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Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie to be Complete by 2017

Sitting idol since November 2011, Herzog & de Meuron’s long-running Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, has left residents wondering when will the music ever begin?

First envisioned back in 2003, the enormous crystalline glass structure stands nearly complete on top a historic warehouse on the edge of the River Elbe. Rising costs, delayed schedules and legal issues with the contractor, has plagued this magnificent concert hall with controversy. However, according a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, contractor Hochtief has initiated a new deal to ensure the completion of the concert hall. 

A revised contract, which is expect to adjust the architect’s fee’s to €94 million (€17 million over the original project cost), has projected Elbphilharmonie will be completed within the next four years. The news is bittersweet, as the architectural community and the residents of Hamburg have been waiting years for this highly anticipated concert hall to be complete, yet they cringe at the news of an overblown €575 million price tag. 

LA Architecture School Boasts Stimulating Post-professional Programs

Two dynamic post-graduate programs offered by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles have been charged with examining core contemporary issues facing architecture today. Spanning topics from advanced manufacturing methodologies and new building systems, to urban planning and design challenges faced globally, these post-professional tracks allow students to rethink architecture and design through the creative lens of the SCI-Arc community. 

The architecture school’s Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media (ESTm) and Future Initiatives (SCIFI) programs are conceived as intensive one-year (three semesters) post-professional degrees in architecture, functioning as think tanks and research engines within the larger framework of the school. 

Diageo Concept Store / Fourfoursixsix

  • Architects: Fourfoursixsix
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Client: Diageo
  • Budget: $180,000 USD
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Fourfoursixsix

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New Aveiro Train Station / JLLA

  • Architects: JLLA
  • Location: Aveiro, Portugal
  • Design Team: João Lúcio Lopes, Gemma Vila, Paulo Gouveia, Rui Fortes, Vitor Coutinho Lopes
  • Structural Engineer: Carlos Baptista
  • Landscape : Gibb-Portugal
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Update: SFMOMA Expansion / Snøhetta

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced further details of its 235,000-square-foot building expansion that will support the museum's increasing role in city life and the international art community. Designed by Norway-based practice Snøhetta, in collaboration with local firm EHDDthe 10-story concrete structure will compliment SFMOMA's original, Mario Botta-designed, red-brick museum by offering more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs and an abundance of flexible performance-based gallery space.

How Our Cities Keep Us Single (And Why That Has to Change)

In 1969, zoologist Desmond Morris released a book titled The Human Zoo; in it, he argued that human beings, tribal by nature, aren’t wired to live in the big, crowded modern-day cities we find ourselves in:

“Some people call the city a ‘concrete jungle’ — but jungles aren’t like that. Animals in jungles aren’t overcrowded. And overcrowding is the central problem of modern city life. If you want to look for crowded animals, you have to look in the zoo. And then it occurred to me: The city is not a concrete jungle — it’s a human zoo.

Humans in a city are like animals in a zoo. It’s a fascinating claim, one that led me to a rather unusual thought. 

If we take for granted Morris’ claim that the city is essentially a human zoo, and that, as we are all aware, it’s far more difficult for animals to mate in captivity, then - could cities actually limit our capacity for love? As our world becomes more and more urbanized, will it also become more lonely? 

Is there any way to stop it?

Pride And Glory Office / Morpho Studio

  • Architects: Morpho Studio
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Architect In Charge: Justyna Friedberg
  • Area: 810.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Morpho Studio

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Vallecas 47 / Estudio UNTERCIO

  • Architects: Estudio UNTERCIO
  • Location: Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez, Michael Becker
  • Technical Architect: Alfonso Sáenz García
  • Area: 0.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute

Ferder Custom Shop Mexico City / Arquitectura en Movimiento

© Cuauhtémoc García
© Cuauhtémoc García
  • Architects Office: Arquitectura en Movimiento
  • Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Cuauhtémoc García

© Cuauhtémoc García © Cuauhtémoc García © Cuauhtémoc García © Cuauhtémoc García

Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters

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Video: Gary Card, Leader of The Pack

Patagonia Lodge / Cooprogetti Arquitectos

© Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya
© Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya
  • Architects: Cooprogetti Arquitectos
  • Location: Villa O’Higgins, XI Región de Aysén, Chile
  • Design Team: Fabio Stingo, Gustavo Langerfeldt
  • Area: 540 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya

© Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya © Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya © Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya © Fabio Stingo & Alejandro Macaya

Sou Fujimoto to design the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Today, the Serpentine Gallery announced the architect that will design the 13th edition of the Every year the gallery invites a renowned international architects who have not built yet in the UK, to design a temporary pavilion that hosts public activities in at the Gallery’s lawn, in London’s Hyde Park between June and October. The list of architects for the past editions includes several Pritzker laureates. More info of this program at our Serpentine Gallery Pavilion infographic.

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano Lecture at Portland State University

Taking place at 6:00pm PST on Friday, March 1, internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will deliver their fourth presentation in the “Placing” lecture series offered by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, which is free and open to the public. Based in Madrid and Berlin, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is known for projects that marry a contemporary architectural language with traditional settings and historic structures. Their work includes the Madinat al Zahra Museum in Córdoba—recipient of a 2010 Aga Kahn Award—and extensions to the Joanneum Museum in Graz. More information after the break.

Architecture Love Cards

With love in the air this Valentine’s Day season, there is undoubtedly no better way to express your feelings to the architecture enthusiast in your life with these one of a kind architecture love cards. Made especially to share with your loved ones and those you care about most, celebrate this year’s loveliest season with these simple, yet elegant cards featuring well-known architectural wonders throughout the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to Architecture for Humanity, just by visiting here, you can easily download one, two, or several of these cards which remind you why you love architecture so much! More images of  love cards available can be viewed after the break.

Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

The fact that Ejby erhvervspark has grown steadily since the 60′s –through many economic up- and downturns- is evidence that their current qualities are a strong foundation for healthy growth. Looking at the development plan the most apparent element is the strong green connection from North to South across the site. We strongly believe that Ejby erhvervspark’s greatest asset is its relation to open, green spaces. In fact this applies not only to Ejby erhvervspark but fundamentally to surburbia.

St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects In Charge: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl
  • Interior Design: Antoni Associates - Mark Rielly
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

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