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Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design, Courtesy of Open Letters
Courtesy of Open Letters

Launched in September 2013 by students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Open Letters is a print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design. The project stems from an earnest curiosity about what people have to say to each other about architecture, landscapes, cities, ideas, history, practice, experience and learning. 

New issues are released every other Friday, each presenting one open letter, i.e. a letter addressed to a particular party, but intended for publication, about any topic relating to the design disciplines. Past correspondents have written to mentors, chairs, trees, mystical creatures, those in need of advice and to NCARB. All issues can be read online.

The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?, The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

In a provocative article, The Atlantic Cities explores the dilemma which Portland currently finds itself in: the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building, one of the most important examples of early postmodernism, requires renovation work to the tune of $95 million; unfortunately, most residents of Portland "really, really hate" the building - as they have since it was constructed in 1983. Should the city spend so much money renovating a building which is unpopular, dysfunctional and poorly built just because of its cultural significance? Read the original article for more.

l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes, Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons
Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons +15

Aula Medica / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Aula Medica / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, © Tord-Rikard Söderström
© Tord-Rikard Söderström
  • Architects

  • Location

    Solnavägen 7, Karolinska Institutet, 171 65 Solna, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
  • Contributors Construction Documents

    Andreas Henriksson (Project Architect), Birgitta Stenvaller, Guisli Benito, Ronja Saxberg, Viktoria Wallin, Johan Wegbrant, Per Odebäck, Kjell Nord, Ingrid Alerås, Nils Korth, Maria Olausson, Anna Palm
  • Area

    13700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Tord-Rikard Söderström +31

Roc Cube / nook architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Roc Cube / nook architects, © nieve
© nieve
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Furniture

    Casa Jornet
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© nieve © nieve © nieve © nieve +25

17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus, © Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda el Castell, 2, 08570 Torelló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Màrius Quintana Creus
  • Collaborators

    Manel Fernández, Joan González Gou.
  • Budget

    2.081.725,51 €
  • Project Area

    2487.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Marc Torra

© Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra +9

Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín, Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín
Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín
  • Architects

  • Location

    Agulo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Project Area

    243.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín

Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín +28

Mutual de Seguridad Hospital and Bicentenario Clinic / Mobil Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
© Nicolás Saieh
© Nicolás Saieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 4850, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Gustavo Greene, Marcela Quilodrán, Gerardo Koster, Sanda Rusch
  • Project Area

    108600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Nicolás Saieh

© Nicolás Saieh © Nicolás Saieh © Nicolás Saieh © Nicolás Saieh +20

GASP! Stage 2 / Room11

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
GASP! Stage 2 / Room11, © Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking
  • Architects

  • Location

    Derwent Haven, Rosetta TAS 7010, Australia
  • Client

    Glenorchy City Council
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking +29

AD Interviews: Francine Houben / Mecanoo

01:00 - 10 January, 2014

Francine Houben (@FrancineHouben on Twitter) is one of the founders and the current Creative Director of acclaimed Dutch firm Mecanoo

The firm was founded in 1984 after Francine and a group of fellow students at the Delft University of Technology won a competition for a social housing complex. Since then the firm has developed a unique language with a special focus on the expression of materials, a strong relation with context, technical expertise, and the precise resolution of details, as can be seen in the TU Delft Library, the La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre, the Montevideo Building, and the recently opened Birmingham Library, currently the largest library in Europe.

The firm's logo, a falling diver "represents a free spirit and unlimited creativity" according to @Mecanoo__.

In this interview Francine explains the challenges of designing a library, a program currently undergoing quick and constant evolution, and shares her experience running the practice.

Currently, the firm is directed by Francine and technical director Aart Fransen,  joined by partners Francesco Veenstra (watch Mies.UK interview), Ellen van der Wal, Paul Ketelaars and Dick van Gameren. Mecanoo has projects under construction all around the world, including the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung (Taiwan, see watch construction video), the Dudley Municipal Center in Boston (USA) and the Shenzhen Cultural Center (China). 

Projects by Mecanoo at ArchDaily:

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Great James Street / Emrys Architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Great James Street / Emrys Architects, © Alan Williams
© Alan Williams
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, UK
  • Design Team

    Glyn Emrys, Matt Blackden, Nuno Meira, Gwilym Jones
  • Project Architect

    Gwilym Jones
  • Area

    440.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +21

AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year, Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Architects’ Journal has just released the shortlist for theirWomen in Architecture Awards, which aim to "raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination."

Christine Murray, Editor of Architects’ Journal, commented:“I’m delighted to announce this year's shortlist, which includes the women behind the celebrated Library of Birmingham, the new Stonehenge development and the Giant's Causeway visitor centre. The awards celebrate design excellence and leadership — qualities needed to succeed as an architect — and especially among women, who are under-represented in the construction industry.”See the list, after the break.

University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis Gilbert Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © Peter Cook Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow Red Bull Music Academy / Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos. Image © Miguel de Guzmán +8

PAPYRUS Glasses Shop / Archi@Mosphere

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere
Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere

Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere +17

Europe's Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
Europe's Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design

Picking a university to study at can be an incredible challenge, especially with architecture courses which can last up to 7 years at some institutions - and knowing what to expect can take hours of research. That's why the Italian magazine Domus has helpfully made its 2014 supplement of Europe's top 50 schools in both architecture and design available for free online. It's sure to be an invaluable resource for anyone considering their options for architecture or design courses in Europe.

Read on for more about the resource

Wine Tasting House in Maipo Winery / Claro+Westendarp

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
© Natalia Vial
© Natalia Vial
  • Architects

    Claro & Westendarp
  • Location

    Maipo Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Area

    255.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Natalia Vial

© Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial +14

C-House / Robert Maschke Architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
C-House / Robert Maschke Architects, © Eric Hanson
© Eric Hanson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Design Team

    Robert Maschke, FAIA, Marc Manack, AIA, Charlie Able, Charles Chambers, Matt Lindsay, Katarina Striezova, Kurt Weaver, AIA
  • Structural Engineer

    I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates
  • Landscape Architect and Civil Engineer

    Environmental Design Group
  • MEP Engineer

    Denk Associates, Inc
  • Area

    3761.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Eric Hanson © Eric Hanson © Eric Hanson © Eric Hanson +25

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum / HGA Architects and Engineers © Paul Crosby Photography
Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum / HGA Architects and Engineers © Paul Crosby Photography

Eleven projects have been selected to receive the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2014 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, an award known as the profession’s high recognition for works in the United States that exemplify excellence in architecture. These projects, and the architects who designed them, will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago. 

A glimpse, after the break...

HVW Headquarter / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
HVW Headquarter / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates, © Jin Ming Zheng
© Jin Ming Zheng
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan 330
  • Project Team

    Hsuyuan Kuo, WenChen Lu, ChiaSheng Tsai, ChungChiau Wang, MingChung Lo, ShuMei Lee
  • Area

    5220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng © Jin Ming Zheng +14