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Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods"

00:00 - 18 May, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods", Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto

According to the most recent national census in Canada, almost half of Toronto residents are immigrants, one-third of whom arrived in the past ten years. To allow the city to adapt to this surging flow of immigrants, Architecture for Humanity Toronto (AFHTO) has called upon students and professionals from various backgrounds to rethink Toronto's urban fabric - and, in particular, its high-rise developments - by establishing a series of lectures and workshops entitled "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods."

At the inaugural event a few weeks ago, Filipe Balestra of Urban Nouveau* was invited to speak about his work and contribute to a design charrette inspired by the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal program. For more on Balestra and the event, keep reading after the break.

Urban Requalification of S. Martinho do Porto / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Urban Requalification of S. Martinho do Porto / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos, © José Manuel Rodrigues
© José Manuel Rodrigues

© José Manuel Rodrigues © José Manuel Rodrigues © José Manuel Rodrigues © José Manuel Rodrigues +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    2460-654 São Martinho do Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Gonçalo Sousa Byrne, João Pedro Falcão de Campos
  • Area

    1240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

The Architecture of Pompidou Metz: An Excerpt from "The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010"

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
© Didier Boy De La Tour
© Didier Boy De La Tour

In honor of International Museum Day, we're taking a look back at the 21st century's most exciting museums. The following is an excerpt from the recently released book, The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010 (Routledge) by Ronnie Self, a Houston-based architect. Each chapter of the book provides technical, comprehensive coverage of a particular influential art museum. In total, eighteen of the most important art museums of the early twenty-first century - including works from Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Steven Holl, and many other high-profile architects - are explored. The following is a condensed version of the chapter detailing Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' 2010 classic, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The Pompidou Center – Metz was a first experiment in French cultural decentralization. In the late 1990’s, with the prospect of closing Piano and Roger’s building in Paris for renovations, the question arose of how to maintain some of the 60,000 works in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art available for public viewing. A concept of “hors les murs” or “beyond the walls” was developed to exhibit works in other French cities. The temporary closing of the Pompidou Center – Paris spurred reflections on ways to present the national collection to a wider audience in general. Eventually a second Pompidou Center in another French city was imagined.

© Didier Boy De La Tour Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects © Didier Boy De La Tour Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects +11

Kayseri West City Bus Terminal / Bahadir Kul Architects

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Kayseri West City Bus Terminal / Bahadir Kul Architects, © Ket Kolektif
© Ket Kolektif

© Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif +20

The Hudson Yards - New Development, "Smart" Development

00:00 - 18 May, 2014
The Hudson Yards - New Development, "Smart" Development , Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Culture Shed" is awaiting approval, but other projects are already underway in the 28 Acre Hudson Yards development. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Culture Shed" is awaiting approval, but other projects are already underway in the 28 Acre Hudson Yards development. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group

The largest private project New York City has seen in over 100 years may also be the smartest. In a recent article on Engadget, Joseph Volpe explores the resilience of high-tech ideas such as clean energy and power during Sandy-style storms. With construction on the platform started, the Culture Shed awaiting approval, and Thomas Heatherwick designing a 75-Million dollar art piece and park – the private project is making incredible headway. But with the technology rapidly evolving, how do investors know the technology won't become obsolete before its even built?

Student Apartments in Luzern / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Student Apartments in Luzern  / Durisch + Nolli Architetti, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Walter Mair +14

Casa 7A / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Casa 7A / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia, © David Uribe
© David Uribe

© David Uribe © David Uribe © David Uribe © David Uribe +33

Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering, © Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +21

Amburan Beach / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Amburan Beach / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amburan, Epsembit, Mindiptana, Boven Digoel 99662, Indonesia
  • Design Team

    İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Fatih Kariptaş, Fulya Arabacıoğlu, Serhat Özkan, Arman Akdoğan, Ezgi Sönmez, Felix Madrazo, Bas van der Horst
  • Photographs

ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day we’ve collected twenty fascinating museums well worth visiting again. In this round up you’ll find classics - such as Bernard Tschumi Architects' New Acropolis Museum and Zaha Hadid ArchitectsMAXXI Museum - as well as lesser-known gems - such as Medieval Museum, the Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead, and the Muritzeum by Wingårdhs. See all of our editors' favorites after the break!

Venice Biennale 2014: Jimenez Lai to Construct Taiwanese "Township of Domestic Parts"

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Jimenez Lai to Construct Taiwanese "Township of Domestic Parts", Family Portrait . Image © Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan
Family Portrait . Image © Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan

Taiwan-born architect Jimenez Lai’s proposal Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan has been selected to represent Taiwan in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Scattered throughout the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the installation will be comprised of nine small house, each with a single program, that will make up an “interior township of misfit parts.” 

Read on for the complete curatorial statement... 

GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
GRAFT + Kleihues+Kleihues Design Work/Live Housing in Berlin, Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT and Kleihues+Kleihues has teamed up with Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for urban Creativity) to realize a complex of five towers centered around working and living in Berlin, Germany. Titled “Eckwerk,” the new complex is set to rise within the confines of an existing viaduct, whose shape and materiality served as the project’s main source of inspiration. 

Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura, © Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Don Lorenzo Perosi, 6, 50018 Scandicci Florence, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Stefano Boninsegna, Andrea Grassi, Enrico Santi, Silvia Trentanove
  • Design Team

    Antonio Romano, Filippo M. Messeri, Paola Portone, Michele Zanella
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: Danish Pavilion to Reintroduce the Power of Aesthetics

00:00 - 17 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Danish Pavilion to Reintroduce the Power of Aesthetics, Frederiksberg Urban Spaces, photo by Ulrika Wahlmark (2009), Courtesy of SLA
Frederiksberg Urban Spaces, photo by Ulrika Wahlmark (2009), Courtesy of SLA

What does butterflies, quantum mechanics, poetry and dirt have to do with architecture? In the Danish pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, you are invited to sense, wonder, be curious and reflect when you meet the smell of dirt, read Niels Bohr’s letter to Einstein, hear the sound of poetry and burry your toes in pine needles. The pavilion reintroduces the forgotten power of aesthetics as the complementary to the rational. It argues that the two together form the foundation for our future decision making.

The Atlanta BeltLine: From Student Thesis to Community Mobilizer

00:00 - 17 May, 2014
The Atlanta BeltLine: From Student Thesis to Community Mobilizer, A parade passes through the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, completed in October 2012. Image © Christopher T. Martin
A parade passes through the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, completed in October 2012. Image © Christopher T. Martin

An abandoned twenty-two mile stretch of derelict railroad and industrial sites used to be a thorn in the Atlanta community's side. But with one student's thesis proposal to redevelop these areas into a sustainable network connecting 45 mixed-use neighborhoods, public concern has since turned into excitement. To learn more about the ambitious project, head over to The Atlantic Cities here.

Attic Apartment Bled / Arhitektura d.o.o.

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Attic Apartment Bled / Arhitektura d.o.o., © Jure Goršič
© Jure Goršič

© Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič © Jure Goršič +17

TYIN tegnestue Releases Downloadable Guide to Design/Build in Underprivileged Areas

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
TYIN tegnestue Releases Downloadable Guide to Design/Build in Underprivileged Areas, Soe Ker Tie House in Thailand. Image © Pasi Aalto
Soe Ker Tie House in Thailand. Image © Pasi Aalto

TYIN tegnestue architects are known for their small-scale built projects in underprivileged areas around the world, but you might not know just how open this firm is about sharing their work. If you head to their website, many of their past projects are available for download in the form of photographs, sketches, drawings, models, and more. They believe that by sharing their knowledge, they are encouraging students and young architects to learn by building. The architecture co-operative has even created the "TYIN Architect's Toolbox," a downloadable guide to working on design-builds in places of need. For more information on the guide, keep reading after the break.

Courtesy of TYIN tegnestue Architects Courtesy of TYIN tegnestue Architects Courtesy of TYIN tegnestue Architects Courtesy of TYIN tegnestue Architects +6

Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands, Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock
Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Hundredhands’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm. 

Patient and purposeful, the work of Hundredhands responds to fundamental concerns of form and space, material integrity, economy and efficiency with a strong efficacy with respect to function and relevance. With a team of architects and architecture trainees directed by Bijoy Ramachandran and Sunitha Kondur, Hundredhands has a significant investment in the conceptual development of their work and architectural discourse as an extension. 

Pragmatic and grounded in ‘doing’, the built work of Hundredhands is developed through an analytical process of drawing, physical and virtual model-making, detailing and a control on the process of building. Their buildings have a sense of clarity that comes through methodical process and elimination of the unnecessary. They use contemporary building technology and materials responsibly and with due regard to available skill. Their architecture is enriched through selection and restraint.  

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Raja ra Mane: Drawing. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock NUA in Bengaluru. Image © Mallikarjun Katakol IME Sketches and drawings. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran +25