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Norman Foster's Manchester Maggie's Centre Breaks Ground

05:00 - 22 April, 2015
Norman Foster's Manchester Maggie's Centre Breaks Ground, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

After being granted planning permission last yearNorman Foster's new Maggie’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of  has broken ground. The project is being built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe. According to Foster + Partners, the new centre will "provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends." Surrounded by the Centre’s existing, lush gardens designed by Dan Pearson, Foster’s proposed structure aims to tap into the therapeutic qualities of nature by engaging the outdoors.

El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

04:00 - 22 April, 2015
El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 21

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

03:00 - 22 April, 2015
Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten, Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten
Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team

    Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work

23:00 - 21 April, 2015
St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Chome-11-33 Kamitokoro, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-0994, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Eriko Kasahara, Yumiko Ota
  • Area

    161.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Liyuan Middle School / Minax Architects

21:00 - 21 April, 2015
Liyuan Middle School  / Minax Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 48

booking.com / SCA design

20:00 - 21 April, 2015
booking.com / SCA design, © Jaume Albert Marti
© Jaume Albert Marti

© Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti + 27

Sergei Tchoban's Mirrored "Mobius Strip" Debuts in Milan

19:00 - 21 April, 2015
Sergei Tchoban's Mirrored "Mobius Strip" Debuts in Milan, © SPEECH architectural office
© SPEECH architectural office

Russian architects Sergei Tchoban (SPEECH architectural office), Sergey Kuznetsov, and Agniya Sterligova are featuring the "Living Line" sculpture at this year's Milan Design Week. Created for a central part of the University of Milan's main courtyard, which occupies the Ca 'Granda complex of 15th century Renaissance buildings, the mirrored plexiglass "Mobius strip" aims to reflect the exhibition's theme "Energy for Life." 

Ancon Building / Irene Joselevich + Ana Rascovsky + Billy Gutraich

19:00 - 21 April, 2015
Ancon Building / Irene Joselevich + Ana Rascovsky + Billy Gutraich, © Pablo Gerson
© Pablo Gerson

© Pablo Gerson © Pablo Gerson © Pablo Gerson © Pablo Gerson + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ancón 5353, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Partner Architects

    Irene Joselevich, Ana Rascovsky, Billy Gutraich
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Pablo Gerson

Hibarigaoka S house / Kaida Architecture Design Office

18:00 - 21 April, 2015
Hibarigaoka S house / Kaida Architecture Design Office, © Osamu Kurihara
© Osamu Kurihara

© Osamu Kurihara © Osamu Kurihara © Osamu Kurihara © Osamu Kurihara + 18

Video: One World Trade Center Features 500 Year Timelapse of New York City

17:00 - 21 April, 2015

When the One World Trade Center opens its observatory elevators in May, visitors will embark on an unusual journey back in time with animated timelapse that recreates the evolution of Manhattan's skyline starting from the 1500s. In just 47 seconds, visitors will relive the city's architectural history, including the devastation of 9/11, while being lifted up 102 floors. Watch the video above, courtesy of The New York Times

George Lucas Unveils Plan for Bay Area's Largest Affordable Housing Project

15:15 - 21 April, 2015
George Lucas Unveils Plan for Bay Area's Largest Affordable Housing Project, Marin County Headlands. Image © Flickr CC User Franco Folini
Marin County Headlands. Image © Flickr CC User Franco Folini

What some believe to be an act of revenge, George Lucas has unveiled plans to build the San Francisco Bay Area's largest affordable housing project in the wealthy community of Marin County. As CBS reports, the news comes just three years after valley residents shot down Lucas' proposal to develop the land with a 265,000-square-foot production studio. The new plan aims to provide veterans, firefighters, teachers and other service-oriented working class people with 224 low-income homes. 

"We’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people," said Lucas, according to his lawyer Gary Giacomini who also ensured that the plan was "not a form of retaliation."

Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

13:00 - 21 April, 2015
Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos, © Santiago Robayo
© Santiago Robayo

© Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo + 27

OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale

13:00 - 21 April, 2015
OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale, © OMA
© OMA

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation has commissioned OMA to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, just a year after Rem Koolhaas served as director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, "Other Future" will feature the work of composer Tan Dun, architect Liu Jiakun, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and choreographer Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio in an "immersive environment where artworks are juxtaposed in a field of projections and stages connecting the interior and exterior works."

Guadarrama House / Mayer Hasbani

12:00 - 21 April, 2015
Guadarrama House / Mayer Hasbani, © Paul Czitrom
© Paul Czitrom

© Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom + 28

Kumbh Mela: A Temporary (But Not Instant) City for 2 Million

09:30 - 21 April, 2015
Kumbh Mela: A Temporary (But Not Instant) City for 2 Million, Part of Acciavatti's diagram "Triveni Sangam: Celestial-Terrestrial Microcosm, 2006". Image © Anthony Acciavatti
Part of Acciavatti's diagram "Triveni Sangam: Celestial-Terrestrial Microcosm, 2006". Image © Anthony Acciavatti

Among the many complex interactions between humans and water in the Ganges river basin, perhaps none is more awe-inspiring than the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, which every twelve years hosts the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the planet, with an estimated 2 million temporary residents and 100 million total visitors in 2013. In the following excerpt from his book "Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River," Anthony Acciavatti recounts the history of this spectacular event, as well as the smaller annual Magh Mela - and explains why even though it is temporary, the huge tent settlement that supports these festivals is not the "instant city" it is often described as, but instead a microcosm of settlement patterns across the whole Ganges.

Dangling at the tip of the Ganga-Jamuna Doab, where the Lower Ganges Canal system terminates, the city of Allahabad overlooks the confluence of the Ganges and Jamuna rivers. While the Jamuna, to the south of the city, runs deep and narrow, the Ganges, to the north and east of the city, runs shallow and wide. Where these two rivers meet (and a third mythical river, the Saraswati), is known as the Triveni or Sangam, the most sacred site within Hinduism.

Every twelfth year, the sleepy university city of Allahabad is transformed into a colossal tent city populated by millions of pilgrims for the Kumbh Mela (literally Pitcher Celebration). And it all seems to happen so fast. After the deluge of the southwest monsoon (June-August), the waters of the Ganges and Jamuna slowly start to recede. A city grid is tattooed into the banks and shoals of the Ganges. Tents and temples pop up in October. Pontoon bridges stretch from one bank of the river to the other and pilgrims begin to arrive in January. Then come reporters and camera crews from all over the world, who come to document the life of what must at first appear to be the world’s largest Instant-Mega-City: a temporary tent city with the major infrastructure of a metropolis.

Yerbas del Paraíso Commune / IR arquitectura

10:00 - 21 April, 2015
Yerbas del Paraíso Commune  / IR arquitectura, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paraíso, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
  • Project Year

    2011

1 Minute Series: Exploring 4 of Europe's Most Iconic Sensory Spaces

09:00 - 21 April, 2015
1 Minute Series: Exploring 4 of Europe's Most Iconic Sensory Spaces

Fernando Schapochnik’s 1 minute series – a set of four videos of iconic buildings in Europe – aims to create a sensory interaction with the spaces. Filmed using only a cellphone, the videos rely on textures, sounds, rhythms and varying speeds to narrate the viewer's relationship with the spaces, letting the senses guide the experience. Journey through Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp, Antoni Gaudí’s Park Guell, SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center and OMA’s Kunsthal after the break. 

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

07:00 - 21 April, 2015
3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability , Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year's winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

The winning entries were selected from last year's top-prize recipients in the five regional Holcim Awards competitions, a total of 15 proposals (see our previous coverage here). An international jury of industry leaders, led by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design), determined the winners of the 2015 Global Holcim Awards.

See the winners after the break.

BRONZE: BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km (13 mi) of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: View of BIG U from The Battery in the financial district. Berms are strategically located to protect the infrastructure below and create a protective upland landscape. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation SILVER: The common lobby with its panoramic window. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: The undulating berm in East River Park will rise 15 feet to provide flood protection and connect coast and community. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation + 19