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Parkrand / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Partners In Charge: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Rob’t Hart

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Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron / Marks Barfield Architects

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Architects: Marks Barfield Architects
Location: Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Durant, Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects

Google Mexico / SPACE

© Eric Velazquez Torres

Architects: SPACE
Location: Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, , Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Jimena Fernández Navarra
Design Team: Ramiro Pulido, Ricardo Hernandez
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Velazquez Torres

The Berlage Accepting 2014-15 Applications

The Berlage Accepting 2014-15 Applications

The Berlage is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 academic year. It offers an international, one-and-a-half-year English-language accreditated postgraduate-level Master of Science-degree program in architecture and urban design. The program focuses intensively on how architects and urban designers practice in a globalized world,…

Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

© Adrien Williams

Interior Designers: Jean De Lessard
Location: 3000 Boulevard René Lévesque, Verdun,
General Contractor: Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
Area: 1,229 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

When Should Architects Say No? Five Renowned Architects Say Where They Draw the Line

BIG’s 2009 render for the National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan, which was never built. Image Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

To design or not to design — that is the question. Our profession is one fraught with moral ambiguities — “from who you’re willing to take on as a client, to what kinds of structures you’re designing, to who will actually build it (and under what conditions).” In a fascinating article, Fast Company’s Shaunacy Ferro talks with five big-name architects to find out: where do you draw the line? Fentress Architects, for example, takes a hard line, refusing to design jails or any structure that conflicts with their beliefs. Bjarke Ingels, on the hand, welcomes the opportunity to design in oppressively-led countries, such as Kazakhstan, because of the architecture’s potential for the people. See all five responses on Fast Company, and let us know where your moral compass lies in the comments below.

Hostal Ritoque / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia

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Architects: Gabriel Rudolphy , Alejandro Soffia
Location: Ritoque, , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Area: 183.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro Soffia, Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Four Architects Shortlisted for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture

Maximilian’s Schell; Los Angeles, California, US / Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues

Four projects have been shortlisted for the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for Emerging Architecture. Announced by the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and its Dean , the prestigious prize aims to recognize an emerging practice with the most outstanding built work in the Americas. The winner, which will be announced in May, will be awarded a $25,000 prize and an IIT research professorship that will focus on rethinking the metropolis.

Spanning the Americas from to Canada, the shortlisted projects are… 

Manifold House / ANX

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Architects: ANX
Location: Los Angeles, CA,
Architect In Charge: Aaron Neubert
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ANX, Scott Rhea

Morpholio Project’s New App to Measure Human Response to Built Environment

Smart phones are designed to collect a variety of personal data, from location and orientation to sight and sound. But what if these devices were capable of tracking our visceral response to the built environment?

The architects and academics behind The Morpholio Project have been researching ways in which biometrics, such as EEG, EMG, face tracking and pulse measurement, could be used to quantify the physical impact of an image on the human body. By turning to the medical industry, has studied the capabilities of photoplethysmography (PPG) and envisioned ways in which it could be integrated with the smart phone.

With a simple 3D printed fitting, the iphone can be transformed into a miniaturized blood pressure machine that records the heart rate fluctuations of a user while they photograph their surroundings. By tracking an individual’s unique emotional response to what they are seeing and experiencing, Morpholio believes they can unlock new potentials in which technology can evolve of the design process.

More information from the creators after the break…

Watch/Watertower Sint Jansklooster / Zecc Architecten

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Architects: Zecc Architecten
Location: Barsbeek 6, De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, 8326 BN , The Netherlands
Project Architect : Bart Kellerhuis, Marnix van der Meer
Project Team: Tom Leerkes, Mark Gerritsen
Client: BOEi, Natuurmonumenten & Vitens
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stijn Poelstra

AP House / MVN Arquitectos

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Architects: MVN Arquitectos
Location: Calle Macenas, 04007 Almería,
Architect In Charge: Diego Varela de Ugarte, Emilio Medina García
Area: 408.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of MVN Arquitectos

Dive Into ArchDaily Materials, Our Latest Tool

Dear Readers,

In December of last year, we announced the launch of our latest innovation: ArchDaily Materials, our new US product catalog.

Materials will make more useful for you. When you come to our site to browse our projects, and come across certain facades, lighting, or any other kind of detail you admire, Materials allows you to instantly access the makers of those architectural products, so you can incorporate them into your own projects. It’s Inspiration, Materialized.

We wanted to update you now and let you know how Materials has grown over the last five months. Since launching, we’ve added 29 categories that let you easily explore our 197 products. We’ve added a useful link from the product page to the project page – allowing you to see the material applied in all its glory. Following your feedback, we’ve even added construction details and specs to project pages. And we’ve partnered with some amazing manufacturers, including: Hunter Douglas, Equitone, Sherwin Williams, Alucobond, VMZinc, and Big Ass Fans.

Today, we’re happy to report 150,000 pageviews and counting! However, we know we’re still in the early stages yet. Take a moment to explore this inspirational resource by clicking on Materials at the top of the page (between Articles & Interviews), share it with your friends, and let us know how it can be more useful to you!

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The Fifth Pillar: A Case for Hip-Hop Architecture

Robert Moses - the father of Hip-Hop?. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User AaronSw

The following article by Sekou Cooke was originally published in The Harvard Journal of African American Planning Policy.

Not DJ Kool Herc. Not The Sugarhill Gang. Not Crazy Legs. Not even Cornbread. The true father of hip-hop is Moses. The tyrannical, mercilessly efficient head of several public works organizations, Robert Moses, did more in his fifty-year tenure to shape the physical and cultural conditions required for hip-hop’s birth than any force of man or nature. His grand vision for the city indifferently bulldozed its way through private estates, middle-class neighborhoods, and slums. His legacy: 658 playgrounds, 28,000 apartment units, 2,600,000 acres of public parks, Flushing Meadows, Jones Beach, Lincoln Center, all interconnected by 416 miles of parkways and 13 bridges. Ville Radieuse made manifest, not by Le Corbusier, the visionary architect, but by “the best bill drafter in Albany.”  

This new urbanism deepened the rifts within class and culture already present in post-war New York, elevated the rich to midtown penthouses and weekend escapes to the Hamptons or the Hudson Valley, and relegated the poor to crowded subways and public housing towers—a perfect incubator for a fledgling counterculture.  One need not know all the lyrics to Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” or Melle Mel’s “White Lines” to appreciate the incendiary structures built by Moses and his policies. As the Bronx began to burn, hip-hop began to rise.

Asef Office Building / Boozhgan Studio

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Architects: Boozhgan Studio
Location: Ejazi, Tehran, Iran
Architect In Charge: Hamed Badri Ahmadi
Design Team: Shiva Honarvar , Nasim Mohammadi
Area: 2,700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ali Daghig, Poolad Javaher Haghighi

Hopkins Architects Maggie’s Centre Gets Planning Permission Over Rival Holl Scheme

A rival to Steven Holl Architects‘ design for the Maggie’s Centre at St Barts Hospital in London has received planning permission. The alternative scheme was commissioned by a group called “Friends of the Great Hall and Archive”, who believe the proposal by Steven Holl Architects would threaten the 18th century, Grade I* listed Great Hall. The newly approved scheme, designed by Hopkins Architects, proposes a different site for the new cancer care centre.

After their initial scheme was rejected, Steven Holl Architects’ revised design was submitted for planning approval last week, with a decision expected in the summer.

Read on for reaction to the two rival schemes

RIBA Finds Architects Rely Too Much on Single Sector

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The RIBA has found that many UK practices rely too heavily on a single sector, or even a single client, putting them at risk should work in that sector suddenly dry up. These statistics are among the findings of the RIBA’s annual Business Benchmarking Survey, the only mandatory survey of all chartered practices in the .

The benchmarking survey estimates that a maximum of 40% of a practice’s income can safely come from a single sector, but it found that 60% of practices with 20-50 staff and 54% of practices with over 50 staff failed to meet this rule of thumb. Furthermore the survey found that 90% of practices with fewer than 20 staff relied on just a single client for over 40% of their income.

Read on after the break for more results of the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey

Northcote Residence / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Architect In Charge: Jeremy Wolveridge
Year: 2014
Photographs: Derek Swalwell