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Video: Gifu Media Cosmos by Toyo Ito

06:00 - 19 April, 2016

The latest video in French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht’s Japanese Collection series features the Gifu Media Cosmos by Toyo Ito. The library/gallery features an undulating wooden ceiling and multiple large, suspended translucent funnels that define areas for different activities. A series of intermittent openings in the roof allows natural light into the space. 

Objekt 254 / Meier Architekten

05:00 - 19 April, 2016
Objekt 254  / Meier Architekten, Courtesy of Meier Architekten
Courtesy of Meier Architekten
  • Architects

  • Location

    Uitikon, Switzerland
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Meier Architekten

Courtesy of Meier Architekten Courtesy of Meier Architekten Courtesy of Meier Architekten Courtesy of Meier Architekten +22

AD Classics: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects

04:30 - 19 April, 2016
AD Classics: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects, © Ari Palm
© Ari Palm

The very concept of an art gallery implies an inward focus. While the need to showcase the cultural treasures contained within is self-evident, the need to connect these sheltered exhibition spaces to the outside world is less so, and in some cases is overlooked entirely. Even monumental design that turns the museum itself into a sculptural element may fail to make a reference to its particular surroundings. This sense of 'placelessness' is what Steven Holl sought to avoid in his design for an art museum at the heart of Helsinki, Kiasma – a museum whose carefully choreographed outward views, formally irregular gallery spaces,, and indeed its very name speak to the ideal of connection.

© Pirje Mykkaenen © Pirje Mykkaenen © Petri Virtanen © Pirje Mykkaenen +14

Coup De Grâce

04:00 - 19 April, 2016
Coup De Grâce, City of London. Image © Jason Hawkes
City of London. Image © Jason Hawkes

The following article was first published by Volume Magazine in their 47th issue, The System*. You can read the Editorial of this issue, How Much Does Your System Weigh?here.

Neoliberal post-fordism poses a dramatic challenge to urbanism as we have come to know it since the early 20th century. The public planning process has become more and more an embarrassment and obstacle to urban and economic flourishing. It’s a relic of a bygone era. The high point of urban planning was the post-war era of socialist planning and re-construction of the built environment. With respect to this period we can speak about physical or perhaps ‘positive planning’, in the sense of governments formulating concrete plans and designs about what to build. This era has long gone as society evolved beyond the simple fordist society of mechanical mass production to our current post-fordist networked society. When a few basic standards were functionally separate, optimized and endlessly repeated, central planning could still cope with the pace of societal progress. The world we live in today is far too multi-faceted, complex and dynamic to be entrusted to a central planning agency. The old model broke apart as it could not handle the level of complexity we live with and our cities should accommodate. The decentralized information processing mechanism of the market was indeed capable of managing such levels of complexity and, for this reason, has effectively taken over all positive decision-making processes.

Mont-Blanc Base Camp / Kengo Kuma & Associates

03:00 - 19 April, 2016
© Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © CAUE / Béatrice Cafieri +22

House 36 / Matthias Bauer Associates

02:00 - 19 April, 2016
House 36  / Matthias Bauer Associates, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +19

Kanoa Tower / Studio 02

22:00 - 18 April, 2016
Kanoa Tower  / Studio 02 , Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes
Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Île de Nantes, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Area

    4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes

Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes +18

House Matsumoto Okada / MTKarchitects

20:00 - 18 April, 2016
House Matsumoto Okada / MTKarchitects, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Area

    128.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +23

Chocolate Box / Yoon Space

19:00 - 18 April, 2016
Chocolate Box / Yoon Space, © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun
© Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gakbuk-myeon, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoon Seok-min
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun © Indiphos. Song Gi-myoun +16

Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture

17:00 - 18 April, 2016
Variable Wonderful Space - Underline Cafe / LYCS Architecture, Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team

    RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, JIN Cheng, FU Li
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture +14

The Best Architectural Installations of Coachella 2016

16:15 - 18 April, 2016

Coachella, the annual music festival that takes place in California's Colorado Desert, is a spectacle on numerous levels, but it is the associated visual artists, architects, sculptors, and designers that are an often overlooked element of event's success. Below are the best architectural installations of Coachella 2016.

Leawood Speculative Office / El Dorado

15:00 - 18 April, 2016
Leawood Speculative Office / El Dorado, Courtesy of El Dorado
Courtesy of El Dorado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leawood, KS, USA
  • Area

    18240.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of El Dorado

Courtesy of El Dorado Courtesy of El Dorado Courtesy of El Dorado Courtesy of El Dorado +17

A Chalet in the Sky of Madrid / i! arquitectura

13:00 - 18 April, 2016
A Chalet in the Sky of Madrid / i! arquitectura, © Imagen Subliminal
© Imagen Subliminal

© Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal +15

APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut

12:00 - 18 April, 2016
APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut, © Roger Moukarzel
© Roger Moukarzel

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) has announced a shortlist for the design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. The yet to be named museum will be located in the city’s historic center on land owned by the Université Saint Joseph and directly opposite the National Museum of Beirut. A masterplan for the site includes new campus facilities for the university, a business center, and the museum, all sharing green common areas and underground parking.

Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

11:30 - 18 April, 2016
Spotlight: Jan Kaplický, Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 - 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord's Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

How To Eliminate Gender Disparity in Architecture, According to Our Readers

11:01 - 18 April, 2016
How To Eliminate Gender Disparity in Architecture, According to Our Readers, © Robert Venturi
© Robert Venturi

The movement towards gender equality in the architecture profession has been gaining attention for some time now, led in large part by surveys of the profession such as the AIA’s recent diversity study or of course the annual Women in Architecture survey by The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal. However, recently the debate around gender has taken on a different form; in a response to the AR's most recent survey published in RIBA Journal, for example, the curator of Turncoats and founder of the practices Interrobang and Studio Weave Maria Smith argues that it is time to move on to a more nuanced depiction of the problem. “I’d like to see a radical change in how this discussion is framed,” she says. “We must move away from generic indignation and start to properly interrogate why both men and women practice architecture the way they do.”

In light of this slow movement towards action in place of indignation, on International Women’s Day last month we asked our readers what exactly should be done to eliminate gender inequality in the field of architecture. The question provoked a broad and at times incredibly heated discussion - read on to find out what our readers had to say on the topic.

Carlota Hotel / JSa

11:00 - 18 April, 2016
Carlota Hotel / JSa, © Camila Cossío
© Camila Cossío
  • Architects

  • Location

    Río Amazonas 73, Col. Renacimiento, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros
  • Design Team

    JSa, Laura Natividad, Dania Gutiérrez, Jimena González Sicilia, Juan Jesús Pérez, Gerardo Fonseca
  • Project Area

    1326.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Camila Cossío © Camila Cossío +16

Call for Ideas: Post-War Housing in Syria

10:05 - 18 April, 2016
Call for Ideas: Post-War Housing in Syria

matterbetter.com has initiated an international open ideas competition for architecture students and young architects to research new housing concepts for the future of post-war Syria. The civil war in Syrian Arab Republic, which started in 2011, has created the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. According to UNHCR, over 4,300,000 people have left the country and fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and now Europe. While world leaders are looking for an international solution to the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, many Syrians are looking forward to the opportunity to come back home as soon as the war is over.