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New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
New Wave Architecture Designs Rock Gym for Polur, © New Wave Architecture
© New Wave Architecture

In response to the climbing potential of Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture has designed a new rock climbing hall within the rocky lands of Mazandaran. Overlooking the country’s highest peak, the “fragmented mass” invites nature and landscape to “visually creep into the building” to offer daylight and establish a strong connection between climbers and the surrounding landscape. 

Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution

00:00 - 26 January, 2014
Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution, ELEMENTAL has developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL
ELEMENTAL has developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL

Despite rising poverty across the US, homelessness has decreased 69% in Utah over the past five years and is even expected to be eliminated this year, the Huffington Post reports. How has Utah found such success? By giving the homeless homes. While the answer may seem obvious, Utah is breaking ground with its Housing Works program, which gives the homeless affordable and permanent apartments on just one condition: that they be "good stewards." 

NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant, © NBBJ
© NBBJ
  • Architects

  • Design Collaboration

    CCDI
  • Area

    270000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees. 

House in Uitdam / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
House in Uitdam / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, © Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully +12

High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
High Country House / Luigi Rosselli Architects , © Edward Birch
© Edward Birch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Armidale NSW 2350, Australia
  • Project Team

    Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch, Corrado Palleschi
  • Landscape Architect

    William Dangar
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch © Edward Birch +18

AD Architecture School Guide: Brussels Faculty of Engineering [Bruface]

00:00 - 26 January, 2014
ULB Solbosch Campus - Building R42. Image © gm2011.ulb.ac.be, via Bruface Facebook Page
ULB Solbosch Campus - Building R42. Image © gm2011.ulb.ac.be, via Bruface Facebook Page

The United States has an architecture school in almost every major university in each of its 50 states. And while it’s true that the choices seem endless, it is also true that there are certain values and approaches that dominate. Ecological architecture, for example, is often not passive, but is technology-laden, which means a large production footprint for materials like PV panels, special types of glass, or other cladding solutions. This is just one example of how industry and pedagogy shape one another and in turn influence the perception of “legitimate” architecture. Teaching architectural history offers another example in which what comprises “relevant” history is all-too-often limited to Euro-American examples. Everything in Asia beyond twenty years ago, whether it is Southeast, South, or East, is usually ignored because - although the names of historical architects may well be known in their own countries, they are not easily translatable for the average English-language author of architecture survey books.

The truth is that even in architecture schools in European nations, approaches and emphases on pedagogical content and styles vary widely. For example, schools in northern Europe have very different views on what is important and how to teach it than schools in western Europe. One school with a very defined point of view is the Brussels Faculty of Engineering, or Bruface, created by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in cooperation with the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. There, students can receive a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering; they are trained not just in design, but in engineering, emphasizing a more structural, practical approach.

Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
Visitor Center Emscher Village / Ooze Architects, © Roman Mensing
© Roman Mensing

© Roman Mensing © Roman Mensing © Roman Mensing © Roman Mensing +23

New Images Released of Foster + Partners' Luxury Manhattan Condominium

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
New Images Released of Foster + Partners' Luxury Manhattan Condominium , © Hayes Davidson, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
© Hayes Davidson, Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released new images of their revised, 19-story luxury condominium tower planned for West Chelsea in New York. Named after its address, 551 West 21st Street, the cast-concrete and glass structure plans to open its 44 residences, and three penthouses, to occupancy in the Fall of 2015. 

Cisco Offices / Studio O+A

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Cisco Offices / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, Chase Lunt, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Sarunya Wongjodsri, Justin Ackerman, David Hunter, Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Alex Bautista, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu,
  • Area

    110000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +34

Hera 24 / DMP Arquitectura

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Hera 24 / DMP Arquitectura, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro y Sofia Benitez
  • Project Area

    1620.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque

Mannheim Water Treatment Works / Motorplan Architektur + Stadtplanung

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Mannheim Water Treatment Works / Motorplan Architektur + Stadtplanung, © Oli Hege
© Oli Hege
  • Architects

  • Location

    Käfertaler Straße 265, 68167 Mannheim, Germany
  • Project Team

    Bernhard Wondra, Architect BDA; Stefan Trosdorf, Architect; Jacqueline Schmidt, Architect; Goran Medan, Architect; Urs Löffelhardt, Architect BDA; Paul Heemskerk, Dipl Ing; Irina Fedjukina, B.A.; Evgenia Neufeld, B.A.; Melanie Schenkel, B.A.
  • DEVELOPER

    Eigenbetrieb Stadtentwässerung Mannheim
  • Area

    3060.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Oli Hege © Oli Hege © Oli Hege © Oli Hege +16

LEMVIG Skatepark / EFFEKT

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
LEMVIG Skatepark / EFFEKT, Courtesy of EFFEKT
Courtesy of EFFEKT
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lemvig, Denmark
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of EFFEKT

Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT +28

Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

London-Moscow-Tbilisi-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a proposal for the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo as a part of the Expo’s Herzog  & de Meuron-designed masterplan. Designed to evoke the connotation that Russia is one of the biggest agriculture exporters in the world, the pavilion “Russia: The Fields of Growth” will contribute to the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet”, and at the same time introduce a dynamic and powerful image of the modern Russia that originates in the country’s great past.

PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station, Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab
Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab

PLASMA Studio, in collaboration with Groundlab, won first prize in an international competition to masterplan the relocation of the Innichen/San Candido train station in North Italy. The project, now under construction, forms a new "Mobile Centre" that integrates a new public plaza, skate park, youth centre and more into a streamlined rail station that enhances connectivity throughout the town. 

More information, after the break...

Has Cycling Hit A Speed Bump?

00:00 - 25 January, 2014
Has Cycling Hit A Speed Bump?, The Skycycle proposal by Foster + Partners and Space Syntax. Image © Foster + Partners
The Skycycle proposal by Foster + Partners and Space Syntax. Image © Foster + Partners

There are few recent trends in urbanism that have received such widespread support as cycling: many consider cycling the best way for cities to reduce congestion and pollution, make cities more dense and vibrant, and increase the activity and therefore health of citizens. Thus, it's no surprise a number of schemes have been proposed worldwide to promote cycling as an attractive way to get around.

However, recently it seems that many cycling schemes are running into bumpy ground. Read on to find out more.

Construction Story: Carlos Arnaiz Discusses the Church of 100 Walls

00:00 - 25 January, 2014

When commissioned to design a church in Cebu, the oldest urban center of the Philippines, Carlos Arnaiz of CAZA hoped to create a “scared place that embodied the contemporary search for meaning.” Inspired by the world’s diversity, Arnaiz, together with his colleagues, envisioned the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, the “Church of 100 Walls.” Symbolic of “commonality and difference,” the church represents the many paths one may take through life and invites visitors to explore its many, distinct spaces made up of 100, uniquely-sized walls. 

Villa 153 / ISV Architects

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Villa 153  / ISV Architects, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kifisia, Greece
  • Design Principal

    Alexander Van Gilder
  • Project Architect

    Daniela Stankovic
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali +10

Vegamar Seleccion Wine Shop / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
Vegamar Seleccion Wine Shop / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, © Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Colón, Valencia, Spain
  • Principal In Charge

    Fran Silvestre
  • Collaborator Architect

    Jordi Martínez, Ángel Fito
  • Interior Design

    Alfaro Hofmann
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo +13