New Landmark in Copenhaguen / schmidt hammer lassen architects

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

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Reviving Beijing's Hutongs with Micro Installations

00:00 - 9 October, 2013
Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh
Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh

The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright documents the current trend of micro-scale installations spurring new life into the historic hutongs of Beijing and gaining support from the local communities, eager to reject the economic pressures of destroying/rebuilding. The local government’s endorsement, however, comes as a surprise - especially considering its fervent impetus to raze these areas just a few years ago. Read the full article here: Designers Use 'Urban Acupuncture' to Revive Beijing's Historic Hutongs.

25hours Hotel Vienna / BWM Architekten

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Rupert Steiner
© Rupert Steiner

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ACME Wins SAB Design Competition in Germany

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© ACME
© ACME

ACME has won an international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Sächsische AufbauBank in Leipzig, Germany. Chosen from submissions by 20 architectural practices (including Zaha Hadid and Sauerbruch Hutton), ACME's design was referred to by the jury as "an innovative and [...] a visionary solution, which is manifested in a striking, distinctive appearance. Especially noteworthy is the symbiotic unity of building and open space design." 

Annakapelle Schladming / HPSA + Wolfgang Günther

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
  • Architects

    HPSA + Wolfgang Günther
  • Location

    Schladming, Austria
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Dietmar Hammerschmid

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Planalto House / Flavio Castro

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +27

Hiroshima Park Restrooms: Absolute Arrows / Future Studio

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +29

House in Hyogo / Shogo ARATANI Architect & Associates

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

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Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center

00:00 - 9 October, 2013
Render of Studio Gang's Dining and Residence Hall at the University of Chicago. The project is expected to be completed in 2016. Image © Studio Gang Architects
Render of Studio Gang's Dining and Residence Hall at the University of Chicago. The project is expected to be completed in 2016. Image © Studio Gang Architects

Beloit College has chosen Studio Gang Architects to convert a century old power-plant into a campus recreation and activity center. The project was born out of an ongoing partnership with Alliant Energy Wisconsin, the local utility company that currently holds the space, who has been in talks within the college for over a year.

“The Studio Gang team is very excited to partner with Beloit College,” stated Jeanne Gang. “Together we can transform this historic structure into a new hub for wellness, green power, and great architecture. By reflecting Beloit’s core values in the design, values shared by our team, we will create a model that will bring many benefits to the college, city, and region. This is a project that has the potential to inspire other communities around the globe.”

An Interview with Magda Mostafa: Pioneer in Autism Design

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
"New Struan Centre for Autism in Alloa, Scotland, designed by Aitken Turnbull, consists of a glass atrium that floods the space in brilliant sunlight". Image © Wardell Armstrong
"New Struan Centre for Autism in Alloa, Scotland, designed by Aitken Turnbull, consists of a glass atrium that floods the space in brilliant sunlight". Image © Wardell Armstrong

In 2002, Magda Mostafa, a then-PhD student at Cairo University, was given an exciting project: to design Egypt's first educational centre for autism. The young architect set herself down to the task of researching into autism design, certain she'd soon find guidelines and accessibility codes to direct her through the process (after all, about one in every 88 children is estimated to fall into the autism spectrum). 

But, as Mostafa told me, "I had a rude awakening; there was virtually nothing."

So she started setting up studies to gather the evidence she'd need to come up with her own guidelines. And she was breaking ground: a study she completed in 2008 was "among the first autism design studies to be prospective not retrospective, have a control group, and measure quantifiable factors in a systematic way."

Since those uncertain beginnings, Mostafa has positioned herself as one of the world's pre-eminent researchers in autism design. Her latest work, summarized in "An Architecture for Autism," the journal IJAR's most downloaded article in 2012, outlines Mostafa's latest accomplishment: the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index, both a matrix to help guide design as well as an assessment tool "to score the autism-appropriateness of a built environment" post-occupancy. In the following interview, we discuss the Index, the potential of evidence-based design for architecture, and what it's like to break ground (and try get funding) in a country where "black-outs, security threats, water shortages and unbelievable traffic" are everyday occurrences.

Autofamily House / KWK Promes

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Juliusz Sokołowski
© Juliusz Sokołowski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Poland
  • Author

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaboration

    Katarzyna Furgalińska, Magdalena Adamczak, Łukasz Marciniak
  • Structural Engineering

    Kornel Szyndler
  • Area

    990.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Olo Studio · Photographer Profile, Juliusz Sokołowski

© Juliusz Sokołowski © Juliusz Sokołowski © Olo Studio © Juliusz Sokołowski +25

Palais Rasumofsky / Baar-Baarenfels

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Vera Subkus
© Vera Subkus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Johannes Baar-Baarenfels, Ernst Stockinger, Martin Reis, Petr Vokal, Georg Pamperl
  • Structural Engineering

    Jahangir Nasserzare, Marian Gottschall, Sylvestra Nanesvski
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Cornelius Peter, Reza Saber, Monika Dany
  • Building Supervision

    Mag. Franz Pichler, DI Peter Stögerer, Bmst. Franz Leitner
  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus © Vera Subkus +30

Casa en la Bilbanía / Foraster Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
© Joseba Bengoetxea
© Joseba Bengoetxea

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“A Short History of the Highrise”

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Oscar Niemeyer - Brasília, 1958. Image © Marcel Gautherot/IMS
Oscar Niemeyer - Brasília, 1958. Image © Marcel Gautherot/IMS

The New York Times has published “A Short History of the Highrise” - an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. Organized in four short films - “Mud,” “Concrete,” “Glass,” and “Home” - viewers are given the option to "dig deeper" into each subject and explore additional archival material while viewing the film. Check out the film here

"Designing Recovery" Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Courtesy of GOATstudio
Courtesy of GOATstudio

“Designing Recovery,” a competition focused on the planning and rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities, has announced its three winning entries, by sustainable.to Architecture + Building, GOATstudio LLP, and Q4 Architects.

The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  Make It Right,  Architecture for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, and Dow Building Solutions, was envisioned to aid communities affected by devastating natural disasters – in this case, New York City, New Orleans, and Joplin, MO.

Lycée Albert Einstein / NBJ Architectes + François Privat

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
© Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski

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Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB
A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB

BIG, OMA and SANAA are amongst 12 architectural heavyweights competing to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Blasieholmen, Stockholm. Currently in the competition’s first stage, the architects have submitted anonymous entries for jury review. 

Once complete, the building hopes to become one of Stockholm’s main attractions. It will not only serve as the Nobel Foundation's primary home, but also provide facilities for research and education, as well as public exhibition spaces, a conference center, library, cafe, shop and more.

Read on for the complete list of participating architects and a sneak peak of the proposed schemes.

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

00:00 - 8 October, 2013

Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, speaks about projects in Asia and his design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s celebrated Lightfall with architect, educator and National Academician Stan Allen. The event will take place October 23, from 6:30pm till 8:00pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets, please click here.