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Pieres House / Graciana Oliveira

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Pieres House / Graciana Oliveira, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +25

PURO Hotel / ASW Architekci Ankiersztajn Stankiewicz Wroński

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
PURO Hotel  / ASW Architekci Ankiersztajn Stankiewicz Wroński , © Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk
© Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk

© Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk © Fotoarchitektura Anna Gregorczyk +19

Bingler and Pederson’s Critique of Architecture for the New York Times Sparks Controversy

00:00 - 31 December, 2014
Bingler and Pederson’s Critique of Architecture for the New York Times Sparks Controversy, Somewhat ironically, the New York Times' own building is designed by none other than "celebrity architect" Renzo Piano. Image © Ritu Manoj Jethani via Shutterstock
Somewhat ironically, the New York Times' own building is designed by none other than "celebrity architect" Renzo Piano. Image © Ritu Manoj Jethani via Shutterstock

Earlier this month the New York Times published an editorial written by Steven Bingler and Martin Pederson in which the two discuss how and why architects need to reevaluate the profession. The article centers on how today’s architecture can adequately meet the needs of its intended users without acknowledging their input and asks “at what point does architecture’s potential to improve human life become lost because of its inability to connect with actual humans?”

As with any commentary on the very nature of contemporary architecture, criticism abounds and has prompted a scathing response by Architect Magazine writer Aaron Betsky, who claims that the New York Times ought to be above such "know-nothing, cliché-ridden reviews of architecture" and ridicules certain excerpts of Bingler and Pederson's text,  saying "I am not making this up." Betsky takes the opportunity to argue instead that “Architecture... is either the dull affirmation of what we have, or it is an attempt to make our world better."

Read on after the break for more on the New York Times article and the opposing views

Eight Proposals Offer Scaled Down Solutions for Redeveloping St. Petersburg’s Pier

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
© Destination St. Pete Pier / St. Pete Design Group
© Destination St. Pete Pier / St. Pete Design Group

After public outcry rejected Michael Maltzan Architecture’s winning entry “The Lens,” which sought to replace St. Petersburg Pier with an ambitious sail-like concrete canopy and aquatic habitat, the fate of the structurally inapt inverted pyramid remained in limbo. Now, two years after the culmination of the original competition, the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, alongside the preservations of the Concerned Citizens of St. Pete, has selected eight scaled back proposals in hopes that one will provide a sensible solution that will both maximize the pier’s potential and satisfy the locals. 

Shortlisted competitors, including FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE, Alfonso Architects, and Rogers Partners, received a $30,000 stipend to submit these preliminary design concepts, complete with reports, renderings and cost estimates. Take a look at all eight proposals, after the break. 

Paulo Freire Library / 3C Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Paulo Freire Library / 3C Arquitetura e Urbanismo, © Saga Fotografia
© Saga Fotografia

© Saga Fotografia © Saga Fotografia © Saga Fotografia © Saga Fotografia +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Tecnologico Itaipu - Avenida Tancredo Neves, 6731 - Região Norte, Foz do Iguaçu - PR, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Arq. Leonardo Damiani Poletti, Arq. Tiago Holzmann da Silva, Arq. Pedro Augusto Alves de Inda
  • Area

    2263.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Infinita House / Natura Futura Arquitectura

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Infinita House / Natura Futura Arquitectura, © José Gómez
© José Gómez

© José Gómez © José Gómez © José Gómez © José Gómez +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Babahoyo, Ecuador
  • Project Architect

    José Fernando Gómez M
  • Collaborators

    Fausto Quiroz, Luis Roby F
  • Project Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Oliver Wainwright's 2015 Wish List for British Cities

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Oliver Wainwright's 2015 Wish List for British Cities, The housing crisis facing London has now become the primary concern of the capital's voters. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak
The housing crisis facing London has now become the primary concern of the capital's voters. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

In the UK, urban issues are starting to see something of a renaissance, with problems such as the nation's housing shortage increasingly being subjected to scrutiny in ever more public arenas - in fact earlier this year housing overtook transport as the biggest concern among London voters. All of this means that 2015 will be "a golden opportunity to fix some of the worst city problems," according to the Guardian Cities, who have asked their architecture critic Oliver Wainwright to offer up a wishlist of positive changes that could benefit the nation's urban centres. From councils building more council housing to a tax on empty homes, Wainwright's four-point list offers straightforward policy advice that could truly transform the lives of British urbanites - and perhaps most promisingly, in three of these cases he explains how there are nascent movements already being made to bring his recommendations to fruition. You can read the full article here.

hk+b Architecture Designs Winning Competition Entry for Tunisian Office Building

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
hk+b Architecture Designs Winning Competition Entry for Tunisian Office Building, Courtesy of hk+b Architecture
Courtesy of hk+b Architecture

With a site defined by its varied and abundant trees, hk+b Architecture made preserving the scenic landscape and greenery a conscious decision in designing the CPSCL Regional Agency in Tunisia. The choice to maintain as much of the context of the site as possible allows future employees in the building the opportunity to work in an environment seemingly embedded in the countryside. Another important choice in defining the building’s exterior form was the characteristic sloping roofs of the city of Béja.

Courtesy of hk+b Architecture Courtesy of hk+b Architecture Courtesy of hk+b Architecture Courtesy of hk+b Architecture +15

Hair Salon Slundre / BHIS

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Hair Salon Slundre / BHIS, © Toshiyuki Azuma
© Toshiyuki Azuma

© Toshiyuki Azuma © Toshiyuki Azuma © Toshiyuki Azuma © Toshiyuki Azuma +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Cohta Asano
  • The main Manufacturers

    KEYTEC
  • Area

    137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fellows Pavilion - American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Fellows Pavilion - American Academy Berlin  / Barkow Leibinger , © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Simon Menges © Stefan Müller +18

Sommarhus Akenine / Johan Sundberg

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Sommarhus Akenine / Johan Sundberg, © Peo Olsson
© Peo Olsson

© Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beddingestrand, Sweden
  • Chief architect

    Johan Sundberg
  • Project architects

    Daniel Gerse, Max Germundsson
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89, School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com
School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © Adrián Guerra Rey via places.designobserver.com

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution - has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.” 

NBBJ to Design $85 Million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
NBBJ to Design $85 Million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus, Livingston Ambulatory Center. Image © NBBJ
Livingston Ambulatory Center. Image © NBBJ

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has selected NBBJ to design their $85 million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus, Ohio. The six-story, 200,000-square-foot center will serve more than 100,000 patients annually. It will feature modular and flexible units centered around shared employee workspaces. Construction will begin in February. 

Top 20 Most Read Articles of 2014

00:00 - 30 December, 2014
Top 20 Most Read Articles of 2014

From Frank Gehry giving the finger and claiming that today’s architecture is 98% “pure shit,” to the Guggenheim Helsinki competition receiving 1,715 entries and becoming the most popular architecture competition in history, 2014 has been an eventful year. The following 20 stories were the most read of the year, generating discussion among readers and provoking interesting comments. Ranging from lighthearted lists (25 Free Architecture Books You Can Read Online) to articles analyzing how future cities might look (Hamburg’s Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years), here are the top 20 stories of 2014. 

Adamant / Mayer Hasbani

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Adamant / Mayer Hasbani, © Hector Velasco
© Hector Velasco

© Paul Czitron © Hector Velasco © Hector Velasco © Paul Czitron +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Atlixcayotl, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Puebla, PUE, Mexico
  • Project Area

    20550 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Wanda Movie Park / Stufish Entertainment Architects

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Wanda Movie Park / Stufish Entertainment Architects, Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects
Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects

Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects +9

Gumno House / Turato Architects

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Gumno House / Turato Architects, © Ivan Dorotić
© Ivan Dorotić

© Igor Crnković © Ivan Dorotić © Sandro Lendler © Ivan Dorotić +21

The POP-UP House / TallerDE2 Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
The POP-UP House / TallerDE2 Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Arantza Ozaeta Cortázar, Álvaro Martín Fidalgo
  • Project Area

    68.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014