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Reflections On Álvaro Siza's Seminal Quinta da Malagueira Housing Scheme

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

In an essay and accompanying mini-documentary film by Ellis Woodman for The Architectural Review, Siza's iconic Quinta da Malagueira housing estate (1973-1977) in Évora, Portugal, is comprehensively explored and examined with a refreshingly engaging critical weight. Rather than develop multi-story housing in the sensitive landscape around the city, Siza proposed "a plan that distributed the programme between two fields composed of low-rise terraced courtyard houses." As a result, the arrangement of these structures adjust to the "undulating topography ensuring that the narrow, cobbled streets along which the houses are distributed always follow the slope."

As is made clear in the film (above), one of the remarkable aspects about the Quinta da Malagueira estate is that it is "governed by a third layer of infrastructure" which takes the form of "an elevated network of conduits that distributes water and electricity [...] much in the manner of a miniature aqueduct." For Siza, this was a logical move as it provided the cheapest means of distributing utilities around the complex. Woodman ultimately concludes that "Siza’s work at Malagueira invites a reading less as a fixed artefact and rather as one episode in the site’s ongoing transformation."

Read extracts of what Pier Vittorio Aureli, Tony Fretton, and John Tuomey (among others) have said about Siza's œuvre and approach after the break.

The Ring Of Remembrance / Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
The Ring Of Remembrance / Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +12

Lumini Rio / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes

00:00 - 29 January, 2015
Lumini Rio / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes, © Reinaldo Cóser
© Reinaldo Cóser

© Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser © Reinaldo Cóser +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co –Architect

    Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes
  • Project Team

    Carlos Costa, Dimitre Gallego, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto
  • Area

    312.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

P House / Artigas Arquitectes

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
P House  / Artigas Arquitectes, © Lluís Sans
© Lluís Sans

© Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans  +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Albert Artigas, Ester Fortuny, Judit Onsès, Albert Ortiz
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Day Centre and Housing for the Disabled / Archea Associati

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Day Centre and Housing for the Disabled / Archea Associati , © Marco Casamonti
© Marco Casamonti

© Marco Casamonti © Marco Casamonti © Marco Casamonti © Marco Casamonti +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seregno MB, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
  • Area

    1875.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

After an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 3,000 projects and selected 5 finalists in each category of the Building of the Year Award.

Similar to last year, over 18,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, expressing what architecture means to them by highlighting the buildings that have inspired them the most.

This year’s finalists represent a diverse group of projects, coming from all corners of the globe and from firms of different sizes and trajectories. Yet they all capture architecture's capacity to improve people’s lives.

Remember that the firm behind the overall most voted project will receive an HP T520 Designjet T520 ePrinter, and the second and third most voted practices will receive an HP T120 Designjet ePrinter.

The winners of the two iPads from the nomination stage are: Linda Hinderdael (iPad Mini) and Sylvia Robert (iPad Air). We’re also going to give away two more iPads to our readers during the final voting stage so be sure to vote!

Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

00:00 - 29 January, 2015
Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale, © Denton Corker Marshall
© Denton Corker Marshall

The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

London’s “Olympicopolis” Aims to Host Smithsonian’s First International Venue

00:00 - 29 January, 2015
London’s “Olympicopolis” Aims to Host Smithsonian’s First International Venue, © Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp
© Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp

The Smithsonian is considering opening its first international exhibition space in “Olympicopolis” - London’s former Olympic park that is to be transformed into a world-class cultural hub by 2021. Should the self-financed proposal be approved, it will be the first time in the institution’s 168-year history to build a public venue outside of the United States. 

“We see this as an unprecedented opportunity to show the breadth of the Smithsonian in one of the most diverse cities in the world,” stated Smithsonian acting secretary Al Horvath.

Open Call: Atlanta Bridgescape Competition

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Open Call: Atlanta Bridgescape Competition, Atlanta . Image © Flickr CC User Brett Weinstein
Atlanta . Image © Flickr CC User Brett Weinstein

The Atlanta Bridgescape Competition is an urban design challenge seeking creative strategies to enhance existing freeway infrastructure in Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The objective of the competition is to solicit designs for the next two bridge projects: the 10th Street Bridge in Midtown and the Courtland Street/Ralph McGill Boulevard Bridge in downtown. The competition seeks broad participation from multi-disciplinary design teams to develop innovative approaches for enhancing existing infrastructure in a manner that will elevate the experience of travelers along the Connector and improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge surfaces.

Terrazze / AE5 partners

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Terrazze / AE5 partners, © Nacasa & Partners Inc
© Nacasa & Partners Inc

© Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc +19

In Residence: Xavier Corbero

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

The latest episode in NOWNESS' In Residence series takes viewers into the Esplugues de Llobregat home of Catalan artist Xavier Corbero. Albert Moya captures Corbero's life size cabinet of curiosities— brimming with art pieces and eclectic miscellany— as the artist himself wanders through a Piranesi-esque series of seemingly impossible cantilevered staircases and arches. 

"What I try to do does not stem from reason," says Corbero, "What I always attempt to do is poetry."

MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas, Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, one of the major changes within cities around the world has been the rise of so-called "privately-owned public space," a development which has attracted the attention of many urbanists and is still being widely debated. However, for MONU Magazine, the increasing prevalence (and arguably, acceptance) of such privately owned spaces for public use gives us an opportunity to discuss another aspect of public space: interior urbanism. With the rise of the shopping mall and the increasingly diverse functions required by buildings such as libraries, interior spaces now resemble exterior public spaces more and more.

The following interview is an excerpt from the 21st issue of MONU Magazine, in which MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview MVRDV founder Winy Maas, discussing the concept of interior urbanism in the work of MVRDV, in particular in their Rotterdam Markthal, Glass Farm and Book Mountain projects.

Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Nico Saieh Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Glass Farm in Schijndel. Image © Jeroen Musch +13

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini, © Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora +23

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +25

Modern Tube House / MimANYSTUDIO + REAL

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Modern Tube House  / MimANYSTUDIO  + REAL, Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO
Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO

Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Số 6, An Phú, tx. Thuận An, Bình Dương, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    MimA Tran, Joshua Levine
  • Area

    250.0 sqm

Nest We Grow / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Nest We Grow  / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley  + Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha +36

China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area, The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis - a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan - is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries. 

It is now home to 42 million - more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos, © Paulo Catrica
© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pico Island, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs