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Valdespartera Kindergarden / Magen Arquitectos

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Valdespartera Kindergarden / Magen Arquitectos, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle El Tambor de Hojalata, 50019, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jaime Magen, Fco. Javier Magen, Astarte Nuñez (building site, Government of Aragon)
  • Area

    1808.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

What Gentrification Really Is, and How We Can Avoid It

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Photo of Noe Valley, a low-density, high-income neighborhood, by Allan Ferguson
Photo of Noe Valley, a low-density, high-income neighborhood, by Allan Ferguson

Gentrification is seen as a rising menace in many cities. The process whereby rich "gentrifiers" move into neighborhoods, driving up property prices and thus driving out those unable to afford those prices, has drawn criticism from activists and planners for years. However, this article by io9 writer Annalee Newitz, first published by io9 as "This is What Gentrification Really Is", tells us that the issue is not quite the struggle between good and evil that it first appears to be. Gentrification is a process dependent on economy, political climate, and the mercurial nature of urban development itself - and sometimes fighting against it only serves to exacerbate the problem. Find out what we can do in the face of gentrification after the break.

Broadway Malyan Designs New Urban District in Chengdu

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Broadway Malyan Designs New Urban District in Chengdu, Courtesy of Broadway Malyan
Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has been awarded a commission to design the initial phase of a new, iconic urban district in Chengdu in Western China. The Chengdu Creative Centre will be the first landmark in a larger master plan for a high-tech mixed use and business park, set to be called Tianfu New Town.

Committed to setting a high standard of environmentally conscious and sustainable design for the region, Chengdu Creative Centre and the future Tianfu New Town district aim to cut current energy consumption standards in half. The entire complex will be composed of interconnected office, retail, and public green space anchored by a striking central retail tower, 110 meters tall.

The Berlage Archive: Elia Zenghelis (2009)

00:00 - 25 August, 2014

In this 2009 lecture titled "Fabricating Ideology and Architectural Education," seminal architect, educator, and co-founder of OMA Elia Zenghelis discusses the development of ideologies that shape architectural discourse vis-a-vis architectural education. Arguing that architectural education is motivated by religious, socio-political, and economic principles, Zenghelis makes the case that the war-torn 20th century has been an era of upheaval and conflict, resulting in the loss of historical context and a confused state for artists and architects. Proposing the idea that architecture is a servant of power, and is thus intrinsically intertwined with political and societal trends, Zenghelis urges a return to a contextualized understanding of architectural history in order for contemporary architects to develop a sensitive and nuanced approach to their practice. 

Discussing his relationships and collaborations with former students and colleagues Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Peter Eisenman, as well as the political and architectural legacy of such giants as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, Elia Zenghelis provides a compelling conversation about the inherent role of architecture in political discourse.

Don't miss the other lectures in The Berlage Archive series

Torcuato House / BAK arquitectos

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Torcuato House / BAK arquitectos, © Inés Tanoira
© Inés Tanoira

© Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira © Inés Tanoira +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Malvinas Argentinas Partido - Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Area

    273.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Vila Campo Belo House / DT Estúdio

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Vila Campo Belo House / DT Estúdio, © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio
© Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio

© Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio © Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Felipe Bernardini, Thais Aquino Alves da Cunha, Marcelo Mesquita Nunes
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Turkey Orders Demolition of Three 'Illegal' Residential Towers

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Turkey Orders Demolition of Three 'Illegal' Residential Towers, Image via istanbulucuyorum.blogspot.co.uk
Image via istanbulucuyorum.blogspot.co.uk

The Turkish Council of State has ruled that the OnaltiDokuz Residence, a trio of towers between 27 and 37 stories tall in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district, must be demolished in a landmark ruling that could have major ramifications for the country's planning system.

As reported by Oliver Wainwright in the Guardian, the Turkish Council of State ruled that the development "negatively affected the world heritage site that the Turkish government was obliged to protect," possibly in reaction to comments made by UNESCO in 2010, who threatened to put the city on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

Read on after the break for more on the ruling

North Garden House / y+M

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
North Garden House / y+M, Courtesy of y+M design office
Courtesy of y+M design office

Courtesy of y+M design office Courtesy of y+M design office Courtesy of y+M design office Courtesy of y+M design office +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nara, Nara, Japan
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of y+M design office

EL CROQUIS 173 - MVRDV

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
EL CROQUIS 173 - MVRDV, Courtesy of El Croquis
Courtesy of El Croquis

EL CROQUIS, number 173, a monograph on MVRDV, is the third monograph produced by the publisher on this office established in Rotterdam. The current publication collects MVRDV's most significant works from 2003 to the present −presented in full with several construction plans, and a profusion of photographs and sketches. The monograph is prefaced by an interview with MVRDV by the architects Charles Bessard and Nanne de Ru, and a critical essay on their work by Aaron Betsky.

Among the buildings and projects featured the most remarkable ones are the Gemini Residences, the Parkrand apartment building in Rotterdam, the rooftop house extension Didden Village in Rotterdam, the Balancing Barn holiday house in Thorington, the Book Mountain in Spijkenisse, the mixed-use centre Glass Farm in Schijndel and the shopping centre Chungha Building in Gangnam

Montagnaro House / Mapos

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Montagnaro House / Mapos, © James Chororos
© James Chororos

© James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ghent, NY, USA
  • Area

    325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Getty Conservation Institute to Help Conserve Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Getty Conservation Institute to Help Conserve Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute , © Liao Yusheng
© Liao Yusheng

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is partnering with the Salk Institute to help develop techniques for conserving one of Louis Kahn’s finest works. Overlooking the Pacific coast in La Jolla, California, Kahn took advantage of the peaceful surroundings and natural light when he designed the Salk Institute site. However, these same marine elements also provide unique conservation challenges for the concrete and wood structure, particularly for its teak window walls, the Getty Trust reports.

Part of the GCI’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, the project will determine the condition of the teak and develop recommendations for its treatment and long-term conservation. “Partnering with the Salk Institute on this conservation challenge will assist in developing new approaches for practitioners in conserving other icons of modern architecture, which makes it a terrific project for us,” said Susan Macdonald, Head of Field Projects at the GCI. 

 Read on after the break to learn more about the conservation initiative. 

Chang Ucchin Museum in Yangju / Chae-Pereira Architects

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Chang Ucchin Museum in Yangju / Chae-Pereira Architects, © Park Wansoon
© Park Wansoon

© Thierry Sauvage © Park Wansoon © Park Wansoon © Thierry Sauvage +37

Invisible Solar Harvesting Technology Becomes Reality

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Invisible Solar Harvesting Technology Becomes Reality, Solar power with a view: MSU doctoral student Yimu Zhao holds up a transparent luminescent solar concentrator module. Image © Yimu Zhao
Solar power with a view: MSU doctoral student Yimu Zhao holds up a transparent luminescent solar concentrator module. Image © Yimu Zhao

Solar harvesting systems don’t need to be glaringly obvious. In fact, now they can even be invisible, thanks to researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) who have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) that can be applied to windows or anything else with a clear surface.

LSC technology is nothing new, but the transparent aspect is. Previous attempts yielded inefficient results with brightly colored materials, and as researcher Richard Lunt, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU, puts it, “No one wants to sit behind colored glass.” To learn how Lunt and the rest of the research team achieved transparency, keep reading after the break. 

Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: The Building on the Water.

Evoking the image of a dragon perched elegantly on water, the contours of the building seem to move gently in a perfect synergy between local symbolism and the subtle elements of Siza. Snaking around, the form escapes formal convention, emerging as an autonomous entity that contrasts with the orthogonal form of the factory complex. The delicate transition geometry of curves and bridges that connect the different spaces and pavements makes this project one of the most striking examples of Siza’s distinctive architecture. 

Through different shades, reflections and his unmatched composition of light and shadows, Fernando Guerra’s striking images show a poetic scene and the perfect relationship between the building and its environment. We can envision the changes and transitions that the white concrete building goes through as a result of its contact with the water throughout the day.

Read on after the break to see the exclusive images...

Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +16

Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects, © Zsolt Frikker
© Zsolt Frikker

© Dávid Lukács © Balázs Marián © Dávid Lukács © Zsolt Frikker +17

Les Bébés Cafe & Bar / JC Architecture

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Les Bébés Cafe & Bar / JC Architecture, © Kyle You
© Kyle You

© Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You +31

RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales , View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM
View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM

RMJM's Shenzhen studio has just been awarded the contract to build a 93 metre public observation tower inspired by the importance of water in the historic Doumen District, Guangdong Province, China. Perched at the confluence of two rivers, the Doumen Observation Tower will rise from the waterfront of the Zhuhai, and is inspired by the form of a fish soaring above the water, clad in aluminum scales to protect from the hot Chinese sun. The tower will occupy a minimal footprint and will be surrounded by a large public plaza.

Check out the complete specs of Doumen Observation Tower after the break.