In an article originally published on Plataforma Arquitectura, Guillermo Hevia Garcia describes his experience when visiting the Unité d’ Habitation in Marseille, France, also known as Cité Radieuse. On February 9th, the building was overcome by a large fire that was said to have been started due to a heating problem. The blaze took hundreds of firefighters nearly a day and a half to put it out. Eight residential units and four hotel rooms were destroyed, and approximately 35 other units were severely damaged by smoke or action relief. Most residents have returned home to the Unité d’ Habitation, Le Corbusier‘s thesis on domestic life, as they continue to live the communal life that the renowned architect dreamt up.
Read on for more after the break.
LEGO® has just announced the newest building in their Architecture series, the iconic Sydney Opera House designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
Sydney Opera House is not only a building with great beauty but it has also become known throughout the world as a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country.
The LEGO version of the Sydney Opera House seeks to capture the essence of this grand building in a small scale. Like the other models in the series it was created by Adam Reed-Tucker.
The set will be available in stores on March 1st at a suggested price of $39.99. More images after the break:
Architect: Basilio Tobías
Location: Avenida de Ranillas, 101, Zaragoza, Spain
Collaborators: Isabel Gómez, Javier Prieto, Francisco Corbalán, Carlos Jaén. BOMA S.L. (structure), JG Ingenieros (installations)
Site Management: TYPSA. Ana Rivero, Pablo Alós
Developer: Expoagua Zaragoza 2008, S.A
Budget: 7,702,616 €
Floor area: 5,351.57 sqm
Photographer: Pedro Pegenaute
Tonight, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Studio-X NYC welcomes Fast Company’s Greg Lindsay and the Institute for the Future’s Anthony Townsend for the first of a new series of events focused on the “smart city”.
“Lindsay and Townsend are calling the series “X-Cities,” where X marks the spot at which information technology and mega-urbanization converge. In this first session, the pair will lay out their respective cases for the top-down, intelligent design of “smart cities” versus the bottom-up evolution of crowd-sourced “civic laboratories.” Is information technology a real tool for city-building? And, if so, what is its bright and/or scary future?”
This event will begin at 6:30PM at 180 Varick Street in New York. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Continue reading for more information.
Architects: Cosimo Projectos – João Pestana and Luís Caldeira
Location: Vila Nova, Portugal
Construction: Ribeiro da Silva
Landscape Architect: Jorge Maia
Supervision: Paula Pereira|CM de VN de Famalicão
Promotion: CM de VN de Famalicão Junta de Freguesia de Esmeriz
Photographs: Rui Pereira
Here are some simple flashcards I’ve made, to aide the young student in their study of Architectural styles.
more flashcards from Coffee with an Architect after the break
Great news everybody! Thanks to Rakennustieto Publishing we have 4 copies of Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand, by Harry Charrington and Vezio Nava. To win one of the copies you must become a registered user in ArchDaily and answer the following question in the comments: Which Alvar Aalto project should be featured in our AD Classics section? We already have a few so check them out so you don’t repeat them:
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Newark-native Richard Meier has not forgotten his roots. Established by the Puritans as a colony to follow the rules of the church in the 17th century, Newark evolved into a prosperous industrial center during the 19th century, experienced a harsh period of industrial and social decline after WWII, and is currently seeking to reestablish its reputation as a renewed urban metropolis. Meier has supported such efforts to restore the city’s vitality, including chairing an international design competition for the creation of a Visitors’ Center for Newark (check out some proposals we’ve previously featured here). Back in 2010, Meier & Partners shared their vision for a new Teachers Village for the city – a four block-long mixed-use development aimed at attracting young professionals who work in the educational system to reside in the downtown area. This past week, we are happy to share that the Village, which includes two school buildings with three charter schools and a daycare center, 70,000 sqf for retail space, in addition to the rental apartments for Newark teachers, has broken ground.
More about the project after the break.
Above is a video put together by 24studio on what today we call the National Museum of Science andTechnology – MUNCYT – which was born in 2001 as A Coruña Center for the Arts designed by aceboXalonso studio. The video coincides with the article written about the politically controversial building which was conceived as a single container to house two buildings of diverse nature: the new Dance Conservatory of the provincial Council of A Coruña and a Provincial Museum of ambiguous content. More info can be viewed here.
Coming up in March, the AIA Grassroots Conference will be featuring the Young Architects Forum (YAF), a knowledge community of AIA composed of architects licensed less than 10 years, who will be holding ‘Summit20′ at the District Architecture Center in…
Architects: Voorsanger Architects PC, New York, NY
Location: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Owner/Client: The National World War II Museum Foundation, Inc.
Design Principal: Bartholomew Voorsanger
Lead Design: Martin Stigsgaard, Masayuki Sono
Museum Consultant: Peggy A. Loar
Design Team: Peter Miller, James Macdonald, Radoslaw Krysztofiak,Andrea Wiedemann, Mark Wagner, Reema Pathak, Van Hsin-Hung Tsao, Issei Suma, Won Jun Jung, Anastasiya Konopitskaya
Additional Competition Staff: Chieko Takahashi, Yoonkee Hong, Sabrina Schollmeyer, Victor Viera, Omar Renteria
Associate Architect: Mathes Brierre Architects, New Orleans, LA
Co-Chairman: Edward C. Mathes
Project Team: Peter Priola, Tony Alfortish, Nichole Chauvin, Scott Evans, C. H. Palm Jr., Frank Herdliska, Joyce Bergman, Johannah Fernandez, Vivien Yu, Vicki Cusimano, Robert Swan, Jim Opitz
Exhibition Design: Gallagher & Associates
Structural Engineer: Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC
Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership
Programming: Lord Cultural Resources
Photographs: Thomas Damgaard
The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently opened its new headquarters, BSA Space, Boston’s leading cultural institution on architecture and design. The design of the new headquarters by Boston-based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture is centered around a highly visible “cloud” ceiling and an iconic stair. These two architectural elements act as brand markers for BSA Space and an invitation into the exhibits and meeting spaces above. More images and project description after the break.