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#ILookUp: AIA Seeks to Enhance Public's Awareness of Design Importance

00:00 - 15 December, 2014

What do you see when you look up? As part of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) #ILookUp campaign, this video seeks to elevate the public’s awareness of the impact and importance of the design profession by asking everyone to “look up.” It is the AIA’s goal to spark a two-way conversation on the value of architects and architecture. Please watch the video above and share your thoughts on social media using the #ILookUp

Spotlight: Ray Eames

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
Spotlight: Ray Eames , The Eames House. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust
The Eames House. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

Ray Eames (December 15, 1912-August 1988) is best known for her personal and artistic collaboration with Charles Eames, and together, their innovative designs shaped the course of modernism. Although Charles often gave the firm its public face (particularly in the male-oriented world of mid-century design), the two designers are almost always discussed as a couple and every project that their office pursued was in fact a team effort. When asked about any particular piece of furniture, for example, Ray always maintained that she contributed to the details of the design in a “million ways” and considered the overall form of each project in a critical fashion, emphasizing the collaborative nature of not just their partnership, but their entire office.

OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, a 1,500 square meter space in Shanghai Pudong on the site of the former "Shanghai Shipyard." The design aims to create a concentrated culture and event space within the surrounding financial district, on the edge of the Huangpu River, one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world.

More on the design after the break

Plywood Trio Apartment in Madrid / BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
 Plywood Trio Apartment in Madrid / BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos, © Elena Almagro
© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro  © Elena Almagro  © Elena Almagro  © Elena Almagro  +25

DupleXS / architectureRED

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
DupleXS / architectureRED , © Prem, Rajan Gero
© Prem, Rajan Gero

© Prem, Rajan Gero © Prem, Rajan Gero © Prem, Rajan Gero © Prem, Rajan Gero +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design Team

    Biju Kuriakose, Kishore Panikkar, Kani Pandian, Yasir Azami, Preetha John, Apoorva Madhusudan
  • Area

    17000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Konya City Stadium / Bahadır Kul Architects

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
Konya City Stadium / Bahadır Kul Architects, © Ket Kolektif
© Ket Kolektif

© Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif © Ket Kolektif +29

Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Leader

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader

    Arq. Humberto Mendoza
  • Architecture Team

    Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Juliam Silva, Andrés Muñoz
  • Área

    9000.0 m2
  • Year

    2014
  • Photographs

A Look Inside SelgasCano's First UK Project

00:00 - 15 December, 2014
A Look Inside SelgasCano's First UK Project, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In an article for The Observer Rowan Moore examines 'Second Home', a newly opened "creative hub" in London designed by Spanish practice SelgasCano, who were recently announced as the designers of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion. For Moore the project, which is the practice's first building in the UK, offers a "lightness and grace as well as invention, and an awareness of when to stop." The building is designed to be fluid, allowing start-up creative businesses to move in and move out as and when their business model dictates. Heavy tables can emerge from the floor, and 'roaming zones' facilitate creative thought. According to Moore's review, there "are no water-coolers, no kitchenettes, [and] no microwaves."

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +5

Studio Gang Tapped to Extend American Museum of Natural History

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
Studio Gang Tapped to Extend American Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
American Museum of Natural History. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects have been selected to design a new Center for Science, Education and Innovation for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Named after its largest donor, the $325 million Gilder Center will include 218,000-square-feet of existing and new space. It is slated to open on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street on the west side of the Museum campus, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary in 2019–2020.

Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office, Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in China, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) repurposed reflective photography panels to create multipurpose Pop-Up Habitats. Incredibly lightweight and comprised of only flexible steel rings and a soft fabric, the Pop-Up Habitats can fold quickly and form self-supporting structures when expanded.

The Pop-Up Habitat has been exhibited in numerous architecture and design festivals around the world -- including Beijing Design Week and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen -- and in numerous forms. The Pop-Up Habitats have been turned into an auditorium, a gallery and a canopy, in addition to “an unintended but apt backdrop for selfies" at one exhibition. A consumer version has also been developed as a “weatherproof modular tent.”

Check out some of the exhibitions the Pop-Up Habitats have been featured in after the break. 

Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) +28

Olson Kundig Repurpose “38 Beams” as Design Miami/ Collectors Lounge

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
Olson Kundig Repurpose “38 Beams” as Design Miami/ Collectors Lounge , © James Harris
© James Harris

Early this month at Design Miami/, Olson Kundig Architects celebrated the opening of “38 Beams,” a temporary collectors lounge named after the thirty-eight salvaged glulam beams that made up the structure. Originally milled in the 1950s, the Northwestern Douglas fir beams were once used to construct a Los Angeles building before being repurposed. 

Approximately 15x30 inches around and up to 30 feet in length, 38 Beams formed a 2,400-square-foot lounge with an open lattice-work stacked 15-feet-high. The focal point of the space was a 28-foot Perrier-Jouët champagne bar lit by a chandelier of one hundred suspended light tubes designed by LILIENTHAL l ZAMORA. 

More about the structure and images, after the break. 

© James Harris © James Harris © James Harris © Olson Kundig Architects +16

SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York's Seaport District

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York's Seaport District, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects have revealed a mixed use proposal to pedestrianize New York City’s historic Seaport District. Extending the Manhattan grid out into the waterfront, the scheme seeks to harmonize pedestrian infrastructure and increase access to the shoreline, while proposing a 500-foot luxury residential tower by developer Howard Hughes Corporation that would jut out into the harbor. More about the proposal, after the break. 

BLOOM / Hiroyuki Ito Architects

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
BLOOM / Hiroyuki Ito Architects, © Makoto Yoshida
© Makoto Yoshida

© Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida +26

Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +19

Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Jörg Hempel © Yohan Zerdoun © Jörg Hempel +27

2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture

00:00 - 14 December, 2014
2014: A Great Year for Landscape Architecture, East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
East 70th Street Garden at The Frick Collection designed by Russell Page. Image © 2014 Navid Baraty, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation

By all accounts 2014 has been a great year for landscape architecture, and not just because of the completion of the final phase of the High Line by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. Previously published by the Huffington Post as "2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture," this roundup of the year by the President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation Charles A Birnbaum finds plenty of promising developments, marred only slightly by some more backward-looking descisions.

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

This year the single most notable development came courtesy of the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who wrote: "Great public places and works of landscape architecture deserve to be treated like great buildings."

Landscape architecture and architecture on equal footing. Let that sink in.

Video: Salvador Dali Museum / HOK

00:00 - 14 December, 2014

The first to use this type of free-form geodesic geometry in the United States, HOK’s Salvador Dali Museum is a Floridian landmark in St. Petersburg known for housing one of the most important collections of a single artist’s work in the world. Referring to it as “The Dali,” architect Yann Weymouth and museum director Dr. Hank Hine discuss their intentions behind the building’s design in this interview with TheCoolist.com

New building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
New building Drehmo Wenden / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel
© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel

© Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel © Ester Havlova, Walter Fogel +35