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Assess: Who Cares for Chilean Cities?

“Assess: Chile at Columbia” is an initiative led by the Latin Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) of Columbia University that discusses, in several formats, the state of contemporary cities in the southern country by addressing the question: who cares for Chilean cities?

This project aims to raise questions and skip external, often patronizing understandings of Chilean practices. To do so, “Assess: Chile at Columbia” invites Chilean scholars who— closely in touch with both national practices and international debates in the fields of architecture, public space, and urban projects—are uniquely positioned to initiate a critical conversation.

Distinguished Chilean scholars Luis Eduardo Bresciani, Romy Hecht, and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce selected three projects to represent each of the aforementioned categories in the exhibition Answers form Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects, to be held on the 100 Level of Avery Hall. This show will inform the Conference “Who cares for Chilean cities?,” at which renowned US-based scholars Saskia Sassen, Stan Allen, and Iñaki Ábalos will assess the topics and works presented by their Chilean peers, opening up a further discussion moderated by GSAPP faculty Clara Irazábal, Galia Solomonoff, and Enrique Walker.

Bear House / Onion

© Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya
  • Architects: Onion
  • Location: Cha-Am beach, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge: Onion
  • Interior Architect: Arisara Chaktranon, Siriyot Chaiamnuay
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya

Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport VIP Terminal Winning Proposal / CPG Consultants

CPG Consultants recently won the Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport VIP terminal design competition, which was organized by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam. Expected to be completed in late 2014, the lotus flower-inspired design with its iconic petal-shaped pavilion roof will extend a ceremonious welcome to Heads of State and dignitaries as they arrive or depart from Hanoi. The new VIP Terminal will feature an octagonal geometry in plan, with the reception hall, state lounge and president lounges forming the centerpiece while the VIP lounges and function rooms form the angled part of the perimeter. More images and architects' description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2014: Lateral Office to Represent Canada with Nunavut Exhibition

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" as winner of a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in ArchitectureLateral Office of Toronto will organize and curate an exhibition designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Canada's largest but least populated northern territories, known for its pristine arctic wilderness and Inuit lifestyle.

Read more about Canada's contribution to the Biennale after the break.

BBC Radio 4 Competition: Design the Listening Project’s Pod

BBC Radio 4, in collaboration with RIBA, just launched a competition for the design of a portable ‘pod’ to enable their conversations, which have become essential listening, valued moments in their hectic broadcasting schedules, to take place in different venues around the UK such as shopping centers, libraries and festivals. For some people it might be the chance to capture memories, to relive shared moments, to put down for posterity how we feel about each other - or to have  the one conversation they have always wanted to have. The Listening Project enables more of the general public the opportunity to record a conversation. The deadline to register is April 18 and the submission deadline is April 23. More information on the competition after the break.

Cities Without Ground: A Guide to Hong Kong's Elevated Walkways

As a city, Hong Kong doesn't have it easy; impossibly dense and smothered by unsympathetic hilly terrain, the gymnastics that it performs to survive has lead to the growth of unique urban spaces. Cities Without Ground deconstructs the unfathomable spaghetti of pedestrian bridges, tunnels and walkways, which make up pedestrian Hong Kong. The book, created by motley trio of architects and academics: Jonathan Solomon, Ciara Wong and Adam Frampton, graphically dissects this labyrinth in a series of snappy axonometric drawings of 32 various routes through the city.

Read more about the story of Hong Kong's pedestrian maze after the break...

National Dental Faculty / Kristin Jarmund Architects

© Jan M Lillebø
© Jan M Lillebø
  • Architects: Kristin Jarmund Architects
  • Location: Bergen, Norway
  • Project Team: K. Jarmund, A.Selstrøm. L.Strand, G.Messel, S. Grøholt, A.Eriksen, L. Houck, P. Larsson, K. Kittelsen
  • Area: 15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jan M Lillebø, Sture Nepstad, Benjamin Hummitzsch, Ole Harald Dale, Annema Selstrøm

© Sture Nepstad © Benjamin Hummitzsch © Benjamin Hummitzsch © Benjamin Hummitzsch

Municipal Tanatory / Diaz Romero Arquitectos

© Miguel Souto
© Miguel Souto
  • Architects: Diaz Romero Arquitectos
  • Location: Carretera Estación, 44, 02690 Alpera, Albacete, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Diaz Romero Arquitects
  • Area: 17433.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Miguel Souto

© Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto

Sede Geacam / dra arquitectos

  • Architects: dra arquitectos
  • Location: Cuenca, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: DRA, DIAZ ROMERO
  • Promotor: GEACAM SA
  • Area: 6504.37 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Miguel Souto

© Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto

House in Muko / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

Ashgabat Olympic Complex Proposal / Arup

Developed by Arup and built to international sports federation standards, the Ashgabat Olympic Complex in the heart of Turkmenistan will be one of the largest building projects on which Arup has delivered the ‘total’ design and includes 750,000 square meters of sports and social buildings. Having just signed the contract for phase two of the project, which will add an aquatics center, indoor athletics arena, and a tennis center, the venues also include a velodrome, training halls, hotels, offices, a medical center and media facilities. More images and their description after the break.

2018 Pyeongchang Speedskating Arena Proposal / Idea Image Institute of Architects

Courtesy of Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA)
Courtesy of Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA)

As the main ice sports facility for the 2018 Pyeongchang winter olympic games, the master plan proposal by Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA) has expressed local natural specific characteristics which is very beautiful and clean based on the New horizons, which is the vision of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games. Their design concept for the speed skating arena has beautiful shapes inspired by dynamic movement of speed skaters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

RIA Rural / Ludens + R arquitectos

  • Architects: Ludens + R arquitectos
  • Location: Estado de México, México
  • Collaborators: Iván Hernández Quintela, Mateo Riestra, Claudia Rodríguez, Tania Rodríguez, Andrea Joller, Erik Kobayashi
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Proyect Year: 2012
  • Photography: Ramiro Chaves

© Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves © Ramiro Chaves

Hebil 157 Houses / Aytac Architects

Courtesy of Aytac Architects
Courtesy of Aytac Architects
  • Architects: Aytac Architects
  • Location: Bodrum, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge: Aytac Architects
  • Design Team: Alper Aytaç , İlker Başyazıcı, Kugu Iscan, Seda Karabulut, Murat Atacan, Mehmet Emin Bayraktar, Esma Sarıkaya
  • Landscape Architect: Cevsa Peyzaj, Gülşen Aytaç
  • Area: 4791.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aytac Architects

Courtesy of Aytac Architects Courtesy of Aytac Architects Courtesy of Aytac Architects Courtesy of Aytac Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects' First Built Tower: CMA CGM Headquarters

Zaha Hadid Architects’ first built tower, the CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseille, France, is most immediately notable for its vertical form.

As the stunning images from Hufton + Crow show, the tower’s disparate volumes (generated from gradual centripetal vectors) gently converge towards each other and then bend apart to create an elegant "metallic curving arc that slowly lifts and accelerates skywards into [...a] dramatic vertical geometry.”

Read More about CMA CGM Headquarters, after the break...

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow

Can you recap 30 years of architecture?

Are you an architect, architecture critic, historian of architecture or otherwise involved with architecture and design? Have you always wanted to give a TED Talk? Can you recap 30 years of architecture? 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of TED, the 2014 conference will include several talks that look back on three decades of advances in a handful of fields. Until June 30, 2013, we are seeking proposals for an 18-minute, multimedia presentation that will take the TED audience through the most important developments in the past 30 years of architecture and suggest where the field is going - or needs to go - in the future.

More details after the break...

M2 / John Wardle Architects + Swanbury Penglase

  • Architects: Swanbury Penglase, John Wardle Architects
  • Location: Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, Australia
  • Project Partners: Swanbury Penglase-Architects in Association, Wilson Architects-Laboratory and Education Consultant
  • Area: 7300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sam Noonan

© Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan

Lille Modern Art Museum / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Max Lerouge – LMCU
© Max Lerouge – LMCU
  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Location: Chemin John Coltrane, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
  • Architect in Charge: Roland Simounet
  • Project Manager: Yves Tougard
  • Area: 11600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Max Lerouge – LMCU, Philippe Ruault, Vincent Fillon

© Philippe Ruault © Max Lerouge – LMCU © Vincent Fillon © Max Lerouge – LMCU