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Happy Birthday Michael Graves

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Happy Birthday Michael Graves, AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves
AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves

Today is the 80th birthday of renowned architect Michael Graves.  Famous for his bold, symbolic references to classical architecture and his use of geometry, Graves is also known as one of the New York Five. His work bridged the abstraction of Modernism and the Postmodernism of the current era.

Graves started his own practice in 1964 in Princeton, New Jersey, and has taught at Princeton’s school of architecture for more than 40 years.  A prolific architect, Graves has also met with considerable success as an industrial designer, producing products for companies such as Target and Black & Decker. He is highly decorated, having won such prestigious honors as the Nation Medal of the Arts (1999), the AIA Gold Medal (2001), and the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (2012).  On the anniversary of his birth, we invite you to look over our collection of some of his best work and check out our video interview with him, after the break.

AD Classics: Denver Central Library / Michael Graves & Associates. Image © Michael Graves © Flickr - User: Paul Gowder. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. ImageAD Classics: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Michael Graves AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves Photo by flickr.com/photos/camknows. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. ImageAD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves +6

Maison L2 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Maison L2 / Vincent Coste, © Florent Joliot
© Florent Joliot

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Tropez, France
  • Chef de projet

    Estelle Hondier
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Responsible Partner

    Karim El-Ishmawi, Martin Jacobs
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

In The Real World: The Consequences of Modernity in Japan at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

 “We were sensitive to the way in which society was becoming more consumption-oriented and gave serious thought to how we ought to respond to that change without simply accommodating ourselves to it.” -Toyo Ito
“I was entering a dead world, which would never see the light of the day. I wanted to treat that dead world as if it were alive, or to put it another way, to try to create a different reality.” - Terunobu Fujimori

Under the title of Fundamentals, Koolhaas’ Biennale asked national pavilions to focus on their respective countries’ relationships with modernity, the movement that has, for better or worse, shaped the contemporary city. In the case of Japan, modernity was expressed in a unique way, as architecture was instrumental to the rapid industrialization and growth that the country experienced after World War II. This growth resulted in the first architectural avant-garde outside of the Western world. By the 70s, as this movement reached its peak, local architects, historians, artists and urbanists began to look at modernism in a critical way, questioning its impact.

In “The Real World,” the Japan exhibit at the Biennale, curator Norihito Nakatani unearths how this critical movement expressed itself through Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, and other Japanese masters whose works strove to connect to the human of “the real world” rather than contribute to the failed utopias of modernism. Interviews with this group of architects bring to light the desire that they had to positively impact society, and how they attempted to materialize that desire in their early works. The objects found inside the pavilion articulate the storytelling behind the process, leaving their interpretation open to visitors.

“You’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words.” - Osamu Ushiyama
“Actual objects continue to possess tremendous energy - much more so than photographs or models.” - Tsutomu Ichiki

More about the "In the Real World" after the break:

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

From the architect. Created for Barcelona's BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city's Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this installation by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of 'democracy'. The design, titled "Take My Hand" takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside Barcelona's Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that "the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages."

More on the installation after the break

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation © Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation +6

Design Contest Announced for New Thames Bridge at Nine Elms

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Design Contest Announced for New Thames Bridge at Nine Elms, The area of Nine Elms in London. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development Company
The area of Nine Elms in London. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Development Company

Wandsworth Council has announced that it plans to hold an international design competition for a new pedestrian and cylist bridge across the Thames, connecting Nine Elms on the South of the river to Pimlico on the North. The announcement comes in response to a feasibility study by Transport for London which concluded that a bridge at this location could handle around 9,000 walkers and 9,000 cyclists a day at a construction cost of £40 million.

More on the competition after the break

Inside "Open: A Bakema Celebration" - The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 8 July, 2014

"We consider Bakema not so much an architect of buildings, but an architect of a new idea of what Holland could be--a new national identity, a new national landscape…with an architect in the center of this particular ambition." - Guus Beumer, co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale

Guus Beumer and Drik van den Heuvel, curators of "Open: A Bakema Celebration," sat down to speak with us about this year's Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. With the help of graphic designers Experimental Jetset, Beumer and van den Heuvel created an emblematic, stripped-down, research-focused display of a particularly Dutch idea: the "Open Society." This was all conveyed within and around a 1:1 model of architect Jaap Bakema's Lijnbaan Shopping Centre (Rotterdam 1954), constructed within the Netherlands Pavilion. 

The hope, as Dirk van den Heuvel explains, is that "the elements of Bakema...may be useful, inspiring for our own practices today. Elements that he developed in questions to housing, planning, modernizing… I think when you come here you will recognize that there's lots of affinities, interesting things that we still work with and that we will work with in the future."

After you watch the video, make sure to read the curator's statement, and see images of the pavilion, after the break.

Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh +18

Casa T / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Casa T  / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura  , © Nani Pujol
© Nani Pujol

© Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol +12

Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Partners in Charge

    Cristóbal Valenzuela H., Ángela Delorenzo A.
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
The Crow’s Nest  / BCV Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Norden, CA 96161, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Hans Baldauf, AIA Principal / Jennifer Smith, Associate
  • Team

    Asa Prentice, Senior Designer
  • Area

    5600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

© Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Andrea Bosio © Anna Positano +18

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Raymond Moriyama FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation have created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession. 

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart, Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Process. Image Courtesy of ICD-ITKE +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Keplerstraße 11, University of Stuttgart, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Institute for Computational Design

    Institute for Computational Design - Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design - Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design

    Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Research Development And Project Management

    Moritz Dörstelmann, Vassilios Kirtzakis, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building, © AA Studio
© AA Studio

AA Studio have revealed their plans for the development of Brooklyn's iconic New York Dock Company building, transforming the 230,000 square foot structure into a mixed-use complex of six commercial spaces on the ground floor, 70 residential loft apartments, and a rooftop deck and gardens above.

The design aims to be as faithful to the original structure as possible, retaining the existing poured concrete columns and walls and exposing the high concrete ceilings. As one of the earliest structures to use the technology, the retention and celebration of these features is a key aspect of the building's conservation.

Read on after the break for more on the design

© AA Studio © AA Studio © AA Studio © AA Studio +7

Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Dutch practice Bekkering Adams Architecten, in cooperation with ABT and BeersNielsen, recently unveiled an installation at the Palazzo Mora, Venice as part of a collateral event with this year's Venice Biennale. Entitled Form-ContraForm, the sculptural piece reflects on the conceptual and human perception of space - something which they describe as "a space that surrounds and envelops." Distilling architecture's fundamentals (which is also the theme of this year's Biennale) down to the definition of co-ordinates in space, the experience created by Bekkering Adams is akin to the notion of "the mass versus the cavity."

TSN Residential Extension Le Noirmont / Dubail Begert Architectes

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
TSN Residential Extension Le Noirmont  / Dubail Begert Architectes, © Joel Tettamanti
© Joel Tettamanti

Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes +18

BIG Maze Opens at National Building Museum

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
BIG Maze Opens at National Building Museum, © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com
© Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com

Images and video of the BIG Labyrinth have begun to appear on social media since it opened on July 4th at the National Building Museum (NBM)  in Washington, DC. 

The 61×61 foot maze, housed in the building’s grand atrium, will be open to visitors until September 1st. See more images and video, after the break...

Courtesy of National Building Museum Courtesy of National Building Museum © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com +17