Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

The Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city’s potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP
© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

Spotlight: Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, one of the leading architects of the British High-Tech movement, turns 81 today. Rogers made his name in the 70s and 80s, with buildings such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Headquarters for Lloyd’s Bank in London, which utilized highly expressive structures that placed services on the exteriors.

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Architects: Loreto Lyon
Location: Millahue, de Tagua Tagua, Chile
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Video: Inside Steven Holl’s Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Spirit of Space, have created two short films of the recently completed Seona Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art. The series explores the complementary contrast of the new Reid Building and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 building (which recently suffered a devastating fire), where “each work of architecture heightens the integral qualities of the other.”

The first film takes the viewers on a “poetic climb” up and through the building’s social circuit, which “purposefully encourages inter-disciplinary activity, with the hope to inspire positive energy for the future of art.” The second film unpacks the design of the Reid Building in a conversation with design architects and Chris McVoy.

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Area: 68 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

© Manel Armengol via Flickr
© Manel Armengol via Flickr

Spotlight: Arata Isozaki

Arata Isozaki, Japanese architect, teacher, and theorist, turns 83 years old today. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1954, Isozaki worked for Kenzo Tange, one of his professors, before establishing his own firm. Despite this, the two remained collaborators until the 1970s. Isozaki won the RIBA Gold Medal in 1986 and founded the Italian branch of his firm, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates, in 2005. Learn more about his life and work, after the break.

Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten

© Lothar Reichel

Architects: Format Elf Architekten
Location: Bad Birnbach,
Architect In Charge: Robert Maier, Stefan Hanninger
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lothar Reichel

eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition.

Extension of the St. Jean de Vedas Technical Center / Chrystelle Sanaa

© Marie-Caroline Lucat

Architects: Chrystelle Sanaa
Location: Avenue de Librilla, , France
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marie-Caroline Lucat

Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi

© Marcos Mendizabal

Architects: Nicolas Loi
Location: Lo Curro, Vitacura, Metropolitan Region,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

Clark Art Institute / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + Selldorf Architects + Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture + Gensler

© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO

Architects: Selldorf Architects, Gensler, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture
Location: 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Area: 97700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg – ESTO, Tucker Bair, Nicholas Whitman, Mike Agee, Betty Sartori, Courtesy of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Kris Qua, Jonas Dovydenas, Reed Hilderbrand

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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Curated and commissioned by German Architect / Urbanist  and Dutch Anthropologist / Economist , Costa Rica’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale focuses on a competition-winning project for the new Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, a project which illustrates the “vicious circle of social segregation and spatial fragmentation in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica (GAM).”

Read the curators’ description and take a virtual tour of the Costa Rica Pavilion after the break.

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

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Architects: Gustavo Penna
Location: Praça Central – Paranoá, – Federal District,
Design Team: Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
Trainees: Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
Total Area: 42.000m 2
Area: 7000.0 sqm
Year: 2000
Photographs: Casa Digital

Yim Huai Khwang Hostel / Supermachine Studio

© Wison Tungthunya

Architects: Supermachine Studio
Location: , Thailand
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Korakot Meesatien, Kasidis Puektes, Supakorn Sinthutarn and Sujinda Khawkum
Client: Peung & Tem
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya, Courtesy of

Kyeong Dok Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

© Jong Oh Kim

Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Gyeonggi-do,
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Area: 115 sqm
Photographs: Jong Oh Kim

Sunomata / Keitaro Muto

© Teruaki Yoshiike

Architects: Keitaro Muto
Location: Ogaki, , Tohaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
Area: 186 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Teruaki Yoshiike

Venezuela Begins Relocation of Thousands Living in Torre de David, the World’s Tallest Slum

Inside the Tower of David. Image © Vía ‘The Atlantic’

Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in ’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias, BBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage. The relocation initiative is being carried out by the Interior and Justice Ministry, and comes just five days after the announcement that the Venezuelan government is in negotiations with Chinese banks interested in purchasing the building.

Ideal/Real: The Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

© Nico Saieh

The Argentine pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale analyzes modernity in terms of the IDEAL and the REAL by looking at how the country has used “ideal” modern ideas to construct the reality of its cities.

The curators, and , structured the exhibit around eight periods, selecting cinema clips to represent the ideal and the real.

Enjoy photos from the pavilion and read the description from the curators after the break.