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Archiculture Interviews: Phil Bernstein

00:00 - 12 February, 2015

"Our industry moves really, really slowly, and it's generational." This latest interview from Arbuckle Industries' groundbreaking documentary Archiculture features a discussion with architect, Autodesk vice president, and Yale professor Phil Bernstein. In the interview, Bernstein focuses on the technological aspects that have shifted the methodology and possibilities of architecture today, and how Autodesk is contributing to its advancement through educational interventions. Additionally, he addresses the cultural issues that have arisen as bi-products of technology, as a disconnect between teachers and students has developed due to their different media focuses.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle, Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter
Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter

A new aerial sculpture by renowned artist Janet Echelman has been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle. Entitled "Impatient Optimist," the sculpture consists of a custom net structure suspended above the courtyard, resulting in an ethereal floating surface which seems to defy gravity. The award-winning artist's piece hovers above the city as a symbol of connectivity and stands as a testament to the impact an individual can have on a broader scale. 

Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter + 7

Eng Kong Garden / HYLA Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Eng Kong Garden / HYLA Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Principal Architect

    Mr. Han Loke Kwang
  • Assistant Architects

    Tiffany Ow
  • Area

    357.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Choi+Shine Architects Introduces the BIT Light, a Magnetic Modular Lighting System

00:00 - 11 February, 2015

Developed by Choi+Shine Architects, the BIT Light is a magnetic modular lighting system that offers endless configuration possibilities which can be arranged, deconstructed and rearranged in seconds. The system's main component is the "BIT", a linear lighting element comprised of an LED light source in a translucent polycarbonate tube that provides both protection and structural support. At each end of the BIT are conductor pads which join magnetically to the small nickel connecting elements, offering infinite possibilities for arrangement either as a flat wall-mounted lighting element, a suspended configuration, or even as a self-supporting three-dimensional lighting structure.

Courtesy of Choi+Shine Architects Courtesy of Choi+Shine Architects Courtesy of Choi+Shine Architects Courtesy of Choi+Shine Architects + 11

OMA Tapped to Design New York High Line's Latest Project

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
OMA Tapped to Design New York High Line's Latest Project, OMA's proposed Hoboken Waterfront. Image © OMA
OMA's proposed Hoboken Waterfront. Image © OMA

New York developer Related Companies has reportedly commissioned OMA to design their newest High Line project on West 18th Street. The Rotterdam-based practice is the latest to join a list of internationally acclaimed architects who will be leaving their mark on the elevated Manhattan parkway, including Zaha Hadid who also was tapped by Related Companies to design an 11-story, luxury apartment project on 520 W. 28th Street. Few details have been released; the commission will be OMA’s first major project in New York City. They will be working on the project alongside practice’s comprehensive “Rebuild by Design” strategy for Hoboken

Yanqing Grape Expo / Archea Associati

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Yanqing Grape Expo / Archea Associati, © Cristiano Bianchi
© Cristiano Bianchi

© Cristiano Bianchi © Cristiano Bianchi © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli + 41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yanqing, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Archea Associati, 
Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
, Luana Carastro, Francesco Giordani,
Stefano Marcinkiewicz, Marco Mugnai, Mattia Mugnaini, Eleonora Prestifilippo, Feng Xiancheng
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

8 Gardens House / Goko MX

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
8 Gardens House / Goko MX, © Aki Itami R.
© Aki Itami R.

© Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Christopher Koehn, Jose Martín González
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Dots / group8asia

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
© Régis Golay
© Régis Golay

© Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay + 14

Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light, View looking south to “upwardly springing” waves of light. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011
View looking south to “upwardly springing” waves of light. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011

For his three sacred buildings, Le Corbusier has played masterfully with orientation, openings and textures to create kinetic architecture with daylight. His pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, the monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette, and the parish church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy reveal distinctive and individual approaches that each render contemplative spaces with light. In his book “Cosmos of Light: The Sacred Architecture of Le Corbusier,” Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has analysed these projects with outstanding photographs taken over 40 years and brilliant writing.

Read on for more about how Le Corbusier created his cosmos of light.

Corridor to atrium cadenced with sunshine in late morning. Monastery of Sainte Marie de la Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view into scoop at sunrise. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Golden light on altar wall. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view of fissure and brise-soleil, on overcast day. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 + 9

Taiwan Photon Source Accelerator Facilities / J. J. Pan & Partners

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Taiwan Photon Source Accelerator Facilities / J. J. Pan & Partners, © Wei-Shih Hsieh
© Wei-Shih Hsieh

© Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh © Wei-Shih Hsieh + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, East District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
  • Design Team

    Joshua J. Pan, Chung-Tsai Huang, Chungwei Su, I-Li Mao, Steven B.J. Chen, Hsueh-Fen Chien, Shu-Chiao Hsu, Chia-Wei Ting, Sheng-Pin Lin, Hsiao-Yuen Wu, Heng-Yuan Hong, Liang-Chen Hung, Chia-Chen Wang, Jing-Pong Chen, Wei Kao, Yuen-Lin Chang, Yi-Chyau Su, Fang-Chen Wu, Cheng-En Wang, Chin-Chiu Chiu, Cheng-Chih Kao, Wei-Chieh Liu, Hung-Lin Wei, Chih-Rong Chen, You-Jan Yan, Yen-Wei Chang, Shen-Che Su, Chao-Yi Liao, Chen-Yang Chang, Dan Hsin
  • Building Contractor

    Kedge Construction Co., Ltd., E&C Engineering Corporation
  • Area

    54835.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library, Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club
Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has revealed the winners of its fourteenth annual Chicago Prize Competition - The Barack Obama Presidential Library - following Chicago's recent selection as one of three cities being considered to host the presidential library

Inspiring designs across the United States, the winning entries aimed to envision a library that could both recognize the President by displaying a collection of mementos from his life and provide the basis for community programs. Contestants were asked to consider the building's context within the city of Chicago to generate a speculative proposal that not only fosters learning and exploration, but also inspires public discussion. To further encourage creativity, the library's program was unspecified, allowing participants to decide how to incorporate these civic and educational elements in their designs. 

Ultimately, a distinguished panel selected two winners and three honorable mentions emerged from the competition. The winning proposals and honorable mentions are as follows:

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels Walks Us Through The Design of Vancouver House

00:00 - 11 February, 2015

Taking the urban high-rise “one step further,” BIG’s Vancouver House (formerly known as the Beach and Howe Tower) is a gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art. Detailed to the smallest scale, the grand scheme makes use of a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, transforming it into a “lively village” at the city’s gateway.

Learn how Bjarke Ingels plans to revolutionize urban living by watching the video above. 

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    : Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro
  • Project Team

    Cristina Maximino, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Ana Leite Fernandes, Mariana Sendas, Pedro Costa, Inês Ferreira, João Fernandes (Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda); Catarina Fortuna, Ana Cerqueira, Ana Rita Martins, António Ferreira da Silva, Cláudia Santos, Joana Figueiredo, João Branco (João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda)
  • Coordination

    Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias
  • Area

    12914.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Savoy Ulus / Autoban

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Savoy Ulus / Autoban, © Sergio Ghetti
© Sergio Ghetti

© Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti + 16

Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zurich Main Station, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Baumann Armin, Brantschen Armin, Breckner Irene, Buckingham Bruce, Cornuz Gilbert, Domagalski Joanna, Dürig Jean-Pierre, Dürr Judith, Fitzi Otto, Handte Sandra, Isler Dominik, Kaufmann Isabelle, Kempf Simon, Kimmig Bettina, Kitanishi Luiza, Labhart Katharina, Laue Sacha, Noe Tobias, Ramser Benedict, Simic Sandra, Trottmann Simone, Wengle Martin
  • Area

    95000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Jane Drew Prize Jointly Awarded to Grafton Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
Jane Drew Prize Jointly Awarded to Grafton Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh
Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh

Grafton Architects' co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been jointly awarded the fourth annual Jane Drew Prize for their “massive influence” on the profession. The “hardworking” Dublin-based duo impressed the jury, which included Norman Foster and Patty Hopkins, for not being “afraid to speak in a language that is feminine” yet “produce buildings which are robust and full of conviction.”

“Grafton’s buildings are consistently high quality. Their approach is solid,” added the jury. “They are business-savvy.”

KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art, © KRIS YAO | ARTECH
© KRIS YAO | ARTECH

KRIS YAO | ARTECH has been selected to design the New Taipei City Museum of Art. The winning competition scheme, a “Contemporary Museum of Art among the Reeds” aims to “fuse local landscape with cultural imagery” to create a “sustainable” platform for emerging artists and an entertainment destination for tourists. Continue reader to learn more. 

© KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH + 14

NOVA's "Building Wonders" Series to Investigate Ancient Architectural Mysteries

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
NOVA's "Building Wonders" Series to Investigate Ancient Architectural Mysteries, The ruins of the Colosseum still makes a powerful impression. Image © Providence Pictures
The ruins of the Colosseum still makes a powerful impression. Image © Providence Pictures

A new investigative series from NOVA delves into some of the most well-known and enigmatic ancient structures. The three-part investigation, "Building Wonders" explores the Roman Colosseum, Petra, and the Hagia Sophia and premieres February 11-25, 2015 throughout the United States on PBS. With expert investigations and experiments, "Building Wonders" will unearth some of the mysterious engineering feats behind these ancient icons. Read on after the break for episode descriptions and trailers.