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The Elephant House (Villa Kristi) / Vilen Künnapu

  • Architects: Vilen Künnapu
  • Location: Maardu, Estonia
  • Interior Design: Vilen Künnapu, Aet Seire
  • Paintings: August Künnapu
  • Elephant Sculpture: Vilen Künnapu, Vambola Mets
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Arne Maasik

© Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik

Can Craft Beer Rebuild Neighborhoods?

Gentrification has been a running theme in the social and economic fluctuations that occur in cities.  Between housing booms and busts, the revitalization of small manufacturing and the shifting populations cities grow and change organically, subject to a variety of trends.  In an article in Business Insider, Tali Arbel traces urban revival by following the successes of craft breweries that have sprung up in desolate and blighted neighborhoods.  Brewers have found a home in cities full of abandoned warehouses and factory buildings where real estate is available and affordable.   As these neighborhoods become more affluent, rising in trendiness and popularity, they are beginning to price out these same businesses that helped establish them.  Where are these businesses to go and how can gentrifying neighborhoods protect social and economic diversity?  

'Sa(ndy)licornia': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Daniel J Wilson

The 'Sa(ndy)licornia' proposal, which was one of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, is a reaction to the fact that in many ways Sandy, effectively, became a brand, and in doing so it provided all sorts of people with various sorts of "meaning". From this point of view, architect Daniel J Wilson focuses on how disasters can be understood to provide a form of social glue, clear-eyed perspectives about "what really matters", and the possibility of rebuilding something from scratch, only better. More images and architects' description after the break.

Ataranzas Municipal Market Restoration Project / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

  • Architects: Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga, Málaga, Spain
  • Project Architects: Mª José Aranguren López, José González Gallegos
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Cortesia de Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

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The Cliff / Mangor & Nagel

© Tom Jersøe
© Tom Jersøe
  • Architects: Mangor & Nagel
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge: Mangor & Nagel A/S
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Jersøe

© Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe

Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in Hong Kong, the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects' description after the break.

Architecture 101 Lecture Series

Taking place during the National Building Museum's Summer Block Party, the Architecture 101 lecture series explores iconic styles during significant periods in architectural history. The two lectures, titled 'Miesian' (July 20) and 'Expressionism' (July 27) will serve as a refresher course for the professional or student or providing the novice with a chance to learn more about the world of architecture.  More information after the break.

Wayra / estudio QA

  • Architects: estudio QA
  • Location: Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architect: Miguel Ángel García Alonso
  • Project Team: Susana Torre Arias, Diana do Río, Alejandra Ochoa, Rebeca Sarabia, Andrés Daza
  • Area: 9456.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Wayra / Munich, Wayra / London, Carlos Rodríguez / Madrid

© Wayra / Londres © Carlos Rodríguez / Madrid © Wayra / Múnich © Wayra / Londres

Can Waste Be Used to Regenerate Our Cities?

With the rise of urban dwellers comes the rise of urban waste. And, although the hidden life of garbage is still ignored by many, there is no way of escaping one of modern societies most pressing issues: unsustainable waste management. Though many plausible and obvious solutions have already been suggested and are ready to be implemented, some experts are proposing radical solutions that may one day be a reality. 

Gen Carmen Sylva Building / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

  • Architects: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger.
  • Location: Carmen Sylva, Providencia, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Associate Architect: Osvaldo Moreno
  • Area: 1800.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Ricardo Ferreira

© Ricardo Ferreira © Ricardo Ferreira © Ricardo Ferreira © Ricardo Ferreira

Sedan Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

University of Ottawa / KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • Architects: KWC Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Halsall Associates, Goodkey Weedmark, Morrison Hershfield
  • General Contractor: Aecon
  • Area: 25299.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

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LOST UTOPIAS: Photographer Jade Doskow's Kickstarter Campaign

Since 2007, Jade Doskow has been photographing the remains of World's Fair Sites: once iconic spots that displayed the ambitions/ideals of their eras, now, often forgotten and left to decay. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair in New York (in just a few weeks time), Doskow has a new goal: to shoot all the iconic North American fair sites - from Seattle's Space Needle to San Francisco's Treasure Island. To do so, she's launched a Kickstarter campaign: LOST UTOPIAS. See more of Doskow's stunning images, and find out how to support her Kickstarter campaign, after the break...

Uncube Interviews Charles Correa

Charles Correa, considered one of India's greatest architects, is celebrated for his post-war work in India in which he connects modernism with local traditions.  Digital magazine, uncube, has dedicated a full issue to this renowned architect and includes reviews of the RIBA exhibition currently on view in London, a look at his most influential architectural projects, assesses his role as urbanist and planner, and an interview in which Correa reflects on his own career. 

KOOK Restaurant / Noses Architects

© Filippo Vinardi © Filippo Vinardi © Filippo Vinardi © Filippo Vinardi

Guggenheim Conversations: Michael Govan Discusses Light and Space with James Turrell

On the occasion of James Turrell's new site-specific installation at the Guggenheim, the American artist joined Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and co-curator of James Turrell: A Retrospective, in conversation about the different aspects of the artist's singular oeuvre on view in three concurrent exhibitions in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.

KPF Proposes Ambitious Extension to 1970’s Tower in London

Southwark planners have recommended an ambitious proposal by international practice Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and engineer Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II) to add 11 floors to an existing 30-story tower in London. The “incredibly complicated” feat, which would be the world’s first of its kind, would extend Richard Seifert’s 1972 King’s Reach Tower on the South Bank by 44 meters, more than a third its original height.