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Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 6 – Walking Through the Doors of Porto

12:00 - 5 March, 2015

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fifth episode on Porto’s textures, and now we present Episode 6 – Doors. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

12:00 - 5 March, 2015
Bernex City Hall / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +29

Free Online Architecture and Design Courses

10:00 - 5 March, 2015
Free Online Architecture and Design Courses, Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

Thanks to the increasing popularity of massive open online courses -- or MOOCs as they’re commonly referred to -- learning has never been easier (or more convenient). Sites like Coursera and edX offer free classes online from accredited and well-known universities across the globe, including Harvard, MIT and the University of Hong Kong. While some classes are more structured and include a set lesson plan, homework assignments, quizzes and the option to receive a certificate at the end, others can be set at your own pace and approached more independently.

Following our wildly popular article on Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming online classes related to architecture, engineering, urbanism and design. So whether you’re looking to embark on a new topic or dive deeper into an already familiar subject, take a look at these free online courses after the break. 

"A Truman Show-Style Nightmare"? Critics React to BIG and Heatherwick's Designs for Google

10:30 - 5 March, 2015
"A Truman Show-Style Nightmare"? Critics React to BIG and Heatherwick's Designs for Google, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

In their designs for Google's new headquarters, released last week amid much excitement, Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick have taken cues from the utopian visions of the past to create a radical solution for the sprawling tech campus in Mountain View, California. Citing the lack of identifiable architecture in the technology sector, a promotional video on Google’s own blog reveals how the company plans to embrace nature, community, and flexibility with the new scheme.

Chief among the company’s concerns was creating a building capable of adapting to future uses in addition to serving as a neighborhood-enhancing environment to welcome visitors from the surrounding community. As with any news related to Google, the design has already attracted the attention of the media - read on after the break for our rundown of the most salient reviews so far.

© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio +10

Casa en Cassà / Ricard Galiana + Yago Oliva

10:00 - 5 March, 2015
Casa en Cassà / Ricard Galiana + Yago Oliva, © Nani Pujol
© Nani Pujol

© Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol +19

AD Classics: Caja Granada Savings Bank / Alberto Campo Baeza

09:00 - 5 March, 2015
AD Classics: Caja Granada Savings Bank / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza
© Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

The city of Granada in southern Spain is well reputed for its architectural heritage. It counts among its treasures the Alhambra and the Generalife, two of the finest triumphs of Moorish culture, in addition to countless works of European lineage from the centuries following the Reconquista. Since 2001, Granada has been able to lay claim to one of Spain’s finest contemporary projects as well, the Caja Granada Savings Bank, designed by the since-established firm of Alberto Campo Baeza.

The transluscent glow of the thin alabaster wall of the northern offices. Image © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza Exterior glass on the southern profiles is recessed behind the extruded frame to shield it from direct sunlight. Image © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza +13

KM 429 Chosen to Design Isola Garibaldi Civic Center in Milan

06:00 - 5 March, 2015
KM 429 Chosen to Design Isola Garibaldi Civic Center in Milan, Courtesy of KM 429 architecture
Courtesy of KM 429 architecture

The first-place competition winner from KM 429 architecture, this proposal for the Isola Garibaldi Civic Center draws inspiration from Milan’s historic architectural tradition superimposed within the modern urban context. Through its refusal to be monumentalized, the Civic Center generates a new language within its neighborhood and looks to the city's past to create a vital civic architecture to serve present, and future, needs.

Courtesy of KM 429 architecture Courtesy of KM 429 architecture Courtesy of KM 429 architecture Courtesy of KM 429 architecture +15

Hallenhaus / Observatorium

06:00 - 5 March, 2015
Hallenhaus / Observatorium, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Halde Norddeutschland, 47506 Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Michael Kimmelman Discusses The Importance Of Advocacy In Architectural Criticism

04:00 - 5 March, 2015
Michael Kimmelman Discusses The Importance Of Advocacy In Architectural Criticism, Michael Kimmelman. Image © Matej Stransky
Michael Kimmelman. Image © Matej Stransky

In an interview with Erika Allen for The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman discusses "architecture criticism and the dangers of demolition." Kimmelman, the NYT's architecture critic, has built a reputation as someone who advocates for buildings under threat, his most well known "fight" being against renovation plans drawn up by Foster + Partners for the New York Public Library in Manhattan. Referencing his latest column, in which he shows support for the threatened Orange County Government Centre, Kimmelman elaborates on his critical position and why he believes that speaking out for buildings at risk is "necessary."

Villa Criss-Cross Envelope / OFIS Architects

04:00 - 5 March, 2015
Villa Criss-Cross Envelope / OFIS Architects, © Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

© Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric +39

Primary School in Châteauneuf Sion / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

03:00 - 5 March, 2015
Primary School in Châteauneuf Sion / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Michel Bonvin
© Michel Bonvin

© Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin © Michel Bonvin +15

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium / Pattern Design

23:00 - 4 March, 2015
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium / Pattern Design, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect of Record

    Mark Habre and Associate
  • Lead Consultant and Master Planner

    Broadway Malyan
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 4 March, 2015
Songjiang Art Campus  / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects +43

Sosohun / Sam-Young Choi

20:00 - 4 March, 2015
Sosohun / Sam-Young Choi, © Jeongmin Seok
© Jeongmin Seok

© Jeongmin Seok © Jeongmin Seok © Jeongmin Seok © Jeongmin Seok +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    1652-569 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Woo-Jin Choi, Myung-Sik Choi
  • Area

    124.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Open Call: The Negro Building Remembrance Competition

19:00 - 4 March, 2015
Open Call: The Negro Building Remembrance Competition, Negro Building via Bustler
Negro Building via Bustler

The Negro Building Remembrance Competition invites architects, landscape architects, artists, playwrights, poets, musicians and writers from every discipline, as individuals, teams, students or professionals, to propose imaginative ways to commemorate the Negro Building, the forgotten landmark of the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia

Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects

18:00 - 4 March, 2015
Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects, © Will Watt
© Will Watt

© Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Maddison
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center to be Decided Tomorrow

16:00 - 4 March, 2015
Fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center to be Decided Tomorrow, Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times - Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

Tomorrow legislators are due to decided the fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The midcentury icon, listed on the World Monuments Fund’s global watch list, has been the center of a prolonged debate challenging its right to be preserved. 

Office Conversion in Cascais / GGLLatelier

16:00 - 4 March, 2015
Office Conversion in Cascais / GGLLatelier, Courtesy of GGLL atelier
Courtesy of GGLL atelier

Courtesy of GGLL atelier Courtesy of GGLL atelier Courtesy of GGLL atelier Courtesy of GGLL atelier +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Gabriela Gonçalves, Leonel Lopes
  • Design Team

    José Doroana, Miguel Malaquias, Gary Barber, Alexandre Gonçalves
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of GGLL atelier