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Jury / Biasol: Design Studio

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
Jury / Biasol: Design Studio, © Martina Gemmola
© Martina Gemmola

© Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola © Martina Gemmola +14

Concert Hall Blaibach / peter haimerl.architektur

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Concert Hall Blaibach / peter haimerl.architektur, © NAARO
© NAARO

© Edward Beierle © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO +60

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blaibach, Germany
  • Design Team

    Karl Landgraf, Ulrich Pape, Tomo Ichikawa, Felicia Michael, Jutta Görlich, Martin Kloos
  • Area

    560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo, © Francisco Ibañez
© Francisco Ibañez

© Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez +16

  • Architects

    Arquitectos Asociados.lo
  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House AA / Moca Architects

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
House AA / Moca Architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nara, Nara, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kanako Momma, Shinya Furukawa
  • Structural Design

    Manabu Ueda
  • Area

    63.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Rotterdam Named Europe's Best City By The Academy Of Urbanism

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Rotterdam Named Europe's Best City By The Academy Of Urbanism, Renzo Piano Bulding Workshop / OMA / UNStudio / Siza / Mecanoo. Image
Renzo Piano Bulding Workshop / OMA / UNStudio / Siza / Mecanoo. Image

The Dutch city of Rotterdam, often referred to as a hotbed of architectural activity, has been named as the best city in Europe by The Academy of Urbanism at the 2015 Urbanism Awards. Pitted against two other finalists - Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy - the city has been praised for its "predominantly young, open, tolerant community that is embracing innovative architecture and urban design and new business models."

Despite being a very closely fought battle, the Academy said that Rotterdam was a vote winner for its "unique approach to governance. Appointed for six years by central government, the role of mayor sits outside of political structures and with no portfolio, allowing greater engagement with citizens and businesses." Steven Bee, Chairman of the Academy, said that "a long-term perspective, a high level of autonomy, strong leadership by the mayor and municipality, and strong partnerships between public and private sector, are all helping Rotterdam grow positively."

MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for "Porsche Design Tower" in Frankfurt

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
MAD and 3XN Among Six Competing for "Porsche Design Tower" in Frankfurt , Frankfurt's proposed redeveloped downtown with Porsche Design Tower site marked. Image © Tjie Emptyform, Aurelis via Bustler
Frankfurt's proposed redeveloped downtown with Porsche Design Tower site marked. Image © Tjie Emptyform, Aurelis via Bustler

Porsche Design has narrowed down a list of 20 participating teams to six shortlisted firms for an invited competition to design a new luxury residential tower in Frankfurt, Germany. The project, which will be Porsche Design’s debut in European real estate, will include up to 200 apartments, ranging from “Porsche Design suites” to two-story townhouses and luxury penthouses. The teams moving on to the competition’s second round, include: 3XN (Copenhagen), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), MAD (China), Delugan Meissl (Austria), Neutelings Riedijk (Rotterdam) and Neil M. Denari (Los Angeles). 

“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action, © Armin Walcher
© Armin Walcher

In the wake of the global financial crisis, banking scandals and government bailouts have made countless news headlines around the world. With such large sums of taxpayer money being funneled to the troubled financial sector, ordinary individuals are left to wonder how it will affect their own lives. But how can an entire country rise up and make their voices heard when it is nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of such an injustice? In Austria, a group of innovative students from the Technical University of Vienna set out to answer this question and have taken to a new form of protest in order to make the consequences of one Europe’s largest financial scandals in recent history a tangible reality.

To demonstrate the €19 billion price tag of Austria’s recent bailout of Hypo-Alpe-Adria, students designed and built a scale model of a fictional city called “Hypotopia,” a portmanteau of the bank's name and "utopia." According to Lukas Zeilbauer, “while utopia stands for an ideal fictitious world, ‘hypo’ is a Greek word meaning under, beneath or bellow - so a change coming from the bottom, from the folk.” Embodying an idealistic society with plentiful renewable resources and public education for people of all ages, the model city would theoretically contain 102,574 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Austria.

Read on after the break to find out how an architecture model has drawn international attention and propelled an entire country to take action.

© Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher +15

Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline, Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

Billionaire Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, has commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design a $170 million “futuristic park” on Manhattan’s lower west side. Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” will be a lush undulating landscape, raised atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns placed 186 feet off of the Hudson River shoreline, that will host outdoor performances, act as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms. 

Heatherwick will be collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielson. Read on to learn more about the project. 

Southern space looking north from Gansevoort Peninsula. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Conceptual view of Pier 55's rolling landscape. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Night view. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon Amphitheater looking southwest at the sunset. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon +9

Paris' City Council Rejects Herzog & de Meuron's 180-Meter "Triangle Tower"

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Paris' City Council Rejects Herzog & de Meuron's 180-Meter "Triangle Tower", Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Widening the debate on whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century skyline or “embrace innovation,” Parisian city council members have rejected the controversial, 180-meter “Triangle Tower” designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Despite the 83-78 vote, the fight carries on; Mayor Anne Hidalgo has declared the veto to be invalid and hopes a new round of balloting will rule in favor of the tower. Though, in a city that fears of loosing its “existing urban fabric to skyscrapers,” it seems unlikely that the tower will be built. 

Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge / Diba Tensile Architecture

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge / Diba Tensile Architecture, © Sina Ahmadi
© Sina Ahmadi

© Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Sina Ahmadi © Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh +38

Pedreira Do Campo Urban Planning / M - Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
Pedreira Do Campo Urban Planning  / M - Arquitectos, © Artur Silva
© Artur Silva

© Artur Silva © Artur Silva © Artur Silva © Artur Silva +37

  • Architects

    M - Arquitectos
  • Location

    EN1-2A, 9580 Vila Do Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Arch. Fernando Monteiro
  • Design Team

    Arch. Marco Resendes, Arch. Miguel Sousa, Arch. Diana Policarpo, Arch. Carolina Oliveira, Arch. Pedro Furtado, Arch. Maria Bento
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Rosto do Cão House / M-Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
Rosto do Cão House / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Partners

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Project Team

    Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento
  • Project Area

    240 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Are Postmodern Buildings Worth Saving?

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Are Postmodern Buildings Worth Saving?, Philip Johnson's Sony Tower (formerly AT&T Building) has yet to become a listed building despite its famous Postmodern design. Image © David Shankbone via Wikipedia
Philip Johnson's Sony Tower (formerly AT&T Building) has yet to become a listed building despite its famous Postmodern design. Image © David Shankbone via Wikipedia

New York City is home to a plethora of Postmodernist designs — from the impressive Sony Tower to the diminuative Central Park Ballplayers' House — but most remain unprotected by traditional heritage registries. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is at the threshold of its 50th anniversary but has yet to recognize the architectural successes of 1970 up to the most recent eligible year for landmarking, 1984. The commission has been unnecessarily slow to recognize Postmodernist structures in New York City, say Paul Makovsky and Michael Gotkin writing for Metropolis Magazine, who argue that the absence of historical recognition for Postmodernism has come at a high cost, citing the recladding of Takashimaya Building on Fifth Avenue as a "wake-up call" for the Commission. 

13 Things You Didn't Know About Rem Koolhaas

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
13 Things You Didn't Know About Rem Koolhaas, A still from the film 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965), in which Rem Koolhaas served as both cameraman and actor.  . Image Courtesy of Rene Daalder
A still from the film 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965), in which Rem Koolhaas served as both cameraman and actor. . Image Courtesy of Rene Daalder

1. When he was young he collaborated with the director Jan de Bont, whose credits would later include Speed and Twister.

2. Koolhaas dates his desire to become an architect to a speech he delivered to a group of architects at the University of Delft when he was 24. 

3. The drawings from his final project at the AA are the most requested items from MoMA's Architecture and Design collection. (Smithsonian Magazine)

Koolhaas' Career in Film: 1,2,3 Group

00:00 - 17 November, 2014
Koolhaas' Career in Film: 1,2,3 Group, 1,2,3 Group: Samuel Meyering, Rem Kolhaas, Frans Bromet, Rene Daalder, Jan de Bont. Image courtesy of  Rene Daalder. Via The Architecture Foundation
1,2,3 Group: Samuel Meyering, Rem Kolhaas, Frans Bromet, Rene Daalder, Jan de Bont. Image courtesy of Rene Daalder. Via The Architecture Foundation

Before studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London, Rem Koolhaas embarked on a short but fruitful career in film as a member of 1,2,3 Group, a youthful band of five who shared different roles in front of and behind the camera in a kind of anti-auteur cinema.

The first film produced by the group came from the longtime friendship between Rem and scriptwriter and director Rene Daalder, who along with Jan de Bont, Frans Bromet and Samuel Meyering produced 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965), a short film which featured Koolhaas as an actor in some scenes and a cameraman in others.

Minoyanagi House / TAB

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
Minoyanagi House / TAB, © Masaki Yokoyama
© Masaki Yokoyama

© Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ogaki, Gifu, Japan
  • Area

    69.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House VVK / UR architects

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
House VVK / UR architects, © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans Courtesy of UR architects +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bruges, Belgium
  • Architects in Charge

    Nikolaas Vande Keere, Regis Verplaetse, Ana Pontinha
  • Area

    302.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

The Groove / Synthesis Design + Architecture

01:00 - 17 November, 2014
Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture
Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture

Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture Courtesy of Synthesis Design + Architecture +22