Video / Superflex: A Cool Urban Space

00:00 - 8 November, 2013

"Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.

A public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was developed by artists’ group Superflex in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Topotek1. The park was officially opened in June 2012.

In this interview two members of Superflex, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, tell us about the ideas behind the project, and how it came about as an extreme example of citizen inclusion and collaboration: "We found it interesting to look at this very diverse group of people in regard to culture, social standing, nationality, etc., and then see it as a rich and significant foundation for impacting the area these people live in."

More after the break.

Vivienda La Florida / Otto Medem de la Torriente

01:00 - 8 November, 2013
Vivienda La Florida / Otto Medem de la Torriente, Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente
Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente
  • Architect

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Partners Architects

    Carlos Bernárdez Agrafojo, Laura Portillo Rodríguez, Carlos Fernández Salgado
  • Area

    1270.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Cortesia de Otto Medem de la Torriente

Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente Courtesy of Otto Medem de la Torriente +22

Casa Levene en El Escorial / NO.MAD

01:00 - 8 November, 2013
Casa Levene en El Escorial / NO.MAD, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Arroyo
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Carlos Coscollano
  • Collaborators

    Francesco Monaco, Javier Tamer Elshiekh, Cristina Fidalgo
  • Structure

    Joaquín Antuña
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +10

Reclaiming Rivers: The Latest Trend in Urban Design

09:30 - 7 November, 2013
Reclaiming Rivers: The Latest Trend in Urban Design, Floods in Calgary displaced over 100,000 people. Image © Wikimedia Commons
Floods in Calgary displaced over 100,000 people. Image © Wikimedia Commons

For years, rivers were a source of transport and power, upon whose banks our cities were born.  But as cities industrialized, many of them clogged with filth and disease – making them not only ugly, but dangerous.  Unless they were useful, rivers were often diverted, covered, pushed underground, and forgotten.

Not anymore. Reclaiming rivers seems to be the newest trend in urban design, and cities across the world are hopping on the bandwagon. In the UK, the Environment Council is working to restore 9,500 miles of river; in Los Angeles, the eponymous river is about to undergo a complete transformation

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity , Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker
Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six Los Angeles-based creatives whose work embraces cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation—thus creating new methodologies for research and implementation in the fields of architecture and beyond. 

Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue, © Savoye Architectural Photography
© Savoye Architectural Photography

© Savoye Architectural Photography © Savoye Architectural Photography © Savoye Architectural Photography © Savoye Architectural Photography +27

114 Public Housing Units / Sauquet Arquitectes i Associats

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
114 Public Housing Units / Sauquet Arquitectes i Associats, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Leonardo Da Vinci, 08204 Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Roger Sauquet, Guillem Bosch i Xavier Sauquet
  • Promoter

    VIMUSA
  • Contributors

    Equip tècnic VIMUSA / BIS arquitectes / Font enginyers
  • Area

    11300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +18

AD Interviews: Francisco Aires Mateus

00:00 - 7 November, 2013

Aires Mateus - founded by brothers and partners, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture. We recently had the chance to interview one of the partners: Francisco Aires Mateus.

Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects, © Fentress Architects
© Fentress Architects

© Fentress Architects © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles © Jason A. Knowles +11

Ermitage / Septembre

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Ermitage / Septembre, © Alphonse Sarthout
© Alphonse Sarthout
  • Architects

  • Location

    Trossö, Galgamarken-Trossö, Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Lina Lagerström, Memia Belkaid, Sami Aloulou, Dounia Hamdouch, Emilia Jansson
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout © Alphonse Sarthout +21

Meier: Richard Meier & Partners, Complete Works 1963-2013

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Meier: Richard Meier & Partners, Complete Works 1963-2013

From the Publisher. From his early days as one of the "New York Five," Richard Meier has been a central figure in contemporary architecture; this updated 2013 trade edition of the XL version is published in the occasion of the firm’s 50th anniversary. With the Getty Center and more recent buildings such as the Jubilee Church in Rome, Meier has established a reputation for expanded the horizons of contemporary American architecture while maintaining his rigorously rational approach to design and detailing. Known for carefully conceived grid plans and frequent use of white, Meier is a master of light, space, and volume, able to adapt his style to very different circumstances and locations.

Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi, View of the Civic Square From Rovaniemi Town Hall, Hallituskatu 7. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto/Provincial Museum of Lapland
View of the Civic Square From Rovaniemi Town Hall, Hallituskatu 7. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto/Provincial Museum of Lapland

Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi, a new exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum, takes an in-depth look at Alvar Aalto’s work in and around Rovaniemi. As well as the administrative and cultural centre, the works on show include lesser-known residential and commercial buildings. The exhibition, collated by the Provincial Museum of Lapland, will be open in the Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum from 1.11.2013 to 2.2.2014.

Waste Treatment Plan / Israel Alba

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Waste Treatment Plan  / Israel Alba , © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Polígono 27, 30, 46930 Quart de Poblet, Valencia, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Mónica Domínguez
  • Partners Architects

    Elena Simón, Aránzazu Álvarez (proyecto), Laura Torres, Laura Rojo, Jorge Valseca, Inés Steuber, Zina Petrikova
  • Constructor

    UTE Los Hornillos (valoriza, s.a.-cyes, s.a.-corporación f. turia, s.a.)
  • Area

    70576.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +20

Salles Communales / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
© Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +18

Casa Nolla / OAB

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Casa Nolla / OAB, © Alejo Bague
© Alejo Bague
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Doctor Pouplana, 29, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Ferrater, Joan Guibernau
  • Collaborators

    Nuria Ayala
  • Structure

    Juan Carlos Capilla
  • Constructor

    Arteco
  • Area

    620.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague +12

Coral Gables Residence / Touzet Studio

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Coral Gables Residence / Touzet Studio, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miami, FL, USA
  • Millwork

    Frohbose & Beers
  • Area

    6091.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill +20

Does the Title of "Architect" Deserve To Be Protected?

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Does the Title of "Architect" Deserve To Be Protected?, According to some, Peter Zumthor, Daniel Libeskind, and Renzo Piano should not be referred to as architects (at least in the UK), since they are not registered with the Architects' Registration Board.. Image Courtesy of Keystone / Christian Beutler (Zumthor); Flickr CC User Tomasz Kulbowski (Libeskind); Architectural Review (Piano)
According to some, Peter Zumthor, Daniel Libeskind, and Renzo Piano should not be referred to as architects (at least in the UK), since they are not registered with the Architects' Registration Board.. Image Courtesy of Keystone / Christian Beutler (Zumthor); Flickr CC User Tomasz Kulbowski (Libeskind); Architectural Review (Piano)

In August, the AIA posted a topic on its LinkedIn discussion board entitled "Misrepresenting Oneself as an Architect on LinkedIn". Ever since (and once again), the issue of protecting the title of "Architect" has been a hot topic, as explained in this article on Fast Company. This follows the revelation in BD last year that the Architects' Registration Board ordered the British architectural media to cease referring to Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind as Architects. With the topic appearing so frequently, and in different countries each time, Fast Company conjures images of a "raging global debate". But what, really, is going on in the world of architecture to fuel such a debate? Read on to find out more.

2013 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
2013 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced, The Port Sudan clinic is one of few outposts the region capable of  providing basic health care to children. © Massimo Grimaldi and  Emergency
The Port Sudan clinic is one of few outposts the region capable of providing basic health care to children. © Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency

The Curry Stone Foundation has named three winners of the 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize: Hunnarshala (Bhuj, India), Proximity Designs (Yangon, Myanmar), and Studio TAMassociati / Emergency (Venice/Milan, Italy). The annual prize, now in its sixth year, awards talented designers who “harness their ingenuity and craft for social good.” More on each winner, after the break.