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Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Ritto House / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    71.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +18

4x4 Studio / Teresa Mascaro

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
4x4 Studio / Teresa Mascaro, © Cristiano Mascaro
© Cristiano Mascaro

© Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro © Cristiano Mascaro +22

Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores, © Pablo Blanco Barros
© Pablo Blanco Barros

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros +30

Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA, © Torben Petersen
© Torben Petersen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zealand, Denmark
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Lars Hamran, Jens Herman Næss
  • Consultants

    Ole Willerup, Rikke Øberg
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen +27

Jade Residence / E/L Studio

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Jade Residence / E/L Studio, © Pepper Watkins
© Pepper Watkins
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wildwood, NJ 08260, United States
  • Area

    3300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Pepper Watkins © Pepper Watkins © Pepper Watkins © Pepper Watkins +35

Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design, © Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

© Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki +13

International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

00:00 - 5 April, 2014
International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

Next Month, the Mackintosh School of Architecture (The Glasgow School of Art) will host its first International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture, ‘Clean Conscience Dirty Hands’, in the new Reid Building by Steven Holl Architects. The symposium focuses on the limited resources intrinsic to the provision of social and humanitarian architecture and the impact of such scarcity on the ability of organisations to ‘harness’ the learning from each built project through documentation, discussion and dissemination. As such, it seeks to provide both a locus and a forum for like-minded organisations engaged in social and humanitarian building projects, in order to capture and disseminate good practice in both a UK-based and overseas context.

Venice Biennale 2014: French Pavilion to Debate Modernism's Successes and Failures

00:00 - 5 April, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: French Pavilion to Debate Modernism's Successes and Failures, Though his Unite d'Habitation remains popular, many other mass housing projects inspired by Le Corbusier were less successful. Image © Vincent Desjardins
Though his Unite d'Habitation remains popular, many other mass housing projects inspired by Le Corbusier were less successful. Image © Vincent Desjardins

With Le Corbusier casting a long shadow over the last century of France's architectural history, it is not surprising that, faced with Rem Koolhaas's theme of 'absorbing modernity' at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the country might have a unique reaction.

Jean-Louis Cohen's initial proposal for the French Pavilion, titled "Modernity: Promise or Menace?" reflects this history: “since 1914 France has not so much 'absorbed' modernity as it has shaped it with significant contributions made by French architects and engineers in order to meet the requirements of different segments of society. As is the case in many countries, modernity has had to come face to face with social reform and by doing so it has made great dreams such as quality housing and community services for all partially come to fruition. But this encounter has come about in a original way, also generating considerable anxiety.”

Read on after the break for more about the themes explored by the French Pavilion

Renovation and Extension At St Monica's College / Branch Studio Architects

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Renovation and Extension At St Monica's College / Branch Studio Architects, © Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

© Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning +33

Simplicity, Structural Clarity & Sustainability: How SOM Remains a Global Leader

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Simplicity, Structural Clarity & Sustainability: How SOM Remains a Global Leader, For a relatively large practice, SOM Chicago rarely feels like one. Pictured here are the several dozen architects and engineers that make up the firm, including representatives from two in-house groups: the Chicago Structures Group and so-called "Research Gang," under the direction of "maker" Bill Baker. Image © Tim Klein
For a relatively large practice, SOM Chicago rarely feels like one. Pictured here are the several dozen architects and engineers that make up the firm, including representatives from two in-house groups: the Chicago Structures Group and so-called "Research Gang," under the direction of "maker" Bill Baker. Image © Tim Klein

Originally posted under the title "Well-Oiled Machine" on Metropolis Magazine, this fascinating article by Ian Volner profiles the international behemoth that is SOM, exploring how the practice has remained so prominent - and relevant - after 78 years, and what it is that stylistically unites a practice spread across five continents with more than 10,000 buildings to their name.

