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Stoss + SHoP Beat Out Bofill, OMA for Downtown Dallas Re-Design

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Stoss + SHoP Beat Out Bofill, OMA for Downtown Dallas Re-Design, © Stoss + SHoP, Courtesy of A/N
© Stoss + SHoP, Courtesy of A/N

The results are in: Dallas has selected Stoss + SHoP’s “Hyper Density Hyper Landscape” (HDHL) over finalists Ricardo Bofill and OMA+AMO to reunite its downtown with the neighboring Trinity River. The winning team’s pragmatic approach aims to activates the region’s “full potential” by introducing an alternating “grid-green” development that will transform 176 acres into three new “dynamic, mixed-used” neighborhoods.

“The idea is very clear and compelling,” stated the jury. “There’s much left to be resolved in details but the diagram of the green coming into the city and the city going into the Trinity is a very powerful diagram that should become a strategy for managing change as the community moves forward.”

Residence In Legrena / Thymio Papayannis and Associates

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Residence In Legrena / Thymio Papayannis and Associates, © Charalampos Louizidis
© Charalampos Louizidis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Legrena 195 00, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Ivi Nanopoulou, Eirini Nikitaki, Eri Nikoloudi, Thymios Papayannis, Maria Sgouridou
  • Project Manager

    Ivi Nanopoulou
  • Area

    5940.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis © Charalampos Louizidis +20

Spring / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Spring / Joey Ho Design, © Dick Liu
© Dick Liu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Joey Ho
  • Design Team

    Noel Chan
  • Area

    697.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Dick Liu © Dick Liu © Dick Liu © Dick Liu +9

Suburban Studio / Ashton Porter Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects
Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    London Borough of Enfield, Greater London, UK
  • Area

    205.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects

Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects Courtesy of Ashton Porter Architects +22

Bennetts Associates Unveil Plans for Latest Development in London's King's Cross

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Bennetts Associates Unveil Plans for Latest Development in London's King's Cross, Visualisation. Image © Bennetts Associates
Visualisation. Image © Bennetts Associates

Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the latest development in London's King's Cross. Their proposal for a sensitive heritage conversion to "breath new life into a disused Victorian building" will house a new supermarket and cookery school, as well as an events and cultural space. As part of the ongoing transformation of one of London's central districts which has recently seen the completion of John McAslan's station concourse, Stanton William's Central Saint Martins, and an office proposal from David Chipperfield, Bennetts Associates' designs aim to reinvigorate the historic Midland Goods Shed.

Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai, Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Courtesy of Aires Mateus

The prestigious Portuguese office Aires Mateus - formed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - has won a competition to design the new headquarters of the University of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.

More information on the project, after the break...

In Honor of Pi Day, A Round-Up of Round Architecture

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
In Honor of Pi Day, A Round-Up of Round Architecture

Happy Pi Day everyone! To celebrate the circle and its influence on architecture, we've decided to round up some rounded structures. First up, Roll It, a cool experimental house/cylinder. Second, Villa Vals, the hobbit-like neighbor of Zumthor's Therme Vals (designed underground to maintain the bath houses' extensive views). Then, the stacked, rounded form of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie for optimal sound reflection. Next up, Galaxy Soho, designed by the queen of curvature, Zaha Hadid. And - last but not least - the "mothership" itself, Foster + Partners' design for Apple's new campus, scheduled for completion in 2016.

Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint  / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk +23

Westmere Alteration / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Westmere Alteration / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area

    177.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects +9

Batin House / Estudio Galera

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Batin House / Estudio Galera, © Diego Medina
© Diego Medina
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pinamar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Ariel Galera, Horacio Riga, MMO Diego Ballario
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina +36

Plaza Mariana / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Plaza Mariana  / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Courtesy of FR-EE
Courtesy of FR-EE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • FR-EE Team

    Fernando Romero, Julio Gonzalez, Gabriela Bojalil, Paul Van der Voort, Guillermo Méndez, César López, Astrid Rovisco, Rodolfo Rueda, Guillermo Ramírez, Tiago Pinto de Carvalho, Juan Pedro López, Ana Medina, Estela Escudero, Paulina de Luna
  • Area

    68000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of FR-EE

Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE +14

Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson Explore the Foundation of British Modernism

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson Explore the Foundation of British Modernism, Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT. Image © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT. Image © Nico Saieh

Curators FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians have released more details on this year’s British Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Responding to Rem Koolhaas’ theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014,” A Clockwork Jerusalem will “explore the diverse cultural influences that shaped and were shaped by British Modernism in the post war era and over the last 100 years.”

"A Clockwork Jerusalem will offer the opportunity to explore and rethink fundamental aspects of British modernity, beyond architecture,” described Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council. “As the Venice Biennale evolves into a global research project, we are keen to make a significant contribution to the cultural debate around the past, present and future of UK and global architecture.”

More from the curators, after the break...

3 Social Houses / Zoomfactor Architectes + JB Poulain

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
3 Social Houses / Zoomfactor Architectes  + JB Poulain, Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes
Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes

Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes +8

Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us, Courtesy of Learning from Cairo
Courtesy of Learning from Cairo

The following essay, written by Magda Mostafa, is an excerpt from the book "Learning from Cairo: Global Perspectives and Future Visions," a collection of reflections from a three-day symposium of the same name. Here, Mostafa focuses on the need to accept informal communities as a reality, not an exception, and argues that conventional architecture practice and education must begin equipping architects to "address the potentials and problems of such parallel modes of existence in our built environment."

It would be a disservice if the debate spurred at the "Learning from Cairo" symposium were to remain confined to the hypothetical. It is our responsibility to extend it to both the professional realm as well as the academic. The purpose of this discussion is just that.

How can architectural academia respond to this shifting climate? A climate where the majority of the built environment is conceived and implemented outside of the construct of conventional practice? Where the majority of the architectural product in our city exists without architects? How can we further propagate a singular top-down mode of practice in our teaching when it’s malfunctioning at best and corrupt or absent at its worst? When this conventional mode is only viable in neatly packaged projects with clear financing, educated clients and formal frameworks? How can we continue to teach our students, the architects of the future generation, to only be equipped to operate within a small portion of the built environment- ignoring the massive built environment and user groups often represented on maps as solid black “informal areas”. 

This phenomena can no longer be blacked-out, and it is time for academia to begin educating its architects-to-be at least to be minimally aware, if not proficiently trained, to address the potentials and problems of such parallel modes of existence in our built environment.

Austin / Smart Design Studio

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Austin / Smart Design Studio, Courtesy of Smart Design Studio
Courtesy of Smart Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    632 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Design Team

    William Smart, Glenn O’loughlin, Kirstin Lynam, Zig Peshos, Richard Storey, Troy Melville
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio +13

Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur, © Joanna Nowicka
© Joanna Nowicka
  • Architects

  • Location

    Krzyżowa 1, 40-111 Katowice, Poland
  • Design Team

    Rafal Mazur, Antonina Zygmunt, Piotr Glowacki, Krzysztof Mazanek, Marta Sacha
  • Area

    1275.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka +13

London's Impending Tall Building Boom

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
London's Impending Tall Building Boom, Central London as it will look when all current projects are completed.. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
Central London as it will look when all current projects are completed.. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In a study of all development plans in London, the think tank New London Architecture has found that at least 236 buildings over 20 stories are currently either under construction, approved or awaiting approval in the capital - with over 80% of these projects yet to break ground.

The study, created to support an exhibition by NLA called "London's Growing... Up!," found that 80% of the new towers will be residential, and that the areas of greatest activity were in Central and Eastern areas of London, with 77% of these tall buildings in the City of London or the Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Greenwich, Newham and Southwark.

Read on for more results of, and reactions to, the study...

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion, La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian
La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.