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Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO
Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO

Besting a shortlist of fourAnn Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in Athens’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

A+U 518: Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
A+U 518: Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability

The latest issue of one of our favorite magazines, A+U, has just arrived to the ArchDaily office from Japan. This issue’s main theme is “Norwegian Architecture Toward Sustainability," in which you can find projects previously featured by AD, like the amazing Trollstigen National Tourist Route by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Rintala Eggertsson's Seljord Watchtower and Høse BridgeJektvik Ferry Quay by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Helen & Hard's Vennesla Library and Culture House, the Statoil Regional and International Offices by a-lab and many more. Full info + content after the break.

October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services, 2013 October ABI. Image © Calculated Risk
2013 October ABI. Image © Calculated Risk

After three consecutive months of growth, the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reveal a slight decrease in the demand for design services. Keeping in mind that any score above 50 indicates an increase in billing, the ABI score fell from 54.3 in September to 51.6 this past October. In contrast, the new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from the reading of 58.6 the previous month.

The Indicator: What Goes Up Does Not Come Down

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
The Indicator: What Goes Up Does Not Come Down, One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

We all know what architecture critic Banksy thinks about 1 World Trade Center. He infamously called it a “shyscraper” in an op-ed piece the New York Times declined to publish. But that hasn’t stopped the article from circulating and pissing New Yorker’s off. In true Banksy form you can find it on his website, mocked up to appear like a front page headline. 

In it, he writes, “It reminds you of a really tall kid at a party, awkwardly shifting his shoulders trying not to stand out from the crowd. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a shy skyscraper.” Of course, this didn’t stop the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) from recently celebrating it as the tallest building in this here United States of America. Yippee ki-yay!

But- who cares? New York has many other things going on urbanistically and architecturally that render tallness less significant than it used to be, if not outright pointless. Infrastructural interventions of the more horizontal sort, a la the High Line for example, seem far more significant. In the face of real urban complexity and uneven development, grasping for tallness is a simplistic go-to, while the real problems remain down on the street, unrelated to air rights, view corridors, sunlight access angles, and blocked horizons. 

And yet cities of the world continue to privilege tall towers as icons of economic and political might. 

Horvitz Hall / GUND Partnership

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
 Horvitz Hall / GUND Partnership, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gambier, OH, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    GUND Partnership
  • Landscape Architect

    David Berarducci Landscape Architecture
  • Area

    41500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf +12

Villa Anemolia / MPLUSM Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Villa Anemolia / MPLUSM Architects, © Andreas Sellinidis
© Andreas Sellinidis

Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM Courtesy of MPLUSM +16

Villa Överby / John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Villa Överby / John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor, © Åke Eson Lindman
© Åke Eson Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Robert Nilsson, Maria Århammar, Niklas Singstedt, Martin Zetherström, Vincenzo Cassotta
  • Landscaping

    Mikado Mark & Trädgård, Robert Forsberg
  • Contractors

    Geo Markservice AB, Eva Holmqvist (water/sewage), CSE Projekt, Henrik Nilsson (construction), Itecon AB, Eskil Stenstrand (water), Jan Fransson Elkonsult AB, Håkan Ackland (electricity)
  • Glass contractors/Suppliers

    JB Glaskonsult AB, Johan Backlund, JONI Metall & glasprojektering/ CL Specialglas, Claes Lundén
  • Building contractor

    Liljestrand Entreprenad LE AB
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman +16

Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center / KAAN Architecten

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center / KAAN Architecten, © Bart Gosselin
© Bart Gosselin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio Allard Assies, Luca Baialardo, Timo Cardol, Sebastian van Damme, Luuk Dietz, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Michael Geensen, Renata Gilio, Walter Hoogerwerf, Michiel van der Horst, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Antonia Reif, Shy Shavit, Koen van Tienen, Aldo Trim, Noëmi Vos
  • Area

    34000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sebastian van Damme © Bart Gosselin © Sebastian van Damme © Bart Gosselin +15

Immanuel Church / Sauerbruch Hutton

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +14

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture, © Jerry Yin
© Jerry Yin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architects

    Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin +20

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura, © Lluís Casals
© Lluís Casals
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Tànger, 130, UPF - Communication Campus - Poblenou, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Benedito Rovira, Ramon Valls Ortiz
  • Team

    Antoni Vilanova, Eduard Simó
  • Architects collaborators

    Roger Molas Bernabé, Júlia Barata de Tovar Vilhena, Javier Sánchez – Montaña López, Martín Cerreda Álvarez
  • Technical Architect

    Miquel Milian Barreda
  • Structures

    Manuel Arguijo y Asociados, SL
  • Health and Safety

    MBF Arquitectura.
  • Facilities

    Instal•lacions Arquitectòniques,SL
  • Builder

    SAPIC, CONSTRUCTORA SAN JOSE, SOGESA INSTALACIONES INTEGRALES, SA
  • Area

    15163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals +23

House G / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
House G / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +13

Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects?

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects?, Megalomania? Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents. Image © Hufton + Crow
Megalomania? Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents. Image © Hufton + Crow

If the discussions recently held at the Battle of Ideas are any indication, it seems that we in the architecture community are living a certain crisis of confidence.

Not one new utopian vision has been presented in the past 30 years, lamented Theodore Dounas; all these pop-ups popping up are just evidence, said Pedro Bismarck and Alastair Donald, of architecture's fearful reluctance to tackle  complex problems or act as a legitimate agent for change at all; and then there’s the problem, voiced by Rory Olcayto, of architects being bullied by their clients into executing questionable agendas.

Arquine Call for Entries / Threshold of the Americas

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Arquine Call for Entries / Threshold of the Americas

The Arquine International Architecture Competition has been held since 1998 and aims to explore issues of significance and relevance for society as a whole, foster new platforms for dialogue and promote the involvement of architects in responding to specific problems, while encouraging local and international competition and participation. 

Over time it has become one of the design competitions in the field of architecture with the broadest scope and reach. Last year over 420 teams from 22 countries around the world sent proposals. 

On this occasion Arquine addresses an issue of timeless importance that will open up new possibilities of discussion, with an open, international call for entries for the design of the threshold between Tijuana and San Ysidro: the transit point that responds to the programmatic needs of those who cross the border here. At the same time it should be viewed as a point of reference of a monumental nature for the busiest border in the world. 

According to the May 2013 report by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), every year 13,672,329 automobiles cross the border at the Tijuana - San Ysidro border crossing—double the number of cars on the streets of Sao Paulo and four times the number in Mexico City—while the total number of passengers they convey amounts to 34,180,000—almost equal to the population of Canada. On average they take 45 minutes to cross, according to a study by the Business Advisory Board of Tijuana. Meanwhile, the number of border crossings made on foot totals 9 million individuals. As a result the zone is constantly bustling with activity, occupied by different kinds of people—those who cross, those who wish to cross and those who have failed to cross—an accumulation of people who occupy the space on a practically permanent basis, in a perennial state of indefinite waiting. Meanwhile, the State appears unable to solve the lack of clarity in migration issues, or provide the minimum conditions of security and protection the location demands. 

More information after the break.

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab, © Future Cities Lab
© Future Cities Lab

To represent a "speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure," California-based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

Rogers Stirk Harbour Announced as Winner of LSE Competition

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Rogers Stirk Harbour Announced as Winner of LSE Competition , Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Team E). Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Team E). Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA

Shortly after the jury demanded further work to be done on the shortlisted proposals, The London School of Economics (LSE) has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Besting proposals from OMA, Hopkins, Heneghan Peng and Grafton, RSHP’s winning design was also voted the public’s favorite by an overwhelming margin. 

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA
Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA's Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA’s comprehensive strategy to rebuild the New Jersey city of Hoboken, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, has been selected as one of ten initiatives moving forward in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition. The proposal, Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge, focuses on establishing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural elements that not only protects coastal neighborhoods, but also the entire city of Hoboken. 

Pony Restaurant / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Pony Restaurant / Woods Bagot, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Client

    Pony
  • Area

    510.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +7