Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s ‘Bubble’ project (featured here) has recently come under fire by critics for its “ballooning” cost. Meant to be a seasonally inflated, temporary structure at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC., the Bubble’s original price-tag ($5 million) has now inflated to $15.5 million. The federally-funded price tag would be less relevant if the project were universally accepted, but many feel that the “Bubble” represents a misguided attempt to get into the spectacle game.
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Located in the Seodaemu-gu district of Seoul, the Swiss Embassy proposal by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects… stands as a pavilion sitting on four mushroom columns. Reaching the maximum authorized height, the project becomes part of the makeover that the neighborhood
Similar to what LEED did for buildings, City Protocol promises to do for cities. The first certification system for smart cities, due to come out in April 2013, is being developed with the guidance of over 30 organizations. It will provide a framework for designing sustainable systems in a model that integrates the vast number of elements that contribute to urban development. This global thinking expands upon the goals of the LEED certification system, which provides a more isolated, building specific agenda for architects.
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Award-winning architectural firm Arca Architects is based in central Manchester, England, and headed by architect John Lee. Arca’s Silver Café on the Morecambe Bay in England transformed the face of a quiet seaside town with a space that is both visually appealing and tactilely exciting.
The Silver Café won the 2009 Small Scale Commercial Award from the Manchester Society of Architects (MSA), and it was a finalist for two coveted Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2000.
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Architects: ONL Arquitectura
Location: Cardedeu, Spain
Developer: Departament d’Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GISA
Constructors: Vias y Construcciones , S.A.
Collaborators : Gianluca Giaccone, arq. – Oscar Vendrell, arq. – Giorgia Sgarbossa, arq. – Mar Balcells, estudiant d’arq.
Installations: Àbac Enginyers
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Area: 2792.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura
Inspired by Design Indaba, the Your Street Live Challenge aims to transform space and improve life at the street level in Africa through creative thought, one street at a time. Want to be part of something big? This is an…
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and World Stage Design 2013 are currently seeking proposals for the competition to design a sustainable temporal theatre. The winning design will be built in Cardiff and house performances and events as…
In contrast to the other buildings in the Töölönlahti District of Helsinki, an essential component of the design by PAR and Arup… for the Central Library involved creating a public space at the top of the library—visually connecting Töölönlahti to
The members of the Master Jury were just announced for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Jury, which includes Mr. David Adjaye, Dr. Howayda al-Harithy, Mr. Michel Desvigne, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Mr. Kamil Merican, Professor Toshiko Mori, Ms. Shahzia Sikander, Mr. Murat Tabanlioglu, and Mr. Wang Shu, independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award, will convene in January 2013 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects. The shortlisted projects will then be subject to rigorous on-site reviews by independent experts. The Jury will meet for a second time in June 2013 to examine the on-site reviews and then select the final recipients of the Award. More information on the Master Jury after the break.
Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
Collaborators: Topo Abe, Joan Puig, Cristina Ribera, Marina Berbel, Silvia Ocaña, arq, Massimo Pietrobon, Cèlia Monfort
Installations: FONT I ARMENGOL S.A.
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Budget: € 6,750,818
Area: 10,613.17 sqm
Photography: Gianluca Giaccone