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Mexico's 2014 Public Interest Design Award Winners

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Mexico's 2014 Public Interest Design Award Winners, Participatory design and community construction of a microregional center for technological innovation. Image Courtesy of PID Mexico
Participatory design and community construction of a microregional center for technological innovation. Image Courtesy of PID Mexico

Effective, excellent, inclusive, impactful, systematic, and participatory - these were the six criteria jurors considered when selecting the winners of this year's Public Interest Design Mexico Awards. On September 11th and 12th in Mexico City, the six winning projects will be presented to the public. To learn more about these exemplary projects that serve the public realm, keep reading after the break.

Southern Outlet House / Philip M Dingemanse

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Southern Outlet House / Philip M Dingemanse, © Jonathan Wherrett
© Jonathan Wherrett

© Jonathan Wherrett © Jonathan Wherrett © Jonathan Wherrett © Jonathan Wherrett +19

The 10 Tallest Buildings Ever Demolished

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
The 10 Tallest Buildings Ever Demolished, Savoy-Plaza Hotel, New York City. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia
Savoy-Plaza Hotel, New York City. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

The following list of the ten tallest buildings ever demolished, by Michael Aynsley, was originally published on BuzzBuzzHome.

Before we get to the countdown, a caveat: this list only considers buildings that were demolished on purpose by their owners. If it included all tall structures that are no longer standing, number one, two and four would be occupied by the three World Trade Center buildings tragically destroyed on September 11th, 2001.

App Review: Arrette Scale - Precision Scale Drawing

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
App Review: Arrette Scale - Precision Scale Drawing, Palladio's Villa Rotunda. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale
Palladio's Villa Rotunda. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale

Part of an increasing trend of apps which allow precision scale drawing, Arrette Scale seeks to provide designers with a simple, familiar drawing environment usable by anyone comfortable with traditional drawing tools. Allowing users to digitally review work by sharing ideas and drawings, Arrette's platform welcomes incremental design changes and collaboration on  without the need for printing reams of paper.

Courtesy of Arrette Scale Courtesy of Arrette Scale Courtesy of Arrette Scale Courtesy of Arrette Scale +13

Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 3 July, 2014

On the morning that France accepted a Special Mention for its exhibition "Modernity: Promise or Menace?" at the Venice Biennale, Curator Jean-Louis Cohen spoke to us about the questions raised within, on, and around the walls of the French Pavilion. Standing in front of a model of the farcical Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati's famous film "Mon Oncle," Cohen explained that France didn't just absorb modernity (as Rem Koolhaas proposed) but that France inspired modernity, providing different expectations, promises and, as the title suggests, menaces. 

Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Gong Dong
  • Project Architects

    Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
  • Project Advisor

    Nan Wang
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Özer/Ürger Architects + ON Design Take Third Place in Gallipoli National Park Competition

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Özer/Ürger Architects + ON Design Take Third Place in Gallipoli National Park Competition, Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects
Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects

The Gallipoli Peninsula, at the Western end of Turkey, holds a particular significance for the country as the site of a major World War One battle in which the declining Ottoman Empire repelled an attempted invasion by British forces. Today, it is seen as one of the defining moments that contributed to the formation of modern day Turkey, and the site of the battle is commemorated by a national park which includes a series of monuments and memorials at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Aiming to consolidate these sites in to a more coherent whole, the Çanakkale government launched a competition to redesign the area, in which the team led by Özer/Ürger Architects and ON Design came in third place. Read on after the break to find out about their design.

Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects Courtesy of Özer/Ürger Architects +26

Ten in Shortlist to Redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Ten in Shortlist to Redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park, © Flickr CC User Puno 3000
© Flickr CC User Puno 3000

Competition organizers Archpolis have announced an international shortlist of ten practices that will go on to compete for the chance to redesign Moscow's Sokolniki Park. The park, which at 515 Hectares is the largest park in Moscow, is an important part of Moscow's Heritage, having first been used for recreation as a site for falcon hunting in the 15th century.

During the 19th century, the park was officially established, and bestowed with a distinctive radial design.The winner of the competition will be expected to work within this framework, as in 1979 the park became a protected monument of garden-park design from the 17th through 19th centuries.

Read on after the break for the shortlist

Rehabilitation of the Madrid History Museum / Frade Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Rehabilitation of the Madrid History Museum / Frade Arquitectos, © Manuel Pérez Cazorla
© Manuel Pérez Cazorla

© Manuel Pérez Cazorla © Manuel Pérez Cazorla © Manuel Pérez Cazorla © Manuel Pérez Cazorla +11

Paddington Residence / Ellivo Architects

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Paddington Residence / Ellivo Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Salvador Farrajota
  • Interior Designer

    Tanya Zealey
  • Lead Architect/Designer

    Mason Cowle
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects, © Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Lauren Swinney, Patrick McGinley
  • Area

    87.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

The Garden of the Silhouettes / Esculpir el Aire

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
The Garden of the Silhouettes / Esculpir el Aire, © David Frutos | BISImages
© David Frutos | BISImages

© David Frutos | BISImages © David Frutos | BISImages © David Frutos | BISImages © David Frutos | BISImages +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    José Ángel Ruiz Cáceres
  • Collaborators

    Azucena Maestre Mones arquitecto, Gloria Soler Ródenas arquitecto, Mónica Costa López, Ramiro López Pérez, Ricardo Perdomo Flórez, FERPAS (viveros)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Escola Secundária da Amora / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Escola Secundária da Amora / Bak Gordon Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +27

Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, © Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

© Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    7 Mengzi Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200231
  • Architect in Charge

    Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
  • Associate In Charge

    Nellie Yang
  • Desing Team

    Begoña Sebastian, Anqing Zhu, Kelvin Huang, Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Litien Poeng
  • Project Manager

    Jerry Guo
  • Area

    620.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Crowdfunding: Transformed Truck To Take Art & Architecture on the Road

00:00 - 2 July, 2014

"What better way to spread the gospel of design than to liberate it from its brick-and-mortar foundations and take it on the road?" This is the idea behind Circus for Construction - a competition-winning proposal to transform a semi-truck into a traveling exhibition space for art and architecture. If the project reaches its Kickstarter fundraising goal, it will be visiting Provincetown, Providence, Ithaca, Buffalo, Portland, and Boston this coming fall. 

Project Meganom To Remodel Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Project Meganom To Remodel Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Courtesy of Project Meganom
Courtesy of Project Meganom

Russian practice Project Meganom have won a competition to redesign the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Their winning entry seeks to transform the museum complex into a hive of cultural activity, preserving the institution's world class art collection whilst "actively engaging with the surrounding territory as a potential space for exhibition, dialogue, and communication." The project focuses less on the provision of new areas but rather provides a single unified platform for a series of discordant parts, tying together all the elements of the environment into one cohesive design - "from buildings and monuments to benches and navigation."

Material Study. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom Material Study. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom Material Study. Image Courtesy of Project Meganom Courtesy of Project Meganom +25

Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium, © Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have released images of the latest stadium designed for the 2022 World Cup. Located in Al Khor City, the Al Bayt Stadium will also be surrounded by the new Al Bayt district, which will host retail space and restaurants, as well as landscaped paths for residents to use as horseriding, cycling and jogging tracks. 

The design - billed as "an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture" - is based on the Bayt Al Sha’ar, a black and white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar, which would have been a welcome symbol of hospitality for desert travelers.

Read on after the break for more on the design

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Ecco’s Hotel / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Ecco’s Hotel / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +59