London's Olympic Legacy Called into Question

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Matt Brock via Flickr
© Matt Brock via Flickr

After a government report earlier this month found that the London Olympics had brought a £10-billion-boost to the UK's economy - effectively breaking even with the initial investment after just one year - the architectural community has begun to question whether the built legacy of the games will be worthwhile in the long run.

Guardian critic Olly Wainwright is scathing about the Olympic park, particularly the developments at the edge of the site: "At every junction of this roaring A-road sprouts a steroidal tower, each clad in ever more lurid colours, transforming the street into a gauntlet of competing ambitions. Looming over adjacent council estates, these brash totems are a monument to Olympian greed... Strip away all the festive colours, though, and you'll find that these are actually mean-minded silos of tightly packed one-bedroom flats, mostly sold overseas for buy-to-let."

Find out more about Wainwright's investigations, and other opinions of the Olympic legacy, after the break.

UVA Transforms Sou Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion with "Electrical Storm" of LEDs

00:00 - 31 July, 2013

London-based United Visual Artists (UVA) has brought Sou Fujimoto’s “cloud-like” Serpentine Pavilion to life with an “electrical storm” of LEDs. With the intention of making the architecture “breathe” from within, UVA seamlessly integrated a network of LED lights into the latticed, 20mm steel pole structure that mimics the natural forms of an electric storm. In addition, carefully conducted auditory effects further enhance the experience, transforming Fujimoto’s “radical pavilion” into an electrified geometric cloud. 

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuhan, China
  • Architect Of Record

    Zhong Nan Design Institute
  • Contractor

    G.C Wisco Construction
  • Area

    7240.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

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Family Box / Crossboundaries

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect

    Crossboundaries Architects
  • Collaborating Architects & Engineers

    BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
  • Client

    Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
  • Area

    2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Chaoying Yang

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PCITAL GARDENY / Pich-Aguilera Architects

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Jordi V. Pou
© Jordi V. Pou
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Exèrcit, 27, 25194 Lleida, Spain
  • Team

    Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés, José Maria Puigdemasa Hospital.
  • Project Area

    19020.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou +24

Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Finalists

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Van Alen Institute's ground floor space at 30 West 22nd Street
Van Alen Institute's ground floor space at 30 West 22nd Street

Van Alen Institute announced just last week the finalists for Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level SpaceContinuing the Institute’s more than century-long legacy of supporting architectural innovation through design competitions, research and public programs, Ground/Work called on emerging architects to take on the task of designing an engaging and accessible venue for the Institute as it reimagines both its physical space and intellectual agenda at its New York City headquarters. 

The selected finalists are Collective-LOK (Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); EFGH (Hayley Eber, 
Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova); and Of Possible Architectures (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton). More images and information after the break.

Over Water / Design Workshop

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Hemant Patil
© Hemant Patil

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Campus Luigi Einaudi / Foster + Partners

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lungo Dora Siena, Torino, Italy
  • Project Manager

    Piero Cornaglia, Antonio Presicce, Aldo Celano, Sabrina Gambino
  • Foster + Partners - Design Team

    David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, John Blythe, Martin Castle, Martina Meluzzi, Giulia Galiberti, Marilu Sicoli
  • Collaborators

    Camerana & Partners - Benedetto Camerana, Giugiaro Architettura Srl - Aldo Cingolani, ICIS Srl - Cosimo Turvani, Mara Luciani, Studio Mellano Associati - Franco Mellano
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Nigel Young - Foster + Partners, Michele D'Ottavio · Photographer Profile, David Vicario

© Michele D'Ottavio © David Vicario © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners +29

Qatar / Woods Bagot

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    Qatar
  • Project Director

    Mark Mitcheson-Low
  • Design Director (Middle East)

    Alf Seeling
  • Design Director (Melbourne)

    Peter Miglis
  • Project Director (documentation)

    MarijaCakarun
  • Project Leader (site contract administration)

    Peter Nielsen
  • Landscape Architect

    Woods Bagot (Saul & Esther Dickins)
  • Interior Design

    Woods Bagot
  • Engineer

    Connell Wagner
  • MEP Engineers

    Hyder Consulting
  • Quality Surveyor

    Davis Langdon &Seah International
  • Area

    115000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +16

CAN DURBAN / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Jean-Luc Laloux
© Jean-Luc Laloux

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Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects
Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects

On September 28, 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects will be celebrating the completion of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. An extension to London’s famous Serpentine Gallery, the new innovative arts venue will be housed in a 208-year-old, Grade II-listed building, formerly known as The Magazine, in Kensington Gardens just north of the main gallery. 

This project will be Zaha Hadid’s first permanent structure in central London and second commission from the Gallery, as she designed the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2000.

Cambridge University Library Landscape Design Competition

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
Cambridge University Library. Photo: Faoch via Flickr
Cambridge University Library. Photo: Faoch via Flickr

The University of Cambridge Library, with the Department of Architecture, recently launched a landscape design competition to transform the space surrounding Cambridge University Library. Open to professionals and non-professionals alike, they are looking for bold submissions that reimagine the open spaces and environment of the iconic Giles Gilbert Scott building. A monumental presence both within the University and the city, entries to the competition will be judged on their innovative interpretation of the site, its context, use and history – as well as their ability to integrate contemporary ecological research. Entries should also promote new visibility for the Library and encourage people to think about the role of the site on the western edge of the city. The registration deadline is September 30, and the deadline for submissions is November 30. For more information, please visit here.

West Campus Student Housing / Mahlum

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Washington Plaza, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
  • MEP Engineers

    PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineers

    Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Landscape Architects

    Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
  • Civil Engineers

    SVR Design Company
  • Builders

    Walsh Construction Co., W.G. Clark Construction Co.
  • Area

    668800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Benjamin Benschneider

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House U / 3LHD

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Damir Fabijanić
© Damir Fabijanić

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Do We Need Fewer Architects?

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Courtesy of Wikipedia/Library of Congress
Courtesy of Wikipedia/Library of Congress

In an article by the Architects' Journal, Tony Fretton is quoted as saying there ought to be fewer architecture schools in the UK, with more difficult entry requirements and a higher failure rate. "There should be a shortage of architects in the UK," he says, "fewer bad architects, fewer good architects".

Citing Switzerland and the Netherlands as countries which do well with just 2 or 3 major architecture schools, he believes that architectural education should be concentrated into just a few schools in order to give students more access to the best tutors.

Read more about Fretton's proposal after the break

One Workplace / Design Blitz

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

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Lake House / LHVH Architekten

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Lukas Roth
© Lukas Roth

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The Dwell Vision Award

00:00 - 30 July, 2013

The Dwell Vision Award celebrates design innovation and skill and will reward 1 winner for their excellence in modern design. Entries must consist of projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically ground breaking, and that show a new method, material or concept that is pushing modern design forward. Submit a project description or statement between 250-350 words that encapsulates your original design elements and methodology along with 3 or more images. Three finalists will be featured on dwell.com and be flown to New York for an awards celebration where the winner will be announced.