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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...

First Press Conference of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture recently announced that the 2013 Biennale, which will open December 6, will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson. Old Bouman wil act as curator, creative director. Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson will be the curators, academic directors. The main venues for the event are the former YAOPI float glass factory (venue A) and the old warehouse at Shekou ferry terminal (venue B). More information after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida

Located between two very different poles that have a great tension between them, architects Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, and Ana Vida (Fissure Team), designed the building of the Collider Activity Center to appear as a flow connector in the territory. In doing so, they create a transition from the urban to nature, from the stability to the unpredictable, from colonized to wild territories. It is broken by an organic geometry, by the adventure, by the representation of the natural world, that cuts the building and makes the users 'break it, break it through, to the other side' as a door to adventure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Round Up: Flickr Part XCI

We are over the 105,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. 

Great buildings are included in this Round Up, like the amazing Niterói Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer, photo taken by Jorge AyalaCheck the other four after the break. 

Photo by Sophienesss – http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophienesss/ Photo by Jon Reksten – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonhefel/ Photo by Lucie Maru – http://www.flickr.com/photos/48884967@N04/ Photo by Clement Guillaume – http://www.flickr.com/photos/clementguillaume/

House Breukelen / Zecc Architects + BYTR Architects

© Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra

Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 Competition Entry / H&P Architects

The concept proposal for Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan focuses on mixing settlement and settled agriculture to create the future’s space – the space where settlement and settled agriculture include each other. Titled the Pavilion of dream terraces (field), the building by H&P Architects is created from steel structure frames, which have a large amount of modules – the longest one being 7.5m - that are connected by simple joins or overlapping. More images and architects' description after the break.

Ziggo Dome / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders
  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project Architect: Jan Benthem, Job Schoën
  • Area: 49000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

Local Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYC

An interesting phenomenon is taking place in London: the priciest tiers of its housing market are increasingly being driven by overseas investment, primarily from the Far East. The most interesting - and perhaps most concerning - aspect of these investments is that at least 37% those who buy property in the most expensive neighborhoods of central London do not intend to use that property as a primary residence. This results in upscale neighborhoods and residential properties that are largely abandoned and contribute almost nothing to the local economy of the city. Parts of Manhattan are experiencing similar behavior, leading us to ask the question "what is happening to our cities as they become more and more globalized and how will this trend affect city economies around the world?"

Read more after the break...

Maison A+C / atelier alassoeur

  • Architects: atelier alassoeur
  • Location: Saint Marcel, Indre, France
  • Architect In Charge: emmanuel alassoeur
  • Mechanical Consultant : Combiosol / sébastien rogala
  • Area: 273.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Brice Desrez

© Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez

Wirtschaftsblatt Newsroom / IDFL

© Iztok Lemajič
© Iztok Lemajič
  • Architects: IDFL
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: IDFL d.o.o, Ljubljana, Slovenija
  • Design Team: Sandra Banfi Škrbec, Iztok Lemajič
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Iztok Lemajič

© Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič © Iztok Lemajič

Documentary on 'Archiculture' to Premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

After years of production, the documentary film Archiculture is set to premiere at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, which will commence on April 25th. Highlighting a group of students amidst their final design projects, the film illustrates the strengths and perils of architectural education. Shigeru Ban, Thom Mayne, Ken Frampton and Phil Bernstein are some of the leading architects, educators and historians that will be featured in the film and offering insightful criticism about studio-based, design education as it exists today. 

Check out the trailer above and continue after the break for more information. 

Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca Lecture

Taking place tomorrow, April 11th, at 6:00pm, Woodbury University's School of Architecture will be hosting the Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca lectureSupersudaca's main driving motto has been to connect the usually disconnected Latinamerica architectural arena with projects directly related to the public perception such as recreation spaces, public spaces, installations etc in various locations such as Caracas, Lima, Tokyo, Talca, Buenos Aires. They continuously use the workshop format with students from various universities worldwide to launch campaigns for such projects. For more information, please visit here.

Morovian Church / 70F Architecture

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer

46 Social Houses / Gabriel Verd

  • Architects: Gabriel Verd Arquitectos
  • Location: Avenida de las Civilizaciones, 3, 41927 Mairena del Aljarafe, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Gabriel Verd
  • Design Team: Gabriel Verd, Simone Solinas
  • Area: 6738.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Milan Design Week 2013: Energetic Energies for Panasonic / Akihisa Hirata

Envision a future where undulating “solar plants” transform the rectangular masses of our cities into a vibrant metropolis where technology aids in the coexistence of humans and nature. Represented in the conceptual installation “Energetic Energies” at the Milan Design Week 2013, this notion of redefining our relationship with the sky through photovoltaics is based on years of technological research and development by the Panasonic Corporation, who commissioned Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata to imagine the possibilities. 

The exhibition features a 30 meter-long makeshift city, whose “hills” of photovoltaics overtake clusters of white, translucent buildings while shadows of clouds move in and out of the space. 

A video interview with Akihisa Hirata and more images after the break...

Proyecto Roble / Équipe Voor Architectuur En Urbanisme

  • Architects: Équipe Voor Architectuur En Urbanisme
  • Location: Tilburg the Netherlands
  • Architect In Charge: Huib van Zeijl, Daniëlle Segers
  • Employees: Adam Murray
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: René de Wit I Équipe

© René de Wit I Équipe © René de Wit I Équipe © René de Wit I Équipe © René de Wit I Équipe

  • Interior Design: Équipe voor architectuur en urbanisme
  • Garden Design: Studio Van Helvoirt