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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

AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito

© Toyo Ito and Associates © Toyo Ito and Associates © Toyo Ito and Associates © Flickr User ..colb..

The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of Toyo Ito's approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of technology and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces technology and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation.

Video: A documentary on Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque

One of Toyo Ito's most iconic building is undoubtedly the Sendai Mediatheque. The latest Pritzker laureate completed the building in 2001, a cultural media center allowing complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community. 

French director Richard Copans made this documentary on the Sendai Mediatheque that you can't miss. You can watch part II and III after the break. And don't forget to check our complete coverage on the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner. 

Gangjin Children Center / JYA-RCHITECTS

  • Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
  • Location: Gangjin, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: JYA-RCHITECTS
  • Structure: HM
  • Area: 223.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hwang Hyochel, Courtesy of JYA-RCHITECTS

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel Courtesy of JYA-RCHITECTS Courtesy of JYA-RCHITECTS

Green Schools Exhibition

Striving to provide the nation’s children with a healthy place to learn is not a new concept. As long as there have been school buildings, there have been advocates for architectural improvements to ensure that students had proper lighting, heating, and fresh air. But with the real problems of overcrowding, age, and budget crises, many green visions have fallen short. With that being said, the Green Schools exhibition at the National Building Museum, which began this month and will run until January 4, 2014, will look at several examples of what is possible—at the future that, in some places, is already here—and provide resources for all of us to consider as we look toward constructing the next generation of school buildings. For more information, please visit here.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup

© Sylvain Deleu
© Sylvain Deleu
  • Architects: Toyo Ito, Cecil Balmond, Arup
  • Location: Kensington Gardens, London, UK
  • Area: 309.76 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Sylvain Deleu

Toyo Itorecipient of the Pritzker Prize 2013, along with Cecil Balmond and Arup were in charge of the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion back in 2002. What appeared to be an extremely complex random pattern was in fact derived from an algorithm of a cube that expanded as it rotated. The intersecting lines formed different triangles and trapezoids, whose transparency and translucency gave a sense of infinitely repeated motion. 

You can see more images of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 after the break. And don't forget to check ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.

Predictions from the Past: New York 2012 and LA 2013

New York in 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner's Predictions; and LA's predictions from 1988 for 2013
New York in 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner's Predictions; and LA's predictions from 1988 for 2013

Throughout history, people have spent a great deal of time pondering what the future holds.  Scientific discovery, technological innovation - along with rebellious androids, zombies, flying cars, hover crafts, visiting aliens - have been consistently used as stereotypes that emerge in predictions for our imagined future.  And while Hollywood was busy exploring dystopian scenarios of this near-future, architects were composing utopian images of an optimistic vision for cities. Architects have built careers upon predicting what cities can potentially become - developing forms, functions, plans and visions of possibilities in the social, political, economic and cultural realms through architecture.  In 1962, Mayor Robert Wagner of NYC predicted a culturally diverse, economically viable, global city for New York in 2012.  In 1988, Los Angeles Times Magazine gave its 25-year forecast for Los Angeles in 2013, predicting what a life for a family would be like, filled with robots, electric cars, smart houses and an abundance of video-conferencing.  Find out how their predictions fared after the break.

House Bill Proposes to Eliminate Funding for Eisenhower Memorial

Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial saga continues, as Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would forego Frank Gehry’s controversial design and eliminate federal funding. Although Bishop’s radical bill would save $100 million in future funding, it ignores any possibility of compromise.

In response, the AIA stated: 

Coma House 02 / Juan Marco

© Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo © Elena Arroyo

CAP Blanes / aq4 arquitectura

  • Architects: aq4 arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer Ernest Lluch s/n. Blanes. Girona, Spain
  • Design Team: Ibon Bilbao Spain, Jordi Campos Garcia, Caterina Figuerola Tomàs, Carlos Gelpí Almirall
  • Contractor: FCC
  • Budget: 2,840,000 €
  • Client: CATSALUT
  • Area: 3,000 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Adrià Goula Sardà

© Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà

Taiwan Solar Powered Stadium / Toyo Ito

Taiwan Solar Powered Stadium by Toyo Ito
Taiwan Solar Powered Stadium by Toyo Ito

Construction is finished for Japanese architect Toyo Ito’s Solar Powered Stadium in Taiwan. The stadium’s roof is covered by 8,844 solar panels. The stadium is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and it was built to coincide with the opening of the World Games, to be held this July.

The “World Games Stadium” holds 55,000 spectators and it cost $150 million to build. The stadium will hold the record for largest solar-powered stadium in the world with it’s 14,155m2 roof. It could potentially generate  1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity every year, enough to power up to 80% of the sorrounding neighbourhood.

Seen at deputydog. More images, after the break.