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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. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Gensler, LOT-EK to Design Google's Showroom of Floating Shipping Containers

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Gensler, LOT-EK to Design Google's Showroom of Floating Shipping Containers , Artist's rendering of the "Google Barge". Image Courtesy of The Verge
Artist's rendering of the "Google Barge". Image Courtesy of The Verge

UPDATE: The SF Gate reports that the architects of the Google Barge have now been revealed to be San Francisco-based firm Gensler and New York-based LOT-EK, a firm with experience adapting shipping containers for retail design. 

A mysterious construction project in the San Francisco Bay has been making waves for the past couple of weeks. Moored off Treasure Island, locals apparently refer to it as 'the secret project' - and, until now, that's about as much as was known about it. 

Despite months of rumors and complete radio silence from Google, spokespeople have finally released a statement on the project, stating: "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

While it's a shame about the dinosaur, Google's expansion into technology retail is possibly even more intriguing, as it's entirely new turf for the company: retail design.

More info and an artist's rendering of what the barge could look like, after the break...

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. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Winning Proposal for Zaryadye Park: "Wild Urbanism"

00:00 - 19 November, 2013

UPDATE: The video detailing Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's Zaryadye Park has just been released. In it the three partners discuss the central idea behind the proposal - "Wild Urbanism" - in which plants and people are of equal importance and "nature and architecture are merged into a seamless whole." They explain how each of Russia's varied landscapes - its tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland - will be imported to the park and overlapped into "enfolded nodes" that will house sustainable, artificial micro-climates that will allow for year-round use of the park. 

The Strelka Institute has announced the winner of the two-stage international competition to design Zaryadye park, Moscow's first park in over 50 years: Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The consortium led by the New York-based firm, beat out an impressive shortlist. Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came second and MVRDV third.

Zaryadye Park, 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, is hoped to “project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world.” See the renderings from Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's new and most important public space, after the break...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal - Masterplan. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Entrance from the Red Square - Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka +6

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. 

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

Chris Downey: Design with the Blind in Mind

00:00 - 19 November, 2013

Cities are diverse places, home to a rich spectrum of people and lifestyles. Chris Downey, however, believes that there are only two types of people, "those with disabilities and those that haven't quite found theirs yet." Downey, a distinguished architect of over twenty years, lost his eyesight four years ago and found a new way of seeing the world. "If you design for the blind in mind, you get a city that is robust, accessible, well-connected...a more inclusive, more equitable city for all." Hear his story, contrasting his daily life before and after this newly found "outsight."