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Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris, The "new" plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume
The "new" plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume

Following a three-year redesign, the Place de la République in Paris reopened this year, welcoming back the regular organized protests that make it one of the most important public spaces in Paris. For the designers of the space, TVK agency, it was important not to infringe on what many Parisians consider their inalienable right to protest - however a question remained over how the square could be more amenable to other uses at the same time. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Place for Protest," Veronique Vienne explores how TVK agency allowed Parisians to have their cake and let them eat it too.

In Paris, rituals of political discontent are traditionally celebrated on Place de la République. It is a favorite kick-off point for the countless marches that define democracy in the French capital. But before taking to the street in a slow-moving procession, crowds block traffic all around the esplanade, creating a gridlock that can cripple the city from Sacré Coeur to the Opéra. Meanwhile, citizens get to unfurl banners and shout slogans. It’s legal, good, clean fun.

Well, no more. 

USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation, © USC School of Architecture
© USC School of Architecture

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright and computational architect Mar Fornes. 

Villa Krona / Helin & Co Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Villa Krona / Helin & Co Architects, © Pekka Helin
© Pekka Helin

© Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin © Pekka Helin +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kimitoön, 25710 Kimitoön, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Pekka Helin, Ritva Mannersuo
  • Area

    152.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY has constructed a light-weight, ultra-thin self-supported shell structure augmented by artist Jana Winderen’s engineered sounds at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Now on view through November 21, the “Situation Room” presents itself, as Storefront describes, "a vibrating sound experiment that that aims to transform architecture into animated sensible form."

“The overall form is an aggregate of twenty spheres of incremental diameters, combined to create an envelope of experiential tension, a sort of sublime dialogue between the comfort of the known and an uneasy interaction with the unknown,” described Fornes. “The resultant morphology resonates with a series of distributed transducers and lighting sources playing out through streams of porosity derived from structural stress flows across the elements.”

More images and information about the “Situation Room,” after the break.

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +15

Zinsganshina House / Bailorull ADD+

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Zinsganshina  House / Bailorull ADD+, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Passeig de Sevilla, 12, 08195 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Authors

    Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertrán
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Puigdemont Vinyals, Javier Jiménez Iniesta
  • Area

    289.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos, © Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gonzalo Endara Crown, Quito EC170124, Ecuador
  • Design

    Esteban Najas Raad
  • Project Area

    7000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +10

MM House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
MM House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos , © Marcos García
© Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
The Pine Crest Residence / Vin Varavarn Architects, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio +31

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

CASA SOL / atelier data

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
CASA SOL / atelier data, © Mercês Tomaz Gomes
© Mercês Tomaz Gomes

© Mercês Tomaz Gomes © Mercês Tomaz Gomes © Mercês Tomaz Gomes © Mercês Tomaz Gomes +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilamoura, 8125-507 Quarteira, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
  • Design Team

    Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, Emmanuel Novo
  • Area

    314.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle +24

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For, The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat
The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we've rounded up some of Canada's best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava's understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city's widest waterway; then to Winnipeg's Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect, © Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive
© Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive

To repair the damage caused by May's devastating fire, the Glasgow School of Art is searching for a team to carry out the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's celebrated building. Following the overwhelming public support for restoration instead of a contemporary reinterpretation, the selected team will be required to return the building to its original condition over a predicted construction period of five years. More on the restoration after the break.

How Venezuela’s Espacios de Paz Project is Transforming Community Spaces

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Petare, La Y 5 de Julio  / Caracas [TXP Todo por La Praxis + PGRC + Pico Estudio]. Image Courtesy of PICO Estudio
Petare, La Y 5 de Julio / Caracas [TXP Todo por La Praxis + PGRC + Pico Estudio]. Image Courtesy of PICO Estudio

The Espacios de Paz (Spaces for Peace) project in Venezuela is turning “zones of danger” into “zones of peace” through participatory design in violent areas of the country. Led by Venezuelan firm PICO Estudio, Espacios de Paz was a six-week long workshop that involved five groups of architects from both Venezuela as well as internationally. Each group focused on developing a project in a community with a high presence of violence. By transforming unused spaces such as empty plots and unregulated landfill areas, the projects sought to create “social dynamics that invite new ways of living in communities, transforming categories that rule the daily life: the use of time and space.” Community involvement in project development was also key to the Espacios de Paz initiative, which sought to  create “a space built not only "for" the community but "by" the community.”

Read on after the break to see the projects that were implemented…

Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects, © Merle Prosofsky Photography
© Merle Prosofsky Photography

© Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography +8

Australian Garden Shelters / BKK Architects

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Australian Garden Shelters / BKK Architects, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia
  • Design Team

    Tim Black, Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Adi Atic
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Vigoss R & D / Zemberek Design Office

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Vigoss R & D / Zemberek Design Office, © Şafak Emrence
© Şafak Emrence

© Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence © Şafak Emrence +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Güneşli Kavşağı, 34200 Istanbul/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Başak Emrence, Şafak Emrence, Ece Ilgın Avcı
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs