House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +23

Architecture Marketing: At What Cost?

00:00 - 17 December, 2013
Gabor Gallov drawing of a party. Architects should win people over by making their world as appealing as that of performers, artists or even fashion designers. Image © Gabor Gallov
Gabor Gallov drawing of a party. Architects should win people over by making their world as appealing as that of performers, artists or even fashion designers. Image © Gabor Gallov

In an era of heavily marketed brands, relentless advertising and all pervasive social media, just how far should architects market themselves to stand out from the crowd? Laura Iloniemi, expert in architecture media, explores the tricky issue of how practices can use marketing without losing integrity.

Marketing companies and publicists working for architects have certainly adapted to increasingly hard-nosed commercial trends. They have embraced, for example, the latest trade shows, no matter how brash, along with high-profile international property conferences and moneymaking awards events (with apparent relish), hoping to place their clients in front of new, and ever more commercial, audiences.

But marketing folk sell only what they know from their own experience - experience that may or may not be relevant to architectural practice. If they do not have an intuitive or trained eye for architecture itself, or a feel for its rightful place in our culture, they can never produce a worthwhile strategy for ensuring its true relevance in society.

Telindus Haasrode / Crepain Binst Architecture

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
Telindus Haasrode / Crepain Binst Architecture, Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture
Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Geldenaaksebaan 335, Researchpark Haasrode, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
  • Project Manager

    Dirk Engelen
  • Collaborators

    Bart Coenen, Veerle Duyck, Leen Luyten
  • Engineering

    Ingenium
  • General Contractor

    Cosimco
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture +14

A Bad Month for Frank Lloyd Wright Fans

00:00 - 17 December, 2013
A Bad Month for Frank Lloyd Wright Fans, The SC Johnson Administration building, featuring Wright's (now controversial) desks. Image © Jeff Dean
The SC Johnson Administration building, featuring Wright's (now controversial) desks. Image © Jeff Dean

December has been a month of disappointment for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright: first, a plan to build a house designed by Wright and adapted for the English countryside has been rejected by Wraxall Councillors (Bristol Post), who believe that Frank Lloyd Wright "can't be that influential". This was followed by the news that SC Johnson, the company for whom Wright designed the famous Johnson Administration Building, is trying to stop the high profile Sotheby's auction (ArtInfo) of a desk and chair designed for their building - claiming that the items were in fact stolen from them way back in the 1950s. More on the Bristol rejection here and the Sotheby''s controversy here.

K Botiči Student’s Home / Schindler Seko

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
K Botiči Student’s Home / Schindler Seko, © Ondřej Polák
© Ondřej Polák
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prague 10, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Jan Schindler, Ludvík Seko
  • Support

    Petra Matuszková, Hana Polidarová, Ondřej Dušek, Jan Holub
  • Investor

    Hamilton & Co Holdings
  • Area

    4146.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ondřej Polák © Ondřej Polák © Ondřej Polák © Ondřej Polák +28

Babia Health Center / Virginiaarq

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
Babia Health Center / Virginiaarq, © Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
  • Architects

  • Location

    LE-481, San Emiliano, León, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Virginia González Rebollo
  • Promoter

    Gerencia Regional de Salud de Castilla y León, SACYL
  • Area

    1318.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jara Varela © Jara Varela © Jara Varela © Jara Varela +21

House Katarina / multiPlan arhitekti

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
  • Architects

  • Location

    Topol Nad Ljubljano, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Designers

    Katja Žlajpah, Aleš Žnidaršič
  • Design Team

    Vesna Vraničar, Martina Ferfila
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Peter Giodani, Miran Kambič

Courtesy of Peter Giodani, Miran Kambič Courtesy of Peter Giodani, Miran Kambič Courtesy of Peter Giodani, Miran Kambič Courtesy of Peter Giodani, Miran Kambič +32

Lawson Park / Sutherland Hussey Architects

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
Lawson Park / Sutherland Hussey Architects, Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cumbria, UK
  • Consultants

    Bleasdale Wand, Johnstons, David Eley Associates
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects

Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects +17

House J-T / Juri Troy Architects

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
House J-T / Juri Troy Architects, Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects
Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lochauer Straße, 6912 Hörbranz, Austria
  • Area

    138.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects

Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects +21

Manchester School of Art / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Manchester School of Art / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cavendish Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Area

    17320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +32

Muros Health Center / Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Muros Health Center / Irisarri Piñera Arquitectos, © Juan Rodríguez
© Juan Rodríguez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carretera Serres, 112, 15259 Muros, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jesús Irisarri Castro, Guadalupe Piñera Manso
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez +29

Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow, Heneghan Peng Architects' NCCA proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA
Heneghan Peng Architects' NCCA proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA

The Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation has unveiled three shortlisted proposals for Moscow’s National Centre of Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The competition, now in its second and final stage, has selected these finalists from a longlist of ten, leaving behind proposals from Steven Holl Architects and other well-respected practices. 

Planned to become Russia’s main national institution for contemporary arts, the NCCA will host a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as lectures, professional conferences, concerts, performances, studios, art education facilities and more.

The three shortlisted finalists (and projects) are: 

The Morpholio Project Launches Trace 2.0

00:00 - 16 December, 2013
The Morpholio Project Launches Trace 2.0, Courtesy of The Morpholio Project
Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

The Morpholio Project, the team of architects and designers behind Morpholio (for building/sharing your portfolio) and Morpholio Trace (the app that lets you draw on top of images as if using tracing paper), have just launched Trace 2.0. The new version introduces three fantastic new tools that hope to "put [the design] process in hyper drive." 

As Co-Creator Anna Kenoff puts it: “The goal of the app was to embrace and enhance the fast paced and messy process of idea building, bringing back hand drawing to a culture no longer beholden to the desktop computer.” 

Check out the three new features of Trace 2.0, after the break...

Pinterest Headquarters / All of the Above + First Office + Schwartz and Architecture

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Pinterest Headquarters / All of the Above + First Office + Schwartz and Architecture, © Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Project Designers

    All of the Above / First Office–Janette Kim, Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood, with Charlie Able, Benjamin Farnsworth, Rachel Hillery, Mark Acciari, Austin Kaa, Steven Moody, Ewan Feng, Kate Hajash, Brian Lee, Darle Shinsato, Jane Zhu, Fiona Booth, Katie Okamoto, Margaret Zyro
  • Executive Architect

    Schwartz and Architecture–Neal Schwartz, Lourdes Garcia, Neil O’Shea, Wyatt Arnold, Erik Bloom, Joshua Yoches
  • Area

    45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Eddy Joaquim © Eddy Joaquim © Eddy Joaquim © Naho Kubota +27

Detailed New Rendering of Southbank Released

00:00 - 16 December, 2013
Detailed New Rendering of Southbank Released, © Miller Hare
© Miller Hare

Earlier this month, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios released new images of the Southbank Centre, the most detailed renderings yet of the highly controversial redevelopment. Among the most significant alterations are a change to the exterior of the crowning glass box, a slight reduction in the size of the "liner" building (to preserve views of the Houses of Parliament from the neighboring National Theatre), and adjustments to various columns to preserve routes through the site.

Read on to find out more about the changes to the design..

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Inaugurated as 2014 AIA President

00:00 - 16 December, 2013
Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Inaugurated as 2014 AIA President, Helene Combs Dreiling. Image © William Stewart
Helene Combs Dreiling. Image © William Stewart

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, executive director of the Virginia Center for Architecture, has been inaugurated as the 90th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She succeeds Mickey Jacob, FAIA, in representing nearly 83,000 AIA members.

The Best (and Worst) Countries to Be a Female Architect

00:00 - 16 December, 2013
The Best (and Worst) Countries to Be a Female Architect, Denise Scott-Brown may be an icon for today's women in architecture - but is the USA hostile to female architects?. Image © Frank Hanswijk
Denise Scott-Brown may be an icon for today's women in architecture - but is the USA hostile to female architects?. Image © Frank Hanswijk

As part of their annual survey of the world's largest architecture practices, this year BD has also included a survey to help them quantify which countries are best suited for women with careers in architecture - particularly those who wish to work for large companies. In order to create these rankings, they found the ratio of male to female architects in various countries, and also sought out publicly available data on maternity and paternity leave requirements, and the average cost of childcare as a percentage of average wage. You can read more about their sometimes surprising results after the break.

Paleys upon Pilers / Studio Weave

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Paleys upon Pilers / Studio Weave, © Studio Weave
© Studio Weave
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Studio Weave
  • Structural Engineers

    Structure Workshop Development Managers: M3 Consulting
  • Planning Consultants

    DP9
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave +14