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Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"

13:00 - 28 February, 2015
Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue", Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, made international headlines last year when it was announced that the entire town would be relocated two miles to the east due to mining operations by the state-controlled company. Now, the first phase of the Kiruna square redevelopment is set to commence with a design by Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg for an urban block of housing units around the town’s central square.

Kjellander + Sjöberg, along with development group Skanska, won a competition held by Kiruna Municipality for the square's regeneration. Under the moniker Fjällbäcken, the urban block responds to the idiosyncratic subarctic climate in a manner the architects describe as "sustainable in the long term." When realized, the 2000m2 housing development will have 90 apartments and feature a host of sustainable solutions. Onsite rainwater management facilities are incorporated into the project's planning, alongside provisions for green space and ecofriendly heating and cooling systems.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg + 8

North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York

09:30 - 28 February, 2015
North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York, Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors
Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors

Despite his status, Le Corbusier never had the opportunity to build in New York - in fact he only had one chance to build in the United States at all, completing Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge in 1963. But this doesn't mean his influence isn't visible all over the Big Apple. Originally published on 6sqft as "Towers in the Park: Le Corbusier's Influence in NYC," this article takes a look at three examples where Le Corbusier's "Radiant City" ideals were transplanted to New York.

Even before taking his first trip to New York in 1935, Le Corbusier described the city as “utterly devoid of harmony.” After seeing it in person, his feelings didn’t soften. He wasn’t impressed by the tall towers, rather stating that they were the product of an inferiority complex, and he thought the city’s leaders were too timid to hire him. He wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times saying that “American skyscrapers have not attained the rank of architecture; rather, they are merely small objects such as statuettes or knick-knacks, magnified to titanic proportions.” He thought the city would benefit from buildings that “don’t try to outdo each other but are all identical.”

8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson

08:00 - 28 February, 2015
8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson, "The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson
"The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson

These images by Swedish photographer, artist, and Photoshop genius Erik Johansson are anything but ordinary. What at first appears to be a room, house, or street quickly shifts into a mind-boggling optical illusion, using creative manipulations of perspective to keep the viewer perplexed. From cars driving on the underside of the freeway to people living on their ceilings, Johansson's strikingly convincing realizations of spatial impossibilities will have you second-guessing your surroundings.

More images and a "behind-the-scenes" video, after the break. 

"Closing Out". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson "Reverse opposites". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson + 8

Radiant / Z Architecture

21:00 - 27 February, 2015
Radiant / Z Architecture, © Jonathan Letoublon
© Jonathan Letoublon

© Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon + 14

Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

19:00 - 27 February, 2015
Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia , Courtesy of Curtin University
Courtesy of Curtin University

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University's main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a "vibrant urban community" that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in "innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability". Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University + 6

4 Building Images Shortlisted for Sony 2015 World Photography Award

16:00 - 27 February, 2015
4 Building Images Shortlisted for Sony 2015 World Photography Award, Architecture, Open, Australia © Gina Alderson-Hicks via 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Courtesy of WPO
Architecture, Open, Australia © Gina Alderson-Hicks via 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Courtesy of WPO

The World Photography Organization has revealed 35 images that are being considered to be the “world’s best contemporary photograph.” Of the shortlisted selection, beauty found within our built world takes center stage in four of the images. All entries were submitted freely by professionals and amateurs alike. See all four stunning images, after the break. 

See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters

13:37 - 27 February, 2015
See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

"It's the first time we'll design and build offices from scratch and we hope these plans by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working,” says Google. “The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

A video about the design and a statement from Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, after the break. 

© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio + 10

10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk

12:10 - 27 February, 2015
10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk, The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards
The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards

The Architects’ Journal as named Teresa Borsuk of Pollard Thomas Edward “Woman Architect of the Year 2015.” The prestigious title, awarded last year to Mecanoo’s Francine Houben, is being presented to Borsuk for her “remarkable” ability to improve equality within her practice. 

Borsuk was chosen over an impressive shortlist of women architects. Find out 10 facts about Borsuk and see why the jury consider her to be an ideal role model for future generations, after the break. 

Reggio Pre-school and Religious Center / Scalar Architecture

11:00 - 27 February, 2015
Reggio Pre-school and Religious Center  / Scalar Architecture, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    West Hills, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Julio Salcedo
  • Area

    5500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

Frank Lloyd Wright and Fay Jones on the Web: The Value of Online Exhibitions

09:30 - 27 February, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright and Fay Jones on the Web: The Value of Online Exhibitions , Alexander Residence (Raheen) Swimming Pool. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries
Alexander Residence (Raheen) Swimming Pool. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Yesterday afternoon, I was able to visit the University of Arkansas exhibition “Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture Comes to Arkansas” - without purchasing a ticket or leaving my apartment. This extensive exhibition on the life and development of these two notable architects was made possible through a collaboration between University of Arkansas Libraries’ Special Collections and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library and Archives. Exhibitions such as this are part of a broader movement in recent years towards making archived content more easily accessible to the public through web platforms. The concept of the online exhibition, however, is still in its infancy and there remains significant room for innovation.

Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Taliesin West Easter Celebration with Kamal Amini, Jack Howe, Lu Sparks Howe, and Gus Jones. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Page 1 of Jones's Notes for a Lecture Referring to His Last Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Bachman-Wilson Residence Exterior, Rear Elevation. Image Courtesy of TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014 + 5

David Chipperfield to Receive the Netherlands' Sikkens Prize

06:00 - 27 February, 2015
David Chipperfield to Receive the Netherlands' Sikkens Prize, Neues Museum / David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap. Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum / David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap. Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

British architect David Chipperfield has been selected to receive the 2015 Sikkens Prize, one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands. The prize's 36th recipient, Chipperfield is being recognized for his "revolutionary use of color," much like his predecessors; Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd, HEMA and Bridget Riley have all received the Sikkens Prize. 

According to the jury, "Chipperfield’s work on the Neues Museum in Berlin is a magnificent example of his way of working. Like no other he knows how to combine the old with the new. In his spatial compositions he achieves a delicate balance between color, material end texture. Chipperfield uses the colors provided by the architectural context and the building materials in an unemphatic yet expressive way."

Urban Villa London / Grzywinski+Pons

06:00 - 27 February, 2015
Urban Villa London / Grzywinski+Pons, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley + 23

Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism, Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

Paz & Comedias House / Ramon Esteve

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Paz & Comedias House / Ramon Esteve, Courtesy of Ramón Esteve
Courtesy of Ramón Esteve

© Jonathan Segade Courtesy of Ramón Esteve © Christoph Kicherer para Bul- thaup Courtesy of Ramón Esteve + 23

Pala Living Room / Nuno Melo Sousa

03:00 - 27 February, 2015
Pala Living Room / Nuno Melo Sousa, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 17

AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions

19:30 - 26 February, 2015
AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions

AA Istanbul Visiting School is beginning an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes, which will then be transformed into digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be focused on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

Art School – Carcassonne / Jacques Ripault Architecture

20:00 - 26 February, 2015
Art School – Carcassonne / Jacques Ripault Architecture, © Patrick Müller
© Patrick Müller

© Patrick Müller © Patrick Müller © Patrick Müller © Patrick Müller + 26

BIG's “Unconventional” Uppsala Power Plant Designed to Host Summer Festivals

19:00 - 26 February, 2015
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

The city of Uppsala invited BIG to design a biomass cogeneration plant that would offset its peak energy loads throughout the fall, winter and spring as part of an international competition (ultimately won by Liljewall Arkitekter). Home to Scandinavia’s oldest university and landmark Uppsala cathedral, the plant proposal’s biggest challenge was to respect the city’s historic skyline. 

Considering the project’s proposed seasonal use, BIG envisioned a dual-use power plant that transcends the public perception; in the summer months, the “crystalline” proposal was designed to transform into a venue for festivals during the peak of tourism. 

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG + 22