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How Subvert Studio Proposes To Revive a Renowned Lisbon Landmark

10:30 - 18 April, 2015
How Subvert Studio Proposes To Revive a Renowned Lisbon Landmark, Courtesy of Subvert Studio via Curbed
Courtesy of Subvert Studio via Curbed

With Lisbon now bouncing back from the 2008 recession, its estimated 12,000 buildings in decay offer plenty of opportunities to bring the city's buildings more in line with its new economic structure. In this article, originally published by Curbed as "What Could Be Next for a Noted Lisbon Modernist Relic?" Lisbon's Subvert Studio presents a speculative proposal for one of the city's most notable - and visible - modernist ruins.

Views from the balcony of what was once the Panoramic Restaurant of Monsanto show a band of green treetops, a stretch of white cityscape that spans Lisbon's old and new quarters, and a glimmering slice of the Tagus river beyond, mouthing toward the Atlantic. Bracketing the view is blue: a blue sky above, and below, a blue smash of broken glass, reflecting and refracting the sky's color. Wherever there is a vista at the Panoramic Restaurant of Monsanto, wherever there are windows—and the view is the focal point of the space—there is broken glass.

Last used as a club at the top of a 2,400-acre city park, the modernist structure has slipped ever further into riotous abandon since the mid-1990s. Windows have collapsed, graffiti long ago joined the reliefs by Portuguese ceramic muralist Querubim Lapa on the walls and the stained glass sculpture at the entry, chunks of ceiling have tumbled to the ground. And in recent months, a discussion has emerged: what to do with this city-owned modernist relic, which some estimate will require 20 million Euros to fix?

Regency Dormer / Konishi Gaffney Architects

10:00 - 18 April, 2015
Regency Dormer / Konishi Gaffney Architects, © Alan Craigie
© Alan Craigie

© Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie © Alan Craigie + 11

Group Exhibition at the Frac Centre to Explore the History of the Relief

09:00 - 18 April, 2015
Group Exhibition at the Frac Centre to Explore the History of the Relief, Peaks, « Terminal de ferry, Geiranger, Norvège / Premier prix, concours international 120H, en collaboration avec Hugo Enlart », 2013 © Peaks
Peaks, « Terminal de ferry, Geiranger, Norvège / Premier prix, concours international 120H, en collaboration avec Hugo Enlart », 2013 © Peaks

From April 10, the Frac Centre will host "Relief(s)— Designing the Horizon", a series of exhibitions, workshops, and meetings exploring the place of the relief in the timeline of modern art. Over five months the work of Yasuaki Onishi, Gérard Singer, and Aurélie Pétrel will be on display alongside a host of  supplementary cultural and educational programs. Hoping to "[shed] new light on the way in which contemporary art can renew our reading of the landscape and, more broadly the environment", the exhibition will run until September 19. Learn more about the artists involved and view selected works after the break.

"Reverse of volume FC", Yasuaki Onishi Installation View — Gerard Singer "Reverse of volume RG", Yasuaki Onishi Installation View — Gerard Singer + 10

The ‘Hippodrome De La Baie” / NOMADE Architects

06:00 - 18 April, 2015
The ‘Hippodrome De La Baie” / NOMADE Architects, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara + 16

Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates

03:00 - 18 April, 2015
Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ambavaram, India
  • Design Team

    Viresh Mhatre, Harsha Nalwaya, Aanoshka Choksi, Mythili Shetty
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Narita International Airport Terminal 3 / NIKKEN SEKKEI + Ryohin Keikaku + PARTY

23:00 - 17 April, 2015
Narita International Airport Terminal 3 / NIKKEN SEKKEI + Ryohin Keikaku  + PARTY, © Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

© Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa + 33

  • Architects

    NIKKEN SEKKEI, Ryohin Keikaku , PARTY
  • Location

    Japan, 〒286-0105 千葉県成田市木の根 Narita International Airport (NRT), Narita terminal 1
  • General Contractor

    Taisei Corporation
  • Area

    23679.0 sqm
  • Photographs

City of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s new Civic Centre / k20 Architecture

21:00 - 17 April, 2015
City of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s new Civic Centre / k20 Architecture, © k20 Architecture
© k20 Architecture

© k20 Architecture © k20 Architecture © k20 Architecture © k20 Architecture + 19

LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

20:00 - 17 April, 2015
LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 16

Living Building Challenge Now Fulfills LEED Energy and Water Requirements

19:00 - 17 April, 2015
Living Building Challenge Now Fulfills LEED Energy and Water Requirements, Living Building Challenge certified: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory. Image © Flansburgh Architects
Living Building Challenge certified: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory. Image © Flansburgh Architects

The Living Building Challenge will now fulfill the energy and water requirements for LEED. As the U.S. Green Building Council announced, this marks an important step in the USGBC's mission to make LEED an accessible platform that complements other construction rating systems.

The USGBC's decision essentially equates the two systems in the fields of water and energy efficiency, recognizing projects that meet the Living Building Challenge's standards within these areas as equivalent to LEED standards. By doing so, it encourages a spirit of collaboration toward sustainable goals across competing rating systems.

Boulevard Ñuñoa Square / PLAN Arquitectos

18:00 - 17 April, 2015
Boulevard Ñuñoa Square  / PLAN Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Rodrigo Cáceres Moena, Alejandro Vargas Peyreblanque, Alvaro Gonzalez Bastías
  • Structural Engineering

    JC Ingenieros
  • Area

    11345.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award

17:30 - 17 April, 2015
Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture's Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects' origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

Apartamento 1757 / Camarim Arquitectos

16:00 - 17 April, 2015
Apartamento 1757 / Camarim Arquitectos, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Architects

    Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa
  • Area

    146.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

A Look at China's "Nail Houses"

15:00 - 17 April, 2015
A Look at China's "Nail Houses", © Reuters / Image via The Atlantic
© Reuters / Image via The Atlantic

China's rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called "nail houses" continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of "progress." Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

367 House / Mateo Ponce de León

14:00 - 17 April, 2015
367 House / Mateo Ponce de León, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte + 24

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

13:10 - 17 April, 2015
All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand, Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock

From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in Sydney, a vibrant guide to Hancock's home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney's architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon's Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy's building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock + 5

Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

12:00 - 17 April, 2015
Casa 12x12 / Bernardes Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Patrik Schumacher Actually Makes a Good Point

10:30 - 17 April, 2015
Patrik Schumacher Actually Makes a Good Point, Galaxy Soho. Image © Hufton + Crow
Galaxy Soho. Image © Hufton + Crow

Last week Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects and the practice's frontman in the field of architectural theory, took once again to Facebook to disseminate his ideas - this time arguing that "the denunciation of architectural icons and stars is superficial and ignorant." In the post, Schumacher lamented the default position of the architectural media which he believes sees success and reputation as "a red cloth and occasion to knock down icons," going on to outline his beliefs on why stars and icons are useful and even inevitable mechanisms of architectural culture.

Schumacher has made headlines via Facebook before, with a post last year in which he argued for an end to the "moralizing political correctness" that has led to the popularity of socially-conscious design - a post which attracted almost universal outrage from architects, critics and social media users of all stripes. However this latest post had a very different feel; many people, myself included, seemed to find themselves at least partially agreeing with Schumacher. After all, at the most basic level he was asking for designs to each be judged on their individual merits - what's not to like?

House CS / Alvaro Arancibia + Sebastian Coll

10:00 - 17 April, 2015
House CS / Alvaro Arancibia + Sebastian Coll, © Alvaro Arancibia
© Alvaro Arancibia

© Alvaro Arancibia © Alvaro Arancibia © Alvaro Arancibia © Alvaro Arancibia + 21