Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

01:00 - 29 July, 2013
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western Shanghai and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. 

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AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break... 

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A Suspended Room / NeM Architectes

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
©  Rémy Castan
© Rémy Castan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gentilly, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Lucie NINEY et Thibault MARCA
  • Structural Engineer

    INGE.ST.AR
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Rémy Castan

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Buk Seoul Museum of Art / Samoo Architects & Engineers

00:00 - 28 July, 2013
© Young Chae Park
© Young Chae Park

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Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital / Pich-Aguilera Architects + Corea & Moran Arquitectura

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

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Fluid Crystallization / Skylar Tibbits + Arthur Olson

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
Courtesy of The Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Courtesy of The Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

From the architect. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has exhibited the Fluid Crystallization project as part of the 2013 Architectural League Prize Exhibition at the Parson’s Gallery in New York. The Fluid Crystallization installation - a collaboration between MIT Self-Assembly Lab director Skylar Tibbits and The Molecular Graphics Lab director Arthur Olsoninvestigates hierarchical and non-deterministic self-assembly with large numbers of parts in a fluid medium. 

Lalux Assurances Headquarters / Jim Clemes Atelier d´Architecture et de Design

00:00 - 28 July, 2013
© Robert Sprang
© Robert Sprang

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Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

00:00 - 28 July, 2013
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London
Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London

Dharavi - Asia’s largest slum of one million with an average density of 18,000 residents per acre - is amidst a heated debate between its people, the government and private investors as it sits on some of India’s hottest real estate in Mumbai. While the government is grappling for solutions on how to successfully dismantle the low-rise slum and relocate its residents to a high-rise podium style typology, the investor’s profit-driven approach has placed residents on the defense, “rendering Dharavi a perfect storm of contested urbanism," as architect, urban designer and author William Hunter describes. 

In light of this, we would like to direct you to an interview by Andrew Wad of Polis in which discusses Dharavi’s dire situation and the motivation behind Hunter’s new book, Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. Read the interview in its entirety here and read a recap on Dharavi’s situation here

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

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Emerging Architects Exhibition at Buro Happold / Unit Architects

00:00 - 28 July, 2013
Courtesy of Unit Architects
Courtesy of Unit Architects

Currently on view until August 30, Unit Architects is presenting their 8-week exhibition in the entrance space of Buro Happold's 17 Newman Street offices as part of Buro Happold’s Emerging Architects event program. A great way to show off some of the upcoming talent in architecture and design, the contribution by Unit Architects to this series focuses on a selection of their work that shares a common approach of engagement with scale, contextual symbology, material presence and considered detailing. More images and architects' description after the break.

Casa Bauzà / Miquel Àngel Lacomba

01:00 - 27 July, 2013
Courtesy of Miquel Àngel Lacomba
Courtesy of Miquel Àngel Lacomba

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Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy:The Construction Boom of NYC

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
Freedom Tower; Courtesy of Flickr User Arturo Yee; Licensed via Creative Commons
Freedom Tower; Courtesy of Flickr User Arturo Yee; Licensed via Creative Commons

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's twelve years in office will leave an undeniable impression on the physical landscape of the city for future generations.  The new and revised policies of this administration have encouraged unprecedented growth of New York City and its outer boroughs in the years following 9/11.  According to a new series called The Bloomberg Years by WNYC and this article by Matthew Schuerman, Bloomberg's three consecutive terms have made New York City's skyline taller, have made the city more attractive and in turn, more expensive.

Join us for more after the break.

Suzhou Creek Boutique Hotel / DAtrans Architecture Office

01:00 - 27 July, 2013
© Geng Tao
© Geng Tao
  • Architects

  • Location

    50 Moganshan Rd
  • Architects

    Chen Xudong, Yan Mengfei, Chen Yang, Wen Yifeng
  • Interior Architects

    Ding Yi, Lorenz Helbling, Shi Yong, Zhou Tiehai
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Geng Tao

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Baltic Sea Art Park International Competition

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
Courtesy of EAL
Courtesy of EAL

The Museum of New Art, in cooperation with the Union of Estonian Architects and Pärnu City Government, announced an international architectural competition on 1 July, to establish the Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. The objective of the competition is to find the best vision in terms of architecture and planning to further develop the art park of the Baltic Sea countries. The deadline for entries is 10 October 2013, and the winners shall be announced on 15 October 2013. The competition prize fund is EUR 12,000.

Fitzroy North Residence / Chan Architecture

01:00 - 27 July, 2013
© Brendan Finn
© Brendan Finn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Project Team

    Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
  • Builder

    Whelan Master Builders
  • Structural Engineer

    Jonicha Consulting Engineers
  • Building Surveyor

    Wilsmore Nelson Group
  • Energy Rater

    Green Doors
  • Land Surveyor

    Aline Surveying
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Apex Geotechnical
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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AA Visiting School Singapore: 'Objectify' Workshop

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
Courtesy of AA & RARE
Courtesy of AA & RARE

Conducted by RARE directors on behalf of the Architectural Association in Singapore, the 'Objectify' workshop at Singapore Polytechnic's School of Design will sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city's idea of growth through image forging. Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. Taking place August 21-30, the workshop will explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals. More information after the break.

A New Tool for Comparing Cities

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
Population Density © The Urban Observatory
Population Density © The Urban Observatory

For the last fifty years Richard Wurman - architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences - has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares cities.  In Wurman's early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global cities was no easy task. Cities use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. "They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend," he tells Nate Berg of Next City.  

Thanks to sophisticated mapping tools, delving into the statistical data of numerous cities has become far more manageable than in 1962, when Wurman produced his first comparative analysis using clay models of 50 different cities. Wurman's analog-driven statistical analysis has turned into the Urban Observatory, a website that allows users to choose from 15 variables and easily compare the public data of up to 16 cities around the world in real time.

More about the platform after the break.

Never Built: Los Angeles

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)
Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated exhibition - Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.