Happy 146th Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright

00:00 - 8 June, 2013
Happy 146th Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright, Image of Fallingwater © Robert Ruschak - Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Image of Fallingwater © Robert Ruschak - Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

"The greatest American architect of all time", Frank Lloyd Wright, was born 146 years ago today. One of the all-time architectural greats, his work has now been inspiring generations of architects for over a century.

New Naturalis Biodiversity Center Winning Proposal / Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

01:00 - 8 June, 2013
New Naturalis Biodiversity Center Winning Proposal / Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten
Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

Neutelings Riedijk Architecten was recently awarded with the architectural design commission for the new Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. As one of the top five natural history museums in the world, Naturalis has a collection totaling over 37 million objects.. A collaboration between Amsterdam Zoological Museum, National Herbarium Nederland and the National Natural History Museum, Naturalis has resulted in an expansion of personnel and objects and correspondingly the need to extend and renovate the current location and research facilities. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in Takamatsu / : Yasunari Tsukada Design

01:00 - 8 June, 2013
© Stirling Elmendorf
© Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf +19

Make It Right Announces New Efforts on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana

00:00 - 8 June, 2013
Make It Right Announces New Efforts on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, Fort Peck Reservation; Image © Make It Right
Fort Peck Reservation; Image © Make It Right

The Make It Right organization, Brad Pitt's LEED and Cradle-to-Cradle inspired efforts to bring sustainable homes to communities in need, is probably best none for its much publicized work in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the post-Hurrican Katrina climate.  But the breadth of this organization's work stretches beyond this community rebuilding project.  Make It Right has worked within several disadvantaged communities in an effort to build sustainable and supportive homes and neighborhoods through the development of residences, community centers and infrastructural elements, and by providing training and counseling. 

MIR is working in Newark, New Jersey bringing residences to disabled veterans; in Kansas city, Montana the organization is rebuilding a blighted community within the neighborhood of Manheim Park; and most recently is partnering with Sioux and Assiniboine Native American tribe members to build sustainable homes on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.

More on Make It Right's new work on the Fort Peck Reservation after the break.

Serpentine Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

00:00 - 7 June, 2013
Serpentine Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto, © Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

This Thursday, the official opening of the Serpentine Pavilion, by Sou Fujimoto, took place in Hyde Park, London. It was the first time the public could interact with the structure.

The pavilion, which has already gotten its "cloud" nickname because of its shape and lightness, is generated through a three-dimensional steel grid of about 40 centimetre modules which morphs on each side. The structure is broken to allow people access as well as to generate different uses around, below and upon it. 

More pictures and the architect's statement after the break.

© Daniel Portilla © Daniel Portilla © Daniel Portilla © Daniel Portilla +37

The Smithsonian Scrapes Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’

00:00 - 7 June, 2013
The Smithsonian Scrapes Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

After four years of high-brow debate, the demise of the controversial Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ has been confirmed. The decision, made by Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and Undersecretary Richard Kurin, comes shortly after the Hirshhorn board’s split vote resulted in the resignation of director Richard Koshalek - the man behind the ‘Bubble’. 

Krrish Square / Maison Edouard François

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Krrish Square / Maison Edouard François, © Maison Edouard François
© Maison Edouard François

In the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a lot surrounds a historic British-colonial building.  In this country, density is not limited and the program quickly takes on an exceptional scale. Designed by Maison Edouard François, the 450,000m² Heritage Building is planned for offices, apartments, a hotel, a cinema, and a commercial center.  As two spectacular bridges unite the three towers, the challenge becomes how to successfully create such a massive program adjacent to a historic monument.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

VIDEO: Design in 6 Lovely, Digestible Nutshells

00:00 - 7 June, 2013

(Almost) everything you need to know about 20th century design has been synthesized into 6 brightly-colored, easily-digestible videos (all narrated by the sweet Scottish tones of one Ewan MacGregor).

From the Gothic Revival to Post-Modernism, this series of shorts from The Open University’s OpenLearn website just touches the surface of these design movements; however, they act as a great introduction for the un-design-initiated (indeed, The Open University sees them as an intro to their free course on Design Thinking) or, for design-aficionados, a fun refresher.  

We're particular to the video on the Bauhaus (after all, we also tackled the movement in a brilliant infographic) and the Modernist video (after the break) - but you can find all 6 at OpenLearn. Enjoy!

Elements Residence / William Kaven Architecture

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Elements Residence / William Kaven Architecture, © Daniel Kaven
© Daniel Kaven

© Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven © Daniel Kaven +17

BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
BskyB Sky Studios / Arup Associates, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, England, UK
  • Client

    BSkyB and Stanhope
  • Engineering

    Arup Associates
  • Developer

    Stanhope PLC
  • Landscape Design

    Charles Funke Associates
  • Client’s QS

    Gleeds
  • Developer’s QS

    Davis Langdon
  • Main Contractor

    Bovis Lend Lease
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +20

280 Freeway Competition

01:00 - 7 June, 2013

Graham Foundation Announces 2013 Grants to Individuals

00:00 - 7 June, 2013
Graham Foundation Announces 2013 Grants to Individuals, Southwest Elevation, Orange County Government Center, 2012, Goshen, NY. Photo by Sean Hemmerle. From the 2013 Graham Foundation Individual Grant to Sean Hemmerle and William Watson for Brutal Legacy: Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center
Southwest Elevation, Orange County Government Center, 2012, Goshen, NY. Photo by Sean Hemmerle. From the 2013 Graham Foundation Individual Grant to Sean Hemmerle and William Watson for Brutal Legacy: Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts just announced its 2013 Grants to Individuals with over $500,000 being awarded to 60 projects. The grantees, who represent a diverse national and international community of architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, and others, were selected after a highly competitive application process from a pool of over 600 submissions. The awards, up to $15,000 each, will support publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, public programs, and research that explore innovative and bold ideas in architecture and design. More information on the grantees after the break.

Video: Studio Beneath the Railway + Step Plaza

00:00 - 7 June, 2013

Beneath an elevated railway in the former red-light district of Kogane-cho, the city of Yokohama and NPO Koganecho Area Management Center commissioned five architects to transform a 100 to 150 square meter site into what is now a destination for local artists and residents. Each practice - Contemporaries, Studio 2A, Workstation, Koizumi Atelier, and Nishikura Architectural Design Office - was assigned a single project, providing the community with a gallery, cafe, studio, meeting hall for artists, and stepped outdoor plaza. Tour through each space with this video, provided by JA+U

Serafides House / VARDAstudio

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Serafides House / VARDAstudio, © Maria Efthymiou
© Maria Efthymiou

© Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou © Maria Efthymiou +15

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects, Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects
Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

This Taichung City Cultural Center proposal by KAMJZ Architects aims to present the possibility of using local features to protect  from the very location itself turning limiting factors into interesting project features. With an average annual precipitation of 2500 mm and the climate heavily influenced by the monsoon season Taiwan is a country which receives a lot of rainwater. Therefore, the architects are focusing on a local water management agenda, 'Water Damper Towers,' with their building as it’s showcase. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects planting diagram Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects +52

St Antony’s College / Bennetts Associates Architects

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
  • Engineer

    Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Northcroft
  • Contractor

    Kingerlee
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +31

Social Housing / Frédéric Schlachet Architecte

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Social Housing / Frédéric Schlachet Architecte, © F. Schlachet
© F. Schlachet

© F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet +30

Pan African Games Masterplan Competition Entry / Group IAD

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Pan African Games Masterplan Competition Entry / Group IAD, Courtesy of Group IAD
Courtesy of Group IAD

Focuses the attention on the African and International communities, the proposal by Group IAD for the Pan African Games Masterplan is represented by the lines connecting each African capital in Brazzaville. These generators form on the plot a beam of guidelines as a first filter that allows organizing the circulation areas of the program. Drawing its strength from the meanders of the Congo River, this project establishes a permanent dialogue with the river, its surroundings and Brazzaville. More images and architects’ description after the break.