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Farshid Moussavi on Style, Function, and Physical Space

00:00 - 29 November, 2014
Farshid Moussavi on Style, Function, and Physical Space , © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
© Farshid Moussavi Architecture

In an era in which architectural style is constantly recycled and reinterpreted, how do we know which ideas are original and which characteristics reveal deeper functions? In a recent article by Rowan Moore from The Guardian, architect Farshid Moussavi discusses fashion, function, and physical space as they relate to the concepts of her latest book The Functions of Style, which examines style in architecture beyond external appearance with a belief that style is rooted in a building's organizational ideas. Consequently, says Moore, each of Moussavi’s works are unique and do not rely on repeating trademark artistic moves. To learn more about how Moussavi’s philosophy is embodied in her most recent works, along with her belief in the power of physical space in a virtual world, read the full article on The Observer here

Lottersberger House / Estudio Irigoyen, Navarro Arquitectos

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
Lottersberger House / Estudio Irigoyen, Navarro Arquitectos, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +27

House in Hampstead / Cullinan Studio

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
House in Hampstead / Cullinan Studio, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hampstead, London NW3, United Kingdom
  • Project Architect

    Kevin Goh
  • Project Director

    Carol Costello
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Dar Mim / Septembre Architecture

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
© Sophia Baraket
© Sophia Baraket
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hammamet, Tunisia
  • Project Manager

    Memila Belkaid
  • Assistant Architects

    Emilia Jansson, Sami Aloulou, Dounia Hamdouch, Lina lagerstrom,
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Sophia Baraket © Sophia Baraket © Sophia Baraket © Sophia Baraket +21

The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid's Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth , Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has designed a 180-room hostel for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association in Bayreuth, Germany. Designed for the sociable Generation Y traveler, the hostel offers an abundance of flexible public spaces featuring bright colours and soaring windows overlooking the Bavarian landscape. Touted by the firm as a "yardstick for the sports hostel of the future," the futuristic building includes modular furniture and universal step-free access throughout all facilities, grounds, and sports fields. Circulation for the design centres on a Y-shaped plan designed to maximize natural light light while providing ample opportunities for athletic engagement.

Find out more about Bayreuth's futuristic Youth Hostel after the break 

A view of the modular bedroom units. Image Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA The central atrium will unite the building's three wings. Image Courtesy of LAVA +16

Loft B / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
Loft B / Tomas Ghisellini Architects, Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects +16

Clovelly House / Rolf Ockert Design

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
Clovelly House / Rolf Ockert Design, © Sharrin Rees
© Sharrin Rees

© Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees +34

The 2014 Venice Biennale, Socially Ranked

00:00 - 28 November, 2014
The 2014 Venice Biennale, Socially Ranked, Monolith Controversies / Chilean Pavilion (Venice 2014). Image © Nico Saieh
Monolith Controversies / Chilean Pavilion (Venice 2014). Image © Nico Saieh

At a time when everyone is constantly interacting with the digital social universe, it's becoming increasingly easier to gather informal data on how well received, recommended, liked (or disliked) an event or exhibition is. Compiled as a series of diagrams for DomusMaria Novozhilova examines the 'social ranking' of the 2014 Venice Biennale by dissecting the three core exhibitions (Fundamentals, Monditalia and Absorbing Modernity) and revealing the apparent 'winners and losers' as far as social engagement is concerned. Noting that "it is only by starting from the end and working backwards, like a salmon swimming against the current, that we can see more exhaustively how things went,", Novozhilova's visualisations reveal a number of fascinating results. See all the diagrams here.

