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Culture Island: Public Library Proposal / UGO Architecture

Designed by UGO Architecture, their 'Culture Island' project is a model of a public library meant for small towns up to 15,000 inhabitants. The starting point for creating their concept was the research carried out in 2010 by the Office for Readership Research of the National Library and the Public Opinion Research Centre TNS OBOP. The research shows that 56% of Poles did not read a single book during the year. Thus, they started to think about how to make the citizens and the authorities of the municipality (the latter will finance the project) interested in the idea of model public libraries in spite of the poor readership. More images and architects' description after the break.

Luchtsingel / ZUS + Hofbogen BV

From the architect. The Luchtsingel is a pedestrian footbridge in Rotterdam that is being realized by crowdfunding, an exciting new means of funding in which the public donates money via an online platform (essentially investing in an unrealized idea) in order to make a project reality. The Luchtsingel, which uses the slogan "the more you donate, the longer the bridge", has resonated with the public imagination and surpassed its initial funding goals, becoming an important part of Rotterdam's urban rejuvenation.

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Read more about the unusual birth of this public bridge, after the break...

Curatorial Opportunities' Program at the CCA

Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, culture, the various disciplines, information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competences. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture. For the third year,  the CCA (Canadian Center for Architecture) offers two curatorial opportunities with the generous support of the Power Corporation of Canada: the Young Curator Program and the Curatorial Internships Program. More information after the break.

Light Matters: What Media Facades Are Saying

© Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

Today we have permanent media façade installations worldwide that call for attention. With size, tempo, colour and brightness they stand up as individuals within the urban nightscape. Many of them send out their luminous messages in a broadcast mode. For this reason, neighbours, on occasion, demand an intense dialogue with regard to content and form of the media façade, especially as it’s often unclear whether light installations are architecture or advertisement.

However, in the same way a good book requires a storyteller, media facades demand curators to arrange exciting stories that fit into the site and suit the client. The following four examples show how media facades reflect the story of the buildings themselves - see them all, after the break...

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Nikita Wu
  • JUT Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

123 MAKELAAR / CUBE Architecten

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Courtesy of CUBE Architecten
  • Architects: CUBE Architecten
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Architect in Charge: Pieter van der Pot, Marloes van Heteren
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CUBE Architecten

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Fashion Mogul Commissions OMA to Convert Venice Palazzo

Both Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright can be found on a lengthy list of architects who have tried to build in Venice and lost their battle to conservationists. However, OMA has broke through this barrier, as the practice was recently approved - after five years pending - to go forth with a renovation project of a 16th century palazzo for the fashion retailer Benetton near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal.

More details and statements from the architect after the break...

Community Center at Batuco Abajo / Luis Quezada

  • Architects: Luis Quezada
  • Location: Pencahue, Maule, Chile
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of Luis Quezada

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56 Dwellings in Salburúa / Patxi Cortazar

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Location: Vitoria, Álava, Spain
  • Project Architects: Patxi Cortazar y José Manuel Simón
  • Technical Architects: Juan José Gracia Martín y Gonzalo Porres Salces
  • Client: VIVANTIS
  • Consulting: Zikotz S.A.
  • Area: 7993.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán

The 'Power of Architecture’: Louis Kahn Exhibition

Celebrating one of the great master builders of the twentieth century, the Louis Kahn exhibition is taking place now until November 8, 2013. The 'Power of Architecture’, presented by the Vitra Design Museum is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented — from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works. More information after the break.

The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture

The Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture featuring Wang Shu: 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, founded by him and his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997 in Hangzhou, China. They are known for a keen dedication to handicraft, a penchant for sustainable building methods, and thoughtful projects that are contextualized within Chinese culture and history. The firm’s work has been described by the Pritzker Prize jury as “timeless, deeply rooted in its context, and yet universal. The event will be held in the Rubloff Auditorium on March 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

The extension of the Montreuil Polytechnic / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: 191 Rue de la Nouvelle France, 93100 Montreuil, France
  • Architect in Charge: Olivier ARENE, Jean-François PATTE, Emilie SOPENA
  • Team: Elie MARçAIS, Hélène ARLIGUI, Olivia MEDOT, Nicolas GUILLAUME, Fabrizio GLORIOSO, Guilio TARQUINI, Tae Hyung Kim
  • Landscape: Faubourg 2/3/4/ Florian LUNEAU
  • Consulting Engineer: SAS MIZRAHI, Eric BOURNIQUE, Christian KPESSOKRO
  • Area: 4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Juan Sepulveda, Nicolas Fussler

© Nicolas Fussler © Nicolas Fussler © Juan Sepulveda © Juan Sepulveda

Christo Unveils Inflatable, Light-Infused Installation in Germany

© Wolfgang Volz, 2013 Christo
© Wolfgang Volz, 2013 Christo

The internationally - and often controversial - acclaimed artist Christo has unveiled the “largest indoor sculpture ever made”. Prepared to debut in a public exhibition starting March 16, the inflated “Big Air Package” has been designed to occupy a 117-meter-tall former gas tank known as Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany. The 90-meter-high, 50-meter-wide sculpture is made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope, with a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. 

The seemingly endless, inflatable installation was conceived in 2010 and is Christo’s first major work after the passing of his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude in 2009.

More on Christo’s “Big Air Package” after the break...

Sac Chich Hacienda / Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos

© Pim Schalkwijk © Marcelo Troché © Pim Schalkwijk © Pim Schalkwijk

51 Logements in Viry-Châtillon / Margot-Duclot architectes associés

© Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy

National Convention and Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

© gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition to design the 1.2 million square-meter Tianjin Exhibition Center. Now the third city where an exhibition center of international importance will be built after Shanghai and Guangzhou, their design concept proposes two almost identical construction phases. They both consist of a central entrance hall roofed over by filigree canopies, 8 exhibition halls on both sides and a main central thoroughfare that connects the entrance halls with the exhibition halls. More images and architects' description after the break.

Manish Restaurant / ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo

  • Architects: ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo
  • Location: Av. Horácio Láfer, 491 - Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulo - São Paulo, 04538-082, Brazil
  • Project Architects: Carol Kaphan Zullo (Mínima Arquitetura e Urbanismo), Omar Mohamad Dalank y Victor Oliveira Castro (ODVO Arquitetura e Urbanismo)
  • Area: 472.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico

© Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico