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Sahibinden.com Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Sahibinden.com Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, © Emre Dörter
© Emre Dörter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bostancı, 34920 Kadıköy/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team

    İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Türkan Yılmaz, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Ülkücan Turhan, Quentin Gaucher, Ezgi Sönmez, Niyazi Külahlı,İsmail Serdar Demir
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ABC Building / Wise Architecture

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
ABC Building / Wise Architecture, © Chin HyoSook
© Chin HyoSook

© Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    695-39 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Project Manager

    Lee Jeong Hoon
  • Area

    163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

What Makes a City a City?

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
What Makes a City a City?, The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy
The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy

You probably use the word 'city' on a daily basis, but if put on the spot - could you give it a concise definition? Under the rule of Henry VIII, the title of city was given to virtually any settlement in the United Kingdom with a diocesan cathedral. Obviously, times have changed. For Robert Bevan's thoughts on the title's past and present meaning, read his article on The Guardian here.

Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects, Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN
Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as "Size Doesn't Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings."

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

Terunobu Fujimori, Beetle's House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London/TASCHEN Jorge Gracia, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico. Image © Undine Pröhl/TASCHEN Kota Mizuishi, Riverside House Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Hiroshi Tanigawa/TASCHEN Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, USA. Image © Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects/TASCHEN +14

AJ100 Reports Rise in Number of Female Architects

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
AJ100 Reports Rise in Number of Female Architects, © Robert Venturi
© Robert Venturi

The AJ100, the annual survey of the UK's 100 largest architecture firms by the Architect's Journal, has shown a noticeable rise in the number of women in the top practices over the past year. The proportion of women in the surveyed practices rose from 25% in 2013 to 28% this year, with an even more marked increase in the top 10 firms: from 22.7% to 27.5%. Though there is still a significant discrepancy in the ratio of men to women, this marked increase is a positive step. Find out more about which practices are leading the way, and what methods they are using to encourage gender diversity at the Architects' Journal.

Zen House / Estudio Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Zen House / Estudio Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Arquitectos, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +26

GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres, © Denilson Machado
© Denilson Machado

© Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado +15

Public Library Amsterdam / Jo Coenen & Co Architekten

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Public Library Amsterdam  /  Jo Coenen & Co Architekten, © Arjen Schmitz
© Arjen Schmitz

© Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oosterdokseiland 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Coenen
  • Design team Architects (exterior)

    Jo Coenen, Geert Coenen, Iwert Bernakiewicz, Max Bachinov, Gerard Extra, Hans Schoot, Will Stokkermans, Bart Erens, Frans Wesseling
  • Design team Architect (interior)

    Jo Coenen, Margriet de Zwart, Wil Ummels, Miriam Boot, Annebregje Snijders, Michela Barone, Ingrid Annokkee, Neeltje ten Westenend, Claudy Jongstra, Martijn Sandberg, NAT-architecten, Peter van Kempen, Gerard Extra, Will Stokkermans
  • Area

    28500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture, © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

The City of Sydney has requested that 1.6 million square meters of empty commercial and residential space be made available to artists for “creative activities.” The proposed cultural policy offers over 120 ideas in which the space can be used to enhance Sydney’s reputation as a world renowned creative city. “The City is proud to spend more than $34 million each year to support the arts, culture and creative activity in Sydney – but we know it is equally important to create an environment where ideas and imagination can flourish.” More information on the new policy can be found here

Mikou Studio to Construct Africanews Headquarters in Congo

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Mikou Studio to Construct Africanews Headquarters in Congo, © Mikou Studio
© Mikou Studio

Mikou Design Studio has unveiled plans for the Africanews headquarters in Congo. Designed to “present a powerful visual impact” on Brazzaville’s skyline, the wood-clad tower will be hoisted on four “totem-like” pillars above a two-story glass base and topped with a panoramic restaurant sheltered by a vegetated rooftop terrace.  

UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue, Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has selected UNStudio, in collaboration with AD+RG, to design its fifth major arts venue, the Lyric Theatre, which will sit alongside Herzog & de Meuron's planned M+ arts venue at the Western end of the Cultural District. The 1,200-seat theatre will be Hong Kong's first world class dance performance venue for ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance. It will also temporarily serve as a venue for drama, opera and musical performances during the construction of the other venues in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Read on after the break for more on the West Kowloon Cultural District and UNStudio's appointment.

Renovation of an Industrial Building into a Single Family House / Guim Costa Calsamiglia

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Renovation of an Industrial Building into a Single Family House / Guim Costa Calsamiglia, © Anton Briansó
© Anton Briansó

© Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó +24

Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture, © Robert Lemermeyer
© Robert Lemermeyer

© Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer +12

Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Area

    13628.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Restoration of Arab Tower in Riba de Saelices / Ignacio Vila Almazán + Alejandro Vírseda Aizpún + José Ignacio Carnicero

01:00 - 14 May, 2014

 

Restoration of Arab Tower in Riba de Saelices / Ignacio Vila Almazán + Alejandro Vírseda Aizpún + José Ignacio Carnicero, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +34

When Biology Inspires Architecture: An Interview with Doris Kim Sung

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
When Biology Inspires Architecture: An Interview with Doris Kim Sung , Much of dO|Su Studio Architecture's work is with Thermal-Bimetals, a laminated sheet metal material that can expand and contract at different temperatures. Image © Brandon Shigeta
Much of dO|Su Studio Architecture's work is with Thermal-Bimetals, a laminated sheet metal material that can expand and contract at different temperatures. Image © Brandon Shigeta

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Before attending Columbia University for her Masters in Architecture, Los Angeles-based architect Doris Kim Sung took a fairly non-traditional approach to becoming an architect: she was a biologist. Naturally then, Sung’s architectural work tends to take inspiration from the biological world, particularly in the way she experiments and innovates with materials. Much of her work involves thermal bimetals, a material that expands and contracts with temperature swings; it can even act as a sun shade and ventilation system, without the need for electricity.

So where does a biologist-turned-architect draw inspiration from? We interviewed Ms. Sung to find out for ourselves -- the responses, like her work at dO|Su Architecture, are simply fascinating.  

Study Shows Green Office Buildings Don't Make Happier Workers

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Study Shows Green Office Buildings Don't Make Happier Workers, Graphic from our LEED infographic. © Megan Jett. . Image
Graphic from our LEED infographic. © Megan Jett. . Image

Have you ever wondered if you would be happier working in a LEED building? Wonder no more - a new study says no. Although the findings indicate employees are generally satisfied with working in green-certified buildings, they are no happier than they would be in a non-LEED building. The study, which contradicts previous findings, was conducted by Sergio Altomonte from the Department for Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham and Stefano Schiavon from the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley. 

To arrive at this conclusion, data was collected through a web-based survey tool by the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California Berkeley. In total, 65 LEED and 79 non-LEED buildings were selected to participate in the study. Building occupants were surveyed and asked to rate their satisfaction on a 7-point scale of 17 indoor environmental quality parameters, including amount of light, furniture adjustability, air quality, temperature, and sound privacy. 

Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives, Large construction site for a new mall at the beach located at Dubai Marina. Image © a-image / Shutterstock.com
Large construction site for a new mall at the beach located at Dubai Marina. Image © a-image / Shutterstock.com

Is it more dangerous to be a soldier or a construction worker? Astonishingly, it’s the latter. According to a recent report in the Guardian, 448 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan  since 2001. In the same period, 760 construction workers died on British building sites.

Life is cheap at the dirty end of architecture and not just in the UK. The number of fatalities of largely migrant workers from the Indian subcontinent imported to implement Qatar’s architectural ambitions, notably the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, has been the subject of much hand-wringing discussion. And rightly so − over 400 Indian and Nepali building workers died in Qatar in 2013, and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has warned that up to 4,000 workers may die before a ball is finally kicked in 2022.

If 400 people perished in a plane crash, there would be exhaustive inquiries into aircraft safety, lessons would be learnt and strategies of improvement implemented. There would also be a palpable sense of loss and accountability. But a fatality here and there on a construction site over a period of time does not have the same galvanizing impetus.