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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.

World Architecture Festival 2014: Submit Your Works to Compete as the World's Best

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
World Architecture Festival 2014: Submit Your Works to Compete as the World's Best, World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia
World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia

Dear readers, as the phenomenal architects we are confident you are, it is time to enter the search for the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards. Annually recognizing the globe’s most impressive works, WAF is the largest architecture festival (and live awards) on the planet. 

If shortlisted, you will be invited to defend your project this October at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore in front of a “super jury,” chaired by Richard Rogers, that includes architects Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli, Peter Rich and more. 

The House Reflecting Ripples / Kichi Architectural Design

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
The House Reflecting Ripples  / Kichi Architectural Design, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +31

Maroin Office Building / Architects Group RAUM

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Maroin Office Building / Architects Group RAUM, © Yoon Joon-hwan
© Yoon Joon-hwan
  • Architects

  • Location

    146-9 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Oh sin-wook
  • Partner Architect

    No Jeong-min
  • Design Team

    Ha Joung-un, Park Jeong-a, Lee Chul-woo, Lee Yeong-suk, Kim Dae-won, Yu Seong-cheol, Park Woo-jin
  • Area

    233.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yoon Joon-hwan © Yoon Joon-hwan © Yoon Joon-hwan © Yoon Joon-hwan +39

Preparations Begin to Demolish the American Folk Art Museum

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Preparations Begin to Demolish the American Folk Art Museum, © Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen
© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

Preparations have commenced to demolish Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ American Folk Art Museum in New York. Despite international backlash from preservationists, architects and critics, the neighboring Museum of Modern Art will raze the 12-year-old structure in an effort to make way for an expansion designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro. According to recent reports, scaffolding has arrived at the site and will soon be erected in front of the museum’s distinct, copper-bronze facade. More on the controversy, here. 

Carozzi Production and Research Food Center / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Carozzi Production and Research Food Center / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia, © Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Bernardo, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G., Javier González E.
  • Project Area

    52.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Roduit Studio / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Roduit Studio / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +23

Marfa Contemporary Gallery / Elliott + Associates Architects

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Marfa Contemporary Gallery / Elliott + Associates Architects, © Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing
© Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing

© Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing © Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing © Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing © Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing +22

Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe's Largest Demolition

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe's Largest Demolition, © Amanda Vincent-Rous
© Amanda Vincent-Rous

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the plans to demolish the Red Road Flats during the Commonwealth Games have been scrapped due to concerns over public safety. The following news was originally published as "Glasgow to Demolish Iconic Modern Towers in Europe's Largest Demolition" on April 10th, 2014.

To mark the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in July, Glasgow is planning a twist on the usual opening ceremony: the customary fireworks are going to be replaced with explosives of an altogether different kind, as the demolition of all but one of the remaining Red Road Flats buildings will be broadcast live into the stadium.

The demolition of the five 30-story buildings will take 15 seconds and will be the largest ever attempted in Europe, according to the organizers. According to Games Organizer Eileen Gallagher, including the demolition as part of the opening ceremony shows that Glasgow is "a city that is proud of its history but doesn't stand still, a city that is constantly regenerating, renewing and re-inventing itself."

Prisons and Human Rights Violations: What Can Architects Do?

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Prisons and Human Rights Violations: What Can Architects Do?, The execution chamber in Indiana where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was killed in 2001: should architects be involved?
The execution chamber in Indiana where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was killed in 2001: should architects be involved?

Originally published by the Architectural Review as "Discipline and Punish: the Architecture of Human Rights", this article by the founder of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility Raphael Sperry outlines how prison design in the US and elsewhere is violating fundamental human rights, and how some architects have come to be complicit in these designs.

We think of architectural regulations as being there to ensure that buildings are safe for the public. But what if a building’s harm is not caused by unexpected structural failure but by the building performing exactly as intended? Can a building designed to facilitate human rights violations amount to a violation in itself? And what is the responsibility of the architects involved? These are the questions at the centre of the current debate in America around the architectural profession’s involvement in prison design.

Read on for more on the ethics of prison design after the break

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Youth-Club Extension  / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +12

From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

BANAMID Architecture Research Institute in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS will hold the third International conference from the “Contemporary Architecture: Iran and the World Dialogue” series in Tehran, Iran. The conference, titled “From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman” will focus on the defining legacy of Peter Eisenman spanning across 50 years of his intellectual and professional body of work. The conference will trace the evolution of Eisenman’s work over time and will examine its imprint on the contemporary discourse of architecture.

MIT's Thresholds Launches New Website

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
MIT's Thresholds Launches New Website, Courtesy of Thresholds
Courtesy of Thresholds

In time with the release of the 42nd issue, Human, Thresholds Journal — MIT’s peer-reviewed journal of art, architecture and culture — has launched a new website. The new ThresholdsJournal.com has been redesigned with more content, spanning the past two decades of the journal’s publication. Other features include online purchasing of past issues, enhanced search capabilities for past contributors, and social media interactivity. The new website will feature news on upcoming issues and related events, submission calls, as well as the broad range of voices that Thresholds has featured since 1992. 

AD Classics: Los Manantiales / Felix Candela

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
AD Classics: Los Manantiales / Felix Candela, via www.rkett.com
via www.rkett.com

With the design for Los Manantiales, Felix Candela’s experimental form finding gave rise to an efficient, elegant, and enduring work of structural art.  Comprised of four intersecting hypars,  a strikingly thin roof surface creates a dramatic dining space.  Built as Candela was establishing an international reputation as the foremost shell building, he demonstrated to the world his masterful combination of artistry and technical virtuoso.

via wikiarquitectura © Flickr user Emmanual Hernandez via wikiarquitectura via www.rkett.com +23

House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au © Rene Jeppesen +28