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The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe
© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe +9

JA92: World Yearbook 2013

00:00 - 22 February, 2014
JA92: World Yearbook 2013

JA92 takes a retrospective glance at the architecture of 2013. 49 works were chosen from cities around the world including Japan with the focus on architecture's relationship with environment and cultural background.

Also included are essays by Hitoshi Abe, Anton Garcia-Abril and TYIN.

How Should We Implement Smart Cities?

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
How Should We Implement Smart Cities?, Tokyo. Image © Clry2
Tokyo. Image © Clry2

In this article, originally published by Arup Connect as "Anthony Townsend on Smart Cities", Townsend discusses his book "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia" and explains how, in his view, the push towards smart cities is being led by the wrong people - namely technology companies with short term goals; the architects, planners and scientists who should be leading this change, however, often struggle to share their knowledge.

Your book argues that there's a need for grassroots action rather than top-down, corporate-led implementation of smart cities. How do you see architects and engineers fitting into this picture?

Architects and engineers for the most part have to serve the interests of their clients. There's a balance that has to be struck, almost on a project-by-project basis, about how much they can push back in saying a piece of technology related to the business model for the project, or even a placemaking strategy, has unintended consequences, or that there may be a more democratic or innovative approach.

A lot of the vision of smart cities has been shaped by IT engineers and marketers. The problem there is not just that it's sort of a naïve vision being pushed by companies with very short-term sales goals. It just doesn't appreciate the complexity of good urbanism, and the role that both communications and information play in creating good places that people want to buy, work, live in.

Read more about the challenges facing smart cities after the break

VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps

00:00 - 22 February, 2014

Liz Diller, one of the three partners of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, discusses the history of the High Line and the active design decisions which led to its success.

The elevated railroad, which was designed to penetrate city blocks rather than parallel an avenue, saw its last delivery (of frozen turkeys) in 1980. By 1999, a “very strange landscape had formed, with a whole eco system around it,” says Diller. Advocacy for the site’s preservation began with two local residents, and culminated in its reclamation with the multidisciplinary collaboration of city officials and impassioned designers (namely James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf). "The High Line project couldn’t have happened without the right people, the right time and the right administration."

KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains, © KWK Promes
© KWK Promes

Construction has begun on KWK Promes’ lakeside hotel in Poland. Inspired by traditional mountain homes that found refuge from flooding on a neighboring hilltop, the building’s low profile burrows into the ground at its entrance while opening up to the Czorsztyn waters as topography descends. Similar to the regions typical layout, two massive gable roofs, which appear as two separate structures, are designed to house the elevated sleeping quarters. 

Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland, Courtesy of Design Team
Courtesy of Design Team

Arctic Harvester was the first prize winning entry in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition, 2013.  It proposes an itinerant soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to drift the circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, exploiting the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs as the basis for a large-scale hydroponic-farming system. The floating facility is equipped to house a community of 800 people, inspired in its compact urban form by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages and their social, cultural and economic relationship to the sea. 

Exedra Nice Hotel Spa / Simone Micheli

00:00 - 22 February, 2014
Exedra Nice Hotel Spa / Simone Micheli, © Jürgen Eheim
© Jürgen Eheim
  • Architects

  • Location

    12 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice, France
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim +17

Seatoun Heights House / Parsonson Architects

22:00 - 21 February, 2014
Seatoun Heights House / Parsonson Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +26

Villa V2 / Guerin & Pedroza Architectes

21:00 - 21 February, 2014
Villa V2 / Guerin & Pedroza Architectes, © Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski +40

Tower Apartment / Agence SML

20:00 - 21 February, 2014
Tower Apartment  / Agence SML, © Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie
  • Architects

  • Location

    7th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France
  • Design Team

    Marc Sirvin, Clemence Eliard
  • Area

    25.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +15

Neulsam Church / Lee Eunseok, K.O.M.A

18:00 - 21 February, 2014
Neulsam Church / Lee Eunseok, K.O.M.A, © Park Youngchae
© Park Youngchae

© Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae © Park Youngchae +23

Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier

16:00 - 21 February, 2014
Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier, © Lu Hengzhong
© Lu Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Wang Yan
  • Design Team

    Gao Guangye, Zhang Xu
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong +28

VIDEO: The Endless Table

14:00 - 21 February, 2014

When designing offices for creative companies, it's important to strike a balance between an efficient workplace, a fun space to be in, and an attention-grabbing signature for the company itself. That's exactly what Clive Wilkinson Architects did for the Barbarian Group, an advertising group in New York for whom they designed the Endless Table, a single desk which both seats all of their 125 staff members, but also defines spaces within the office, such as meeting rooms and cozy work nooks. 

NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem

13:48 - 21 February, 2014
NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem , Rhine View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
Rhine View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Amsterdam-based NL Architects has been shortlisted, alongside three other prestigious teams, to design a new “ArtA” museum and film house for the city of Arnhem. Uniting four main programs - a cinema, art square, museum and park - the “wedge-shaped” structure is designed as an “urban moraine” that cascades towards the city and invites residents to experience the Rhine from an elevated parkway. This formation grants pedestrians two options for museum access: up the Baroque-inspired rooftop park or through the ground level “Art Square” which serves as a “public intermediary” between the building and city, as well as the museum and film theatre.

SISII / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

12:00 - 21 February, 2014
SISII / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +8

Robert A.M. Stern on His Latest Publication: The "Definitive Text" on Suburbia

10:30 - 21 February, 2014
Robert A.M. Stern on His Latest Publication: The "Definitive Text" on Suburbia, Jardim América, 1911–29, Brazil. Developed on 260 acres of land on São Paulo’s southern and western outskirts, the neighborhood remains highly desirable. Image Courtesy of Monacelli Press/Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Jardim América, 1911–29, Brazil. Developed on 260 acres of land on São Paulo’s southern and western outskirts, the neighborhood remains highly desirable. Image Courtesy of Monacelli Press/Robert A.M. Stern Architects

In this interview, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "The Charms of Suburbia", Martin Pedersen interviews Robert A.M. Stern about his new book, "Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City". Pedersen's interview delves into the history behind the Garden Suburb - a typology that is distinct from the stereotype of suburban sprawl.

Robert A.M. Stern is nothing if not counterintuitive. How else do you explain—in an increasingly digital and urban-centric world—his recently released book, a 1,072-page tome, containing more than 3,000 images, on the history of the garden suburb? Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City (the Monacelli Press, 2013) was written with longtime, in-house collaborators David Fishman and Jacob Tilove, who also worked with Stern on the fifth volume of  the architect’s epic New York series. 

Paradise Planned is similarly expansive. “The book grew like Topsy,” Stern says. “We’d think we had all the examples down, and a new one would pop up. So it just got bigger and bigger. And I thought: if we’re going to do this book, we really ought to do it as the definitive text. Now, it’s not forever text. People will always be adding things. But this is a pretty comprehensive view.” I recently talked to Stern about his new book, the folly of “landscape urbanism,” and the lessons learned from the garden suburb.

Read on for the rest of the interview

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

10:00 - 21 February, 2014
Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti, © Michele Gusmeri
© Michele Gusmeri
  • Architects

  • Location

    Senago Milan, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
  • Area

    1220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

© Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri +13

Skyscrapers Shedding Ice in NYC

08:00 - 21 February, 2014
Skyscrapers Shedding Ice in NYC, One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

As New York begins to thaw after record breaking winter conditions, city dwellers are forced to be on high alert for falling ice. Streets surrounding the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center have been closed following reports of ice shearing from its surface. Some blame the more energy efficient buildings for the deadly occurrence, believing that because the newer structures are able to hold in more heat their exteriors remain colder which aids the formation of ice. Materials and building form can help prevent this phenomena. You can learn more here.