“A Short History of the Highrise”

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
“A Short History of the Highrise”, Oscar Niemeyer - Brasília, 1958. Image © Marcel Gautherot/IMS
Oscar Niemeyer - Brasília, 1958. Image © Marcel Gautherot/IMS

The New York Times has published “A Short History of the Highrise” - an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. Organized in four short films - “Mud,” “Concrete,” “Glass,” and “Home” - viewers are given the option to "dig deeper" into each subject and explore additional archival material while viewing the film. Check out the film here

Lycée Albert Einstein / NBJ Architectes + François Privat

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Lycée Albert Einstein / NBJ Architectes + François Privat, © Paul Kozlowski
© Paul Kozlowski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lycée Albert Einstein, 354 Avenue du Commando Vigan Braquet, 30200 Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion, François Privat
  • Area

    2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski +14

Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm, A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB
A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB

BIG, OMA and SANAA are amongst 12 architectural heavyweights competing to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Blasieholmen, Stockholm. Currently in the competition’s first stage, the architects have submitted anonymous entries for jury review. 

Once complete, the building hopes to become one of Stockholm’s main attractions. It will not only serve as the Nobel Foundation's primary home, but also provide facilities for research and education, as well as public exhibition spaces, a conference center, library, cafe, shop and more.

Read on for the complete list of participating architects and a sneak peak of the proposed schemes.

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, speaks about projects in Asia and his design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s celebrated Lightfall with architect, educator and National Academician Stan Allen. The event will take place October 23, from 6:30pm till 8:00pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets, please click here.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bin He Da Dao, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
  • Collaborators

    Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu
  • Associate in charge

    Michael Kokora
  • Area

    180000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +20

"Designing Recovery" Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
"Designing Recovery" Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities, Courtesy of GOATstudio
Courtesy of GOATstudio

“Designing Recovery,” a competition focused on the planning and rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities, has announced its three winning entries, by sustainable.to Architecture + Building, GOATstudio LLP, and Q4 Architects.

The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  Make It Right,  Architecture for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, and Dow Building Solutions, was envisioned to aid communities affected by devastating natural disasters – in this case, New York City, New Orleans, and Joplin, MO.

Shyo Ryu Ken,Kyobashi / STILE

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Shyo Ryu Ken,Kyobashi / STILE, © Hirokazu Matsuoka
© Hirokazu Matsuoka
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Ietsugu Ohara
  • Clients

    KIHARA Inc
  • Construction

    Yaohousing Inc. / Kenji Kogaito
  • Area

    122.67 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka +14

Padarie / CRIO arquiteturas

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
© Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Tenente Coronel Fabrício Pilar, 822 - Mont'serrat, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, 90450-040, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Bernardo de Magalhães, Lívia Fonseca
  • Area

    250 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +23

The Indicator: Why the Solar Decathlon Should Enter the Real World

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
The Indicator: Why the Solar Decathlon Should Enter the Real World, Visitors tour the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, with Arlington, VA, left, and the Lincoln Memorial, right, in the background. Image © Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Visitors tour the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, with Arlington, VA, left, and the Lincoln Memorial, right, in the background. Image © Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

I don’t mean to poo poo the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon project, but the more I hear about it the more I wonder if this isn’t an indication of just how far behind the United States is in terms of energy policy and the design of smart environments. Are we really that far behind that we need a program like this to prove this stuff really works? Are people still disbelieving? Do they really need demonstration homes to show how photovoltaics produce electricity or how sustainable principles can be applied to architecture? I suppose it makes sense in a country that still obsesses about the Case Study Houses and has debates about climate change. 

The purpose of the Solar Decathlon is primarily to educate the public on high-performance building practices. Since 2002 when the DOE held the first one, it’s been putting “green” building in front of people who otherwise would not get to experience it—or, in reality, a self-selecting population of people who are probably already into such things. 

Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +27

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture, © Anton Stark
© Anton Stark
  • Architects

  • Location

    John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), John F Kennedy Airport, NY 11430, USA
  • Principals

    Hayes Slade, James Slade
  • Design Team

    Tian Gao, David Iseri, Magda Stoenescu, Goizeder Arteche, Frances Calosso, Yuko Okuma, Allesandro Perinelli, Will Choi, Marco Juliani, Lauren Lochry, Santi Slade, Garrett Pruter
  • Collaborators

    Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
  • MEP Engineers

    ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
  • Structural Engineers

    Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor

    PT Projects - Peter Turvey
  • Lighting Design

    L’Observatoire International Inc.
  • Acoustic Engineers

    Cerami & Associates, Inc.
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Next Step Design
  • Contractor

    Holt Construction
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark +16

MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital, Courtesy of MASS Design Group
Courtesy of MASS Design Group

In September 2012, the Haitian Ministry of Economy and Finance called for the reconstruction of the hospital of the State University of Haiti, a medical facility located in the heart of Port-au-Prince that has been operating in ruins since the 2010 earthquake. After the Ministry received large development grants from the US and France, the challenge for designers was to create an earthquake resistant hospital within the $48 million budget, while also phasing the construction to maintain an operational capacity of 500 beds. MASS Design Group was one of the design teams to come up with such a proposal.

For the team's project description, read on.

Mayfair House / Squire and Partners

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Mayfair House / Squire and Partners, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Waverton Street, London, Greater London, UK
  • Interior Designer

    Bill Bennette
  • Structure

    Heyne Tillett Steel
  • Planning Consultant

    The London Planning Practice
  • Contractor

    GPF Lewis Ltd
  • Landscaping

    Haynes Design
  • Area

    807.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner +21

Cardal House / Cannatà & Fernandes

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Cardal House / Cannatà & Fernandes, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +17

Alaloum Board Game Café / Triopton Architects

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Alaloum Board Game Café / Triopton Architects, © Dimitris Kleanthis
© Dimitris Kleanthis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis +17

Plans Unveiled For Crystal Palace Rebuild

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Plans Unveiled For Crystal Palace Rebuild, Terrace view . Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group
Terrace view . Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

UPDATE: Following ongoing discussions, the city of London and the Chinese ZhongRong Group have finally unveiled plans for the Crystal Palace replica, announcing a competition to find the “the best not the biggest” architects to take on the project.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "Paxton's stunning Crystal Palace was a beacon of innovation in the 19th century, encapsulating a spirit of invention which was to shape London and the world for generations to come. Since the iconic building was destroyed, the conundrum of what to do with the crumbling site has not been successfully resolved.” Until now.

Check out renderings and more information, after the break…

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning exhibition of Moshe Safdie’s work. Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveys the renowned architect’s career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms. 

Why This Is the Year of the Architect

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Why This Is the Year of the Architect, At the Clinton Global Initiative (l to r) Robert Ivy, FAIA; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Cameron Sinclair, co-founder Architecture for Humanity; Former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Martyn Parker, Chairman Global Partnerships at Swiss Re; Alex Karp, co-founder Palantir; Judith Rodin, Ph.D, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. Image Courtesy of The AIA
At the Clinton Global Initiative (l to r) Robert Ivy, FAIA; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Cameron Sinclair, co-founder Architecture for Humanity; Former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Martyn Parker, Chairman Global Partnerships at Swiss Re; Alex Karp, co-founder Palantir; Judith Rodin, Ph.D, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. Image Courtesy of The AIA

Last week, we noted how the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) participation with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as well as it's many other initiatives, signify the organization's commitment to putting resiliency on the agenda. The following article, written by Brooks Rainwater, the Director of Public Policy at the AIA, outlines these efforts and emphasizes how architects are tackling today's most pressing global challenges.

Architects are increasingly demonstrating their ability to help solve large-scale problems in the areas of resilience and health. At the same time the continued ascendancy of social impact design has helped elevate the conversation and prescribed a needed emphasis on equity considerations, uplifting global populations, and the idea that design should be for and impact all people. 

With more than 1,000 global leaders convened in New York last week for the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting it is an ideal time to ask the question, how does design fit into the global conversation?