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Window House / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

21:00 - 19 February, 2014

La Piscucha / Cincopatasalgato

20:00 - 19 February, 2014
La Piscucha / Cincopatasalgato, © Jason Bax
© Jason Bax
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Sueños, Santa Tecla, El Salvador
  • Area

    655.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jason Bax © Jason Bax © Jason Bax © Jason Bax +30

LoMa Chapalita / Elías Rizo Architects

18:00 - 19 February, 2014
LoMa Chapalita / Elías Rizo Architects, © Marcos García
© Marcos García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya,
Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Juan Antonio Avelar, Andrea Zúñiga, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Structural Engineering

    LOES Ingenieros
  • Plumbing

    GEFLUSA
  • Electrical

    CG Engineering
  • Air Conditioning

    Airesistemas
  • Lighting

    Construlita
  • Area

    7279.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes

16:00 - 19 February, 2014
Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes, © Stéphane Brugger
© Stéphane Brugger
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue Saint-Patrick, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Smith
  • Design Team

    Daniel Smith, Karine Renaud, Anik Malderis, Étienne Penault, Cindy Neveu, Mélanie Quesnel, Stéphan Vigeant
  • Client

    Richer - de la Plante Family
  • Area

    1220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger +13

VIDEO: What We Can Learn From Tall Buildings

14:00 - 19 February, 2014

What do you think the North American, Asian and Western European tall building communities most need to learn from each other? This is precisely what the Center on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) sat down to ask five leading architects, whose responses formed an eclectic and meaningful overview on the state of tall building worldwide. As Rem Koolhaas noted, each region has their own journey that is worth understanding, such as the Arab world’s transition from “extravagance to rationality” or Asia’s hyper-focus on project realization. But, as James Goettsch points out, “not every building has to be something remarkable." It’s alright for some buildings to be nothing more than “good citizens.”

January ABI Reports "Modest Uptick"

12:04 - 19 February, 2014
January ABI Reports "Modest Uptick", January ABI via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
January ABI via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Business in the United States has started the New Year on a more positive note, as January’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) revealed the first increase in design services after three consecutive months of decline. As reported by the American Institute for Architects (AIA), the January numbers rose from December’s score of 48.5 to 50.4, indicating an increase in billings. However, the new projects inquiry index was 58.5, down a bit from the reading of 59.2 the previous month.

“There is enough optimism in the marketplace that business conditions should return to steady growth as the year progresses,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  

Round-Up: 40 Projects Inspired By Our Favorite Materials

10:00 - 19 February, 2014
Round-Up: 40 Projects Inspired By Our Favorite Materials

In case you missed them, we've rounded up our four popular "Material Inspiration" posts, which celebrated the launch of our new US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials. Check them out below!

Kikutake's Sky House: Where Metabolism & Le Corbusier Meet

10:30 - 19 February, 2014
Kikutake's Sky House: Where Metabolism & Le Corbusier Meet, Sky House, Tokyo, 1958. Image © Kawashima Architecture Photograph Office
Sky House, Tokyo, 1958. Image © Kawashima Architecture Photograph Office

In this article, first published in the Australian Design Review as "The Meeting of East and West: Kikutake and Le Corbusier", Michael Holt outlines the cross-fertilization of ideas that helped spawn the Japanese Metabolist movement, focusing on how Le Corbusier's ideals were key in the design of one of the movement's most enigmatic projects, Kiyonori Kikutake's Sky House.

Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake’s Sky House (1958) remains an exemplary project that defines the Metabolist agenda but, more significantly, underscores the notion that a single-family dwelling can be ideologically recursive and strategic. Kikutake, however, was not without a somewhat unlikely precedent in the renowned Le Corbusier.

Both architects established an order and method of working via their smallest designs – Kikutake in Sky House and Le Corbusier at Villa Savoye (1929) – and developed their notions through written accounts (Kikutake’s Metabolist Manifesto, 1960 and Le Corbusier’s Purist Manifesto, predating the built work, in 1918). Finally, each scales up their ideas to the level of the urban through Kikutake’s Tower-Shaped Community Project (1959) and Le Corbusier’s Urbanisme at Chandigarh, India (1953). To locate the origin of the influence, it is necessary to first examine Le Corbusier’s position as the figurehead of Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM).

Read on for more about this unlikely chain of influence

Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

10:00 - 19 February, 2014
Cineteca Nacional Siglo XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos, © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera
© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera

© Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Paul Rivera © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro © Rojkind Arquitectos. Photo: Jaime Navarro +34

What Does a Zaha Hadid-Designed Water Fountain Look Like?

09:00 - 19 February, 2014
What Does a Zaha Hadid-Designed Water Fountain Look Like?, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Zaha Hadid ArchitectsAdam ArchitectureHopkins ArchitectsEric Parry ArchitectsAllford Hall Monaghan Morris and Studio Weave have all unveiled, what AJ describes as, six “jaw-dropping” proposals for new water kiosks planned for central London. As part of a competition, conducted by the British journal, the architect-designed drinking fountains will be on view at The Building Centre from February 20 through March 14. View them all and vote for your favorite here.

Call for Proposals: PXSTL Community Program Grants

07:00 - 19 February, 2014
Call for Proposals: PXSTL Community Program Grants, Courtesy of Freecell Architecture
Courtesy of Freecell Architecture

Back in September 2013, we told you about PXSTL. Organized by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, PXSTL challenged US artists, architects and designers to propose a small-scale intervention for a vacant lot in the St. Louis Grand Center cultural district that could possibly spark large-scale urban transformation. Freecell Architecture was announced as the winner of the competition, with their proposal "Lots".

Exhibition: Beyond the Supersquare

02:00 - 19 February, 2014
Exhibition: Beyond the Supersquare, Livia Corona (b. Mexico, 1975; based in New York) / From the series: "Two Million Homes for Mexico / 47,547 Homes for Mexico Ixtapaluca, 2007 / Archival Chromogenic Print / 30 x 40 inches / Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Livia Corona (b. Mexico, 1975; based in New York) / From the series: "Two Million Homes for Mexico / 47,547 Homes for Mexico Ixtapaluca, 2007 / Archival Chromogenic Print / 30 x 40 inches / Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beyond the Supersquare brings together a select group of contemporary artists whose insightful work addresses the remnants of the Modern Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. While the exhibition will address how Modernism defined a number of decisive aspects related to contemporary architecture, urbanism, and art in Latin America, this exhibition will also examine the larger political and social underpinnings of these cultural and environmental developments. 

Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng, China, 100027
  • Architect in Charge

    Lin Li
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann, Christian Taeubert
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +29

Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design, © Lorne Shawn Blythe
© Lorne Shawn Blythe

© Lorne Shawn Blythe © Lorne Shawn Blythe © Lorne Shawn Blythe © Lorne Shawn Blythe +17

Im Zollhafen 22 / Gatermann + Schossig

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Im Zollhafen 22 / Gatermann + Schossig, © H.G. Esch
© H.G. Esch

© H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch +9

Aroeira III House / ColectivArquitectura

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Aroeira III House / ColectivArquitectura, © FG+SG - architectural photography
© FG+SG - architectural photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aroeira, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Vera Martins Alves e Cristóvão Fonseca Ferreira
  • Landscape Architects

    Nélia Martins + João Junqueira arquitectos paisagistas
  • Engineering

    Gonçalves Pereira, engenheiros
  • General Contractor

    Empevic, Lda
  • Wood Contractor

    Socorte, S.A. | construção de casas em madeira
  • Project Area

    407.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography © FG+SG - architectural photography +33

First-Place Winner of Santiago Landmark Competition: Smiljan Radic + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell

00:00 - 19 February, 2014
First-Place Winner of Santiago Landmark Competition: Smiljan Radic + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell, Courtesy of Winning Team
Courtesy of Winning Team

Smiljan Radic, Gabriela Medrano, and Ricardo Serpell have won a competition to design a new landmark for Santiago, Chile: an antenna tower to be placed on the summit of San Cristobal Hill, in the heart of the city. 

The 'Santiago Antenna Tower,' a unique telecommunications tower with panoramic views, should be completed in 2017, in time for the centenary of the Metropolitan Park of Santiago.

Further detail and the architect's description of the project, after the break.

Lv-Z House / NonWarp

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Lv-Z House / NonWarp, © Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Puebla, Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Uziel Marrufo Fernández
  • Collaborators

    Juan Manuel Jimenez Rojas
  • Structures

    Marco Antonio Zago Merlot
  • Project Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes +13