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Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote, Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)
Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)

Despite severe corrosion, with almost 70% of one its six sections “thoroughly corroded” according to the government, Vladimir Shukhov’s 1922 radio tower has never been restored. Earlier this year, a large group of international architects petitioned the government to save the tower, one of only 20 or so of Shukhov’s 200 towers still standing in Russia. Now Moscow’s government has put the fate of the landmark tower to a public vote. 

Until July 6 Moscovites can use the  “Engaged Citizen” app to support one of four actions: hold an open competition to restore the tower, move the tower to a new location, move it to its historic location on Shabolovka street, or invent a new solution.

Transmission Central / UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Transmission Central / UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda, © Felipe Fontecilla
© Felipe Fontecilla

© Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Cristóbal Hill, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kessalao / Masquespacio

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
© David Rodríguez
© David Rodríguez
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    Bonner Talweg 88, 53113 Bonn, Germany
  • Creative Director

    Ana Milena Hernández Palacios
  • Architect Junior

    Virgínia Hinarejos
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez +16

Iwan Baan to Judge Avant Guardian Photography Contest

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Iwan Baan to Judge Avant Guardian Photography Contest , Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria (Featured: Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects). Image © Iwan Baan
Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria (Featured: Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects). Image © Iwan Baan

Surface Magazine's reintroducing its famed Avant Guardian photography contest, a competition that has helped launch the careers of many photographers. Surface editors and a star jury - featuring international photographer Iwan Baan, along with Johan Lindeberg, Klitos Teklos (Air Paris), Benoit Lagarde (Splashlight), and Keren Sachs (Offset) - will select 10 finalists. Finalists' work will be showcased in Surface's October 2014 issue and in a traveling photography exhibition. 

To inspire you to apply, we've rounded up some stunning images of Iwan Baan. Enjoy - and remember - the deadline for submissions is Thursday July 24th at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time!

Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Image © Iwan Baan Larabanga, Northern Ghana. Image © Iwan Baan Rikuzentakata, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan Matsushima, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan +9

Exhibition: What Models Can Do

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Exhibition: What Models Can Do, Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, "Kaleidoscope House", 2001 © Simmons/Wheelwright. Photo Christian Wickler
Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, "Kaleidoscope House", 2001 © Simmons/Wheelwright. Photo Christian Wickler

A new exhibition in Germany looks at the history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with a legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and ends up in the present day with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.

AIANY ENYA’s 2014 Biennial Design Ideas Competition Exhibition

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
AIANY ENYA’s 2014 Biennial Design Ideas Competition Exhibition

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the opening of its sixth biennial design ideas competition exhibition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm on Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Center for Architecture.

65BTP-HOUSE / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
65BTP-HOUSE / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +40

Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton

British practice Marks Barfield Architects, famous for designing the London Eye, are a step closer to realising their latest urban observation structure: the i360 Brighton. This week the international team who created the London landmark were reunited on Brighton beach as as loans of more than £40 million have been agreed to begin the tower's construction. Bringing together companies from the UK, France (Poma), the USA (Jacobs Enginneering) and the Netherlands (Hollandia), the project has been described as "truly unique."

Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

In an interesting analysis in the Guardian, Olly Wainwright draws attention to the questionable process by which of Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge proposal has gained such strong support from the British government. It is, according to Wainwright, the product of "one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor" - however he contends that compared to other more needed potential bridges over the Thames, the Garden Bridge may just be "a spectacular solution to a problem that doesn't really exist," and a terrific waste of infrastructure funds. You can read the article in full here.

Germans Soler Butchery / Pau Sarquella Fàbregas

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Germans Soler Butchery / Pau Sarquella Fàbregas, © Joan Guillamat
© Joan Guillamat

© Joan Guillamat © Joan Guillamat © Joan Guillamat © Joan Guillamat +28

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Although already an icon in architectural circles, “birthday boy” Antoni Gaudí may soon be receiving a new accolade: sainthood. Due to his renowned, unique style and tireless efforts on La Sagrada Família, Gaudi, potentially our first Patron Saint of Architects, will be beatified by Pope Francis within the next year.

Although beatification is only the third of four steps towards full-fledged canonization (which will require proof that Gaudí performed at least one miracle), it still seems a good moment to celebrate Gaudí and explore some of his most astounding works scattered throughout the city of Barcelona (seven of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Discover some of our favourites after the break.

La Sagrada Familia. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila rooftop. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Batllo. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila interior. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ +10

Hegel Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +14

Lineal House in Bione / estudoquarto

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
 Lineal House in Bione / estudoquarto, © Marcio Tolotti
© Marcio Tolotti

© Marcio Tolotti © Marcio Tolotti © Marcio Tolotti © Marcio Tolotti +22

Apartment Building on the Willem Wilminkplein / Onix

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Apartment Building on the Willem Wilminkplein / Onix, © Tjeerd Derkink
© Tjeerd Derkink

© Tjeerd Derkink © Peter van der Knoop © Tjeerd Derkink © Peter van der Knoop +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Willem Wilminkplein, 7511 Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Allart Vogelzang
  • Design Team

    Wouter Stoer, Haiko Meijer, Alex van de Beld, Peter van der Knoop, Ricard Hernandez, Robert Bos
  • Client

    Van Wijnen Projectontwikkeling Oost B.V.
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Apartment in Bosques de las Lomas / Taller David Dana Arquitectura

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Apartment in  Bosques de las Lomas / Taller David Dana Arquitectura, © Alessandro Bo
© Alessandro Bo

© Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo © Alessandro Bo +26

Salvaged Ring / a21 studio

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Salvaged Ring / a21 studio, Courtesy of a21 studio
Courtesy of a21 studio

Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of a21 studio

Happy Birthday Robert Venturi

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Robert Venturi, © Denise Scott Brown
© Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi, the architect famous for "less is a bore," turns 89 today. Venturi started his firm in 1964 and ran it with his wife and partner Denise Scott Brown from 1967 until 2012. Today the Pritzker Prize winner's legacy lives on as the firm continues under the name VSBA (Venturi Scott Brown Associates). 

Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition, The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open submission exhibition providing "a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience." From 12,000 total works of art, spanning a complete range of disciplines, 140 architectural works have been selected and hung by Royal Academician and Architect Eric Parry, after some early dialogue with former RIBA President Sir Richard MacCormac. Work featured this year includes a model by Thomas Heatherwick and prints by Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, alongside Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers and Eva Jiřičná.

Chris Wilkinson. Image © Chris Wilkinson Context / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Ceramic & Nickel Kiosk / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Bonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands +14