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Terrace House / Formwerkz Architects

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Terrace House / Formwerkz Architects, © Albert Lim
© Albert Lim

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim +15

The Berlage Archive: Jacques Herzog (1998)

00:00 - 8 September, 2014

"What does architecture mean? Does it mean something? Where do you put it?" These are a few of the questions Jacques Herzog poses in this 1998 lecture at the Berlage Institute. Inspired by the concept that architecture is inherently a form of communication, Herzog, who co-founded Herzog & de Meuron with Pierre de Meuron, highlights nine of the firm's projects which all share similarities that feed into one another. The lecture, Herzog explains, is about using varied forms of language to create a conversation. Basel, a Swiss city bordering three countries and the home base of the firm, is characterized by many languages. Architecture, Herzog argues, is also a choreographed dance of languages, including those of art, music, light, void and mass, skin and surface, transparency and obscurity, layering and materiality.

Beginning with the Goetz Collection in Munich and describing the bands of light that cut through its cubic form, and continuing on to the play with existing urban factors and natural light to enhance the "impressive mass" of the Tate Modern, Herzog describes the poetry of design. He continues on to discuss Studio Remy Zaugg, a collaboration with Remy Zaugg for the Centre Pompidou, a psychological look at the urban study of Basel, the proposal for the MOMA Extension in New York, the Pritzker winning Signal Box, and the complex conceptual and physical layers of both the Laban Dance Centre in Deptford and the Dominus Winery in Napa. At the end, Herzog requests "critical" questions from the audience, inviting an exploratory conversation that provides insight into the design process of the architects and the experience of the users.

In answering an audience member's question, Herzog describes the mindset behind his dynamic practice: "If I knew what I'm doing, I probably wouldn't do it anymore. I wouldn't be interested in getting up in the morning, if I knew that's exactly how architecture works…it would be boring, if I knew this is my way."

Don’t miss the other lectures in The Berlage Archive series

Screen House / Alain Carle Architecte

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Screen House / Alain Carle Architecte, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +24

Part to Whole / HG-A | LIVE COMPONENTS

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Part to Whole / HG-A | LIVE COMPONENTS  , © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul , South Korea
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

OMA Announces Addition of Four New Partners

00:00 - 8 September, 2014
OMA Announces Addition of Four New Partners

OMA has announced the addition of four new equity partners, all promoted from Associate level, to take its total number of partners to ten. The move is a reflection of OMA's increasing workload in both architectural projects, and also the increasing involvement of AMO, the company's research offshoot. With two of the new partners based in their overseas offices, it also represents a move to strengthen their work in markets outside of their European base. Read on after the break for details of all four new partners.

Broombank / SOUP Architects

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Broombank / SOUP Architects, © Andy Matthews
© Andy Matthews

© Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews +27

Formstelle / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Formstelle / Format Elf Architekten, Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten
Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten

© Bettina Kirmeier Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten Courtesy of Format Elf Architekten +17

Architect Lord Richard Rogers and the Making Of Scandicci City

00:00 - 7 September, 2014

Scandicci City began as a suburb of Florence and was often described as a commuter town with a lack of a clear urban center. Having reached out to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to address this need, this short documentary created by scandiccibyrogers.com offers a look inside Rogers' studio in London and the creation of a new urban master plan for Scandicci City.

Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +33

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
North Classroom Block / CEPLAN, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidade de Brasília - Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
  • Authors

    Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators

    Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
  • Project Area

    1265.0 m2
  • Project year

    2011
  • Photographs

Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Le Havre – Cote Docks Vauban / Philippe Dubus Architecte, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +41

COBE's Adaptive Reuse of Nordhavnen Silo Marks Beginning of Redevelopment

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
© COBE
© COBE

Danish firm COBE is transforming the largest industrial building in Nordhavnen - a silo - into an apartment building with both private and public functions. For COBE, who also created the urban development plans for Nordhavnen, this project marks the beginning of the post-industrial area's future. Nordhavnen is a harbor area located only 4km from Copenhagen's city centre.

 "The exciting thing about old industrial property is how to preserve their soul and at the same time use them for something else," said Klaus Kastbjerg, the owner of the silo, commenting on the adaptive reuse project. To preserve the soul of the silo, the architects will maintain a raw industrial feeling on the interior. Each of the 40 retrofitted apartments will contain visible historic remnants such as existing concrete columns and walls.

Keep reading after the break for more information and images...

Sauflon Centre of Innovation / Foldes Architects

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Sauflon Centre of Innovation / Foldes Architects, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +39

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks: Analog and Digital Together at Last

00:00 - 7 September, 2014
Courtesy of Moleskine
Courtesy of Moleskine

Forget about scanning the pages of your notebook - you can now work in both analog and digital at the same time. Moleskine recently teamed up with Livescribe, a smartpen manufacturer, to create two new notebooks that work exclusively with Livescribe smartpens to instantly transfer ideas from paper to screen. The notebooks feature add-ons that make this possible, but still retain the rounded edges, elastic closures, ribbon bookmarks, and other details Moleskine notebooks are known for. To learn about the notebook add-ons and how they work with the smartpens, keep reading after the break. 

Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 7 September, 2014
Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale , Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh
Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh

"The Biennale reveals that modernism was never a style. It was a cultural, political, and social practice," says Sarah Williams Goldhagen in her recent article for New Republic, The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014. This year, the Venice Biennale dissects the notion of modernism by providing a hefty cross-section of architectural history in the central pavilion. However contrary to Koolhaas' prescriptive brief, the 65 national pavilions show modernism was not just a movement, but a socially-driven, culturally attuned reaction to the "exigencies of life in a rapidly changing and developing world." Unexpected moments define the 2014 Venice Biennale: from Niemeyer's desire to launch Brazil into the first world through architectural creation, to South Korea's unveiling of a deep modernist tradition with influence across the nation. This Biennale proved to be truly rebellious - read Goldhagen's article from New Republic here to find out why. 

Private Family Home / LA Hally Architect

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Private Family Home / LA Hally Architect, © Joel Knight
© Joel Knight

© Joel Knight © Joel Knight © Joel Knight © Joel Knight +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October, Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of  Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek
Denver Library, South Elevation, 1994, pencil and colored pencil on yellow tracing paper, 14 x 26 inches. Image Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates, photo: Ken Ek

An exhibition celebrating one of North America's foremost postmodern architects will open this October, marking 50 years of Michael Graves' practice. Past as Prologue maps the evolution of Graves' work in architecture and product design through an array of media including sculpture, painting, furniture, drawings and models. The comprehensive exhibition will begin with Graves' work from 1964 and conclude with works currently in progress. The exhibition will be hosted by Grounds for Sculpture with a mission to provide insight into the five-decade progression of Graves' unique design process. More on the exhibition after the break.

How Will We Design The Offices of the Future?

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
In keeping with present office trends, the Lumosity offices in San Francisco prizes lounge-like work environments, both informal and easy to personalize. Image Courtesy of Matthew Millman/Lumosity
In keeping with present office trends, the Lumosity offices in San Francisco prizes lounge-like work environments, both informal and easy to personalize. Image Courtesy of Matthew Millman/Lumosity

For many years, the world of office design remained relatively stagnant, with a light, open plan office floor and a generously-sized cubicle about as much as most employees could hope for. But recently all this has changed: the world of the technophilic, fun loving "Generation Y" has taken over, and with it come offices that mix the best elements of the traditional office with design culled from living rooms, coffee shops and children's playspaces. This will remain the future of office design for some time - or will it? According to Dr Michael O'Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, the Gen-Y office's days are already numbered, as he explains in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine. Read on after the break to find out why.