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'Salute to the White City' Festival

Taking place May 2-4, Tel Aviv’s upcoming 'Salute to the White City' weekend is a citywide festival in celebration of the Mediterranean coastal city's 10th anniversary of being named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as the 'White City,' Tel Aviv is home to more than 4,000 International Bauhaus style buildings built in the 1930’s by German Jewish architects following World War II. Today, Tel Aviv is home to the world's largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is inviting guests to “Salute the White City” and celebrate its stunning collection of architecture and design-focused events, exhibitions and tours, including: Houses from Within--Bauhaus Edition, Guerilla Lighting in Tel Aviv, and Greening the White City. For more information, please visit here.

Vanke One City / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Yantian, Shenzhen, China
  • Project Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Qin Zhantao, Yu Liding, Li Wei
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lu Feng Photography, New & Old Studio

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Bettery Magazine Q&A: Is Neighborhood Planning the New City Planning? A Conversation Between Peter Eisenman and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Bettery Magazine: Q&A Series. Is neighborhood planning the new city planning? Peter Eisenman asks P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Bettery Magazine: Q&A Series. Is neighborhood planning the new city planning? Peter Eisenman asks P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

As part of its Question and Answer Series, Bettery Magazine, joined Peter Eisenman and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S to discuss the development of cities on an urban scale and the recent diversion of this development into the small scale of individual neighborhoods. What follows is a discussion that essentially describes the urban condition as a constant dialogue between scale and function.  

There is an unstoppable element of spontaneous development that is a result of the city's imposing forces as the scale of the individual and the immediate community.  Running concurrently with these developments are municipalities' own agendas that may start off as heavy-handed, but eventually become molded by the will of affected neighborhoods.  This dynamic nature of cities and their functionality is what makes their nature unique and in constant flux.  In response to Eisenman's question: "Is neighborhood planning the new city planning?", P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S addresses the balance of these two scales of development and discusses the four morphological states that city development could take.

Join us after the break for more.

Factory Life / Julie D'Aubioul

  • Architects: Julie D'Aubioul
  • Location: Kapellestraat 3, 9950 Waarschoot, Belgium
  • General Contractor: Mark De Buck, Eeklo, Belgium
  • Glass Provider: Gama Glas, Bassevelde, Belgium
  • Fire Place: Stüv, Belgium
  • Area: 860.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

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Henning Larsen Architects Designs New Danish Headquarters for Microsoft

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

With a vision to create the “workplace of the future”, developer Danica Pension has teamed up with Henning Larsen Architects, COWI and Alectia to design a state-of-the-art, yet modest Microsoft headquarters in the new urban district of Lyngby, Copenhagen. Unlike many of the recent corporate headquarters making headlines in Silicon Valley, this Danish complex is unique for it’s central urban site and primary goal of serving the community. 

Ski Restaurant Raduša / 3LHD

  • Architects: 3LHD
  • Location: Gornji Vakuf, Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Project Team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Vibor Granić, Ines Vlahović
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 3LHD

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2013 EBie Finalists Announced

Known as the 'Oscars of Sustainable Existing Buildings', the finalists for the annual EBie Awards were recently announced by the Urban Green Council which aimed to celebrate sustainability improvements in Existing Buildings (therefore the EBies) and the individuals who made them happen. Recognizing “unsung heroes” who have made great strides in improving environmental performance, research shows that changes to existing buildings will have the greatest environmental impact, despite new buildings often getting the spotlight. More images and information on the finalists and their projects after the break.

Vila Stoliv / Enforma Studio

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Courtesy of Enforma Studio
  • Architects: Enforma Studio
  • Location: Stoliv, Montenegro
  • Author: Marh Nikola Novaković
  • Associate: Marijela Pajić
  • Area: 424.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Enforma Studio

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Harpa Concert Hall wins the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson the building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together. 

The 'Emerging Architect Special Mention' award goes to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, Spain. The award ceremony will take place on 7 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the prize.

More information after the break.

Kronverk Cinema / Robert Majkut Design

© Andrey Cordelianu
© Andrey Cordelianu
  • Architects: Robert Majkut Design
  • Location: Warszawa, Poland
  • Area: 1045.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Andrey Cordelianu

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'Soft Modernism – The Nature of Circumstance' Peter Bohlin Lecture

Taking place at NewSchool of Architecture and Design this Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:00pm, architect Peter Bohlin, FAIA, will be speaking on the topic of 'Soft Modernism – The Nature of Circumstance'. Using examples of the firm’s work from early to current projects, Peter will discuss the rich and powerful buildings of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson that resulted from The Nature of Circumstance. These range from the nature of places, both man-made and natural, to the varied nature of humans and their particular activities and to the nature of the means with which we build. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.

An Exclusive Interview with Ian Harris, Director of 'Archiculture'

© Arbuckle Industries
© Arbuckle Industries

Architects and students worldwide are highly anticipating the Monday premiere of Archiculture - a documentary that offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of five architecture students finishing their final design projects at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. The film, directed and produced by two architect-turned-filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries, features exclusive interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators to help create a crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.

Eager to learn more, we sat down with director Ian Harris for an exclusive interview. Read the interview and share your thoughts after the break.

Famen Temple Zen Meditation Center Winning Proposal / OAC

Following OAC’s win in the international design competition and completion of the master plan for the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Center in 2012, the architects recently completed the schematic designs for the buildings, landscape, and experiential features and art installations for meditation in the first phase of the project called the ‘Eightfold Path Forest’. As part of the new cultural master plan development on the site of the renowned 1,800 year-old Famen Buddhist Temple (aka Dharma Gate Temple) outside Xi’an, China, this project is one of the largest architectural and landscape commissions in the world focused around an historic religious temple.More images and architects' description after the break.

Infographic: Saving the Earth with Sustainable Cities

With Stockhom, Hamburg and Copenhagen leading the way, urban metropolis’ worldwide are beginning to rethink their infrastructure and envision ways to transform their city into an efficient, sustainable model of the future in an effort to preserve a high quality of life and stay competitive in the global society. This shift is already being reflected in the education system, with the rapid growth of sustainability-focused academic programs and a sizable, projected increase in “green” jobs. 

Get an understanding as to how sustainable cities will save the earth with an infographic after the break

Portland Oregon to Portland Place in London

Having started this past Thursday, April 25th, and concluding in July, a team of British riders are cycling from Portland Oregon to Portland Place London with the intent of studying how cities are coping with the increasing interest in the bicycle as a credible form of urban transport. The riders will be making comparative analyses of the 12 major cities they ride through including how they are providing facilities and infrastructure for cycling. They, they will ride through the cities to experience cycling facilities directly and talking to local architects, cyclists and policy makers. On our return we will compare our findings with other expert groups, before publishing the research in print and digital formats. For more information, please visit here. A video of the event can be viewed after the break.

‘Flying Saucer’ Condominium Proposal / 5468796 Architecture

Set for completion in 2014, Winnipeg’s “Flying Saucer” condominium project 62M, designed by Winnipeg-based studio 5468796 Architecture, will occupy the corner of MacDonald Avenue and Waterfront Drive, close to the Exchange District. Named after its address, 62M will be a two-storey, circular building lifted up on 35-foot stilts. Its circular design is spatially efficient and will provide each unit with a view. As a whole, the 360° plan provides the widest possible perimeter for glass with the smallest amount of exterior envelope to construct. More images and architects' description after the break.