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Jet Office / Pracownia Architektoniczna Insomia

01:00 - 29 March, 2014
Jet Office / Pracownia Architektoniczna Insomia, © Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk
© Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk

© Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura.pl- Anna Gregorczyk +19

2014 U.S. Wood Design Award Winners

00:00 - 29 March, 2014
2014 U.S. Wood Design Award Winners, Federal Center South Building 1202 / ZGF Architects © Benjamin Benschneider
Federal Center South Building 1202 / ZGF Architects © Benjamin Benschneider

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced the winners of its 2014 National Wood Design Awards. Recognizing “outstanding projects that bring to life wood’s natural beauty and versatility in building design,” 13 projects have been selected from over 140 submissions for demonstrating “ingenuity in design or engineering.” 

The 2014 National Wood Design Award Winners are...

Hain Celestial / A+I

01:00 - 29 March, 2014
Hain Celestial / A+I, © Magda Biernat-Webster
© Magda Biernat-Webster
  • Architects

  • Location

    1111 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11042, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Brad Zizmor, Dag Folger
  • Design Team

    Sommer Schauer, Eliane Maillot, Phil Ward, Laura Sinn, Alan Calixto
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Magda Biernat-Webster © Magda Biernat-Webster © Magda Biernat-Webster © Magda Biernat-Webster +25

Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects

01:00 - 29 March, 2014
Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects, Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects
Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sean Radford
  • Design Team

    Sean Radford, Alison Nobbs
  • Assistant Architects

    Trevor Black, Laura Bagnato
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects

Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects +25

Why Africa's Cities Need African Planning

00:00 - 29 March, 2014
Why Africa's Cities Need African Planning, Design concept for Eko Atlantic City. Image Courtesy of archinect.com
Design concept for Eko Atlantic City. Image Courtesy of archinect.com

In this article, originally posted on Future Cape Town as "Designing African Cities: Urban Planning Education in Nigeria", Professors Vanessa Watson and Babatunde Agbola discuss a paradigm shift occurring in Nigerian Planning Schools: from the American and European planning theories that have so far been applied in Nigeria to new theories more suited to dealing with the unique challenges presented by African cities.

In June 2011, the Governor of Osun State inaugurated a 10 man Committee for the state Urban Renewal Programme. The Committee of which I was the Chairman was to prepare an Urban Renewal Master Plan for each of the 9 selected cities in the state. At the inauguration, the Governor emphasized and re-emphasized that the type of plans he anticipated for each of these cities are not the types and models of New York, Washington, London or any other Euro-American cities. The plans were to reflect African cities' realities and thus have relevance for the lives of the residents of these cities.

These observations of the Governor point to the widespread belief of Nigerians that there is an observable disconnect between what the planners learn and know and what they put into practice for the general welfare and liveability of the populace. Admittedly, theory feeds and inform practice but when theories of other climes are transplanted for practice in another, the result cannot but be disastrous. Such is the effect of received contemporary planning education and knowledge on the morphology of Nigerian towns and cities.

Read on to find out what is being done about this education conundrum

Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

09:30 - 28 March, 2014
Light Matters: Sacred Spaces, Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki

The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

After the break, an exploration of the different approaches for using light as a vehicle of symbolic meaning and spiritual experience in religious spaces.

Al-Irsyad Mosque, Indonesia. Architects: PT. Urbane Indonesia. Image © Emilio Photoimagination Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Wikimedia Commons Crystal Cathedral, USA. Architect: Philip Johnson. Image Courtesy of American Seating Church of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou +9

Piano House / NI&Co. Architects

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Piano House / NI&Co. Architects, © Hiroshi Tanigawa
© Hiroshi Tanigawa

© Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa +12

Two Houses in Monção / João Paulo Loureiro

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Two Houses in Monção / João Paulo Loureiro, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +32

AVE House / Juan Ignacio Castiello Arquitectos

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
AVE House / Juan Ignacio Castiello Arquitectos , © Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

© Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Carlos Díaz Corona +23

Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture, Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects
Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

Fast Company has announced who they believe to be the most innovative practices in architecture for 2014. Topping this list is New York’s SHoP Architects who has gone from “boutique to big commissions in only a few years.” See who made the list after the break and let us know who you believe is the world’s most innovative firms in the comment section below. 

Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    63 Xizeng Road, Liwan, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    621.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +20

Pakkred Office / Geodesic Design Co.,Ltd.

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
© Pirak  Anurakyawachon
© Pirak Anurakyawachon

© Pirak  Anurakyawachon © Pirak  Anurakyawachon © Pirak  Anurakyawachon © Pirak  Anurakyawachon +32

National Design Centre / SCDA Architects

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
National Design Centre / SCDA Architects, © Aaron Pocock
© Aaron Pocock
  • Architects

  • Location

    National Design Centre, Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Chan Soo Khian
  • Area

    7900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Aaron Pocock, Courtesy of SCDA Architects

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock +36

BK House / Domenack Arquitectos

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
BK House / Domenack Arquitectos, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Juan Carlos Domenack L y Juan Carlos Domenack C.
  • Area

    630.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +15

Refurbishment of a flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Refurbishment of a flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura, © Gerard García Vilarrasa
© Gerard García Vilarrasa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
  • Cost

    765 €/M2
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa © Gerard García Vilarrasa +13

Ban vs. Schumacher: Should Architects Assume Social Responsibility?

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Ban vs. Schumacher: Should Architects Assume Social Responsibility?, Guangzhou Opera House, Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
Guangzhou Opera House, Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan


Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma

00:00 - 28 March, 2014
Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma , Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global firm Woods Bagot has unveiled designs for the Italian Serie A soccer club AS Roma’s new stadium: Stadio della Roma. Planned for completion by the 2016-17 season on the outskirts of Rome, the colosseum-inspired stadium will be capable of hosting more than 52,000 fans and designed to be easily configured to accommodate multiple sporting and entertainment events. 

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “The design features a state-of-the-art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum.”

U8 International Competition: The Unknown Porto

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
U8 International Competition: The Unknown Porto

Revista Unidade recently announced their international competition "The Unknown Porto". The main goal is to convert an industrial ruin into a service station, serving the national road of Portugal.