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AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson, rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com
rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com

It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the New York State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to Philip Johnson’s most futuristic work. 

the Tent of Tomorrow during the fair. Imagevia People for the Pavillion website © Will Ellis © Marco Catini © Will Ellis +27

Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck
  • Architects

  • Location

    Flaine, 74300 Arâches-la-Frasse, France
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck +9

Visual Arts School / Barclay & Crousse

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Visual Arts School  / Barclay & Crousse, Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse
Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Project Area

    2280.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse, Jorge Luis Dieguez, Courtesy of Barclay & Crousse

Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse © Jorge Luis Dieguez © Jorge Luis Dieguez +39

Veracruz Business Center / Materia Arquitectónica

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Veracruz Business Center / Materia Arquitectónica, © Alberto Mora
© Alberto Mora
  • Architects

  • Location

    Heroica Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Gustavo Carmona, Lisa Beltrán
  • Collaborators

    Hugo Blancas, Rubén Engambira, Gustavo Xoxotla, Daniela Vidal, Víctor Rivera
  • Project Area

    3500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Alberto Mora

© Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora +20

Architecture Critic Inga Saffron Wins Pulitzer

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Architecture Critic Inga Saffron Wins Pulitzer, Philadelphia Skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Jacobson
Philadelphia Skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Jacobson

The Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has won journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize, for her “distinguished criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.” Passionate about cities, Saffron’s work has had a profound impact on Philadelphia’s city policy and development. You can learn more about Saffron’s selection and read her column, here 

When Buildings React: An Interview with MIT Media Lab's Joseph Paradiso

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Responsive Environment lab "Chain mail" project ("a flexible, high-density sensor network"). Image Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
Responsive Environment lab "Chain mail" project ("a flexible, high-density sensor network"). Image Courtesy of MIT Media Lab

Not so far in the future, smartphones and laptops will go the way of the beeper and fax machine, fading into obsolescence. Soon, according to MIT Media Lab's Joseph Paradiso, we will interface with the physical world via wearable technologies that continually exchange information with sensors embedded all around us. 

Paradiso has been at the forefront of these developments for decades, exploring new applications for sensor networks in everything from music (he will lead a presentation of the lab’s musical innovations later this month at Moogfest) to baseball. In recent years, his group’s research has focused increasingly on smart buildings. I spoke with him about the implications of his work for the future of architecture and the built environment. 

You run the Responsive Environments group at the Media Lab. Can you describe some of your work in the building realm?

QKING / Modourbano Architettura

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
QKING / Modourbano Architettura, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +17

Sasanbell to Design £200m Exhibition Center in Aberdeen

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Sasanbell to Design £200m Exhibition Center in Aberdeen, © Sasanbell and Cooper Cromar, via BDOnline
© Sasanbell and Cooper Cromar, via BDOnline

Sasanbell has been chosen to design the UK's "most sustainable facility:" the £200 million Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC). The Glasgow-based company will provide a new home for the city's existing exhibition and conference center, which will be redeveloped by Cooper Cromar, freeing up space for future development and providing a sizable venue that can accommodate "large and popular events." 

Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio, Courtesy of Floisand Studio
Courtesy of Floisand Studio

Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio +16

Itatiba Residence / RoccoVidal P+W

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Itatiba Residence / RoccoVidal P+W, © Tuca Reinés
© Tuca Reinés
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Luiz Fernando Rocco, Fernando Vidal, Douglas Tolaine
  • Collaborators

    Fernanda Tegacini, Marcela Kishi, Caroline Estelles, Ana Cecilia Guimarães, Carlos Andrigo, Fred Zara, Fernanda Morais, Fernanda Borges
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Tuca Reinés © Tuca Reinés © Tuca Reinés © Tuca Reinés +34

House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas, © Daniel Secches
© Daniel Secches
  • Architects

  • Location

    São José dos Campos - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Daniel Secches

© Daniel Secches © Daniel Secches © Daniel Secches © Daniel Secches +17

Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center  (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

Seven architects have been shortlisted from nearly 200 international applicants for Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s 2014 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 grant, which is awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research, is “intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect's professional career” and “foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.”

Ranging from a Barcelona-based architect whose research proposal focuses on animal farming systems to a Croatian architect who wants to re-imagine the “border-scape” in Mediterranean countries, you can review all seven finalists after the break...

Learning and Research Center (LRC) University of Alcalá / CDE Arquitectura

04:20 - 14 April, 2014
© Bernardo Corces
© Bernardo Corces

Architects: Celis-Echeverría CDE Arquitectura Location: Plaza de San Diego, S/N, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, España Partners Design Team: Ernesto Echeverría, Flavio Celis Architects In Charge: Ernesto Echeverría, Flavio Celis, Blanca Moreno Area: 11455.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Bernardo Corces

© Bernardo Corces © Bernardo Corces © Bernardo Corces © Bernardo Corces +28

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qi Wei
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

Himalesque / ARCHIUM

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Himalesque / ARCHIUM, © Jun Myung-jin
© Jun Myung-jin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jomsom 33100, Nepal
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim In-cheurl
  • Data Management

    MASIL
  • Area

    747.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jun Myung-jin © Jun Myung-jin © Jun Myung-jin © Jun Myung-jin +32

Tyree Energy Technologies Building / FJMT

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Tyree Energy Technologies Building / FJMT, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Anzac Parade, University of New South Wales-Kensington Campus, Kensington NSW 2033, Australia
  • Area

    16850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +8

Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya, The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH
The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH

As reported by Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, a group of Chinese investors has revealed plans for a new city in Kenya that will "match the splendour of Dubai". Though the investors are still resolving details with the Kenyan government, the city is planned for an area in Athi River, around 30km south-east of Nairobi, and is billed as a Chinese-controlled economic zone. At this early stage, the plans feature at least 20 skyscrapers. You can find more details of the proposal here.

Christoph Gielen's "Ciphers": Aerial Views of American Sprawl

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Christoph Gielen's "Ciphers": Aerial Views of American Sprawl, Courtesy of Jovis Verlag
Courtesy of Jovis Verlag

From the Publisher. Christoph Gielen’s aerial views offer a look at America’s most aberrant and unusual sprawl forms in ways we usually don’t get to see them: from far above the ground—a vantage point that reveals both the intricate geometry as well as the idiosyncratic allure of these developments. Here, encountering sprawl becomes an aesthetic experience that at the same time leaves us with a sense of foreboding, of seeing the “writing on the wall”. At once fascinating and profoundly unsettling, these photographs detail the potential ramifications of unchecked urbanization. When these settlements were developed, neither distance from work place nor gasoline prices much mattered in determining the locations of new constructions. These places are relics from an era that was entirely defined by a belief in unlimited growth, of bigger is better. The startling extent of those practices, and their inherent wastefulness, come to light in Gielen’s pictures—as if looking at a microcosm of non-sustainability through a giant magnifier.

Contributing essays by Johann Frederik Hartle, Galina Tachieva, Srdjan Jovanic Weiss, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris contextualize Gielen’s work by focusing on a range of aspects, from aesthetics to climate change and futurology. They also examine why taking a closer look at these places is particularly crucial at this juncture, when we are faced with a new wave of building booms in developing nations such as in China.