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D. Dinis Secondary School / Ricardo Bak Gordon

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
D. Dinis Secondary School / Ricardo Bak Gordon, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chelas, 1950 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architecture

    Ricardo Bak Gordon
  • Collaborators

    Luís Pedro Pinto, Pedro Serrazina, Sónia Silva, Vera Higino, Walter Perdigão
  • Project Area

    2200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photography

The Subiaco Oval Courtyard / Luigi Rosselli

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
The Subiaco Oval Courtyard / Luigi Rosselli, © Edward Birch
© Edward Birch

© Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Subiaco WA 6008, Australia
  • Design Architects

    Luigi Rosselli, Kristina Sahlestrom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Port Control Tower / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Port Control Tower /  Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +24

Metropolis Magazine's Last Minute Summer Reads

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
Metropolis Magazine's Last Minute Summer Reads, One of the selected books, the Petropolis of Tomorrow, is an exhaustive look into the Brazilian offshore oil industry, and a radical design for a floating city to serve it. Image Courtesy of Actar
One of the selected books, the Petropolis of Tomorrow, is an exhaustive look into the Brazilian offshore oil industry, and a radical design for a floating city to serve it. Image Courtesy of Actar

With summer quickly coming to a close, time is running out to squeeze in one last good book. If you're open to suggestions, Metropolis Magazine recently rallied its staff members and a slew of notable architects, designers, and curators to round up an impressive list of summer reads. Amongst the architectural contributors are Mason White of Lateral Office, Donald Chong of Williamson Chong Architects, and Drew Seskunas of The Principals.

Interview with Qi Xin of Qi Xin Architects and Engineers

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Interview with Qi Xin of Qi Xin Architects and Engineers, Olympic Park Siheyuan / Qi Xin Architects and Engineers. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Olympic Park Siheyuan / Qi Xin Architects and Engineers. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

Architecture is not important. You can make a microclimate or situation, but you cannot have more influence about life or the urban situation, it’s just a very small operation you are working on, and you cannot control the situation of the city.. But even if you are just working on a single object here, you can always try to have more or less a positive influence on the city, you can always contribute in your way to the city, to the citizens. But in a larger view it’s not that important; it’s you or somebody else. The people are happy or not, their happiness is not relying on your architecture.” - Qi Xin, Beijing, 2013

Shedding light on topics from China's rapid urbanization to the issue of copycat architecture, this interview of Chinese architect Qi Xin conducted by Pier Alessio Rizzardi questions the role of architecture in Chinese society, and reveals the mindset of the modern Chinese architect. Qi Xin's answers challenge many of the myths surrounding Chinese architecture, often through one-line gems such as “what is permanent for Chinese people is the spirit, not material,” and “the most important thing is that we don’t know where we are going... we are making the future cities.”

Video: First Look Inside Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner's "Cheesegrater"

00:00 - 21 August, 2014

In a short film for The Guardian Lead Architect and Partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Graham Stirk, tours Robert Booth around the almost-complete Leadenhall Building. The building is referred to as a relative of it's neighbour, Lloyds of London, which was completed by Richard Rogers's practice in 1986. Leadenhall, dubbed the "Cheesegrater" due to its angled façade, is twice the height of Lloyds and is considered to be the physical manifestation of the evolution of Rogers' architectural and tectonic language. Although less "structurally showy" than its counterpart, the building is still unconventionally bold when it comes to structural expression.

Dutch Floating Bridge / RO&AD Architecten

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
Dutch Floating Bridge / RO&AD Architecten, © Erik Stekelenburg
© Erik Stekelenburg

Courtesy of RO&AD Architecten Courtesy of RO&AD Architecten Courtesy of RO&AD Architecten Courtesy of RO&AD Architecten +22

Baku Flame Towers / HOK

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Baku Flame Towers / HOK, © Farid Khayrulin
© Farid Khayrulin

© Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Area

    234500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Guaeca House / AMZ Arquitetos

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Guaeca House / AMZ Arquitetos, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Sebastião - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Pablo Alvarenga, Manoel Maia, Adriana Zampieri
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Archifest 2014: Exploring CROWD In Singapore

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
Archifest 2014: Exploring CROWD In Singapore, Courtesy of Archifest and PLUS
Courtesy of Archifest and PLUS

Returning for its eighth year, Singapore's annual premiere festival Archifest explores the concept of CROWD, and how it interacts with and becomes an integral aspect of architecture and urbanism. Hailed as a Festival of Ideas for the City, Archifest is a two week long gala focusing this year on the context of Collective Intelligence and Community Capital, and the intricate complexities and interconnectivity between both. The theme is based on the belief that it is "the human aspect of architecture that encourages, facilitates, and enhances the human quality to hold influence and create energy to the makeup of our city."

Studio CTC Imagines Terraced Twin Skyscrapers in Hong Kong

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI
© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI

Skyscrapers have developed a typical form language over the past century—many of them are large, rectangular, and sheathed in glass, but Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI is changing that. Working with the notion that even superstructures should be as varied as the cities they’re built in, the Mexican design firm has created a spectacular vision for a skyscraper in Hong Kong. With two curvilinear towers that support rice paddies on their terraces, the proposal includes cultural context in the very structure of the building.

© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI +12

US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007, via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  - its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The AIA’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Rabot Tourist Cabin / JVA

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Rabot Tourist Cabin  / JVA, © Svein Arne Brygfjeld
© Svein Arne Brygfjeld

© Jan Inge Larsen © Einar Aslaksen © Svein Arne Brygfjeld © Svein Arne Brygfjeld +23

Integral Iluminación Commercial Building / Jannina Cabal

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Integral Iluminación Commercial Building  / Jannina Cabal, © Juan Alberto Andrade
© Juan Alberto Andrade

© Juan Alberto Andrade © Juan Alberto Andrade © Juan Alberto Andrade © Juan Alberto Andrade +29

Pancho Arena / Tamás Dobrosi + Doparum Architects

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
Pancho Arena  / Tamás Dobrosi + Doparum Architects, © György Dénes
© György Dénes

© György Dénes © György Dénes © György Dénes © László Döme Jr. +31

AD Classics: Olympic Archery Range / Enric Miralles & Carme Pinos

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
AD Classics: Olympic Archery Range / Enric Miralles & Carme Pinos, The Training Pavilion
The Training Pavilion

For architects, it is a project perhaps more recognizable in plan than in photograph. The dazzling rhythmic complexity of the construction drawings for Barcelona’s Olympic Archery Range, completed in 1991, brought more fame to the 1992 Olympic event than any arrow shot from the buildings’ shadow. The drawings show an overlay of organic curves and rectilinear shapes working in sublime harmony, producing a composition that clearly conveys both the architects' concept and the process through which it was developed. Amazingly, the project is no less spectacular in person than on paper, and its completion helped launch the husband-and-wife partnership of Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós into international stardom.

Courtesy of the Architects The Competition Pavilion. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA Training Pavilion Detail. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA © Dieter Janssen, DJA +17

AGL Pavilion / Kennedy Associates Architects

01:00 - 20 August, 2014
AGL Pavilion / Kennedy Associates Architects, © Peter Bennetts Photography
© Peter Bennetts Photography

© Peter Bennetts Photography © Peter Bennetts Photography © Peter Bennetts Photography © Peter Bennetts Photography +23

Knot House / Atelier Chang

01:00 - 20 August, 2014
Knot House / Atelier Chang, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Geoje-Island.com, Aju-dong, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Soohyun Chang, Federica Russo, Ryan Day, Hyunwoo Chung
  • Area

    403.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs