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OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out, Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault
Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has topped out in a ceremony including Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, and OMA's Partners in charge of the project, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Even in its current skeletal state, the rigidly geometric form is clearly expressed with it's central cube supporting three protruding auditoriums, two cubic and one spherical. The design of the TPAC is in many ways experimental, incorporating a looped public path which shows off the building's backstage areas, and flexible auditoriums which can even be combined, offering extraordinary stage spaces that allow performances which would be impossible in any other theater.

Ahead of the topping out ceremony we spoke to partner in charge David Gianotten, who explained the building's design concepts and the challenges (or rather, surprising lack of challenges) in the construction, and told us "you will only understand it when you have seen it. It's super exciting, we encourage everybody that loves architecture to come and see it because it's spectacular."

Read on after the break for the full interview

Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault © OMA +20

Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    People's Park, 231 Nanjing West Road, People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Liu Yuyang, Keith Yee, Tynnon Chow, Larry Tsoi
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid , Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Last week Zaha Hadid filed a libel lawsuit against critic Martin Filler, after Filler’s review of Rowan Moore’s book “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" for the New York Review of Books included a scathing section on Hadid. In the article Filler said she had shown “no concern” for the death of construction workers in Qatar, where she designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup. Now, Filler has admitted to a significant error in the article he wrote, The New York Times has reported. In an amendment to his article Filler acknowledges that the quotes he used from Hadid were taken out of context and had “nothing to do” with the Qatar stadium she designed. Read Filler’s full statement in the New York Times article, here

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 2, “The Traditional Future”

00:00 - 26 August, 2014

The second episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” features Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, who has built over 36,000 houses since 2010 for those affected by Pakistan’s floods and earthquakes. Rather than using the mass-produced housing designs offered by international organizations, Lari implements traditional building techniques and local materials. In this 25-minute episode she returns to the Sindha Valley region to see how her homes survived floods in 2013 and helps villagers in Awaran district who were hit by the 2013 Balochistan earthquake.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

RIBA To Launch Retrospective of Edwin Smith's Photography

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
RIBA To Launch Retrospective of Edwin Smith's Photography, St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry), 1965 / © Edwin Smith. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Photographs Collection
St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry), 1965 / © Edwin Smith. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Photographs Collection

To coincide with the opening of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s new Architecture Gallery at their headquarters in London's Portland Place, the first major retrospective of Edwin Smith will open next month. Smith, one of Britain's foremost 20th century photographers, was considered a master of capturing the essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he documented over an extensive career. The exhibition, entitled Ordinary Beauty, will display over a hundred carefully curated black and white images from a collection of over 60,000 negatives and 20,000 prints donated by Olive Cook, Smith's widow and collaborator, to the RIBA Library.

Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is currently at risk of losing its accreditation. The school has been cited as no longer meeting requirements by the Higher Learning Commission, a non-profit group whose approval is a prerequisite for the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)’s accreditation process. Founded in 1932 by Frank Lloyd Wright himself and still operating out of his campuses at Taliesin West and Taliesin, the school must now decide how best to meet HLC requirements, or risk losing the ability to confer Masters of Architecture degrees on its students.

Read on after the break to find out why the school faces this risk, and their plans to combat it

Bedaux-Nagengast Residence / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Bedaux-Nagengast  Residence / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +22

Is Bigger Better? HOK’s Acquisition of 360 Architecture and How Mergers Have Changed the Business of Design

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
World Expo 2020 Master Plan. Image Courtesy of HOK
World Expo 2020 Master Plan. Image Courtesy of HOK

International design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK has recently announced its plan to acquire 360 Architecture, a firm specializing in sports facility design. With HOK’s global influence and 360 Architecture’s expertise, the acquisition could bring about significant advances in sports facility design and expand the market reach for each firm. When it comes to the business of architecture, acquisitions such as this often enable large corporate firms to take on a wider variety of projects, giving them a competitive edge against famous designer names in the industry. But what else can we learn from the growth of the world's largest firms?

Craigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Craigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +15

AD Classics: Aarhus City Hall / Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
AD Classics: Aarhus City Hall / Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller , Courtesy of VisitAarhus.com
Courtesy of VisitAarhus.com

In 1941, at the height of World War II in Western Europe, the city of Aarhus, Denmark achieved an unusual architectural feat. It finished construction on a brand new city hall that was to be a beacon of democratic governance while the city lay under direct Nazi occupation. Designed four years earlier by the heralded duo of Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, the Rådhus survived the war and became an internationally recognized classic of Danish modernism.

© Flickr user Seier © Flickr user iznogut © Flickr user Seier Material juxtapositions. Image © Flickr user Seier +19

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project, Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo
Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of 'cookie-cutter housing' in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world's largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

Health Sciences and Student Resources Building at North Seattle College / Schacht Aslani Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Health Sciences and Student Resources Building at North Seattle College / Schacht Aslani Architects, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    9600 College Way North, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA 98103, United States
  • Principal Architects

    Walter Schacht, FAIA; Cima Malek-Aslani, AIA
  • Area

    46500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Shams Villa / Karand Group

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shams Villa / Karand Group, © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian
© Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian

© Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saveh, Iran
  • Design Team

    Ali Shariati, Dokhi Sarabandi, Hadi Shapourian
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Beefeater Gin Visitor Centre / Lee Boyd

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Beefeater Gin Visitor Centre  / Lee Boyd, © Paul Riddle
© Paul Riddle

© Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    London SE11 5DE, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

SXSW Eco Names 15 "Place By Desgn" Finalists

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
SXSW Eco Names 15 "Place By Desgn" Finalists, Courtesy of SXSW Eco
Courtesy of SXSW Eco

South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) has announced the finalists in its second annual "Place by Design" competition, which celebrates "cutting-edge ideas in the reinvention of public space." Held from the 6th-8th of October, the offshoot of the SXSW festival explores cutting edge solutions to the challenges of sustainability.

The Place by Design finalists include high profile proposals such as New York's +Pool or the Lowline, but also some lesser-known initiatives such as Dublin's temporary Granby Park. Read on after the break to see all 15 finalists.

Courtesy of SXSW Eco Courtesy of SXSW Eco Courtesy of SXSW Eco Courtesy of SXSW Eco +15

Office 05 / i29 interior architects + VMX Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Office 05 / i29 interior architects + VMX Architects, © Ewout Huibers
© Ewout Huibers

© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers +13

CR House / H+H Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
CR House  / H+H Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Project Architects

    Eric Halliday, Martin Halliday
  • Project Area

    711.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Rodrigo Dávila