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Quality Hotel Friends / Karolina Keyzer + Wingårdhs

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Quality Hotel Friends / Karolina Keyzer + Wingårdhs, © Tord-Rickard Söderström
© Tord-Rickard Söderström

© Filip Mesko © Tord-Rickard Söderström © Tord-Rickard Söderström © Tord-Rickard Söderström +11

Around Fireplace / Ruetemple

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Courtesy of Ruetemple
Courtesy of Ruetemple
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Design Team

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple +20

How Three Colleges Brought Modernist Design to the US

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
How Three Colleges Brought Modernist Design to the US, Entries to the Chicago Trinbune Competition, such as this one by Gropius and Meyer, may have sparked debate about modernism in the US, but lost to a more traditional design. However, a decade and a half later, competitions for three colleges revived the debate. Image via thecharnelhouse.org
Entries to the Chicago Trinbune Competition, such as this one by Gropius and Meyer, may have sparked debate about modernism in the US, but lost to a more traditional design. However, a decade and a half later, competitions for three colleges revived the debate. Image via thecharnelhouse.org

Though modernism was developed in the 1920s, and was popular among many architects by the time the 1930s arrived, in many places it took years for the style to gain favor among clients. In the USA, people often point to the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower Competition as a turning point, the winning entry was actually a neo-gothic design. In this article, which originally appeared on Curbed, Marni Epstein looks at another potential turning point: three high-profile competitions in the late 1930s where modernist designs were (sometimes controversially) successful.

The Great Depression of the 1930s hit everyone, and hard—even architects and draftsmen found themselves out of work as development and construction dried up amid vanishing capital. They found a partial solution in the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record, two programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration that involved surveying and cataloging the country's existing infrastructure. These programs, however, were a long way from the prestige, creativity, and financial rewards that came with new architectural commissions. The work available was limited, and what work existed was focused on the architecture of the past, not designs for the future. 

Andrée Chedid Media Library / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Andrée Chedid Media Library / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates, Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates
Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates +28

Madrid to Eliminate Cars from City Center

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
Madrid to Eliminate Cars from City Center, Madrid © Flickr CC User Jesus Solana. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Madrid © Flickr CC User Jesus Solana. Used under Creative Commons

Starting January, the City of Madrid will close off 190 hectares of its central core to traffic, expanding its restricted vehicular areas to 352 hectares. Vehicles not belonging to residents within the city’s four most central barrios will be restricted to large avenues. If a vehicle enters the car-less zone, and does not have access to one of the 13 official parking lots, the owner will be automatically ticketed €90 ($115 U.S). The new legislation is part of a larger goal to completely pedestrianization central Madrid by 2020. 

Five Practices Compete to Design Los Angeles LGBT Center

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
Five Practices Compete to Design Los Angeles LGBT Center, Habitat 15 - a Hollywood housing project by competing practice Predock Frane Architects (Click image for more). Image © Predock Frane Architects
Habitat 15 - a Hollywood housing project by competing practice Predock Frane Architects (Click image for more). Image © Predock Frane Architects

Michael Maltzan, Frederick Fisher, Predock Frane, MAD and Leong Leong have been shortlisted in a limited competition to design a new Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly called LA Gay and Lesbian Center). Each have received a stipend of $20,000 to develop proposals for the new campus, which will include arts, educational and affordable housing programs on more than an entire city block in Hollywood. Once complete, the center hopes to serve LGBT community members of all ages by providing access to multigenerational affordable housing, healthcare, senior care and family services. You can learn more on KCRW here

JustPeople / Cristián Olivi

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
  • Furniture Design

    Manuel Oneto
  • Area

    1100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +29

Plans Revealed for Denmark’s Delta District in Vinge

00:00 - 28 September, 2014
Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund
Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund

Located close to Copenhagen, Vinge is Denmark’s newest sustainable city. The first neighborhood for the city, designed by Danish landscape architects SLA for the Municipality of Frederikssund is aptly named the Delta District. The plan takes advantage of man-made landscape features to create a unique residential community closely tied to nature. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed plan.

Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund Courtesy of SLA and the Municipality of Frederikssund +9

AD Interviews: Peter Cook / CRAB Studio

01:00 - 28 September, 2014

Having taught architecture for almost fifty years, Sir Peter Cook has seen generations of architects go from student to high-profile practitioner. In almost half a century, though, architecture education has not particularly moved on: "I don't see the general situation as being any more progressive than it was when I was a student," he says.

Cook tells ArchDaily that instead of focusing on curriculum, structure and countless other preoccupations of many schools, "my experience is that doesn't matter, it depends who's teaching and how enthusiastic they are and whether they understand people," adding that "a really good architecture school is like a village," with tutors who simply don't go home because they are enjoying it so much (or perhaps for other, less innocent reasons).

In addition, Cook also explains that there is potential for a radical shift in the understanding of architecture education, so that we think of it not only as a route into an architectural career, but rather as a route into a whole host of other jobs. "I know people who have science degrees but they actually organize railways," he says. "There's a role for a wing of architectural education at a certain point to take off and say, 'that person is never going to design buildings, but a certain form of architectural education can enable them to look at the world in more depth.'"

Open for Submissions: Unbuilt Visions 2014

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Open for Submissions: Unbuilt Visions 2014, Unbuilt Visions 2013 Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)
Unbuilt Visions 2013 Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

Unbuilt Visions promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. This annual competition provides an opportunity to engage with architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects at the conceptual stage by recognizing work that offers a critical contribution to worldwide architectural discourse.

Final Call for 2015 Bauwelt Award Applicants

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Final Call for 2015 Bauwelt Award Applicants, Courtesy of Bauwelt
Courtesy of Bauwelt

Final Call! All entries for the 2015 Bauwelt Award must be submitted by September 30th. The award (consisting of 5 awards at 5000 Euros each) is applicable for all architects and landscape architects’ "First Works" projects - any work realized by independent responsibility and completed after September 30, 2011. In addition to the prize, award-winners will be published in an exhibition at the BAU 2015 on the Munich fairgrounds starting January. An Advancement Award grant is also available, prized at 5,000 Euros, to fund an interdisciplinary research, exhibition or installation project that has yet to be completed. Visit the official website to learn more about the competition and how to apply.

Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

00:00 - 28 September, 2014
Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober, The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran
The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran

If you live in or plan to visit New York City during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of Archtober’s many events. What is Archtober? Archtober is New York’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of New York’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture. 

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s "City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours. 

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.

B House / i.House Architecture and Construction

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
B House / i.House Architecture and Construction, © Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha
© Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha

© Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha © Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha © Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha © Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha +27

Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Sergio Gómez © Alejandro Arango © Alfonso Posada © Sergio Gómez +31

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower, Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Nestled in São Paulo's bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of São Paulo. Designed and built by São Paulo and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm's high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months. 

Step inside AIR Madalena's elegant lofts after the break

Ground Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Upper Floor Loft with View of Retractable Wall. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Night View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque +7

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects, © ShuHe
© ShuHe

© ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect

    Phi Wenhui Lu
  • Desing Team

    Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
  • Area

    87800.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Loft ESN / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Loft ESN / Ippolito Fleitz Group, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +25

FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv's Central Square

00:00 - 28 September, 2014
FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv's Central Square, © FORA
© FORA

FORA has been announced as winner of a competition for revitalization and renovation of the central square in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, built upon the remains of the ancient roman Forum of Philippopolis. The intervention spans an area of 57,000 square meters and exposes the intersection of several architectural and historical layers, from antiquity until the Socialist State.