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London's V&A Appoints New Director Of Design & Exhibitions

London's Victoria & Albert Museum have announced that David Bickle, formerly a partner at Hawkins\Brown, has been appointed as the new Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan. In this role Bickle will be responsible for the care and future development of the V&A’s buildings, as well as the presentation of all of the museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions. With the construction of Amanda Levete Architects' new addition on Exhibition Road underway - coupled with the V&A's plans for new exhibition spaces in Dundee, Scotland, and in East Stratford on the former site of the 2012 London Olympic Games - the museum is also in the process of helping to establishing a collection in Shenzhen.

Head Offices of Social Security for French Citizen Abroad / BVAU

  • Architects: BVAU
  • Location: 77 Rue des Meuniers, 77950 Rubelles, France
  • Area: 3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Clément Guillaume

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

Villa S / Saunders Architecture

© Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg

UAE Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Location: Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Collaborators: The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates, Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Commissioner General Salem Al Ameri
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Filippo Poli, Foster + Partners

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners

Townhouses with Private Courtyards / baan puripuri

  • Architects: baan puripuri
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Project Team: Pajitpong Pongsivapai, Khajorn Jaroonwanit
  • Area: 233.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Beer Singnoi

© Beer Singnoi © Beer Singnoi © Beer Singnoi © Beer Singnoi

Ham on Wheels / External Reference Architects

© Lorenzo Patuzzo © Lorenzo Patuzzo © Lorenzo Patuzzo © Lorenzo Patuzzo

Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center

The Kaliningrad Region Government, in collaboration with the Kaliningrad City Administration and the Non-Profit Partnership ”Urban Planning Bureau 'Heart of the City'” has launched an open international design competition for an architectural design of the Governmental historic and cultural complex on the grounds of the former order castle Königsberg in Kaliningrad (“Post-castle,” 4,5 ha). The competition aims to find a contemporary architectural image of Kaliningrad's historic center, while accommodate for new functions, such as a concert hall, museum of archaeology, and history museum of the King's castle.

“Cube 2” Office Tower / Estudio Carme Pinós

  • Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
  • Location: Paseo Royal Country 4596, 45136 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
  • Author Architect : Carme Pinós
  • Architect In Charge: Juan Antonio Andreu
  • Area: 14800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

Eileen Gray's Restored E1027 Opens to the Public

The controversial renovation of Eileen Gray's E1027 on the Côte d’Azur is complete. Once a "lost legend of 20th-century architecture," the quaint holiday home has been brought back to life and is now open to the public. Announcing the news, The Guardian author Rowan Moore has recounted the cliffside project's turbulent past, reciting its significance as Gray's first architectural project.

Empereur / architectesassoc.

© Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut © Renaud Callebaut

BIG and Heatherwick's Google HQ to be Built with Robots

Google's proposed California headquarters will be built with robots, according to the most recent planning documents received by the City of Mountain View Council. As the Architects' Journal reported first, the documents detail BIG and Heatherwick Studio's plan to construct the canopy-like structure's interiors with a team of robotic-crane hybrids known as "crabots."

These crabots would, in theory, establish a "'hackable' system for the building of the interior structures," says the documents, that would allow for limitless, easy, and affordable reconfiguration of space throughout the building's life. 

S House / Romo Arquitectos

© Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía

Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase

The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan's second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a "Creative Community" that will serve as a "thriving cultural epicenter" within d3, and an "incubator" for emerging designers an artists. 

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai’s design scene to flourish from within," says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners. 

China Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc

  • Architects: Tsinghua University, Studio Link-Arc
  • Location: Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architect: Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc
  • Chief Architect: Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Manager: Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Team: Alban Denic, Shuning Fan, Mario Bastianelli, Ching-Tsung Huang, Hyunjoo Lee, Dongyul Kim, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Wei Huang, Zachary Grzybowski, Elvira Hoxha, Aymar Mariño- Maza, Zoe Zhou (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Zheheng Hong

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

via Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
via Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark 'poles of attraction' and a varied series of high profile commissions that combine a  sense of purpose and place.

The French Embassay, Berlin. Image © Wikimedia user Beek100 Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Flickr user Börkur Sigurbjörnsson The City of Music, Paris. Image via Atelier Christian de Portzamparc Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Saint-Émilion. Image © Erik Saillet

The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond

In the architecture world, there are a handful of persistent debates that arise time and time again: the challenges of being a woman in the field of architecture is one of them, for example; the problems of a culture of long hours and hard work is another. But one of the most enduring arguments in architecture - especially in the academic sphere - is the battle between hand drawing and computer aided design. Both schools have their famous proponents: Michael Graves, for example, was known as a huge talent with a pencil and paper, and came to the defense of drawing in articles for the New York Times, among others. Patrik Schumacher, on the other hand, is famous for his commitment to the capabilities of the computer.

To advance this heated conversation, two weeks ago we reached out to our readers to provide their thoughts on this topic in an attempt to get a broad cross-section of opinions from architects from all walks of life. Read some of the best responses after the break.

House in Front of a Stream / 05 AM Arquitectura

  • Architects: 05 AM Arquitectura
  • Location: 17244 Cassà de la Selva, Girona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Carme Muñoz, Joan Arnau
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula