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Harvard University's "Putting Public Space in its Place"

Who should design public spaces? Should they even be designed at all? Can public space make a meaningful contribution to solving the world’s environmental problems? How should the success of a public space be measured?

Video: Bridge of Light

The NY Times published this amazing video of a spectacular art installation on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Thousands of computer controlled LED lights can be seen during the night with this fantastic display. Enjoy!

Columnar Towers: Colville Estate Competition Entry / NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

The proposal by NL Architects and WHAT Architecture for the Columnar Towers: Colville Estate competition attempts to mitigate the effects of a large massing of residences by breaking each tower into a 'bundle' of seven smaller towers, or ‘columns’. Each mini-tower is formed by simple 'stacks' of single apartments. This residential development of 199 apartments in Hackney, London is part of a masterplan by Karakusevic Carson Architects for the regeneration of the Colville Estate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin at TED@London

Alastair Parvin, co-founder of WikiHouse gave his TED Talk last week (one of the many architecturally relevant talks at TED 2013). Although the video of his latest talk is not yet available, to whet your appetite we present you with his speech from last year at TED@London. In it he explains the conditions of architectural and material culture that led to the foundation of WikiHouse, an open source database of house designs that can be manufactured with a CNC cutter and assembled in a day.

Behind the Scenes of OMA's Latest Tower with Sustainability Consultant Arpan Bakshi

Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA
Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA

Last month, we reported on OMA's latest competition winner: the Essence Financial Building, a building that OMA Partner David Gianotten described as "a new generation of office tower" for the city of Shenzhen, China. To talk us through the building's cutting edge sustainable features, we spoke with Arpan Bakshi, an architect, engineer, and Sustainability Manager at YR&G, OMA's sustainability consultants, who led the environmental design for the project.

Learn more about the Essence Financial Building, OMA's collaborative approach, and Bakshi's views on the future of sustainable design - for both China and the world - after the break...

Vegetation Room Inhotim / Cristina Iglesias

  • Architects: Cristina Iglesias
  • Location: Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Area: 81.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cristina Iglesias

© Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias

Green Dot Animo Leadership High School / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Location: 11044 South Freeman Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90304, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
  • Project Architect: Angela Brooks, AIA, Mark Buckland, Ching Luk
  • Project Design Team: Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri
  • Engineering: Thorton Thomassetti-Structural
  • Area: 53500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden

Willebroek Administration Building / BRUT

  • Architects: BRUT
  • Location: Willebroek, Belgium
  • Partners In Charge: Gunther Slagmeulder, Francis De Wolf
  • Design Team: Jan Hoffmann, Vincent Van Den Broucke, Dien Wiersma, Lieven Symons
  • Area: 4850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Steven Neyrinck, Thomas de Bruyne

© Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD

  • Architects: LEAD
  • Location: 23-25 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Project Management: 4N Architects, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)
  • Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange
  • General Contractor: Kin Wah Decoration Co
  • Area: 25.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs

© Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs

And the Winner Is... Competitive Advantages?

Architectural Competitions may be regarded as an opportunity or a burden.  There are numerous architectural practices that gained significant attention for their submissions and winnings in highly publicized competitions, but the reality is that architectural competitions are expensive and do not guarantee reward.  And yet, they are an opportunity to engage in a critical dialogue about the projects at hand, and may be approached with more creative and imaginative risk than when working directly with a client, which is probably why they are so popular and numerous.  They are also an opportunity to bring the public into conversations about architecture in the public forum .  These are just some of the considerations that The Architecture Foundation hopes to tackle in its new series, "And the Winner is...?".

Ita House / Taller5 Arquitectos

  • Architects: Taller5 Arquitectos
  • Location: La Piedad, Michoacan
  • Architect In Charge: Octavio Arreola Calleros, Elisa Lerma G. de Q, Mariano Arreola Calleros
  • Collaborators: René Torres Márquez, Julio Cesar Rivera Pedroza
  • Construction: Salvador Carrillo C
  • Area: 680.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Roberto Ortiz

© Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz

Media City Bergen (MCB) Winning Proposal / MAD arkitekter

MAD arkitekter recently won the competition for the development of a large media cluster in the west coast city of Bergen. Establishing an international hotspot for innovation and knowledge within the field of media, the Media City Bergen (MCB) gathers TV-channels, newspapers, providers of media technology, education and research environments in the same location of Lars Hilles gate 30, an area in the periphery of the city center undergoing urban transformation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Postcard from Roosevelt Island, New York

© Hassan Bagheri
© Hassan Bagheri

This text was provided by San Francisco-based writer Kenneth Caldwell

One friend said, “It looks a bit austere.” At first glance, it probably is. But like so many great minimal environments, it asks for patience and generosity. You give, and in turn it gives back.

This is also what the artists Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, and, more recently, Olafur Eliasson ask. Trust them with your time and you may be rewarded with a small measure of serenity—perhaps even with the connection between art and the divine that Dominique de Menil was so focused on. 

Designed by Louis Kahn, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an outdoor sanctuary at the southern tip of what is now called Roosevelt Island, created as a memorial to FDR. The park opened last fall. Kahn’s gift took 40 years to be realized, but it presents a path for human beings to treat each other to peace.

Continue reading after the break...

Asfinag Office Building / Peter Lorenz Ateliers

© Günther Wett
© Günther Wett
  • Architects: Peter Lorenz Ateliers
  • Location: Innsbruck, Austria
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Günther Wett

© Günther Wett © Günther Wett © Günther Wett © Günther Wett

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district at the heart of Taipei City. The architects were interested in how migrants react on a foreign land. By building on the site, they 'colonized’ one acre of grassland from site, therefore colonizing a fragment of Taipei. Hong Kong, a colony by nature, now has its own colony. Their abstraction of the act of colonization can be observed at two scales: The Tower and The Performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Russian For Fish, Notes From A Small Practice

Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building's external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects' description after the break.