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Floating Solar Array Makes Statement in Japan

00:00 - 3 December, 2013
Floating Solar Array Makes Statement in Japan, © Kyocera
© Kyocera

Solar panels are often an added bonus in design, becoming a means to an end. But why shouldn't they be the star of the show? A recent article in Metropolis Magazine shows off the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, the largest solar facility in Japan. A symbolic response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the power plant is but one project in Japan's transition into one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world. Check out the full story here

Tomas Koolhaas Releases Official 'REM' Trailer, Exclusive Interview with Kanye West

00:00 - 3 December, 2013

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas is nearing completion of his highly anticipated film, REM. The feature length documentary, which focuses on the work of Tomas’ famed father, Rem Koolhaas, is the first architectural film to “comprehensively explore the human conditions in and around Rem Koolhaas' buildings from a ground level perspective.” Rather than lifeless still shots and long-winded, intellectual discourse, REM exposes the one thing that gives each building function and purpose: how it is used by people. 

So far, REM has been funded entirely by grants. However, in order for Tomas to collect the necessary funds to complete post-production, he has turned to you by launching a Kickstarter campaign.  

Watch REM's official trailer above, which follows a parkour expert as he moves through the Casa De Musica in Porto, and follow us after the break for Tomas’ exclusive interview with Kanye West, who comments on his work with OMA at the 2012 Cannes film festival

Tips: How to Archive Projects

00:00 - 2 December, 2013
Tips: How to Archive Projects, Courtesy of lineshapespace.com
Courtesy of lineshapespace.com

Archiving documents is serious business, though it often becomes a headache for those involved. When a project is finished, where do the specifications, drawings, and the rest of the data go? Luckily, Shaun Bryant, in his article for Lineshapespace, has tips for designers and architects on how to effectively go about the archiving process - giving insight on everything from the security of storage spaces to the legal demands of archiving. Check out his archiving tips here.

South Durras House / Fearns Studio

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
South Durras House / Fearns Studio, © Tom Ferguson
© Tom Ferguson
  • Architects

  • Location

    South Durras, Australia
  • Project Team

    Matt Fearns
  • Builder

    RJ & JA Mates, Builders
  • Structural Engineer

    Andrew Derbidge – Partridge Structural Pty Ltd
  • Area

    219.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson +20

LEED v4: Better than the LEEDs that Came Before?

00:00 - 2 December, 2013
LEED v4: Better than the LEEDs that Came Before?, Las Vegas CityCentre, a LEED Gold complex. Image
Las Vegas CityCentre, a LEED Gold complex. Image

At the annual Greenbuild International Conference in Philadelphia last week, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) finally announced the latest version of LEED. Aiming to make a larger forward step than previous versions, LEED v4 is described by Rick Fedrizzi, the CEO and president of USGBC as a "quantum leap". But what are the key changes in the new LEED criteria, and what effect will they have? Furthermore, what problems have they yet to address? Read on to find out.

City Cemetery St. Martin / Heidl Architekten

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
City Cemetery St. Martin / Heidl Architekten, © Josef Pausch
© Josef Pausch

© Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch +8

Arena Pernambuco / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

00:00 - 2 December, 2013
Arena Pernambuco / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, © Lanik do Brasil
© Lanik do Brasil

Bang Brewing / Alchemy Architects

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Bang Brewing / Alchemy Architects, © Geoffrey Warner
© Geoffrey Warner

© Geoffrey Warner © Geoffrey Warner © Geoffrey Warner © Geoffrey Warner +12

House in the Hills / Architectare

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
House in the Hills / Architectare, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Itaipava - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Flavia Quintanilha e Rodrigo Fernandes
  • Area

    704.0 m2
  • Photographs

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +19

Sotra Arena / Longva Arkitekter

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Sotra Arena / Longva Arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey +13

Wilshire / Einstein and Associates & Su Yenni

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Wilshire / Einstein and Associates & Su Yenni, © Fernando Gomulya
© Fernando Gomulya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Collaborators

    Leo Einstein Franciscus & Su Yenni
  • Interior Designer

    Leo Einstein Franciscus & Su Yenni
  • Lighting

    Leo Einstein Franciscus & Su Yenni
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya +37

Cooper Union Students Campaign to Keep Architecture Education Free

00:00 - 2 December, 2013

With the news earlier this year that The Cooper Union in New York will, for the first time in 155 years, begin charging tuition fees to students in 2014, the existing students at its Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture are taking steps to ensure that it stays true to the meritocratic principles on which it was founded. To achieve this, they have launched the One Year Fund, an attempt to crowdsource $600,000 in order to cover the tuition fees of the incoming students in 2014.

Read more about the One Year Fund, and how it fits into the students' larger aims, after the break.

Red Pepper House / Urko Sanchez Architects

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Red Pepper House / Urko Sanchez Architects, © Alberto Heras
© Alberto Heras

© Stevie Mann Courtesy of Urko Sanchez Architects Courtesy of Urko Sanchez Architects Courtesy of Urko Sanchez Architects +36

Hotel ME San Telmo / Estudio Rietti Smud

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Hotel ME San Telmo / Estudio Rietti Smud, Courtesy of Ana Smud
Courtesy of Ana Smud
  • Architects

  • Location

    Don Anselmo Aieta 1096, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Ana Sol Smud
  • Design Team

    Ana Sol Smud, Daniel Zelcer, Arq. Agustina Falcon, Matias Rebusone
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ana Smud

Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud +15

Amstelveen College / DMV architecten

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Amstelveen College / DMV architecten, Courtesy of DMV architecten
Courtesy of DMV architecten
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amstelveen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Edwin Meyer Viol, René van Zoeren, Nicole Rickert, Martin Slegers
  • Area

    13200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DMV architecten

Courtesy of DMV architecten Courtesy of DMV architecten Courtesy of DMV architecten Courtesy of DMV architecten +35

San Alberto Hurtado's Memorial / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
San Alberto Hurtado's Memorial  / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
  • Architects

  • Location

    Padre Alberto Hurtado 1090, Estación Central, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristián Undurraga
  • Design Team

    Soledad Fernández
  • Area

    708.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +23

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU , Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lyon, France
  • Architect in Charge

    COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects

    Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination

    Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Local Architect, Planning

    Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Area

    46476.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU +26

Rok Oman, Principal of OFIS Architects, to Give "Architour" Lecture in Shanghai

00:00 - 2 December, 2013
Rok Oman, Principal of OFIS Architects, to Give "Architour" Lecture in Shanghai, Courtesy of OFIS architects
Courtesy of OFIS architects

As part of the CA Group's lecture series, "Architour," principal of OFIS architects, Rok Oman, will lecture on December 7th at the Tongji Architectural Design Co. in Shanghai.  For 2013 through 2015, "Architour" has as its theme "New Force of Architecture - Leading Young Architects": each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto and Hirata Akihisa were the series' first speakers.