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Sochi 2014: Asif Khan Greets Spectators with "Architectural Mount Rushmore"

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Sochi 2014: Asif Khan Greets Spectators with "Architectural Mount Rushmore" , Courtesy of Asif Khan Studio
Courtesy of Asif Khan Studio

The Olympics are in full swing and, although the "Coastal Cluster" of stadiums has attracted a considerable amount of attention, there is one installation demanding interaction from every spectator.  Built at the entrance of Sochi's Olympic Park is Asif Khan Studio's "MegaFaces," a pavilion that "contorts itself to recreate 3D images of the faces of visitors relayed via digital face scans made in photo booths installed within the building." 

Comprised of 11,000 actuators sitting underneath the cube's stretchy fabric membrane, the installation allows for three, eight meter tall faces to emerge from the wall at a time (the faces that emerge from the side of the pavilion are enlarged by 3500%). According to the designers, this feature of the building "has been likened to a giant pin screen and a digital, architectural Mount Rushmore."

Kiosk / Make Architects

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Kiosk / Make Architects, © Make Architects
© Make Architects

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Dauphin / Felix de Montesquiou

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Dauphin / Felix de Montesquiou , © Samuel Lehuédé
© Samuel Lehuédé

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BBDO Moscow / Nefaresearch

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
BBDO Moscow / Nefaresearch , Courtesy of Nefaresearch
Courtesy of Nefaresearch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova
  • Creative / Design Group

    Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova (interior designer), Maxim Frolov (3D)
  • Project Group

    Maria Nasonova, Olga Ivlieva
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nefaresearch

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RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”, © RAW Design
© RAW Design

Toronto-based RAW Design has been crowned winner of the annual Warming Huts competition, which is intended to “push the envelop of design, craft and art” by encouraging architects to design innovative warming shelters along the frozen Red River Mutual Trail in Winnipeg, Canada. 

Moving away from the traditional notion of an enclosed shelter, the firm’s winning proposal “Nuzzles” engages skaters with a playful arrangement of “insulated appendages” (a.k.a. pool noodles) supported by a geodesic lattice structure that is illuminated and heated from within. Users are encouraged to “nestle into the structure” and manipulate its fur-like exterior into informal resting areas. 

Kinubashi Pharmacy / Soeda and associates Architects

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Kinubashi Pharmacy / Soeda and associates Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takayuki Soeda
  • Structural Engineer

    Motoi Nomura
  • Constructor

    Takamatsu Komuten
  • Area

    87.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +15

Dos Patios / Florencia Rausch + Susana Barra + Barbara Moyano

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Dos Patios / Florencia Rausch + Susana Barra + Barbara Moyano, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

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Ron Cooke Hub / BDP

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
© Hamilton Knight
© Hamilton Knight
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of York, Heslington, York, North Yorkshire YO10 5DD, United Kingdom
  • Area

    6300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Hamilton Knight © Hamilton Knight © Hamilton Knight © Hamilton Knight +7

Adjustable Forms / DLR Group

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Adjustable Forms / DLR Group , © James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp
  • Architects

  • Location

    1 East Progress Road, Lombard, IL 60148, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Nathan Casteel
  • Area

    20145.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp +21

Congress Aids the Impending Doom of Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
Congress Aids the Impending Doom of Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial, © Gehry Partners
© Gehry Partners

Congress budget cuts have officially stalled Frank Gehry’s controversial Eisenhower Memorial, according to a recent report, rejecting $49 million in construction funds and cutting the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s annual budget in half. Unless the commission is able to raise a substantial amount of private funds, as well as win support from the Eisenhower family (which is doubtful), Gehry’s “grandiose” memorial is unlikely to ever break ground. Despite this, the commission’s director is optimistic, stating that the FDR Memorial took nearly 45 years to get built. You can read more about the controversy here.

Al Zorah Pavilion / Annabel Karim Kassar

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Al Zorah Pavilion / Annabel Karim Kassar, © Tony Elieh
© Tony Elieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ajman - United Arab Emirates
  • Project Architect

    Rabih Zeidan
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Tony Elieh © Tony Elieh © Tony Elieh © Tony Elieh +30

IIT’s College of Architecture Launches the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
IIT’s College of Architecture Launches the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Courtesy of IIT
Courtesy of IIT

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and its Dean Wiel Arets has announced the creation of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) and the MCHAP for Emerging Architecture. With an objective to “reward the daring contemplation of the intersection of the new metropolis and human ecology,” these two biennial prizes will “recognize the most distinguished built constructs of the North and South American continents” while fostering research toward rethinking the metropolis.

MCHAP is an extension of the larger curricular and research initiatives of IIT, as established by Dean Wiel Arets, who states: “This new prize will not be bestowed to an individual or organization based solely off inventive form, however clever its design, or based solely off a submitted image, no matter how captivating. The prize's jury will instead be holistic in their approach to selecting exceptional works. Architecture, as a discipline, will continue its pursuit of technology, so that it can further advance. And architecture is for people; it is strengthened by their presence.”

REX Unveils Details of Five Manhattan West Development

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
REX Unveils Details of Five Manhattan West Development, 450 West 33rd Street / Rendering of building with completed renovations
450 West 33rd Street / Rendering of building with completed renovations

Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX, together with Brookfield Properties unveiled today the $200 Million redevelopment of 450 West 33rd Street in New York. The 1.8 million-square-foot building will be integrated into the Manhattan West Development.

The architectural firm REX designed the redevelopment of Five Manhattan West, including a new pleated glass façade which will create floor‐to‐ceiling windows on every floor, maximizing daylight penetration while reducing solar gain through geometric 'self‐shading.' The interior program includes a redesigned lobby, upgraded and expanded elevators, and enhanced HVAC and other mechanical systems. New retail storefronts will provide a welcoming streetscape. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2016.

More details on the project after the break.

A Master Architect's Surprising Obsession

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
A Master Architect's Surprising Obsession, Frank Lloyd Wright. Broadacre City Project. 1934–35. Model: painted wood. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Frank Lloyd Wright and Eugene Masselink at the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect. November 13, 1940–January 5, 1941. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Photo by Soichi Sunami
Frank Lloyd Wright. Broadacre City Project. 1934–35. Model: painted wood. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Frank Lloyd Wright and Eugene Masselink at the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect. November 13, 1940–January 5, 1941. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Photo by Soichi Sunami

Frank Lloyd Wright—perhaps the most influential American architect of the 20th century—was deeply ambivalent about cities. For decades, Wright was seen as the prophet of America's post-World War II suburban sprawl, yet the cities he imagined were also carefully planned, and very different from the disorganized landscapes that were often developed instead. Paradoxically, Wright was also a lifelong prophet of the race for height (think skyscrapers) that played, and continues to play, out around the world.

El Té – Casa de Chás / Gustavo Sbardelotto (estudio 30 51) e Mariana Bogarin

01:00 - 9 February, 2014
El Té – Casa de Chás / Gustavo Sbardelotto (estudio 30 51) e Mariana Bogarin, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects

    Gustavo Sbardelotto (estudio 30 51) e Mariana Bogarin
  • Location

    Galeria Quinta Avenida Center - Rua Vinte e Quatro de Outubro, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Área

    63.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +18

Four Reasons Biking is Good For Business

00:00 - 9 February, 2014
Four Reasons Biking is Good For Business, Biking down San Francisco's Market Street. Image © Flickr CC User Steven Vance
Biking down San Francisco's Market Street. Image © Flickr CC User Steven Vance

Aside from the environmental and health benefits provided by biking, cycle cities are proving to be profitable, which has begun to attract support from many US business leaders. Not only do bike-friendly streets increase the visibility and desirability of real estate, they also reduce the need to waste money (and space) on ample parking. In addition to this, as the Guardian’s Michael Andersen points out, bicyclists are the “perfect customer: the kind that comes back again and again.” Learn why else biking is good for business here

Office & House Luna / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 February, 2014
Office & House Luna  / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +36

Stoas Vilentum Hogeschool / BDG Architects Zwolle

01:00 - 9 February, 2014
Stoas Vilentum Hogeschool / BDG Architects Zwolle, © ScagliolaBrakkee
© ScagliolaBrakkee

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