Compartes Melrose / AAmp Studio

01:00 - 28 November, 2014
Compartes Melrose / AAmp Studio, © Andrew Ashey
© Andrew Ashey

© Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States
  • Designers

    Andrew Ashey, Anne-Marie Armstrong
  • Area

    500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Haus Kaltschmieden / Bernardo Bader Architects

01:00 - 28 November, 2014
Haus Kaltschmieden / Bernardo Bader Architects, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +14

"Insectarium Metamorphosis" Takes First Place in Montréal's Space for Life Competition

00:00 - 28 November, 2014
"Insectarium Metamorphosis" Takes First Place in Montréal's Space for Life Competition, © Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay
© Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay

Kuehn MalvezziPelletier De FontenayJodoin Lamarre PratteDupras Ledoux, and Nicholet Chartrand Knoll (NCK) have won one of three first place positions in Montréal’s Space for Life International Architectural Competition, which seeks to reinvent mankind’s relationship with the natural world for the city’s 375th birthday, with their proposal for the redesign of the Montréal Insectarium. Titled Insectarium Metamorphosis, the project provides new spaces for visitors to get up close and personal with the multitude of insects housed in the museum.

© Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay © Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay © Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay © Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay +5

ZAC del Lilas Multi-Purpose Building / SCAPE

01:00 - 28 November, 2014
ZAC del Lilas Multi-Purpose Building / SCAPE, © Francesco Mattuzzi
© Francesco Mattuzzi

© Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porte des Lilas, 75019 Paris, France
  • Area

    3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Berlage Archive: Leon Krier (2010)

00:00 - 28 November, 2014

In this lecture, Leon Krier expounds upon his decades-long critique of modernist urbanism and design. Using his experiences planning and building the town of Poundbury, England as a lens for viewing contemporary planning practice, he compares modernist and classicist theory in their approaches to zoning and building construction.

1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art

00:00 - 28 November, 2014
1024’s “Vortex” Installation Unites Environmental Analysis and Art, Courtesy of 1024 architecture
Courtesy of 1024 architecture

Paris-based firm 1024 architecture has created Vortex, a generative light sculpture located within the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s green building in Bordeaux, France. The “architectural fragment” consists of scaffolding, raw wood, and twelve lines of LED light. With colored LED lights appearing to shoot across the structure, a new spatial experience is created, which also informs viewers about energy consumption within the building.

Learn more about the structure and 1024 architecture after the break.

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Infographic: The Bauhaus Movement and the School that Started it All

01:00 - 28 November, 2014
Infographic: The Bauhaus Movement and the School that Started it All , Courtesy of Aram
Courtesy of Aram

Bauhaus, the school of design established by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, has arguably been the most influential of any institution in shaping the trajectory of modern architecture. Out of this single school came an entire movement that would have lasting effects on architectural pedagogy and the design of everything from buildings to road signs. Born out of a larger cultural movement following Germany’s defeat in World War I which left the country ripe for regrowth without the previous constraints imposed by censorship, the core of Bauhaus philosophy were the principles of craftsmanship and mass production, which allowed for the movement’s rapid proliferation and a production model that would later inform contemporary design companies such as Ikea. Check out the infographic from Aram below to learn more about the movement, tracking the school from its origins in Weimar, via its canonical Gropius-designed home in Dessau, to its continuing legacy today. 

Macquarie University Social Learning Space / Bennett and Trimble

01:00 - 28 November, 2014
Macquarie University Social Learning Space / Bennett and Trimble, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia
  • Architects in Charge

    Marcus Trimble, Matthew Bennett
  • Collaborator

    Cameron Burbidge
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: The Latest Development at the 2015 Milan Expo Site Revealed with a Drone

00:00 - 28 November, 2014

The 2015 Milan Expo has been keeping architecture fans in the loop with "Belvedere in Città," its continuing series of videos filmed with the help of a drone. Since our update last month, two new videos have been released - and now that the recognizable forms of the pavilions are starting to emerge, the videos include labels for each feature of the expo site. With the help of these new videos it is easy to see the forms of highly-touted pavilions such as Libeskind's Vanke Pavilion, or Nemesi & Partners' smog-eating pavilion for Italy, gradually taking shape around the twin axes of the "cardo" and "decumanus," an ancient Roman planning tool borrowed for the site's masterplan by Jacques Herzog, Mark Rylander, Ricky Burdett, Stefano Boeri, and . Read on after the break for the second video, and screenshots of the construction works.

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