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Spotlight: Peter Smithson

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Spotlight: Peter Smithson , © flickr user 51746218@N03
© flickr user 51746218@N03

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After returning to complete his degree in 1948, he enrolled in the Royal Academy architecture school. In 1950 he set up his own practice with his wife Alison, and the two went on to become some of the most influential British architects of the mid-20th century. 

© flickr user stevecadman © Alison and Peter Smithson © flickr user 51746218@N03 © Alison and Peter Smithson +5

Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Mantois Technology Centre / Badia Berger Architectes, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pole DD - IUT Mantes-en-Yvelines, 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • Project Lead

    Stephane Nikolas
  • Area

    5085.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +12

Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office, © Seiryo  Yamada
© Seiryo Yamada

© Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada © Seiryo  Yamada +11

Plywood House / Simon Astridge

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Plywood House / Simon Astridge, © Nicholas Worley
© Nicholas Worley

© Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley © Nicholas Worley +32

Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados, © João Ribeiro
© João Ribeiro

© João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Fausto Chino
  • Project and coordination

    Drucker arquitetos associados
  • Area

    1033.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture, The Offices of BIG. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
The Offices of BIG. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Originally published by Entrepreneur Architect, Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech Kevin J Singh gives his 21-point rundown of how to have a successful and happy life as an architect. The list gives some pointers that will certainly help young students and graduates, but may well be useful to some of the not-so-young practitioners who need to refocus on what's important.

The following is a compilation of my professional practice lecture on the last day of class. Instead of recapping the course or giving a final exam, I share with my students a presentation titled Advice as You Finish School and Start to Practice. I present a series of statements followed up with a brief explanation.

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China, To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the NAMOC and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

Construction Begins on Rogers Stirk Harbour's First Towers in Middle East

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Construction Begins on Rogers Stirk Harbour's First Towers in Middle East, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Details have been released on Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ first project in the Middle East: Maryah Plaza. The four-tower, one billion dollar scheme will be built on Abu Dhabi’s 114 hectare Al Maryah Island, which is slated to become the emirate’s central business district.

Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schulgasse 40, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area

    997.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

UK Politicians Invited to Workshop to Learn About Architecture

00:00 - 17 September, 2014
UK Politicians Invited to Workshop to Learn About Architecture, One possible activity for the workshop includes guided tours of London from the Thames. Image © Flickr CC User Donna Rutherford
One possible activity for the workshop includes guided tours of London from the Thames. Image © Flickr CC User Donna Rutherford

Oliver Colvile, chairman of the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Excellence in the Built Environment, has proposed that UK Members of Parliament should be invited to an architecture workshop to improve their understanding of the built environment. The workshop would be jointly run by the APPG and the Farrell Review, and could include activities such as designing a virtual town or an architectural sightseeing tour along the Thames. More on the proposal after the break.

In Defense of Rewarding Vanity Height

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
In Defense of Rewarding Vanity Height, One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States... arguably. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States... arguably. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

Recently, ArchDaily editors received an interesting request from an anonymous Communications Director of an unnamed New York firm, asking us “In your reporting, please do not repeat as fact, or as "official," the opinion that One World Trade Center in New York will be the tallest building in the United States.” He or she goes on to explain that the decision maker who 'announced' the building as the tallest in the US, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), is not officially endorsed by the AIA or the US Government, and that while their work is beneficial for architecture and cities as a whole, their criteria for height evaluation are flawed and have been criticized by many in the industry.

The desire to have the tallest building in a city, country or even the world goes back to at least the medieval period, when competing noble families of Italian hill towns such as San Gimignano would try to out-do each other's best construction efforts (jokes about the Freudian nature of such contests are, I imagine, not much younger). Perhaps the greatest symbol of this desire is the decorative crown of the Chrysler Building, which was developed in secret and enabled the building to briefly take the prize as the world's tallest, much to the surprise and ire of its competitors at the time.

With this competitive spirit apparently still very much alive, I thought it might be worthwhile to address the issue raised by our anonymous friend.

Adaptable House / Henning Larsen Architects + GXN

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Adaptable House / Henning Larsen Architects + GXN, © Jesper Ray
© Jesper Ray

© Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Helene Høyer Mikkelsen +24

Carehotel Middelpunt / Architectuuratelier Dertien12

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Carehotel Middelpunt / Architectuuratelier Dertien12, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +43

Dorset Road / Sam Tisdall Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Dorset Road / Sam Tisdall Architects, © Richard Chivers
© Richard Chivers

© Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers © Richard Chivers +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY, United Kingdom
  • Area

    76.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos, Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos
Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area

    101.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

Akatsuka House / MDS

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Akatsuka House / MDS, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    149.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects, © Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +20