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Foster and Gehry Reveal Designs for Battersea Power Station

00:00 - 7 April, 2014
Foster and Gehry Reveal Designs for Battersea Power Station, "The Skyline" on "The Electric Boulevard" / Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station
"The Skyline" on "The Electric Boulevard" / Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station

As phase three of London’s Battersea Power Station regeneration, Foster + Partners has collaborated with Gehry Partners to design the 42-acre development’s primary entrance. Together, the duo has envisioned “The Electric Boulevard” - a massive gateway connecting the Northern Line Extension station to the Power Station, which will be formed by an undulating Foster-designed tower known as “The Skyline” and Gehry’s five-building “Prospect Place.”

Housing more than 1,300 homes and over 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, the boulevard is expected to become one of London’s most distinguished high streets. 

SOM Chosen to Design New Learning Facility for Barnard College

00:00 - 7 April, 2014
SOM Chosen to Design New Learning Facility for Barnard College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM. Image © Eduard Hueber
John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM. Image © Eduard Hueber

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has been chosen to design a new teaching and learning facility for Barnard College - Columbia University’s world-renowned liberal arts college for women. The selection committee chose SOM after deeming them the best candidate in three categories: “a history of creative and innovative architecture,” a proven recorded on similar academic projects, and “an internal commitment to woman’s leadership reflected by women holding key roles in the firm.”

Perez Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Perez Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Courtesy of Arcophotos © Daniel Azoulay © Oriol Tarridas © Oriol Tarridas +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33130, United States
  • Partners in Charge

    Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger
  • Associate

    Charles Stone
  • Associate, Project Managers

    Kentaro Ishida, Stefan Hoerner
  • Project Team

    Adriana Mueller, Ahmad Reza Schricker, Daekyung Jo, Dara Huang, Günter Schwob (Workshop), Hugo Moura, Ida Richter Braendstrup, Jack Brough, Jayne Barlow (Associate), Jason Frantzen, Jeremy Purcell, Joana Anes, Margarida Castro, Masato Takahashi, Mehmet Noyan, Nils Sanderson, Roman Aebi (Workshop), Silja Ebert, Sunkoo Kang, Valentine Ott, Wei Sun, Yuichi Kodai, Yuko Himeno
  • Area

    11125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Arcophotos, Daniel Azoulay, Oriol Tarridas

Complex House / Tomohiro Hata

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • Design Team

    Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +26

KPN Dutch Telecom Company / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +16

Wingårdhs Bests Snøhetta, Foster + Partners in Statoil Competition

00:00 - 7 April, 2014
Wingårdhs Bests Snøhetta, Foster + Partners in Statoil Competition, © Wingårdhs
© Wingårdhs

A jury of seven, consisting of three architects and four Statoil employees, unanimously chose Wingårdhs' design proposal—dubbed "E=mc2"—for the company's campus at Forus West in Norway. Four other firms were shortlisted along with Wingårdhs: Foster + Partners (UK) together with Space Group (Norway), OMA (the Netherlands), Snøhetta (Norway) and Helen & Hard (Norway) together with SAHAA (Norway). OMA, however, pulled out of the competition before the final submission. 

The competition consisted of a proposal for an office building for 3500 work places and a masterplan for the entire Statoil property at Forus West. Wingårdhs' design features an elliptical, chamfered building that tapers to 16 stories, set within a masterplan that will give the company a high degree of flexibility for future development. Statoil announced on Thursday that "The jury sees the potential for [E=mc2"] to be a distinct identity carrier for Statoil, which will both strengthen the Forus area and give Statoil employees pride and inspiration. The project has a significant innovative nature through advanced technological solutions, which fits well with Statoil as a leading technology company. Its clear inclined surface towards the sun is suitable for Statoil's energy and environmental ambitions."

More information about Wingårdhs' winning proposal and images of the other teams' proposals can be found after the break.

Arena Fonte Nova / Schulitz Architekten + Tetra Arquitetos

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Arena Fonte Nova / Schulitz Architekten + Tetra Arquitetos, © David Campbell
© David Campbell

© David Campbell © Erik Salles © Manu Dias Courtesy of Schulitz Architekten +13

Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University / Gray Organschi Architecture

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University / Gray Organschi Architecture, © Robert Benson Photography
© Robert Benson Photography

© Robert Benson Photography © Robert Benson Photography © Robert Benson Photography © Robert Benson Photography +24

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced, Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM
Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year's competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?, © BIG
© BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +41

Casa 31_4 Room House / Caroline Di Costa Architect + Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Casa 31_4 Room House / Caroline Di Costa Architect + Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +47

Cerdanya Hospital / Brullet Pineda Arquitectes

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Cerdanya Hospital / Brullet Pineda Arquitectes, Courtesy of Pinearq
Courtesy of Pinearq

Courtesy of Pinearq Courtesy of Pinearq Courtesy of Pinearq Courtesy of Pinearq +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Pla del Fort, 17520 Puigcerdà, Girona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Albert de Pineda, Manuel Brullet
  • Design Team

    Marcial Novo, Alfonso de Luna
  • Area

    19106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pinearq

House Nº1 in Curacavi / Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
House Nº1 in Curacavi   / Felipe Combeau  + Pablo Alfaro, © Felipe Combeau
© Felipe Combeau

© Felipe Combeau © Felipe Combeau © Felipe Combeau © Felipe Combeau +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Curacaví, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Combeau
  • Design Team

    Felipe Combeau, Pablo Alfaro
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

VIDEO: Extreme Sustainability in the Congo

00:00 - 7 April, 2014

MASS has just released the third video in their Beyond the Building series, which examines how architecture and design can positively impact our world, beyond buildings (check out the first video here and the second here). The latest - "Ilima: Beyond Sustainability" - explores MASS's collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation as well as local masons to build a primary school in the rural Congolese village of Ilima, where, due to its remote location, practically all materials must be sourced locally. 

Healthcare Center and Regional Government Offices / BAT + ARQUITECNICA

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Healthcare Center and Regional Government Offices / BAT + ARQUITECNICA, © Aitor Esteves
© Aitor Esteves

© Aitor Esteves © Aitor Esteves © Aitor Esteves © Aitor Esteves +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuenca, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Peru Cañada, Roberto Moreno
  • Collaborating Architect

    Nuria Martín Alcaraz
  • Area

    12325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners, © Adam Parker
© Adam Parker

© Adam Parker © Adam Parker © Adam Parker © Adam Parker +13

Designing for Sound In Our Everyday Spaces

00:00 - 6 April, 2014
Designing for Sound In Our Everyday Spaces, The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai was designed to combine experiences of sound and light. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com
The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai was designed to combine experiences of sound and light. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com

In this interesting article in the New York Times, Allison Arieff highlights the often unconsidered importance of sound in architecture (outside of theaters and museums at least). She profiles the work of Acoustic Engineers at ARUP who have begun to work inschools and hospitals, taking into account the effects poor sound environments can have on us in our everyday lives. You can read the full article here.

A Theory of Architecture Part 3: Why Primitive Form Languages Spread

00:00 - 6 April, 2014
A Theory of Architecture Part 3: Why Primitive Form Languages Spread, "the architectural establishment continues to ignore indigenous building cultures and the human value of what they represent. For example, traditional building and urban geometry in sub-Saharan Africa is now revealed to be essentially fractal, thus revising our customary (and totally erroneous) conception of those cultures as mathematically under-developed." Image of El Molo Hut,  Lake Turkana, Kenya.. Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com
"the architectural establishment continues to ignore indigenous building cultures and the human value of what they represent. For example, traditional building and urban geometry in sub-Saharan Africa is now revealed to be essentially fractal, thus revising our customary (and totally erroneous) conception of those cultures as mathematically under-developed." Image of El Molo Hut, Lake Turkana, Kenya.. Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com

As you may have seen, ArchDaily has been publishing UNIFIED ARCHITECTURAL THEORY, by the urbanist and controversial theorist Nikos A. Salingaros, in serial form. However, in order to explain certain concepts in greater detail, we have decided to pause this serialization and publish three excerpts from another of Salingaros’  books: A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. The first excerpt explained the difference between “Pattern Language” and “Form Language,” while the second established how these languages can combine to form the “Adaptive Design Method.” The following, final, excerpt distinguishes between viable, complex form languages that have evolved over time and primitive, “non-languages” that have come to dominate the 20th century due to their iconic simplicity (and despite their non-adaptive characteristics).  

Independently of their technological achievements, all groups of human beings have developed a richly complex spoken language. Differences arise in specificities, in the breadth of vocabulary for concepts important to that culture, and in their transition to a written language, but those do not affect the general richness of the language. Every language’s internal structure has to obey general principles that are common to all languages. A primitive language or non-language, by contrast, is characterized by the reduction or absence of such internal complexity and structure. The complexity of human thought sets a rather high threshold for the complexity that any language has to be able to express through combinatoric groupings. 

Turning now to architecture, a viable form language is also characterized by its high degree of internal complexity. Furthermore, the complexity of different form languages has to be comparable, because each form language shares a commonality with other form languages on a general meta-linguistic level. A primitive form language severely limits architectonic expression to crude or inarticulate statements.