Hotel Kapok Shenzhen Bay / Goettsch Partners

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Hotel Kapok Shenzhen Bay / Goettsch Partners, © 1st Image
© 1st Image

© 1st Image © 1st Image © 1st Image Rendering +10

Hegel 516 / FRB Arquitectura

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Hegel 516 / FRB Arquitectura , © Kika Studio
© Kika Studio

© Kika Studio © Kika Studio © Jorge Hernandez de la Garza © Jorge Hernandez de la Garza +20

Schorndorf Town Hall / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
© Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun
  • Architects

  • Location

    Marktplatz 1, 73614 Schorndorf, Germany
  • Design Team

    Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Christian Kirschenmann, Tim Lessmann, Markus Schmidt, Roger Gasperlin
  • Lightning Design

    Lichtwerke GmbH, Köln
  • Area

    654.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +35

Trickett / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Trickett / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Shaun Lockyer Architects
  • Design Team

    Shaun Lockyer, Lucy Hyndman, Jen Lambkin
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +13

ODA Chosen to Design Largest Affordable Housing Project in New York

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
ODA Chosen to Design Largest Affordable Housing Project in New York , © ODA
© ODA

Developer TF Cornerstone has selected Office for Design & Architecture (ODA) to design the largest affordable housing project in New York. Besting proposals from BIG, SHop and Perkins Eastman, the ODA-designed scheme will occupy more than 1,200,000-square-feet along the Long Island City waterfront in Hunters Point South. With an emphasis on connecting residents with nature, the design will feature multiple community green spaces throughout various levels, including two urban farming plateaus. 

Five Fantastical Examples of Speculative Architecture

00:00 - 13 December, 2013
Five Fantastical Examples of Speculative Architecture, Manuel Dominguez's Very Large Structure. Image Courtesy of Poliedro
Manuel Dominguez's Very Large Structure. Image Courtesy of Poliedro

This Article by Avinash Rajagopal originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine as "Five Compelling Works of Architecture Fiction". Rajagopal argues in favor of the often dismissed genre of 'architecture fiction', giving five recent examples of the best the field has to offer.

As far as we know, the writer Bruce Sterling coined the term “architecture fiction,” in 2006. He was referring, of course, to speculative projects in which architects use ideas for the built environment to express themselves in a way that’s analogous to how storytellers use words. It’s a longstanding architectural tradition. Sterling cites the polemic work of the 1960s British group Archigram; the canon includes Lebbeus Woods’s drawings from the two decades that followed and Greg Lynn’s digital imaginings (one of which accompanied a short story by Sterling, in Metropolis’s 2003 Fiction Issue). 

In the last few years, we have seen a groundswell in the genre. The usual reason given to explain the profusion of these fictitious works is that the recession made it hard for young architects to find “real” work, but there are probably other factors at play. Ethical concerns are back in the zeitgeist for a contradictory generation that’s equally into Occupy Wall Street, iPhones, and hipster shops selling single-source coffee. Their utopias and dystopias are more easily imagined with 3DS Max and Photoshop, and far more quickly disseminated online. All of this has made for some pretty rich storytelling.

Commenters on blogs still rail about the “uselessness” of architecture fiction. To answer them would be akin to mounting a defense of the short story—one surely could, but it would be a self-defeating exercise. The very nature of fiction is to be less bothered with usefulness than with possibility. In that spirit, here are five recent projects that I found compelling, in both imagery and the stories they attempt to tell.

Perkins+Will Selected to Design Prentice Replacement

00:00 - 13 December, 2013
Perkins+Will Selected to Design Prentice Replacement, Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

Northwestern University has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000 square foot Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Planned for the site of Bertrand Goldberg’s recently demolished Prentice Woman’s Hospital, the new building will “anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Pilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / Studioninedots

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Pilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / Studioninedots, © Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zeeburgereiland en Nieuwe Diep, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project Team

    Daniel Aw, Jarno van Essen, Monika Pieroth, Eliano Felício, Pedro Piernas
  • Contractor

    Verlaat Uden Bouwsystemen
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers +27

House under the Oaks / Juri Troy Architects

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
House under the Oaks / Juri Troy Architects, Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects
Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gartenstraße, 3032 Hutten, Austria
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects

Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects Courtesy of Juri Troy Architects +20

Competition Entry: Ruch Chorzów Football Stadium / Andrea Maffei Architects

04:00 - 12 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Ruch Chorzów Football Stadium / Andrea Maffei Architects, View towards entrance. Image Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects
View towards entrance. Image Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects

Andrea Maffei Architect's competition entry for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland‘s largest football clubs, offers a capacity for 12,000 and provision for up to 16,000 seats. The design encourages the stadium and its surroundings to act as a new civic point of reference for Chorzów as part of a wider complex of shops and restaurants. The architects' understanding of the movement of people on match days is complimented by the facilities that the new stadium will offer to visitors seven days a week, the design for which will provide Ruch Chorzów with a state-of-the-art football pitch and associated amenities.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award

00:00 - 12 December, 2013
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley

Just two days after the passing of R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, the New Orleans-based architect’s practice, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple (EDR), has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual award is the highest honor bestowed by to a firm by the national institution. EDR is being recognized for “rigorously crafting Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the exceptionally unique cultural and historic context of New Orleans.”

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman +16

Rio Bonito House / Carla Juaçaba

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Rio Bonito House / Carla Juaçaba, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Serra do Rio Bonito, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Carla Juaçaba
  • Construction

    Max Engenharia
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +29

Rise of The New Radical Pragmatist

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Rise of The New Radical Pragmatist, Glenn Murcutt's designs may be seen as an Australian Regional approach to Modernism. Image © Anthony Browell, Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee
Glenn Murcutt's designs may be seen as an Australian Regional approach to Modernism. Image © Anthony Browell, Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

Using Australia as her focus, Marissa Looby, in a recent article for the Australian Design Review, argues that the disappearance of architectural styles, combined with the proliferation of various guidelines and building codes, has created a new breed of architect: The New Radical Pragmatist. Her article "The New Radical Pragmatist (On Validation)" is reprinted here. 

The Architectural Review (December, 1955) first published Reyner Banham’s epochal and pivotal article, ‘The New Brutalism’, in which the critic pointed to the rise of a new architectural style. He also described an influx of -isms that were becoming increasingly conspicuous to the discipline, stemming from the then contemporary model of an art historian and their influence on the architectural historian-as-observer of the architectural profession. Banham incisively suggested that any proposition of the term ‘new’ has an unequivocal relationship to the past, so much so that in advocating for a new -ism an architectural theoretician must defend their claim with historic fact. Ironically, Banham acknowledged that even ‘The New Brutalism’ title derived from The Architectural Review’s analysis of the International Style in the postwar article, ‘The New Empiricism’. He stated: “[the] ability to deal with such fine shades of historical meaning is in itself a measure of our handiness with the historical method today, and the use of phrases of the form ‘The New X-ism’ – where X equals any adjectival root – became commonplace in the early 1950s in fourth year studios and other places where architecture is discussed, rather than practised.”

Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, © Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson

© Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson +13

Hanna Arendt Undergroung School / Cleaa Claudio Lucchin & architetti associati

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Hanna Arendt Undergroung School / Cleaa Claudio Lucchin & architetti associati, © Alessandra Chemollo
© Alessandra Chemollo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via dei Cappuccini, 18, 39100 Bolzano, Province of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Claudio Lucchin /Cleaa
  • Proyect Team

    Alessandra Fella, ALex Titone, Fabiano Bigatel (renders) Franco Quaglietta (maquette)
  • Area

    2030.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo +27

PV House / Sérgio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
PV House / Sérgio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +20

Krymskaya embankment / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Courtesy of Wowhaus
Courtesy of Wowhaus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Maria Gulida, Alena Zaytseva, Roman Kuchukov, Darya Melnik, Tatyana Polyakova, Anna Proshkuratova, Anastasia Rychkova, Tatiana Skibo, Yarmarkina; with the participation of Yuriy Belov, Anna Karneeva, Olga Lebedeva, Anastasia Maslova
  • Bureau partners

    Dmitry Likin, Oleg Shapiro
  • Leading project architect

    Mikhail Kozlov
  • Landscape

    Anya Andreyeva-Alphabet City
  • Lighting

    Anna Harchenkova
  • Area

    45000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Wowhaus, Courtesy of Anya Andreyeva

Courtesy of Wowhaus Courtesy of Wowhaus Courtesy of Wowhaus Courtesy of Wowhaus +28