Video: Rio de Janeiro timelapse

00:00 - 6 September, 2013

Rio de Janeiro has become one of the most popular destinations right now, hosting some games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Joe Capra shared with us this timelapse video he made on the Brazilian city. Besides the fantastic natural settings that surround the city, you can also see the contrast with a few shots of the popular favelas.

Zumthor: "Apostle of the Real"

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
Peter Zumthor at the Steilneset Memorial.. Image © Andrew Meredith
Peter Zumthor at the Steilneset Memorial.. Image © Andrew Meredith

In an article for Vanity Fair Paul Goldberger unravels the Swiss Mystique surrounding Peter Zumthor's personality and work, describing him as a "cross between Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Proust, with perhaps a tiny bit of Bob Dylan thrown in." With completed projects few and far between, but executed with intense experiential thought and craftsmanship, the article explores how Zumthor's motives has informed his rigorous attitude to architecture. Having recently been awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, the "cult following" that Goldberger described in 2001 seems to only be getting stronger. You can read the full article here.

Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2
20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

Why is the "Walkie Talkie" melting cars? Well, according to its architect, Rafael Viñoly, it's not because of the building's shape or material, but rather "the superabundance of consultants and subconsultants" that UK law requires. 

As reported by BD Online, Viñoly admitted that the building's unusually hot solar reflection (or "death ray," as many headlines are calling it) had been predicted early in the design process; however, it was thought it would only reach a temperature of 36 degrees, "but in fact it’s 72."

Viñoly then went on, placing blame on the consultant-heavy nature of design in the UK: “One of the problems that happens in [...London] is the superabundance of consultants and sub consultants that dilute the responsibility of the designers until you don’t know where you are.”

Itahye Residence / Apiacás Arquitetos + Brito Antunes Arquitetura

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santana do Parnaíba
  • Authors

    Anderson Fabiano Freitas e Juliana Antunes
  • Project Team

    Acácia Furuya, Pedro Barros e Cristina de Brito
  • Collaborators

    Beatriz Matuck, Caroline Endo, Chloé Morin, Cibele Mion, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Uchida, Julia Borges, Otávio Filho, Thais Pimenta, Yuri Faustinoni
  • Construction

    Apiacás Arquitetos
  • Project Area

    350 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +24

Textiles del Sur Offices / Ana Smud

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
Courtesy of Ana Smud
Courtesy of Ana Smud
  • Architects

    Ana Smud
  • Location

    Seguí 3545, Pontevedra, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Team

    Ana Smud, Juan Magistrali, Agustina Falcon, Daniel Zelcer, Luciana Casoy
  • Site Management

    Fernando Yaben, Maria Alejandra Carrete Interiorismo : Ana Smud, Agustina Falcon, Liliana Schraier
  • Project Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Ana Smud

Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud +18

Dickinson House / Studio Pacific Architecture

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +8

Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
© la_eclectic
© la_eclectic

For two months out of every twelve years, Allahabad in India becomes one of the most populous cities in the world - thanks to the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu Festival that is the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the globe. In an article for Smithsonian Magazine, Tom Downey relates his experience of the Festival and sheds light on how a temporary city can swell to such astronomical sizes and still function as well as, if not better than, permanent cities. It is hoped that the research by Harvard Graduate School of Design at the Kumbh Mela can inform the construction of refugee camps, emergency cities and even permanent cities in the future. You can read the full article here.

Cereza House / Warm Architects

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© CLIMATICA
© CLIMATICA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cancún, México
  • Project Architect

    Carlos Armando del Castillo
  • Project Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    CLIMATICA

© CLIMATICA © CLIMATICA © CLIMATICA © CLIMATICA +16

Valle Alto Ecological High School / Bernardo Hinojosa

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert
  • Architects

    Bernardo Hinojosa Rodríguez, María Aurora Delgado González, Alejandro Ibarra Aragón
  • Location

    Valle Alto, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Manuel Arroyo, Lilia Ortiz de Montellano Valdez, Carlos Estrada Zubia
  • Project Area

    1723.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert +24

Binder Woodcenter Executive Pavilion / Matteo Thun & Partners

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Jens Weber
© Jens Weber

© Jens Weber © Jens Weber © Jens Weber © Jens Weber +13

Te Ara Hihiko / Athfield Architects

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
Courtesy of Trends Publishing
Courtesy of Trends Publishing
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand
  • Design Team

    John Hardwick Smith, Katherine Dean, Chris Winwood
  • Collaborators

    Dunning Thornton Consultants (Structural Engineers), Arrow International (Contractor), Jacob Scott (Artist), Nick Kapica (Wayshowing & Signage)
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Trends Publishing, Matt Paterson

Courtesy of Trends Publishing © Matt Paterson Courtesy of Trends Publishing Courtesy of Trends Publishing +11

Rehabilitation of Rubalcaba Housing / Carlos de Riaño Lozano

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Miguel  de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán +38

Vanity Height: How Much of a Skyscraper is Usable Space?

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
1. Kingdom Tower / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
1. Kingdom Tower / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Ever expanding population growth coupled with the continuous development of urban centres mean that buildings, in general, will continue to get taller. With the topping out of One World Trade Centre in May this year the worldwide competition to construct towers with soaring altitudes doesn’t seem to be slowing, especially in China and the UAE. The question on many people’s lips, however, is how much of these colossal buildings is actual usable space?

How the Law's Loopholes Shape Our Cities

00:00 - 5 September, 2013
A loophole in Lebanese laws is allowing the proliferation of towers in Beirut. Image © Flickr CC User Sean Long
A loophole in Lebanese laws is allowing the proliferation of towers in Beirut. Image © Flickr CC User Sean Long

In preparation for its December issue, entitled The Law and its Consequences, Volume Magazine is holding an open call for examples of local laws that have had unintended - or just unusual - consequences for our cities. The issue asks: "If we consider the law to be a piece of design, can we apply design intelligence to the law?"

The law has a long history of affecting a city's character. Perhaps the earliest design stipulation is contained in the book of Deuteronomy (22:8): "In case you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, that you may not place bloodguilt upon your house because someone falling might fall from it." Since then, laws such as fire regulations, zoning restrictions and preservation guidelines have become an everyday conundrum for architects, ultimately affecting the outcome of design. But these laws often create unexpected loopholes, which can lead to peculiar design quirks that come to define a city's sense of place.

Read on after the break for just some examples of the consequences of the law

The Oaks / SOUP Architects

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
© Richard Brine
© Richard Brine

© Richard Brine © Richard Brine © Richard Brine © Richard Brine +24

Freecell Wins Competition to Transform St. Louis Vacant Lot into Cultural Destination

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
Courtesy of Freecell Architecture
Courtesy of Freecell Architecture

Freecell Architecture has been announced as winner of the urban design-build competition, PXSTL. Organized by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, PXSTL challenged US artists, architects and designers to propose a small-scale intervention for a vacant lot in the St. Louis Grand Center cultural district that could possibly spark large-scale urban transformation. 

Among 60 candidates and three shortlisted finalists, Freecell's winning proposal "Lots" was selected for its “innovative design and approach to the space as a gathering catalyst, hosting social and cultural activities to bring focus on activities of people unifying a community.” The project intends on activating audience engagement by hosting a series of concerts, dance performances, community celebrations, film screenings, and art exhibitions.

Read on for more about “Lots”...

Headquarters Siegle + Epple / Spacial Solutions

00:00 - 5 September, 2013
© Dirk Altenkirch
© Dirk Altenkirch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lotterbergstraße 5, 70499 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Collaborating Architects

    Architekturagentur
  • Area

    3530.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Dirk Altenkirch

© Dirk Altenkirch © Dirk Altenkirch © Dirk Altenkirch © Dirk Altenkirch +13

Summer Cinema / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +9