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London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme, Courtesy of Cityscape
Courtesy of Cityscape

London Mayor Boris Johnson has ruled in favour of the controversial Mount Pleasant scheme in North London at a public hearing held earlier today. The scheme was called in for a hearing at the request of the site's owner Royal Mail who claimed that Islington and Camden councils (who are both responsible for parts of the huge site) were taking too long over the planning application, but has been criticized heavily by locals who feel that the scheme is not appropriate for the site, and by the councils who feel that the scheme's 24% affordable housing is unacceptably low. However, Johnson drew criticism in June for apparently “compromising his neutrality” in advance of the hearing when he stated that the redeveloped Mount Pleasant “will be a wonderful place to live.”

Johnson approved the scheme after a heated hearing attended by over 100 members of the public and press, with many in attendance booing and heckling the mayor and representatives of the Royal Mail.

More on the hearing after the break

Where Are the Women? Measuring Progress on Gender in Architecture

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Where Are the Women? Measuring Progress on Gender in Architecture, Courtesy of ACSA
Courtesy of ACSA

Today is American architect Denise Scott Brown’s 83rd birthday. It is no secret that the woman has made an indelible mark on architectural history and has significantly advanced the role of women in architecture, though many would argue that her success hasn’t fully been accredited.  

In light of Brown’s success and birthday, we would like to share some fascinating statistics presented by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) that measure the progress on gender in architecture. According to the report, women make up 51% of the 316 million people residing in the US, however only 25% of the 193,000 registered architects are women. This presents the question, “Where are all the women?”

The statistics on US women in architecture, after the break.

House in Kea / Marina Stassinopoulos + Konstantios Daskalakis

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
House in Kea / Marina Stassinopoulos + Konstantios Daskalakis, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos +22

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +20

Seven27 Apartments / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Seven27 Apartments / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, © Barbara Karant
© Barbara Karant

© Barbara Karant © Barbara Karant © Barbara Karant © Barbara Karant +25

Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Cost

    <1.500€/sqm
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen

Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen +10

Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time, Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI
Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI

SVESMI, an unassuming studio based in central Rotterdam, is at the center of a dauntingly complex project that may eventually see the renovation of 448 dilapidated and disused branch libraries in Moscow. Architects Anastassia Smirnova and Alexander Sverdlov balance their time between Rotterdam, which acts as their design studio, and Moscow from which, alongside architects Maria Kataryan and Pavel Rueda, they oversee the project at large. Faced by the potential challenge of reimagining over 450 public 'living rooms' spread across the Russian capital and demanding unusually high levels of spatial articulation and social understanding, the Open Library project is also unwinding the hidden narrative of Moscow’s local libraries.

Interior Collage - Dostoyevsky Library. Image © SVESMI Interior of Library - #127. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - Library #127. Image © SVESMI +23

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014 , World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / Joyce Wang Studio. Image Courtesy of INSIDE
World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / Joyce Wang Studio. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in Hong Kong has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it's "rich texture", "theatrical environment" and "sophisticated" detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break. 

Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +15

The Renovation of Kuzuha House / Yasutaka Kondo + Yoshiaki Nagasaka + Mamoru Nanba

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
The Renovation of Kuzuha House / Yasutaka Kondo + Yoshiaki Nagasaka + Mamoru Nanba, © Yusuke Fujioka
© Yusuke Fujioka

© Yusuke Fujioka © Yusuke Fujioka © Yusuke Fujioka © Yusuke Fujioka +7

Tejon 35 / Meridian 105 Architecture

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Tejon 35 / Meridian 105 Architecture, © Raul Garcia
© Raul Garcia

© Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    1974 West 35th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211, USA
  • Design Team

    Chad Mitchell, Daniel Lipscomb
  • Interior Designer

    Heltshe Interiors
  • Area

    50339.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Trahan Architects Design “Expo Georgia” Convention Center for Tbilisi

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Trahan Architects Design “Expo Georgia” Convention Center for Tbilisi, Northeast Entry. Image © Trahan Architects
Northeast Entry. Image © Trahan Architects

Trahan Architects have collaborated with Christopher Counts Studio to design a 15-hectare, two-phase masterplan for a mixed-use convention center in Tbilisi, known as "Expo Georgia." Organized within a lush garden landscape, the masterplan’s first phase will see the completion of the convention center’s first half, which will be constructed in a sequence of repetitive gabled forms broken down as stepped, nine-meter modules. 

More about the center and masterplan, after the break.

Fredensborg House / NORM Architects

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Fredensborg House / NORM Architects, © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
© Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

© Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen +49

AR Issues: Redefining Modulor Man for a New Era of Inclusivity

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
AR Issues: Redefining Modulor Man for a New Era of Inclusivity, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take a look at AR’s September 2014 issue, which includes an examination of the sometimes difficult relationship between architecture and disability. Here, AR Editor Catherine Slessor argues that we should adapt our understanding of Le Corbusier's Modulor Man to be more inclusive, asking "What happens when disability is not seen as a problem for architecture to solve, but as a potential generative impetus?"

From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, the mathematical proportions of the human form have historically been used to shape and define architecture. Man is, essentially, the ultimate measure of all things. The famous Modulor Man was originally based on the height of the average Frenchman (1.75 metres, or 5 feet 9 inches) but was later increased to a more strapping 1.83 metres (6 feet) because of Corb’s penchant for English detective novels in which (literally) upstanding characters such as policemen, were always 6 feet tall.

Foster + Partners Selected for $12 Billion Metro Project in Jeddah

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Foster + Partners Selected for $12 Billion Metro Project in Jeddah, Last Thursday, Foster was awarded the BIA Award for his design of Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi
Last Thursday, Foster was awarded the BIA Award for his design of Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi

According to the Architects' Journal, Foster + Partners has been selected to design all 46 stations of the new $12 billion metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - a commission that could earn the practice up to £100 million ($160 million) in fees. Planned for a 2020 completion date and a 2022 opening, the metro project aims to remove 30% of Jeddah's traffic within the next 20 years, a significant goal as until now public transport has not been popular: currently just one or two percent of commuters in the city use public transport.

Bath Kitchen House / Takeshi Shikauchi

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Bath Kitchen House / Takeshi Shikauchi, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +14

World Building of the Year: The Chapel / A21 studio

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
World Building of the Year: The Chapel / A21 studio , Courtesy of a21 studio
Courtesy of a21 studio

The 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) has culminated with A21 studio’s The Chapel  being named the Building of the Year. Each winner of the categories from day 1 and day 2 had the opportunity to present their projects in front of WAF’s ‘super-jury’, comprised of Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich. Following all of the presentations, the jury selected the Building of the Year.  The winners of the Small Project of the Year, Landscape of the Year and Future Project of the Year were also announced today, in addition to two new prizes: The Colour Prize (sponsored by AkzoNobel) and the Wood Excellence Prize (sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council).

Read on after the break for more information on the winning projects…

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Gets a Break

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Gets a Break, Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The National Capital Planning Commission has granted preliminary approval to a modified version of Frank Gehry’s controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design, which removed two of the stainless steel tapestries to clear views towards the Capitol. The project, which has remained stagnant since 2011, has been shawled in turmoil largely due to criticism regarding its "grandiose" design and focus on Eisenhower as a boy. The vote will now advance Gehry’s design to the Commission of Fine Arts for approval.

More images of the revised design, after the break.