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Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Vargas House / Isaac Broid Arquitecto, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cerrada, Lomas de Casa Blanca, 76080 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Project Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Yoshihiro Koitani

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten , © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +17

AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson, rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com
rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock.com

It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the New York State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to Philip Johnson’s most futuristic work. 

the Tent of Tomorrow during the fair. Imagevia People for the Pavillion website © Will Ellis © Marco Catini © Will Ellis +27

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On, Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” Pierre Cuypers, the building's original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam's Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed 'improvements': intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: 'Continue with Cuypers'. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the 'ruin'. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap's restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper's original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

Courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Image © John Lewis Marshall Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Great Hall. Image © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Gallery of Honour. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Cuyper's Library Restored. Image © Iwan Baan +39

VIDEO: Raising the Bar in Desk Design

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

It seems to be part of the architect's daily life: hunching over drawing or model making, uncomfortably crouching to try get that perfect shot through your 1:100 model. Javier Cuñado, designer at Actiu, has tackled these perennial problems with Mobility, a desk that ascends or descends according to your needs. Available in an architect's range of colours - black, white or with an aluminium finish - this stylish desk is an investment your back will thank you for. Learn more in the video above and check out images after the break.

Are the Palisades Too Pure for LG's Headquarters?

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Are the Palisades Too Pure for LG's Headquarters?, Courtesy of Michael Kimmelman's Twitter Feed (@kimmelman)
Courtesy of Michael Kimmelman's Twitter Feed (@kimmelman)

Responding to the bevy of critics slamming LG Electronics for building their new headquarters in the Palisades in New Jersey (half an hour north from NYC), Lee Rosenbaum, the Palisades-resident and architecture blogger known as CultureGrrl, maintains that "When it comes to preserving the 'pristine Palisades,' the boat has already sailed." Since LG's planned strip will be located on what is, according to Rosenbaum, already "a very commercial strip," she suggests that "that the incensed defenders of the purportedly unspoiled beauty of the Palisades [...] haven’t actually set eyes on them." Check out the images of her neighborhood as well as her very interesting Twitter tussles with The New York Times' Michael KimmelmanVanity Fair's Paul Goldbergerand New York Magazine's Justin Davidson at her blog, and let us know what you think of the debate in the comments below. 

“Move to Care” Winners Envision Relocatable Healthcare Facilities for Southeast Asia

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
“Move to Care” Winners Envision Relocatable Healthcare Facilities for Southeast Asia, © MOVED2CARE - Professional Winning Entry
© MOVED2CARE - Professional Winning Entry

Responding to the demand for healthcare services in rural Southeast Asia, Building Trust International launched an international competition - Moved to Care - to envision flexible and relocatable healthcare facilities. Over 200 entrants participated; one professional winner, a multi-disciplinary team from the USA, and one student winner were honored. Check out their winning proposals, after the break...

View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems + Laura Laudere + Jaunromans and Abele

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems  + Laura Laudere  + Jaunromans and Abele , © Maris Lapins
© Maris Lapins

© Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins +24

The Pool Aoyama / Nobuo Araki

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
The Pool Aoyama  / Nobuo Araki, © Atsushi Fuseya
© Atsushi Fuseya

© Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya © Atsushi Fuseya +17

Visual Arts School / Barclay & Crousse

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Visual Arts School  / Barclay & Crousse, Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse
Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse

Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse © Jorge Luis Dieguez © Jorge Luis Dieguez +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miraflores, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Project Area

    2280.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Jean Pierre Crousse, Jorge Luis Dieguez, Courtesy of Barclay & Crousse

Veracruz Business Center / Materia Arquitectónica

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Veracruz Business Center / Materia Arquitectónica, © Alberto Mora
© Alberto Mora

© Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora © Alberto Mora +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Heroica Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Gustavo Carmona, Lisa Beltrán
  • Collaborators

    Hugo Blancas, Rubén Engambira, Gustavo Xoxotla, Daniela Vidal, Víctor Rivera
  • Project Area

    3500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Alberto Mora

Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Flaine, 74300 Arâches-la-Frasse, France
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Architecture Critic Inga Saffron Wins Pulitzer

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Architecture Critic Inga Saffron Wins Pulitzer, Philadelphia Skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Jacobson
Philadelphia Skyline. Image © Flickr CC User Brad Jacobson

The Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has won journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize, for her “distinguished criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.” Passionate about cities, Saffron’s work has had a profound impact on Philadelphia’s city policy and development. You can learn more about Saffron’s selection and read her column, here 

When Buildings React: An Interview with MIT Media Lab's Joseph Paradiso

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Responsive Environment lab "Chain mail" project ("a flexible, high-density sensor network"). Image Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
Responsive Environment lab "Chain mail" project ("a flexible, high-density sensor network"). Image Courtesy of MIT Media Lab

Not so far in the future, smartphones and laptops will go the way of the beeper and fax machine, fading into obsolescence. Soon, according to MIT Media Lab's Joseph Paradiso, we will interface with the physical world via wearable technologies that continually exchange information with sensors embedded all around us. 

Paradiso has been at the forefront of these developments for decades, exploring new applications for sensor networks in everything from music (he will lead a presentation of the lab’s musical innovations later this month at Moogfest) to baseball. In recent years, his group’s research has focused increasingly on smart buildings. I spoke with him about the implications of his work for the future of architecture and the built environment. 

You run the Responsive Environments group at the Media Lab. Can you describe some of your work in the building realm?

Sasanbell to Design £200m Exhibition Center in Aberdeen

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Sasanbell to Design £200m Exhibition Center in Aberdeen, © Sasanbell and Cooper Cromar, via BDOnline
© Sasanbell and Cooper Cromar, via BDOnline

Sasanbell has been chosen to design the UK's "most sustainable facility:" the £200 million Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC). The Glasgow-based company will provide a new home for the city's existing exhibition and conference center, which will be redeveloped by Cooper Cromar, freeing up space for future development and providing a sizable venue that can accommodate "large and popular events." 

Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio, Courtesy of Floisand Studio
Courtesy of Floisand Studio

Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio Courtesy of Floisand Studio +16

QKING / Modourbano Architettura

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
QKING / Modourbano Architettura, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +17

Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center  (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

Seven architects have been shortlisted from nearly 200 international applicants for Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s 2014 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 grant, which is awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research, is “intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect's professional career” and “foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.”

Ranging from a Barcelona-based architect whose research proposal focuses on animal farming systems to a Croatian architect who wants to re-imagine the “border-scape” in Mediterranean countries, you can review all seven finalists after the break...