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Odile Decq to Launch A New Kind of Architecture Institute: 'Confluence'

00:00 - 24 February, 2014
Odile Decq to Launch A New Kind of Architecture Institute: 'Confluence', Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes
Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes

Odile Decq has announced that she is launching a new kind of architecture school based upon the idea of "Confluence," an educational framework that "erases the predefined limits of the traditional academic structures for the benefit of the collaboration of talents, thoughts and disciplines." 

The Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, which will be located in in Lyon, France, will bring together "Architects, critics, artists, thinkers, philosophers, film-makers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers" in order to develop an architecture that develops ideas unconstrained by "stylistic prejudice or ideology." More on this new initiative, after the break.

A Case for the Democratization of Architectural Media

00:00 - 24 February, 2014

In October Phineas Harper, assistant editor of The Architectural Review, published an article about the state of architectural publishing, in which he addressed the crisis facing traditional architectural publishers and heavily criticized online platforms, particularly ArchDaily, that have “little time for critique, turning instead to reworking press releases and biased descriptions from the architects.”

Allow me to introduce myself: I am a critic and creator of original content for ArchDaily, and I would like to refute these allegations.

Could a Lick of Super Strong Carbon Paint Fix Caltrava's Palau de les Arts?

00:00 - 24 February, 2014
Could a Lick of Super Strong Carbon Paint Fix Caltrava's Palau de les Arts?, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Will the peeling shell of Santiago Calatrava’s Palau de les Arts in Valencia be saved by an innovative, new paint? Calatrava's $455.6 million project, which surpassed its budget four times over, has sprouted many defects over the years, but none more damning than its peeling facade - a defect that spurred the city of Valencia to sue Calatrava's office. However, Spanish paint manufacturer Graphenano has proposed an innovative solution: Graphenstone, a mixture of limestone powder and the allotrope graphene, which should just prevent further deterioration. Whether the solution could also relieve some courtroom tension, remains to be seen. Read more on Inhabitat and The Architect's Newspaper

Zoning Exception Will Not Be Made for Studio Gang's Solar Carve

00:00 - 24 February, 2014
Zoning Exception Will Not Be Made for Studio Gang's Solar Carve, Courtesy of Solar Carve Architects
Courtesy of Solar Carve Architects

The developers behind Studio Gang's Solar Carve have withdrawn their request for a zoning variance that would have allowed for an increase in the tower's rentable space. The Board of Standards and Appeals rejected the solicited exception, despite the developer's claim that the expensive pilings necessary for the sandy, non-bedrock site adjacent to New York's High Line posed a "financial hardship." 

Studio Gang's 213 foot tower was slated for completion in 2015. Although "the bid for additional floor has been dropped from the application," said the project's land use attorney, a hearing for special permitting that will allow for a modified setback is scheduled for March. 

Agora Szeged / BAHCS architects

20:00 - 23 February, 2014
Agora Szeged / BAHCS architects, © Zsolt Frikker
© Zsolt Frikker
  • Architects

  • Location

    Szeged, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    András Báger, Csaba Helmle
  • Fellow Architects

    Gabriella Antal, Nóra Báger, Balázs Turai, Tamás Tóth
  • Building Structures

    Péter Handa
  • Structural

    Roland Ambrus, Tamás Méri
  • Interior Design

    György Frank, Péter Fábián
  • Area

    7240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Zsolt Frikker © Zsolt Frikker © Zsolt Frikker © Zsolt Frikker +37

95 King Street East Studios & Lofts / Thier+Curran Architects

12:00 - 23 February, 2014
95 King Street East Studios & Lofts / Thier+Curran Architects, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +19

Soundscape Architecture: A New Way to Experience Famous Buildings

09:30 - 23 February, 2014
Soundscape Architecture: A New Way to Experience Famous Buildings, The inside of the New York Guggenheim Museum. Image © Flickr CC User Fernando Carrasco
The inside of the New York Guggenheim Museum. Image © Flickr CC User Fernando Carrasco

There are many forms of architectural representation - from sketches to construction drawings to photographs - but they all privilege vision over any of the other senses. This problem has perhaps only been exacerbated by the internet, which has made it easier to 'experience' buildings from afar, to the detriment of four of the five senses.

Now though, Karen Van Lengen, the Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, has created Soundscape Architecture, a website that aims to redress this imbalance. In collaboration with artist James Welty and musician Troy Rogers, Van Lengen has used sound recordings of iconic architectural spaces to create synaesthetic animations and musical compositions of the ambient noise there.

Read on after the break for more about Soundscape Architecture

Dear MoMA, Couldn't the Nouvel Tower Save the American Folk Art Museum?

08:00 - 23 February, 2014
Dear MoMA, Couldn't the Nouvel Tower Save the American Folk Art Museum?, © Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen
© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

In this Metropolis Magazine post on MoMA's planned demolition of the American Folk Art Museum, Karrie Jacobs asks a strangely unasked question: How has the Nouvel Tower - in its day the most controversial of MoMA's expansion plans - not been brought into the debate? The Jean Nouvel-designed tower was predicated up a circulation plan that, by necessity, ignored the (then occupied) Folk Art Museum entirely. Why is this plan no longer possible? Read the fascinating argument here.

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

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

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

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