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Business Incubator / h2o architectes

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
Business Incubator / h2o architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

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Round-Up: Floating Architecture

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
Round-Up: Floating Architecture, © NLÉ architects
© NLÉ architects

If a Ted Talk by Koen Olthius, this article in the Guardian, and Brazil's pioneering plan (currently in the pipeline) are anything to go by, now may be the time for futuristic, floating cities to become a reality. With that in mind, we've taken the opportunity to gather the best examples of floating architecture already constructed, including: a low-cost floating school in Lagos; an entire floating neighborhood in Ijburg, Amsterdam; a trio of cultural buildings in Seoul's Han River; a set of hotels in a remote area of Cisnes, Chile; and finally a beautiful home on Lake Union in Seattle. Enjoy!

MVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series "Vertical Village" at Milan Design Week

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
MVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series "Vertical Village" at Milan Design Week, Vertical Village in Milan. Image © Gili Merin
Vertical Village in Milan. Image © Gili Merin

MVRDV, in cooperation with the Belgian furniture label Sixinch, have designed a playful furniture series that imagines an antidote to the sprawled, generic urban growth of East Asia's mega-cities. Each of the 77 large cushions in “Vertical Village” - currently on display at Milan's Design Week - take the form of small, densely-packed houses, colorful alternatives to the horizontal, block-like residential buildings that currently dot East Asia's skylines. From the exhibition:

"The Vertical Village - observation of the uncontrolled growth of Asian cities, which has lead to the disappearance of urban villages on a human scale, prompts the designers to develop a livable city model that promotes upward growth: a vertical village composed of small residential nuclei that ensure human relationships and, at the same time, leave room for green areas and gathering places. The installation is composed of 77 large cushions in the form of small houses, all different.”

Little House / TANK

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
Little House / TANK, Courtesy of TANK
Courtesy of TANK

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Arras, France
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TANK

118 Subsidized dwellings, offices, retail spaces and garage / Amann Canovas Maruri

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
118 Subsidized dwellings, offices, retail spaces and garage / Amann Canovas Maruri, © David Frutos
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza de la Hispanidad, 28822 Coslada, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Directors

    Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri.
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The Pritzker-Profit Connection: Shigeru Ban's Works Gaining Value in NYC

00:00 - 9 April, 2014

A recent article from The New York Times confirms something we've all long-suspected. A Pritzker translates into big bucks. Demand for Shigeru Ban's Manhattan buildings has soared since his awarding of the prize. The New York Times reports that page views of the Metal Shutter Houses, for example, have quadrupled on the listings site Streeteasy.com. Why? The Pritzker name carries weight:

15 Practices Shortlisted for Russian Cultural Center Competition

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
15 Practices Shortlisted for Russian Cultural Center Competition, Project Site
Project Site

Fifteen of 100 hopeful practices have been chosen to move forward in the second stage of the international “Russian Character” competition. Challenged to design a multi-functional Culture & Education Center for the newly developed Butovo Park residential district, the applicants will now begin to envision their proposals for the new venue. Once complete, the center will provide space for lectures, film screenings, indoor (and outdoor) concerts and master classes, as well as various outdoor sports activities and a museum that will showcase exhibitions on the the area’s history. The 15 shortlisted practices are...

David Chipperfield Architects To Design Nobel Prize's New Home

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
David Chipperfield Architects To Design Nobel Prize's New Home, Nobelhuset / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Nobelhuset AB, via Architect's Journal
Nobelhuset / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Nobelhuset AB, via Architect's Journal

David Chipperfield Architects has won the prestigious competition to design Stockholm’s new Nobel Centre in the Blasieholmsudden peninsula. The firm's proposal - named Nobelhuset - beat out those by Swedish shortlisters Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor and Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor; the three had been selected from 12 high-profile entries (including the likes of BIG, OMA, and SANAA) in November of last year.

Plaza Baquerizo Moreno / Juan Xavier Chávez

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
Plaza Baquerizo Moreno  / Juan Xavier Chávez, © Juan Alberto Andrade
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Support GA Collaborative's Earthbag Projects in Rwanda: Building Community Through Creative Construction

00:00 - 9 April, 2014

Following the success of their first Masoro Village Project house, the non-profit design group GA Collaborative (GAC) has released a video and crowdfunding campaign for their latest prototype in Rwanda. Like the previous GAC project, the first of its kind in Rwanda, it too will be built of earthbags, providing the crew further experience with a low-cost and durable construction technique. 

This building, a two-story structure for shared kitchen and toilet facilities, will be constructed this summer by the newly-formed builders' cooperative Association Icyerekezo ("New Vision"). Donations to the project will help towards additional material tests, equipment rentals, wages for fifty workers and four student interns ($2.00/day/person), site infrastructure, and travel and temporary accommodation for one GAC member. For even more incentive to donate, the designers have paired up with StitchWorks, who are offering a series of bold textiles inspired by African fabric designs to donors.

Learn more in the video above, and support the Masoro Project here (more images after the break).

Brooks + Scarpa Designs Park-And-Ride Plaza for Seattle Rail Station

00:00 - 8 April, 2014
Brooks + Scarpa Designs Park-And-Ride Plaza for Seattle Rail Station, © Brooks + Scarpa
© Brooks + Scarpa

Brooks + Scarpa has won a competition to design a new park-and-ride plaza for the future Angle Lake light rail station in Seattle. As part of the 1.6-mile South 200th Link Extension, which will connect Angle Lake to the airport and downtown area by 2016, the $30 million complex will provide the station’s anticipated 5,400 passengers with a pedestrianized plaza, drop-off and retail area, as well as a 1,050-stall parking garage and 35,000 square feet of reserved space for future transit-oriented development.

VIDEO: I LIKE Yellow

00:00 - 8 April, 2014

House in Fukasawa / LEVEL Architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
House in Fukasawa / LEVEL Architects, Courtesy of LEVEL Architects
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House in Chalandri / MOB architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
House in Chalandri / MOB architects, © Nikos Daniilidis
© Nikos Daniilidis

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AD Interviews: Jeanne Gang / Studio Gang Architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2014

If you don’t know Jeanne Gang, here’s the short and impressive bio: she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois and then went on to Harvard’s GSD for her masters degree. After working at OMA (where she participated in projects such as the Maison à Bordeaux), Jeanne founded Studio Gang in 1997. She has since become a MacArthur Fellow and was 2011's Fast Company Master of Design. So it was particularly exciting to sit down with Jeanne at the 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

Launch: PROJECT's Latest Issue

00:00 - 8 April, 2014
Launch: PROJECT's Latest Issue

The editors of PROJECT invite you to celebrate the release of Issue Three at common room, 465 Grand St., New York, NY, this Wednesday, April 9 from 7pm to 9pm. PROJECT investigates the possibilities for developing a a critical position in contemporary architecture. Publishing both visual and written work, the goal of PROJECT is to provide a platform for disseminating ideas. 

INTERIORS: True Detective

00:00 - 8 April, 2014
INTERIORS: True Detective, Courtesy of INTERIORS Journal
Courtesy of INTERIORS Journal

Interiors is an online film and architecture journal, published by Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen KaraoghlanianInteriors runs an exclusive column for ArchDaily that analyzes and diagrams films in terms of space. Their Official Store will carry exclusive prints from these posts.

The first season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective, the product of creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga, focuses on Detective Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Detective Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) as they search for clues on a grisly murder case. The series takes place in Louisiana in three distinct time periods; 1995, 2002 and 2012. Each time period has a distinct look, as characters and their surroundings change and evolve over time. 

Cary Fukunaga, who comes from feature films such as Sin Nombre (2009) and Jane Eyre (2011), has always employed a distinct visual style in his work. In The Guardian, he discussed his approach to the direction of the show, noting that “one of my priorities as director was to defend craft despite the constraints on my time and budget.” In addition, he notes that he looked for specific moments in which he would treat the visual side of the medium with the same importance as the dialogue.

In the fourth episode, “Who Goes There,” he does just that, as he employs a lengthy, complex shot that brings the audience closer to the characters’ experience. This edition of INTERIORS will spatially break down that shot, revealing just how complex it was. 

Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China, Courtesy of UDG China
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Xishan, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Chi Xiaoyu
  • Area

    14057.36 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of UDG China