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Astudio Complete Youth Space in East London

00:00 - 1 August, 2014
Astudio Complete Youth Space in East London, © Morley von Sternberg. Image Courtesy of Astudio
© Morley von Sternberg. Image Courtesy of Astudio

British practice Astudio have recently completed a large youth space in Poplar, East London, featuring a gym, recording studios and performance hall alongside multiple social and learning spaces. Designed with the input from other 1600 young people and stakeholders, the four year project has been part of a wider initiative to address the inadequate provision of existing youth facilities in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. As the team's second youth space completed in the last year, Spotlight has recently been shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival Award.

House No.7 / Denizen Works

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
House No.7 / Denizen Works, © David Barbour
© David Barbour

© David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Heanish, Isle of Tiree, Argyll and Bute PA77, United Kingdom
  • Project Architect

    Murray Kerr
  • Design Team

    Murray Kerr, David Anderson, David Thomson, Jon Law
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Los Angeles: The River City?

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
The industrial corridor of the Los Angeles River at the Seventh Street bridge in downtown L.A., as photographed by Lane Barden for his Linear City Portfolio. Image Courtesy of Lane Barden
The industrial corridor of the Los Angeles River at the Seventh Street bridge in downtown L.A., as photographed by Lane Barden for his Linear City Portfolio. Image Courtesy of Lane Barden

Did you know a 51-mile river runs through the city of Los Angeles? It might not be immediately recognizable as a river, but it's there. In a drastic attempt to prevent flooding in the early 1900s, the Army Corps of Engineers essentially turned the entire river into a giant drainage channel by encasing it in concrete. This article, originally posted on Metropolis Magazine, investigates landscape architect Mia Lehrer's vision to remedy the situation by transforming the desolate space into a public greenway, and a celebrated feature of Los Angeles.

From the offices of Los Angeles–based landscape architect Mia Lehrer, located near the western edge of Koreatown, you might not even know that Los Angeles has a river. It’s not visible from here — instead we can see other things L.A. is known for: the Hollywood sign, traffic, billboards, a dense urban grid that runs forever. In fact, unless you are right up against it, you may not see the river at all. In its current form, it sits as the abandoned, Brutalist evidence of the city’s past battles with seasonal flooding, an expedient way to move water quickly to the sea. To many, it’s more like an urban-design crime scene of missed opportunities and missteps, begging to be corrected. If Lehrer has her way, it will be corrected so that Los Angeles, the city with the huge drainage channel, becomes Los Angeles, river city.

Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Mada, Maya Mada
  • Area

    133.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Single-Family Residence Tunquén / CO2 Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Single-Family Residence Tunquén  / CO2 Arquitectos, © Productora AndesEmpire
© Productora AndesEmpire

© Productora AndesEmpire  © Productora AndesEmpire  © Productora AndesEmpire  © Productora AndesEmpire  +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Cristián Oliva C., Camilo Oliva A.
  • Area

    207.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Las Arenas / Richard Rogers + Alonso y Balaguer

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Las Arenas / Richard Rogers + Alonso y Balaguer, Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer
Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer

Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gran Vía Corts Catalanes, 373 - 385, 08015 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaboration

    Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners.
  • Area

    105000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer

Concrete House / Studio Gil

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Concrete House / Studio Gil, © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

© Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy +22

Under the Skin: Exploring BIG Through the Danish Maritime Museum

00:00 - 1 August, 2014
Under the Skin: Exploring BIG Through the Danish Maritime Museum, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

With a voluminous portfolio and a bold, light-hearted persona, Bjarke Ingels is among the most respected young architects of the era. Now, as he enters his forties, this article from Icon looks at one of his longest-running projects: The Danish National Maritime Museum. Exploring the development of this project from competition winning proposal in 2006 to completion last year, it discusses some of BIG’s more daring decisions for the museum’s design, as well as Ingels’ development as an architect on the international stage.

Akmani Legian / TWS Partners

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Akmani Legian / TWS Partners, © Fernando Gomulya
© Fernando Gomulya

© Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya Wall Detail +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Legian, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
  • Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2013

    Hotel Category
  • Area

    3165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The Romain Rolland Elementary School / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
The Romain Rolland Elementary School  / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes, © Frédéric Delangle
© Frédéric Delangle

© Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle © Frédéric Delangle +25

Chichester Festival Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Chichester Festival Theatre  / Haworth Tompkins, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP, United Kingdom
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets, Druzhba Recreation and Retreat Centre - Yalta, Ukraine. Image © Frédéric Chaubin via edgecast.metatube-files.buscafs.com
Druzhba Recreation and Retreat Centre - Yalta, Ukraine. Image © Frédéric Chaubin via edgecast.metatube-files.buscafs.com

During the Soviet Union’s relatively brief and tumultuous history, the quest for national identity was one that consumed Russian culture. The decadence of Czarist society was shunned, and with it, the neoclassical architecture the Czars so loved. Communism brought with it an open frontier for artistic experimentation, particularly where public buildings were involved. It was on this frontier that Russian Constructivism was born, and some of Russia’s greatest buildings were built.  This article on EnglishRussia.com compiles a list of some of the “best of the best” in Soviet architecture—and we liked it so much that we’ve compiled our own top ten list! See all of our favorite Soviet projects, after the break!

Regional Drama Theater. Image © Wikimedia CC User A Kostichev Amalir Sports and Concert Complex. Image via boxingscene.com The House of the Soviets. Image © Wikimedia CC User Volkov Vitaly Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics. Image © Wikimedia CC User AKA MBG +10

City Garden Zug / Planetage landscape + Ramser Schmid

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
City Garden Zug / Planetage landscape + Ramser Schmid, © Guido Baselgia
© Guido Baselgia

© Guido Baselgia © Guido Baselgia © Guido Baselgia © Guido Baselgia +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zug, Switzerland
  • Management and Landscape Architecture

    Planetage landscape architects, Marceline Hauri, Christine Sima, Karolina Katsabi, Helge Wiedemeyer, Ramon Iten, Thomas Volprecht (Planwirtschaft)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Guido Baselgia, Courtesy of Planetage landscape + Ramser Schmid

Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

Windowless, sparse, and connected to nature — this is how architecture and urban design firm SeARCH envisions the home of the future. In their new project "Yourtopia," they challenge stereotypical ideas about what a home should be and demonstrate an awareness about our relationship with our environment. This article originally published on Metropolis Magazine investigates the home's minimal design and construction process.

Our homes shield us from distractions so that we may cultivate our own interests and, in the process, sense of selves. Dutch architecture firm SeARCH has taken this idea to the extreme with “Yourtopia”, a temporary refuge that radically reconsiders what a home can be.

More on Yourtopia's radical living environment after the break

Rubber Holiday Home / Benthem Crouwel Architects

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Rubber Holiday Home / Benthem Crouwel Architects, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Texel, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architect

    Mels Crouwel
  • Project Team

    Mels Crouwel, Pia Hanhijärvi, Jos Wesselman, Volker Krenz
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Diébédo Francis Kéré / Kéré Architecture

01:00 - 31 July, 2014

Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is renowned for his cross-cultural approach to architecture. Although his office, Kéré Architecture, is based in Berlin, many of his projects are carried out in his native West African country Burkina Faso, where he is known for incorporating local materials and talent into his designs.

Mamun Residence / Shatotto

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Mamun Residence / Shatotto, Courtesy of Shatotto
Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Shatotto

Till House / WMR Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Till House / WMR Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Arco, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs