ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Jonathan Kirschenfeld to Receive Inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Jonathan Kirschenfeld to Receive Inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award, Jonathan Kirschenfeld. Image Courtesy of Institute for Public Architecture
Jonathan Kirschenfeld. Image Courtesy of Institute for Public Architecture

Jonathan Kirschenfeld, founder of the Institute for Public Architecture and principal at Jonathan Kirschenfield Architect PC, has been selected to receive the inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award. The award, presented by the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), lauded Kirschenfeld for his "contribution to the quality of New York State public architecture." 

A Hill on a House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
A Hill on a House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +17

Cantilevers on Sand, Ducks in a Bag & Other Adventures: A Conversation with FormlessFinder

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Julian Rose (left) and Garrett RIcciardi (right) met at Princeton University and later started formlessfinder together . Image Courtesy of formlessfinder
Julian Rose (left) and Garrett RIcciardi (right) met at Princeton University and later started formlessfinder together . Image Courtesy of formlessfinder

Formlessfinder of New York City has a vision "to liberate architecture from the constraints of form." Samuel Medina of Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed the Princeton duo on contemporary architectural practice - fittingly naming them "Formal Renegades."

“We like architecture,” says Garrett Ricciardi, with real sincerity. “We want to save architecture.” But from what? Ricciardi is one half of New York–based formlessfinder, the experimental—you might say radical—architecture firm he founded with Julian Rose in 2011,  just after the pair completed a joint thesis at Princeton University. Their project, which laid out the blueprint for Ricciardi and Rose’s subsequent collaborations, advanced a daring proposition: to liberate architecture from the constraints of form. 

“The basic idea of the formless is about freeing up architecture to make it about what we want it to be about,” Rose says. “The idea is that form has sort of gotten in the way,” he adds, before checking off a laundry list of offenders: parametricism, digital fabrication, blobs, minimalism. Where form has “always served to limit and control,” the formless, as the architects have come to define it, is subversive by nature. It’s an operation rife with uncertainty, producing “messy, equivocal, and, most importantly, generative” results. 

Winners of the Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition Revealed

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Winners of the Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition Revealed, First Place. Image Courtesy of AWR Competitions
First Place. Image Courtesy of AWR Competitions

The winners of the international competition to design Berlin's new Natural Science Museum have been announced. The brief, which called for a large scale iconic building in the heart of the German capital, offered the opportunity for architects and students to design in a city founded in the 13th century.

Understanding that natural science museums are often simply seen as places for public spectacle, the organization behind the competition wanted to ensure that the "importance of the museum's specimen collections for documenting historical and present-day patterns of biological diversity cannot be overstated."

See the winning entry, along with the runners up, after the break.

Temporary School Gymnasium / MIDE architetti + Paolo Didonè

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
Temporary School Gymnasium / MIDE architetti  + Paolo Didonè, © Alessandra Bello
© Alessandra Bello

© Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello +35

Timelapse Captures 2.5 Year Transformation of Abu Dhabi and Dubai

00:00 - 3 May, 2014

Humanity’s ability to construct and change an urban landscape is incredible, but rarely do we get to see that interaction at full scale. Beno Saradzic’s "BEYOND: Memoirs in a Timelapse" captures just that. Taken from more than two years of footage from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this film showcases hourly transformations wrought on some of the city’s most famous buildings, such as the Al Bahar Towers and Burj Khalifa.  

Can Design Compel Communities to Relocate After Natural Disaster?

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
Can Design Compel Communities to Relocate After Natural Disaster?, An aerial rendering from the Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup team shows Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. A threatened barrier island is visible on the right, and in the middle is a redeveloped area where people could, in theory, move. Image Courtesy of The Atlantic Cities
An aerial rendering from the Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup team shows Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. A threatened barrier island is visible on the right, and in the middle is a redeveloped area where people could, in theory, move. Image Courtesy of The Atlantic Cities

If you lived in a region repeatedly devastated by storms, would common sense be enough to make you leave your memories behind? Two of the ten proposals for the Rebuild by Design competition (which included proposals from  OMA and BIG) tackle this issue, providing designs that compel communities to move to safety. To learn more about this sensitive and increasingly relevant social and political issue, known as "Managed Retreat," check out James Russell's article on The Atlantic Cities

3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna, © 3XN
© 3XN

International design firm 3XN has recently won a competition to design a residential building in downtown Vienna, Austria.  Being so close to the historic center of the city, the project required a unique but unobtrusive appearance. With this in mind, a subtle, curving façade composed of warm colors was developed for the exterior.

Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion, © OBA
© OBA

The honor of designing Thailand’s pavilion for the 2015 Milan Exposition has officially been awarded to The Office of Bangkok Architects (OBA). The firm’s winning design incorporates the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” with the agrarian and religious qualities that define the Kingdom of Thailand. Located centrally on the Expo’s main avenue, the pavilion will be adjacent to a canal that will be used as a part of the exhibition, relating back to Bangkok’s informal title as the “Venice of Asia.”

Tema Istanbul Showroom / Yazgan Design Architecture

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
Tema Istanbul Showroom / Yazgan Design Architecture, © Yunuz Özkazanç
© Yunuz Özkazanç

© Yunuz Özkazanç © Yunuz Özkazanç © Yunuz Özkazanç © Yunuz Özkazanç +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Halkalı, 34200 Küçükçekmece/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Employer

    Mesa, Kantur-Akdaş, Artaş, Öztaş Joint Venture
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Universidad de Chile - Juan Gomez Millas Campus Classroom Building / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

23:14 - 2 May, 2014
Universidad de Chile - Juan Gomez Millas Campus Classroom Building  / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Palmeras, Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G., Diego Achurra Q.
  • Project Area

    17787.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Montreal's Mirabel Airport Terminal to be Demolished

00:00 - 2 May, 2014
Montreal's Mirabel Airport Terminal to be Demolished, © Wikimedia CC user Yvan Ieduc
© Wikimedia CC user Yvan Ieduc

The owners of the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport have confirmed that, after a decade lying vacant, it will finally demolish the airport's sleek black terminal building. When it was completed in 1975, Mirabel was the world's largest airport, but it quickly became unpopular with airlines as it was simply too far from Montréal, and was re-purposed as a testing site and cargo airport. Now, with the terminal building requiring $15 million in emergency repairs, owner Aéroports de Montréal have announced that it is "irreparably obsolete" and are seeking tenders for its demolition. You can read the full story at CBC News.

La Colina / FANARQ + THAA

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
La Colina  /  FANARQ + THAA, © Barry Shapiro
© Barry Shapiro

© Barry Shapiro © Barry Shapiro © Barry Shapiro © Barry Shapiro +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Colina, Balcones, 37720 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    José Antonio Popoca, Felipe Argüelles
  • Area

    928.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Capri on Via Roma / BDA Architecture

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Capri on Via Roma / BDA Architecture, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Isle Of Capri, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
  • Project Architect

    Adam Beck
  • Design Architect

    Steve McCracken
  • Area

    7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field, Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell
Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

San Francisco’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped Crissy Field, the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site. 

The five teams, which include James Corner Field Operations, Olson Kundig Architects and Snøhetta, are expected to present their ideas publicly in just three months. A winner will not be selected, though each team will receive $25,000 for their efforts. However, the Trust will be inclined to work with one of the teams should their concepts “dazzle” the audience.  

A complete list of the five teams and more project information, after the break...

Northwest Missouri State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Gould Evans

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Gould Evans, © Michael Spillers
© Michael Spillers

© Darren Whitley © Michael Spillers © Michael Spillers © Michael Spillers +20

From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette

00:00 - 2 May, 2014
From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Since childhood, growing up on a farm outside of Nashville, Wendell Burnette has been inspired by nature; indeed, the amplification of the natural site has highlighted his body of work. In the following question and answer by Guy Horton of Metropolis Magazine, the Pheonix-based architect speaks about memories, inspiration and experience. 

Wendell Burnette’s journey through architecture has taken him from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where he has designed a type of architecture that resonates with the power of natural surroundings. It has also taken him to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice, Wendell Burnette Architects, is based and where he calls home. More recently it has brought him to Los Angeles where he is the current Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic at the USC School of Architecture. He is also Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.

I spoke with Burnette about his approach to architecture, the importance of direct experience, and the meaning behind his current USC studio, “Earth Curvature”.

Castelão Arena / Vigliecca & Associados

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Castelão Arena / Vigliecca & Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti Courtesy of Vigliecca & Associados © Ricardo Correa © Leonardo Finotti +64

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Alberto Craveiro, 2901 - Castelão, Fortaleza - CE, Brazil
  • Project Management

    Héctor Vigliecca, Luciene Quel e Ronald Werner
  • Resident Architect

    Fernanda Trotti
  • Team

    Neli Shimizu, Carolina Bertoldi, Bianca Riotto, Fabio Pittas, Hernani Paiva, Kelly Bozzato, Luiz Marino, Mayara Christ, Pedro Ichimaru, Rafael Alcantara, Paulo Serra (administration), Luci Maie (administration)
  • Area

    162600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Vigliecca & Associados, Ricardo Correa, Azul Serra