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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

AA Visiting School Singapore: 'Objectify' Workshop

Conducted by RARE directors on behalf of the Architectural Association in Singapore, the 'Objectify' workshop at Singapore Polytechnic's School of Design will sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city's idea of growth through image forging. Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. Taking place August 21-30, the workshop will explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals. More information after the break.

A New Tool for Comparing Cities

For the last fifty years Richard Wurman - architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences - has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares cities.  In Wurman's early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global cities was no easy task. Cities use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. "They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend," he tells Nate Berg of Next City.  

Thanks to sophisticated mapping tools, delving into the statistical data of numerous cities has become far more manageable than in 1962, when Wurman produced his first comparative analysis using clay models of 50 different cities. Wurman's analog-driven statistical analysis has turned into the Urban Observatory, a website that allows users to choose from 15 variables and easily compare the public data of up to 16 cities around the world in real time.

More about the platform after the break.

Never Built: Los Angeles

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated exhibition - Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. 

Waiwhero Farm House / Tennent + Brown

© Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg © Jason Frank  Rothenberg

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum / LIKEarchitects

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects: LIKEarchitects
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
  • Area: 75.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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