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Who Are Architecture's Best Young "Disrupters"?

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
Who Are Architecture's Best Young "Disrupters"?, Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

In their fifth annual "Game Changers" survey, Metropolis Magazine sought to uncover the visionaries who have the potential to make waves in design and architecture. Profiling six of design's "foremost forward-looking talents," the list includes Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, the filmmaking duo whose "Living Architectures" series takes a sideways glance at some of the world's most celebrated buildings; Amy Mielke and Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, whose work as Water Pore Partnership topped BIG and The Living for Holcim's North America Award; and finally Aggregate, a collaborative of architecture historians who are rethinking the way we do architecture theory. For the full list and profiles of all those featured on it, head on over to Metropolis Magazine.

Shoe Gallery / Plazma Architecture Studio

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Shoe Gallery / Plazma Architecture Studio, © Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas

© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gedimino prospektas 9, Vilnius 01110, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Rytis Mikulionis, Paulius Paskačimas, Evelina Talandzevičienė (Wallpaper graphic design: Daiva Čiuplytė
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced, Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus / Bensonwood + Annette Dey, PE  © Marvin Windows
Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus / Bensonwood + Annette Dey, PE  © Marvin Windows

The 2015 winners of the Wood Design Awards have been announced at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, California. Presented by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, the awards seek to "recognize extraordinary buildings that exemplify not only wood's beauty, but the versatility and structural performance attributes that make it such an interesting material to architects and engineers."

The Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in nine categories at both regional and national levels. See the winning designs for 2015 after the break.

Mojave Rivers Ranger Station / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects + Gregory P. Luth & Associates  © John Edward Linden Photography   Stapleton Library /  Andrew Berman Architect + Gilsanz  © Naho Kubota Reveley Classroom Building / Patano Studio Architecture, LLC + DCI Engineers © Sozinho Imagery Venture Capital Office / Paul Murdoch Architects + Simpson Gumpertz & Heger © Eric Staudenmaeir Photography +16

Augmented Reality App “Lego X” Simplifies 3D Modeling

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
Augmented Reality App “Lego X” Simplifies 3D Modeling, © Gravity
© Gravity

Imagine forgoing time-intensive 3D modeling programs to instead create 3D printable models by playfully stacking sensored LEGO bricks. This reality isn’t far from fruition, as the London-based studio Gravity has released plans for an augmented reality app that uses location-mapping and gyroscopic sensors to generate digital (and scalable) models of your creation in realtime. The program, “Lego X” uses an algorithm to intuitively smooth out edges and join corners, allowing for easy modifying and seamless 3D printing. 

See the program in action, after the break. 

120 HOURS Launches Student Competition: “Experimental Preservation”

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
120 HOURS Launches Student Competition: “Experimental Preservation”, 120 HOURS' 2014 Winner: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of 120 HOURS
120 HOURS' 2014 Winner: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of 120 HOURS

This year's 120 HOURS student architecture competition is set to run from February 9th through the 14th. The international competition is open to any current Architecture student, anywhere in the world. There is no fee to enter, and you (and your team of up to three) can do so by visiting the 120 HOURS website.

The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography, Boa Nova Teahouse / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image © Joao Morgado
Boa Nova Teahouse / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image © Joao Morgado

What is the draw of the aerial view? Whereas architects and designers often find solace in this particular spatial perspective there is a more inclusive, universal appeal to this way of seeing. The ease of access to online mapping services has increased our collective reliance on understanding our world from above.

Maps condense the planet into a little world inside our pocket, the commodification of which has universalised the ‘plan-view’ photograph. The question of whether or not their ubiquitous availability, having now been assimilated into our collective consciousness, is a positive step for the status of the plan is a discussion ongoing. Yet, in the face of this dilemma, architectural photographers are pushing the boundaries of drone technology in order to find new meaning.

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture. Image © Xia Zhi Biomuseo / Gehry Partners. Image © Fernando Alda House in Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Terminal Rodoviario / Castelo Branco . Image © Joao Morgado +13

Two Family Vacation House / MOB architects

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Two Family Vacation House / MOB architects, © N. Daniilidis
© N. Daniilidis

© N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis +16

Robert A.M. Stern 2015 Travel Fellowship Applications Now Available

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Robert A.M. Stern 2015 Travel Fellowship Applications Now Available, Courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Courtesy of Robert A.M. Stern Architects

This week, Robert A.M. Stern Architects released applications for its third annual Travel Fellowship. The $10,000 grant is given to an architecture student in the penultimate year of their Master’s degree study. The recipient must be attending one of 18 U.S. and Canadian schools, and show “insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.” The prize money will be used to support travel and research based on Robert A.M. Stern’s own philosophy of reinventing traditional architecture. Check your eligibility and apply for the RAMSA Travel Fellowship here!

Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower

00:00 - 27 January, 2015
Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower, © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Cambridge Seven Associates
© Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Cambridge Seven Associates

Construction has commenced on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ 61-story condominium tower in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The $700 million development will be the tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest tower to rise since the 1976 John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed. 

“The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting,” says Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J
© Shamanth Patil J

© Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, India
  • Principal Designers

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Explora Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol + José Cruz

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Explora Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol + José Cruz, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Ana Paz Turell, Patricio Parada
  • Area

    5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    1995
  • Photographs

Paolo Venturella-Designed Office Building to Feature Rotating Parametric Pixels

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Paolo Venturella-Designed Office Building to Feature Rotating Parametric Pixels, Exterior rendering showing the rotating pixel facade. Image Courtesy of Paolo Venturella Architecture
Exterior rendering showing the rotating pixel facade. Image Courtesy of Paolo Venturella Architecture

Paolo Venturella Architecture has been commissioned to design a proposal for an Italian office building. The inventive structure uses existing contextual information, such as the grid of the city and an abandoned soccer field on which it sits, to drive its parametric design. The resulting building not only makes use of an otherwise forgotten plot of land, but fits precisely into the urban fabric of the existing city layout, using its grid to shape the building. 

Michael Sorkin On 'The Next Helsinki' Competition

00:00 - 27 January, 2015
Michael Sorkin On 'The Next Helsinki' Competition, Helsinki Waterfront. ImageCourtesy Laura Brewis
Helsinki Waterfront. ImageCourtesy Laura Brewis

In an article for Metropolis Magazine, Zachary Edelson speaks to architect and critic Michael Sorkin about The Next Helsinki - a competition set up "to inquire as to whether this very valuable site in this wonderful city can’t somehow be leveraged beyond a franchise museum building." The esteemed jury, replete with distinguished artists and architects (many of whom are Finnish), is not just "a counter-competition" to the recent Guggenheim competition: "we’re trying to raise the question of whether a big foreign institution is the most logical way to prompt the arts to flourish at the community level." Read Sorkin's comments about the Finns' attitude to their city and his thoughts on the shortlist of the recent Guggenheim competition in full here.

Joseph Pschorr House / Kuehn Malvezzi

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Joseph Pschorr House / Kuehn Malvezzi, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +15

The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books

00:00 - 27 January, 2015
The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Update: Last week, Hadid and the New York Review of Books agreed to a settlement agreement, with Hadid accepting the apology of the New York Review of Books and, in conjunction with the settlement, donating an undisclosed sum of money to a labor rights charity. You can read the full joint statement at the end of this article.

For those that follow the ins and outs of architectural criticism, it will have been hard to miss the news this week that Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books, claiming that the critical broadside launched by Martin Fuller against Hadid in his review of Rowan Moore's book Why We Build was not only defamatory but also unrepresentative of the content of the book. Hadid's lawyers demanded a retraction of the review, which they claimed had caused Hadid "severe emotional and physical distress."

Hadid's lawsuit did manage to elicit an apology from Filler, but probably not the one she was hoping for: Filler posted a retraction admitting that his review confused the number of deaths involved in all construction in Qatar in 2012-13 (almost 1,000) with the number of deaths on Hadid's own Al Wakrah stadium (exactly zero). However, much of Filler's comments criticizing Hadid's cold attitude to conditions for immigrant workers in Qatar remain unaddressed.

Throughout the week, a number of other critics took this opportunity to pile more criticism on Hadid, unanimously agreeing that the lawsuit was a bad idea. Read on after the break to see the six reasons they gave explaining why.

Résidence Jouanicot - Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Résidence Jouanicot - Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara +23

Office for Architecture Studio and Coworking Space / As – Built

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
© Moncho Rey
© Moncho Rey
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rúa Pardo Baixo, 23, 15403 Ferrol, A Coruña, Spain
  • Design Team

    Pablo Ríos, Moncho Rey
  • Area

    82.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Moncho Rey © Moncho Rey © Moncho Rey © Moncho Rey +13

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Siamak Hariri - Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Local Architect

    BL Arquitectos
  • Client

    National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada
  • General Contractor

    Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá'í para Sudamérica Ltda.
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America +41