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Casa LK / Estúdio MRGB

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Casa LK / Estúdio MRGB, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Igor Campos, Hermes Romão
  • Design Team

    Ailton Cabral, Daniel Nardelli, Bruno Ribas
  • Area

    420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ansarada / Those Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Ansarada / Those Architects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Ben Mitchell, Simon Addinall, Justin Smith, Geordie McKenzie, Goran Momircevski
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: "Towards A New Avant-Garde" Explores the Emergence of a New Generation of Radical Italian Design

00:00 - 6 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: "Towards A New Avant-Garde" Explores the Emergence of a New Generation of Radical Italian Design, © Philippe Declerck / DEVspace
© Philippe Declerck / DEVspace

Writing about radical architects from the 1960s and 70s, the acerbic American critic Michael Sorkin wrote: “Some chose the resistance of advocacy planning and community defense, carrying on the identification with the oppressed. Many took to the woods, back to nature, to study communitarianism and to live a life of virtuous simplicity. Others wondered about the architectural equivalent of rock and roll.” Replace communitarianism with open source, or rock and roll with science fiction, and he could just as well be describing a group of young Italian architects working today. The practitioners of the 1970’s, especially in Italy, transformed their profession but ultimately failed to realize their utopias. What might this new generation achieve?

Towards a New Avant-Garde, an installation and series of discussions at the opening weekend of the Venice Architecture Biennale, will confront the work and approaches of past masters like Superstudio, Archizoom, and the Global Tools group with new, speculative, and politically-charged projects by groups like Itinerant Office, IRA-C, and Snark.

En yu-An / Fumihiko Sano

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
En yu-An / Fumihiko Sano, © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc
© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc

© Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc © Daisuke Shimokawa /Nacása&Partners Inc +13

VCU Breaks Ground on Steven Holl's Institute of Contemporary Art

00:00 - 6 June, 2014
VCU Breaks Ground on Steven Holl's Institute of Contemporary Art, View of the ICA from the corner of Broad and Belvidere Streets. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
View of the ICA from the corner of Broad and Belvidere Streets. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Virginia Commonwealth University has officially broken ground this week on the Markel Center, the building that will house VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Institute is sited at a busy intersection at the edge of the Richmond campus, and will serve as a gateway between city and university. Inspired by the metaphysical idea of multiple timelines occurring simultaneously, the building will have four galleries which can host individual exhibitions at the same time, or link up to host a single, unified show.

LAND Experience Center / Aedas

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
LAND Experience Center  / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Area

    2110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aedas

Spotlight South Africa: Three Designs Instilling Dignity & Defeating Stigma

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Mamelodi Pod, a home and temporary soccer club with solar electricity and rain water harvesting. Image Courtesy of Architecture for a Change
Mamelodi Pod, a home and temporary soccer club with solar electricity and rain water harvesting. Image Courtesy of Architecture for a Change

How do you undo centuries of inequality? How do you overturn an inequality so ingrained in a culture that it manifests itself physically - in the architecture of its homes and in the misshapen nature of its cities? 

This is the question post-apartheid South Africa has been struggling to answer for the past twenty years. And while the government has made many concerted efforts, for far too many the situation has remained largely the same. 

However, there are currents of change afoot. Many who have been marginalized are now working to defeat the stigma and legitimize their communities, and they are enlisting architects to the fray. From an organization in Capetown that aims to transform the role of the South African designer, to another in Johannesburg that uses design to legitimize informal architecture, to a project in one of the most violent townships in South Africa that has transformed a community, the following three projects are making a difference for the users who have the most to gain from their designs and design-thinking. All three represent not only the power of design to defeat stigma and instill dignity, but also the power of communities to incite these projects, make them their own, and enable them to thrive.

3 Architects Appointed to Oversee £100 Million Cycling Infrastructure In London

00:00 - 6 June, 2014
3 Architects Appointed to Oversee £100 Million Cycling Infrastructure In London, Though the schemes are not exactly as dramatic as Foster + Partners' Skycycle (pictured), they are part of a real commitment to make London more cycle-friendly. Image © Foster + Partners
Though the schemes are not exactly as dramatic as Foster + Partners' Skycycle (pictured), they are part of a real commitment to make London more cycle-friendly. Image © Foster + Partners

Roger Hawkins (Hawkins\Brown), Sunand Prasad (Penoyre & Prasad) and Peter Murray (New London Architecture) have all been appointed by the Mayor of London to oversee the implementation of £100 million worth of cycling infrastructure in the city.

The scheme will focus on three London Boroughs: Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest, each of which were awarded "mini-Holland" status - a reference to the cycling haven of the Netherlands which these areas of London will be modeled on. Each borough will nominate their own principal designers, but the three appointed architects, who all sit on the Mayor's design advisory panel, will be acting as consultant and client for a different borough.

Read on after the break for a rundown of the proposed changes

AIA Names its 2014 Small Projects Awards Winners

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman

The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 2014 Small Projects Awards, which recognizes design excellence in projects with a budget of up to $1.5 million and with a floor area less than 5,000 square feet. The award "strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget."

This year's awards include 5 houses, 2 pavilions, 2 installations and a cafe. See all 10 awarded projects after the break.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay Pure Tension Pavilion / Synthesis Design + Architecture. Image © Fabric Images / © Volvo Italy Head in the Clouds Pavilion / STUDIOKCA. Image © Chuck Choi Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay +20

Arup Develops 3D Printing Technique for Structural Steel

00:00 - 6 June, 2014
Arup Develops 3D Printing Technique for Structural Steel, © David de Jong
© David de Jong

A team lead by Arup has developed a method of designing and 3D Printing steel joints which will significantly reduce the time and cost needed to make complex nodes in tensile structures. Their research is being touted as "a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing" which provides a way of taking 3D printing "firmly into the realm of real-world, hard hat construction."

Aside from creating more elegant components which express the forces within each individual joint - as you can see in the above photo - the innovation could potentially reduce costs, cut waste and slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector.

Read on for more on this breakthrough

Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson, © Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

© Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis +8

San Lucas Pavilion / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
San Lucas Pavilion / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +14

Administrative Headquarters RBSUM / KBNK

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier

© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier +9

HB6B / Karin Matz

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
HB6B / Karin Matz, Courtesy of Karin Matz
Courtesy of Karin Matz

Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Karin Matz

G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ, © Bono Yan
© Bono Yan

© Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Ian Douglas-Jones
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced, Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact. 

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

Following the devastating news that the Mackintosh School of Art's iconic library was recently destroyed, Steven Holl - designer of the adjacent Seona Reid Building that opened earlier this year - reflects on the "magic" of what has been lost in an article for the Architectural Record. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, for Holl, "embodies a refreshingly direct conviction", the sudden loss of which brought on a "deep sadness." Placing it within a canon of architectural masterpieces, Holl gives insight to his emotional connections with this Glaswegian masterpiece: "the Glasgow School of Art has an inner worth and a dignity beyond all measurable value." Read the article in full here.

5 Concepts for Garden Cities Shortlisted for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
5 Concepts for Garden Cities Shortlisted for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize, Aerial view of Shelter's Masterplan for the Hoo Valley. Image Courtesy of Wolfson Economics Prize
Aerial view of Shelter's Masterplan for the Hoo Valley. Image Courtesy of Wolfson Economics Prize

The shortlist for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize has been announced, rewarding five teams who rose to the challenge to design new garden cities which address the UK's growing housing shortage. The topic of garden cities is becoming a major focus for the UK's planners and architects, with proposals by the government for a new garden town of 15,000 homes at Ebbsfleet providing the starting point for debate.

However despite the debate within the built environment professions, with some arguing that garden cities are best left in the past, a survey commissioned by the Wolfson Economics Prize in conjunction with the award found that 72% of the British public believed there was a serious shortage of housing in the UK, and 70% believed that garden cities were a better way of delivering this housing compared to how - and where - housing is currently delivered. The five shortlisted teams will receive £10,000 to further develop their proposals and aim for the grand prize of £250,000.

Read on after the break for the list of proposals