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New Montjuic cable car stations / FORGAS Arquitectos

  • Architects: FORGAS Arquitectos - Joan Forgas y Dolors Ylla-Catalá
  • Location: Carretera de Montjuïc, 43, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 4500.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Filippo Poli, Jordi Tost, Courtesy of Forgas Arquitectos

© Jordi Tost © Filippo Poli © Jordi Tost © Jordi Tost

ITESM’S Center For Innovation and Strategic Development of Products (CIDEP)

© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert
  • Architects: Bernardo Hinojosa
  • Location: Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Project Leaders: Aurora Delgado, Manuel Arroyo
  • Area: 9200 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2010
  • Photography: Francisco Lubbert

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert

Reiser + Umemoto's Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan

Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC's Taipei Pop Music Center breaks ground today at the center’s site on the edge of Taipei, Taiwan. Challenging the limitations of traditional performances spaces, the center consists of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop music. Three monumental elements—the Main Hall, Hall of Fame, and Industry Shell—symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide.

More on the new Taipei Pop Music Center after the break…

Architecture's Power Couples Get Candid

Featuring fantastic quotes from SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, & WORKac, Justin Davidson's latest in New York Magazine gets behind the scenes of the working architectural relationship, in all its "beauty & complexity." According to Davidson, these husband-wife teams are serving to upset ”two enduring fallacies: that men build as women help, and that the noblest kind of architect is a Napoleon of the blueprint, dispatching orders for others to carry out.”

Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

  • Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
  • Location: Jektvik, Norway
  • Architect in Charge: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Manthey Kula (staff in pre-project phase)
  • Co-Workers: Rickard Riesenfeld, Beate Hølmebakk, Per Thamsen
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

“El Molino” Cultural Center / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location: Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Technical Architect: Luis M. Gutiérrez, Eva Brugal
  • Area: 2850.0 m2
  • Year: 2004
  • Photography: Jordi Bernardo

© Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo

AD Classics: Heilig Geist Kirche / Alvar Aalto

Aalvar Aalto is arguably one of the most important architects of the 20th century. He is known for his all-around care for the design of buildings, and often not only designs the exterior but individual interior features as well. He designed a total of six buildings in Germany, one of them being Heilig Geist Kirche, an Evangelistic Luthern church in Wolfsburg, Germany.  Aalto was asked to design this church on November 5, 1958, and it was completed four years later in 1962.

Villa de los Niños Library / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

  • Architects: Solis Colomer Arquitectos
  • Location: Villa de los Niños, Guatemala, Zona 6., 16 Avenida Final, Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Area: 2400.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

Floating Barn Proposal / NRJA

Courtesy of NRJA
Courtesy of NRJA

Floating Barn is a lakeside residence designed for long Latvian summers. The two-story house features living spaces, a bathroom and a small deck on the first floor, and a sleeping area is located on the second floor. By using one material for both walls and roofs, a homogenous look is achieved. The pontoon base of the house features storage tanks for clean water, filtered graywater and fuel.

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Multipurpose Room for Pius XII Private School / Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

  • Architects: Laboratorio Urbano de Lima – Pablo Díaz Mora + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
  • Location: Lima, Perú
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

The Wall House / FARM

© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
  • Architects: FARM
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore
  • Team: Tiah Nan Chyuan, Lee Hui Lian(FARM), Kurjanto Slamet (KD Architects)
  • Collaborators: KD Architects, Locus Associates with Base6 and Terre Pte Ltd
  • Area: 1116.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks

© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks

"Star" Architects: The Story of 4 Architects who Made It in Hollywood

In recent years, high profile news outlets like The New York Times and CNN have featured architects’ struggles by citing the dire unemployment statistic of 13.9% for recent graduates, the highest of any college major.  Many architecture firms are still reluctant to hire new full-time members to their team, and all too often students and recent graduates remain without work. Since approximately 40% of architecture graduates pursue work outside of the architectural profession, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) currently reports 26,850 students enrolled in accredited architecture programs, we can assume that over the following years 10,000 students trained as architects will forge their own path in a variety of other occupations.  

One of the most creative, high profile fields that can offer an architect a wide range of positions is the film industry. And, in fact, those with architectural backgrounds have been making the transition into the filmmaking industry for decades.  Our timeline showcases a sample of those with an architectural education who have enjoyed enormous success in the filmmaking industry over the last 80 years as actors, set designers, or directors. 

You can read more about their stories (including how Jimmy Stewart went from architecture to acting), after the break...  

China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025

The Chinese government is pushing forward with a plan that will move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. The government has been bulldozing ancient villages, temples and open-air theaters as well as paving over farmland to make way for mega-cities that will raise the number of city-dwellers in China to nearly the total urban population of the US

To find out how and why this is happening, keep reading. 

Seeking: Designer for Stadium, No Experience Necessary

Amid fears that an initial proposal for a DePaul University stadium wouldn’t adequately fit in its residential context, The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) seeks architects without experience in sports design to propose alternative designs. The MPEA hopes to draw top architects to the project, who, with their fresh-eyed approach, will then collaborate with specialized stadium designers later in the process. A similar approach to solicit proposals for a revamp of Navy Pier was used in 2011.

'Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments' Exhibition

Taking place June 27 - August 2, Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Foundation and generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, 'Fragments' is an exhibition of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Condesa DF / JSª

  • Architects: JSª
  • Location: Ciudad de México, México
  • Proyect Team: Javier Sánchez, Jorge Ambrosi, Carlos Malagon, Giovanni F. Oteiza, Juan Carral, Mario Nájera, Julien Barnabé, Patricia Aceves
  • Interior Design: IMH, India Mahdavi Hudson
  • Structure Design: Colinas de Buen, S.A. de C.V.
  • Illumination: Noriegga Iluminadores Arquitectónicos, Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction: JSª/ Javier Sánchez
  • Area: 3000.0 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2005
  • Photography: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition

BOFFO, with eyewear brand Linda Farrow, just launched their latest Building Fashion competition which asks participants to design and build a temporary store in New York City for the iconic eyewear brand. Exploring the intersection of architecture and fashion through integrated store and exhibition design, a shipping container, near New York City's Meatpacking district, will be redesigned inside and out providing a unique glimpse into the work of vibrant and acclaimed designers. This third annual installation series aims to once again push the limits of temporary architecture and the language of retail design.

BOFFO Building Fashion will also showcase design installations that push the limits of temporary architecture and retail spaces through fashion and architecture collaborations. The installations will be open to the public December 4-24. The deadline for project submissions is July 14. For more information, please visit here. Check out their video after the break.

Love Architecture Festival 2013

Architecture has a role in daily life. It is all the places and spaces we live and work in. It is the buildings, streets, squares and odd little corners that make up our daily environment. This year's Love Architecture Festival, put on by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), aims to celebrate architecture and engage the general public with architecture and the built environment - to reveal what makes great architecture, old and new. Taking place June 21-30 at various locations in the UK, typical events during the festival include exhibitions & films, walks & tours, family fun events, film screenings, and more. For more information on the events, please visit here.