Zaha Hadid Purchases the Design Museum in London

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
Design Museum © Luke Hayes
Design Museum © Luke Hayes

The Design Museum in London has confirmed that Zaha Hadid has purchased their original building, which they've called home since 1989, just over a year after placing a bid with a private backer. According to the Architects' Journal, Hadid will use the building to house her practice's archive as well as serve as an occasional exhibition space. "The building will give an opportunity to consolidate our archive in a single location,” she said, “and also engage in a collective dialogue by exhibiting the research and innovation of global collaborations in art, architecture and design.”

Royal Adelaide Hospital Open Ideas Competition

00:00 - 9 July, 2013

Open to registered architects and landscape architects in Australia, and internationally, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition is a two-stage process for the redesign of the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016. The challenge focuses on creating an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. Stage One (18 July – 28 August) will see competitors anonymously submit initial design concepts while Stage Two (16 September – 8 November) is the opportunity for the shortlisted teams to further develop their Stage One submission. More information after thebreak.

48 North Canal Road / WOHA

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall +16

Flinders Street Revitalisation / Cox Rayner Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2013

'Occupy the Dune': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Balmori Associates

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Courtesy of Balmori Associates
Courtesy of Balmori Associates

Recently chosen as one of the selected entries for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, the 'Occupy the Dune' proposal by Balmori Associates focuses on an infrastructure as the center for civic activity, protecting the community while connecting it socially and ecologically. Vegetation that colonizes the dunes surface is the most critical part of the ecosystem, adding strength and stability to blunt extreme winds and storm surge. More images and architects' description after the break.

Special School and Dormitory Mariatal / Marte Marte Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Bruno Klomfar
© Bruno Klomfar

© Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar +17

Phantom / Case-Real

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Hiroshi Mizusaki
© Hiroshi Mizusaki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuoka, Japan
  • Design

    Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
  • Area

    216.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Mizusaki, Courtesy of Case-Real

© Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki © Hiroshi Mizusaki +25

Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Rue Pierre Mendès France, 33150 Cenon, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
  • Project Managers

    Sandrine Forais, Elise Camus
  • Architectural Consultant

    Jean-Jacques Raynaud
  • Team Members

    Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
  • Area

    6852.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +22

Michel de Montaigne Middle School in Lormont / art'ur architectes

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© 11h45
© 11h45
  • Architects

  • Location

    15 Rue Michel de Montaigne, 33310 Lormont, France
  • Client

    Gironde Department General Council
  • Area

    5567.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    11h45

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The Indicator: Favela Café and the End of Irony

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
Courtesy of Art Basel
Courtesy of Art Basel

Tadashi Kawamata is one of my favorite artists. Not simply because the work is somehow architectural but because much of it surprises by appearing to have been thrown up in secret. Though obviously sanctioned there is an illicit quality to it. It’s dirty, rough, and seemingly improvised out of found materials—though obviously the work of such an acclaimed, grant-receiving artist is not carried out this way.

I have no problem with such appearances. The problem arises from the manner in which such appearances toy with reality when the reality is clearly not one’s own, but merely mined for shock value.

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center Still at Risk

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola

Despite a 15-6 Legislature vote in February that ruled in favor of preserving Paul Rudolph’s brutalist landmark in Goshen, reports indicate that demolition is still being considered as an option. According to the Times Herald-Record, an ad hoc panel led by pro-demolition County Executive Ed Diana selected a team of architects and engineers to develop three options in 90 days for “renovating and replacing” sections of the 43-year-old complex. Though many thought the 18-month-long campaign ended with February's ruling, it is apparent that the heated debate is far from over. Ultimately, lawmakers must vote again on the project to authorize bonding for construction.

PINC Pavilion / Clínica de Arquitectura

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Alexandre Delmar
© Alexandre Delmar

© Alexandre Delmar © Alexandre Delmar © Alexandre Delmar © Alexandre Delmar +20

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Collection Master Plan

23:00 - 8 July, 2013
Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com
Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com

In another pleasing step forward in its ultimate execution of David Chipperfield‘s master plan for the museum campus, the Menil Collection has hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design a new landscape for the 30-acre neighborhood that connects more than a half-dozen museum buildings.  

Venturini House / Adamo-Faiden

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma +17

House in Iwase / Koichiro Horiuchi

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
© Jin Hosoya
© Jin Hosoya

© Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya +46

Emilio Pugín Building / Albert Tidy

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidad Austral de Chile - Calle Gral Lagos 1194, Valdivia, Valdivia, Región de los Ríos, Chile
  • Associated Architect

    Daniel Lazo
  • Area

    10620.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre +38

AD Classics: Soreq Nuclear Research Center / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
 Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)
Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)

American architect and Prizker Prize winner Philip Johnson - who would have turned 107 today - is well known for his contributions to 20th century architecture, from the modernist Glass House in 1949 to his later infamous post modernist AT&T building in 1984. But did you know that Johnson designed a brutalistic nuclear plant in Israel? More on this monolithic concrete structure after the break...

via www.soreq.gov.il Photo by Arnold Newman, via eng.archinform.net  Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)   Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)  +12

The Quest to "Liberate" Architecture from Modernism's Evils: An Interview with Nikos Salingaros

00:00 - 8 July, 2013
© Nikos Salingaros
© Nikos Salingaros

Nikos Salingaros is unafraid of a controversial statement. A professor of Mathematics and Urban theory, he has been using his scientific approach to study architecture and urban environments for years, and has come to a conclusion: Modernism is just about the worst thing that happened to architecture. 

As Salingaros explains, not only is it impossible to have any "Green" architecture within a modernist framework, but, moreover, Modernism encourages us to deny our biologically-evolved senses and embrace an unnatural, inhuman built world - and why? Because there's a whole lot of money and power behind those "modernist boxes." As Salingaros puts it:

"Architectural Education ever since the Bauhaus, and continuing to the present day without interruption, teaches students to interpret built forms according to very peculiar abstract criteria, and not through their own biologically-evolved senses and cognitive intelligence. This is radical training in sensory denial: desensitizing people so that their interpretation of the world can be defined by others with an agenda."

I interviewed Salingaros to get to the bottom of his theories and understand his anti-Modern crusade. Read it all, including Salingaros' incendiary takes on Architecture education, sustainability, and urban planning, after the break...