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DTU Skylab / Juul Frost Arkitekter

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
DTU Skylab / Juul Frost Arkitekter, © STAMERS KONTOR
© STAMERS KONTOR

© STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR +11

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 1, The Shimmering Lights of Porto

00:00 - 1 February, 2015

We've teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do Porto,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years. 

The series is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Democratizing Design: Michael Graves' Legacy On Display in the "Past as Prologue" Exhibition

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Democratizing Design: Michael Graves' Legacy On Display in the "Past as Prologue" Exhibition, Often Graves’s tableware takes on the proportions of a building. In turn, buildings are often simplified to the level of tableware. Above: Denver Central Library, South Facade (1993). Image © Michael Graves & Associates
Often Graves’s tableware takes on the proportions of a building. In turn, buildings are often simplified to the level of tableware. Above: Denver Central Library, South Facade (1993). Image © Michael Graves & Associates

On show until April 5th at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, Michael Graves: Past as Prologue celebrates the fifty-year career of one of the United States' best-known and prolific architects. Graves is known for his unapologetic postmodernism which often divides opinion the profession. However in this review of the exhibition, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Shape Shifter," Samuel Medina finds that while it is easy to criticize in Graves' design style, it is hard to find fault with the noble intentions underlying his work.

“It’s been fifty years of more is more,” says Karen Nichols, a principal of Michael Graves & Associates, reiterating an aphorism Graves has taken a liking to in recent years. She is standing in front of an exhibition board in the retrospective, Michael Graves: Past as Prologue, which is currently on show at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. Nichols joined the firm in 1977, precisely the time when her employer made the fateful and rather lucrative pivot towards Postmodernism. The text on the exhibition wall behind her pinpoints The Big Break to the same year, depicting it with two like-minded projects. The first is the built Plocek House (1977), which originated the hide-the-keystone game Graves has been playing ever since. The other, the unrealized scheme for the Fargo-Moorhead Cultural Center Bridge (1977–1978), intended to enlighten the twin midwestern communities with a dose of the Enlightenment architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s architecture parlante.

To hear Nichols (and Graves) tell it now, it’s as if Graves were always more Venturian than Venturi, from his earliest neo-Corbusian villas, up through the pedimented temple he built for Disney in 1988. The truth is, Graves—the Cubist, the classicist, and the caricaturist—has always had a hard time saying “No.”

Fate of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Remains In Question

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Fate of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Remains In Question, Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph. Image © New York Times - Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph. Image © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

The latest in the debate over Paul Rudolph's controversial Orange County Government Center, Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times stresses the importance of its survival in "A Chance to Salvage a Master's Creation." The much debated plan for the now monumental structure would alter much of its existing character, whether by removal or replacement. Kimmelman argues that despite the criticism the Government Center has garnered from some, Orange County should reconsider architect Gene Kaufman's alternate proposal which would keep the structure intact and would restore it to its former glory.

Crossoverzaal / NL Architects

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Crossoverzaal / NL Architects, Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +94

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vredenburg, 3511 Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Design Team

    Sören Grünert, Kirsten Hüsig, Thomas Scherzer, Marc Dahmen, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps, Martijn Stoffels, Michael Schoner, Bobby de Graaf, Stephan Schuelecke, Florent Le Corre, Jung-Hwa Cho, Michael Schoner, Bobby de Graaf, Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolin
  • Project Year

    2014

WOTHOUSE / NSW AS

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
WOTHOUSE / NSW AS, © Einar Aslaksen
© Einar Aslaksen

© Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen © Einar Aslaksen +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team

    Gudmund Stenseth, Tore Schjetlein, Tiffany Otis, Luis Santos
  • Project Manager

    Gudmund Stenseth
  • Area

    248.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
Kafe Magasinet / Robach Arkitektur, © Henrik Lindén
© Henrik Lindén

© Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén © Henrik Lindén +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tredje Långgatan 7, 413 03 Göteborg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Axel Robach
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

300 Ivy Street / David Baker Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
300 Ivy Street  / David Baker Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
O25's "Future Logistics Building" Wins Second in Prologis 2030 Competition , Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25
Perspective, outside. Image Courtesy of O25

OFFICETWENTYFIVEARCHITECTS (O25) has won second prize the Prologis' 2030 Design competition, which challenged participating firms from seven European countries to redefine what logistics buildings may look like in the future. 

