One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference, hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University…
Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Project Team: Stephen McDougall, Nick Barratt-Boyes, Marc Woodbury, Lauren Wong, Guy Marriage, Richard Beatson, Tara Warbrick, Bret Thurston, Dorian Minty, Michael Davis
Client: Wellington Waterfront Ltd / Dominion Funds Ltd
Size: 5,965 sqm
Completion: June 2011
Photographs: Simon Devitt
The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture – a non-profit international arts space based in Moscow founded by Daria Zhukova – has unveiled plans for a new building in Gorky Park. Designed by OMA, Garage Gorky Park will renovate the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades. Garage is expected to complete and occupy this 5,400-square-meter building sometime next year, with plans to later expand to the nearby Hexagon pavilion (or Machine Pavilion).
Rem Koolhaas: “We were able, with our client and her team, to explore the qualities of generosity, dimension, openness, and transparency of the Soviet wreckage and find new uses and interpretations for them; it also enabled us to avoid the exaggeration of standards and scale that is becoming an aspect of contemporary art spaces.”
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In this book, C. F. Møller Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most renowned practices, founded in 1924, presents a wide range of their award-winning public design. It includes hospitals, universities and schools, public administration, masterplans, and housing, all conceived with a constant eye to social innovation through architecture.
Chris DeHenzel is one of 2012 lucky recipients of a John K. Branner traveling fellowship, awarded by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Architecture. Throughout the year, Chris will be visiting more than 25 cities in 5 continents to research on alternatives to our resource-intensive industrial food system, represented at retail level by the corporate supermarket.
¿How could an alternative system of physical markets support an alternative food system? Chris will dispatch for ArchDaily from Latvia to Calcuta, in this new series about how to design better ways to sustainable stock hungry global cities. If you want to join him, you are welcome.
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Metro officials have released six conceptual visions that suggest how the historic Los Angeles Union Station could be transformed by 2050. Preliminary “Vision Boards” were released in a public forum at Union Station last week, and although they are not part of the formal evaluation process, they have ignited an immense amount of public interest in the competition.
In an article posted on The Source, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa described that this competition is “about preparing for the future.” As plans for the California High-Speed Rail System evolve, it is imperative that Union Station is redeveloped to meet the standards of a 21st century transportation hub.
Continue after the break to view each Vision Board provided by the six well-known practices shortlisted for the competition.
Architects: Guallart Architects - Vicente Guallart and María Díaz
Location: Gandía, Valencia, Spain
Collaborators: Andrea Imaz, Daniela Frogheri, Fernando Meneses, Ricardo Guerreiro, Lina Savickaité, Rasa Mizaraité, Katarzyna Klimek
3D images: Asaduzzaman Rassel, Néstor David Palma
Client: Visoren Renta
Built area: 12,074 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula
Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes captures London’s hazy skyline in both day and night. Although still under construction, The Shard appears to already dwarf most to the city. The building is designed by Renzo Piano and is slated to become the tallest in Europe. In addition, Norman Foster’s infamous Gherkin, formally known as the Swiss Re Building, is instantly recognizable in nearly every frame as it is a landmark within the dense metropolis.
With architects building globally – often disconnected from their own cultural and political contexts – what is their responsibility toward the workers who construct their buildings? Organized by the Vera List Center in collaboration with Kadambari Baxi (Barnard College), Mabel…
The video above, produced by ITDP Mexico is a surprisingly fun look at the dire traffic situation in Mexico City. With the help of two Barbie Ken dolls (who else?), the video describes two types of drivers: the Everyday Driver, who drives everywhere no matter what, and the Shadow Driver, who drives only when it’s most convenient.
The situation facing Mexico City isn’t too far off from that facing American Suburbia (as our infographic “Burbs Going Bust” and our two-part “Saving Suburbia” series recently highlited). The ‘burbs, designed to convenience the Everyday Driver, have essentially turned Shadow Drivers into Everydays. Hence why passenger cars account for up to 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in some car-intensive communities in the U.S.
It gets you thinking… if we could design Suburbia for the Shadow Drivers (or the “Disencarchised” Driver, who can’t afford a car at all) and make driving less convenient for the Everydays, then maybe we could convert the Shadow drivers (to the “light”side) and increase the demand for walkable streets and denser communities.
Architects: Bailo Rull ADD+ – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
Location: Santa Eugenia de Berga, Spain
Project Area: 2,700 sqm
Collaborators: A.Brito, A. Estevez , N. Font, M. Girbau, M. Hita, P. Jenni, A. Marin, A. Mañosa, J. Maroto, J. Pala, A. Rovira, M. Rull, J. Jimenez, Ll. A. Casanovas
Photographs: Courtesy Bailo Rullo ADD+
The winning proposal for the design of a stadium for Russia’s 2018 World Cup was created by the design institute “Mosproject-4″ from Russia and HKS Architects… from the United States. The main characteristics of the stadium include an innovative constructive
Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray & Galar - Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
Location: Pamplona, Spain
Project Manager: Daniel Galar Irurre
Collaborators: Borja Benavent, David Eguinoa, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
Client: Navarre Health Service
Cost: 18,000,000 €
Area: 12,150 sqm
Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas, Ruben P. Bescos
Inspired by the volcanic topography of Jeju island and the cocoon of a living organism, Seoul-based architectural practice, Planning Korea, completed their design for the Cocoon House, which is complemented with their amazing rendering techniques which is evident in their gallery of images. The cocoon, located at the center of the house, provides a space made by nature that protects and develops inner living things from outside. The first phase of the construction will be started in September 2012 and will be completed in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.