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Widmi Building / am-architektur

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Widmi Building / am-architektur, © Michael Haug
© Michael Haug

© Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug +18

Light Matters: Whiteness in Nordic Countries

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
Light Matters: Whiteness in Nordic Countries, Dybkær Church, Silkeborg, Denmark. Architecture: Regnbuen Arkitekter. Image © Henry Plummer 2010
Dybkær Church, Silkeborg, Denmark. Architecture: Regnbuen Arkitekter. Image © Henry Plummer 2010

The Scandinavian countries have developed great buildings that resonate with both the scarce light in winter and the long summer days. Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has very carefully studied the various daylight phenomena in the Nordic countries, with extensive photo journeys and brilliant writing that combines an analytical perspective with a poetic touch. His view of daylight looks beyond the practical advantages of using reflective white spaces to facilitate bright rooms; the passionate photographer is much more interested in the light effects that play with the local beauty of nature and touch the human soul.

Read on for more about how Nordic light enters white spaces

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
© Alfonso Merchand
© Alfonso Merchand
  • Architects

  • Location

    Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Benjamín Romano
  • Collaborators

    Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
  • Area

    3755.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand © Alfonso Merchand +28

Video: Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Cais das Artes / Pedro Kok

00:00 - 28 August, 2014

This video by architecture photographer, Pedro Kok, takes us behind the scenes of the construction of the Cais das Artes (Quay of Arts) building in Brazil. Located in the southeastern coastal city of Vitória, the building was designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in collaboration with METRO Arquitetos.

The video was produced for La Triennale di Milano’s exhibition, “Paulo Mendes da Rocha – Technique and Imagination," and captures - through impeccable shots - the work that went into constructing the enormous cultural complex. 

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Emperor Qianmen Hotel  / asap, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architect

    Adam Sokol
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design, © Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin
© Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin

The US Patent and Trademark Office have awarded a patent to Apple for the design of their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New Yorkreports MacRumors. The patent, applied for by Apple in 2012, applies to the above-ground glass cube, which was originally designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and - after a renovation in 2011 - is made of just 15 glass panels with minimal steel fixings. More on the patent after the break.

SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Gunnar Holmstad
© Gunnar Holmstad

© Gunnar Holmstad © Marte Antonsen © Gunnar Holmstad © Gunnar Holmstad +47

Rain Shelter House / y+M

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Rain Shelter House / y+M, © Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya
© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya © Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya © Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya © Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, Yonago, Nishifukubara, 6 Chome−2−45 SANロイヤル
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Rockefeller Foundation Kicks Off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
The Rockefeller Foundation Kicks Off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “Rebuild by Design” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image © OMA
OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “Rebuild by Design” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image © OMA

The Rockefeller Foundation has kicked off its 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help “build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world.” Each of the 100 cities selected will receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy.

“We can't predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to the shocks and stresses of our world and transform them into opportunities for growth,” the 100 Resilient Cities' site reads. While shocks include events like earthquakes, fires and floods, stresses include high unemployment, inefficient public transportation, endemic violence or chronic food and water shortages. The Challenge aims to help cities be better prepared for these adverse events and better able to deliver basic services in both good and bad times to all members of the population.  

 Learn more about the Challenge after the break…

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture
Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture

Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary installation for the ten day festival.  

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

VARA / Studio O+A

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
VARA / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    1880 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
  • Design Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill +9

P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects, © Katsuya Suzuki’
© Katsuya Suzuki’

© Katsuya Suzuki’ © Katsuya Suzuki’ © Katsuya Suzuki’ © Katsuya Suzuki’ +17

Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten, © Marc Lins
© Marc Lins

© Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    6830 Brederis, Austria
  • Architects in Charge

    Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area

    42.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Penthouse Plata / Greenfield

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Penthouse Plata / Greenfield , © Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno
© Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno

Courtesy of Greenfield Courtesy of Greenfield Courtesy of Greenfield © Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Kenji Rivera, Samuel Contreras, Alain Navar, Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Antonio Flores, Marisol Barrios.
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New York's Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
New York's Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects' designs for Pier 42. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects' designs for Pier 42. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

As part of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects' ongoing blog at Metropolis Magazine about effective implementation of landscape design principles, this article discusses one of the more unusual methods developed to create resilience and prevent storm damage: oysters. Drawing on her experiences creating an oyster reef at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects' Pier 42 project in New York, Johanna Phelps explains the challenges and opportunities that arise in establishing this unusual type of natural infrastructure in an urban location.

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, the city’s waterfront design discussions have focused on ideas of resiliency and planning for storm events. The recent Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, featured six winning proposals that all envisioned a beefed-up Manhattan shoreline capable of handling large storm events and other hazards effects of climate change. Of the handful of ambitious designs, Scape/Landscape Architecture's Living Breakwaters plan was the most interesting: the project called for the reestablishment of New York's erstwhile oyster reefs, which the architects said would improve local ecology.

Chinese Boxes / thescape

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Chinese Boxes  / thescape, © SungKyung Choi
© SungKyung Choi

© SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    KyungHwan Chun (jaeminahyo.com)
  • Area

    237.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works, Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Foundation
Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Foundation

The Alvar Aalto Foundation has begun a collaborative project with Google to make Aalto buildings even more accessible to the public. Using Google’s revolutionary Street View navigation tool, along with its virtual Cultural Institute, the project offers a look inside some of Aalto’s most iconic works of architecture. Learn more about this initiative and see the virtual journey for yourself after the break.