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House in La Jolla / Metropolis

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
House in La Jolla / Metropolis, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Peru
  • Project Architect

    José Orrego Herrera
  • Project Area

    570.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +24

Abanico House / Cynthia Seinfeld Lemlig

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Abanico House  / Cynthia Seinfeld Lemlig , © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +30

169 Amsterdam / JSa

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
169 Amsterdam  / JSa, Courtesy of JSa
Courtesy of JSa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Amsterdam 169, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team and Interiors

    Javier Sanchez, Juan Reyes, Aisha Ballesteros, Ingrid Ramos
  • Project Area

    3625.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa Courtesy of JSa +32

AD Classics: Peabody Terrace / Sert, Jackson & Gourley

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
AD Classics: Peabody Terrace / Sert, Jackson & Gourley, © Jannis Werner
© Jannis Werner

Built in 1964 during his tenure as Dean at the Graduate School of Design, Josep Lluís Sert’s Peabody Terrace provides housing for almost 1500 Harvard graduate students and their families.  One of several projects Sert designed for Harvard’s campus, it is a manifestation of his vision for the ideal neighborhood. Many elements such as the negotiation of scale, mixed use program, shared open space and design aesthetic were influenced by but represent a departure from earlier modern housing projects.  

Peabody Terrace is a prototypical example of a twentieth-century project heralded by the architectural community as an exemplar of progressive modern ideals, but lambasted by neighbors and members of the general public for being unattractive, cold and imposing. This project and others like it highlight the disconnect that can occur between the architectural intelligentsia and the communities in which they build.  

Via Wikiarquitectura © Alexandru Culiuc Via Wikiarquitectura via Wikipedia Commons +26

Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Ultra-Ruin / Marco Casagrande, © AdDa Zei
© AdDa Zei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    AdDa Zei, Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

© AdDa Zei © AdDa Zei Courtesy of Marco Casagrande © AdDa Zei +49

St. James Cathedral Centre / architectsAlliance

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
St. James Cathedral Centre  / architectsAlliance, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban
  • Architects

  • Location

    65 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Clewes
  • Design Architect

    Heather Rolleston
  • Project Architect

    Robert Cadeau
  • Design Team

    Masoud Mahboubullah, Javier Viteri
  • Area

    2355.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +22

Liget Budapest International Design Competition

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt. 100 % owned by the Hungarian State announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest. The construction of the new buildings, the complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and the renovation of the institutions already present Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading, well-known tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park recognised as such all over Europe.

Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Courtesy of GOA Architects
Courtesy of GOA Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    8 Lingyin Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310000
  • Design Team

    Chen Binxin, Li Zheng
  • Project Chief Manager

    He Jun
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of GOA Architects

Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects Courtesy of GOA Architects +23

Floating in Space / W design architecture studio

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Floating in Space / W design architecture studio , © Jamie Thom
© Jamie Thom

© DOOK © DOOK © DOOK © DOOK +12

VER House / Bmrg Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
VER House / Bmrg Arquitectos, © Sebastian Thomas
© Sebastian Thomas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicureo, Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Gonzalo Rudolphy, Maria José Bizama
  • Collaborators

    Juan Manuel Chacón, Nicolás Hidalgo
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Sebastian Thomas © Sebastian Thomas © Sebastian Thomas © Sebastian Thomas +25

5 Ways Koolhaas' Biennale Will Be Different From the Rest

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
5 Ways Koolhaas' Biennale Will Be Different From the Rest, Paolo Baratta and Rem Koolhaas. © Giorgio Zucchiatti. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Paolo Baratta and Rem Koolhaas. © Giorgio Zucchiatti. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

As Rem Koolhaas completes the introductory press circuit for the 2014 Venice Biennale, we're learning more about one of the most anticipated Biennales in recent memory. Here's what we've gleaned from Oliver Wainwright's revealing story in today's Guardian:

1. Koolhaas has been asked to direct the Venice Biennale before, but hasn't accepted until now. "I have been asked to direct it a number of times before, but I held out for two conditions: that I have a year and a half to plan it, and that I can sever all connections with contemporary architecture – which is not in particularly good health."

Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?, The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Image
The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Image

As part of his strategy to solidify the "Olympic Legacy" of East London, Mayor Boris Johnson has recently been focusing on providing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a little more diversity in its buildings, placing an emphasis on bringing cultural institutions alongside the sports buildings. Now, alongside the V&A's plans for new galleries and University College London's proposed design school and cultural centre, The Art Newspaper reports that Johnson is out to grab a headline attraction: London's own Guggenheim.

Read on after the break for more

Why The Blueprint of the 21st Century Should Be Open Source

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Why The Blueprint of the 21st Century Should Be Open Source, Frank Gehyr's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Rendered/Modeled in Rhino by Neguin. Image Courtesy of rhino3d.com
Frank Gehyr's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Rendered/Modeled in Rhino by Neguin. Image Courtesy of rhino3d.com

It used to be that when an architect needed a physical facsimile of his/her project, a draftsman would individually draw the schematics by hand. Blueprints were revolutionary in that they streamlined reproduction through technology, yet they were based on a publishing model that was repetitive  — not iterative. Computer Aided Design software, or CAD, streamlined the process even further; however, unlike blueprints, CAD was not based on publishing models, but rather on “technological science.” As such it evolved in a very different way. CAD technology that was initially developed in the 1960s as a proprietary tool for heavy industries—aerospace, automotive and super-computer processing centers— became consumer-oriented in the 1980s when it met the UNIX open platform. The key in its rapid development, dissemination and democratization was exactly this: open technology. 

Today, we have 3D modeling software that can pack an exponential cache of information, render designs visible with incredible fidelity, and make those designs easier to adapt. BIM technology (building information modeling) has entered the workplace, too, improving coordination and productivity of all trades involved in project construction, effectively revolutionizing the manufacturing sector. This is technology that, like CAD, has undeniably been pushed forward via the open development and integration of components. 

And yet, architects continue to depend on closed distribution models in the face of so much technology that makes design shareable and easy to manipulate. 3D modeling software has evolved and created a competitive market with ever more accessible, cross-border, cross-disciplinary design software. While the blueprint, a “published” medium, came with requisite copyright issues that appealed to the architect-as-artist, today, as a “technological” layer, blueprints cannot afford to stay locked in.

House of Stairs / Dellekamp Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
House of Stairs / Dellekamp Arquitectos, © Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architectural Project

    Derek Dellekamp
  • Architect in Charge

    Santiago Solana
  • Team

    Jachen Schleich, Carlos Ramírez
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto +14

Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station, Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité
Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité

Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, Omar Kobité Architecture and Eric Giudice Architects have been announced as winner of an international competition to design the new TGV high-speed railway station in Kénitra. The winning design aims to unite the northern and southern parts of the city by providing two entryways joined by one geometrical volume whose triangular framework recalls traditional shapes found in vernacular Moroccan architecture.

Pilar de la Horadada Promenade / Joaquín Alvado Bañón

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Pilar de la Horadada Promenade / Joaquín Alvado Bañón, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +32

The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are, Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA
Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA

Zaha Hadid’s unfortunate comments in response to worker deaths on construction sites for the 2022 World Cup has made Qatar the eye of a storm that has been raging globally for decades. But it’s not just about Qatar. This has been an issue for as long as there have been construction sites and for as long as poor people have swarmed to them for a chance at a better life. 

Construction booms and migrant construction workers have always been two sides of the same equation, both dependent on the other, and, by the twisted logic of the global economy, both are the reason for the other’s existence. No migrant labor pool = no global city = no fantastic architecture, or something to this effect. 

The migrant workers are the silent collaborators in global architecture, the invisible, faceless, “untouchables” who make the cost-effective construction of these buildings possible.

Berklee College of Music / William Rawn Associates

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Berklee College of Music / William Rawn Associates, © Bruce T. Martin Photography
© Bruce T. Martin Photography

© Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography +13