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Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy, Screen shot from Cristobal Palma's documentation of Denver's Biennial of the Americas 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.
Screen shot from Cristobal Palma's documentation of Denver's Biennial of the Americas 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro-arts cultural plan that will pave the way for more city-wide “art opportunities” over the next seven years. According to the Denver Post, this initiative will include the revision of “plans, permits and codes” to allow for more installations, offer small micro-art grants for residents and neighborhoods, and establish large public gathering places throughout the city. You can learn more, here

Urban Elevator in Echavaoiz / Ah Asociados

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Urban Elevator in Echavaoiz  / Ah Asociados, © Imagina2 visualization studio
© Imagina2 visualization studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Echavacoiz, Grupo Urdanoz, s/n, 31009 Pamplona, Navarra, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Marcos Escartín Miguel, Mikel Zabalza Zamarbide
  • Design Team

    Patricia Biain Ugarte (Responsable de proyecto), Esperanza Marrodán, María José Alonso, Xabier Eskisabel, Eduardo Ozcoidi Echarren (Estructuras), Michel Aldaz García-Mina (SyS), Javier Gironés (Instalaciones)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Imagina2 visualization studio © Imagina2 visualization studio © Imagina2 visualization studio © Imagina2 visualization studio +23

Quebrada House / UNarquitectura

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Quebrada House / UNarquitectura, © Natalia Vial
© Natalia Vial
  • Architects

  • Location

    Curacaví, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Alejandro Urrutia, Juan Pablo Nazar
  • Project Area

    40.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Natalia Vial

© Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial +10

Tall Tinder: Are Wooden Skyscrapers Really Fire Safe?

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Tall Tinder: Are Wooden Skyscrapers Really Fire Safe?, IZM - Illwerke Zentrum Montafon / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH. Image © Norman A. Müller
IZM - Illwerke Zentrum Montafon / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH. Image © Norman A. Müller

While interest in tall timber buildings continues to grow, there still remains one obvious concern: combustibility. So how safe are timber structures really? Arup Connect spoke with Robert Gerard, a fire engineer in Arup’s San Francisco office, to find out how high-rise wood buildings take fire safety into account.

Foster + Partners' New York Public Library Redesign in State of Limbo

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
Foster + Partners' New York Public Library Redesign in State of Limbo, © dbox, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
© dbox, Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partner's controversial renovation plans for the New York Public Library (NYPL) are currently in a state of limbo while the city decides their course of action. Foster's proposal for the 20th century Carrère and Hastings "masterpiece" on 5th Avenue is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years. 

The Hill Cork House / Contaminar Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
The Hill Cork House  / Contaminar Arquitectos, © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leiria, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Joel Esperança (Architect), Ruben Vaz (Architect), Romeu Sousa (Designer)
  • Collaborators

    Frederico Louçano, Hugo Rainho, Margarida Carrilho, Emanuela Quinta
  • Area

    653.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra +31

Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Oscar Freire Observatory / Triptyque, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Oscar Freire, 1128 - Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +10

Fatima House / Jorge Hernández de la Garza

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Fatima House / Jorge Hernández de la Garza , Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza
Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Abraham Ornelas, Javier Pichardo, Carla Celis
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza +21

A Collection of Striking Soviet Bus Stop Designs

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
A Collection of Striking Soviet Bus Stop Designs, Pitsunda, Abkhazia. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com
Pitsunda, Abkhazia. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com

Over a decade ago on a cycling trip across Europe, photographer Christopher Herwig stumbled upon a curious phenomenon that would become his obsession for years: bus stops. Curiously for a regime usually associated - both architecturally and otherwise - with uniformity and with sameness, the bus stops built by the Soviet Republic display remarkable diversity and creativity. Herwig made it his mission to photograph as many of these remarkable structures as possible, travelling through Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia; Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and KazakhstanUkraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Abkhazia.

Now complete, Herwig has launched a Kickstarter to turn this remarkable collection of photographs into a limited edition book, which he describes as "the most mind-blowing collection of creative bus stop design from the Soviet era ever assembled." Check out some of the images after the break.

