Napoleon Perdis Chapel / Studiobird

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Architects: Studiobird
Location: VIC,
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christine Francis

El Coihue Building / Estudio Larrain

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Architects: Estudio Larrain
Location: Alonso de Córdova 3827, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana de , Chile
Project Architects: Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
Project Area: 6266.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Guy Wenborne

Video: Universal Everything Turns Sydney Opera House into “Living Mural”

Universal Everything has transformed the Sydney Opera House into a “Living Mural,” as part of Vivid Sydney. Drawing inspiration from the early pioneers of animation – Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney – the global animation studio first began to design their mesmerizing lightshow with a simple drawing. See it in fruition in the video above.

PELICANO House / Estudio Galera

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Architects: Estudio Galera
Location: , Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Area: 293.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Diego Medina – dcfotografia

Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC

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Next week, the New Museum in New York will kickstart the annual IDEAS CITY Festival on Thursday, May 28th. Themed after Italo Calvino‘s “The Invisible City,” the three-day event will “explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and the enduring quest for visibility in the city” through a number of platforms, such as panels discussions, poetry slams, mobile art installations, workshops, exhibitions and most notably the transformation of ’s Bowery neighborhood into a “temporary city of ideas.”

Interested in attending? Five of our readers have the chance to win tickets to the festival’s opening conference. Enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to watch a screening of Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, listen to Bjarke Ingels discuss the relevance of literary speculation, and much more (the full conference schedule).

All those who will be in New York City on May 28th are eligible to participate. Follow the instructions to enter below.

60 Atlantic Avenue / Quadrangle Architects

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Architects: Quadrangle Architects
Location: Liberty Village, , ON, Canada
Area: 43000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn, A-Frame, Courtesy of Quadrangle Architects, Bob Gundu

Mecca to Build the World’s Largest Hotel

Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian

has unveiled plans to build the world’s largest hotel by 2017. The 10,000-room Abraj Kudai hotel will be built in the Manafia district, just south of the Grand Mosque. It will be a city within a city, hosting 70 restaurants, food courts, a bus station, shopping mall, conference center, ballroom and five floors dedicated entirely to the Saudi royal family; all will be set within a cluster of 12 towers standing atop a 10-story podium and centered around a massive dome.

La Viña Suburban Dwelling / Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot & Iván Castañeda

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Architects: Juan Salassa, Santiago Tissot e Iván Castañeda
Location: , Cordoba, Argentina
Collaborator: Martin Mikaelian
Project Area: 120.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

St John's Abbey, Minnesota,1961. Image © Flickr CC user janmikeuy
St John's Abbey, Minnesota,1961. Image © Flickr CC user janmikeuy

Spotlight: Marcel Breuer

Known as Lajkó to his friends, Marcel Lajos Breuer (21 May 1902 – 1 July 1981) helped define first the interior contents, then the form, of the modernist house for millions; his influential approach to housing was one of the first to demonstrate modernism on a domestic, practical level. Beginning as a furniture designer at the height of Bauhaus, Breuer was hailed as one of the most innovative designers working in the 1930s, before moving to architecture and helping define the modernist vernacular.

MVRDV’s Winy Maas On Architecture Education And His Early Work In Africa

Balancing Barn / . Image © Edmund Sumner

Winy Maas is one of architecture’s most aggressive researchers. Through his office MVRDV and affiliations with universities in Europe and America, Maas produces a seemingly unstoppable stream of insights into the environments in which architects now operate. As an advisor to the educational program of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the architect is currently contributing to the production of eleven radical visions of the future, based on extrapolating trends that shape contemporary life, in Russia and around the world. Maas recently sat with writer, curator, and Strelka faculty member Brendan McGetrick to discuss his unusual educational trajectory, learning from the conservationist Richard Leakey, facing death in Sudan, and the beauty of architects experimenting with algae.

Cultural Centre in Montbui / Pere Puig arquitecte

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Architects: Pere Puig arquitecte
Location: Travessia Sant Pere, 20, 08710 Santa Margarida de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte, Rafael Tirado, Òscar Ferrer

NCARB Discards “Intern” Title

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the governing body for much of the architectural profession in the US, is taking steps to take “intern” out of architectural vocabulary. In a press statement, NCARB president Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, said that in the future, NCARB will only encourage regulatory language for post-licensure individuals

“Architects are those who have met all the requirements to become licensed in states and jurisdictions throughout the United States,” McKinney said. “Everyone else is not an architect. But their status also doesn’t need a regulatory title such as ‘intern’ or any similar reference. This has become a term that has been perceived as negative by many in the architecture community and a term that really does not fully value the work that aspiring architects bring to the profession.”

From “Silk Road” to “Gas Road”: Students to Document the Turkmenistan-China Gas Pipeline

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Three Harvard students have launched a Kickstarter Project to fund a short film and digital exhibition on the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, which runs along the historic Silk Road. “From ‘Silk Road’ to ‘Gas Road’” will explore the “cultural, ecological and urban implications” of the 21st century intervention, following the summertime journey of Lu Xiaoxuan, Benny Shaffer, and Justin D. Stern along the pipeline. The project is being carried out through Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese studies, and the trio intends to finish filming and photographing for the project this summer.

Learn more about the project and how to support it after the break.

House of Four Houses / PROD architecture & design

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Architects: PROD architecture & design
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Paulo Carvalho, Susana Correia
Design Team: Paulo Carvalho, Susana Correia, Fernando Paiva and Paulo Borlido
Area: 501.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Hall McKnight
© Hall McKnight

Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London’s King’s Cross

Belfast-based Hall McKnight are set to open a pop-up pavilion in London’s King’s Cross as part of the 2015 London Festival of Architecture. Located in Cubitt Square, the project forms part of the New Horizon’s initiative, supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation and ID15 (the year of Irish Design 2015). The structure, built from a collection of cut boards, “explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces.” The interior spaces will feature an installation of bricks reclaimed from a street of row houses in Belfast.

Fraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld / Barkow Leibinger

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Architects: Barkow Leibinger
Location: , Germany
Architects In Charge: Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Area: 3813.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Country House / E2A

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Architects: E2A
Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2007
Photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli, Francesca Giovanelli

House in Tsudanuma / fuse-atelier

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Architects: fuse-atelier
Location: , Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Shigeru Fuse
Design Team: fuse-atelier, Musashino Art University/fuse-studio
Area: 63.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shigeru Fuse