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Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics

With the opening of his cloud-like gridded structure in Hyde Park last week, Sou Fujimoto became the youngest architect in the pantheon of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designers. The pavilion is an annual commission for a temporary structure, always given to a well known architect who is yet to build in the UK. In previous years the commission has been awarded to Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei (2012), Peter Zumthor (2011), Jean Nouvel (2010), SANAA (2009), stretching back to the original pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000.

With such a prolific history of star designers over the past 13 years, Fujimoto's ethereal design has a lot to live up to. But despite these high expectations, architecture critics have been gushing over the new design. See a full round-up of opinions after the break...

Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

©  SHU He
© SHU He
  • Architects: TAO - Trace Architecture Office
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: HUA Li
  • Design Team: HUA Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use.  The new development implies that the Burj Khalifa will not remain the tallest building for very long.  The Burj, towering at 828 meters, has the longest elevator travel distance at 504 meters.  KONE promises to double that.  

Join us for more after the break.

Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know...

For me, university was about finding the confidence to explore creativity, the notion of self, and determining my own measurements of expectation. Last year I wrote an article entitled “10 things you don’t get taught in architecture school,” which provided advice on how to succeed in an academic setting. Having now graduated, the following article is reflective of my first 2 years working full time in architecture.

My experience in the office so far has required another round of self-configuring: repositioning the value of free thinking, redetermining the notion of self within the larger context of someone else's expectations, and managing my objectives with those of others. The measurement of success is no longer determined by me, but by various organisational objectives and requirements.

Essential to the journey of finding my current job, I have initiated substantial life changes that include establishing a career strategy, reevaluating how I position myself in the field of architecture, and questioning who I am as an individual and what I want to contribute to the profession.

After the break, the 10 things most responsible for my obtaining a job in architecture...

2013 Burnham Prize Competition Winners Announced

Three cutting edge designs were just selected as the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize competition, organized by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. Titled, 'NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations,' the competition asked participants to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago's urban fabric. Awarded the first prize was the 'Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations' proposal by designers Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled 'Calligraphic-scapes,' for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects' description after the break.

eVolo 05: Architecture Xenoculture

Xenoculture is a term coined by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani that describes the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. In this issue we borrow the idea and explore the realm of Architecture Xenoculture -- the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities. An architectural form that emerges from mathematical processes and new material explorations and proposes something never before seen -- an aesthetic yet to be determined.

Graham’s 1890 Lodge Rehabilitation / Luis Loureiro + P-06 – Nuno Gusmão

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects: Luis Loureiro, P06-Nuno Gusmão
  • Location: R. Rei Ramiro 514, 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Architecture: Luis Loureiro
  • Design Team: Nuno Gusmão (Creative Director), Giuseppe Greco and Joana Proserpio (Designers)
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

New International Master's Program in Croatia

Beginning in the academic year 2013-2014, the University of Split Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy will be offering a new international graduate course in English in the field of Architecture. The master's study program is envisioned as a two-year program structured around workshop studios, and In the final semester students will work on their master’s thesis. Upon successful completion of their studies, students are granted a degree of Master of Science in Architecture (120 ECTS credits), accredited as a professional degree for those intending to enter the professional practice of architecture.

Loughloughan Barn / McGarry-Moon Architects

  • Architects: McGarry-Moon Architects
  • Location: Broughshane, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Design Team: Jessica McGarry, Steven Moon & Adam Currie
  • Contractor: Alan Moon Joinery and Building Contractor
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adam Currie, Courtesy of McGarry-Moon Architects

Courtesy of McGarry-Moon Architects © Adam Currie © Adam Currie © Adam Currie

CASE Wants Your Brain

CASE is working with HP to embark on the task of investigating the future of how the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry manages information and they want YOU for their survey. Help them out by answering a few harmless questions on what tools you're using to help manage your building practices and feel free to forward this along to fellow building and design industry folk since you’re being so awesome about it. You will also have the option to sign up at the end of the survey to have our findings emailed to you.

'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' Exhibition

Taking place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York from June 19 - July 20, the 'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' exhibition will investigate what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings by 30 architects of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street that address both ends of the architectural drawing spectrum, understanding its codes and protocols and deploying the personal obsession of each architect in the articulation of a position now. For more information, please visit here.

Eastern District of Seville Police Station / Paredes Pedrosa

  • Architects: Paredes Pedrosa / Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
  • Location: Av. Emilio Lemos, 22, 41020 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Area: 3178.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, Luis Asín

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Luis Asín © Luis Asín

Forum at the Eckenberg Academy / Ecker Architekten

  • Architects: Ecker Architekten
  • Location: Untere Eckenbergstraße 1, 74740 Adelsheim, Germany
  • Client: Baden-Württemberg Department of Property and Construction - Heilbronn Office
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez, John Ruffolo, Image Agency

© John Ruffolo © John Ruffolo © Brigida Gonzalez © Brigida Gonzalez

Pünktchen / Güth & Braun Architekten + DYNAMO Studio

  • Architects: Güth & Braun Architekten , DYNAMO Studio
  • Location: Germany
  • Architect in Charge: S. Braun, D. Güth
  • Interior Design: S. S. Rothenberger, K. Mainka, S. Braun
  • Facade Design: DYNAMO Studio
  • Grafic Design: M. Scherer
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: P. Wünstel

© P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel © P. Wünstel

The Bow / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Foster + Partners
  • Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Spencer de Grey, Nigel Dancey, James Barnes
  • Area: 199781.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

Gota de Plata Auditorium Theatre / Migdal Arquitectos

  • Architects: Migdal Arquitectos
  • Location: Pachuca, Hgo., Mexico
  • Year: 2005
  • Photography: Paul Czitrom, Werner Huthmacher

© Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher

Koica Library / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

  • Architects: Solis Colomer Arquitectos
  • Location: Zona 13, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Area: 812.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos

Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos Courtesy of Solis Colomer arquitectos