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Writer’s Shed / WSD Architecture

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Writer’s Shed / WSD Architecture, © Wai Ming Ng
© Wai Ming Ng
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hackney, London E9, UK
  • Architects in Charge

    Percy Weston, Tom Surman, Joseph Deane
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng © Wai Ming Ng +21

Why 'Confluence' Isn't The Way Forward for Architecture Education in France

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
Why 'Confluence' Isn't The Way Forward for Architecture Education in France, Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes
Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes

On February 19th, 2014, Odile Decq, the world-renowned French architect, announced the launch of a new private university - the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture - to be built in Lyon this year. Decq has promised that the school will break from France’s “strict institutional system of education ill-adapted to change” and thus offer an architecture education fit for the 21st century.

In France, however, public opinion on the new school has been far from unanimous. The Union of Architecture (Le Syndicat de l’Architecture) even went so far as to respond with an open letter to the Minister of Culture and Communication, expressing concern over the project’s “openly mercantile and elitist purpose.” 

France possesses a free and public educational model that sets it apart from the rest of the world. Out of twenty-two schools of architecture, only one is private: l’Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (where Decq was once Director). And, while certainly not perfect, the quality of architecture education is, across the board, of a particularly high standard — the Agency of the Evaluation of Research & Higher Education (AERES) has given a rating of ‘A’ to twenty of the schools and ‘B’ to the other two. This means that regardless of a student’s economic background, he or she has the opportunity to receive an excellent architectural education. 

So, no matter how radical or forward-thinking Confluence may be, is it really a good idea for France to start emulating the model of expensive, private architecture schools we see across the rest of the world?  

Sense Hotel / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Sense Hotel  / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, © Matteo Piazza
© Matteo Piazza

© Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza +16

Hadid's Response to Worker Deaths: Tone-Deaf But True

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
Hadid's Response to Worker Deaths: Tone-Deaf But True, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

This article, by Martin Pedersen, originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine as "Governments, Not Architects, Should Shoulder Responsibility for Worker Deaths, Says Hadid."

Zaha Hadid set off a mini-shitstorm [the other day] when she declared that architects have “nothing to do with the workers” who have died on construction sites in Qatar, site of the World Cup in 2022. The Guardian had reported that nearly 900 workers had died in the past two years building the infrastructure required for the massive event. One of the projects under construction is Hadid’s Al-Wakrah stadium (above), a swoopy, curvilinear 40,000 seat facility that some critics likened to a vagina when the scheme was unveiled to the public. “It’s not my duty as an architect to look at it,” Hadid said, on the worker deaths. “I cannot do anything about it because I have no power to do anything about it. I think it’s a problem anywhere in the world. But, as I said, I think there are discrepancies all over the world.”

Her tone-deaf comments elicited a firestorm of predictable outrage, but I’d contend they had a near-truth about them. As I see it, Hadid had four possible courses of action, all of them limited in scope. 

GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich, Room. Image Courtesy of GRAFT Architects
Room. Image Courtesy of GRAFT Architects

GRAFT Architects have won an invited competition to restore and extend one of Germany's oldest youth hostels in central Munich, Germany. Their proposal, which was judged alongside designs by haascookzemmrich (Stuttgart), Snøhetta (Oslo), and YES Architecture (Munich), centers around the idea of "experiencing community." Their proposal enables exchange and communication whilst also alluding to the "established traditions of simple traveling, youthful curiosity and the thirst for encounter." Connecting the historic quality of the building with the challenges of modern habits and traveling practices, their design "builds a bridge between origins and departure."

Richard Meier Designs Two-Tower Residential Development for Bogota

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
North View. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
North View. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled designs for their first project in Bogota: Vitrvm. Conceptualized as two towers united at the base, the new 13-story residential development will provide 36 apartments along Septima Avenue in the north section of the city. 

“The project is contextually inspired by the beauty of its immediate surroundings,” described the architects. “It aims to reflect and to engage the beautiful gardens and large trees at the Chico Park and the Seminario Mayor,” one of the largest and most important seminaries in Colombia.

VIDEO: I LIKE Black

00:00 - 4 March, 2014

ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal's Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 1, I LIKE Black. The video features RCR Arquitectes' Teatro la Lira, Kumiko Inui's Shin-Yatsushiro Monument, and NL Architects' Wos 8

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise--organized by color--that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world. 

Next week ArchDaily will premier the second installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe's Anniversary Pavilion

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe's Anniversary Pavilion , Courtesy of J. Mayer H.
Courtesy of J. Mayer H.

In a design competition hosted by the German city of Jubilee, J. Mayer H. Architects and Rubner Holzbau have won the commission for a temporary event pavilion which will be erected in Castle Park in March of 2015 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe.

Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center / Rafael De La-Hoz

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center / Rafael De La-Hoz, © Alfonso Quiroga
© Alfonso Quiroga
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Alberche, Venturada, Madrid, Spain
  • Direction Works

    Rafael de la- Hoz Castanys, Silvia Villamor
  • Area

    6850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga +12

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED, © Marco Jacobs
© Marco Jacobs
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gucun Road, Chongming, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Matt Mueller
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marco Jacobs © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha +15

House Palma Chit / JC Arquitectura

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
House Palma Chit / JC Arquitectura, © Wacho Espinosa
© Wacho Espinosa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carral
  • Collaborator

    Armando Pelayo
  • Construction

    JC Arquitectura
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Wacho Espinosa © Wacho Espinosa © Wacho Espinosa © Wacho Espinosa +10

The Grand Pinklao Clubhouse / Office AT

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
The Grand Pinklao Clubhouse / Office AT, © W-Workspace
© W-Workspace
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Project Architects

    Surachai Akekapobyotin, Juthathip Techachumreon
  • Architect Team

    Pinyo Tanadirek, Noppon Jeidipang
  • Interior Designer

    Office AT
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© W-Workspace © W-Workspace © W-Workspace © W-Workspace +36

The Pros & Cons of Living With Google

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
The Pros & Cons of Living With Google, Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ
Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ

"Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world." In an article for The Verge Sean Hollister investigates how Google now represents one tenth of Mountain View, the city which hosts the company's Californian headquarters. Having one of the world's largest tech companies on their doorstep is a cause of concern for residents, some of whom are now referring to their home as Googleville. Having just bought the lease for a former military airport some city council members are seeing the expansionist move as a step too far - read the article in full here.

BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has unveiled new plans for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Departing from his original competition winning design, a twisted 76-foot tall log cabin whose height caused its demise due to public disapproval, the new scheme will now top out at a more modest 46-feet as two slanted concrete walls lift towards the sky and expose the center’s interior to the historic Old Main Street. 

"The building seems to rise with Main Street and the mountain landscape, while bowing down to match the scale of the existing Kimball," described Bjarke Ingels in a statement.

Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree, Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree
Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects in Charge

    Samir Raut, Amit Mayekar
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree

Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree +11

Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument, Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada

David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among six interdisciplinary teams competing to design Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Planned for an empty, triangular site adjacent to Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, the monument designs are currently undergoing public review before a final decision that will be made by an international jury of design and art professionals this spring. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.  

Review the proposals, after the break...

La Queue du Lézard Community Center / Rue Royale Architectes

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
La Queue du Lézard Community Center / Rue Royale Architectes, © Philippe Maillot
© Philippe Maillot

© Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot +12

Porta Susa TGV Station / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Porta Susa TGV Station  / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +22