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Arquitectonica Takes Over Miami Beach Convention Center From OMA

00:00 - 15 August, 2014
Arquitectonica Takes Over Miami Beach Convention Center From OMA, OMA's scrapped plans. Image © OMA
OMA's scrapped plans. Image © OMA

Following the controversial decision to scrap plans by OMA earlier this year, Miami Beach officials have selected Arquitectonica for the redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center. In a significant scaling-down of OMA's $1 billion masterplan, the new scheme calls for the existing center to be kept and renovated to 'Class A' standards, along with the addition of a new ballroom, meeting space and rooftop parking. The center's existing parking lot will be converted into a 6.5 acre public park, designed by landscape firm West 8.

More on the Convention Center Controversy after the break

House in San Marco / vEstudio

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
House in San Marco / vEstudio, © Andrés Negroni
© Andrés Negroni

© Andrés Negroni © Andrés Negroni © Andrés Negroni © Andrés Negroni +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ingeniero Maschwitz, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Project Architect

    Rubén Valdemarin
  • Construction

    Nivel II
  • Project Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

OOI House / Czarl Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
OOI House / Czarl Architects, © Tim Nolan
© Tim Nolan

© Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jasmine Road, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Carl Lim, Anditya Dwi Saputra, Sheryl Asi Perculeza
  • Area

    354.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten, © Marc Lins Photography
© Marc Lins Photography

© Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography © Marc Lins Photography +13

Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes, Courtesy of Images Publishing
Courtesy of Images Publishing

Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes is a book about energy. We have written it to explore the new ways architecture has developed in the last decade to respond to the flow of energy, both natural and man-made, that primarily affects building performance and the comfort of the people in them. Buildings regulate energy flow in several ways, but in this book we explore the approaches that innovative architects, engineers, and consultants have taken with building envelopes, façades, and other types of enclosures that modulate the internal environment of architecture to various ends. Architects have expressed this regulation in ways both visible and invisible, using the media of air, water, and the thermal mass of a variety of materials, and often a combination of all three.

MARIA & CUBÍ / nookarchitects

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
MARIA & CUBÍ  / nookarchitects, © nieve | Productora Audiovisual
© nieve | Productora Audiovisual

© nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual © nieve | Productora Audiovisual +21

UIA Commits to Zero Carbon Emissions with "2050 Imperative"

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
UIA Commits to Zero Carbon Emissions with "2050 Imperative", The 2050 Imperative will likely lead to more buildings such as the Zero Carbon Building by Ronald Lu and Partners. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners
The 2050 Imperative will likely lead to more buildings such as the Zero Carbon Building by Ronald Lu and Partners. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners

At its World Congress event in Durban last week, the International Union of Architects (UIA)'s 124 member organizations declared their commitment to sustainable architecture by unanimously adopting the 2050 Imperative, a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the built environment to zero by mid-century.

The adoption of the 2050 Imperative was planned to coincide with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference that will reconvene in Paris in 2015, and has as one of its aims a plan to phase out CO2 emissions from the power and industrial sectors by 2050. The UIA stated their aim to "send a strong message to the Parties of the UNFCCC, and to the world, that we are committed to a truly sustainable and equitable future."

Read on after the break for more detail from the 2050 Imperative, including 5 key objectives

This Public Toilet has a Periscope That Offers a Serene Sea View

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
This Public Toilet has a Periscope That Offers a Serene Sea View, Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt
Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt

The terms "public toilet" and "seaside periscope" don't usually go hand in hand. However, Adam Wiercinski has drawn inspiration from the location of his project in Gdynia, Poland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea to create a concept for a building that both mimics and observes. Choosing to focus on extensive views over the sea front, Wiercinski aimed to imbue users with a sense of tranquility by designing a serene public facility embodying the powerful, elemental nature of the sea.

Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt +16

IZAMA / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
IZAMA / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Nobutada Omote
© Nobutada Omote

© Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote +17

Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Seville Convention Center  / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +28

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan +13

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

© Matt Chisnall © Matt Chisnall © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar +17

What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?, Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon
Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon

Contrary to popular belief, the most visible aspects of cities - new, shiny buildings and crowds of people - aren't really why people around the world are drawn to city life. Curious about the overwhelming trend toward global urbanization, design firm Sasaki surveyed 1,000 people in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Austin, San Francisco and Washington DC to discover the most beloved elements of cities. Finding differences across regions and between generations, this article on Fast Company explores the humble and often surprising reasons we adore city living. Read the full article for more.

Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties, © Kevin Pazik
© Kevin Pazik

Designed for a laneway inside the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, Flipping Properties tests the boundaries between architecture and furniture. The exhibition, created by Jiminez Lai and his team, Bureau Spectacular, unravels the traditional pentagonal shape of a house to create ‘super-furniture.’ Super-furniture is defined by Lai as “too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.” The large installation pieces are meant to encourage dialogue on unused urban spaces in Toronto, while creating a novel way to interact with those spaces. Despite their size, the pieces can be rearranged within the laneway, allowing for a variety of assemblages to be created.  Flipping Properties opened July 11th, and will be in place until September 14th in the laneway between Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street in Toronto. Admission is free to the public. See the full gallery of exhibition photos, after the break.

© Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik +17

Infographic: What Do European Architects Actually Do?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Infographic: What Do European Architects Actually Do?, © OMA
© OMA

Though the professional practice of architecture can be broadly defined, we often just focus on the design work in relation to the completed building, leaving behind other areas in which architects find more opportunities. In this infographic created by OMA in preparation for the Monditalia exhibition at the Venice Biennale, we see how the professional activities are distributed among these sub-areas such as planning, landscape design, interior design and feasibility studies--a relationship which can also allow us to extrapolate the outcomes and products that emerge from these countries. 

Click the infographic to get a closer look and browse the projects we've published from the represented countries:

Light Cannon House / Carterwilliamson Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Light Cannon House  / Carterwilliamson Architects, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +13

SPIRAL / Be-Fun Design

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
SPIRAL / Be-Fun Design, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tsuyoshi Shindo
  • Area

    47.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien, Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien
Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien

Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien +24

  • Architects

    Emily Mannion, Thomas O'Brien
  • Location

    Ards Forest Park, Ireland
  • Collaborators

    Ivor Kilpatrick, thatcher
  • Area

    18.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien