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Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Team Berlin's "Flywheel" Could Revolutionize Personal Mobility

00:00 - 2 January, 2015
Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Team Berlin's "Flywheel" Could Revolutionize Personal Mobility, © Audi Urban Future Initiative
© Audi Urban Future Initiative

One of three runners-up in the 2014 Audi Urban Future Award, the Berlin Team of Max Schwitalla, Paul Friedli and Arndt Pechstein proposed a futuristic and innovative concept for an entirely new type of personal transport. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as elevator technology and biomimicry, their designs offer a thought-provoking alternative to our existing transportation systems that could revolutionize the city as we know it.

Though their proposal ultimately lost out to Jose Castillo's Team Mexico City, the work of the Berlin team correlates closely with the aims of Audi's Urban Future Initiative, offering a compromise between the convenience and status of personal transport and the civic benefits of public transport. Read on to find out how this was achieved.

The "Flywheel" concept proposes a modular personal transport system that would connect with other units to save road space. Image © Audi Urban Future Initiative Proposal for the "Flyway" on the Siemens Line. Image © Audi Urban Future Initiative The Flyway would connect Tegel Airport to Jungfernheide station. Image © Audi Urban Future Initiative Audi worked with Team Berlin to create a series of possible designs for the "Flywheel" concept. Image © Audi Urban Future Initiative +19

The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”

00:00 - 2 January, 2015
The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”, © Gary Leonard
© Gary Leonard

The final exterior scaffolding has been removed from Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “The Broad” in downtown Los Angeles, revealing its distinctive honeycomb-like “veil.” Comprised of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel, the structural exoskeleton “drapes” over the building’s interior “vault,” lifting at its south and north corners to provide two street-level entrances. At its side, the veil is torn by a central “oculus” that provides a direct visual connection between the museum and Grand Avenue. 

“The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street,” described Liz Diller.

MOBO Streamlines Public Access to Cartagena's UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
MOBO Streamlines Public Access to Cartagena's UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall , La Media Luna. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O.
La Media Luna. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O.

MOBO Architects has won a competition to refurbish the vertical and horizontal access structures of the UNESCO protected fortresses that surround Cartagena's colonial walled city. With an aim to create a walking tour through the bastions and walls that is both safe and pleasant, MOBO’s winning proposal offers a series of urban interventions that will unify the existing disparate structures and create a continuous pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. This, as MOBO describes, will “completely restructure the way that the citizens and visitors use not only the wall, but also the spaces in the city.”

Torre del Reloj. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Calle Venezuela. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Santa Catalina. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Baluarte Reducto. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. +22

Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls / Corpo Atelier

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls / Corpo Atelier , © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sernancelhe, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Filipe Paixão
  • Construction

    Window to the Future (www.wtfc.pt) and Opus Nobel Energia
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

GSMM Takes Home Second with Twin Buildings Proposal for Liget Budapest

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
GSMM Takes Home Second with Twin Buildings Proposal for Liget Budapest, Ground View from Boulevard. Image © Filippo Bolognese
Ground View from Boulevard. Image © Filippo Bolognese

The Liget Budapest Competition, a call for proposals for five new cultural buildings in Hungary’s capital, has recently announced a few of its winners. Design firm GSMM architetti Giorgio Santagostino- Monica Margarida was awarded second place for their proposal for a paired Photo Museum and Museum of Hungarian Architecture. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin, these twin buildings aspire to create a cultural focal point in Budapest, and to revitalize for the City Park.

Model Photo. Image © GSMM Aerial View. Image © GSMM Ground View from Park. Image © Filippo Bolognese Museum of Architecture Entrance Hall. Image © Filippo Bolognese +55

Happy New Year from ArchDaily!

00:00 - 1 January, 2015

Happy New Year to ArchDaily's readers all around the world: from the first people to celebrate in Kiribati, Samoa and New Zealand, to those in Hawaii and American Samoa - who at the time of publishing are still waiting to celebrate the new year - we wish you all the best in 2015. The past 12 months has been a fantastic year here at ArchDaily, and we can't wait to see what the next one will bring. In the meantime, make sure you've read all of our round-ups of 2014, after the break.

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Washington D.C. Lincoln Memorial and the New York City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015. 

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the United States, was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron. 

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex, © Alejandro Cartagena
© Alejandro Cartagena

© Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Mexico
  • Project Team

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
  • Project Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Forbes Profiles David Rockwell, Celebrates 30 Years of Design

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
Forbes Profiles David Rockwell, Celebrates 30 Years of Design, ockwell Group’s pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group
ockwell Group’s pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group

In honor of Rockwell Group’s 30th year of design, Forbes has published a profile on its founder, American architect David Rockwell, detailing his life, work and thoughts on the power of theater. “My mother, Joanne, played a great role in forming my interest in design,” stated Rockwell. “She first introduced me to the excitement and spectacle of live theater, which has had a profound impact on my life and work. These productions really opened my eyes to the power of design to create emotional connections between people and their environment.” Read the complete article, here

Apos2 / Apostrophy’s

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Apos2 / Apostrophy’s, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +33

Black Box / UTAA

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Black Box / UTAA, © Jin Hyo-suk
© Jin Hyo-suk

© Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seongnam-si, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim Chang Gyun
  • Design Team

    Choi Byung Yong, Jo Myeong Seon
  • Structure

    Reinforced concrete + Light-weight wood frame
  • Area

    183.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape, Hawkins\Brown's ‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal for the site of Heathrow Airport features drones - but does the urban design of the proposal accommodate the role of drones in the urban sphere?. Image © Factory Fifteen
Hawkins\Brown's ‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal for the site of Heathrow Airport features drones - but does the urban design of the proposal accommodate the role of drones in the urban sphere?. Image © Factory Fifteen

Many have come to associate drones with the looming unmanned aircraft deployed in the defense industry, but as technology continues to improve drones have gotten smaller and progressively less expensive. Consumers can now purchase their very own drone for as little as $600 or less and the technology is already proving to be useful for a wide variety of purposes, including possible uses for architects in everything from site analysis to construction.

However, this technology could have much broader consequences on not only the airspace above our streets, but also in how we design for increasing civilian and commercial drone traffic. Just as other technologies such as cars and security surveillance have shaped our urban infrastructure, so too will an emerging network of infrastructure for pilotless technology. Particularly as drones become ever more precise and nimble, opportunities arise for their increased use in urban areas. If these devices can be programmed to learn from repeated maneuvers with the use of cameras and sensors, it is not unrealistic to say that they could soon learn how to navigate through increasingly complex vertical cities. But if drones become fixtures of our urban environment, what impact will they have on exterior spaces? And could they become as ubiquitous in our city’s skies as cars on our streets?

Compact Karst House / dekleva gregorič arhitekti

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Compact Karst House / dekleva gregorič arhitekti, © Janez Marolt
© Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vrhovlje, Slovenia
  • Project Team

    Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Lea Kovič, u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel štud. arh.
  • Area

    83.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture, Courtesy of TICA architecture
Courtesy of TICA architecture

Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vaux-sur-Mer, France
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Lake's Restaurant / mass arquitetura e Norea De Vitto

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Lake's Restaurant / mass arquitetura e Norea De Vitto, © Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Arqº Gustavo Massimino / mass arquitetura e Arqª Nórea De Vitto / Galvez & De Vitto Interiores
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Quinlan Terry Among Four to Receive "New Year Honours" for Services in UK Architecture

00:00 - 31 December, 2014
Quinlan Terry Among Four to Receive "New Year Honours" for Services in UK Architecture, 30 St Mary Axe “The Gherkin” / Foster + Partners . Image © Flickr CC User Maciek Lulko
30 St Mary Axe “The Gherkin” / Foster + Partners . Image © Flickr CC User Maciek Lulko

John Quinlan Terry, one of Prince Charles' preferred architects, is being recognized on the UK’s 2015 New Year Honours list and awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services in classical architecture. The Queen’s annual awards will also be honoring architect Cecil Balmond, former deputy chairman of UK Arup, with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Former City Planning Officer and professor Peter Wynne Rees, who oversaw the realization of the Gherkin and highly disputed Walkie Talkie, will also receive a CBE for his services. Katharine Heron, professor of Architecture University of Westminster, has been selected to receive a Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to architecture and higher education. 

The 14 Best Articles of 2014

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
The 14 Best Articles of 2014

At ArchDaily, we take great pride in bringing our readers the best selection of architectural projects and news stories around, but another big part of our editorial mission also involves giving architects access to the knowledge that will help them improve the lives of future urban dwellers. As the year draws to a close, each of the editors at ArchDaily has personally selected their favorite articles from the past year which complement this editorial mission. These articles may not be the ones that garnered the most attention or views, but we think they are vital nonetheless.

Our top 14 of 2014 includes coverage of crucial events, like the attention-grabbing competition that broke almost every record going, and an architectural model that redefined the idea of political protest; it features profiles of people who are redefining the profession, including both one of the world's most famous architects who had one of his greatest years yet, and a woman who spends most of her time working with sewage; and it includes insightful histories, such as how communist architecture developed in the mid-twentieth century, and how that period is now defining architecture in a modern-day communist superpower. Read on to find out which articles made our list as the best of the past year.

TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates, © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura
© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura +25