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Reconnecting the Subway with the Sky

In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above — lenses in the concrete sidewalks.

However, it proved extremely difficult to keep the skylights clean, and light eventually stopped passing through. Subway authorities moved toward an almost exclusive reliance on electric lighting. While this allowed for greater flexibility in station design, permitting construction at any location and depth, it also created a sense of disorientation and alienation for some passengers.

For the design of Lower Manhattan's Fulton CenterArup, in conjunction with design architect Grimshaw sought to reconnect the century-old subway system with the world above.

Read more about this "enlightening" subway station, after the break...

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Mediterrrani 32 / Isern Associats

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Wood Summit Smaland Conference

Taking place at the Virserums Art Museum June 26-27, Wood Summit Smaland is an international conference that will focus on sustainability and wood architecture. Featuring renowned guest speakers such as Jim Taggart, Sadie Morgan, Stefan Behnisch and TYIN Tegnestue, winner of Architecture of Necessity 2010, the winners of Architecture of Necessity 2013 will be announced. For more information, please visit here.

One One Eagle Street / Cox Rayner Architects

  • Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
  • Location: 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Australia
  • Project Director: Jayson Blight
  • Design Director: Michael Rayner
  • Concept Designer: Philip Cox
  • Senior Designer: Michelle Fitzgerald, Spyros Barberis, Kim Huat Tan
  • Senior Architect: Shane Horswill
  • Project Team: Steve Hunter, Vesna Lazarevic, Jee Heng, Samantha Ritch, Sophie Benn, Tara Ram, Zile Zolte
  • Area: 64000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn, Stefan Jannides, Leon McBride, Scott Needham

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Florian Groehn © Stefan Jannides

Nakagawa Office Extension / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

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Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura

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Online Master Class: "So you want to be famous?"

The IE Master in Architectural Management and Design presents the Online Master Classes series.

An Opportunity for Revitalization in Detroit

Young entrepreneurs gravitate to places where they can become the founders of a revitalized culture; where land is cheap and available and innovation is uninhibited by a status quo.  Detroit, Michigan has become one of those places. The media gives us a portrayal of a wasteland, a post apocalyptic landscape of dilapidated homes and infrastructure. But there is plenty opportunity for start-ups to redefine Detroit's future. That it why young innovators and risk-takers are needed to bring new energy and awaken new markets within the city.  A recent article by Chuck Salter for Fast Company identifies six entrepreneurs who have started businesses in Detroit.  They vary from grassroots campaigns to inform people of opportunities within the city to small scale enterprises that bring retail and infrastructure to the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.

More after the break.

Hotel in Montenegro Competition Entry / Kana Arhitekti

The main goal of the Hotel in Montenegro proposal was not to create a resort type of hotel, but rather a new town square, a vibrant part of this sleepy city. This approach by Kana Arhitekti significantly upgraded the quality of urbanism both on a micro and macro scale to create a city center this small town needs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Myrkdalen Hotel / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
  • Architects: JVA
  • Location: Myrkdalen, Norway
  • Primary architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nils Røsvik, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen, Anna Zeuthen Andersen
  • Consultants: Seim & Hultgreen AS, Sweco Norge AS, Oras Bergen AS, Bravida Norge AS, Vangen Elektriske AS, Vestlandske Limtreindustri AS
  • Area: 7600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

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Clearing Almere / Frank Goerge

  • Architects: Frank Goerge
  • Location: Almere
  • Architect in Charge: Frank Goerge, Hamburg
  • Structural Design : Carola Goerge, Hamburg
  • Area: 130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Frank Goerge

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Restaurant Tour Total / Leyk Wollenberg Architects

  • Architects: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
  • Location: Jean-Monnet-Straße, 10557 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
  • Design Team: Dietmar Leyk, Petra Wollenberg with Inken Blum, Florian Spaelty, André Rossmann
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs:

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Villa Upper Austria / Two in a Box-Architekten

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Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique Competition Entry / Mauro Turin Architectes

The proposal for the Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique by Mauro Turin Architectes takes into account the cultural significance of the historical national monument and uses century-old construction along with various updated methodologies. Their aspiration is to add, in a notion of continuity, a new layer of history about the site and the Castle. Therefore, the building is designed in the image of its ambitions, in the expectation in what can be called the expansion of the Castle. More images and architects' description after the break.

'BS25' Silos - Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center Proposal / Moko Architects

The proposal by Moko Architects for the Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center restores a part of a house factory in Żerań which operated in the past,. They turn a building in a non-developed area with abandoned halls and warehouses into a recreation center open all year round in the old silos where bulk cement used to be stored in the past. The existing facility is a perfect base for this investment and will be the only place in Poland where people wishing to learn the skills of diving will have the opportunity to safely train at the depth of 25m under control. More images and architects' description after the break.

Can Glowing Trees One Day Replace Electric Streetlights?

“We don’t live in nature any more – we put boxes around it. But now we can actually engineer nature to sustain our needs. All we have to do is design the code and it will self-create. Our visions today – if we can encapsulate them in a seed – [will] grow to actually fulfill that vision." - Andrew Hessel in a recent ArchDaily interview 

"Engineering nature to sustain our needs" is exactly what the Glowing Plant Project aims to do. Synthetic biologist Omri Amirav-Drory, plant scientist Kyle Taylor and project leader Antony Evans are working together to engineer "a glow-in-the-dark plant using synthetic biology techniques that could possibly replace traditional lighting" - and perhaps even create glow-in-the-dark trees that would supplant (pun intended) the common street light. 

How is this possible? Read on to find out.

Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents the first major UK exhibition showcasing the work of renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born in 1930). Rooted both in modernism and the rich traditions of people, place and climate, Correa has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture and urbanism for post-war India. He has designed some of the most outstanding buildings in India and has received many of the world’s most important architecture awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (1984), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1988) and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (1994), and is still working today.

ERA3 - Eraclito Housing / LPzR architetti associati

  • Architects: LPzR architetti associati
  • Location: Via Privata Eraclito, 3, 20128 Milano, Italy
  • Design Team: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Federico Reyneri
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

© Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria © Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

Central Municipal Library / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

  • Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
  • Location: Hasengasse 4, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: DIC Deutsche Immobilien Chancen und Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Jean-Luc Valentin

© Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin © Jean-Luc Valentin