  • Architecture Collaborators

    Valerio Nelli, Ana Soares.
  • Project Year

    2014

Panorama House / Ajay Sonar

03:00 - 27 August, 2015
Panorama House / Ajay Sonar, © Hemant Patil
© Hemant Patil

© Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nashik, India
  • Design Team

    Ajay Sonar, Monali Sonar, Sushil Sakhare
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

What Is the Worst Thing About Architecture Today?

02:30 - 27 August, 2015
What Is the Worst Thing About Architecture Today?, "Ceilings have devolved from being the focal point  of a room  to being a zone for mechanical equipment". Image © Nico Saieh
"Ceilings have devolved from being the focal point of a room to being a zone for mechanical equipment". Image © Nico Saieh

Short answer: Ceilings.

Long answer: Ceilings have devolved from being the focal point of a room to being a zone for mechanical equipment. In all the world’s greatest spaces we’ve always looked up in awe. Where our gaze was once met with fantastical vaulted ceilings, remarkable truss structures, or distinctive decorative treatments, today we typically find acoustic tiles, ductwork, and fluorescent strip lighting. Having abandoned the ceiling as a canvas for creativity with the dawn of the technological era, we’ve had a hard time taking it back. Today, it’s hard to compete with all that mechanical equipment when all you’re arguing for is a blank white surface. But a compelling vision of a space designed to make the ceiling its primary feature can enchant even the most pragmatic minds. There is good reason to be stubborn: since we seldom rearrange or redecorate the ceiling the way we do the rest of a space, what we create overhead lives a long life.

Polish Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / 2pm Architekci

02:00 - 27 August, 2015
Polish Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / 2pm Architekci, Courtesy of 2pm Architekci
Courtesy of 2pm Architekci

Courtesy of 2pm Architekci Courtesy of 2pm Architekci Courtesy of 2pm Architekci Courtesy of 2pm Architekci + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Design Team

    Piotr Musialowski, Michal Adamczyk, Stanisław Ignaciuk, Michal Lenczewski
  • Project Year

    2015

Slide House / y+M

22:00 - 26 August, 2015
Slide House / y+M, © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha

© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha + 34

Passenger Terminal Complex Suvarnabhumi Airport / Jahn

20:00 - 26 August, 2015
Passenger Terminal Complex Suvarnabhumi Airport / Jahn, © Rainer Viertlboeck
© Rainer Viertlboeck

© Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck © Rainer Viertlboeck + 19

Cyclone Housing Design + Build Workshop, Bangladesh, 2016

19:30 - 26 August, 2015
Cyclone Housing Design + Build Workshop, Bangladesh, 2016, Cyclone Housing Design + Build Workshop, Bangladesh, 2016 - Apply today!
Cyclone Housing Design + Build Workshop, Bangladesh, 2016 - Apply today!

Building Trust will be working with a community in Kuakata, Barishal, Bangladesh and local Architects to design and build a cyclone resistance low cost house for a family in need. Bangladesh is a river-based country whose coastal areas are frequently affected by natural disasters such as cyclones. 1000's of houses are destroyed annually; entire villages are eradicated during such disasters. It is due to this problem that our team has been requested to organise a workshop to find a new housing solution.

Passive House with Sundial / Kikuma Watanabe

19:00 - 26 August, 2015
Passive House with Sundial / Kikuma Watanabe, Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe
Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe

Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Heguri, Japan
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality

18:30 - 26 August, 2015
Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality, A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux
A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux

Concrete blocks. Ever since manufacturers developed techniques to make them cheaper than traditional clay-fired bricks, concrete blocks have been one of our most ubiquitous construction materials. However, this ubiquity comes at a price: worldwide, the production of concrete accounts for around 5% of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and concrete blocks (as opposed to in-situ concrete or concrete panels) contributes a significant portion of these emissions.

To curb these runaway carbon emissions, a California-based company called Watershed Materials is developing alternatives to the traditional concrete block which uses less cement, dramatically reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced; they even have a product in the works which they hope will offer a widely applicable concrete block alternative which uses no cement at all.

Sustainable private residence by Arkin Tilt Architects. Image © Ed Caldwell A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A sustainable residence by Arkin Tilt Architects using Watershed Blocks. Image © Ed Caldwell + 13

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio on Display at SC Johnson’s Headquarters

18:00 - 26 August, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio on Display at SC Johnson’s Headquarters, © SC Johnson
© SC Johnson

From the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building and 15-story Research Tower, to the Norman Foster-designed Fortaleza Hall, SC Johnson’s global headquarters is rich in design and history. The company’s gallery, At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright, houses an exhibit featuring lithographic plates from the Wasmuth Portfolio, a collection that has been hailed as one of the most important publications of the early modern architecture movement and established Wright as the international icon he is today.

The gallery features 43 of the Portfolio’s 100 framed lithographs as well as artifacts of Wright’s most famous work, revealing plans and perspectives of the buildings in natural landscapes. Wright’s experiences and personal struggles leading up to, and throughout, the creation of the Portfolio were the backdrop for some of his history-altering work like the SC Johnson headquarters’ Administration Building and Research Tower.