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Santiago Calatrava's Chicago Spire Finally Axed

00:00 - 5 November, 2014
Santiago Calatrava's Chicago Spire Finally Axed, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava's much maligned design for the Chicago Spire has finally met its end, thanks to a lapsed payment deadline from the site's developer, Grant Kelleher. The project, which would have been the tallest building in the USA, began construction in 2007 but was halted at the onset of the global financial crisis, leaving nothing more than a large hole in the ground for over six years.

Despite numerous attempts to revive the Spire, Grant Kelleher's Shelbourne Development Group never overcame its financial troubles. Shelbourne Development Group and its partner Atlas Apartment Holdings received a court order to pay $22 million to one of their creditors, Related Midwest, who had bought $93 million worth of debt from the project. However, the Chicago Tribune reports that within minutes of the October 31st deadline lapsing with no sign of payment, Related Midwest filed papers in a Chicago court requiring that the deeds for the property be passed to them.

AR Issues: Beyond the historic panacea of the Garden City

00:00 - 5 November, 2014
AR Issues: Beyond the historic panacea of the Garden City, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take a look at AR’s October 2014 issue which, inspired by URBED's Wolfson Prize-winning design, features a look at Garden Cities. Here, AR Editor Catherine Slessor questions whether Garden Cities could be the solution for what is fast becoming one of Britain's most potent political problems, asking “Could Howard’s Garden City and Rudlin’s winning proposal for the Wolfson Prize give crucial hints to come out of the housing crisis?

Every town-planning module for architecture students begins (and possibly ends) with the Garden City. Yet though Ebenezer Howard’s famous ‘Three Magnets’ diagram is now 116 years old, the notion of combining the better attributes of town and country in a socially reformed, neatly zoned, quasi Utopian city-on-the-hill still has a pervasive appeal. In Howard’s original vision there was room for all, even an insane asylum and ‘home for inebriates’ strategically corralled in a green belt between the city centre and an outer rim of allotments. 

Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Albi Grand Theater / Dominique Perrault Architecture, © Georges Fessy
© Georges Fessy

© Vincent Boutin © Georges Fessy © Georges Fessy © Vincent Boutin +48

Justin Diles Wins TEX-FAB Plasticity Competition with "Plastic Stereotomy"

00:00 - 5 November, 2014
Justin Diles Wins TEX-FAB Plasticity Competition with "Plastic Stereotomy", Plastic Stereotomy / Justin Diles. Image Courtesy of TEX-FAB
Plastic Stereotomy / Justin Diles. Image Courtesy of TEX-FAB

Ohio State University assistant professor Justin Diles has been announced as winner of the TEX-FAB Plasticity International Design Competition for his proposal, Plastic Stereotomy. Selected from 70 entries by a jury consisting of Craig Dykers, Bill Kreysler, Roland Snooks and Greg Lynn, Diles’ entry received top honors for its “approach to blending structural capacity with anthropologic sensitivity,” and for being “aesthetically interesting.”

More about the potential of Plastic Stereotomy, after the break. 

Beloit College Power Plant / Studio Gang

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Beloit College Power Plant / Studio Gang, Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Wisconsin’s Beloit College has commissioned Studio Gang Architects to reimagine a decommissioned coal-burning power plant as a “lively” student recreation and meeting center. As it currently stands, the “Powerhouse” is a barrier between the College campus and the Rock River. Upon completion in 2018, Studio Gang hopes the structure’s revitalization will reconnect the campus with the waterfront, further catalyzing the redevelopment of Beloit’s riverfront.

More about the "Powerhouse," after the break.

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape, Courtesy of Botao Landscape
Courtesy of Botao Landscape

Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215600
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Botao Landscape

"Project Gregory" Hopes to Help Solve the World's Homelessness Problem with Kickstarter Campaign

00:00 - 4 November, 2014

The problem of homelessness challenges city governments all over the world, one which, despite many attempts by governments to curb the problems that lead to homelessness, does not seem to have a simple solution. What's more, with many countries still deep in the global economic crises, many governments and non-profits struggle to provide an adequate amount of temporary shelter for the homeless population.

But what if we could make temporary accommodation for the homeless pay for itself? And what if we could provide it by leveraging structures that would be built anyway? This is exactly the approach taken by Michal Polacek, Matej Nedorolik and Martin Lee Keniz of Project Gregory, whose design for small roadside accommodation built into an advertising billboard is currently on Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Project Gregory Courtesy of Project Gregory Courtesy of Project Gregory Plan with sections +11

Weiss/Manfredi and Charles Renfro Among Those Honored as National Academy Academician

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
Weiss/Manfredi and Charles Renfro Among Those Honored as National Academy Academician, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen. Image © Amit Geron
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen. Image © Amit Geron

Each year, a select group of prominent artists and architects is elected into the National Academy. As a National Academy Academician, distinguished practitioners are recognized for their “exceptional creative work and contribution to the arts.” This year’s inductees include: Ida Applebroog, Peter Bohlin, Jane Dickson, Preston Scott Cohen, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, Martin Puryear, Charles Renfro, Edward Ruscha, and Joan Semmel.

Rumah Bidang Jakarta / Raul Renanda Design

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Rumah Bidang Jakarta / Raul Renanda Design, Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography
Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography

Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography Courtesy of Raul Renanda Photography +17

Dulwich Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Dulwich Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    371 Avenue Dulwich, Saint-Lambert, QC J4P, Canada
  • Area

    2845.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: Bjarke Ingels on the Power of Architecture

00:00 - 4 November, 2014

This past month at WIRED by Design, Bjarke Ingels gave a rundown of his most ambitious projects, highlighting one underlining theme: BIG’s mission to “create social infrastructure for resilient cities.” From their Manhattan “BIG U” storm proofing plan, recently awarded $400 million in federal funds, to their “ski slope” waste-to-energy plant currently underway in Copenhagen, the Danish practice is undoubtedly fulfilling their mission in a BIG and infectious way. 

Tomar Hill House / Contaminar Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Tomar Hill House / Contaminar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tomar, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Joel Esperança, Ruben Vaz
  • Designer

    Romeu Sousa
  • Collaboration

    Frederico Louçano, Margarida Carrilho, Hugo Rainho
  • Area

    211.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Toni-Areal / EM2N

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Toni-Areal / EM2N, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Roger Frei © Simon Menges © Roger Frei © Simon Menges +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Industriequartier Hard, Foerrlibuck Street 109, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Architects in Charge

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Area

    125000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Call for Proposals: Folly 2015

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Call for Proposals: Folly 2015, © The Architectural League of New York
© The Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build studio program during March and April 2015 leading to a public exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2015.

Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +32

Shereen Sherzad Wins the 2014 Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
Shereen Sherzad Wins the 2014 Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award, Erbil Citadel under reconstruction. Image © David Stanley via Wikipedia
Erbil Citadel under reconstruction. Image © David Stanley via Wikipedia

Former RIBA president Angela Brady has announced Shereen Sherzad as the recipient of the second annual Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award, Iraq’s most prestigious architecture prize for women in architecture. Sherzad, an architect, academic and planner, taught at the school of Baghdad School of Architecture and worked as the director of the Higher Commission for the revitalization of the Erbil Citadel, which was awarded World Heritage Status. She is also the author of four architecture textbooks, used as references and teaching materials in Iraq and other Arab schools of Architecture.

The winners of the Young Woman Architect and Special Commemorative Awards, after the break.

City West Water / Gray Puksand

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
City West Water   / Gray Puksand, © Mark Duffus
© Mark Duffus

© Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Footscray VIC, Australia
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Montessori School Waalsdorp / De Zwarte Hond

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Montessori School Waalsdorp  / De Zwarte Hond, © ScagliolaBrakkee
© ScagliolaBrakkee

© ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utenbroekestraat 6, 2597 PH The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Developer

    Bouwonderneming Stout B.V., Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs