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Video: Three Writers On Olafur Eliasson's Riverbed

00:00 - 5 October, 2014

In this video from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's Lousiana Channel, three acclaimed writers - Sjón, James McBride and Daniel Kehlmann - talk about their experience of Olafur Eliasson's Indoor Riverbed at the Danish museum. Sjón describes how he felt when he saw 180 tons of rock from his home country of Iceland filling the room, saying "It was like a moment in a dream, when you enter a room and something is not right, but familiar."

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art

00:00 - 5 October, 2014
Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art,  First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI
First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in Copenhagen, calls on interdisciplinary teams to design large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.

Check out the winning energy-generating sculptures, after the break.

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects +7

Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
© Gernot Riether
© Gernot Riether

A group of architecture students from Ball State University, together with professors Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, have transformed a post-industrial landscape in Muncie, Indiana, into a new destination for the city’s local art fair with the construction of the Underwood Pavilion. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape. 

More about the structure, after the break.

Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects, © Mari Hunt
© Mari Hunt

© Mari Hunt © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuressaare, Saare County, Estonia
  • Design Team

    Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Kadri Klementi, Kalle Komissarov, Lembit-Kaur Stöör
  • Area

    1460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sausalito Hillside Remodel / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Sausalito Hillside Remodel / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, © Mathew Millman
© Mathew Millman

© Mathew Millman © Mathew Millman © Mathew Millman © Mathew Millman +23

  • Location

    Sausalito, CA, United States
  • Design Team

    Mary Griffin - FAIA, Stephan Hastrup - AIA, John Kleman
  • Area

    3888.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House T / Haro Architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
House T / Haro Architects, © Stefan Zauner
© Stefan Zauner

© Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Salzburg, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
  • Collaborators

    Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
  • Area

    385.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Did the New World Trade Center Live Up to its Expectations?

00:00 - 4 October, 2014
Did the New World Trade Center Live Up to its Expectations?, © flickr user 76807015@N03. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© flickr user 76807015@N03. Used under Creative Commons

The USA's tallest building shoulders one of the nation's greatest challenges: paying tribute to lives lost in one of the country's greatest tragedies. One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan has yet to be completed and yet has still recently been condemned by a number of critics, who cite the former "Freedom Tower" as an inspirational failure. Thirteen years after the attacks, the wider site at ground zero also remains plagued by red tape and bureaucratic delays, unfinished and as-yet-unbuilt World Trade Centers, Calatrava's $5B transit hub, and an absence of reverence, according to critics. Read some of the most potent reviews of the new World Trade Center site from the press in our compilation after the break.

Five Shortlisted for Marlborough College Science Building

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Five Shortlisted for Marlborough College Science Building, Marlborough College via Wikipedia
Marlborough College via Wikipedia

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare Architects, Orms, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Tim Ronalds Architects have been shortlisted in a competition to expand and develop the Marlborough College science building in Wiltshire, England. “The current Science Block has a fascinating heritage but needs a new life to accommodate new teaching methods,” explained Malcolm Reading, the competition’s organizer. “The competition is all about finding a balance between the architectural grain of the existing eclectic campus and a confident and exciting piece of contemporary architecture.” The teams will now develop proposals. A winner will be announced in December. 

Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant'Anna University Proposal

00:00 - 4 October, 2014
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

Studio Ricatti has revealed their design for a new university in the Arcispedale San'Anna in Cona-Ferrara Italy. In a competition hosted by the University of Ferrara, the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

Take a Moment to Enjoy ArchDaily's 12 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces on Pinterest

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Take a Moment to Enjoy ArchDaily's 12 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces on Pinterest, Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + Nishizawa architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
Binh Thanh House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + Nishizawa architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Architects are notorious for working long, consecutive hours. So, in an attempt to remind you to take a break, we've compiled the top 12 most re-pinned images of inviting, well-designed outdoor spaces from our Pinterest. Take a look, after the break, then step away from the screen and go outside for some much needed fresh air. 

Beach House E-3 / Vértice Arquitectos. Image © Juan Solano Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects. Image © Art Gray La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects. Image © Richard Barnes +16

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects, © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Petra Rainer © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel +17

TEDxTalk: Contour Crafting: Automated Construction / Behrokh Khoshnevis

00:00 - 4 October, 2014

Almost everything around us is made automatically: our shoes, our clothes, home appliances and cars – so why not buildings? Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California, has set out to change that through the development of an automated construction process known as Contour Crafting. “Contour-crafting is basically scaling-up 3D printing to the scale of buildings. What we are hoping to generate is entire neighborhoods that are dignified at a fraction of the cost, at a fraction of the time, built far more safely and with architectural flexibility that would be unprecedented,” Khoshnevis says in this TedxTalk in Ojai, California.

The Architecture of Happy Hour: Plotted, Not Stirred

00:00 - 4 October, 2014
The Architecture of Happy Hour: Plotted, Not Stirred , CAD Drinks. Image Courtesy of Shaan Hurley
CAD Drinks. Image Courtesy of Shaan Hurley

Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, and Rem Koolhaas walk into a bar. What do they order? CAD Drinks, of course. It's a Singapore Sling like you have never seen before: drawn to scale, in elevation, and divided meticulously by content - ice cubes and orange slice included. Alcoholic drinks are colour coded, inventoried, organized and rendered in this downloadable DWG for Autocad. Architects rejoice: happy hour is that much closer to lunch hour.

Proyecto Hombre / Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Proyecto Hombre / Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos, Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos
Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
  • Area

    2996.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +13

Labour Minister Endorses UK-Wide Architecture Festival and More Competitions

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Labour Minister Endorses UK-Wide Architecture Festival and More Competitions, Helen Goodman MP proposed a UK-wide festival of architecture instead of another festival in London, which already hosts a number of architecture and design festivals annually including the Camden Create Festival which began just this year. Image © KSR Architects
Helen Goodman MP proposed a UK-wide festival of architecture instead of another festival in London, which already hosts a number of architecture and design festivals annually including the Camden Create Festival which began just this year. Image © KSR Architects

The UK's Shadow Culture Minister Helen Goodman has outlined a number of ideas that she would like to put into practice should her party win the next general election, reports the Architects' Journal. The proposals, made at last week's Labour Party Conference in Manchester, include increasing the number of open architecture competitions held in the UK and holding a major UK-wide annual festival of architecture. Read on after the break for more on Goodman's proposals.

London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
London Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant Scheme, Courtesy of Cityscape
Courtesy of Cityscape

London Mayor Boris Johnson has ruled in favour of the controversial Mount Pleasant scheme in North London at a public hearing held earlier today. The scheme was called in for a hearing at the request of the site's owner Royal Mail who claimed that Islington and Camden councils (who are both responsible for parts of the huge site) were taking too long over the planning application, but has been criticized heavily by locals who feel that the scheme is not appropriate for the site, and by the councils who feel that the scheme's 24% affordable housing is unacceptably low. However, Johnson drew criticism in June for apparently “compromising his neutrality” in advance of the hearing when he stated that the redeveloped Mount Pleasant “will be a wonderful place to live.”

Johnson approved the scheme after a heated hearing attended by over 100 members of the public and press, with many in attendance booing and heckling the mayor and representatives of the Royal Mail.

More on the hearing after the break