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Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe's Largest Demolition

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe's Largest Demolition, © Amanda Vincent-Rous
© Amanda Vincent-Rous

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the plans to demolish the Red Road Flats during the Commonwealth Games have been scrapped due to concerns over public safety. The following news was originally published as "Glasgow to Demolish Iconic Modern Towers in Europe's Largest Demolition" on April 10th, 2014.

To mark the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in July, Glasgow is planning a twist on the usual opening ceremony: the customary fireworks are going to be replaced with explosives of an altogether different kind, as the demolition of all but one of the remaining Red Road Flats buildings will be broadcast live into the stadium.

The demolition of the five 30-story buildings will take 15 seconds and will be the largest ever attempted in Europe, according to the organizers. According to Games Organizer Eileen Gallagher, including the demolition as part of the opening ceremony shows that Glasgow is "a city that is proud of its history but doesn't stand still, a city that is constantly regenerating, renewing and re-inventing itself."

Prisons and Human Rights Violations: What Can Architects Do?

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Prisons and Human Rights Violations: What Can Architects Do?, The execution chamber in Indiana where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was killed in 2001: should architects be involved?
The execution chamber in Indiana where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was killed in 2001: should architects be involved?

Originally published by the Architectural Review as "Discipline and Punish: the Architecture of Human Rights", this article by the founder of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility Raphael Sperry outlines how prison design in the US and elsewhere is violating fundamental human rights, and how some architects have come to be complicit in these designs.

We think of architectural regulations as being there to ensure that buildings are safe for the public. But what if a building’s harm is not caused by unexpected structural failure but by the building performing exactly as intended? Can a building designed to facilitate human rights violations amount to a violation in itself? And what is the responsibility of the architects involved? These are the questions at the centre of the current debate in America around the architectural profession’s involvement in prison design.

Read on for more on the ethics of prison design after the break

Youth-Club Extension / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Youth-Club Extension  / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +12

From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman

BANAMID Architecture Research Institute in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS will hold the third International conference from the “Contemporary Architecture: Iran and the World Dialogue” series in Tehran, Iran. The conference, titled “From Autonomy to Automation: The Work of Peter Eisenman” will focus on the defining legacy of Peter Eisenman spanning across 50 years of his intellectual and professional body of work. The conference will trace the evolution of Eisenman’s work over time and will examine its imprint on the contemporary discourse of architecture.

MIT's Thresholds Launches New Website

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
MIT's Thresholds Launches New Website, Courtesy of Thresholds
Courtesy of Thresholds

In time with the release of the 42nd issue, Human, Thresholds Journal — MIT’s peer-reviewed journal of art, architecture and culture — has launched a new website. The new ThresholdsJournal.com has been redesigned with more content, spanning the past two decades of the journal’s publication. Other features include online purchasing of past issues, enhanced search capabilities for past contributors, and social media interactivity. The new website will feature news on upcoming issues and related events, submission calls, as well as the broad range of voices that Thresholds has featured since 1992. 

AD Classics: Los Manantiales / Felix Candela

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
AD Classics: Los Manantiales / Felix Candela, via www.rkett.com
via www.rkett.com

With the design for Los Manantiales, Felix Candela’s experimental form finding gave rise to an efficient, elegant, and enduring work of structural art.  Comprised of four intersecting hypars,  a strikingly thin roof surface creates a dramatic dining space.  Built as Candela was establishing an international reputation as the foremost shell building, he demonstrated to the world his masterful combination of artistry and technical virtuoso.

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House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au © Rene Jeppesen +28

Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio, Courtesy of Ace Hotel
Courtesy of Ace Hotel

© Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith © Mandee Taylor +17

Esma-Cinecreatis / Babled Nouvet Reynaud

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Esma-Cinecreatis / Babled Nouvet Reynaud, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +16

Young Architects in Africa Announced

00:00 - 13 April, 2014
Young Architects in Africa Announced, Seed, blueprint for libraries in South African Schools (Johannesburg) / Architects of Justice (Kuba GRANICKI, Mike RASSMANN, Alessio LACOVIG)
Seed, blueprint for libraries in South African Schools (Johannesburg) / Architects of Justice (Kuba GRANICKI, Mike RASSMANN, Alessio LACOVIG)

AS.Architecture-Studio has announced the 2014 Young Architects in Africa. The award aims to highlight creative African projects and help a rising generation of young architects achieve worldwide recognition. Selected from nearly 200 projects, these three practices have been named as finalists: Architects of Justice (South Africa), Urko SANCHEZ (Kenya), and Andre CHRISTENSEN & Mieke DROOMER (South Africa). 

The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication

00:00 - 13 April, 2014
The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication, The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In this article, originally appearing on the Australian Design Review as "Tolerance and Customisation: a Question of Value", Michael Parsons argues that the complex forms made possible by digital fabrication may soon be victims of their own popularity, losing their intrinsic value as they become more common and the skill required to make them decreases.

The idea of tolerance in architecture has become a popular point of discussion due to the recent mainstreaming of digital fabrication. The improvements in digital fabrication methods are allowing for two major advancements: firstly, the idea of reducing the tolerance required in construction to a minimum (and ultimately zero) and secondly, mass customisation as a physical reality. Digital fabrication has made the broad-brushstroke approach to fabrication tolerance obsolete and now allows for unique elements and tolerance specific to each element. The accuracy that digital fabrication affords the designer, allows for the creation of more complex forms with greater ease and control. So far, this has had great and far reaching implications for design.

Read on to find out how this ease of form-making could diminish the success of complex forms. 

Green House / Carterwilliamson architects

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Green House  / Carterwilliamson architects, Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects
Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rozelle NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Shaun Carter, Lisa Merkesteyn, Kellie Beatty
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects

Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson architects +14

The P House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
The P House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +33

Guy Horton on Zaha Hadid & the Architect's Ethical Responsibility

00:00 - 13 April, 2014
Guy Horton on Zaha Hadid & the Architect's Ethical Responsibility , Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

In this episode of KCRW's Design & Architecture (DnA) podcast, ArchDaily contributor Guy Horton speaks with Frances Anderson about the architect's ethical responsibility to protect construction workers' rights, following up on his popular article "Will We Stay Silent? The Human Cost of Qatar's World Cup." The episode also features a fascinating look into Shigeru Ban's career and Pritzker win as well as the Folk-Moma controversy. Listen here.

ARUP Downtown Los Angeles / ZAGO Architecture

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
ARUP Downtown Los Angeles / ZAGO Architecture, © Joshua White
© Joshua White
  • Architects

  • Location

    811 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
  • Project Team

    Andrew Zago, Laura Bouwman, Dale Strong
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Joshua White © Joshua White © Joshua White © Joshua White +12

The Air from Other Planets, A Brief History of Architecture

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
The Air from Other Planets, A Brief History of Architecture, Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

The following is an excerpt from Sean Lally's The Air from Other Planets, A Brief History of Architecture to Come. The book introduces the reader to an architecture produced by designing the energy within our environment (electromagnetic, thermodynamic, acoustic, and chemical)-- an architecture that exchanges walls and shells for a range of material energies that develop its own shapes, aesthetics, organizational systems, and social experiences. Energy becomes its own enterprise for design innovation; it becomes the architecture itself.

One of architecture’s primary acts is to define the spatial boundaries that organize and hold specified activities within them. The behavioral properties of the materials used to make that boundary not only influence the physical characteristics of that space (maximum height, span, aperture sizes), but also determine how the human body perceives and senses those boundary changes (opacity, transparency, acoustics), which then informs the behaviors and movements of the individuals using the space.  This definition of boundaries is one that architects have continually tested and subverted as new materials, construction methods, and social trends have emerged over the centuries.  It follows that if energy could be controlled and deployed as physical boundaries that define and organize spaces that the human body can detect and recognize, wouldn’t that be architecture? These new building materials would only need to demonstrate that they could absorb the “responsibilities” of boundaries—able to determine spatial hierarchies, provide security, hold aesthetic value, etc.—for them to be called architecture. Current trends just on the periphery of the discipline that could make this a possibility only need to be integrated through the lens of the architect to see their potential.

Electric Ramps At The Old Centre / Roberto Ercilla + Miguel Angel Campo

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Electric Ramps At The Old Centre / Roberto Ercilla + Miguel Angel Campo, © César Martín
© César Martín

© César Martín © César Martín © César Martín © César Martín +27

Bessancourt Hall / ARCHICLUB

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Bessancourt Hall / ARCHICLUB, © 11h45 montrer l'architecture
© 11h45 montrer l'architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de l'Église, 95550 Bessancourt, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Fabien Duchene architects
  • Area

    580.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© 11h45 montrer l'architecture © 11h45 montrer l'architecture © 11h45 montrer l'architecture © 11h45 montrer l'architecture +25