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Benois House / nps tchoban voss

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Benois House  / nps tchoban voss, ©  Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Courtesy of nps tchoban voss © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +10

In Defense of Locatecture: Why We Should Move Away From Globalized Models Of Architecture

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
In Defense of Locatecture: Why We Should Move Away From Globalized Models Of Architecture, Gherkin, left. Hearst Tower, right. "Norma Foster's Hearst Tower in New York seems less at home than does Britain's 'Gherkin' in London"
Gherkin, left. Hearst Tower, right. "Norma Foster's Hearst Tower in New York seems less at home than does Britain's 'Gherkin' in London"

"Today, European architects regularly work in the United States, Americans work in Europe, and everybody works in Asia. This globalization of architecture would seem like a good thing for us and it's obviously good for (many) architects. [...] Architecture, however, is a social art, rather than a personal one, a reflection of society and its values rather than a medium of individual expression. So it's a problem when the prevailing trend is one of franchises particularly those of the globe trotters: Renzo, Rem, Zaha and Frank. It's exciting to bring high-powered architects in from the outside. [...] But in the long-run it's wiser to nurture local talent; instead of starchitects, locatects."

Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Swedish Team Win Urban Design Competition in Trenčín, First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín
First Place. Image Courtesy of City of Trenčín

Swedish based Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden have recently won an international competition to find the "best comprehensive urbanistic proposals for connecting the city centre of Trenčín with both waterfronts of the River Váh." The winning scheme - Tracing Trenčín - "is not a proposal which is noticeably stunning" but is, according to Thomas Matta, deputy chair of the jury, "considerate to the existing structure of the historic core of the city."

Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition, Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov
Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov

The top prize in CANactions' 2014 Youth Competition has been awarded to Valentyn Sharovatov of Unika Architecture & Urbanism, for his "Extrasmall Shopping Mall", a design for a miniature shopping center on a tight site on Lviv. CANactions is Ukraine's largest architectural event, running since 2008.

The design by Sharovatov activates a neglected public square, using the draw of cafes and retail to regenerate this small corner of Lviv. More on the design after the break.

Three Projects That Transform Low-Tech Materials Into Innovative Design

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Three Projects That Transform Low-Tech Materials Into Innovative Design, Top: Educational Building In Mozambique / Bergen School of Architecture Students. Middle: School Library Gando  / Kere Architecture. Bottom: Umubano Primary School / MASS Design Group
Top: Educational Building In Mozambique / Bergen School of Architecture Students. Middle: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture. Bottom: Umubano Primary School / MASS Design Group

The following article is presented by Materials, ArchDaily's new US product catalog.

How many times in the last year have you heard 3d printing mentioned? What about double-skinned curtain walls or “smart” buildings? High-tech materials almost always seem to dominate the conversation - at least in architectural circles. But using the latest invention in material technology usually does not make a building “innovative.” More often than not, it just makes it expensive and flashy. 

Low-tech materials like lumber, stone and brick, on the other hand, are often overlooked, even though the use of local and locally produced materials offers the lowest possible carbon footprint. And while these common materials may seem boring, with a bit of imagination and technical skill, an architect can transform these materials into something fresh. With that in mind, check out three truly innovative projects which use low-tech materials in different and exciting ways.

Chasing Rem: One Journalist's Journey to Pin Down Koolhaas

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
Chasing Rem: One Journalist's Journey to Pin Down Koolhaas, © Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

The following article was originally published on Medium.

On a perfect autumn morning Rem Koolhaas parks his black 1998 BMW along an Amsterdam canal. It’s not really a sports car, but rather the racing model that a child would draw. Moments later, he is placed behind an impressive desk. This is to be a normal working day. Not in his Rotterdam offices though. Today he deals with his appointments in an Amsterdam hotel. Does that sometimes, more efficient. But this morning, a journalist has been in front of him for more than half an hour. And the guy is saying what?

‘Just about everyone responds the same when I mention your name: He’s a very unpleasant man, right?
Halfway this remark Koolhaas leans back and moves away from the desktop.
He rocks back and forth.
And he nods.
Stuttering he says something like: ‘Yeah, that happens, yes. With people, yes.’
He seems embarrassed, even a little ashamed.
Outside assistants, clients, projects, calls about million dollar projects on different continents are waiting, but here, his head is so nude… those little ears that stick out to the sides… Can you describe a man of six feet tall as resembling a little injured bird?
Not much more comes out of him. The conversation is over.

David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates' latest development has opened in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, New York: a complex that aims to combat poverty and revitalize the community by bringing together affordable housing (including housing for homeless New Yorkers), a Preschool, and a 17,000 square foot cultural institution -  the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The “school in a museum” is designed to engage students and foster a new generation of Sugar Hill artists and innovators.

“The Sugar Hill Development is a new typology for affordable housing, with its mixed program of museum space, community facilities, offices and apartments,” David Adjaye noted at yesterday's opening press conference, “My hope is that the building—perched high on Coogan’s Bluff—will offer a symbol of civic pride and be a valued new resource for the neighborhood.”

The architect's description of the project, after the break.

The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design , Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)
Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)

Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gambier Island, Sunshine Coast F, BC, Canada
  • Design Team

    Steve McFarlane, Michelle Biggar, Josie Grant, Daniel Marcotte, Lydia Robinson, Tomas Machnikoski
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)

Divergence House / FOS

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Divergence House / FOS, © Teerawat Winyarat
© Teerawat Winyarat

© Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Makakrai Jay Suthadarat, Singha Ounsakul, Parinwath Yingvong
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Public Library In Labin / Ivana Žalac, Margita Grubiša, Igor Presečan i Damir Gamulin

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Public Library In Labin / Ivana Žalac, Margita Grubiša, Igor Presečan i Damir Gamulin, © Ivan Dorotić
© Ivan Dorotić

© Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić © Ivan Dorotić +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Labin, Croatia
  • Architects in Charge

    Ivana Žalac, Margita Grubiša, Igor Presečan i Damir Gamulin
  • Competition Team

    Damir Gamulin, Margita Grubiša, Marin Jelčić, Zvonimir Kralj, Igor Presečan i Ivana Žalac
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

VIDEO: The Models of Richard Meier

00:00 - 11 June, 2014

Richard Meier’s Models on Nowness.com

Through the passage of time and technology, models remain integral in Richard Meier's office. No only are they tactile, visceral objects that represent space in way a computer simply cannot, but they also serve as "remembrances" for Meier (after all, the clients get to keep the buildings themselves). In the video above, NOWNESS gives us a sneak peek into Richard Meier's Model Museum at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, where many of Meier's 300+ models now call home. Enjoy!

House V at R / BURO II & ARCHI+I

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
House V at R / BURO II & ARCHI+I, © DSP Fotostudio
© DSP Fotostudio

© DSP Fotostudio © DSP Fotostudio © DSP Fotostudio © DSP Fotostudio +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Roeselare, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Tom Vandorpe, Kevin Huysentruyt, Ramona Nicolaescu, Lorenzo Kemel, Anne-Mie Vermaut
  • Area

    417.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Competition: d3 Natural Systems 2014

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Competition: d3 Natural Systems 2014

Natural systems offer architects and designers significant potential as alternative, ecologically performative architectonic strategies. The d3 Natural Systems competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects.

Frick Collection to Expand With New 6 Story Gallery

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
Frick Collection to Expand With New 6 Story Gallery, The Frick Collection's existing building in New York. Image © Flickr CC User t-mizo
The Frick Collection's existing building in New York. Image © Flickr CC User t-mizo

Yesterday the Frick Collection announced its plans for a 6-story extension to its gallery in New York, designed by Davis Brody Bond. This article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times outlines the details of the extension, as the Frick adds itself to the list of post-recession cultural building projects - a list which includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Miami's Pérez Art Museum. The article also outlines the challenges the Frick will have in expanding its landmarked 1914 building. Read the article in full here.

Palacete do Relógio Renovation / Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Palacete do Relógio Renovation / Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura , © Pedro Ferreira
© Pedro Ferreira

© Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cais do Sodre, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Project Architects

    Alexandre Marques Pereira, Manuel Tainha
  • Project Team

    Tânia Campos, Helena Arguelles, Daniela Decca
  • Project Area

    2723.0 m2
  • Project year

    2007
  • Photography

    Pedro Ferreira

MNGB House / VAUMM

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
MNGB House / VAUMM, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aiete Tunelak, 20009 San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Julen Rozas
  • Collaborators

    Patxi Ecenarro
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

La Cabotte / H20 Architectes

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
© Julien Attard
© Julien Attard
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barrage de Donzère-Mondragon, 84500 Bollène, France
  • Area

    58.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard +21

Inside France's "Modernity, Promise or Menace?" - Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
Inside France's "Modernity, Promise or Menace?" - Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014 , © Luc Boegly / Pavillon français pour l'Institut français et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
© Luc Boegly / Pavillon français pour l'Institut français et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

This year's French Pavilion stood out as one of the best pavilions in the Giardini, communicating a clear, engaging thesis and receiving a Special Mention from the jury.

Curator Jean-Louis Cohen poses four questions throughout four galleries, demonstrating the contradictions that fill the story of modernity and architecture in France. The ambivalent responses of architecture to the original promise of modernity is shown through the juxtaposition of a continuous cinematographic montage (playing simultaneously throughout all four galleries) and large-scale objects. 

Watch an excerpt from Teri Wehn Damisch's film and read the curator's statement after the break. For a virtual tour of the space designed by Paris-based firm Projectiles, follow this link. And make sure to keep an eye out for our video interview with curator Jean-Louis Cohen (coming soon). 

Grands ensembles: healing heterotopias or places of seclusion?. Image © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh Jean Prouvé: constructive imagination or utopia?. Image © Nico Saieh © Luc Boegly / Pavillon français pour l'Institut français et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication +28