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Predictions from the Past: New York 2012 and LA 2013

New York in 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner's Predictions; and LA's predictions from 1988 for 2013
New York in 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner's Predictions; and LA's predictions from 1988 for 2013

Throughout history, people have spent a great deal of time pondering what the future holds.  Scientific discovery, technological innovation - along with rebellious androids, zombies, flying cars, hover crafts, visiting aliens - have been consistently used as stereotypes that emerge in predictions for our imagined future.  And while Hollywood was busy exploring dystopian scenarios of this near-future, architects were composing utopian images of an optimistic vision for cities. Architects have built careers upon predicting what cities can potentially become - developing forms, functions, plans and visions of possibilities in the social, political, economic and cultural realms through architecture.  In 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner of NYC predicted a culturally diverse, economically viable, global city for New York in 2012.  In 1988, Los Angeles Times Magazine gave its 25-year forecast for Los Angeles in 2013, predicting what a life for a family would be like, filled with robots, electric cars, smart houses and an abundance of video-conferencing.  Find out how their predictions fared after the break.

House Bill Proposes to Eliminate Funding for Eisenhower Memorial

Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial saga continues, as Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would forego Frank Gehry’s controversial design and eliminate federal funding. Although Bishop’s radical bill would save $100 million in future funding, it ignores any possibility of compromise.

In response, the AIA stated: 

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup

© Sylvain Deleu
© Sylvain Deleu
  • Architects: Toyo Ito, Cecil Balmond, Arup
  • Location: Kensington Gardens, London, UK
  • Area: 309.76 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Sylvain Deleu

Toyo Itorecipient of the Pritzker Prize 2013, along with Cecil Balmond and Arup were in charge of the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion back in 2002. What appeared to be an extremely complex random pattern was in fact derived from an algorithm of a cube that expanded as it rotated. The intersecting lines formed different triangles and trapezoids, whose transparency and translucency gave a sense of infinitely repeated motion. 

You can see more images of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 after the break. And don't forget to check ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.

Coma House 02 / Juan Marco

© Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo

CAP Blanes / aq4 arquitectura

  • Architects: aq4 arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer Ernest Lluch s/n. Blanes. Girona, Spain
  • Design Team: Ibon Bilbao Spain, Jordi Campos Garcia, Caterina Figuerola Tomàs, Carlos Gelpí Almirall
  • Contractor: FCC
  • Budget: 2,840,000 €
  • Client: CATSALUT
  • Area: 3,000 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Adrià Goula Sardà

© Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà

Taiwan Solar Powered Stadium / Toyo Ito

Construction is finished for Japanese architect Toyo Ito’s Solar Powered Stadium in Taiwan. The stadium’s roof is covered by 8,844 solar panels. The stadium is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and it was built to coincide with the opening of the World Games, to be held this July.

Neil Barrett 'Shop in Shop' / Zaha Hadid Architects

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Shop in Shop’ concept for Neil Barrett is based on a singular, cohesive project that is divided into sixteen separate pieces. Specific pieces have then been selected and installed into each of the four Neil Barrett Shop in Shop’s in Seoul, and also into the Hong Kong shop; creating a unique display landscape within each store. The pieces have been carved and molded from the original solid as pairs that define each other to create an artificial landscape that unfolds multiple layers for display. More images and architects' description after the break.

Kickstarter: BrickItUp!

BrickItUp is a kickstarter project, created by Jose Luis, that allows for simple and intuitive 3D modeling. Block by block, users can easily create 3D spaces and environments without any limitations. BrickItUp caters well to collaboration and allows users to work on a project live with each other. When working in groups, users are able to see what each person is working on in real-time, making distance a negligible factor in collaboration.

More on BrickItUp after the break.

Request for Proposals: Downtown Master Plan Update

Adopted by the City of Green Bay in 2003, the Smart Growth Plan 2022 relied heavily on the participation of the citizens of Green Bay and provides city leaders with a guide to use while assessing policy and development proposals. The city of Green Bay Planning Commission is now accepting proposals for the Downtown Green Bay Master Plan Update. The selected firm must have a deep portfolio in results-proven city planning and design projects with an understanding of the urban redevelopment process. In demonstrating competence in developing and translating context-minded plans into actionable implementation strategies, the firm must be capable of creating an exciting and supportable vision for downtown that is grounded in local opportunities and realities.The deadline for submissions is March 25. To download the full RFP and for more information, please visit here.

Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects

  • Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, India
  • Structural Consultant: Saurachana Strucon
  • Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Civil Contractor: Tricon, Tejas Shah
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

A Conversation on Firm Culture with Carole Wedge and Jessica Lane

As part of AIA San Francisco's continuous effort to highlight women in architecture and better understand the imbalance of gender in the profession, they are hosting two great women for a conversation on firm culture, leadership and mentorship which will take place March 19th from 6:00pm-8:00pm PST. Carole Wedge, FAIA - Shepley Bulfinch's first female President in its 130 year history- will talk with emerging designer Jessica Lane of EHDD to discuss Carole's start at Shepley Bulfinch, in 1986, working in the mailroom as a co-op architecture student at the Boston Architectural Center, as well as her appointment, in 2004, as president. For more information, please visit here.

AD Exclusive Interview: Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize

A few days ago, we had the opportunity to talk with Toyo-san, the 2013 Pritzker Prize laureate. A short, but intense talk where Ito shares with us with precise words insights about his design process and what he thinks about architecture, everything connected to the human aspects of the profession, understanding and connecting to the people.

The Life and Work of Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Laureate

© Yoshiaki Tsutsui
© Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Until his third year of high school, Toyo Ito’s passion was not architecture, but baseball. 

Fortunately for us all (and almost assuredly for the Pritzker laureate himself), he soon switched career paths. 

Born in Seoul in 1941, Ito moved to Japan at the tender age of two. From the age of 12 (when his father died) to the time he went to University, Ito was part of the family business: making miso (bean paste). However, upon attending The University of Tokyo from 1965-1969, architecture became his life work. 

Read more on the life and work of Toyo Ito, the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break...

Tama Art University Library. Image © Iwan Baan. Sendai Mediathique. Image © Nacasa & Partners. 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Image © Sylvain Deleu White U, one of Ito's first works. Image © Koji Taki

Aires Mateus Architectes Lecture

Aires Mateus Architectes will be delivering a lecture on March 28th at 7:00pm at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal. Manuel Aires Mateus will be presenting one of their well-known projects, the Alcacer do Sal Residence, located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal. Based on an attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, this beautiful project is a sort of micro-society designed with its own rules. The reduct mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. For more information, please visit here.

KC Grande Resort & Spa-Hillside / Foundry of Space

© Teerawat Winyarat
© Teerawat Winyarat
  • Architects: Foundry of Space
  • Location: Koh Chang, Trad, Thailand
  • Design Team: Makakrai Jay Suthadarat, Rinchai Chaiwarapon, Singha Ounsakul
  • Interior Design: Alisa Tejasrisukko, Thissana Leelahapant
  • Area: 8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Teerawat Winyarat

© Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat

Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral Underway in New Zealand

Courtesy of Christchurch City Libraries' Flickr
Courtesy of Christchurch City Libraries' Flickr

Shigeru Ban just can’t get enough of paper tubes. The Japanese architect, renowned for his design of structures that can be quickly and inexpensively erected in disaster zones, is at it again in the city of ChristchurchNew Zealand, which was hit hard by a devastating earthquake last February. The earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed over 200 people and inflicted irreparable damage on the city’s iconic gothic cathedral of 132 years. The cathedral was a copy of one in Oxford, England, and was one of the most famous landmarks of the Christchurch, pictured on postcards, souvenirs and tea towels.

A pioneer in so-called “emergency architecture,” Shigeru Ban has begun construction on a highly anticipated, unique replacement: a simple A-frame structure composed of paper tubes of equal length and 20 foot containers. The tubes will be coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants that the architect has been developing since 1986 - years before environmental friendliness and the use of inexpensive recycled materials were even a concern in architecture.

Read more about Ban's visionary Cardboard Cathedral after the break...