Frank Lloyd Wright called them the “Three Blind Mies.” Louis Skidmore, Nathaniel Owings, and John O. Merrill were the architectural troika whose namesake firm—founded in Chicago in the mid-1930s—became something like the Julia Child of postwar design, delivering European sophistication to middle America at midcentury. Through hundreds of buildings in cities all across the country (and, later, around the world) the office turned the stringent aesthetic of German master builder Ludwig Mies van der Rohe into an architectural metonym for big business. Whether you look at rows of sleek glass skyscrapers and see grace and economy, or only the “thousand blind windows” of Allen Ginsberg’s monstrous “Moloch,” it’s no stretch to say that you have Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to thank for them.

More on SOM's huge influence after the break

In Drawings, The Historical Trajectory of Soviet Architecture

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Yakov Chernikhov, Factory building, Ca. 1931, Drafting pen, ink and pencil, 298 x 248 mm. Image Courtesy of the Tchoban Foundation
Yakov Chernikhov, Factory building, Ca. 1931, Drafting pen, ink and pencil, 298 x 248 mm. Image Courtesy of the Tchoban Foundation

This article by Ross Wolfe, originally posted on Metropolis Magazine as "Cultural Divide: The 'Paper Architecture' of the USSR" explores the complexity of various Soviet architecture movements through the lens of paper architecture.

In the history of 20th-century Russian architecture, there exists a central struggle. In one corner, the Constructivists, champions of light, airy, and functional buildings that drew their power from the social and aesthetic revolutions of the 1920s; in the other, the Stalinist architects, whose thuggish hybrids and clumsy pastiche became the predominant vernacular throughout the Soviet republics. The latter, as we know, eventually came out on top. 

Things are rather more complicated, of course, as an recent exhibition at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation argued. Architecture in Cultural Strife: Russian and Soviet Architecture in Drawings, 1900-1953 brings together a total of 79 unique architectural delineations that chart a historical trajectory running from the twilight years of the Romanov dynasty up to Stalin’s death by the midcentury.

Read on for more about the multiple movements that made up the whole of Soviet architecture.

ARC / BERNASKONI

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
ARC / BERNASKONI, © BERNASKONI / Yuri Palmin
© BERNASKONI / Yuri Palmin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga Oblast, Russia
  • Project Team

    Boris Bernaskoni, Alexander Schamenkov, Stas Subbotin, Ksenia Trofimova
  • Contractor

    Alexey Kleymenichev, Srub fm
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Kavel K / Carve

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Kavel K / Carve, © Marleen Beek
© Marleen Beek
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Carve Team

    Elger Blitz, Mark van der Eng, Thomas Tiel Groenestege, Emma Kaul, Thijs van der Zouwen, Hannah Schubert
  • Area

    1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Marleen Beek © Marleen Beek © Marleen Beek © Marleen Beek +30

Social Housing / Vous Êtes Ici Architectes

01:00 - 5 April, 2014
Social Housing  / Vous Êtes Ici Architectes, © 11H45
© 11H45
  • Architects

  • Location

    Passage des Patriarches, 75005 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45 +30

Definitions Series: Risk, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture

00:00 - 4 April, 2014
Definitions Series: Risk, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, L.A. Architects at Venice Beach, 1980. Left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, and Frank Gehry. Photo by Ave Pildas
L.A. Architects at Venice Beach, 1980. Left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, and Frank Gehry. Photo by Ave Pildas

Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Stephen Phillips and Eva Franch i Gilabert will be discussing on the “institutionalization” of “experimentation” and cultural politics and power of taking risks.

Apartment/Conference Kredytowa / Maciej Kurkowski + Maciej Sutula

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Apartment/Conference Kredytowa / Maciej Kurkowski + Maciej Sutula, © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła
© Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

© Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła +17

Video: Three Courtyards House / Miguel Marcelino Architect

00:00 - 4 April, 2014

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
  • Budget

    312.000 euros
  • Project Area

    216.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +20