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Artist's Studio / Chan Architecture

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Artist's Studio / Chan Architecture, © Folded Bird Photography
© Folded Bird Photography

© Folded Bird Photography © Folded Bird Photography © Folded Bird Photography © Folded Bird Photography +10

Street House / gh3

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Street House  / gh3, © Raymond Chow
© Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Team

    Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
  • Photographs

London Mayor Rejects Skyline Campaign Proposals Amid Planning Controversy

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
London Mayor Rejects Skyline Campaign Proposals Amid Planning Controversy, Despite rejecting many of the proposals, Johnson has highlighted London's Docklands as an area for concern, including Foster + Partners' proposal for the tallest residential building in the UK. Image © Foster + Partners
Despite rejecting many of the proposals, Johnson has highlighted London's Docklands as an area for concern, including Foster + Partners' proposal for the tallest residential building in the UK. Image © Foster + Partners

London's Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected the proposals by the Skyline campaign, organized by the Architects' Journal and the Observer, which aimed to introduce measures to allow more considered development in London, following the news that the UK's capital is currently going through its biggest building boom in recent memory.

The Architects' Journal reported on Friday that the mayor rejected proposals for a presumption against tall buildings submitted for planning permission, a review of over 200 tall buildings currently either proposed or being constructed, a more rigourous system of masterplanning, and an independent skyline commission to examine new proposals. However, he did support the idea of a city-wide 3D model containing both existing and proposed buildings, which would allow planning officers to make more informed decisions.

More on the issue, and a detailed look at the mayor's response to the proposals, after the break

Hufton + Crow Named Architectural Photographer of Year 2014

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
Hufton + Crow Named Architectural Photographer of Year 2014, Heydar Aliyev Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow
Heydar Aliyev Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow

Hufton + Crow have been named “Architectural Photographer of the Year 2014” by Arcaid Images. The news was announced in Singapore at the World Architecture Festival after the duo’s interior image of Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre staircase received the highest score from the judges. Hufton + Crow also received runner-up in the award's exterior category with another image from the Heydar Aliyev Centre. You can check it out, after the break. 

Karakoy Loft / Ofist

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Karakoy Loft / Ofist, © Koray Erkaya
© Koray Erkaya

© Koray Erkaya © Koray Erkaya © Koray Erkaya © Koray Erkaya +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Karaköy, 34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Yasemin Arpac & Sabahattin Emir
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The High Line's Final Chapter is Complete; But Don't Close the Book Just Yet

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
The High Line's Final Chapter is Complete; But Don't Close the Book Just Yet, View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)
View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)

With the opening of the final section of New York's High Line last month, the city can finally take stock on an urban transformation that took a decade and a half from idea to reality - and which in the five years since the first section opened has become one of the great phenomena of 21st century urban planning, inspiring copycat proposals in cities around the globe. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The High Line's Last Section Plays Up Its Rugged Past," Anthony Paletta reviews the new final piece to the puzzle, and examines what this landmark project has meant for Manhattan's West Side.

The promise of any urban railroad, however dark or congested its start, is the eventual release onto the open frontier, the prospect that those buried tracks could, in time, take you anywhere. For those of us whose only timetable is our walking pace, this is the experience of the newly opened, final phase of the High Line. The park, after snaking in its two initial stages through some 20 dense blocks of Manhattan, widens into a broad promenade that terminates in an epic vista of the Hudson. It’s a grand coda and a satisfying finish to one of the most ambitious park designs in recent memory.

Second Solo House to Open Its Doors

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
Second Solo House to Open Its Doors, Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses
Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses

What happens when eight world-renowned architects are given carte blanche to design holiday homes on a dream site in Spain? This is precisely what French developer Christian Bourdais set out to discover with the launch of the Solo House project in 2010, and now, you can find out for yourself. Just two years after the completion of Solo Pezo, by Chilean architect Pezo von Ellrichshausen, the second of twelve houses is now emerging for tours and site visits. Solo OFFICE, by Office Kersten Geers David van Severen, will open its doors to visitors this week, October 9 through 11, as it nears fruition. 

AD Interviews: Viktor Várkonyiv / Graphisoft

01:00 - 6 October, 2014

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an invaluable technological advancement for the architecture, engineering, construction and building management industries. But for people who don’t use it on a daily basis, BIM can seem overwhelming.  This animated video breaks BIM down in layman’s terms explaining what it is, how it works and what the benefits of using it are.

Read on after the break to learn more about BIM and our interview with Viktor Várkonyi, the CFO of Graphisoft, one of the frontrunners in BIM development.

Rico / TASS

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Rico / TASS, Courtesy of TASS
Courtesy of TASS

Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TASS

12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America, GOLD: Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park (Medellin, Colombia) . Image Courtesy of  the Holcim Foundation
GOLD: Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park (Medellin, Colombia) . Image Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Teams from Mexico and Colombia have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Latin America, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners is a Colombian water reservoir turned public park and low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica. 

The 12 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Latin American winners, after the break…

Can You Imagine a City Without Air Conditioners?

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
Can You Imagine a City Without Air Conditioners?, Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan
Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan

Despite Finland’s relatively cool temperatures, climate changes have made heat waves more common in Northern Europe, and the demand for cooling buildings in summer is increasing. Instead of installing air conditioners for individual buildings, Helsinki is pioneering a vast network of underground infrastructure that pumps cold water from lakes and seas into local buildings. Beneath an unassuming park in downtown Helsinki sits a reservoir containing nearly 9 million gallons of water that is recycled and cooled by waste energy after it is used for cooling, replacing the need for air conditioning in the city and cutting carbon pollution by 80%. Read more about this undertaking in this article from Fast Co. Exist.

House Husarö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
House Husarö  / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, ©  Ake E:son Lindman
© Ake E:son Lindman

©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman +23

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Arthur Casas
  • Co-authors

    Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
  • Collaborators

    André Chung, Christiana Matos
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +30

Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

00:00 - 5 October, 2014
Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation, © Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi
© Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon Magazine, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that "our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside."

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal

    James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer

    Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
  • Project Team Leader NY

    Audrey Choi
  • Project Team Leader HK

    Edwin Lau
  • Area

    152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Emerging Voices: David Benjamin of The Living

00:00 - 5 October, 2014

In his lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, David Benjamin discusses his unique approach to environmental and computational design and how it manifests itself in the work of The Living, a firm he founded in 2006.

Throughout the lecture Benjamin discusses projects that are fundamentally linked to the natural environment and ideas related to sustainability. To introduce how the firm generates new ideas, Benjamin describes a method of experimentation developed in their practice called flash research: beginning with the idea that architecture could be dynamic and responsive, these are prototypes that operate under self-created constraints such as a budget of $1000 or less and a required time span of three months or less.

Read on after the break for further synopsis of the lecture.

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten, Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten
Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten +29