Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image
Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image

Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube

The Apple Store’s iconic 5th Avenue Store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, came into unfortunate contact with a snowblower yesterday, reports Buzzfeed. The incident has left one panel of glass shattered; it’s estimated that fixing it will cost about $445,000. More images, after the break…

Fairview Townhouse / Bucchieri Architects

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Architects: Bucchieri Architects
Location: Cleveland, OH,
Designer: Stephen Bucchieri
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Pease

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Pedestrian-Centric City Center for Lyon Confluence

Block A3: west public transit. Image © Herzog & de Meuron

The Mayor of , France, has unveiled plans for a dense, mixed-use district planned for the Confluence. Masterplanned by Herzog & de Meuron, in collaboration with landscapist Michel Desvigne, the 35-hectare scheme will be the first plot developed in the second phase of a larger regeneration initiative that aims to “double the city-center” by reclaiming a massive, post-industrial site on the city’s central peninsula. Once complete, the second phase, known as “Ilot A3”, will provide more than 2,000 homes in a lush residential park and vibrant “market quarter.” 

Vista House / Alexander Brenner Architects

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Architects: Alexander Brenner Architects
Location: , Germany
Area: 196 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB extends its reach to Austin, this year adding the University of Texas School of Architecture as a member organization. In doing so, the UT SOA is supporting the largest and most complete event to date with Michel Rojkind as…

In Defense of Open Source Design

Tatiana Bilbao’s design for . Image Courtesy of

The unspoken truth about housing today? Most of it is ugly – more accurately described as “developed” than “designed.”

What’s the difference? A housing development is bottom line-oriented; a housing design is human-centered. A housing development is made for the masses; housing design is typically envisioned for an individual client. But, at the end of the day, every house was at one point designed. In other words, development and design are merely made to oppose by developers and designers. They can be one and the same.

So how can we negotiate the difference between “development” and “design” – and effectively create better housing for the many without loss of individualism? Allow me to suggest an unlikely solution: making architecture open source.

Deusjevoo / a2o-architecten

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Architects: a2o-architecten
Location: Winterslag, 
Photographs: Courtesy of a2o-architecten

Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com
Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com

The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS

In this in-depth article on Design ObserverBelmont Freeman examines the resurgence of interest in the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Peter Eisenman‘s radical, theory-based school that existed from 1967-1985, and questions: what has been the Institute’s legacy in the 30 years since its demise? Read Freeman’s thoughts in the full article here.

Souldern Road / DOS Architects

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Architects: DOS Architects
Location: 2 Souldern Road, ,
Area: 425 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of DOS Architects

Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / Monoblock

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Architects: Monoblock
Location: , Buenos Aires Province,
Project Architects: Marcos Amedeo, Fernando Cynowiec, Juan Granara, Adrián Russo, Alexis Schächter
Project Area: 7050.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Albano Garcia , Javier Agustin Rojas, Horacio Volpato, Cortesia de Monoblock

The Architectural League Spring Events

The Architectural League announced their Spring 2014 calendar of events. ‘First Friday’ events are held at the offices of the hosting firms. It started January 10 with Toshiko Mori and future participants include COOKFOX Architects, SHoP Architects, and GLUCK+.

‘Current Work’ lectures are held at The Cooper Union and are co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. The lectures will start this Thursday, January 23 with Richard Meier, and future lecturers include Yung Ho Chang, Farshid Moussavi, and Sou Fujimoto.

For more information on the events, please go to ’s official website.

House in Cacela Velha / Victor Neves

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Architects: Victor Neves
Location: Cacela Velha,
Project Year: 2008
Photography: FG+SG Fernando Guerra + Sérgio Guerra, Courtesy of Victor Neves

School San Andres 2 / Gubbins Arquitectos

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Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos – Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne
Location: Maipu, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 3,535 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Mutis Johnson

UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

The British Government will showcase Britain’s distinctive qualities of creativity and enterprise to millions of international visitors through the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.
Competing with pavilions from 140+ countries, the UK Pavilion will address the overall Expo theme,…

Pajot School Canteen / Atelier 208

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Architects: Atelier 208
Location: Rue Emile Pajot, 77340 Pontault-Combault, France
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexis Leclercq

Korean Presbyterian Church / Arcari + Iovino Architects

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Architects: Arcari + Iovino Architects
Location: New Jersey,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects

Atelier Kitchen Haidacher / Lukas Mayr Architekt

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Architects: Lukas Mayr Architekt
Location: 39030 Bolzano,
Client: Haidacher (www.haidacher.it)
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marion Lafogler

Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)
Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Announced

d3 has unveiled the 2013 winners of Unbuilt Visions, a competition designed to “promote critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects.” Get a glimpse of the four grand prize projects, which were awarded $750 each for their winning contributions, and the eleven special mentions after the break.