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American Standard / SPACE

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
American Standard / SPACE, Courtesy of SPACE
Courtesy of SPACE

Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE Courtesy of SPACE +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Coyoacán, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Humberto Soto
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SPACE

Vision42 Design International Competition

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Vision42 Design International Competition

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. 

Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don't Add Up

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don't Add Up, Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru
Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru

Originally posted on ArchNewsNow as "Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?", this article by Michael J Crosbie examines the furore around crowdsourcing websites such as Arcbazar, explaining why the criticisms against it just don't stack up.

A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all over the world. The idea has been used to generate solutions to provide clean drinking water in third-world countries, to creating entire websites such as Wikipedia. Such activities are generally regarded as “disruptive,” in the parlance of the moment, in that they offer alternative ways of achieving a result that has traditionally been accomplished through other means. (ArchNewsNow is “disruptive” in the sense that it offers an alternative outlet for architectural news that impacts the traditional architectural publishing world of print media.)

Read on to find out why this "disruptive" new trend is nothing to fear

La Salle Cuernavaca University Annex Building / GBF taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
La Salle Cuernavaca University Annex Building / GBF taller de arquitectura, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Sergio R. Salas, Francisco Ramírez Díaz, Pedro Estrada Herrera
  • Collaborators

    Marcos Palma Estrada, Alberto Ayala Aranda, Ramón Rojas, Eric Pérez Navarro, Efrain De La Cruz Villalba, Laura Ortega Díaz, Karla Duran Montero, Julio Cesar Domínguez Rueda Ordaz, Universidad La Salle Cuernavaca
  • Construction

    Grupo AIC
  • Project Management

    WT Partership México
  • Structures

    Saltec
  • Project Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Mía House / Matias Pons Estel

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +29

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower, Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

How Kiev's Independence Square Helped Spur an Uprising

00:00 - 19 April, 2014
How Kiev's Independence Square Helped Spur an Uprising, © Flickr CC User Michael Kötter
© Flickr CC User Michael Kötter

In a fascinating article for the GuardianOwen Hatherley visits Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, the public square at the heart of the Ukranian revolution that ironically was designed under Stalin as a Baron Hausmann-style weapon against uprisings. Hatherley examines how elements of the public space were utilized by protesters, and how different areas of the square are now hosting a variety of political factions. You can read the full article here.

17a Highbury Terrace Mews / Studio 54 Architecture

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
17a Highbury Terrace Mews  / Studio 54 Architecture, © Sarah Blee
© Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee +11

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?, Courtesy of Squadra Komanda
Courtesy of Squadra Komanda

The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, "might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital" due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a "visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period."

Late Soviet architecture constitutes "almost two third of all buildings in Moscow." As it represents "an unpleasant reminder of the recent past," many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this "neglected kind of architecture."

SketchUp Announces Mobile Viewer for iPad

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
SketchUp Announces Mobile Viewer for iPad, Courtesy of SketchUp
Courtesy of SketchUp

SketchUp have recently unveiled the latest app in their suite, SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad. Allowing "on the go" access to models, the app also features access to "the entire universe" of files in their 3D Warehouse. Users can use the same familiar features, such as Orbit, Pan and Zoom, to "present their own private 3D models to clients and partners." With a price tag of $9.99 from Apple's App Store, early reviews suggest that this is a good first step with some way yet to go. Being the first ever SketchUp tablet product (with a planned Android version in the works), it has been released in conjunction with SketchUp 2014 which incorporated BIM capabilities for the very first time.

Hello Wood 2014

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
Hello Wood 2014

Hello Wood is an international art program, taking place in Csorompuszta, the countryside of Hungary between July 19 and July 27, 2014.All work, produced there, carries two attributes: it’s mostly from wood and it’s characterized by an interplay of art and social commitment. Hello Wood integrates various fields of art, design and science; it creates community and encourages talent. It brings together students and professionals from across borders, moreover it connects everyday people with the designer community.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to create 12 wood installations. To participate, you need to fill out the application form until May 16. The organization is also having an open call for workshop leaders. 

All the information regarding the event, participation and workshop leaders after the break.

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A., © Cristian Brahona
© Cristian Brahona

Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara © Cristian Brahona +20

UNC Coastal Studies Institute / Clark Nexsen

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
UNC Coastal Studies Institute / Clark Nexsen, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wanchese, NC, United States
  • Principal in Charge

    Clymer Cease, AIA, LEED AP
  • Senior Project Architect/Designer

    Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C
  • Senior Project Architect

    David Francis, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    63190.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Casa G493 / Ana Lina Klotzman

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto +25

The Library House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
The Library House  / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. +25

Glass House Mountains House / Bark Design Architects

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Glass House Mountains House / Bark Design Architects, © Christopher Frederick Jones
© Christopher Frederick Jones

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones +29

Amsterdam Metro Station / Maccreanor Lavington Architects

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
Amsterdam Metro Station / Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington
Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington

Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington Courtesy of Maccreanor Lavington +14

Paul Rudolph's Iconic Walker Guest House To Be Re-Constructed

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
Walker Guest House; Sanibel Island, FL / Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell. Image © Ezra Stoller / Esto
Walker Guest House; Sanibel Island, FL / Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell. Image © Ezra Stoller / Esto

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) has announced that a replica of Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House will be constructed at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. It is hoped the iconic, 24' x 24' vacation cottage will be opened to the public by 2015, after which it will be disassembled and transported to select museums around the country.

More information about the Walker Guest House, after the break...