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176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library, Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe
Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe

A 176-pound (80 kilograms) chunk of concrete cladding has fallen from year-old Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time the Zaha Hadid-designed structure has malfunctioned; last year, an “assembly error” was deemed the reason why a large piece of fiberglass-reinforced concrete crashed down in front of the building’s entrance. 

Past Turned Into Space / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Past Turned Into Space / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Tamar Berger
  • Design Team

    Irene Goldberg, Tamar Berger, Pitsou Kedem
  • Photographs Styling

    Eti Buskila
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Barsa Taberna / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole Photography
© Lisa Petrole Photography

© Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6, Canada
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow SW Elevation +17

YeNe House / Design band YOAP

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
YeNe House / Design band YOAP, Courtesy of Design band YOAP
Courtesy of Design band YOAP

Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    14-1 Sanghyeon-dong, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge

    Doran Kim, Inkeun Ryu, Hyunbo Shin
  • Area

    431.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Toigetation / H&P Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Toigetation / H&P Architects , © Doan Thanh Ha
© Doan Thanh Ha

© Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    tt. Bảo Lạc, Bảo Lạc, Cao Bằng, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Doan Thanh Ha, Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

Over the past seven years, Indian Architect & Builder Magazine’s (IA&B) 361° Conference has evolved into the singular most relevant platform for discussion and discourse on architecture and design in India. Since its inception, the conference has captured the progressive nature of design, creating a forum for emerging and influential practices in India. As an eclectic, thought-provoking and egalitarian platform, 361° in its eighth edition will continue to celebrate the power of thoughts and ideas and initiate a truly relevant dialogue on architecture and design.

Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall, Inside the now abandoned White Flint Mall. Image © Flikr CC License / Mike Kalasnik
Inside the now abandoned White Flint Mall. Image © Flikr CC License / Mike Kalasnik

We have all visited places that linger with us long after we leave them, often drawing us back through the memories we made there. When recalling this memory of place, however, we rarely consider malls to be evocative of such powerful emotional connections. A recent article from The Huffington Post argues that these common shopping centers can incite some of the deepest nostalgia. "Why I'm Mourning The Death Of A Mall" delves into the connection between malls and their inherent qualities of independence, community, and growth, and encourages us to view them from a different perspective, as our increasingly technology-centric society may make the mall a thing of the past. Read the article, here.

Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL, Courtesy of ICEHOTEL
Courtesy of ICEHOTEL

Every year for the past 25 years, the Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi has erected its famous ICEHOTEL. Built almost entirely from the ice of the nearby Torne river, the building begins to take shape in October and is ready for business by December. Fifty thousand people visit annually, many choosing to stay overnight in the rooms which maintain a balmy air temperature of 17ºF. The sculptural and often ornate design of the building's "art suites" is the work of handpicked artists from around the world, and is one of the most popular aspects of staying at the hotel. See photos from this year’s suites, and learn more about ICEHOTEL's construction, after the break.

New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects, Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo
Courtesy of LOOK Architects Mr Choo Meng Foo

Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buangkok View, Singapore
  • Area

    5533.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Residência das Algas / MarchettiBonetti

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Residência das Algas / MarchettiBonetti, © Philippe Arruda
© Philippe Arruda

© Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda +17

Video: Steven Holl and the Architectural Experience

00:00 - 7 January, 2015

In this installment of the Louisiana Channel, world-renowned architect Steven Holl discusses his philosophy on organic architecture and its ability to generate a specific experience. "I believe architecture is an art, that it changes peoples' lives, and I think that's what architecture has the potential to do," Holl remarks. 

ARQ DOCS: Pier Vittorio Aureli

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Courtesy of ARQ Ediciones
Courtesy of ARQ Ediciones

Published by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as part of their ARQ DOCS series, "Pier Vittorio Aureli" features two in depth interviews with Aureli, the high-profile Italian theorist and co-founder of design and research studio DOGMA. The book's introduction, written by Emilio De la Cerda is excerpted below.

The work of Pier Vittorio Aureli constitutes a rigorous effort of thought regarding architectural discipline and the political dimension enclosed by the specificity of form. It is an approach focused on the power of the project, a speculative but delimited tool, which allows overcoming the paralysis of diagnosis and the abuse of diagrams, in order to establish a decisive commitment with the concrete reality of the city.

This line of thought, which is introduced here through two interviews conducted in 2010 and 2012 by Felipe De Ferrari and Diego Grass —architects and professors in our school—recognizes the profound historical and collective tradition of architecture, showing itself distant from those conceptions that see both creativity and the subjective originality of form as a sort of ethical manifest. Far from celebrating authorial genius, Aureli insists in the inseparable link that exists between architectural production and the cultural realm in which it develops.

New Research Proves that Iron Was an Important Medieval Building Material

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
New Research Proves that Iron Was an Important Medieval Building Material, At Beauvais Cathedral, iron ties that were thought to have been added centuries after construction were instead dated to the early 13th century. Image © Flickr CC user James Mitchell
At Beauvais Cathedral, iron ties that were thought to have been added centuries after construction were instead dated to the early 13th century. Image © Flickr CC user James Mitchell

The Gothic cathedrals of the middle ages have long been respected as sites of significant architectural and structural experimentation. Hoping to reach ever closer to God, the master masons of the period took increasingly daring structural risks, resulting in some remarkably durably buildings that are not only timeless spaces for worship but miraculous feats of engineering. However, according to new research by a team of French archaeologists and scientists, we still haven't been giving these historic builders enough credit.

Though iron components feature in many Gothic buildings, often forming structural ties to stabilize tall stone buttresses, it was previously assumed that these were later additions to shore up precarious structures. However, thanks to a highly sophisticated carbon dating technique, the team consisting of the Laboratoire archéomatériaux et prévision de l'altération, the Laboratoire de mesure du carbone 14 and "Histoire des pouvoirs, savoirs et sociétés" of Université Paris 8 have shown that iron fixtures were an integral part of cathedral construction techniques from as early as the late 12th Century - meaning that many buildings from the period were essentially hybrid structural systems.

Wicker Metamorphosis / Normal Architecture Studio

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Wicker Metamorphosis / Normal Architecture Studio, © Pablo Casals - Aguirre
© Pablo Casals - Aguirre

© Pablo Casals - Aguirre © Pablo Casals - Aguirre © Pablo Casals - Aguirre © Pablo Casals - Aguirre +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chimbarongo, Chimbarongo, O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Domingo Arancibia
  • Project team

    María José Araya, Juan Basch, Alexis Quinteros, Stephan Puschel, Pablo Casals - Aguirre
  • Area

    79.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Camperdown Childcare / CO-AP

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Camperdown Childcare / CO-AP, © Ross Honeysett
© Ross Honeysett

© Ross Honeysett © Ross Honeysett © Ross Honeysett © Ross Honeysett +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    58 Denison Street, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
  • Area

    588.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture , © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stinson Beach, CA, United States
  • Principal In Charge

    Joseph E. Wnuk, AIA, LEED AP; Steven L. Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Uma Adusumilli

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities today, a process that will only accelerate in the near future, the dynamics of large metropolitan areas --especially in the emerging world have-- have become an object of study and urban experimentation. India is one of the regions where this process is happening at a fast pace. With a current urbanization rate of 32%, it is expected to grow up to 40% in the next 15 years.