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Hambach Castle Entrance Building / Max Dudler

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
Hambach Castle Entrance Building / Max Dudler, © Stefan Mueller
© Stefan Mueller

© Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller © Stefan Mueller +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    67434 Neustadt, Germany
  • Design Team

    Kilian Teckemeier, Thomas Back, Patrick Gründel
  • Project Managers

    Simone Boldrin, Julia Lapsin
  • Area

    452.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Archiculture Interviews: Kenneth Frampton

00:00 - 20 December, 2014

Following the highly anticipated world premiere of Archiculture (watch here!), Arbuckle Industries has now shared with us the first of over 30 never-before-seen full length interviews with some of the industry’s leading practitioners, all discussing the profession and how we are or should be training the next generation of designers. 

Interior Renders of Robert AM Stern's 520 Park Avenue, NYC's Most Expensive Apartment Building

00:00 - 20 December, 2014
Interior Renders of Robert AM Stern's 520 Park Avenue, NYC's Most Expensive Apartment Building, © 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com
© 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com

This news article was originally published by 6sqft.

Robert A.M. Stern‘s 520 Park Avenue has already been called “the next 15 Central Park West,” and like its Stern predecessor, 520 is an ultra-luxury development with a stately façade wrapped in stone. Set to be completed in 2016, it will rise 51 stories high, but contain just 31 units, one of which is the $130 million penthouse, the city’s most expensive apartment. And though most of the attention has been on “the greatest apartment on the Upper East Side,” the fanfare has now shifted to the first batch of interior renderings for the building.

520 Park’s full website is now live, and not surprisingly, the residences have classic layouts, impressive Central Park views, and a host of high-end amenities.

© 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com © 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com © 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com © 2014 Zeckendorf Development LLC via 520parkavenue.com +8

BAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space Observatory

00:00 - 20 December, 2014
BAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space Observatory, © Anita Baldassari
© Anita Baldassari

Rome-based firm Beyond Architecture Group (BAG) has designed “experimental furniture” - dubbed Looking (C)up - for the Frammenti Music Festival at the Archaeological Park in Tusculum, Italy. The firm, known for building houses with bales of straw, chose to craft an astronomical observatory with wooden pallets. 

Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes, © Carlos Barba
© Carlos Barba

© Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  © Carlos Barba  +41

Casa no Restelo / Antonio Costa Lima Arquitectos

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
Casa no Restelo / Antonio Costa Lima Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

Artist Uses Gehry's Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series

00:00 - 20 December, 2014

The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA Philharmonic’s in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik Anadol in an audio-visual rendition of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. Using audio analysis and Kinect motion capture software to record Salonen’s movements while conducting, Anadol has created a stunning set of moving images that capture the very spirit of Varèse’s work. Learn more about this fascinating project, after the break.

1545 House / LIMA Architecture

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
1545 House / LIMA Architecture, © Terence Angsioco
© Terence Angsioco

© Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Architects in Charge

    Don Lino, Andro Magat
  • Area

    550.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: Wilkinson Eyre on Architectural Practice Today

00:00 - 20 December, 2014

Could Smart Cities Slowly Destroy Democracy?

00:00 - 20 December, 2014
Could Smart Cities Slowly Destroy Democracy?, Songdo, South Korea, was built along the "smart city" template. Image © Flickr User travel oriented
Songdo, South Korea, was built along the "smart city" template. Image © Flickr User travel oriented

Has the concept of the smart city "crystallised into an image of the city as a vast, efficient robot?" In the age of the "Internet of Things," where does the citizen fit in? In this article from The Guardian, journalist Steven Poole takes a critical stance against the purported utopian ideals of smart cities. Poole delves into the nuances of who the smart city is truly meant to serve, questions the debate over whether it should develop along a top-down or bottom-up approach, and poses the provocative thought: "a vast network of sensors amounting to millions of electronic ears, eyes and noses - also potentially enable(s) the future city to be a vast arena of perfect and permanent surveillance by whomever has access to the data feeds." Questions of control, virtual reality, free-will, and hierarchies of power, Poole asserts are critical to the discussion of technology's powerful role in the future. Read the full article to learn more about the possible potential of the smart city to "destroy democracy," here.

On the Shores of Lake Snagov / DOOI Studio

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
On the Shores of Lake Snagov / DOOI Studio, © Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Snagov 077165, Romania
  • Design Team

    Daniel Ciocazanu , Adrian Timaru , Adrian Comarzan
  • Area

    2600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq

01:00 - 20 December, 2014
House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq, © Patrice Menconi
© Patrice Menconi

© Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi © Patrice Menconi +16

BIG Returns to the National Building Museum with “HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation”

00:00 - 20 December, 2014
BIG Returns to the National Building Museum with “HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation” , Danish Expo Pavilion 2010. Image © Iwan Baan
Danish Expo Pavilion 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

On the heels of its summer blockbuster indoor maze, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to the National Building Museum this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG´s design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum’s historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space. 

RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals A Dip In UK Workloads

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals A Dip In UK Workloads, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for November showed that confidence in workload among UK architects fell back slightly with the workload index returning back to +29. This is compared to +37 in October, which was the second highest ever balance figure. The highest balance figures were in Northern Ireland (+50) and the North of England (+46), areas with the RIBA state "were initially the slowest to indicate a return to growth." In addition, the percentage of respondents reporting that they had personally been under-employed remained at 12% for the second month running – the lowest figure since the survey began in January 2009. Practices report that they are currently employing 6% more year-out and post Part II students than they were twelve months ago.

Studio Gang Behind Supertall Tower Planned for Chicago

00:00 - 19 December, 2014
© City of Chicago
© City of Chicago

The City of Chicago has officially linked Studio Gang Architects to the massive mixed-use “Wanda Vista” development planned to rise alongside the Chicago River. A trio of interlocking supertall towers, the $900 million riverfront project is expected to become the city's third tallest building. 

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, the tallest part of the skyscraper will reach 1,148 feet and 88 stories, one story less than rumors originally indicated, stirring speculation that the final count has something to due with its Chinese developer and “eight” being considering a lucky number in China. 

Bambi Early Childhood Educational Center / Plan9

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Bambi Early Childhood Educational Center / Plan9, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© José Luque © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Mejorana, 14960 Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Gloria García de la Banda García, José Luque Bellido
  • Project Area

    1008.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

UDC Gymnasium Under Stands / GLF Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
UDC Gymnasium Under Stands / GLF Arquitectos, © Héctor Santos-Díez
© Héctor Santos-Díez

© Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Campus Universitario, 15008 A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Óscar Fidalgo
  • Construction

    Aticoruña
  • Project Area

    408.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Monoform Living / Produce.Workshop

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Monoform Living / Produce.Workshop, © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography
© Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

© Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography +12