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Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The crowdsourcing design website Arcbazar, for example, has recently attracted critics who label it as “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the internet started.” A few months ago, I myself strongly criticized the 17John apartment-hotel in New York for stretching the definition of "crowdfunding" to the point where it lost validity, essentially becoming a meaningless buzzword.

In response to this criticism, I spoke to Rodrigo Nino, the founder of Prodigy Network, the company behind 17 John, who offered to counter my argument. Read on after the break for his take on the benefits of tapping into the 'wisdom of crowds.'

Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal, “Inside Out" (2013) / Richard Serra. Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt
“Inside Out" (2013) / Richard Serra. Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt

Richard Serra has been announced as the first artist to win the Architectural League of New York President’s Medal. Serra, an American sculptor known for his large-scale sheet metal installations, was honored for “contributions his work makes to the way we think about space, viewer and object, site, and materiality, concerns relevant to both architects and the artist.”

106 Dwellings in Pamplona / Tabuenca Saralegui

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
106 Dwellings in Pamplona / Tabuenca Saralegui, © Imagina2 Visualization Studio
© Imagina2 Visualization Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Luis Tabuenca, Fermín Saralegui, Mikel Chalezquer
  • Site Manager

    Alex Morte
  • Site Supervisor

    Salvador Mendiri
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio +38

Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects, Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects
Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects +13

BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major New York institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “Barcelona-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

JG House / Speziale Linares Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
JG House / Speziale Linares Arquitectos, Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos
Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Benito, Entre Rios, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Javier Speziale, Patricia Linares, Matías Quintela, Guillermo Gauna, Agustina Acosta
  • Project Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos

Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos Courtesy of Speziale Linares Arquitectos +24

Z House / Jose Antonio Sosa

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Z House / Jose Antonio Sosa, © Miguel Curbelo
© Miguel Curbelo
  • Architects

  • Location

    35310 Monte Lentiscal, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Design Team

    Alejandra Vera, Ramón Cruz
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo +25

Framebench: The Online Tool Making Instant "Visual Collaboration" Seamless

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Framebench: The Online Tool Making Instant "Visual Collaboration" Seamless, Courtesy of Framebench
Courtesy of Framebench

Framebench, an online tool for visual collaboration, seeks to alleviate the digital sharing problems architects and designers commonly face in practice. Aiming to do away with file storage systems, FTP clients and other kinds of complex software, this web application allows for teams and individuals to share, discuss and annotate drawings in real time. Framebench suggest that "this could be the online space where you can organize all your drafts and finals, get feedback and approve the work that's finished" - in realtime. 

The system works by creating workspaces for teams to quickly share their files with one another. You can share any image, video, or document with your team, who can then view it right there without any downloads or installation. While viewing, anyone can annotate on top or leave comments; these comments transform into discussion threads that can be referred back to and added to later.

AD Round Up: The Photography of Iwan Baan

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela. Image © Iwan Baan, Image courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela. Image © Iwan Baan, Image courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

After reading this great profile in the Wall Street Journal, we thought now would be a great time to round-up the iconic shots of "the Indiana Jones of Architecture Photography", Iwan Baan. From his first commission, documenting the construction of OMA's CCTV Headquarters, to projects such as Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus, he has brought us some of the most enduring images in contemporary architecture. But he is also known for certain trademarks: taking time for lesser-known humanitarian projects, such as MASS Design Group's Butaro Doctors' Housing; focusing on human interaction with buildings, as seen in his photographs of the Torre David in Caracas for the Venice Biennale in 2012; and his penchant for helicopter shots - which resulted in the stunning photo of Manhattan in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (read the story behind the shot here).

Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Exhibition: 2D:3D Barkow Leibinger, © Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger
© Gustav Düsing / Barkow Leibinger

Only 5 more days on the exhibition 2D:3D, an installation by Barkow Leibinger at the BDA Berlin Gallery. Covering the wall surfaces of the small gallery space with “tapete” or wallpaper the façade of the storefront gallery frames what Leon Battista Alberti described as a fenestra aperta. In this configuration the space of the gallery is a projection/ extension of the streetscape in the bourgeois residential historical Mommsenstrasse neighborhood.

Foster + Partners Submit Plans for One of Britain’s Tallest Towers

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Foster + Partners Submit Plans for One of Britain’s Tallest Towers, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

 Foster + Partners has submitted plans for what would be the tallest residential tower in the UK. The “world-class development” includes a 73- and 36-story tower that would add more than 900 homes and 6,000 square meters of public space to the Isle of Dogs in east London. 

“We will provide much-needed new homes, including new affordable homes, over an acre of new and enhanced public open space, a re-activated waterfront on to South Dock and the Millwall Cutting, as well as space for retail, bars and restaurants,” Berkeley Homes regional managing director Harry Lewis. “This is a rare opportunity to deliver such significant, high-quality public realm in Canary Wharf.”

Cliff Top House / Luigi Roselli

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Cliff Top House / Luigi Roselli, © Edward Birch
© Edward Birch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Queens Park NSW 2022, Australia
  • Design Architect

    Luigi Rosselli, Naoko Nishizu
  • Project Architect

    Luigi Rosselli, Carl Rutherfoord
  • Joinery

    Carl Rutherfoord
  • Area

    295.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Justin Alexander +29

Communication Linge Ferry Terminal / Knut Hjeltnes

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
© Jiri Havran
© Jiri Havran

© Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran +10

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten, © Karl Heinz Putz
© Karl Heinz Putz

© Karl Heinz Putz © Karl Heinz Putz © Karl Heinz Putz © Christian Schellander +30

UNStudio’s Responsive Facade to Transform Seoul Office Tower

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
UNStudio’s Responsive Facade to Transform Seoul Office Tower, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has won a competition to remodel the Hanwha headquarters in Seoul. With an aim to transform a building into a symbol of the leading environmental technology company’s values, UNStudio's winning scheme will replace the skyscraper’s opaque panelling and single layer of dark glass with an animated facade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surrounding. 

Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away, Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff
Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has passed away twenty five days after he celebrated his eightieth birthday. Hollein, particularly known for his museum design, including Vienna’s Haas House (1990) and Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art, was once described by Richard Meier as an architect whose "groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects."

amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition, Courtesy of amphibianArc
Courtesy of amphibianArc

amphibianArc has been announced as winner of the Ningbo Yinzhou Southern CBD Portal Planning competition. Commissioned by the same developers of the Ningbo Museum designed by Wang Shu, the "transit-oriented" proposal aims to become the "driving force" of urban life in the masterplan's fourth and final phase.

Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +21