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Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico, Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Reforma Towers. Image Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for Mexico City’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in Meier’s signature white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, and retail space, as well as restaurants and a fitness center to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015. 

Grenelle, 35 Logements / Peripheriques Architectes

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Grenelle, 35 Logements / Peripheriques Architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Peripheriques Architectes +29

Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

00:00 - 28 January, 2014
Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona, © Ewa Szymczyk
© Ewa Szymczyk

In the following article, originally published in Polish in theDecember 2013 issue of A&B, Ewa Szymczyk interviews Vicente Guallart, the Chief Architect of Barcelona since 2011 as well as the founder of Guallart Architects and IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalunya). Szymczyk questions Guallart about his experience in urban design, asking: how can you measure a city's success?

Ewa Szymczyk: When measuring the contemporary city’s success we typically use economic measures. In this sense Barcelona ranks very high, being a top tourist destination and managing its budget in times of global crisis. But there are many other ways to measure its success. What in your opinion makes a city a good city? Isn’t it much more than economic prosperity?

Vincente Guallart: A good city is a place where the citizens live well. So the best measure for a good city is how the citizens live. The truth is that the city is a physical representation of a social agreement. If you think for instance about Phoenix in Arizona, maybe people live there the way they want and the way they like to live. Obviously there are also questions related to cost. I mean, questions related to environmental and economic costs. Therefore the cost of a city like Phoenix is very different from the cost of a city like Hong Kong, which is the densest city and probably the most efficient urban structure in the world. So the question is the economic efficiency and also the quality of life of the citizens. And the best way to know is to ask citizens how happy they are to live in a place like this. The truth is that if you are a citizen of Barcelona you are quite happy. We have been evaluating this over the past few years and the average rating is seven out of ten. So that is in general very good! The people are proud to live in a place like this.

Avilés-Ramos Residence / Ceres A+D

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Avilés-Ramos Residence / Ceres A+D, © Luis Ceres Ruiz
© Luis Ceres Ruiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Camino Cubillas, 18220 Albolote, Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Ceres Ruiz
  • Collaborators

    Isidoro García Ávila, Genoveva Avilés baca
  • Area

    352.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luis Ceres Ruiz © Luis Ceres Ruiz © Luis Ceres Ruiz © Luis Ceres Ruiz +19

VLL House / LLOSA CORTEGANA

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
VLL House / LLOSA CORTEGANA, Courtesy of  LLOSA CORTEGANA
Courtesy of LLOSA CORTEGANA

Courtesy of  LLOSA CORTEGANA Courtesy of  LLOSA CORTEGANA Courtesy of  LLOSA CORTEGANA Courtesy of  LLOSA CORTEGANA +20

Camí Dels Corrals Urban Development / Santamaría Arquitectes

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Camí Dels Corrals Urban Development / Santamaría Arquitectes, © Francesc Rubí
© Francesc Rubí

© Francesc Rubí © Francesc Rubí © Francesc Rubí © Francesc Rubí +17

The School of Koolhaas

00:00 - 28 January, 2014
The School of Koolhaas, For the recent Axel Springer SE Media Campus in Berlin, OMA's proposal (shown) is up against designs by two of OMA's past employees.. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE
For the recent Axel Springer SE Media Campus in Berlin, OMA's proposal (shown) is up against designs by two of OMA's past employees.. Image Courtesy of Axel Springer SE

It is difficult to even imagine an architectural practice more influential than OMA. Not only has Koolhaas' practice completed high-profile buildings worldwide, but it has also been the incubator for some of the world's most famous architects, with many striking out alone after a period working under Rem. This article in the Wall Street Journal profiles some of the latest crop of "graduates", including Bjarke Ingels and Ole Scheeren, who have founded their own practices in the last decade and are now acting as some of OMA's biggest competitors. You can read the full article here.

Glamping for Glampers / ArchiWorkshop

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Glamping for Glampers / ArchiWorkshop, © June Young Lim
© June Young Lim
  • Architects

  • Location

    32 Buan-ri, Danwol-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Project Architects

    Hee-Jun Sim, Su-Jeong Park
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© June Young Lim © June Young Lim © June Young Lim © June Young Lim +18

Venice Biennale 2014: New Zealand Focuses First Entry on Pacific-Style Architecture

00:00 - 28 January, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: New Zealand Focuses First Entry on Pacific-Style Architecture, Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia. Image © John Gollings
Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia. Image © John Gollings

New Zealand has appointed Auckland architect David Mitchell to serve as creative director and lead the country’s first participation at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Bridging from Rem Koolhaas' theme, "Fundamentals", Mitchell plans to exhibit New Zealand’s tradition of pacific-style architecture and light timber construction through a series of models. 

“We’re going to show off some of the most unsung architecture in the world, our Pacific architecture,” described Mitchell. “It’s an architecture made out of poles, beams and panels and not out of heaps of rocks, bricks and tiles.”

VILLA 154 / ISV Architects

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
© Anargyros Mougiakos
© Anargyros Mougiakos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ekali, Greece
  • Design Principal

    Babis Ioannou
  • Project Architect

    Anargyros Mougiakos
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Anargyros Mougiakos © Anargyros Mougiakos © Anargyros Mougiakos © Anargyros Mougiakos +14

Center for High Yield - Rowing Pocinho / Alvaro Fernandes Andrade

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal
  • Architectural Coordination

    spacialAR-TE - Arqto. Alvaro Andrade Fernandes
  • Process Manager

    mpt, Lda. - Eng. Paula Teles
  • Architectural Colaborators

    Aqta. Ana Rute Costa, Arqto.André Bevilacqua, Arqto. Marcelo Altieri e Arqta. Daniela Teixeira ,Arqto. Daniel Geada, Arqto. Luís Romero, Arqto. Nilton Marques e Arqta. Paula Cicuto
  • Area

    8000.0 m2
  • Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +132

CT House / MYCC

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
CT House  /  MYCC, © Jose Hevia
© Jose Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, M. Gonzalez
  • Design Team

    Raquel del Rio, Pablo Urbano
  • Area

    212.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia Courtesy of MYCC +27

House ALD / SPACE

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
House ALD  / SPACE, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Baumgartner
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +22

Biotope at Honětice / proksprikryl

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Biotope at Honětice / proksprikryl, Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects
Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects

Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects Courtesy of Prokš Přikryl architects +31

Desa Mahkota School / Eleena Jamil Architect

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
Desa Mahkota School / Eleena Jamil Architect, © Rupajiwa
© Rupajiwa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Desa Parkcity, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Architect in Charge

    Yusri Amri Yussoff
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rupajiwa © Rupajiwa © Rupajiwa © Rupajiwa +23

DM Residence / CUBYC architects bvba

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
DM Residence / CUBYC architects bvba, © Thomas De Bruyne
© Thomas De Bruyne

© Thomas De Bruyne © Koen Van Damme © Koen Van Damme © Thomas De Bruyne +27

Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe? - Launch of Volume 37

00:00 - 27 January, 2014

2014 AIA Young Architects Award

00:00 - 27 January, 2014
2014 AIA Young Architects Award, 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Recipient: Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Campus / KPMB Architects
2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Recipient: Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Campus / KPMB Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 18 recipients for the 2014 AIA Young Architects Award. Defined as professionals who have been licensed ten years or fewer, regardless of their age, the “young architects” will be honored for making significant contributions to the profession and providing exceptional leadership early in their careers. All recipients will be presented the award at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.