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Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schulgasse 40, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area

    997.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

UK Politicians Invited to Workshop to Learn About Architecture

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
UK Politicians Invited to Workshop to Learn About Architecture, One possible activity for the workshop includes guided tours of London from the Thames. Image © Flickr CC User Donna Rutherford
One possible activity for the workshop includes guided tours of London from the Thames. Image © Flickr CC User Donna Rutherford

Oliver Colvile, chairman of the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Excellence in the Built Environment, has proposed that UK Members of Parliament should be invited to an architecture workshop to improve their understanding of the built environment. The workshop would be jointly run by the APPG and the Farrell Review, and could include activities such as designing a virtual town or an architectural sightseeing tour along the Thames. More on the proposal after the break.

In Defense of Rewarding Vanity Height

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
In Defense of Rewarding Vanity Height, One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States... arguably. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States... arguably. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

Recently, ArchDaily editors received an interesting request from an anonymous Communications Director of an unnamed New York firm, asking us “In your reporting, please do not repeat as fact, or as "official," the opinion that One World Trade Center in New York will be the tallest building in the United States.” He or she goes on to explain that the decision maker who 'announced' the building as the tallest in the US, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), is not officially endorsed by the AIA or the US Government, and that while their work is beneficial for architecture and cities as a whole, their criteria for height evaluation are flawed and have been criticized by many in the industry.

The desire to have the tallest building in a city, country or even the world goes back to at least the medieval period, when competing noble families of Italian hill towns such as San Gimignano would try to out-do each other's best construction efforts (jokes about the Freudian nature of such contests are, I imagine, not much younger). Perhaps the greatest symbol of this desire is the decorative crown of the Chrysler Building, which was developed in secret and enabled the building to briefly take the prize as the world's tallest, much to the surprise and ire of its competitors at the time.

With this competitive spirit apparently still very much alive, I thought it might be worthwhile to address the issue raised by our anonymous friend.

Adaptable House / Henning Larsen Architects + GXN

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Adaptable House / Henning Larsen Architects + GXN, © Jesper Ray
© Jesper Ray

© Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Helene Høyer Mikkelsen +24

Carehotel Middelpunt / Architectuuratelier Dertien12

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Carehotel Middelpunt / Architectuuratelier Dertien12, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +43

Dorset Road / Sam Tisdall Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Dorset Road / Sam Tisdall Architects, © Richard Chivers
© Richard Chivers

© Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY, United Kingdom
  • Area

    76.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos, Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos
Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area

    101.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

Akatsuka House / MDS

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Akatsuka House / MDS, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    149.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects, © Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +20

Geneva Flat / FREAKS freearchitects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Geneva Flat / FREAKS freearchitects, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel +11

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center / Mahlum

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center / Mahlum, © Lincoln Barbour
© Lincoln Barbour

© Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour © Lincoln Barbour +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    26000 Southeast Stark Street, Gresham, OR 97030, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Diane Shiner AIA LEED AP
  • Area

    22751.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped, © KPF via wikipedia
© KPF via wikipedia

The Pinnacle, the 63-storey tower that would have been the tallest in the City of London's central cluster, has finally been abandoned, according to Gwyn Richards, the City’s new head of design. Originally granted planning permission in 2006, the "helter-skelter" design by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) was put on hold in 2011 due to financial issues. Now a replacement scheme is in the works which could be revealed in a matter of weeks.

More on the Pinnacle, and its replacement, after the break

The Green Building Wars

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
The Green Building Wars, The Clinton Presidential Center by Polshek Partnership and Hargreaves Associates received a rating of Two Green Globes from the GBI. But would LEED have rated it the same?. Image © Timothy Hursley
The Clinton Presidential Center by Polshek Partnership and Hargreaves Associates received a rating of Two Green Globes from the GBI. But would LEED have rated it the same?. Image © Timothy Hursley

Originally published by Metropolis Magazine, this comprehensive analysis by sustainability expert Lance Hosey examines the current disputes within the green building industry, where market leader LEED currently finds competition from the Living Building Challenge, aiming for the "leading edge" of the market, and the Green Globes at the other end of the scale. Arguing for a more holistic understanding of what makes materials sustainable, Hosey examines the role that materials, and material industries such as the timber and chemical industries, can have in directing the aims and principles of these three sustainability rating systems - for better or for worse.

Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing, 9x18 Scheme © Credit Peterson Rich Office/Sagi Golan via the NYTimes
9x18 Scheme © Credit Peterson Rich Office/Sagi Golan via the NYTimes

The cost of living in New York has skyrocketed over the years, causing one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biggest challenges to be the integration of affordable housing. Considering this, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has spotlighted a plan that suggests trading parking lots for micro housing units. Envisioned by three young architects at the Institute for Public Architecture, the “9x18” scheme has the potential to transform the city by capitalizing on outdated zoning regulations that would unleash more than 20.3 million square feet of usable space. Read more here on the New York Times

Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Combo Competitions: Emphasis On The Idea, Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Combo Competitions, an organisation founded by Swedish, London based architect Per Linde, organises international idea competitions for architects, designers and students. With a gentle emphasis on the ideas presented in proposals, rather than aesthetics alone, their main driver is to promote design concepts "where everything comes together to form a whole that is larger than the sum of its parts."

With the increasing ease in producing "amazing renderings and images," underling concepts can often be lost - or hidden by - a seductive final image. Combo Competitions seeks to reverse this trend by rewarding an emphasis on "well advised concepts" alongside appearance and presentation. Their latest competition, entitled Hello Nature, invites participants to explore a way of re-introducing nature into people’s consciousness.

Find out more about the competition and hear from Per Linde after the break...

Casa BC / 3ARCH

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Casa BC / 3ARCH, © The Black Rabbit
© The Black Rabbit

© The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Herradura, Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Design and construction

    3ARCH, Emilio Ades, Daniel Sampson, Gerardo Domínguez, Francisco Villalón, Antonio Peña
  • Area

    559.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Football Playground / Guinée et Potin Architects

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Ter Quai François Mitterrand, 44000 Nantes, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Florian Carré
  • Design Team

    Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin architects
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +19

Sheila Kennedy Awarded 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
Sheila Kennedy Awarded 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize, Sheila Kennedy. Image © UC Berkeley
Sheila Kennedy. Image © UC Berkeley

Shelia Kennedy has been awarded the 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize, a $100,000 prize presented biannually to a “distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.” Kennedy is a principal of Boston’s KVA Matx and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s first-ever female Professor of the Practice of Architecture who is internationally renowned for her explorations of material innovation in the fields of architecture and urbanism.