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OMA to Research the Link Between Color and Economic Development

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
OMA to Research the Link Between Color and Economic Development, The Dutch duo of Haas and Hahn are known for enlivening favelas by painting them in bright colors.
The Dutch duo of Haas and Hahn are known for enlivening favelas by painting them in bright colors.

Paint company AkzoNobel has announced plans to fund a global research project by OMA which will investigate the link between color and economic development. The project is part of AkzoNobel's wider 'Human Cities' initiative, which they say "highlights our commitment to improving, energizing and regenerating urban communities across the world."

The announcement was made at the Venice Architecture Biennale last week. Read on for more on the research initiative.

Family house in Vilnius / 4PLIUS Architects

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Family house in Vilnius / 4PLIUS Architects, © L.Garbaciauska
© L.Garbaciauska

© L.Garbaciauska © L.Garbaciauska © L.Garbaciauska © L.Garbaciauska +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Donaldas Trainauskas , Darius Baliukevicius
  • Area

    310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

24 Housings in Argenton Sur Creuse / Atelier Alassoeur

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
24 Housings in Argenton Sur Creuse / Atelier Alassoeur, © Brice Desrez
© Brice Desrez

© Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez © Brice Desrez +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Argenton-sur-Creuse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Emmanuel Alassoeur
  • Area

    1614.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

YPY / SuperLimão Studio

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
© Maira Acayaba
© Maira Acayaba
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Sérgio Cabral, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello
  • Photographs

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba +32

Architecture for Humanity Turns Fifteen, Names New Executive Director

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Turns Fifteen, Names New Executive Director, The Maria Auxiliadora School in Peru, designed/built with help from Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, Diego Collazo, and with funding from the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group. Image Courtesy of Maria Auxiliadora School
The Maria Auxiliadora School in Peru, designed/built with help from Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, Diego Collazo, and with funding from the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group. Image Courtesy of Maria Auxiliadora School

Architecture for Humanity, the non-profit responsible for propagating designers and designs around the world that "give a damn," has named its latest Executive Director. After co-founders Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair announced their decision to step down in September of last year, the organization began a global search for the person who would replace them. Today, the Board of Directors has announced the appointee: Eric Cesal, an experienced designer and author of the memoir/manifesto Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice who first joined Architecture for Humanity in 2006 as a volunteer on the Katrina reconstruction program and later established and led Architecture for Humanity’s Haiti Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince from 2010 to 2012.  

Dutch Students To Build Gaudí's Sagrada Familia From Ice

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
Dutch Students To Build Gaudí's Sagrada Familia From Ice, Montage. Image Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
Montage. Image Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

A team of students from Eindhoven University are to build a forty metre high model of Antonio Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. The project, which follows the completion of the world's biggest ice dome last year, will be constructed from pykrete and reinforced with wood fibres. Impressively, the 1:4 scale model will be built in only three weeks. Thin layers of water and snow will be sprayed onto large, inflated molds. The pykrete (water mixed with sawdust) will be immediately absorbed by the snow before freezing. According to the organisers, "the wood fiber content makes the material three times as strong as normal ice, and it’s also a lot tougher." Find out more about the project here.

David Chipperfield Picked to Remodel Selfridges' London Store

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
David Chipperfield Picked to Remodel Selfridges' London Store, © Flickr CC User Jennifer Martinez
© Flickr CC User Jennifer Martinez

David Chipperfield has been selected by Selfridges to remodel their flagship London store, creating a new 4,600 square metre accessories department and creating a new entrance to the Eastern side of the building. The additions by Chipperfield are part of the store's larger 5-year, £300 million project which also includes work by Gensler to better connect the original 1909 building by Daniel Burnham with the later addition behind.

Chipperfield's addition will aim to improve the store's presence on Duke Street, which will act as a secondary entrance to the building's primary public face on Oxford Street, with the new accessories department planned to open in 2016.

Goldstück, Musikverein / Franz Architekten

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Goldstück, Musikverein / Franz Architekten, Courtesy of Franz Architekten
Courtesy of Franz Architekten

Courtesy of Franz Architekten Courtesy of Franz Architekten Courtesy of Franz Architekten Courtesy of Franz Architekten +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    3910 Zwettl, Austria
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Franz Architekten

House in the Alberes / INCA Architects

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
House in the Alberes / INCA Architects, © N.Pianfetti
© N.Pianfetti

© N.Pianfetti © N.Pianfetti © N.Pianfetti © N.Pianfetti +20

Synagogue and Community Center C.I.S. / JBA + Gabriel Bendersky + Richard von Moltke

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
© Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld
  • Architects

  • Location

    Comandante Malbec 13210, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    JBA (Jaime Bendersky Arquitectos), Gabriel Bendersky, Richard von Moltke
  • Area

    10218.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Aryeh Kornfeld	© Aryeh Kornfeld	© Aryeh Kornfeld	© Aryeh Kornfeld	+35

Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy, An aerial view of the park's canopies. Image Courtesy of Asymptote Architects
An aerial view of the park's canopies. Image Courtesy of Asymptote Architects

Asymptote Architecture has been commissioned to design a park with a collection of cultural buildings on the outskirts of Peccioli, Italy.  Called the “Parco Degli Angeli," Italian for Park of Angels, this urbanized complex will be carefully grafted into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to create a dialogue with the surrounding farmland and historical sites.  The park will include museums, interactive sculpture installations, and an amphitheater that can host 800 people.

Conversation / Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL

00:00 - 10 June, 2014
Conversation / Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Parrish Art Museum is pleased to present Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL as the fourth installment of Architectural Sessions—an ongoing series co-presented with AIA Peconic that explores the connection between art and architecture, and how both disciplines elicit conversation about space, form, materials and aesthetics. On June 6, host architect Maziar Behrooz, AIA, will moderate a discussion with SO – IL co-founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu about their design philosophy, inspiration, and interdisciplinary approach to architecture and designing spaces for art.

Justin McGuirk's Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Justin McGuirk's Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, Elemental’s houses in Quinta Monroy, Iquique. © Cristóbal Palma
Elemental’s houses in Quinta Monroy, Iquique. © Cristóbal Palma

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving: "after decades of social and political failure, a new generation has revitalised architecture and urban design in order to address persistent poverty and inequality. Together, these activists, pragmatists and social idealists are performing bold experiments that the rest of the world may learn from." The following is an excerpt from Radical Cities on PREVI - the great, but all-but-forgotten experimental housing project in Lima that counted James Stirling and Aldo van Eyck among its contributors.

In a northern suburb of Lima is a housing estate that might have changed the face of cities in the developing world. Its residents go about their lives feeling lucky that they live where they do, but oblivious to the fact that they occupy the last great experiment in social housing. If you drove past it today, you might not even notice it. And yet the Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda – PREVI for short – has a radical pedigree. Some of the best architects of the day slaved over it. Now it is largely forgotten.

Critical Round-Up: Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Critical Round-Up: Venice Biennale 2014, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

With the first weekend of the Venice Biennale in the books, over the past few days reviews from critics have been flooding in. Each is eager to dispense their opinions on what has been one of the most highly anticipated Biennales in recent memory, and it seems that the event has not disappointed. From reviews of the festival as a whole to individual takes on the National Pavilions, read on after the break as we take a look at some of the most intriguing reviews so far.

One Man Sauna / Modulorbeat

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
One Man Sauna / Modulorbeat, © Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

Courtesy of Modulorbeat Courtesy of Modulorbeat © Roman Mensing Courtesy of Modulorbeat +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bochum, Germany
  • Design Team

    Marc Günnewig, Jan Kampshoff, Sebastian Gatz
  • Structural Engineers

    BOLLINGER + GROHMANN Ingenieure
  • Photographs

    Roman Mensing, Courtesy of Modulorbeat

Vivienda H-22 / Vértice Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 June, 2014
Vivienda H-22 / Vértice Arquitectos, Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos
Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Punta Hermosa, Peru
  • Architects in Charge

    Hernani Canessa Lohmann, Sandro Moro Miranda, Luis Miguel Becerra de la Fuente
  • Area

    337.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

The Role of the Architectural Discourse in the 'New Media Age'

04:00 - 9 June, 2014
The Role of the Architectural Discourse in the 'New Media Age', Paul Goldberger
Paul Goldberger

In an interview with Julia Ingalls Paul Goldberger, former architecture critic of the New York Times and forthcoming biographer of Frank Gehry, discusses the critical relevance of architecture in what he dubs the "new media age." According to Ingalls, Goldberger has thrived "by writing informed narratives that examine not just the trendy cladding of a building, but the deep historical, social, and political environments that invariably give rise to it." Goldberger is a writer who has embraced Twitter, using it as a platform for discussion and debate just as, in prior years, his writings in print media would act as less immediate provocations.

London's Shell Centre Awarded Planning Permission

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
London's Shell Centre Awarded Planning Permission, Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups
Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups

The £1.2 billion Shell Centre development in London, masterplanned by Squire & Partners, has been awarded planning permission after being called in for review by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Featuring 8 towers of up to 37 storeys which will sit alongside the existing 27-storey Shell Tower, the scheme was granted permission by the local council last year but was called in for review over fears that it could threaten the UNESCO Heritage status of the area around Westminster.

However, despite being awarded planning once again, opponents of the scheme have said they will continue to fight it, and have threatened to mount a judicial review of the scheme.

Read on after the break for more on the controversy

Building 1 – office use; Squire and Partners. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups Building 6 & 7 – residential use; GRID Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups The public square; Townshend Landscape Architects. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups Building 5 – residential use; Stanton Williams. Image Courtesy of The Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar Groups +8