After-School Child Care Gistel / Buro II & Archi+I

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Klaas Verdru
© Klaas Verdru

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Why Architecture's Marketers Fail (And How to Fix It)

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Salvador Dali Museum / HOK. According to Mary Breuer, design consultant, HOK is one of those firms that “'gets' marketing and incorporates it into the fabric of the firm". Image Courtesy of HOK
Salvador Dali Museum / HOK. According to Mary Breuer, design consultant, HOK is one of those firms that “'gets' marketing and incorporates it into the fabric of the firm". Image Courtesy of HOK

This article, by Principal of Breuer Consulting Group, Mary Breuer, originally appeared in Dogpatch Dispatch as "Why Marketing People Fail."

In many firms, the marketing function is like a revolving door: a new director comes in; the coordinator resigns; the director stays for six months only to leave the AE industry. Two coordinators later, a new director is hired, doesn’t work well with the market sector leaders, and is asked to leave the firm. Pick up any “People on the Move” section in your local Business Times and there will inevitably be the smiling face of a new Marketing Manager or Director for some design firm in your town.

SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles' Courthouse

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© SOM
© SOM

Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of Los Angeles, as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait. 

Mixed Use Tower Winning Proposal / DOS Architects

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
Courtesy of DOS Architects
Courtesy of DOS Architects

Invited to take part in the competition setup by the site’s promoter, GWA (Grow Wealth Assets) in March this year, DOS Architects’ proposal for the Mixed Use development in Beijing was just announced as the winner. With the challenge of producing a unique and iconic building, their ‘Cantilevering courtyard tower’ consists of 219,000 sqm of mixed-use space including a hotel, office space, retail and residential units. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Architecture Days Festival

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Courtesy of European House of Architecture
Courtesy of European House of Architecture

Focusing on the subject, 'architecture in metamorphosis,' the 13th edition of The Architecture Days festival will include over 150 events taking place in various places throughout Alsace, France, Bade-Wurtemberg in Germany and Basel in Switerzland. WIth about 50,000 visitors expected to attend, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, movie screenings, tours, etc. will be going on from September 25 - November 7. The festival is the result of the work of the association Maison européenne de l'architecture - Rhin supérieur (European House of Architecture), its more than 200 volunteers, and cultural and institutional partners. The opening ceremony will take place at 6:00pm in Mulhouse. At 7:00pm, 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu will give a lecture about his work and his view of change and metamorphosis in architecture. For more information, please visit here.

T2 Headquarters / Landini Associates

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Courtesy of Landini Associates
Courtesy of Landini Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
  • Project Design Team

    Mark Landini, Wenny Arief, Isti Yudibrata, Sarah Maclsaac
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Landini Associates

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Citizen and Media Centre Winning Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Forming a distinctive entrance to the listed Baden-Wurttemberg parliament building, the design for the Citizen and Media Centre by Henning Larsen Architects recently won the first prize in the competition. The new entrance is shaped like a large amphitheatre, sunk in the ground to attract its 65,000 visitors a year. The round shape also creates an agora in the center, ideal for political meetings and public cultural events alike. More images and architects' description after the break.

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

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Bes Pavilion / H&P Architects

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Tran Tuan Trung
© Tran Tuan Trung
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Design Team

    Chu Kim Thinh
  • Contractor

    HPA Viet nam jsc
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Tran Tuan Trung, Tran Ngoc Phuong

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Chayi Industrial Innovation Center / Bio-architecture formosana

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Courtesy of Bio-architecture formosana
Courtesy of Bio-architecture formosana

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Høse Bridge / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Dag Jenssen
© Dag Jenssen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Suldal, Norway
  • Design Team

    Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala, Ivan Kroupa, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe and Ingrid Londono
  • Project management

    Inge Hoftun, Kon-Sul AS
  • Client

    Lauritz Lauritzen Inge Vandvik and Alf Waage Suldal Municipality
  • Structural engineering

    Dr. Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS
  • Sponsor

    Norwegian Public Roads Administration
  • General contractor

    Endre Kvæstad, Block Berge Bygg AS
  • Photographs

    Dag Jenssen

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La Vinya House / Lagula Arquitectes

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Mauricio Fuertes
© Mauricio Fuertes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Caldes de Malavella, Girona, Spain
  • Project Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Mauricio Fuertes, Marc Torra

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Transformation K-flats Bijlmer / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

01:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

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Why Good Architectural Writing Doesn’t Exist (And, Frankly, Needn’t)


00:00 - 14 August, 2013
New York Times and Wall Street Journal architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013). “The consistent theme is pleasure,” Ms. Huxtable wrote in 1978. “There is so much more to see, to experience, to understand, to enjoy.” A great writer on architecture, but, thankfully, not an architectural writer. Image © Gene Maggio, New York Times
New York Times and Wall Street Journal architecture critic, Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013). “The consistent theme is pleasure,” Ms. Huxtable wrote in 1978. “There is so much more to see, to experience, to understand, to enjoy.” A great writer on architecture, but, thankfully, not an architectural writer. Image © Gene Maggio, New York Times

The Architects’ Journal recently announced its call for entries for the “AJ Writing Prize,” its annual search for “the best new architectural writer.”

Back in 2011 (how did I miss this?) they published a treatise on the qualities of good architectural writing penned by one of the prize’s judges, architect Alan Berman.

Now, please consider that I am butchering his essay by removing this quote from the stream of his thinking, but, that being said, this paragraph stands out:

Architectural writing should aid everyone’s understanding of buildings and assist architects to design better ones. This is not to say that it should be an instruction manual or ignore the importance of the myriad intellectual endeavours which explore the human predicament –about which architects should always be conscious. Rather it is to say that architectural commentary should aim for clarity and precision of expression by means of lucid terminology and simplicity of structure.

This strikes me as a very technical and precise way of producing writer’s block. If this is the extent of good architectural writing, or writing that is in the service of architecture, then “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

TEDxTokyo: Emergency Shelters Made from Paper / Shigeru Ban

00:00 - 14 August, 2013

Disappointed that most architecture is built for the privileged, rather than society, Shigeru Ban has dedicated much of his career to building affordable, livable and safe emergency shelters for post-disaster areas. As described by TED

Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda, or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose.

Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Exhibition

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
© gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten's touring exhibition, 'Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners' is currently being hosted by the Chinese National Museum in Beijing until August 25. In this exhibition, gmp will provide an overview of their work: sketches and drawings provide an idea of the conceptual thoughts, models present designs in three dimensions and photos document the completed buildings. The exhibited gmp projects are grouped regionally by continent and in six categories which cover important fundamental, practical and theoretical aspects of gmp’s work. More information after the break. 

Narva College / Kavakava Architects

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
© Kaido Haagen
© Kaido Haagen

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Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Courtesy of Plasma Studio
Courtesy of Plasma Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Plasma Studio

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