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Video: A Rare Look Inside North Korea's Largest City

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
Video: A Rare Look Inside North Korea's Largest City, A screenshot from the GoPro City Tour of Pyongyang. Image Courtesy of YouTube
A screenshot from the GoPro City Tour of Pyongyang. Image Courtesy of YouTube

Singaporean Aran Pan is one of the only people in the world to have filmed Pyongyang, North Korea's largest (and perhaps most inaccessible) city. The video, captured via a GoPro attached to the windshield of a vehicle, is part of Pan's project "DPRK 360°," an initiative to document and reveal the people and landscapes of the secretive country.

When discussing the project's beginnings with The Huffington Post, Pan said "North Korea has always intrigued me. We know so little about what's on the ground and all the images coming out from the state seem to show little of the life inside. I wanted to find out for myself and share what I see while I'm there." 

Watch Pan's video, after the break.

David Beckham's Plan for Miami Stadium Sparks Argument

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
The original plans for a stadium at PortMiami are now unlikely to be built. Image © 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica
The original plans for a stadium at PortMiami are now unlikely to be built. Image © 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica

Plans to build a new soccer stadium in Miami have generated an argument this week between David Beckham, current city officials, and past city officials. The stadium, which will be home to a new Miami MLS team owned by ex-superstar Beckham, was originally proposed to occupy a site at PortMiami, with a design drawn up by Arquitectonica and 360 Architects. However, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had concerns over the location, and earlier this month convinced Beckham and his group to consider an alternative location, a disused boat slip between the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park.

Now a group including former mayor Manny Diaz and Alexander Cooper, the masterplan designer for Museum Park have issued a statement condemning the new plans and saying they are "not in harmony with the vision of Miami as a world class city with parks and open areas available for all."

More on the row after the break

NCARB Endorses Licensure for US Architects Upon Graduation

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
NCARB Endorses Licensure for US Architects Upon Graduation, © CC Flickr User Raja Sambasivan
© CC Flickr User Raja Sambasivan

The U.S. National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released a statement endorsing licensure upon graduation from accredited programs. Though the release did not specify a definite plan of action, the announcement acknowledges the benefits of restructuring U.S. licensure so that “rigorous internships and examination requirements” are all fulfilled during the education process. 

Envisioned by NCARB’s “Licensure Task Force,” the “new path” concept overhaul will move forward by identifying schools interested in participating in the program. A Request for Information will be sent out later this year, followed by a Request for Proposal process in 2015. 

Though many U.S. architects have seemingly longed for news such as this, others argue that there are drawbacks to licensure upon graduation. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section after the break.

Casa Rifa / Andrés Varela Cruces + Elías Martínez Ojeda + Ignacio de Souza López + Joaquín Mascheroni Fleitas

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
© Elías Martinez Ojeda
© Elías Martinez Ojeda

© Elías Martinez Ojeda © Elías Martinez Ojeda © Elías Martinez Ojeda © Elías Martinez Ojeda +32

The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
The Star / Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore
  • Client

    Rock Productions Pte Ltd and CapitaMalls Asia Limited
  • Area

    62000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aedas

JuuL House / NKS Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
JuuL House / NKS Architects, © Kouji Okamoto
© Kouji Okamoto

© Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yukuhashi, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Noriko, Kaoru Suehito
  • Area

    412.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Auditorium AZ Groeninge Kortrijk / Dehullu Architecten

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
Auditorium AZ Groeninge Kortrijk / Dehullu Architecten, © Dennis De Smet
© Dennis De Smet

© Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet © Dennis De Smet +20

Proposal for New York Skyscraper Cantilevers Lobby Over Its Neighbors

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
Proposal for New York Skyscraper Cantilevers Lobby Over Its Neighbors, Section Rendering. Image © Fundamental
Section Rendering. Image © Fundamental

The typical skyscraper is a nondescript tower constructed of a steel frame and glass curtain wall. Architects from the firm Fundamental are challenging this convention with “New York Tomorrow,” a proposal that earned them a runner-up place in Metropolis Magazine’s Living Cities Competition. This progressive design weds revolutionary structural technology with a unique programmatic layout to draw people from all walks of life to the city of New York.

Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea, YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA
YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has announced a partnership with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul that has expanded the international Young Architects Program (YAP) to South Korea. Just as YAP presents opportunities for emerging architects to design and build temporary installations in New York, Chile, Rome and Istanbul, YAP Korea will offer the MMCA’s outdoor Museum Plaza as the summer installation site. 

Already, a winner has been chosen from 26 submissions to serve as the inaugural YAP Korea installation. With completion planned for July 8, winning team Moon Ji Bang (Threshold) is amidst the final preparations for mystical, mythology-inspired installation that will transcend visitors from the daily hustle into a cloud-like landscape of air balloon structures.

Venice Biennale 2014: Russia to Assemble Expo of Urban Ideas from Past Century

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Russia to Assemble Expo of Urban Ideas from Past Century , Apocalyptic panorama for “Ark-Stroy” booth, 2014, Evgeny Katin (Bang! Bang! Studio) / Courtesy — Strelka institute for media, architecture and design
Apocalyptic panorama for “Ark-Stroy” booth, 2014, Evgeny Katin (Bang! Bang! Studio) / Courtesy — Strelka institute for media, architecture and design

True to the country’s experimental past, Russia’s participation for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will expose the continued relevance of historical urban ideas by applying them as solutions for contemporary needs. Titled Fair Enough, the exhibition will be presented as an international trade show of ideas, a “marketplace of urban invention” that is both “made in Russia and open to the world.” 

The full curatorial text, after the break...

Parkark / BYTR architecten

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Parkark / BYTR architecten, © StijnStijl
© StijnStijl

© StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl © StijnStijl +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanaalweg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Richel Lubbers, Tjerk van de Wetering, Lucia Sanchez
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: Gort Scott Architects

00:00 - 30 May, 2014

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    838 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
  • Area

    257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Youngchae Park, Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Extension Railway Service Facility / EM2N

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Herdern, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Christof Zollinger, Stefan Berle, Duarte Brito, Fabian Hörmann (Associate), Mathias Kampmann, Benjamin Nordmann
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei +14

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever, After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz
After being destroyed by fire and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster's renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week's fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh's canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the Glasgow School of Art is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession. 

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural history.

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever The Hagia Sophia. Image © Flickr CC User Collin Key The Reichstag. Image © Flickr CC User Sebastian Niedlich Chicago. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Wilke +12

KPOP Curve / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
© Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun
  • Architects

  • Location

    582-1 Baekhyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Kim Sookhee, Jang Dukhyun, Kim Taehyeong, Lee byungyeup, Song Juneui
  • Area

    435.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun +47

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten, Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten
Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     Courtesy of NMPB  Architekten     +26

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"
Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling events, culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country. 

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break...