Video: Panel Discussion on Filming Architecture

Imagine Jeanne Gang’s Starlight Theater. You are standing under the origami-shaped roof as it begins to open like petals on a flower. One moment you are sheltered by a heavy metal roof and the next you are staring up at the blue sky. Many expect architectural filmmakers have the goal of recreating architectural experiences such as these, however architectural filmmaker Red Mike disagrees. He believes film is not meant to compete with the actually experience of architecture, but rather “help communicate architecture for the betterment of architecture.”

In this panel discussion architecture critic Edward Lifson, architecture film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, architecture filmmaker Red Mike and architecture critic Lee Bey discuss the different art forms of architecture, film and digital photography. Join the discussion and share your thoughts as they compare an architectural filmmaker to a “bird watcher”, an architectural photographer to a “hunter” and question whether architectural film and photography has physically changed the way we design.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital / HKS Architects

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Arizona’s Phoenix Children’s Hospital, designed and renovated by HKS Architects, is an 11-story tower facility that is one of the largest pediatric campuses in the country.  The building is part of a larger campus and a part of Phoenix’s community, which was a factor in determining the aesthetics of the new architecture.  The design team was challenged to enhance the campus, improving upon its existing planning and flexibility, and staying true to the facility’s vision of providing children’s care in a comfortable atmosphere.

More on this project after the break.


Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters


Born in Munster – Germany and now based in Berlin, Christian Richters‘ working area is currently all over Europe, the and Asia, shooting projects for some renown architects like Bernard TschumiToyo ItoZaha HadidUN Studio and David Chipperfield among others. He studied design and photography at the Folkwang Art School in Essen, but it was architecture that finally drove his career to the next level… And we are very lucky for that. He now works with VIEW Pictures, where you can check out his extensive portfolio of amazing architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I have always been photographing – it started as a hobby when I was a young boy, and already then it was buildings, streets, industrial sites, ships which fascinated me.

After finishing my studies at Folkwang Art School in Essen, Germany, I initially mainly photographed historic architecture for books and magazines. In the early 1990s there was a shift towards contemporary architecture, and more and more architects were becoming my clients. This is what I am focussed on today, but I still maintain working on long-term historic projects for book publishers or NGOs.

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New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation / Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects

New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation, taking place April 20-21 in New York, will include two events on young architects & architecture practices by Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects…. The events introduce the most interesting young, up-and-coming

Villa S / buerger katsota architects

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Architects: buerger katsota architects
Location: Hietzing, , Austria
Built Area: 650 sqm
Design Team: Stephan Buerger, Dimitra Katsota, Tassos Govatsos
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Jürgen Hammerschmied


Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: 2-4, Komatsubara, Kita-ku, ,
Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Associated Architect: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Engineering: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Development Director: Mitsubishi Estate Group
Site Area: 3,900 sqm
Built Area: 68,500 sqm (including car park)
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

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theCharrette / Tulane School of Architecture

theCharrette, an architecture and design publication written and produced by students at the Tulane School of Architecture, focuses on the power of journalism to expose and investigate themes, trends, and subtleties in an interdisciplinary context both within the city of…

Contemporary Home on the Range / Zervas Group Architects

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Architects: Zervas Group Architects
Location: , WA,
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineering, Eric Dann
Site Area: 120 Acres
House Area: 2,500 SF
Owners: Howard and Judy Holz
Photographs: Doug Scott

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Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition

The Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition, announced by reSITE Festival, ARCHIP (Architectural Institute in Prague) and Skanska, seeks to find new conceptions and proposals for the River Vltava, in Prague, Czech Republic. The scope of the competition is the…

CAI Perifericos / EDU

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Architects: Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano EDU - Medellin Taller de Diseño Gerencia de Proyectos Urbanos
Location: Medellín,
Year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU

Changzhou Culture Center / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten was recently awarded the first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created city center. With a total floor area of 365,000 square meters, the building in this city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing, is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. Reflecting elements of ’s southern Chinese culture and the city’s prominent water features, their design includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Suha Private House / Arhitektura d.o.o.

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Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
Location: Suha, , Slovenia
Project Architects: Peter Gabrijelčič, Boštjan Gabrijelčič
Construction: 2010-2012
Structural engineering: Navor d.o.o.
Building costs: 450,000 eur
Photographer: Marko Zoranovič

Rifugio Monte Penna / Lucio Serpagli

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Architects: Lucio Serpagli
Location: Monte Penna,
Photographs: Olinto Malpeli


Hanging Hotel: A Suspended Campsite for Climbers / Dr. Margot Krasojevic

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Dr. Margot Krasojevic is known for using digital parameters to explore the psychological effects of architecture – materials and spatiality – on its inhabitants.  The Hanging Hotel / Suspended Campsite is one such project that was completed in October 2011 for Holden Manz Wine Estate Cape Town in Massif de L’ Esterel, (Gorges Du Vedron) South of .  The project is an investigation in the choreography of perceptions of the environment around us.  In this particular project, catering to rock climbers, Dr. Krasojevic uses compound glass and a prism louver system to alter how the climbers see their environment and stimulates different psychological experiences based on these subtle shifts in vision.

More on this project after the break.

Adolfo Ibañez University / José Cruz Ovalle y Asociados

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Architect: José Cruz Ovalle y Asociados
Location: ,
Year: 2008-2011
Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographers: Roland Halbe, Ana Turell, Juan Purcell


Cornell School Of Ecology / Gruzen Samton • IBI Group

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Architects: Gruzen Samton • IBI Group
Location: , USA
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography


Shortlist announced for the highly anticipated Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

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After remaining on hold since 2005, the General Services Administration (GSA) has reinstated plans to construct a new U.S. Courthouse in downtown LA. The 3.7 acre dirt lot at 107 South Broadway, down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has remained dormant since 2007; shortly after the GSA abandoned Perkins + Will’s estimated $1.1 billion conceptual design due to rising costs. Now, plans for the courthouse have been scaled back and the GSA has just released the shortlisted teams competing of the project. Continue reading after the break to see who made the cut.

Orange Grove / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: West Hollywood, ,
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Silke Clemens, Vanessa Hardy, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Gwynne Pugh, AIA, Lawrence Scarpa, Katrin Terstegen – Project Design Team
Structural Engineering: Oxford Engineering MEP: Helfman Halloossim
Client: Urban Environments, Inc.
General Contrator: Becker General Contractors – Sandy Becker
Project Area: 6,700 sq. ft.
Photographs: Marvin Rand