B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 8 December, 2013
© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hennekijnstraat 100, 3012 EB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 "Changing the Face" Competition in Warsaw

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 "Changing the Face" Competition in Warsaw, Birds Eye View. Image Courtesy of GowinSiuta
Birds Eye View. Image Courtesy of GowinSiuta

Poland-based GowinSiuta Studio has won "Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw," an annual design competition (now in its 13th year) to revamp the "sawtooth-topped Rotunda, a favorite landmark and meeting spot in central Warsaw." Alongside being awarded the $15,500 prize money, the practice also plans to see their proposal realized by 2015. The studio's proposal, entitled Modern Urban Oasis / Warsaw City Lounge, transforms the Rotunda into an integral part of a public square. 

Latin America's Top 8 Smart Cities

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
Latin America's Top 8 Smart Cities, Santiago, Chile took the top spot on the list. Image via Plataforma Urbana
Santiago, Chile took the top spot on the list. Image via Plataforma Urbana

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

MUCAB / Martín Lejarraga

01:00 - 8 December, 2013
MUCAB / Martín Lejarraga, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

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Jinguyuan Mixed use Complex / Miao Design Studio

01:00 - 8 December, 2013
Jinguyuan Mixed use Complex / Miao Design Studio , Courtesy of Miao Design Studio
Courtesy of Miao Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect

    Pu Miao, Hanjia Design Group
  • Architect Of Record

    Jiang Ninqing
  • Area

    6220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

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Frank Gehry: "I'm Not a Starchitect"

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
Frank Gehry: "I'm Not a Starchitect", The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

For Peter Aspden's first encounter with the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LAFrank Gehry did not "exude sweetness." "You are not going to call me a [...] ‘star-chitect’? I hate that." In a candid interview with the Financial Times, Gehry discusses the problem of being branded for beginning the Bilbao Effect in spite of the fact that he insists that "you can’t escape your signature." Gehry talks at length about Facebook's latest headquarters and, in particular, his relationship with his client, Mark Zuckerberg. Read the full interview here.

MOS Architects Take on Humanitarian Design in Nepal

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
MOS Architects Take on Humanitarian Design in Nepal, Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre. Image © MOS Architects
Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre. Image © MOS Architects

In this article, which originally appeared on Australian Design Review as "Reframing Concrete in Nepal," Aleksandr Bierig describes how New York-based MOS Architects, a firm better known for its experimental work, is designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal.

Strangely enough it has become almost unremarkable that an office such as New York-based MOS Architects would find itself designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal. Now under construction in Jorpati, eight kilometres north-east of the capital, Kathmandu, is the Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre, which finds itself at the intersection of any number of tangential trends: the rise of international aid and non-governmental organisations, the seeming annihilation of space by global communications networks and the latent desire of architects to use their designs to effect appreciable social change. Emphasizing simple construction techniques and sustainable design features, the building hopes to serve as a model for the surrounding communities, as an educational and environmental hub, the provider of social services for Nepalese women and as a home for some 50 children.

MOS Architects, founded in 2003 by US architects Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, is not a practice known for its involvement in humanitarian projects. Its work is often experimental and, at times, willfully strange. Alongside its architecture, MOS makes films, teaches studios, designs furniture and gives lectures on its work. It was after one lecture in Denver, Colorado in 2009 that Christopher Gish approached Meredith and Sample to ask if they would be interested in designing an orphanage. 

Modernism in America Awards

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
Modernism in America Awards

DOCOMOMO US invites submissions for the first annual Modernism in America Awards. The awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

Cycle d'orientation de Cayla / LRS Architectes

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Cycle d'orientation de Cayla  / LRS Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chemin William-Lescaze 8, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architects Collaborators

    Baillif et Loponte Architectes, Susanna Fritscher
  • Client

    DCTI / Etat de Genève
  • Area

    17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +20

Tavonatti House / PAR Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Tavonatti House / PAR Arquitectos, © Diego Elgueta
© Diego Elgueta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge

    Pablo Lopez, Alvaro Cortés, Rafael Grez
  • Construction

    Constructora Casa Viva Ltda
  • Structures

    Ingevsa, José Manuel Morales
  • Landscape

    Paisaje MPB - Francisca Pérez, Beatriz Majluf
  • Project Area

    1683.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

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Call for Expression of Interest: Connecting Divided Places

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
 Call for Expression of Interest: Connecting Divided Places

The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) is seeking curriculum partners for Connecting Divided Places, a project that investigates social, economic, environmental, and cultural divisions in cities. They are calling out to municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and companies interested in working with them to address the wicked problems dividing their cities and regions. They are looking for organizations interested in collaborating on design solutions that make for more balanced, healthier, and resilient city-regions of the future. They want to know what challenges your city is facing.

D. Residence / LP Architektur

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
D. Residence / LP Architektur, © wortmeyer photography
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House 3 in Payandé Hill / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
House 3 in Payandé Hill / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia, © David Uribe
© David Uribe

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Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown, © Chris Humphreys
© Chris Humphreys
  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH6 6EJ, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Simpson & Brown
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys +26

The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation, Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades
Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades

In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position - related to the government but not controlled by it - effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

DawnTown Announces 2nd Design/Build Competition

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
DawnTown Announces 2nd Design/Build Competition

DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios to their new competition: DAWNTOWN DESIGN/BUILD 2.

Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors, © Steven King
© Steven King

In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!

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Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge, White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.
White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.

The Rockefeller Foundation has named the first group of cities selected in the “100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.” Each city has been chosen for demonstrating “a commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses.” More than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities around the world were submitted. After careful review of each city's challenges, these 33 where chosen: