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Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas, The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown
The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown

When it comes to public space, many assume that while truly public space is always good, "privately owned public space" is always bad. However, in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "A Plaza is No Guarantee of Democracy," NBBJ's Carl Yost argues that the distinction is not so binary. As architects, it's our job to smooth over the difference between the two, while we're at work - but most importantly while we're not.

The past few months have seen the opening of high-profile projects with contested public space. The Leadenhall Building, London’s “Cheesegrater,” rises above a public plaza that the Financial Times called “problematic,” with “an astonishing array of defensive measures to make it clear that while it may be open to the public, it is still ours” (that is, the landlord’s). In New York, the World Trade Center plaza has taken fire from critics, both domestic and international, who chafe at restrictions on visitors’ behavior.

It evokes the debate over “privately owned public space,” or POPS, that arose during Occupy Wall Street, when protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park, a Lower Manhattan plaza that is privately owned by Brookfield Office Properties yet must remain open to the public. Many rightly pointed out the restrictions that POPS pose to free speech and assembly, when owners can evict people they consider unwelcome.

Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti, © L. Bartoli
© L. Bartoli

© L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli +20

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District , Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Fashion, design and architecture collide in Zaha Hadid's recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea's most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza's Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building. One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs - an information booth and a miniature exhibition space - being accepted for construction.

See all of NL Architects'  Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break

Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +28

Y111 Hotel / Estudio FWAP Arquitectos + Estudio Jose Luis Lorenzo

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Y111 Hotel / Estudio FWAP Arquitectos + Estudio Jose Luis Lorenzo, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +20

Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners, © Albatross Aerial Perspective
© Albatross Aerial Perspective

© Dana Polo © Dana Polo © Shay Adam © Dana Polo +25

"Jellyfish Barge" Provides Sustainable Source of Food and Water

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
"Jellyfish Barge" Provides Sustainable Source of Food and Water, Exterior View. Image © Matteo De Mayda
Exterior View. Image © Matteo De Mayda

With the earth’s population increasing at an exponential rate, sustainable agriculture and access to clean water are becoming desperately important. Cristiana Favretto and Antonio Giraridi of Studiomobile recognize this and have proposed a solution. Dubbed the Jellyfish Barge for its shape and translucency, this floating greenhouse is capable of growing its own food hydroponically and producing up to 150 liters of fresh drinking water per day. Even more beneficial is its low-cost, easy-to-assemble design that can be implemented in a variety of locations. Learn more about how this fascinating project works, after the break.

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress, Interior View. Image © Studio Origin
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

The Ulrichshof / noa

18:00 - 21 November, 2014
The Ulrichshof / noa, Courtesy of noa*
Courtesy of noa*

Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* Courtesy of noa* +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  • Project Year

    2014

Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +24

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Selected to Redesign Assen Station, Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond
Entrance . Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond

Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond (Team A) have won an international competition to redesign the Assen railway station in the Netherlands. The winning scheme, marked by a triangular latticed canopy, is designed to reconnect the east and west side of the city with an “inviting and recognizable” transit hub. 

Station Hall. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Tunnel B. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Section. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond Model. Image © Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond +13

Revitalizing Olmsted Center / BKSK

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
© Raimund Koch
© Raimund Koch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parks Department, 156th, Bronx, NY 10455, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Joan Krevlin
  • Design Team

    Harpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Preston, Christian Eusebio, Ivan Chabra
  • Photographs

© Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch +12

Career Insights: IE School of Architecture & Design

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Career Insights: IE School of Architecture & Design

Career prospects in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Interior Design have changed profoundly in nearly half a decade. We believe that practices that are global enough are finding great opportunities in this evolution, and that professionals that are excellent in design and in business are thriving.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK’s Confidence Is Rising Exponentially

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK’s Confidence Is Rising Exponentially, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for October showed that confidence is very high among UK architects, with the workload index up rising substantially to +37 from +29 in September - the second highest ever workload forecast balance figure. This positive figure was spread right across the country with the most optimistic reports coming from Scotland, with a workload index figures of +80, and Wales, which reported a figure of +28. In addition, the percentage of respondents reporting that they had personally been under-employed was down "considerably" to 12% - the lowest since the survey began in January 2009.

Winning Proposals "Reanimate the Ruins" of Detroit's Packard Motor Plant

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
Ecological Engineering Center Detroit. Image Courtesy of Parallel Projections
Ecological Engineering Center Detroit. Image Courtesy of Parallel Projections

Parallel Projections has announced the winners of the Reanimate the Ruins competition, an international challenge to redesign and memorialize Detroit's historic Packard Motor Plant. The competition called for designers to simultaneously honor Detroit's history, while envisioning a future of technological, social, and aesthetic healing.

This year's jury has selected three winners and six honorable mentions. Read more after the break to explore the award-winning proposals. 

de Trefkoele+ Community Center / MoederscheimMoonen Architects + Spring Architecten

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
de Trefkoele+ Community Center / MoederscheimMoonen Architects  + Spring Architecten, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +14

Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten, © Andreas Buchberger
© Andreas Buchberger

© Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger +18

SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut, Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA
Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA

“The River,” SANAA’s first US commission since winning the 2010 Pritzker Prize, is currently underway in Connecticut. Designed by the Japanese practice in collaboration with OLIN, the meandering and almost transparent building will be built on a 75-acre preserve as a multi-use platform for events and initiatives put on by the community of New Canaan and non-profit Grace Farms Foundation.

“We are thrilled that Grace Farms will begin welcoming the public in autumn 2015,” Sharon Prince, president of the Grace Farms Foundation stated. 

Exterior view of the living and dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Interior view of the dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Aerial. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Grace Farms under construction October 2014. Image © Dean Kaufman +20

Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”, © Audi Urban Future Iniative
© Audi Urban Future Iniative

Every two years Audi hosts the Audi Urban Future Award (AUFA), which challenges cities from different parts of the world to investigate future mobility trends and come up with innovative solutions. This year AUFA selected Mexico City, Boston, Berlin and Seoul to participate in the challenge and respond to the question: how will data shape mobility in the megacities of the future? These four groups were asked to create a vision for how their city could use data in a strategic way, taking into consideration innovative energy solutions, sustainability, feasibility and the potential for their ideas to be implemented in other cities. 

Mexico City’s team took home first place with their “operative system for urban mobility,” which centered around a data platform that cities can use to structure their urban traffic planning. Their system was also based around the idea that citizens themselves can become “data donors” and use the system to make informed decisions on how they move about the city. The team was comprised of architect and urbanist José Castillo, researcher Carlos Gershenson and the city government’s experimental lab “Laboratorio para la Ciudad.” 

Learn more about the winning project after the break.