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Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Walkable Cities? Rooftoppers Want Climbable Cities, © Demid Lebedev
© Demid Lebedev

“The city for the people!” is the familiar rallying cry of the reformist architect - but which people, exactly? That’s the question at the heart of rooftopping, a new and thrill seeking variant of Urban Exploration which has recently captured the attention of the media. Spreading via social media outlets such as Instagram, the stunts draw attention by design, but why has coverage of the form of Urban Exploration climbed to such great heights?

Urban exploration has been at the fringes of the public consciousness since the mid 2000s as a form of punk sub-culture; anarchists poking around in sewer tunnels and proto-pinterest ruin exploration (although unsurprisingly the habit of people breaking into abandoned, closed off or normally inaccessible buildings dates back much, much farther). The way rooftopping has captured the public imagination, though, is as a form of public discourse: how it meshes with social media, the way corporate groups have attempted to market stunts, and the way these groups are interacting with the urban environment.

© Demid Lebedev © Demid Lebedev View of the Jin Mao Tower from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower.. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com +7

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier

00:00 - 24 February, 2015
SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier, Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

SO-IL, in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, has been selected as the first-prize winner of a competition to reinvent the historic Site Verrier in France. Located in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, the updated plan addresses three elements of the site's industrial past while providing a dynamic space for cultural interaction and historic exploration of Site Verrier's glass factory days.

Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL +7

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

23:30 - 23 February, 2015
Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    2205-102 Alvega, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

21:00 - 23 February, 2015
Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter, Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xing Long Cun, Gonghe Xian, Hainan Zangzuzizhizhou, Qinghai Sheng, China
  • Principals in charge

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd)
  • Design Team

    Yong Zhang, Rui Liu, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng Zhang
  • Local Architect

    China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co.Ltd
  • Area

    168379.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ephemeral House / NAAD

20:00 - 23 February, 2015
Ephemeral House / NAAD, © Keishiro Yamada
© Keishiro Yamada

© Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Design Team

    Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Golden View Residence / Workshop AD

12:00 - 23 February, 2015
Golden View Residence / Workshop AD, © Kevin Smith
© Kevin Smith

© Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anchorage, United States
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House #20 / Rue Space

10:00 - 23 February, 2015
House #20 / Rue Space, © Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cintruénigo, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Raúl Montero, Emilio Pardo
  • Project Year

    2014

Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels

05:00 - 23 February, 2015
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels, © Elad Sarig
© Elad Sarig

Between 1945 and 1981 around 170 million prefabricated (prefab) residential units were constructed worldwide. Now, as part of a study undertaken by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 2012 and 2014, an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art features 28 large concrete panel systems from between 1931 and 1981. In so doing, it explores a transnational circulation of these objects of construction, "weaving them into a historical collage of ambitions and short-lived enthusiasm for utopian dreams."

This show, curated by Meira Yagid-Haimovici, is an attempt to reveal "how architecture and urbanism was charged with historical, social, and political narratives, and how the modernist vision promoted the fusion of aesthetics and politics." The models, which are being exhibited as part of the Production Routes exhibition, seek to highlight the richness embodied in 'generic' architecture through the lens of prefab construction methods.

Forest Refuge / Bernd Riegger Architektur

04:00 - 23 February, 2015
Forest Refuge  / Bernd Riegger Architektur , © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +21

Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects

03:00 - 23 February, 2015
Mediterranean Villa / Paz Gersh Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Zvi Gersh, Evyatar Cohen
  • Interior Design

    Michal Keinan Sinai. Interior Arch
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

01:00 - 23 February, 2015

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today's society - especially in China - he discusses how the creativity which URBANUS is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: "Innovation is actually everything for URBANUS, because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That's the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don't have any marketing tools to get something more conventional... we push ourselves to the limit."

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: "We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us... networking is more like in the academic level - a more intellectual exchange."

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

Nanshan Wedding Center. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment. Image © Wu Qiwei Tulou Housing Guangzhou. Image © Iwan Baan Library of South University of Science and Technology of China. Image © Alex Chan +5

City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock, © l'autre image
© l'autre image

The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added. 

Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

00:00 - 23 February, 2015
Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award, New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley
New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, to receive the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, recognizing their excellence for architectural advocacy and achievement. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Learn more about the winners, after the break. 

Oscar-Nominated Film Captures Life with Modernist Architect Parents

00:00 - 23 February, 2015

Minimalism has its challenges and for this seven-year-old sibling of two, it’s not for children. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards, Me and My Moulton captures the unconventional life and struggles of three kids with modernist architect parents. Watch the trailer above and see what director Torill Kove believes are five sure signs your parents were architects, after the break. 

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Update: The five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award will be announced on February 25 at 12 UTC. 40 projects from 17 European countries have been shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from the 420 original nominees, five of the shortlisted projects will be chosen for the next round of selection, to be announced at the end of February in London. These selected architects will then present their projects before a committee on May 7, who will select one recipient of the highly esteemed international design award, as well as one recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize. The winners will be announced the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Frac - Regional Contemporary Artwork Collection. Image © Philippe Ruault Childrens Home Of The Future. Image © Mikkel Frost Waterford Medieval Museum. Image © Philip Lauterbach Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School Of Economics. Image © Dennis Gilbert +41

B"O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
B"O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 de Mayo 38, De La Merced, 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, CHIS, Mexico
  • Project Direction

    Elizabeth Gómez Coello, Jorge Medina Robles, Germán Velasco Espinosa
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
Comedie de Bethune - National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +25

OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville, View from Market Street. Image © OMA / Robota
View from Market Street. Image © OMA / Robota

OMA has unveiled plans for a mixed-use project that will consolidate facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville. A collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital Kentucky, the 24-acre “Food Port” will transform a former tobacco plant into an “active economic and community hub” that shapes a “new model between consumer and producer.”

“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

The expandable campus, which is expected to break ground this summer, will include an urban farm, edible garden, market and food truck plaza, retail space, classrooms, a recycling facility, and more. Continue after the break to learn more. 

Roof Plan. Image Courtesy of OMA Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of OMA Jefferson County Extension Office, Demonstration Farm. Image Courtesy of OMA Rooftop Plaza. Image Courtesy of OMA +15