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Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem", The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster
The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse." The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how "these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes." To those who know the UK's architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

© James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower, Courtesy of Serneke
Courtesy of Serneke

SOM, working alongside Danish practice Entasis Arkitekter, has been selected to design a new residential building in Gothenburg that will be Sweden's tallest tower. Coming out on top against an international shortlist that included Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM's 230m tall proposal 'The Pole Star' features four connected prisms which twist 90 degrees near the top.

The competition, run by developers Serneke, called for proposals for a 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan, including a 200+ meter residential tower, in Gothenburg's Lindholmen area. A particular focus for the jury was for proposals to "demonstrate how the skyscraper can be integrated into the structure of the neighborhood," adding that "the building should be a part of the area’s social and architectural context, not stand as a solitary monolith."

Read more about the jury's decision after the break

Courtesy of Serneke Courtesy of Serneke Courtesy of Serneke Courtesy of Serneke +11

Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
  • Design Team

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

    217.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ampliación de la plaza Espanyola / Noemí Martínez

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Ampliación de la plaza Espanyola / Noemí Martínez, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça Espanyola, 4, 08903 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Amado Martín, Virgínia Díaz del Río, Verónica Cereijo
  • Area

    898.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Blantyre House  / Williamson Chong Architects, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +19

Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA, © Pierre Pommereau
© Pierre Pommereau

© Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boulevard de l'Europe, 67210 Obernai, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Benoît RAUX
  • Area

    9400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center, Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas    Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions
Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions

In our progressively digitized world, factories are often left behind. Outdated and no longer capable of serving their original purpose, these vast spaces become vacant and full of potential. A recent Young Architect Competition (YAC), entitled Space to Culture, recognized this trend and called upon young minds to turn such a factory in Granarolo, Bologna into a center for culture and entertainment. The competition asked entrants to focus on the idea of temporality and ensure the re-purposed factory's longevity through dynamic and flexible spaces. To see the winning entries, continue after the break.

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break. 

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bodebo Store In Barcelona   / CAVAA, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, 7, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
  • Builder

    Josep Massana
  • Area

    74.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Reinstating the Relevance of Academic Journals: trans magazin

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Courtesy of trans magazine
Courtesy of trans magazine

trans magazin, a semi-annual journal published by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ, seeks to address "issues in architecture and urban development from a variety of perspectives." Managed by an independent student editorial team since 1997, the publication studies and discusses humanities, politics, philosophy and the arts. It is "a platform for interdisciplinary discourse" packaged in a beautifully printed, weighty periodical.

Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio, © Martin Kocich
© Martin Kocich

© Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Josefa Stancla 154, 686 01 Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Michal Kutalek
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +26

ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina's released his latest series of illustrations: Archimusic, architectural representations of 27 songs, from Miles Davis to Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse. See all 27 after the break!

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina +28

Oceanique Villas / MM++ architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Oceanique Villas / MM++ architects, © Hiroyuki OKI
© Hiroyuki OKI

© Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mui Ne, Phan Thiết, Binh Thuan, Vietnam
  • Project Architect

    My An PHAM THI
  • Area

    1014.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten, Courtesy of f m b architekten
Courtesy of f m b architekten

Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten +27

Happy Birthday Charles Eames

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Charles Eames, Ray and Charles Eames. Image © Eames Office
Ray and Charles Eames. Image © Eames Office

Today Charles Eames - the taller half of modernism's greatest power couple, Charles & Ray Eames - would have turned 107. Although perhaps best known for their furniture design (particularly the Eames Lounge & Shell Chairs), the couple is well known in architectural circles for the home they designed in 1945 and subsequently lived in: the Eames House (or Case Study House No. 8, as it was part of the Arts & Architecture magazine's "Case Study" program).

In honor of Charles Eames' birthday, we've rounded up some fantastic videos: produced by the Eames themselves, HOUSE (a tour of their home) and Powers of Ten (their 1977 exploration of the universe's magnitudes), this 1956 clip of the pair's first TV appearance, a video of the construction of the Shell Chair and, at the Vitra Campus, the Eames Loungethe TED Talk delivered by the pair's grandson, and the trailer to The Architect & The Painter (the must-watch documentary on the pair's lives). See all the videos after the break!

Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects , © Kwang Sik Jung
© Kwang Sik Jung

© Sungmin Yoon © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung +20

China's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014: Mountains Beyond Mountains

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. By making space the manifestation of content and content an insight of the space, space and content are correlated in the China Pavilion in that content provides an explicit timeline of China’s 100 years’ of architectural thinking (dual theme threads), while space presents an implicit theme of Yi Xiang (imagery-scape) through the history of Chinese architecture.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +10