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James Turrell Transforms the Guggenheim

With one of his largest installations to date, American artist James Turrell has transformed the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim Museum into a mesmerizing Skyspace. Shifting between natural and artificial light, Aten Reign - James Turrells main attraction - illuminates the central void with a brightly colored, banded pattern that imitates the museum’s famous ramps. This presents a dynamic perceptual experience in which the materiality of light is exposed. 

More images of the luminous and immersive Skyspace after the break. 

Gehry’s Controversial Design for Eisenhower Memorial Approved

Despite harsh criticism and a lingering threat from the House to scrap funding and start anew, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has unanimously approved Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC. The $110 million project, nearly fourteen years in the making, has undergone numerous revisions in the past couple years in search of a compromise between the commission and its opposition, namely the Eisenhower family. 

Though the odds started to lean in the opposition’s favor, the commission is pressing forward with their plans and Gehry is expected to present his design to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts next month and the National Capital Planning Commission in early fall for review and approval.

'The Cola-Bow' Installation / penda

Designed by penda, the cola-bow installation is a public art installation made out of more than 17,000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. Designed for the 2nd Beijing University Creation Expo, which turns into the Beijing Design Week, the installation aims to also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. More images and architects' description after the break.

Marecollege / 24H Architecture

  • Architects: 24H Architecture
  • Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Design: Boris Zeisser, Maartje Lammers
  • Collaborators: Harm Janssen, Jasper Deurloo, Lucia Gimenez Puerta, Koen Karst, Emma Westerduin, Marine Lacroix
  • Area: 3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Boris Zeisser

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser

Linq / NU architectuuratelier

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

Mas del Caixó / Teo Hidalgo Nácher + Felipe García

  • Architects: Teo Hidalgo Nácher , Felipe García
  • Location: Chodos, Castellón, Spain
  • Contractor: Juanjo Folch
  • Area: 258.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ignacio Gomez

© Ignacio Gomez © Ignacio Gomez © Ignacio Gomez © Ignacio Gomez

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Matter

Inspired by Chris Marker's 'photo-roman' La Jetée, this selected entry for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas by Matter Architecture Practice is is a fictional story of a real place. The Narrator speaks a remembrance presented as being that of her daughter (now growing up in New York) in the year 2096, when she will be 90 years old. The image of this daughter as an old woman is one taken by the Narrator of her grandmother - or the daughter's great-grandmother -on a boat, in New York, when she was 90 years old. More architects' description after the break.

Taksim Square's Temporary Structures, Rendered

Architecture emerges with every "occupy" movement or protest. From whatever meager resources at hand, occupiers create structures to fulfill very specific purposes - from makeshift tents for sleeping, to instant podiums for speaking, or perhaps even a swing to kill the time. Unfortunately, these architectures are, by their very nature, fleeting: often disappearing instantly the moment the occupation ends. 

The Indicator: China in 4D

The problem with articles like “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities”, recently featured in The New York Times, is that they contribute to a misleading and simplistic narrative about China’s economic development, casting it as a story of “good” versus “evil”.

This was recently highlighted by a critique authored by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project in which The New York Times article in question was called out for being overly sensational and reductive in how it covered China’s policies concerning internal migration from the countryside to urban areas.

The New Music World / Lmyarch-studio

  • Architects: Lmyarch-studio
  • Location: Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge: Lmyarch-studio
  • Design Team: Wei Li, Yuan yuan ,Fengxue Liu, Wenke Zhang,Meiyu Guo,Changqiong Li,Liang Li
  • Engineering: Haisheng Wu,Yantao He,Xinxin Sun
  • Area: 195.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

Gas and Steam Power Plant Winning Proposal / Henn

Henn recently won the architectural competition for the gas and steam power plant in Wedel, Germany. The new power station is positioned to the north of the river bank to allow the uninterrupted riverside promenade passage open to the public. While the majority of the existing station has been demolished, individually striking industrial relics and architecturally significant elements, such as the listed machine hall, are retained and put to cultural use. More images and architects' description after the break.

Video: Alberto Biagetti

Copaiba Residence / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

© Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França

Video: Snøhetta - Memories of Architectural Landscapes

The Louisiana Channel at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark shared with us their video, titled 'Snøhetta - Memories of Architectural Landscapes,' which captures the inner and outer landscapes of Snøhetta. The 30-minute tour features one of the heads behind it all - Norwegian architect Kjetil T. Thorsen, who reflects upon some of Snøhetta's major landmarks such as the Alexandria Library, the opera house in Oslo and The 9/11 Memorial Pavilion on Ground Zero in New York.

From the very beginning in the 1980's, Snøhetta's architecture has been inspired by landscapes, both natural and urban. ”Landscapes are a massive force”, says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder and director of Snøhetta: "And they are masterpieces, which architects can be inspired by." To view more of Snøhetta's work, please visit here.

Jean Moulin School / Prinvault Architectes

© David Cousin-Marsy
© David Cousin-Marsy
  • Architects: Prinvault Architectes
  • Location: 1 Rue Albert Schweitzer, 27300 Bernay, France
  • Architect in Charge: Prinvault Architectes
  • Design Team: Sophie Abou-Haidar, Camille Marchand, Denis Milhaud, Antoine Marro
  • Area: 747.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Cousin-Marsy

© David Cousin-Marsy © David Cousin-Marsy © David Cousin-Marsy © David Cousin-Marsy

Alegra / Mr. Important Design

  • Architects: Mr. Important Design
  • Location: Al Murooj Rotana Accomodation, Street 28a - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team: Charles Doell
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeff Dow

© Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow

Dogchitecture, Inspired by "Architecture for Dogs"

Dogchitecture is an exhibit inspired by Architecture for Dogs”, a project by Japan's Kenya Hara that sought to reinvent the doghouse and integrate it into the world of design.

10 Mexican offices took part in the initiative, including: BNKR ArquitecturaRojkind ArquitectosBroissinPRODUCTORAa-001Taller 13, PMS Arch BuroROW StudioLaboratorio Arquitectura Básica y ESOS