Saratak, Armenia. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com Pitsunda, Abkhazia. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com Gagra, Abkhazia. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com Taraz, Kazakhstan. Image Courtesy of herwigphoto.com +12

Venice Biennale 2014: Full List of National Participants Revealed

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Full List of National Participants Revealed

A few hours ago in Venice, Rem Koolhaas presented his curatorial vision for "Fundamentals" in a live-streamed opening press conference. As we reported last year, "Fundamentals" will focus on architecture rather than architects and history rather than contemporaneity. Koolhaas will not just curate an exhibition of his own, but will be coordinating the "collective effort of all national pavilions."

This year's exhibition features the participation of 65 countries--including 11 first-time participants (Azerbaijan, Côte d'Ivoire, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand and Turkey). See the complete list of national participants--which includes collaborations with Jacques Tati, Hans Ulrich Obrist, FAT, Iñaki Ábalos and others--after the break.

Click here to see all of ArchDaily's previous coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale. And stay tuned... we'll be bringing you on-the-ground reports from Venice when the Biennale launches in the first week of June!

House 1 / Isurunath Pramitha Associates

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
House 1 / Isurunath Pramitha Associates, © Eresh Weerasuriya
© Eresh Weerasuriya

© Eresh Weerasuriya © Eresh Weerasuriya © Eresh Weerasuriya © Eresh Weerasuriya +22

Lopez Lujano House / Oficina 3

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Lopez Lujano House / Oficina 3, © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3
© Carlos Varela and Oficina 3
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Omar J. Bernal, Daniel Carrillo
  • Area

    290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 +16

Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

The City of Rotterdam has unveiled MVRDV’s competition winning design for a new public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. Clad in a highly reflective glass, the cylindrical BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will store the “precious art collection of Rotterdam” as well as offer commercial interior storage for private collectors. It is designed to expose the inter workings of a museum, winding visitors up a public route, past storage rooms and restoration workshops, to a rooftop exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant.

Ines Lobo Wins 2014 arcVision Women and Architecture Prize

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School / Inês Lobo Arquitectos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School / Inês Lobo Arquitectos. Image © Leonardo Finotti

Portuguese Architect Ines Lobo has won the second edition of the arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. Commended by the jury for being a “versatile architect,” Lobo has built a reputation for “creatively attacking complex architectural problems” at a variety of scales “within the existing urban fabric.” 

Build Up or Extend Out?

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
Build Up or Extend Out?

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects)

01:00 - 9 March, 2014
Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects), The New City of Songdo in South Korea. Image Courtesy of Cisco
The New City of Songdo in South Korea. Image Courtesy of Cisco

Originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Big Data, Big Questions", this article by Alex Marshall examines what is arguably the most important aspect of smart city design: not how they will be created, but who will create them. He finds that, though an apparently new phenomenon, smart cities are just like their forebears in that they are built primarily by political will, not microprocessors.

Not long ago, I bought a beetle-shaped piece of silicone and metal that slips into my pocket and keeps track of how much I walk. Called a Fitbit One, it’s essentially a glorified pedometer. The device’s shell is jammed with hard- and software that lets it talk to my computer and iPhone. It sends me attaboys! on its tiny screen and, most importantly, the gadget talks with my spouse’s Fitbit, which allows us to compete with each other.

The Fitbit is not on anyone’s list of smart-city phenomena, but I would argue for including it, because it’s changing my relationship with the streets I walk in New York City. It also illustrates the pervasiveness of smart technology, and its limitations. For all its coolness—and it is cool—my device is doing something digitally that had already been done well mechanically, and at a lower price. A lot of the smart-cities technology is like this—it’s changing how we do things, but often not what we do.

Read on for more about the changes brought about - or not brought about - by smart cities after the break

Police Headquarters in Logroño / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 March, 2014
Police Headquarters in Logroño / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Serradero, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño
  • Area

    7858.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki +18

Building Carmen Martín Gaite / Estudio Beldarrain

01:00 - 9 March, 2014
Building Carmen Martín Gaite / Estudio Beldarrain, © Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

© Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga +28