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Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City"

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City", View of the comprehensive city plan. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture
View of the comprehensive city plan. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

Addressing Paris’ housing and density issues, French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a proposal for multiple high-rise buildings with positive energy output (BEPOS). Comprised of eight multi-use structures inhabiting various locations within Paris, the plan strives to address major sustainability problems affecting each district, while providing key functions for the city. 

Mangrove Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Antismog Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Bridge Tower. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Mountain Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture +19

Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen, © Andrew Chang / Double Hong
© Andrew Chang / Double Hong

© Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong +41

House in Sang-an / studio GAON

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
House in Sang-an / studio GAON, © Hyosook Chin
© Hyosook Chin

© Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hoengseong-gun, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh in studio_GAON
  • Design Team

    Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Joowon Moon
  • Area

    55.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Gables / Patalab Architecture

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
The Gables / Patalab Architecture, © Lyndon Douglas
© Lyndon Douglas

© Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas +15

Demolition Begins On John Madin's Brutalist Former Library in Birmingham

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Demolition Begins On John Madin's Brutalist Former Library in Birmingham, The former library
The former library

Work has begun on the demolition of the UK city of Birmingham's former Central Library, designed by home-grown Brutalist architect John Madin. The move by Birmingham Council to not retain the structure of the library, in spite of ideas and petitions put forward by numerous public groups (including one titled Keep The Ziggurat), has been widely met with disappointment among the architectural community. The BBC recently compiled some of the most interesting ideas for reuse which included, among others, transforming the concrete structure into a new English Parliament, an international trade centre, and an enormous space for rock climbing.

Madin, who passed away in 2012, had at least three of his major Modernist projects demolished during his lifetime. His design for Birmingham Library had been met with criticism from the likes of the city's Director of Planning and Regeneration of the time who described it as a "concrete monstrosity." Prince Charles famously described it as "looking more like a place for burning books than keeping them."

See photographs of the former library under construction and in use after the break.

View of the former lending library Interior perspective view of the proposed library (date unknown) John Madin's Library under construction (1971) Aerial view of the completed former library +12

176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library, Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe
Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe

A 176-pound (80 kilograms) chunk of concrete cladding has fallen from year-old Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time the Zaha Hadid-designed structure has malfunctioned; last year, an “assembly error” was deemed the reason why a large piece of fiberglass-reinforced concrete crashed down in front of the building’s entrance. 

Kotobuki Restaurant / Ivan Rezende Arquitetura

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Kotobuki Restaurant / Ivan Rezende Arquitetura, © MCA Studio
© MCA Studio

© MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio © MCA Studio +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Anna Valente, Andrea Lima, Patricia Gouvea, Ana Cecilia Santana, Domenica Falacio
  • Area

    265.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Past Turned Into Space / Pitsou Kedem Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Past Turned Into Space / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Tamar Berger
  • Design Team

    Irene Goldberg, Tamar Berger, Pitsou Kedem
  • Photographs Styling

    Eti Buskila
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

YeNe House / Design band YOAP

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
YeNe House / Design band YOAP, Courtesy of Design band YOAP
Courtesy of Design band YOAP

Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP Courtesy of Design band YOAP +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    14-1 Sanghyeon-dong, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge

    Doran Kim, Inkeun Ryu, Hyunbo Shin
  • Area

    431.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Barsa Taberna / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole Photography
© Lisa Petrole Photography

© Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6, Canada
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow SW Elevation +17

Toigetation / H&P Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Toigetation / H&P Architects , © Doan Thanh Ha
© Doan Thanh Ha

© Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha © Doan Thanh Ha +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    tt. Bảo Lạc, Bảo Lạc, Cao Bằng, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Doan Thanh Ha, Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
IA&B's 361° Conference: DIS.ARCHITECTURE - Discourse, Intuition and Syntax in Architecture

Over the past seven years, Indian Architect & Builder Magazine’s (IA&B) 361° Conference has evolved into the singular most relevant platform for discussion and discourse on architecture and design in India. Since its inception, the conference has captured the progressive nature of design, creating a forum for emerging and influential practices in India. As an eclectic, thought-provoking and egalitarian platform, 361° in its eighth edition will continue to celebrate the power of thoughts and ideas and initiate a truly relevant dialogue on architecture and design.

Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall, Inside the now abandoned White Flint Mall. Image © Flikr CC License / Mike Kalasnik
Inside the now abandoned White Flint Mall. Image © Flikr CC License / Mike Kalasnik

We have all visited places that linger with us long after we leave them, often drawing us back through the memories we made there. When recalling this memory of place, however, we rarely consider malls to be evocative of such powerful emotional connections. A recent article from The Huffington Post argues that these common shopping centers can incite some of the deepest nostalgia. "Why I'm Mourning The Death Of A Mall" delves into the connection between malls and their inherent qualities of independence, community, and growth, and encourages us to view them from a different perspective, as our increasingly technology-centric society may make the mall a thing of the past. Read the article, here.

Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Images from the 25th Annual ICEHOTEL, Courtesy of ICEHOTEL
Courtesy of ICEHOTEL

Every year for the past 25 years, the Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi has erected its famous ICEHOTEL. Built almost entirely from the ice of the nearby Torne river, the building begins to take shape in October and is ready for business by December. Fifty thousand people visit annually, many choosing to stay overnight in the rooms which maintain a balmy air temperature of 17ºF. The sculptural and often ornate design of the building's "art suites" is the work of handpicked artists from around the world, and is one of the most popular aspects of staying at the hotel. See photos from this year’s suites, and learn more about ICEHOTEL's construction, after the break.

New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects, Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo
Courtesy of LOOK Architects Mr Choo Meng Foo

Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo Courtesy of LOOK Architects   Mr Choo Meng Foo +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buangkok View, Singapore
  • Area

    5533.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Residência das Algas / MarchettiBonetti

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Residência das Algas / MarchettiBonetti, © Philippe Arruda
© Philippe Arruda

© Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda © Philippe Arruda +17

Video: Steven Holl and the Architectural Experience

00:00 - 7 January, 2015

In this installment of the Louisiana Channel, world-renowned architect Steven Holl discusses his philosophy on organic architecture and its ability to generate a specific experience. "I believe architecture is an art, that it changes peoples' lives, and I think that's what architecture has the potential to do," Holl remarks.