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Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music, David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus
David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus

In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur and Valentiny hvp architects have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round. 

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “house of music” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer. 

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals - by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more - they were selected over. 

Saunas and Pools in Atacama / Germán del Sol

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Saunas and Pools in Atacama / Germán del Sol, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Horacio Schmidt, Nicole Labbé, Carlos Venegas, Hernán Fierro
  • Area

    940.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

Cachan Covered Market / Croixmariebourdon Architectures

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Cachan Covered Market / Croixmariebourdon Architectures, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Léon Eyrolles Avenue, 94230 Cachan, France
  • Collaborators

    Thomas Bourdon, Nicolas Croixmarie, Cédric Goury, Pierre Mouton
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Robert A.M. Stern Reportedly Set to Retire from Yale in 2016

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Robert A.M. Stern Reportedly Set to Retire from Yale in 2016, Robert A.M. Stern
Robert A.M. Stern

After serving as dean at the Yale School of Architecture for nearly two decades, Robert A.M. Stern is reportedly stepping down. According to Yale Daily News, faculty and administrative staff members have indicated that Stern will be retiring when his term as dean concludes in Spring 2016. “[Stern] took [the school] from a place where people were not paying attention to it many years ago — he has brought incredible international attention to the school,” Professor Michelle Addington stated in regards to Stern's widespread influence as dean. “He has given me the opportunity to rethink my subject, and that doesn’t happen at too many places.” More information, here

Piet & Sarah - Copper Extension / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Piet & Sarah - Copper Extension / Atelier Vens Vanbelle, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +22

Architectural Design Studio of KNU / ADF Architects

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Architectural Design Studio of KNU / ADF Architects, © Park Young-Che
© Park Young-Che

© Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeongbuk University, Daehak-ro, Sangyeok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim Honggeun
  • Design Assistant

    Kim Sintae, So Jaewhan
  • Area

    1504.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

19 Great Monuments Destroyed by War

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
19 Great Monuments Destroyed by War, Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq . Image © Flickr CC User James Gordon
Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq . Image © Flickr CC User James Gordon

One of the most important Islamic architectural monuments, the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq is one of many priceless monuments that has been “lost in conflict.” Paying homage to the architectural masterpieces that have been victims of war, CNN has put together a list of 19 of the world’s “greatest buildings you’ll never see.” View them all, here

White Attic / Diogo Passarinho + DC.AD

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
White Attic  / Diogo Passarinho + DC.AD, © More is Better
© More is Better

© More is Better © More is Better © More is Better © More is Better +14

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © doublespace photography © Roland Halbe +60

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi, © Anne-Sophie Poirier
© Anne-Sophie Poirier

© Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    1/1161 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Anne-Sophie Poirier
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cove 3 / SAOTA

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Cove 3 / SAOTA, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA © John Devonport +16

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: "Failed Memorial and White Elephant"?

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: "Failed Memorial and White Elephant"?, Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP
Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP

In an article for The Walrus, Adele Weder examines Antoine Predock's (who was recently made a National Academy Academician) Canadian Museum for Human Rights: a "colossal, twelve-storey mountain of concrete and stone, 120,000 square feet of tempered glass, and 260,000 square feet of floor space." Early advocates of the museum "felt that Winnipeg was ripe for such a statement piece," just as Bilbao had been for the Guggenheim. Welder's explorations are clear and concise, finding all sorts "of paradoxes swirling around the Museum for Human Rights." Noting that "it’s definitely a kick-ass building, with its aggressive outer form, jagged paths inside, big black slabs of basalt, thick sheets of glass, and the huge metal girders that hold it all together," Weder argues that it's position as a "failed memorial and white elephant" may be it's eventual undoing.

Chicago Biennial: "The State of the Art of Architecture" Will Feature Photo Series by Iwan Baan

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Chicago Biennial: "The State of the Art of Architecture" Will Feature Photo Series by Iwan Baan, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial now has an official name, with co-directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda announcing "The State of the Art of Architecture" as the biennial's theme last week. Taking its name from a 1977 conference organized in Chicago by Stanley Tigerman, which focused on the state of architecture in the US, next year's Chicago Architecture Biennial will aim to expand that conversation into the "international and intergenerational" arena.

In addition to the new name, the Biennial also announced its first major project, a photo essay of Chicago by Iwan Baan, which will contextualize the many landmarks of the Chicago skyline within the wider cityscape and within the day-to-day life of the city.

Read on for more about the biennial theme and more images from Iwan Baan. 

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +6

The Other "Green Way": Why Can't New York Build More Quality Affordable Housing?

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
The Other "Green Way": Why Can't New York Build More Quality Affordable Housing?, © Flickr CC User Jules Antonio
© Flickr CC User Jules Antonio

This article originally appeared on uncube magazine as "An Affordable Housing Complex in the Bronx Revisited."

Two years after the completion of Grimshaw and Dattner's acclaimed Via Verde ("Green Way"), no successors have even been proposed for this supposed model for the design and construction of new affordable housing. In this article, David Bench returns to the site, finding that the sustainable project's lack of impact is caused by a completely different type of "green."

Affordable housing is the quest of every New Yorker. The routes to finding it are mysterious and widely misunderstood, as they are made up of a myriad of buildings, programmes, and rules that have failed to keep pace with the production of luxury housing and gentrification of middle class neighbourhoods in the city. This apartment anxiety has led to such amusing and fateful reactions as the creation of the Rent is Too Damn High political party – whose name speaks for itself – and an economic narrative that propelled Bill de Blasio from a long-shot mayoral candidacy to an overwhelming majority on election day in 2013. Soon after taking office, de Blasio unveiled the most ambitious affordable housing program in generations, which aims to build or preserve 200,000 units in the next decade.

Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education, "The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
"The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded Parsons The New School for Design and Clemson University the 2014 NCARB Award to aid the development of innovative programs that merge practice and education. 

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI, © Shen Qiang
© Shen Qiang

© Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Gatti
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Guggenheim Creates New Curatorial Position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives

00:00 - 9 November, 2014
Guggenheim Creates New Curatorial Position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives, AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson
AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

Architect and scholar Troy Conrad Therrien has been appointed as the Guggenheim's new Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives. Therrien will now contribute to the development of the museum’s engagement with architecture, design, technology, and urban studies, in addition to providing leadership on select new projects under the direction of the Chief Curator and the Director’s Office.

Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Initiatives

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Initiatives, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has announced the end of their program in Haiti, effective from January 2015. The charitable organization, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, set up offices in Port-au-Prince in March 2010 in order to better help the people of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Through almost five years in Haiti, they have completed nearly 50 projects, including homes, medical clinics, offices, and the 13 buildings in their Haiti School Initiative. Their work has positively affected the lives of over 1 million Haitians, with their schools initiative alone providing education spaces for over 18,000 students.

Read on after the break for more on the end of Architecture for Humanity's Haiti program, and images of their completed schools

École Elie Dubois. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity École La Dignité. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity St. Louis de Gonzague Chemisry & Physics Building. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity École Ceverine. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity +22