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VIDEO: Le Corbusier 2.0

Alix Bossard shares this must-watch video that outlines Le Corbusier's five revolutionary principles of modern architecture. Using gorgeous motion design, the video briefly introduces us to everything from le Modulor to Villa Savoye and Les Cités Radieuses. Enjoy this two-minute recap of the career of one this century's most influential architects.

AD Interviews: Reinier de Graaf

While the final products of OMA's oeuvre are well-documented and widely published, a large portion of the Dutch firm's work goes unrecognized and relatively unnoticed: the contextual, solution-oriented research undertaken by AMO. Although OMA’s lesser-known twin, AMO is vital to OMA’s approach, allowing the firm to delve into a world of context and explore possibilities beyond the built form. 

It was with this in mind that we sat down with Reinier de Graaf, a partner at the firm. In addition to the building and masterplan projects he also manages on the OMA side of things, de Graaf has been the director of AMO since 2002, overseeing a diverse portfolio of projects. Over the past few years, AMO's energies have fueled the creation of the curriculum at Strelka; a "roadmap" for a de-carbonized power grid for the EU; and an exhibition that celebrated the architect as civil servant. 

From our very first question (what is OMA's mission?), de Graaf answered with his characteristic aversion to "general terms," explaining that "[OMA's] mission is to explore unexpected subjects [...] without a preconceived mission."

Faux Pli – Spar Gmunden / Archinauten Dworschak + Mühlbachler ZT Gmbh

© M. Dworschak © M. Dworschak © M. Dworschak © M. Dworschak

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western Shanghai and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. 

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AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break... 

Photo by The Portland Building in 1983. Photo by Clausen Meredith via Society of Architectural Historians Photo by

Buk Seoul Museum of Art / Samoo Architects & Engineers

© Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park

Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital / Pich-Aguilera Architects + Corea & Moran Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Fluid Crystallization / Skylar Tibbits + Arthur Olson

From the architect. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has exhibited the Fluid Crystallization project as part of the 2013 Architectural League Prize Exhibition at the Parson’s Gallery in New York. The Fluid Crystallization installation - a collaboration between MIT Self-Assembly Lab director Skylar Tibbits and The Molecular Graphics Lab director Arthur Olsoninvestigates hierarchical and non-deterministic self-assembly with large numbers of parts in a fluid medium. 

Lalux Assurances Headquarters / Jim Clemes Atelier d´Architecture et de Design

© Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang © Robert Sprang

Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

Dharavi - Asia’s largest slum of one million with an average density of 18,000 residents per acre - is amidst a heated debate between its people, the government and private investors as it sits on some of India’s hottest real estate in Mumbai. While the government is grappling for solutions on how to successfully dismantle the low-rise slum and relocate its residents to a high-rise podium style typology, the investor’s profit-driven approach has placed residents on the defense, “rendering Dharavi a perfect storm of contested urbanism," as architect, urban designer and author William Hunter describes. 

In light of this, we would like to direct you to an interview by Andrew Wad of Polis in which discusses Dharavi’s dire situation and the motivation behind Hunter’s new book, Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. Read the interview in its entirety here and read a recap on Dharavi’s situation here

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Emerging Architects Exhibition at Buro Happold / Unit Architects

Currently on view until August 30, Unit Architects is presenting their 8-week exhibition in the entrance space of Buro Happold's 17 Newman Street offices as part of Buro Happold’s Emerging Architects event program. A great way to show off some of the upcoming talent in architecture and design, the contribution by Unit Architects to this series focuses on a selection of their work that shares a common approach of engagement with scale, contextual symbology, material presence and considered detailing. More images and architects' description after the break.

Casa Bauzà / Miquel Àngel Lacomba

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Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy:The Construction Boom of NYC

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's twelve years in office will leave an undeniable impression on the physical landscape of the city for future generations.  The new and revised policies of this administration have encouraged unprecedented growth of New York City and its outer boroughs in the years following 9/11.  According to a new series called The Bloomberg Years by WNYC and this article by Matthew Schuerman, Bloomberg's three consecutive terms have made New York City's skyline taller, have made the city more attractive and in turn, more expensive.

Join us for more after the break.

Suzhou Creek Boutique Hotel / DAtrans Architecture Office

  • Architects: DAtrans Architecture Office
  • Location: 50 Moganshan Rd
  • Architects: Chen Xudong, Yan Mengfei, Chen Yang, Wen Yifeng
  • Interior Architects: Ding Yi, Lorenz Helbling, Shi Yong, Zhou Tiehai
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Geng Tao

© Geng Tao © Geng Tao © Geng Tao © Geng Tao

Baltic Sea Art Park International Competition

The Museum of New Art, in cooperation with the Union of Estonian Architects and Pärnu City Government, announced an international architectural competition on 1 July, to establish the Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. The objective of the competition is to find the best vision in terms of architecture and planning to further develop the art park of the Baltic Sea countries. The deadline for entries is 10 October 2013, and the winners shall be announced on 15 October 2013. The competition prize fund is EUR 12,000.

Fitzroy North Residence / Chan Architecture

  • Architects: Chan Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Project Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
  • Builder: Whelan Master Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Jonicha Consulting Engineers
  • Building Surveyor: Wilsmore Nelson Group
  • Energy Rater: Green Doors
  • Land Surveyor: Aline Surveying
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Apex Geotechnical
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brendan Finn, Mark Fergus

© Mark Fergus © Mark Fergus © Mark Fergus © Brendan Finn