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VIDEO: London From the Top of The Barbican, A Brutalist Icon

00:00 - 12 April, 2014

Recently voted the UK’s ugliest tower, The Barbican Tower is one of the three residential towers of the Barbican Estate, built between 1965 and 1976 in London. Along with fourteen apartment blocks, the Barbican Estate contains 2014 flats, connected by a labyrinth of floating passageways and landscaped gardens. 

House of Disable People's Organization / Cubo + Force4

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
House of Disable People's Organization / Cubo + Force4, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert +22

What's "Green" Anyway? ShapedEarth's Accurate, Carbon-Based Alternative

00:00 - 12 April, 2014
What's "Green" Anyway? ShapedEarth's Accurate, Carbon-Based Alternative, Courtesy of ShapedEarth.com
Courtesy of ShapedEarth.com

“Green” measures nothing. Which is greener: a building that saves water or a building that uses certified carpet? There is no obvious answer to this question - this is why trying to quantify “green” is biased and leads nowhere. Using carbon as a metric, on the other hand, makes sense. This is something you can accurately measure and therefore reduce. Going “low-carbon” not only contributes to fighting climate change but also totally redefines construction (choice of materials, energy sources, etc.).

This is why shapedearth.com, the first free online calculator for assessing the whole life embodied carbon of building projects, is such a useful tool.

Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin, Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz
Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). The design, titled “A Cut between heaven and earth”, was “driven by an effort to analyze the process of abstraction and reinterpretation of the site.” 

"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects, North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. 

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break...

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay, Courtesy of Sunlay
Courtesy of Sunlay

Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua
  • Area

    2220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sunlay

Twins' House / JVA

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
© Jonas Adolfsen
© Jonas Adolfsen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Lars Hamran, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen
  • Area

    370.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen © Jonas Adolfsen +11

Infographic: The Bauhaus, Where Form Follows Function

09:00 - 11 April, 2014

UPDATE: In honor of the 81st anniversary of the day the Bauhaus closed in 1933, we’re re-publishing this popular infographic, which was originally published April 16th, 2012.

From the “starchitect” to “architecture for the 99%,” we are witnessing a shift of focus in the field of architecture. However, it’s in the education system where these ideas really take root and grow. This sea change inspired us to explore past movements, influenced by economic shifts, war and the introduction of new technologies, and take a closer look at the bauhaus movement.

Often associated with being anti-industrial, the Arts and Crafts Movement had dominated the field before the start of the Bauhaus in 1919. The Bauhaus’ focus was to merge design with industry, providing well designed products for the many.

The Bauhaus not only impacted design and architecture on an international level, but also revolutionized the way design schools conceptualize education as a means of imparting an integrated design approach where form follows function.

Roduit House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Roduit House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +19

Gewad / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Gewad / Atelier Vens Vanbelle, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +41

Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Manager

    Katina Roloff
  • Client

    Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
  • Seats

    14,730
  • Area

    60600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Inside Johannesburg's Infamous Ponte City Tower

00:00 - 11 April, 2014

The history of Johannesburg's Ponte City Apartments is a provocative one: built in 1975 and designed by Manfred Hermer as the height of luxurious (white-only) living in South Africa, the continent's tallest residential building soon became a notorious vertical slum, filled with crime and poverty, its signature hollow core re-purposed as a trash dump and a suicide drop.

A Colorful Demolition: The Abandoned Interiors of Ghent's Rabot Towers Revealed

00:00 - 11 April, 2014
A Colorful Demolition: The Abandoned Interiors of Ghent's Rabot Towers Revealed, © Pieter Lozie
© Pieter Lozie

In the 70s, towers were seen as the ideal solution for low-cost social housing. In the following decades, however, many of these towers became occupied by single people and the elderly rather than the young, low income families they were initially designed for. Today, though there may be many potential solutions, the most drastic solution is often pursued: knock them down and start again.

A great example is the Rabot towers in GhentBelgium. In the past, these three towers accommodated about 840 residents, but the quality and safety standards in the towers are no longer suitable for living. For example, one of the buildings has only one entrance hall and lift for 190 apartments over 17 floors. Since a total renovation and refurbishment of the towers would have been too costly, in 2009 the city and a social housing company decided to demolish the three towers and replace them with 400 new apartments in a low-density masterplan. The demolition of the first tower is now in progress. With the removal of the facade panels we get to see behind the building's public face, revealing the many living room interiors, where the bright walls are framed by the tight rhythm of the window frames, almost like an abstract artwork. 

See more images of this "abstract artwork" after the break...

© Pieter Lozie © Pieter Lozie © Pieter Lozie © Pieter Lozie +13

The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014

00:00 - 11 April, 2014
The Top Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2014, Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’
Benedetta Tagliabue for Passoni Nature: Sofa ‘BOTAN’

This week marked the 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Hundreds of exhibitors showcased an endless display of the latest international design products and home-furnishings. Among them included a variety of designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to preview some of the most talked about architect-designed products featured this week at the Milan Design Week 2014.

Scandinavian Middle / Kichi Architectural Design

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Scandinavian Middle  / Kichi Architectural Design, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +12

Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm, © Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wilson Garden, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team

    Sandeep J, Vimal Jain, Manoj Ladhad, Savitha
  • Area

    7000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Three Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan New Finance Center in Moscow

01:00 - 11 April, 2014

Three teams have been chosen to advance in the third and final round of a competition to masterplan the new International Financial Center (IFC) in "New Moscow." Once complete, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will add offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure to the area of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The finalists are...

Venice Biennale 2014: Romania Discusses Industrial Architecture as Generator of Modernity

00:00 - 11 April, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Romania Discusses Industrial Architecture as Generator of Modernity, Conceptual Cross Sections. Image Courtesy of the Romanian Pavilion
Conceptual Cross Sections. Image Courtesy of the Romanian Pavilion

In Eastern Europe the assimilation of modernism proved a rather divergent process, correlated with tumultuous and contradictory socio-political events. The urban space suffered successive destructuring, caused by massive industrial insertions with direct impact at urban and demographic level. 

Thus the Romanian Pavilion's exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale, Site Under Construction will bring industrial architecture as generator of modernity into discussion. It suggests creating an initiatory journey from inter-war and socialist industrialization to post-industrial urban voids. Glory and void, past and present are mirrored and laid out to be contemplated, to raise awareness and be re-approached. Once industrial sites were closed down, the remaining locations became modern urban ruins, devoid of content, bare of utility, leaving behind an outer landscape, shattering and desolate.