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Engawa House / BLOXAS

08:00 - 23 February, 2014
Engawa House / BLOXAS, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +23

House Z / HPSA

02:00 - 23 February, 2014
House Z  / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +16

Edouard François Designs Mixed-Use "Gardens of Anfa" for Casablanca

01:00 - 23 February, 2014
Edouard François Designs Mixed-Use "Gardens of Anfa" for Casablanca, © Maison Edouard François
© Maison Edouard François

Maison Edouard François has masterplanned a new mixed-use neighborhood for the Moroccan city Casablanca: “The Gardens of Anfa.” Scheduled for completion in 2017, the plan calls for three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential blocks connected by a central piazza and concealed within a lush multicolored landscape. Each “organically-shaped” tower will be enhanced by a trellised facade that fosters the growth of bougainvilleas and jasmine, further camouflaging the structure and “demarcating the limits of a garden.”

AIA Awards Four with 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

00:00 - 23 February, 2014
AIA Awards Four with 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The award, to be presented at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago, recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession. Among this year’s winners include the ACE Mentor Program, the National Building Museum, the AIA New York’s “Post-Sandy Initiative,” and computer-aided design pioneer Rick Smith. You can learn more about the awardees here

Baluarte. Auditorium And Congress Center Of Navarre / Francisco Mangado

01:00 - 23 February, 2014
Baluarte. Auditorium And Congress Center Of Navarre / Francisco Mangado, © José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architect

  • Location

    Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Design Team

    Alfonso Alzugaray Los Arcos. Arquitecto Asociado. Laura Martínez de Gereñu, María Langarita, Isabel López, Carlos Pereda, Carlos Urzainqui
  • Area

    63000.0 m2
  • Year

    2003
  • Photography

    José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +10

UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 February, 2014
UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos , © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld
  • Architects

  • Location

    Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Nicolas Norero
  • Collaborators

    Karen Pradenas, Lina Rojas, Cristián Maze, Constanza Larach, Paloma Sanchez
  • Associated Architects

    Horacio Schmidt Cortes, Horacio Schmidt Radic, Martin Schmidt Radic
  • Project Area

    43000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +18

VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

00:00 - 23 February, 2014

A new hour long documentary for PBS' series, Building the Great Cathedrals, explores the mystery of how, in the 15th century, Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi constructed one of the largest domes the world had ever seen. Winning what could be considered one of the earliest architectural competitions, Brunelleschi developed a unique system that allowed construction on the dome to occur while services were being conducted in the cathedral 100 metres below. The team in this episode model this freestanding structure in an attempt to understand just how Brunelleschi achieved such a feat of Renaissance engineering.

You can find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable through PBS within the USA. For those of you outside the USA, you can watch the 30 second preview above; for those in the USA, see the full video after the break...

11 Dwellings / La Nouvelle Agence

20:00 - 22 February, 2014
11 Dwellings / La Nouvelle Agence, Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence
Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sainte-Eulalie, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Aït‐Mehdi Samira & Latizeau Sylvain
  • Area

    1048.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence

Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence +15

UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

19:00 - 22 February, 2014
UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway, Courtesy of UA Studio 7
Courtesy of UA Studio 7

Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas' winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China's fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a "bow curve" of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme's success was "due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces."

Archipel Habitat Head Office / Bruno Gaudin Architectes

12:00 - 22 February, 2014
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Nicolas Borel +27

The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar

07:00 - 22 February, 2014
The International School of Hout Bay / Luis Mira Architects + StudioMAS + Sergio Aguilar, © Wieland Gleich
© Wieland Gleich
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team

    Sean Mahoney (StudioMas), Michael Lumby (StudioMas), Charlton Botha (StudioMas), Sergio Aguilar (Plus Arquitectura), Katie Irvine and Luis Mira
  • Principal Agent

    Luis Mira Architects
  • Area

    1610.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich © Wieland Gleich +42

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

06:00 - 22 February, 2014
Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse, © Benoit Florencon
© Benoit Florencon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon +16

The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
The Opera Garnier Restaurant / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe
© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe

© Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe © Odile Decq - Roland Halbe +9

JA92: World Yearbook 2013

00:00 - 22 February, 2014
JA92: World Yearbook 2013

JA92 takes a retrospective glance at the architecture of 2013. 49 works were chosen from cities around the world including Japan with the focus on architecture's relationship with environment and cultural background.

Also included are essays by Hitoshi Abe, Anton Garcia-Abril and TYIN.

How Should We Implement Smart Cities?

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
How Should We Implement Smart Cities?, Tokyo. Image © Clry2
Tokyo. Image © Clry2

In this article, originally published by Arup Connect as "Anthony Townsend on Smart Cities", Townsend discusses his book "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia" and explains how, in his view, the push towards smart cities is being led by the wrong people - namely technology companies with short term goals; the architects, planners and scientists who should be leading this change, however, often struggle to share their knowledge.

Your book argues that there's a need for grassroots action rather than top-down, corporate-led implementation of smart cities. How do you see architects and engineers fitting into this picture?

Architects and engineers for the most part have to serve the interests of their clients. There's a balance that has to be struck, almost on a project-by-project basis, about how much they can push back in saying a piece of technology related to the business model for the project, or even a placemaking strategy, has unintended consequences, or that there may be a more democratic or innovative approach.

A lot of the vision of smart cities has been shaped by IT engineers and marketers. The problem there is not just that it's sort of a naïve vision being pushed by companies with very short-term sales goals. It just doesn't appreciate the complexity of good urbanism, and the role that both communications and information play in creating good places that people want to buy, work, live in.

Read more about the challenges facing smart cities after the break

VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps

00:00 - 22 February, 2014

Liz Diller, one of the three partners of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, discusses the history of the High Line and the active design decisions which led to its success.

The elevated railroad, which was designed to penetrate city blocks rather than parallel an avenue, saw its last delivery (of frozen turkeys) in 1980. By 1999, a “very strange landscape had formed, with a whole eco system around it,” says Diller. Advocacy for the site’s preservation began with two local residents, and culminated in its reclamation with the multidisciplinary collaboration of city officials and impassioned designers (namely James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf). "The High Line project couldn’t have happened without the right people, the right time and the right administration."

KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains, © KWK Promes
© KWK Promes

Construction has begun on KWK Promes’ lakeside hotel in Poland. Inspired by traditional mountain homes that found refuge from flooding on a neighboring hilltop, the building’s low profile burrows into the ground at its entrance while opening up to the Czorsztyn waters as topography descends. Similar to the regions typical layout, two massive gable roofs, which appear as two separate structures, are designed to house the elevated sleeping quarters. 

Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland, Courtesy of Design Team
Courtesy of Design Team

Arctic Harvester was the first prize winning entry in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition, 2013.  It proposes an itinerant soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to drift the circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, exploiting the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs as the basis for a large-scale hydroponic-farming system. The floating facility is equipped to house a community of 800 people, inspired in its compact urban form by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages and their social, cultural and economic relationship to the sea.