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"Atelier of the Future" Competition Results Announced

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
"Atelier of the Future" Competition Results Announced, First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński
First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński

The Atelier of the Future competition asked entrants to design a "creative and artistic vision of an atelier." Having been organised by FAKRO, in conjunction with A10 New European Architecture magazine, the proposals also were required to feature at least three FAKRO products (roof lights and windows) as part of a space which is functional, technologically astute, and able to "create the appropriate mood to stimulate creative visions."

With sixty two entries in total, a third of which were from Poland and 90% of which were from within Europe, the jury deliberated entries that "stimulated [their] imaginations and provoked a set of reflections about the possible futures of architecture and its fields for action." Divided among themes which ranged from projects associated with Industry, to Nature, to Water, entrants proposed solutions for "underwater resorts, skylofts, subterranean spaces, derelict areas, wheels of fortune and metabolist towers."

See the winning entries after the break.

First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński Special Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka Wyrwas Special Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka Wyrwas Third Prize: Lightbox by Fabio Damiani, Daniele Cremaschi, Marco Quistini, Silvia Pezzetti +21

Two Houses Conde / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Two Houses Conde /  Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +32

  • Architects

    Hitzig Militello Arquitectos
  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Hitzig, Leonardo G. Militello
  • Area

    182.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

A Future Without Slums: Too Good to be True?

00:00 - 17 August, 2014
A Future Without Slums: Too Good to be True?, © Denis De Mesmaeker
© Denis De Mesmaeker

As the tide of urban migration sweeps across the developing world, cities experience an overpowering pressure to provide basic services such as electricity and sewage treatment to an enormous amount of people building illegal shacks on city outskirts. When they fail, the slum is born - but is it possible for a city to expand without slums? In Hanoi, Vietnam, officials hope to answer this question, with a number of tactics that have led to a "culture of semi-legal construction." Read this article in The Guardian to learn how Hanoi manages to curb slums and provide a basic standard of living to its poorest inhabitants.

34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

00:00 - 17 August, 2014

"I feel a misfit in my own time," says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. "From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation," says Koolhaas, adding "I'm very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue."

Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA, © Ernests Sveisbergs
© Ernests Sveisbergs

© Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sigulda, Siguldas pilsēta, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Didzis Jaunzems, Klinta Pickaine
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Step Inside This Brain-Like Pavilion for an Eerie Architectural Light Show

00:00 - 17 August, 2014

Have you ever wondered what a thought might look like traveling through your brain? In a recent installation in Moscow's Nikola-Lenivets park, media design firm Radugadesign animated the inner workings of the human brain with an innovative video projection. Universal Mind, a sculptural installation by artist Nikolay Polisskyserves as the immobile backdrop for the elaborate video mapping project. Over the course of nearly eight minutes, Polissky's brain-like sculpture explodes into a maelstrom of light and sound, with carefully curated streams of energetic colour interspersed with dark scenes of manufactured glimmering starlight.

Podkowa House / Jakub Szczęsny + Ryszard Szczęsny

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Podkowa House / Jakub Szczęsny + Ryszard Szczęsny, © Radek Wojnar
© Radek Wojnar

© Radek Wojnar © Radek Wojnar © Radek Wojnar © Radek Wojnar +37

Apartment in Paris / Schemaa

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Apartment in Paris / Schemaa, © Fred Toulet
© Fred Toulet

© Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet © Fred Toulet +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Maria Enescu, Simon El Hage
  • Area

    32.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti, © Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora +24

Make Architects Win Planning For First Building in Birmingham's Arena Central

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Make Architects Win Planning For First Building in Birmingham's Arena Central, © Make Architects
© Make Architects

Birmingham City Council has approved Make Architects' designs for the first commercial building of the city's Arena Central masterplan. Located on Broad Street and overlooking the historic Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central is set to be the first step in the master plan for the 9.2 acre site at the heart of Birmingham City Center Enterprise Zone. The eight story building, which will feature 135,000 square feet of Grade A office space, with 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, is emblematic of the flagship development of the overall master plan.

CASAVAL / Jaime Rouillon Oviedo

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
CASAVAL / Jaime Rouillon Oviedo, © Sergio Pucci
© Sergio Pucci

© Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci © Sergio Pucci +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Escazu, Costa Rica
  • Collaborators

    Elecmeza, Guidi Estructurales
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

"Expansion and Conflict": 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

00:00 - 16 August, 2014
"Expansion and Conflict": 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014, Courtesy of Docomomo International
Courtesy of Docomomo International

How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political expansion from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia?

China's "City-Making Process": Investors' Power in the People's Republic

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
China's "City-Making Process": Investors' Power in the People's Republic, Real estate in Shanghai. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Real estate in Shanghai. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

The world is looking at the urban machine of Chinese cities, at the newly founded theme-cities and at the new urban economic investment areas around the cities. The buildings are repetitive, the areas are sometimes uninhabited, but the thing that leaves urban planners, architects and the public amazed is that these buildings are often completely sold out even before they are completed.

To buy these freshly constructed residences takes money, and over the last three decades the Chinese economic miracle served precisely to grow the per capita income. The reform of the economic system in 1978 was the driving force that triggered the mechanism of capital production. The reform led to millions of people migrating to the cities from the underdeveloped west of the country in search of higher salaries and a well-founded hope of revolutionizing their economic existence.

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London?

00:00 - 16 August, 2014

London is the world’s most expensive city to build in, but the reasons may surprise you. The city is well known for its high cost of living despite being far less crowded than cities such as Tokyo and New York. In fact, commercial real estate in London’s West End costs nearly twice as much as similarly sized spaces on New York’s Madison Avenue.

McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni, Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti
Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti

London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti +12

Mint Street Peabody Housing / Pitman Tozer Architects

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Mint Street Peabody Housing / Pitman Tozer Architects, © Kilian O'Sullivan
© Kilian O'Sullivan

© Kilian O'Sullivan ©  Nedko Dimitrov © Kilian O'Sullivan © Kilian O'Sullivan +18

Beyond Ruin Porn: What's Behind Our Obsession with Decay?

09:30 - 15 August, 2014
Beyond Ruin Porn: What's Behind Our Obsession with Decay?, Historic mill city ruins in downtown Minneapolis. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC License / Joey Lax-Salinas
Historic mill city ruins in downtown Minneapolis. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC License / Joey Lax-Salinas

Lately, architects are sharing an increasing captivation with ruins. As our technologies for envisioning the buildings of the future become ever-more accurate – enabling us not only to walk through, hover over, and inhabit walls, but also to calculate exact quantities of materials, structural load capacities and costs – our fascination for ruin, a process that is governed by laws of nature and time in a manner that is spatially unpredictable and rarely uniform, has also seen a rise in popularity.

Blogs such as Ruin Porn, Abandoned America and Architecture of Doom draw from a recent sub-genre of photography, identified as ‘ruins photography’ or ‘ruin porn’. While buildings can go into decay for many reasons, these images tend to focus on urban decay, especially in cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Berlin, which saw a surge of industrialization in the last century that has since dwindled.

DI Telegraph / Archiproba

01:00 - 15 August, 2014
DI Telegraph / Archiproba, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tamara Muradova, Askar Ramazanov
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs