Theatre 95 / gpaa

© 11h45

Architects: gaëlle péneau architectes associés
Location: Allée du Théatre, 95000 Cergy,
Site Area: 10 000 m2
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 11h45

Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008. Community centre / art school. Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Pompidou Mobile, France. Architects: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne. Photo: Loïc Julienne
Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008. Community centre / art school. Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Pompidou Mobile, France. Architects: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne. Photo: Loïc Julienne

‘Culture:City’ Exhibition

Taking place March 14-May 26, the ‘Culture:City’ exhibition encourages us to think consistently about the future of our cities from this perspective. Curated by Matthias Sauerbruch for the Akademie der Künste, the exhibit takes a critical eye to the relationship between…

Ghost Cities Around the World

Hashima Island © Flickr User CC filmmaker in

This post is by Cian O’ Driscoll, the writer of a lifestyle blog called Raconteur Living that explores architecture and popular culture. Cian is currently undergoing a Master of Science in Architecture at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. 

Abandoned cities are an unfortunate consequence of life and growth on our planet. The reasons for abandoning a city are as varied as the people who once inhabited their buildings and walked their streets. Many of these cities are forgotten and simply line the pages of history. Some are examples of poor ; some the result of the depletion of natural resources, while others are poignant reminders of the fragility of life in a nuclear world.

Below are some striking images of abandoned cities from around the world. Many of these cities have been abandoned for decades, however, due to rapid growth and expansion, particularly in China, we are now in an era of “modern” abandoned cities.

Read the stories behind these modern-day ghost towns, after the break… 

12 Houses in Icod / daolab

© Esaú Acosta

Architects: daolab
Location: , Tenerife, Spain
Architect In Charge: David Arias Aldonza, Cristina del Buey García
Area: 1,900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Esaú Acosta

LeMay Museum / LARGE Architecture

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Architects: LARGE Architecture
Location: , Wash
Contractor: JTM Construction
Engineer: Western Wood Structures
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of LARGE Architecture

Courtesy of AFFR
Courtesy of AFFR

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

Taking place October 10-13, this year’s Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, which is considered the world’s largest architecture film festival, is expected to attract an audience of approximately 5,000 international visitors. The event will include screenings of over 100 movies, docs…

Hydrothermal Center ‘Aquavox’ / Otxotorena Arquitectos

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Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Location: , Navarre,
Architects: Juan M. Otxotorena, Mariano González Presencio, Luis Tena Núñez
Colaboradores: Gloria Herrera, Catalina Delgado
Area: 4,454 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Otxotorena

© Ricardo Espinosa
© Ricardo Espinosa

‘The City That Never Was’ Symposium

Organized by Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, in cooperation with the Architectural League of New York, ‘The City That Never Was’ symposium will be taking place Friday, February 22, from 9:00am-5:30pm EST at the Scholastic Building in New York. The…

Q1, ThyssenKrupp Quarter Essen / JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés

© Christian Richters

Architects: JSWD Architekten + Chaix & Morel et Associés
Location: ThyssenKrupp Allee 1, 45143 Essen,
Area: 170,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Günter Wett, Michael Wolff

Courtesy of Megabudka
Courtesy of Megabudka

Art Residence Third Prize Winning Proposal / Megabudka

The third prize winning proposal for the design of art residences in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, Russia is based on the principle of ecological compatibility and convergence with nature. Designed by Megabudka…, this is achieved by architectural solutions, volumetric-spatial

The Bricks / Doojin Hwang Architects

© Youngchae Park

Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
Design Team: Euijin Park
Location: Seoul,
Contractor: Janghak Construction
Structure Engineer: Samjung EMC
Mechanical Engineer: Bowoo Technology Corporation
Electric Design: Shinhan Eletric Engineering
Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
Photographs: Youngchae Park, 

Unslumming Kibera. Courtesy of AECOM
Unslumming Kibera. Courtesy of AECOM

AECOM Announces Urban SOS Winners

AECOM has announced ‘Unslumming Kibera’ as winner of the fourth annual Urban SOS competition. 
The student competition received submissions from 118 universities in 41 countries. Three projects were shortlisted for a presentation to a panel of judges in New York on Jan 16. …

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Life

Henri Labrouste (French, 1801-1875). Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1854-1875. View of the reading room. © Georges Fessy

MoMA’s upcoming  Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light  celebrates the impact of this 19th century architect on space, materials, luminosity and on great places of assembly.  The exhibition will run from March 10th to June 24th, 2013 and will be the first solo exhibition of Labrouste’s work in the .

More on ‘Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light’ after the break.

Ruins of an Alternate Future (Jinhua Architecture Park)

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Originally published on the author’s website and blog on Archinect, ‘Ruins of an Alternate Future ()’ was written by Shanghai-based architectural designer and theorist Evan Chakroff

One of the great, if seldom realized, promises of architecture is its capacity to affect change. The best architects seem to have this potential in mind constantly as they structure career-length narratives around the social impact that good design can achieve. While this is often hyperbole, and most projects are driven by functional or economic considerations, there is the occasional opportunity for artists and architects to create purely speculative work, where radical departures from established typologies suggest alternatives to the status quo. In these rare cases, novelty is embraced not for its own sake, but for its potential to generate new archetypes, to provide a glimpse into a parallel world where architecture truly has agency: where design can change society for the better. 

Continue reading after the break…

Golf House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

© Juan Solano

Architects: Seinfeld Arquitectos
Location: , Lima,
Design Team: Cynthia Seinfeld, Peter Seinfeld
Collaborator: Daniel Barúa
Area: 712 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Solano

Edificio 111 / Flores & Prats

© Duccio Malagamba

Architects: Ricardo Flores, Eva Prats
Location: ,
Collaborators: Constanza Chara, Fotini Trigonaki, Natalia Uribe, Celia Carroll, Robyn Creagh, Christine van Sluys, Laura Geraci, Jorge Lopez, Abdulla Al-Shamsi, Javier Lecumberri, Mar Garrido, Maria Amat, Elvire Thouvenot, Eirene Presmanes, Andrea Schneider, Filippo Abrami, Arabella Masson, Jorge Casajús, Horacio Arias, Ellen Barten, Michelle Lopez, Nadia Mustopo, Lars Bach, Jonny Pugh
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2004
Photography: Duccio Malagamba, Adrià Goula, Àlex Garcia

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Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

Call for Entries: Organize the U.S. Representation at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

The U.S. Department of State recently announced a request for proposals from any U.S. nonprofit organization at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, which is set to take place June 7-November 23, 2014. This includes museums, galleries, design centers, schools of…

Down Up House / Avignon-Clouet Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Avignon-Clouet Architectes
Location: , France
Area: 50 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau