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The Coxwell House / Rohan Walter

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
The Coxwell House  / Rohan Walter, © Dave Rempel
© Dave Rempel

© Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel © Dave Rempel +18

VL House / Rueda & Vera Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
VL  House  / Rueda & Vera Arquitectos , © Antonio Chagín |  ACH Imagen Digital
© Antonio Chagín | ACH Imagen Digital
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 8, Guayana City 8050, Venezuela
  • Architect in Charge

    Henry Rueda, Henrique Vera Project Director: Arq. Henry Rueda
  • Design Team

    Gabriella Titone, Natercia Fernandes, Roberto García, Mariana Yanes, Mariana Fernández, Gabriela Hernández, Raúl Cabrera, Rockman Vargas
  • Area

    596.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Antonio Chagín |  ACH Imagen Digital © Antonio Chagín |  ACH Imagen Digital © Antonio Chagín |  ACH Imagen Digital © Antonio Chagín |  ACH Imagen Digital +19

Centre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Centre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Didier Boy De La Tour
© Didier Boy De La Tour

© Didier Boy De La Tour © Didier Boy De La Tour © Didier Boy De La Tour © Didier Boy De La Tour +13

The Indicator: Will We Stay Silent? The Human Cost of Qatar's World Cup

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
The Indicator: Will We Stay Silent? The Human Cost of Qatar's World Cup, Development of new skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar. Image © Sophie James / Shutterstock.com
Development of new skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar. Image © Sophie James / Shutterstock.com

Qatar says the World Cup projects are “on track,” but the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which has been investigating worker deaths in the Gulf Emirate for the last two years, vehemently disagrees. To date there have been 1200 worker deaths associated with the on-going World Cup projects. A scathing report, issued by the ITUC on March 16, claims that unless significant improvements are made to working conditions on World Cup-related sites at least 4000 more migrant construction workers could lose their lives. This would mean that those construction sites are “on track” to kill 600 workers per year, or at least 12 per week until the ribbons are cut and the fireworks are set off.

At a FIFA executive committee meeting held in Zurich on March 20, FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated, “We have some responsibility but we cannot interfere in the rights of workers." Likewise, local FIFA organizing committee in Qatar says workers are not their responsibility. Zaha Hadid said the same

However, given the increasing chorus of headlines along the lines of “The Qatar World Cup is a Total Disaster” they may have to say something stronger on the issue at some point — or have the image of their architecture tarnished. Of course we all know that what they mean is that legally it is not their responsibility. But does that mean they should be sitting back, not even attempting to influence change? 

Get all the facts on the situation of the Qatar construction workers, after the break…

Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower, Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Work on Kingdom Tower is moving forward, as above-ground construction is slated to begin April 27. Rising over 1000 meters (3,280 feet), the $1.2 billion skyscraper is expected to be the world’s tallest, surpassing the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa upon completion in 2017.

Foster to Design "First and Mission" Towers in San Francisco

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
Foster to Design "First and Mission" Towers in San Francisco , © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, with Heller Manus Architects, has been commissioned to design a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development in San Francisco. The expansive “First and Mission” will be marked by a 605-foot “world class condominium” tower - which will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast - and a 850-foot “large floor plate office tower.” Together they will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

Google Amsterdam / DDOCK

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Google Amsterdam  / DDOCK , © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen
  • Architects

  • Location

    1082 MD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +8

Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Principal

    Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
  • Design Team

    Yang bin, Lian junqin
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) +20

The Pritzker Prize: Making Architects "Starchitects" Since 1979 (But at What Cost?)

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
The Pritzker Prize: Making Architects "Starchitects" Since 1979 (But at What Cost?), Architecture's Highest Honor. Top Left to Right: Rafael Moneo (1996) Image © Lee Salem; PeterZumthor (2009); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (2001) Image © Rex Stucky; Rem Koolhaas (2000) Image © Zoog.
Architecture's Highest Honor. Top Left to Right: Rafael Moneo (1996) Image © Lee Salem; PeterZumthor (2009); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (2001) Image © Rex Stucky; Rem Koolhaas (2000) Image © Zoog.

The coveted title “Pritzker Prize Laureate” is more or less synonymous today with the label “star-architect,” a term I loathe and that most of those described as such will probably find irritating and embarrassing. And for good reason. Stardom in the sense of celebrity does not help the cause of architecture. Wang Shu’s wife, Lu Wenyu, said as much when she asked not to be named as co-laureate with her husband. In an interview with El Pais, she remarked, “I’m happy to be able to do architecture that I believe helps our towns and cities to be better. I’m convinced that to talk about this awakens interest in others – not being famous.”

Of course the Pritzker Prize does not set out to create a school of architects famous for being famous, but to recognise, celebrate and support talent, persistence and perhaps a unique contribution to the cause of architecture. The prize winners each deserve that recognition whether we agree or not with the choice of an individual recipient.

The fame culture is generated not so much by altruistic cultural institutions, but largely by a star-struck media wanting to create a cast of famous characters to write about. There is, of course, pressure from editors to do so, too, fearing perhaps that anything else might lose readers hungry for celebrity culture. Of course, the critic gains a kind of minor celebrity status, too, through association with this “star” culture.

House Engan / Knut Hjeltnes

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
House Engan  / Knut Hjeltnes, Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes
Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes

Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes +17

Empire Damansara / Ong & Ong

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Empire Damansara  / Ong & Ong, © Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Studio Directors

    Lau Jak Shen, Tan Kee Keat, Yeoh Thiam Yew
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio +32

North West Cambridge Extension Proposals Enter Planning Phase

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
North West Cambridge Extension Proposals Enter Planning Phase, Masterplan. Image Courtesy of North West Cambridge
Masterplan. Image Courtesy of North West Cambridge

Earlier this year the University of Cambridge announced an ambitious new urban extension in the north west of the city in order to create a framework for a new district centered on a mixed academic and urban community. The development, planned by Aecom, has aspirations of achieving urban space that is well balanced, permanent and sustainable. Containing 1,500 homes for its key workers, accommodation for 2,000 postgraduate students, 1,500 homes for sale, 100,000 square metres of research facilities and a local centre with a primary school, community centre, health centre, supermarket, hotel and shops, proposals from Mecanoo and MUMA are now entering the planning phase. Future lots are expected to be filled by the likes of Stanton WilliamsAlison Brooks Architects and by Cottrell and Vermeulen working with Sarah Wigglesworth and AOC.

Hanegi G - House / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Hanegi G - House / Makoto Yamaguchi Design, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +14

The Herringbone House / Atelier Chanchan

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
The Herringbone House / Atelier Chanchan, © Mike Tsang Photographs
© Mike Tsang Photographs

© Mike Tsang Photographs © Mike Tsang Photographs © Mike Tsang Photographs © Mike Tsang Photographs +18

The Architectural Review's Latest Issue: Architecture and Our War-Torn Cities

00:00 - 27 March, 2014
Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is happy to announce a new development in our partnership with The Architectural Review. Each month, AR’s editor, Catherine Slessor, will weigh in with a thematic introduction to the subjects addressed in their current issue. Up now: war and architecture. While our war-torn cities can be rebuilt, their fraught social linkages will never be the same.

At the height of the Cold War, the US developed the neutron bomb, an extreme and more ‘advanced’ type of nuclear weapon that could kill people but theoretically leave buildings intact. Described by both the Russians and Americans as the ‘capitalist bomb’, it was eventually sidelined but became emblematic of the crazed Dr Strangelove ingenuity that underscored the time.

Plasticity: International Digital Design to Fabrication Competition

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Plasticity: International Digital Design to Fabrication Competition

TEX-FAB has announced their latest competition: Plasticity.Plasticity, the quality of being able to be made into different shapes, to be molded or altered, is a quality that is pervasive in contemporary design. This idea can manifest as a material providing haptic experience or as a concept defining relational interaction with performative consequence. From advanced applications of arrested fluid materials to assemblies of components influenced by forces internal and external to a system, the definition of plasticity engages a broad spectrum in the lexicon of contemporary design.

Henry W Bloch Executive Hall at University / BNIM + Moore Ruble Yudell

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Henry W Bloch Executive Hall at University / BNIM  + Moore Ruble Yudell, © James Ewing
© James Ewing
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Missouri, 2700 E 18th St # 240, Kansas City, MO 64127, United States
  • Area

    68000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© James Ewing © James Ewing © James Ewing © James Ewing +22

The Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel, magnetic innovation

15:04 - 26 March, 2014

Young dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel has been announced as the winner of the Contest for young designers at the imm cologne fair.

Using a magnetic plastic compounds, magnets and simple gravity, Jólan gives birth to the Gravity Stool, an expressive piece of furniture that is like a frozen moment of physics exposing the forces in action. You can see the full process on the above video by Miranda Stet.

© Jólan van der Wiel
© Jólan van der Wiel

The Gravity Stool thanks its unique shape to the cooperation between magnetic fields and the power of gravity.