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Solstice Arts Centre / Grafton Architects

  • Architects: Grafton Architects
  • Location: Navan, Co.Meath
  • Architect In Charge: Grafton Architects
  • Area: 1780.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Hélene Binet

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Hélene Binet © Hélene Binet

The B-Side: Death to the Resume

Having been involved in the creative industries education for over decade now, one of the most common questions students ask in interviews (and parents ask on open days) is about ‘getting a job’ at the end of the course. As if a graduating student can simply go and trade in their degree certificate and swap it for a ‘good job’. If only employment was this easy. 

‘Getting a job’ in the Arts has always been a difficult undertaking; with no boxes to tick it can be a complicated process finding an appropriate vacancy - and so ensues the hellish time of resume writing and job interviews. 

A drastic [most revolutions are] but more appropriate approach to this situation is not to think of ‘getting a job’ as ‘getting’- the mere word suggests a degree of affordance, of being gifted employment - but rather as ‘creating a job’. ’Creating’ is about being pro-active and entrepreneurial; it involves going out, attending events, talking to people, doing internships and apprenticeships – essentially increasing your exposure. After all, how will employers know they need you in their firm if they only see your skills in a nice little list on a sheet of A4? You must make yourself indispensable, and for that you don’t need a resume. You need guts.

More after the break...

The Indicator: UNStudio UNTraditional

By now you have probably heard that UNStudio, the Dutch firm led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is on target to relaunch this June as an open-source web-based knowledge hub… that, by the way, will still pursue adventurous architecture. We could say they are “launching” this initiative, but it seems more accurate to say they themselves are “relaunching”.

Because of the difficult economic climate in Europe, van Berkel and Bos began to reimagine the practice along the lines of something more fluid, flexible, and agile, a knowledge-based approach to how they work within the office and how they engage the larger world. They are basing this around four topics or “knowledge platforms”: sustainability, materials, organization, and parametrics.

reSITE 2013: Collaborative Ideas For Livable Cities Festival and Conference

reSITE, the international festival about collaborative and sustainable urban planning, continues into its second year with more interesting themes and guests with the goal to transform Prague into a modern European metropolis at the center of the urbanism world from June 19-23. The main theme of the second annual conference (June 20-21) is Metropolis Central – reflecting Central European cities and the increasing number of young, creative people who are the infinite resources of those urban centers. The conference will focus on providing a process and potential solutions for the conflicted desires of Central European citizens. More information after the break.

Merricks Beach House / Kennedy Nolan Architects

  • Architects: Kennedy Nolan Architects
  • Location: Merricks Beach, Melbourne, Australia
  • Project Team: Rachel Nolan, Patrick Kennedy, Michael Macleod
  • Area: 155.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Brasiliana Library / Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

© Ricardo Amado © Ricardo Amado © Ricardo Amado © Ricardo Amado

AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le Corbusier

In 1930, Le Corbusier was tasked with designing a dormitory that would house Swiss students at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris. At first the architect and Pierre Jeanneret, his partner at the time, refused to take on the project due to tensions with the Swiss after their handling of the architects' proposal for the League of Nations competition. Eventually, however, they agreed to see it through and worked on a very limited budget, which led the building to become a summation of Le Corbusier's modern principles, forcing him to focus on dwelling before all else.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig

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New Central Library of Berlin Winning Proposal / FAR frohn&rojas

Mediating between iconic metaform and the human scale, this proposal by FAR frohn&rojas is one of the winners of the architectural competition for the new central library of the state of Berlin at the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. By twisting a three dimensional grid from horizontal to vertical, the three key urban drivers of the site - the runway, the motorway and the former airport building - are resolved. More images and architects' description after the break.

TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architects : Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Mark Magazine #43

Just arrived to ArchDaily, Mark Magazine #43. New museums keep popping up in the USA. Farshid Moussavi's Museum of Contemporary Art in ClevelandZaha Hadid's Broad Art Museum in East Lansing and Morphosis's Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. In the Netherlands, Ector Hoogstad gave Eindhoven University of Technology a new library and Powerhouse Company added an impressive villa to their growing portfolio. On the eve of the launch of his new feature film, Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski talks about his background in architecture. Finally, we checked out Zhujiajiao, near Shanghai, where Atelier FCJZ, Atelier Deshaus and Mada s.p.a.m. realised a milestone in China's urban development, thanks to the reintroduction of a small-scale methodology coupled with respect for local identity.

London's Design Museum Announces Designs of the Year 2013

London’s Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards, celebrating the best of international design from the last 12 months. Among the seven category winners include the renovation and reimagining of a faded 1960s tower block in Paris and the "quiet" graphics of David Chipperfield’s 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Common Ground. 

The seven category winners are:

Kempart Loft / Dethier Architectures

  • Architects: Dethier Architectures
  • Location: Liège, Belgium
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Dethier
  • Artist: Jean Glibert
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Serge Brison

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison

City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC's Historic Pier 57

New York's City Council have unanimously backed a proposed plan to restore and redevelop the aging giant that is Pier 57. Built in 1952, the 300,000 square foot pier was hailed by Popular Mechanics as a 'SuperPier' for its vast size and unconventional construction, as most of the pier's weight is supported by 'floating' air-filled concrete cassions. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003. The latest decision brings a concrete end to years of speculation as to what the fate of the pier would be.

Read more about the proposal after the break...