O25's proposal utilizes a site similar to characteristic distribution sites, under the assumption that future demands will be closely aligned with current one. With this mentality, the design utilizes a greenfield site within close proximity to major transportation systems, but is not directly in the heart of the urban environment. Due to its semi-rural locality, the goal of the design was to create a functional and efficient distribution system that would not compete with, but rather complement, its surroundings, so unsightly features (storage areas) are located underground. Additional nods to the landscape are made by the integration of green space atop the loading bays.

Exterior view into the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Elevation of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the loading bay. Image Courtesy of O25 Interior view of the office building. Image Courtesy of O25 +6

Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Villa Bondö / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +16

Video: Tour Through Mons International Congress Xperience with Daniel Libeskind

00:00 - 31 January, 2015

In light of the recent opening of Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX), Daniel Libeskind hosted a private tour through the conference center, explaining his thinking behind the building’s expressive form. The experience was captured on this short film by Spirit of Space with the intention to open the discussion up to a larger audience. 

The building, an important new landmark in the Belgium city of Mons, is described by Libeskind as “an expression of contrasting geometric forms.” Aside form providing function and “lively” spaces for auditoria and conference use, the building aims to be “a hinge between the old city and the new.”

Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Nieuwe Park Rozenburgschool / KCAP Architects&Planners, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +22

How to Fix America's Infrastructure Problem

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
How to Fix America's Infrastructure Problem, © Flikr CC License / Martha T
© Flikr CC License / Martha T

With structurally unsound bridges, unsafe dams, and derelict roads becoming increasingly common problems, infrastructure has been brought to the forefront of many political agendas. However, limited funding in this area brings to mind the question of economics: how will improvements to North America's major trading channels be made without driving the nation further into debt? This is what Jordan Golson addresses in the article, "It's Time to Fix America's Infrastructure. Here's Where to Start." Although not all of these infrastructural problems can be resolved in the foreseeable future, according to Golson, however some smaller improvements in the next few years can be a manageable starting point. Read the full article, here.

NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos, Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ
Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ

International design firm NLÉ has recently shared its competition-winning design for the financial headquarters of the microfinance bank Credit Direct Limited. Located in Lagos, Nigeria, in the Ikeja district, the bank’s design abandons the forbidding presence of most financial institutions for one that is open and welcoming. This decision not only invites clientele inside, but creates opportunities for adaptation to the tropical weather of Lagos. 

The Architecture of Product Design: Cross-Disciplinary Sketching Tools

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
The Architecture of Product Design: Cross-Disciplinary Sketching Tools, Courtesy of Percolate
Courtesy of Percolate

A version of this article originally appeared on the Percolate Blog.

In spring of 2009, I graduated from architecture school. At the time, the post-recession economy was rough and not much was happening for architects. With an interest in entrepreneurship and technology, I took a risk and decided to try working at a tech startup. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with the industry and 5 years later, I’m now a Product Designer at Percolate in NYC, a company which produces web and mobile marketing software.

Since my career pivot, I’ve noticed many interesting parallels between architecture and product design. Although the mediums are different, it’s amazing to see how many of the design principles and processes are the same. To some degree, even the tools can be applied to both design industries. In this post, I will discuss hand-drawing, and learn how we apply architecture tools to product design at Percolate.

Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture, © Arnaud Schelstraete
© Arnaud Schelstraete

© Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete © Arnaud Schelstraete +25

Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
Group8asia Nears Completion on "Verdant Urban Oasis" in Singapore, Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh
Current Construction Aerial. Image © Darren Soh

Group8asia is nearing completion on a first-prize winning proposal that is meant to revive the concept of public housing in Singapore. The Punggol Waterway Terraces, so named for the river on which they’re set, will be a sustainable community that aims to echo the utopic exuberance of Singapore’s first housing developments in the 1970s. Arranged around central courtyards, these high-rise apartments hope to create a sleek, graceful skyline that contrasts with the verdant greenery of their landscape.

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos +16

  • Architects

    Buerger Katsota Architects
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Stephanos Conidaris, Flavian Lekkas, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic
  • Consultants

    Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineers), TETRAS AE (m/e engineers), Greenways (landscape architects) L+DG (lighting architects)
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs