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Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Casa en Gardelegui  / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura, © César San Millán
© César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán +27

Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects, © Paul McGuicken
© Paul McGuicken

© Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Bjoern Patzwald, Alison Ellis, Michael Doherty
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Jiahe Boutique Hotel / Shangai Dushe Architecture Design

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Jiahe Boutique Hotel / Shangai Dushe Architecture Design, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +48

SALES ODDITY by Andrés Jaque, Silver Lion for Research at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 30 June, 2014

By the late 1960s, two dynamics were shaping a new urban reality in Italy: on the one hand, TV was heavily influencing Italian society, becoming an intrinsic part of daily life; on the other, the social tension resulting from student protests and accelerated immigration had begun to impact cities in a chaotic way. These dynamics paved the way for Milano Due, a new town on the outskirts of Milan, which promised a new, idyllic type of urbanism.

The complex, although traditional in appearance with its red pitched roofs, put into practice modern concepts: its 2,600 apartments, which had access to amenities for education and entertainment, were arranged around a giant artificial garden/lake and were connected via an elevated circulation system. Below ground, the complex housed the studios of the first private TV channel in Italy, a fact that would shape the lives of the inhabitants of Milano Due and eventually all of Italian society.

This interesting urban phenomena is analyzed by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation in “SALES ODDITY: Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism,” a project that was part of the Monditalia section at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Silver Lion for the Best Research Project. According to the jury “The project presents critically a fundamental aspect of modern societies: how the power of media occupies other social spaces, both physically and politically. It is based on innovative research combining surveys and interviews with planners and residents and re-appropriation of the mass media language. While based on an Italian case, this issue is present in many international contexts dominated by contemporary technological and neo-liberal cultures.”

Dossier, trailer, and more photos of the project by Miguel de Guzmán, after the break:

SALES ODDITY. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism
by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

London Calling: British Modernism's Watershed Moment - The Churchill College Competition

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
London Calling: British Modernism's Watershed Moment - The Churchill College Competition, Courtesy of Churchill College
Courtesy of Churchill College

Fifty years ago Churchill College Cambridge opened its doors. In contrast to the historic Colleges, with their medieval Gothic and Neo-Classical buildings corralled behind high walls, this was in an almost rural setting on the outskirts of the city, modern in design, and Brutalist in detail. 

The 1959 competition that brought the College into being is considered by many to be a watershed moment in British Post War architectural history. It brought together 20 names, young and old, all practicing in Britain, all working in the Modernist and more specifically the nascent Brutalist style. It was a “who’s who” of British architecture at the time, including the Smithsons, Hungarian-born Erno Goldfinger, Lasdun (then in partnership with Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew & Lindsay Drake, and formerly with Russian émigré Lubetkin), Lyons Israel Ellis and Robert Matthew (one half of the Royal Festival Hall team, who teamed up with Johnson Marshall). None of these made the shortlist of four.

Proposal: Stirling & Gowan. Image Courtesy of James Gowan and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, via e-architect Proposal: Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners. Image Courtesy of Sheppard Robson, via e-architect Proposal: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. Image Courtesy of Frank Woods, via e-architect The library from Stirling and Gowan’s entry to the Churchill College, Cambridge competition (1958). Image Courtesy of BD Online +19

Luker House in Barnes / Jamie Fobert Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Luker House in Barnes / Jamie Fobert Architects, Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects
Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects

Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barnes, London SW13, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects

How Can We Hold On To Heritage Skills?

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
How Can We Hold On To Heritage Skills?, © James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

In an age when 1:1 3D printed buildings are becoming ever more commonplace from the Netherlands to China, it's important to pause and assess the existing built fabric of our cities, towns and villages. If we want to maintain and preserve them whilst protecting the inherent craft imbued in their construction, the importance of nurturing and promoting these skills should be recognised.

In the UK, the Heritage Skills Hub (HSH) push to see "traditional building skills, conservation, restoration and responsible retrofit" included within all mainstream built environment courses. In a recent conversation with Cathie Clarke, CEO of the HSH, we discussed the obstacles faced by an organisation dedicated to conserving and teaching skills like stonemasonry, roof thatching, glass making, traditional brick construction to a new generation.

Boris Johnson Speech Reignites Row Over Mount Pleasant Development

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Boris Johnson Speech Reignites Row Over Mount Pleasant Development , Courtesy of Cityscape
Courtesy of Cityscape

The controversial Mount Pleasant development in London has sparked another row this week, as campaigners accused Mayor Boris Johnson of "compromising his neutrality" over the 681-home scheme which he has called in to review personally. Though he is supposed to remain neutral until the hearing, last week Johnson remarked in a speech that the development "will be a wonderful place to live." However many have expressed concern over the design, including Thomas Heatherwick, who lives locally and called the scheme "empty, cynical and vacuous." Read all the details at BD Online.

Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion / Images by Danica O. Kus

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion / Images by Danica O. Kus, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

Architecture photographer Danica O. Kus has shared with us images of the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić. For a closer look at this unusual pavilion, inspired by Oscar Wilde's short story The Selfish Giant, check out all of Ms. Kus' images after the break.

© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus +20

Alcohol and Urbanism, a Case Study: Breaking New York City’s Open Container Law

00:00 - 29 June, 2014
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Image © Rennie Jones
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Image © Rennie Jones

If there is one thing to be learned from the unsuccessful prohibition period of the 1920s, it is that we, the people, will go to great lengths to exercise our right to drink alcohol in the company of others. Our determined forefathers could have simply enjoyed a small-batch bathtub brew in the comfort of their own homes, but instead they established a system of secret places to congregate and consume collectively, even under threat of federal prosecution. Though it is no longer a felony to consume alcohol, New Yorkers are still pushing the legal limits of drinking with others, challenging the open container laws that prohibit public drinking.

Drinking is a recreational activity. It is a means of stepping beyond the realm of normal perception and seeing things differently, in the metaphorical sense (though sometimes a literal one). It is an act of recreation and repose, the parallel of peering at passerby from a park bench. In New York City, as in most of the United States, it is illegal for any person to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in any public place, “except at a block party, feast or similar function for which a permit has been obtained." Rarely do individuals have the resources for a block party or occasion for a full-scale public feast. More likely, they simply seek to crack open a can with neighbors on their front steps or with friends in Central Park, thereby enjoying a beverage in one of the country’s most vibrant and diverse public spheres for a mere penance. Unfortunately, that is not a legal option. Even the outdoor space we own is not completely open to our discretionary use: a resident cannot drink on his own stoop because it is “a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access."

Washington D.C. - The Most Walkable City in the US?

00:00 - 29 June, 2014
Chicago is the fifth most walkable city. Image © Vincent Desjardins via Flickr
Chicago is the fifth most walkable city. Image © Vincent Desjardins via Flickr

new report from Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch at The George Washington University School of Business has unexpectedly named Washington D.C. the most walkable city in the U.S., trumping expected favorites like New York, which ranked second.

Respectively rounding out the top five were Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. Although a mere 2.8 percent of the population is estimated to walk to work, the report's authors believe the results are indicative of urban development moving away from automobile dependency and sprawl - an event they consider as significant as Frederick Jackson Turner declaring the "closing of the frontier" in 1893.

Easterbrook House / Dorrington Atcheson Architects

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Easterbrook House / Dorrington Atcheson Architects, © Emma-Jane Hetherington
© Emma-Jane Hetherington

© Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington +16

Forest Retreat / Uhlik architekti

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Forest Retreat / Uhlik architekti, © Jan Kudej
© Jan Kudej

© Jan Kudej © Jan Kudej © Jan Kudej © Jan Kudej +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
  • Area

    16.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle, © Jérôme Ricolleau
© Jérôme Ricolleau

© Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau Courtesy of Atelier de la Passerelle +15

Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Ran M. Broides
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Ran M. Broides , Nurit Ben Yosef and Irene Goldberg
  • Area

    680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations, Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi
Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called "the Barcelonans' extreme love of freedom." With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela Grassi Diversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela Grassi Freedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela Grassi Memory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi +15

Vo Trong Nghia Wins ARCASIA Building of the Year

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Vo Trong Nghia Wins ARCASIA Building of the Year, Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Vietnamese Practice Vo Trong Nghia Architects has taken home the top honor at the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) 2014 awards. The Dailai Bamboo Complex, consisting of the 2009 Bamboo Wing and the 2012 Dailai Conference Hall, was selected out of 276 entries to win Building of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in Asian architecture.

The award adds to the recent success for Vo Trong Nghia, who recently won the top prize in the AR House Awards for their House for Trees.

More on the Dailai Bamboo Complex after the break

Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki Dailai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki Dailai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki +23

Under Construction: Apartments with perimeter gardens in Madrid / SUMA

00:00 - 29 June, 2014
Under Construction: Apartments with perimeter gardens in Madrid / SUMA, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

Architects: Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)
Location: c/ Fernández Caro, 35, Madrid, Spain
Client: Private 2011
Project Date: 2013-
Construction: Diezma Rosell Construcciones s.l.
Structure: SANDO-COMEUT
Photography: Jesús Granada