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Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur, © Svenja Bockhop
© Svenja Bockhop

Integretation of the grounds into the Rosensteinpark. Image © Hugo Jehle © Hugo Jehle © Svenja Bockhop The Gorilla and the Bonobo enclosure are situated in opposite to another. Image © Svenja Bockhop +21

Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

00:00 - 15 September, 2014

Chile is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country's cities, Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually - and physically - dense project in Santiago.  

Hawkins\Brown Unveils Legacy Designs for London Olympic Broadcast Centre

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Hawkins\Brown Unveils Legacy Designs for London Olympic Broadcast Centre, © Hawkins\Brown
© Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown has unveiled designs for Here East, the redevelopment of the former Press and Broadcast Centre at the London 2012 Olympics. The design for a "world class creative and digital cluster" will feature office and studio space for both established global companies alongside some of East London's many creative start-ups. Providing over a million square feet of flexible space, the design also includes shared work spaces and public areas, and a shared yard to host events, aiming to promote sharing of ideas and collaboration between the companies at various scales that will inhabit it.

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Arthur Casas
  • Design Team

    Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
  • Area

    667.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, © Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO
© Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO

© Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO © Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO © Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO © Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO +17

Twin Stations / sporaarchitects

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Twin Stations / sporaarchitects, Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Architects in Charge

    Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
  • Design Team

    Zsuzsa Balogh, Attila Korompay project architects, Bence Várhidi, Noémi Soltész, András Jánosi, Diána Molnár, Károly Stefkó
  • Area

    7100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Luxembourg House / Richard Meier & Partners

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Luxembourg House / Richard Meier & Partners, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Luxembourg
  • Design Team

    Richard Meier, Bernhard Karpf
  • Project Architect

    Anne Strüwing
  • Area

    975.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects
Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to design the future Tainan Museum of Fine Arts. With an agenda to promote arts culture and tourism in Taiwan’s cultural capital, the museum will foster the research of arts, literature and history, while exhibiting local talent. 

Cascading volumes featuring an auditorium, classrooms and exhibition galleries will be capped with a pentagonal roof canopy and softened with lush terraces and landscaping. An outdoor sculpture park and public recreation area will allow the museum’s inner contents to bleed into its surroundings and activate the city. 

More images, after the break...

Snow Picnic / Torafu

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Snow Picnic  / Torafu, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
  • Production

    Ishimaru
  • Area

    64.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Big Thinking For Small Projects: Bolster Offers Insurance for Residential-Scale Work

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Big Thinking For Small Projects: Bolster Offers Insurance for Residential-Scale Work, Courtesy of Bolster
Courtesy of Bolster

It is a common complaint among architects that, unlike other manufacturing systems, the way we build has remained essentially the same for hundreds of years. This presents a huge number of challenges, not only to architects but also to their clients and to contractors, with disputes over unexpected costs and time overruns - resulting in a system where contractors, clients and architects often see each other as adversaries rather than as members of a team.

The world of commercial architecture has at least gone some way to a solution: many large projects financed by developers or by the government are covered by construction bonds, which tie all parties down to a contract, and provide insurance against unexpected expenses and overruns. But what about the architects who work for small private clients? Now, thanks to a company called Bolster, designers on smaller projects can have the insurance used to streamline major projects - as well as a client matching service which can help architects and contractors find work.

Find out more about Bolster, and what it can offer architects, after the break

MO House / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
MO House / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +47

Buam-dong House / JYA-RCHITECTS

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Buam-dong House / JYA-RCHITECTS, © Hwang  hyochel
© Hwang hyochel

© Hwang  hyochel © Hwang  hyochel © Hwang  hyochel © Hwang  hyochel +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Construction

    Team of Ra kwonsu
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Harvard Design Magazine No. 38 / Do You Read Me?

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Harvard Design Magazine No. 38 / Do You Read Me?, Courtesy of Harvard Design Magazine
Courtesy of Harvard Design Magazine

The following is a re-print from the newly relaunched Harvard Design Magazine. The new approach to the 17-year-old publication is the vision of recently appointed editor in chief Jennifer Sigler and associate editor Leah Whitman- Salkin, in collaboration with creative director Jiminie Ha (With Projects, Inc.). “Do You Read Me?” invites “reading” across disciplinary boundaries, and stakes out an expanded arena for architecture and design dialogue. In her Editor's Note, Sigler explores "When Walls Are Doors." Read on to find out how you can win a subscription to HDM.

My favorite book as a child was called Story Number 2. Written by the absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, it tells the tale of the logical Josette and her enigmatic father, who gives her a lesson in “the real meaning of words”:

“The ceiling is called floor. The floor is called ceiling. The wall is called a door,” Papa explains matter-of-factly.

“A chair is a window. The window is a penholder. A pillow is a piece of bread. Bread is a bedside rug.”

Bernard Tschumi On His Education, Work and Writings

00:00 - 15 September, 2014

In this extended interview between Bernard Tschumi and The Architectural Review's Paul Finch, the pre-eminent Swiss-born architect discusses his education, writing, design and wider critical position. Speaking candidly, Tschumi explains how a visit to Chicago when he was seventeen years old sparked a life-long passion for architectural design - something that had been somewhat repressed due to his father who was, at that time, one of the world's most highly respected architects. His friendship with British architect and theorist Cedric Price led to the start of a career that saw his proposals for Paris's Parc de la Villette foreshadow the age of Deconstructivism. Ending with his take on the future of the profession, Tschumi also offers advice to students and young practices looking to make their mark.

Alumni Launch Petition to Save the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Accreditation

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Alumni Launch Petition to Save the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Accreditation , The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

A group of alumni from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture have launched a petition on change.org to incorporate the school “as an independent subsidiary as required by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to ensure this irreplaceable treasure is perpetuated.” The school is currently at risk of losing its accreditation due to a recently enacted HLC law that requires colleges and other institutions to be  accredited separately from the organizations that sponsor them. The Frank Lloyd Wright School is currently funded as a part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which supports both of the school’s campuses, and preserves collections of Wright’s work. 

Five Buildings Compete to be Named "World's Best Highrise"

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Five Buildings Compete to be Named "World's Best Highrise", Bosco Verticale, Milan / Boeri Studio. Image © Kirsten Bucher
Bosco Verticale, Milan / Boeri Studio. Image © Kirsten Bucher

Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, Jean Nouvel and Boeri Studio are the masters behind five skyscrapers competing to be crowned the “World’s best.” Chosen as finalists for the 2014 International Highrise Award (IHA), the four practices are in the running for a prestigious title and €50,000 prize. 

Award organizers from the City of Frankfurt/Main, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank at Frankfurt’s Paulskirche will announce a winner in mid-November. The chosen skyscraper will be selected by an esteemed, multidisciplinary jury based on the criteria ranging from future-oriented design and innovative building technology, to the building’s integrative urban development scheme and cost-effectiveness. 

“Good architecture requires a willingness to take risks and a desire to try things out. All the finalists took this approach – there can be no innovation without experimentation. Our shortlist comprises three different prototypes of the future,” commented Jury Chairman Christoph Ingenhoven.

View all five of the competing highrises and the jury’s comments, after the break… 

VIDEO: Time-Lapse Through FR-EE's Museo Soumaya

00:00 - 15 September, 2014

German photographer Yannick Wegner has shared with us his latest time-lapse exploration through the Museo Soumaya. Designed by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, the 150-foot structure has become iconic in Mexico City’s Polanco district due to its sculptural physique and scale-like skin of 16,000 mirrored steel hexagonal tiles.

Stills of the museum, after the break...

New York Shows that Protected Cycle Lanes are a Win-Win Improvement

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
New York Shows that Protected Cycle Lanes are a Win-Win Improvement, © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger
© Flickr CC User Paul Krueger

The introduction of protected bike lanes in many cities usually raises objections from motorists who believe that devoting an entire road lane to cyclists will restrict the flow of cars and add to congestion in cities. However, a study of New York's streets, which has been ongoing since the first protected bicycle lanes opened in 2007, has recently shown that the opposite is actually true: by separating different types of traffic, cars can actually get around faster.

That's before we even begin to discuss the safety benefits of protected bike lanes, with the study showing the risk of injury to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians all falling on streets where the protected lanes were installed.

Read on after the break for more results of the study