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Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
Are Property Developers "Ruining Our Cities"?, Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners
Phase 3, Battersea Power Station redevelopment (London). Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners / Gehry Partners

Alongside a number of recent articles that explore the rise of the urban property developer and the subsequent "threat" to the built environment, Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian explores at length how developers are "exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities." In discussion with Peter Rees, former Chief Planning Officer for the City of London and responsible for the financial district's monuments of today, Wainwright discusses the lack of accountability of the vast majority of urban developers. While local councils attempt to secure the next iconic development for their area many planners, authorities and developers are locked in a battle over the built fabric of our cities. Read the article in full here.

UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar's New Metro Network, © Methanoia
© Methanoia

Aiming to encourage the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation, Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio to design the stations for the first phase of the Greater Doha Metro Network, part of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). With the first phase consisting of 30 stations on 4 metro lines, UNStudio has created an "Architectural Branding Manual," a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines which will be used by the design & build firms on each station to ensure the design quality and coherence of the network as a whole.

© Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia © Methanoia +7

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture, © Joseph Mills Photography
© Joseph Mills Photography

© Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography © Joseph Mills Photography +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, Oklahoma City, OK 73162, USA
  • Design Principal

    Craig Foster AIA
  • Project Architect/Manager

    Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai, © Amelie Yang
© Amelie Yang

© Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361009
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Amelie Yang, Courtesy of XU Kai

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Rodeneck School  / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +11

SFMOMA Tops Out

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
SFMOMA Tops Out, © Henrik Kam
© Henrik Kam

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind SFMOMA’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break...

New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library , Helsinki Central Library. Image © ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library. Image © ALA Architects

Take a tour inside ALA Architect’s Helsinki Central Library with a new animation and set of images revealing the project’s spacious interiors. The project, which was awarded to ALA through an international competition, boasts a unique set of programs, such as a ground floor cinema, second story sauna, “Nerd Attic” and dreamy “Book Heaven” that is topped with a cloud-like undulating roof and includes a distinctive outdoor “Citizens’ Balcony.” 

Ground Floor Lobby. Image © ALA Architects Middle Floor "Living Lab". Image © ALA Architects Top Floor "Book Heaven". Image © ALA Architects Top Floor "Citizen's Balcony". Image © ALA Architects +19

Doehler / SABO project

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Doehler / SABO project, Courtesy of SABO project
Courtesy of SABO project

Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project Courtesy of SABO project +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Alex Delaunay
  • Area

    124.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SABO project

House Thommy / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
House Thommy / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Joachimsackerstrasse, 4103 Bottmingen, Switzerland
  • Client

    Monica und Dominique Thommy-Kneschaurek
  • Area

    315.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool, © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo's food theme, the pavilion is centered around the Czech Republic's unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects +30

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center, © Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP
© Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP

ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to masterplan “New Moscow’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city. 

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…

Spotlight: Peter Smithson

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Spotlight: Peter Smithson , © flickr user 51746218@N03
© flickr user 51746218@N03

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After returning to complete his degree in 1948, he enrolled in the Royal Academy architecture school. In 1950 he set up his own practice with his wife Alison, and the two went on to become some of the most influential British architects of the mid-20th century. 

© flickr user stevecadman © Alison and Peter Smithson © flickr user 51746218@N03 © Alison and Peter Smithson +5

Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pole DD - IUT Mantes-en-Yvelines, 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • Project Lead

    Stephane Nikolas
  • Area

    5085.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +12

Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office, © Seiryo  Yamada
© Seiryo Yamada

© Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada +11

Plywood House / Simon Astridge

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Plywood House / Simon Astridge, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley +32

Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados, © João Ribeiro
© João Ribeiro

© João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Fausto Chino
  • Project and coordination

    Drucker arquitetos associados
  • Area

    1033.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture, The Offices of BIG. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
The Offices of BIG. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Originally published by Entrepreneur Architect, Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech Kevin J Singh gives his 21-point rundown of how to have a successful and happy life as an architect. The list gives some pointers that will certainly help young students and graduates, but may well be useful to some of the not-so-young practitioners who need to refocus on what's important.

The following is a compilation of my professional practice lecture on the last day of class. Instead of recapping the course or giving a final exam, I share with my students a presentation titled Advice as You Finish School and Start to Practice. I present a series of statements followed up with a brief explanation.