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Video: Alvaro Siza Denounces Architecture's "Hyper-Specialization"

00:00 - 10 May, 2014

In this video, produced by Hugo Oliveira, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza denounces the "hyper-specialization" of architecture, outlining its academic roots as well as its practical implications for practice. Siza mentions how, in Portugal, a law was considered to limit architects to their specific specialities - exterior architects could not design interiors, for example. According to Siza, this tendency towards "hyper" or over specialization is unfortunate, as it gives rise to the segmentation of the discipline into subcategories - interior architecture, exterior architecture, landscape architecture, etc. - that undermine collaboration and team work. 

Also make sure to check out the first part of this interview, where Siza discusses the obsolescence of buildings. 

The Lifting House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 May, 2014
The Lifting House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cascais, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    José Guedes Cruz, Marco Martínez Marinho, César Marques.
  • Area

    640.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Roman Catholic Church / Tamás Nagy

00:00 - 10 May, 2014
Roman Catholic Church  / Tamás Nagy, © József Hajdú
© József Hajdú

© József Hajdú © József Hajdú © József Hajdú © József Hajdú +13

Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate

00:00 - 10 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate , Exterior View. Image Courtesy of team.breathe.austria
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of team.breathe.austria

The winning design for the Austrian pavilion of the 2015 Milan Expo has been announced. Following the Expo’s theme of “Energy for Life,” team.breathe.austria's winning proposal focuses on social change for environmental protection. The enclosed, rectangular pavilion will be planted with an abundance of native Austrian vegetation. Titled “breathe,” the project will produce enough oxygen to sustain 18,000 people by the hour and advocates for a healthier bond between the urban and natural environment.

C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition

01:00 - 10 May, 2014
C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition, Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller
Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller

Danish firm C.F. Møller has won first place in a competition to design an extension and renovation of Vendsyssel Hospital in Hjørring, Denmark. This winning proposal will add 14,000 square meters to the existing structure, incorporating a new treatment center, a ward for mothers and children, and a rooftop children’s playground. The new facilities are arranged around large courtyards, and make use of large windows to display the path of travel through the hospital. This helps make navigating through the large building as easy as possible.

Ormond Road Apartments / Jost Architects

01:00 - 10 May, 2014
Ormond Road Apartments / Jost Architects, © Andrew Wuttke
© Andrew Wuttke

© Andrew Wuttke © Andrew Wuttke © Shannon McGrath © Andrew Wuttke +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ormond Road, Elwood VIC 3184, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Patrick Jost
  • Design Team

    Nina Caple
  • Interiors

    Jost Architects, Nina Caple (Mini Living)
  • Builder

    Liberty Builders
  • Photographs

RIBA Regional Awards Spotlight Best of Southern UK

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
RIBA Regional Awards Spotlight Best of Southern UK, Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow
Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow

The winners of RIBA Regional Awards have been announced for the South, South East and South West regions. Among the awards were further successes for Wilkinson Eyre's Mary Rose Museum, and Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, both of which were also recently featured on the UK Museum of the Year Shortlist

The award winning projects will join winners from other regions to be considered for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Read on after the break for all the winners from the three regions

Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects. Image © Peter Cook Wedge House / SOUP Architects Ltd. Image © Andy Matthews Hilden Grange / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Tim Crocker University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / Rafael Viñoly Architects +9

Foster + Partners’ Unfinished Vegas Tower Approved for Demolition

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
 Foster + Partners’ Unfinished Vegas Tower Approved for Demolition , Harmon Hotel via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
Harmon Hotel via Wikimedia Commons

A court approved ruling has sealed the fate of Foster + Partners’ half-built Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas. Unfinished due to structural defects, the 27-story glass tower was once envisioned to be the staple of the $8.5 billion CityCenter entertainment complex. However, since problems arose in 2008, the stunted hotel and casino has instead served as a glorified billboard. 

Though it has yet to be determined who will be blamed for the faulty construction, owner MGM Resorts International has been granted permission to dismantle the blue glass building floor-by-floor at a cost of $11.5 million. 

Nursery School / MDR

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Nursery School  / MDR, © Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baillargues, France
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Istra Tennis Club / Za Bor Architects

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Istra Tennis Club / Za Bor Architects, Courtesy of Za Bor Architects
Courtesy of Za Bor Architects

Courtesy of Za Bor Architects Courtesy of Za Bor Architects Courtesy of Za Bor Architects Courtesy of Za Bor Architects +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
  • Area

    4890.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Za Bor Architects

Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    7-11 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BQ, United Kingdom
  • Area

    4690.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Theater in Montreuil / Dominique Coulon et associés

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Theater in Montreuil / Dominique Coulon et associés, © Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers © Jean Marie Monthiers +30

Cliff House / Dualchas Architects

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Cliff House / Dualchas Architects, © Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

© Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Galtrigill, Isle of Skye, Highland IV55, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Bär
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

"Design Mind" Witold Rybczynski Discusses His Latest Work

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
"Design Mind" Witold Rybczynski Discusses His Latest Work, Photo by Michael Cooper
Photo by Michael Cooper

While most of the profession looks forward, author Witold Rybczynski is focused on the past. Named 2014's “Design Mind” by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum earlier this month, Rybczynski writes about historical buildings to give a better understanding of modern architecture. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Rybczynski talks about his latest book “How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit,” the dangers of “celebrity” architecture, and his favorite non-designer chair. Check out the full interview here.

Venice Biennale 2014: Dutch Pavilion to Rethink the Open Society

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Dutch Pavilion to Rethink the Open Society, Housing scheme Lekkumerend in Leeuwarden The Netherlands, 1962, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, BROX_1337t339- 1, Van den Broek en Bakema Architects
Housing scheme Lekkumerend in Leeuwarden The Netherlands, 1962, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, BROX_1337t339- 1, Van den Broek en Bakema Architects

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Dutch entry Open: A Bakema Celebration will reflect on the idea of an open society through the work and research of Jaap Bakema (1914-1981).

The Dutch architect, identified as a “compelling exponent of the Dutch welfare state,” was a leading voice within the international avant-garde movements CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture) and Team 10. Inspired by the belief that “architecture should accommodate the emancipation of the masses while allowing for the self-realization of the individual citizen,” his portfolio includes some of the Netherlands’ most important postwar projects, such as the Rotterdam shopping street Lijnbaan.

Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bracebridge, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Project Architect

    Anya Moryoussef
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Artist Fills Paris' Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
Artist Fills Paris' Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations, © Lamadieu Thomas
© Lamadieu Thomas

When you're surrounded by buildings on all sides, what do you see? In his SkyArt series, French artist Lamadieu Thomas gives us his answer. He takes claustrophobia-inducing photographs of urban landscapes through a fish-eye lens, framing the sky with rooftops and filling the negative space with playful illustrations. Thomas describes his whimsical approach to art as an attempt to show "what we can construct with a boundless imagination" and "a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us." To see more from the collection, continue after the break.

© Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas +10

Europe Day 2014: A Roundup of EU Architecture

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
Europe Day 2014: A Roundup of EU Architecture, © Georges Fessy
© Georges Fessy

Today is Europe day in the EU, and to celebrate we're rounding up some of the best Europe-inspired architecture. First, two buildings designed for European institutions, the Court of Justice of the European Communities by Dominique Perrault and the Council of Europe by Art & Build Architect. Next, we've got a building which celebrates the achievements of Europeans, the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies. Finally, two buildings which promote the very notion of Europe: the EU Pavilion by Senat Haliti, a message of hope for the 72% of Kosovans who wish to join the EU; and Le Monolithe by MVRDV, which has the first article of the European Constitution imprinted on the facade - expounding a belief in "a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and equality between women and men prevail."