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Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten, © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk
© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk +20

Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design, Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones
Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones

Hale County, Alabama is a place full of architects, and often high profile ones. The likes of Todd Williams and Billie Tsien have ventured there, as have Peter Gluck and Xavier Vendrell, all to converge upon Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Despite the influx of designers, it is a place where an ensemble of all black will mark you as an outsider. I learned this during my year as an Outreach student there, and was reminded recently when I ventured south for the Studio’s 20th Anniversary celebration. While the most recent graduates took the stage, I watched the ceremony from the bed of a pick-up truck, indulging in corn-coated, deep-fried catfish, and reflected on what the organization represents to the architecture world.

Since its founding in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the Studio has built more than 150 projects and educated over 600 students. Those first years evoke images of stacked tires coated with concrete and car windshields pinned up like shingles over a modest chapel. In the past two decades, leadership has passed from Mockbee and Ruth to the current director, Andrew Freear, and the palette has evolved to feature more conventional materials, but the Studio remains faithful to its founding principal: all people deserve good design. Now that it is officially a twenty-something, what can Rural Studio teach us about good design?

Concerns Over Privacy as Shard's Hotel Offers Guests Unexpected Views

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Concerns Over Privacy as Shard's Hotel Offers Guests Unexpected Views, © Flickr CC User Patrick Collins
© Flickr CC User Patrick Collins

Since opening to the public last week, guests at the Shard's Shangri-La Hotel have been discovering that the building offers crystal clear views of more than just London. At night, the glass panels which extend beyond the edge of the floor plates and give the building its characteristic crystalline appearance act as mirrors, offering views into neighboring rooms. The Financial Times reports that when they visited, "guests in the neighbouring room were clearly visible as they prepared for bed." You can read more on the story (and see proof of the effect) on the Financial Times.

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Awarded to Student Investigating Climate Change

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Awarded to Student Investigating Climate Change, Buffer Landscapes 2060. Image © Joe Paxton; Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Buffer Landscapes 2060. Image © Joe Paxton; Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Joe Paxton of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, was awarded the 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship for his proposal “Buffer Landscapes 2060.” The £6,000 travel grant will enable him to study the impact of climate change in a number of locations, ultimately to propose some measures that might mitigate the threat of floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising temperatures. A comment from Foster, after the break...

Bahnhofplatz Winterthur / Stutz Bolt Partner

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Bahnhofplatz Winterthur / Stutz Bolt Partner, © Michael Haug
© Michael Haug

© Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bahnhofplatz, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Structural Engineer

    Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug
  • Steel Construction, Glazing and Facades

    Tuchschmid, Frauenfeld
  • Client

    City of Winterthur, Construction Department
  • Cost

    15 Mio. SFR (10 Mio. GBP, 12 Mio. Euro)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes, Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes
Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Książenice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaborators

    Marcin Jojko, Jarosław Kamiński
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Atlas house / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Atlas house  / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +19

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in China, and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the Shanghai-based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Burkhardt Leitner constructiv exhibition  / Ippolito Fleitz Group , © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +23

De Candido Express Supermarket / NMD l NOMADAS

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
De Candido Express Supermarket / NMD l NOMADAS, © Luis Ontiveros
© Luis Ontiveros

© Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros © Luis Ontiveros +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 73, Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Design Team

    Farid Chacón, Francisco Mustieles, Claudia Urdaneta, Janeth Boza, Vanessa Rincón y Nicole De Candido
  • Project Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Photography

Monditalia Tweets First Peek of Venice Biennale Exhibition

00:00 - 13 May, 2014

The Monditalia team has treated us to a sneak preview of what one can expect to see in the Arsenale when the Venice Biennale launches early next month. The Monditalia exhibition forms one of the three main parts of this year's Rem Koolhaas-led Biennale. To keep you up-to-date on all the latest Biennale coverage, we're holding a #CountdownVenice2014 - so be sure to follow ArchDaily on Twitter!

HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies, MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider
MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider

HR Giger, the Swiss artist and designer who inspired and helped craft the visuals for the Ridley Scott film Alien, has died at the age of 74, The Guardian reports. Although he studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger never entered the profession, but used his spatial know-how to help design dark interiors in both the real and cinematic worlds.

Parlour Fights Gender Inequality in Architecture with Comprehensive Guidelines

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Parlour Fights Gender Inequality in Architecture with Comprehensive Guidelines, Courtesy of Parlour
Courtesy of Parlour

As the fastidious debate about why women leave the architecture profession rages on, Parlour has proactively released a set of guides - which they have been working on since 2011 - "to promote more equitable working conditions within the industry." 

In Australia, architecture graduates are split equally between the genders, but only 20% of registered architects are female - a statistic which resonates in other countries. In the United states, for example, women make up over 40% of architecture students, but only 23% of the profession. This disparity has proven difficult to explain because all too often women and men are lumped into uniform categories, all with the same wants and needs. Fortunately, Parlour's research team took a more comprehensive approach to the creation of their guides, understanding that "there is no one reason for women's significant under representation in architecture and no one solution." Each of the guides explained, after the break.

AIANY Denounces RIBA's Israel Motion

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
AIANY Denounces RIBA's Israel Motion, The motion by RIBA is a response to architecture's role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
The motion by RIBA is a response to architecture's role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

The New York chapter of the AIA has officially voiced its objection to a proposal by the RIBA to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects (UIA). A letter drafted by AIANY President Lance Jay Brown and Chief Executive Rick Bell, and unanimously approved by AIANY's board of directors, states that "the UIA's stated goal is to unite the architects of the world without any form of discrimination", and refers to the proposal to suspend the IAUA as "directly antithetical to the purpose of the much appreciated umbrella organization".

The original proposal by the RIBA, adopted on March 19th, condemns the IAUA for its failure to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land" in the West Bank and Gaza, and calls on the UIA to suspend the body until it "acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13."

Read on for more on the controversial backstory to the RIBA's motion

VIDEO: I LIKE Orange

00:00 - 13 May, 2014

SAFARI / ARCHITECTENZAAK

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
SAFARI / ARCHITECTENZAAK, © Luc Lodder
© Luc Lodder

© Luc Lodder © Luc Lodder © Luc Lodder © Luc Lodder +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Maarssenbroek, The Netherlands
  • Project Team

    Mark Feron, Ramon Rugl, John Speck, Jeroen Roumen, Frank Didderen
  • Area

    12575.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Residence in Ancient Korinthos / Spiros Papadopoulos Studio

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
© Charalampos Louizidis
© Charalampos Louizidis

© Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis +34

Kindergarten Susi Weigel / Bernardo Bader Architects

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Kindergarten Susi Weigel / Bernardo Bader Architects, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +13