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The Traditional versus the Modern in Church Design

"Space, lines, light and sound" are the essential components of the experience of architecture and the most profound buildings have captured these moments through thoughtfully orchestrated design.  Recently, architects that have designed churches with these primary elements in mind have come under criticism by the Vatican for diverting from the traditional form and iconography of churches.  According to a recent article in The TelegraphMassimiliano and Doriana Fuksas' design for a church in Foligno, Italy has been labeled as problematic by the parish and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican's Pontificial Council for Culture for its resemblance to a museum instead of a place of worship - based on traditional Catholic values placed on the altar and imagery. Regardless of the Vatican's criticism of the aesthetic approach of architects that break with tradition, this seems more of an issue of miscommunication between the architects and the congregations that have commissioned the projects that are being criticized.

More on this after the break.

PA_House / atelier dnD

© Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah
  • Architects: atelier dnD
  • Location: Khandala, India
  • Area: 20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah

Rafi Segal to Appear in Court Over National Library of Israel

UPDATE: Israeli architect Rafi Segal appears to have abandoned his case to be reinstated as designer of the National Library of . This decision comes after the client announced that it had signed a contract with Pritzker Prize-winning practice Herzog & de Meuron, who was initially chosen in April and triggered Segal’s demand to be reinstated. Now that the Swiss duo has officially signed onto the project, Segal has requested a withdrawal without prejudice. Before the hearing scheduled for September 12, 2013, Segal asked the court to withdraw the case. The court overruled his objections and granted HyperBina a compensation of fees and costs.

Official statement from the National Library Construction Company:

Redevelopment of the New Coast of Thessaloniki / Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo

Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo
Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo
  • Architects: Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo
  • Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Architect in Charge: Prodromos Nikiforidi, Bernard Cuomo
  • Area: 28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo

Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo Courtesy of Prodromos Nikiforidis - Bernard Cuomo

A Tribute to Ada Louise Huxtable

“Even though I wished for her attention, I was scared of it.”

A:LOG : A Notebook Designed Just for Architects

Three graduate architecture students at Columbia University have developed a revolutionary notebook designed specifically for architects. "A:LOG is not just a nifty architect’s notebook," they say. "It is a thoughtful collection of design and architectural standards packaged into a minimal soft-cover notebook with beautiful dotted paper for drawing. It’s an architectural reference guide that you can bring with you on the go, in the office, or at meetings."

Learn more about A:LOG after the break!

Inside2013 Design Competition

Inside 2013 invites students and young professionals of all design disciplines to submit a collection of their “inside” work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, you are invited to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. Inside2013 poses the following questions: What are the aspirations by which we evaluate design today? In an increasingly networked culture, what makes a project capable of cutting through the virtual noise, and starting a new conversation? How do evolving forms of media affect the way in which your message reaches its destination? What is your message? 

The competition challenges you to confront the world with your work. By sending it out into the field you will test yourself and your projects. You are the designer, the curator and the critic.
Submissions are due June 30. For more information, please visit here.

Clear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame

House M / Keiko Maita Architect

© Yoshiharu Matsumura
© Yoshiharu Matsumura
  • Architects: Keiko Maita Architect
  • Location: Shunan, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Keiko Maita
  • Area: 107.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Yoshiharu Matsumura

© Yoshiharu Matsumura © Yoshiharu Matsumura © Yoshiharu Matsumura © Yoshiharu Matsumura

Housing Im Forster / EM2N

  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Zürichbergstrasse, Zürich
  • Architect in Charge: EM2N
  • Design Team: Vanessa Chacón, Marita Gelze de Montiel, Sandra Gonon, Matthias Heberle, Frank Herzog, Fabian Hörmann, Peter Jenni, Jörn Küsters, Sarah Kullak, Morten Krog, Sven Lechner, Yoshihiro Nagamine, Lucas Krupp, Tanja Schmid, Maria Skjerbaek, Basil Spiess, Atsushi Tarutani
  • Project Leader: Bernd Druffel, Verena Lindenmayer
  • Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Area: 5925.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Exhibiting in New York in the Air: Alberto Campo Baeza Exhibition

Exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York until this month, the work of Alberto Campo Baeza is on display to celebrate the awarding of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture 2013. In a spare white quadrangular room in the main building and with only natural light from above, 24 white panels appear floating over the walls, without touching or marking them. It is an exhibition that is very sui generis, it is an Exhibition in the air; it is an exhibition that is very Campo Baeza. More information on the exhibition after the break.

New Hospital Hvidovre Extension Winning Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + Aarhus Arkitekterne

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with Aarhus Arkitekterne, has just been announced as the winner of the competition to design the new extension of the New Hospital Hvidovre in Denmark. The new 30,000-square-meter extension consists of an emergency ward, a pediatrics ward and obstetrics and cardiology departments. Expected to be completed in 2019, clarity, flexibility, respect, green garden spaces and spatial variation are the key features to this winning design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nedregate Culture District / Space Group

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey
  • Architects: Space Group
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team: Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Gary Bates, Jose Hernandez, Eric Gerlach, Wenche Andreasen, Jens Noach, Anne Wordstrup, Frederik Kjelman, Tim Prins, Grant Cooper
  • Client : Signal Mediahus ANS
  • Consultants: Norconsult, Rambøll Norge, Energima, Ingenius Oslo, Franco Bløchlinger / Metallplan AS, 3D akustikk, Oslo El Prosjektering, F-Holm, Bleed, Sundt & Thomassen
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey, Vegard Kleven, Space Group

© Ivan Brodey © Vegard Kleven © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey

ATZ Living / CRAFT Arquitectos

  • Architects: CRAFT Arquitectos
  • Location: Atizapán de Zaragoza, Estado de México.
  • Collaborators: Alan Rahmane Azar, Michelle Cadena Chenge, Gerardo Gutiérrez, Mario Godínez, Jonathan Askenazi
  • Area: 200.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos

Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos

Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda / Sharon Davis Design

Women for Women International (WfWI) is a global NGO that has supported the construction of the Women's Opportunity Center, to be opened shortly, in Kayonza Rwanda.  The Center, design by Sharon Davis Design, is an environmentally friendly, multi-use facility that will become a support mechanism for the education of women and the support and advancement of the community in the region.   The WOC is an element of WfWI's mission to address poverty and the effects of genocide through education and self-empowerment.  The facility is part community gathering space, part education center where women can attain job training and learn new skills, and use services to find employment or start their own businesses.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / TheeAe LTD.

Designed by TheeAe LTD., the main idea for their ‘Wooden Wave’ proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition was driven by its elements in historical buildings which have had its form of curve, wooden structure, prolonged canopies and so on. In respect of the past architecture, they believe change or new is not a sole creation from nothing, but rather evolution from the past. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Elite Group Headquarters / Crossboundaries

© Lucas Zimmermann
© Lucas Zimmermann
  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Client: Elite Education and Communication Group, Beijing
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lucas Zimmermann

© Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann