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Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center, Courtesy of RPBW
Courtesy of RPBW

Renzo Piano has been commissioned to return to the Bay Area, this time to design a 350,000 square foot “Plaza District” for a mixed-used City Center development in San Ramon. Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof. 

Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London's Science Museum

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London's Science Museum, © Coffey Architects
© Coffey Architects

Coffey Architects has won a competition to design a new research centre for the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Designed to enable a “new level of integration between exhibitions and research,” the new centre will act as a portal for over 500,000 items contained within the Wroughton Library. 

El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas / Junquera Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas / Junquera Arquitectos, © Cemex
© Cemex

© Jesús Granada © Cemex © Heliopol © Jesús Granada +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jerónimo Junquera García Del Diestro, Jerónimo Junquera González-Bueno, Ana Junquera González-Bueno, Liliana Obal
  • Area

    6675.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2011
  • Photography

Pc House / EDDICO

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Pc House / EDDICO, Courtesy of EDDICO
Courtesy of EDDICO

Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pucusana District, Peru
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Carrera, Giorgio Dellepiane, Andrés Rodrigo
  • Design Team

    Elmer Ramírez, Silvana Sierra, Frank Saboya, Jorge Pizzorno
  • Constructor

    Hernán Mendivil
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of EDDICO

Tamarama Kiosk / Lahznimmo Architects

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +18

Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism, © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Simon Bush-King, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Sarah Rowlands, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Pilar Nobio, Paco Pomares , Pamplona, CNC
  • Area

    480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

KBJ Share Space / I.R.A

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
KBJ Share Space  / I.R.A, © Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa

© Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    International Royal Architecture
  • Design Team

    Akinori Kasegai , Daisuke Tsunakawa
  • Area

    66.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, first open international competition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was officially launched today. Submission deadline for stage one is September 10. A jury that includes Mark Wigley, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will announce the shortlist during Fall 2014.

ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily
Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily

ArchDaily is excited to announce that we are now in Venice to cover this year’s highly anticipated Biennale. Curated by the influential Rem Koolhaas, this edition of the biennale delves into the past to inform current architectural production.

For this year, Koolhaas proposed “Fundamentals” as the main theme for the Biennale. Rather than focusing on contemporary production (as the Biennale traditionally has), “Fundamentals” is divided into three large exhibits that look into the past, present and future of architecture: Absorbing Modernity 1924-2014 (National Pavilions), Elements (Central Pavilion), and Monditalia (Arsenale). You can learn more about these exhibits in our previous coverage.

Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?, London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

A debate organized by New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed a strong need for civic societies in London which protect the interests of the public in planning decisions, offering New York as a potential model. The debate, which was one of the headline events at the London Festival of Architecture, was organized in response to a study which showed over 200 tall buildings were currently in the pipeline for the UK's capital, which sparked fears that the current planning system was not fit for the purpose of controlling development in the city.

More on the debate after the break

First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

To kick off our coverage of the Venice Biennale, we're bringing you photos of OfficeUS -- the United States' contribution to the national exhibitions organized under the theme of "Absorbing Modernity." The pavilion houses both a repository of information about the history of architectural firms in the US (with a focus on the US's role in exporting architecture) and serves as the base of operations for a new architectural firm that was created solely for this year's biennale. The research, collected into booklets, lines the walls of the space. While visitors mill around the pavilion, the members of OfficeUS work at specially designed tables. The output and deliverables of the office will be determined as the Biennale progresses. We also got the chance to speak to the organizers, so stayed tuned for video interviews with the curators and designers of the US Pavilion (coming soon!). For now, however, read on to the see the curator's statement on the exhibit.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +24

KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
 KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics, © KREOD Architecture
© KREOD Architecture

Chun Qing Li, founder director of London-based KREOD, has revealed planes for a 1,200 square meter international trade pavilion for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Floating on a platform in the Barra de Tijuca lagoon, adjacent to Olympic Park, the pavilion is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from Brazil, the United Kingdom and China to discuss future of business and showcase their products. 

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

Warehouse 623 Gallery is pleased to announce "Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards", an exhibition of alternative architectural schemes for the Atlantic Yards site. "Abstracts of New York", a selection of photographs by Jean-Marc Bellaiche, will be shown concurrently.

Bank Sankt Petersburg / nps tchoban voss

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Bank Sankt Petersburg / nps tchoban voss, © Aleksey Naroditsky
© Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Planning Collaboration

    Evgeny Gerasimov, Evgeny Gerasimov & partners, St. Petersburg (Full construction project design services); Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss Berlin (Building construction, interior lobbies); SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov Moscow (Interior offices)
  • Design Team nps

    Eugen Pfeil, Christoph Heimermann, Natalia Mantler, Pavel Zemskov, Igor Markov, Silvia Grischkat
  • Design Team Speech

    Sennikova Ekaterina, Dionisjeva Maria
  • Area

    40000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Morpholio's Latest App Turns Photos Into Sketches, Mosaics, and More

00:00 - 4 June, 2014

The Morpholio Project's latest iPhone application, Morpholio Frame, "is like having a DJ booth for your photos." The application allows users to merge, crop, and filter photographs before posting them to social media outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Sounds typical, right? Not so fast.

The application gives users more control than most thanks to an interactive matrix approach. Users can select up to three filters and three related masks, creating an image with one of 64 million unique filter combinations. One of the most interesting filters for architecture fans is "sketch" – as seen in the image after the break.

The Draftery: Dispelling the Belief That Architectural Drawing is Dead

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery

Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery +22

The Draftery, a printed platform to "discuss the role of architectural drawing today", brings together a fascinating collection of images and words in a publication on three distinct platforms. Figures, Captions and Archive facilitate a multi-disciplinary conversation about how drawings are made and their role in the built environment. Now approaching their third anniversary, how far have they come and where is the project headed?

January 2013 saw the re-launch of The Draftery and the total reconstruction of the project. Their crisp publications now have a strong editorial thread which compliments the carefully curated collections of architectural drawings. Seeking to "demonstrate that drawing, more than mere representation, is a method of acting in the world", good drawings provide a moment of visual solice in a fast paced profession. 

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber, © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

© Steven Evans © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Doublespace Photography +8

João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +58

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brasil
  • Arquitectos a Cargo

    Pedro Nitsche e Lua Nitsche
  • Design Team

    João Nitsche; Rafael Baravelli; Suzana Barboza
  • Project Area

    2539.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography