HDJ75 / T38 studio

© Alfredo Zertuche

Architects: T38 studio
Location: Tijuana, Baja California,
Area: 290.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alfredo Zertuche

Hadid, Gehry, and Others Fight to Save Helmut Richter’s Modernist Masterpiece

Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, Vienna, Exterior. Image © Manfred Seidl

The Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, Vienna is the work of late Modernist architect Helmut Richter. Considered to be his most iconic and enduring work, Richter’s school is now faced with partial demolition to make way for a conversion of the building’s use and architects from around the world are making an effort to prevent that demolition from happening. Influential individuals, from Zaha Hadid to Bernard Tschumi, have signed a voicing their dissent and demanding that Richter’s legacy be protected. See the details, and sign the , after the break.

Her Majesty’s Pleasure / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: Toronto, ON,
Architect In Charge: John Tong
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Photographs: Lisa Petrole

Surface Mag Interviews Liz Diller on Architecture, Art, and Early “Aha” Moments

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Below is an excerpt of the cover story of this month’s Surface magazine: an in-depth interview with , published online for the first time here on ArchDaily.

The 35-year career of Elizabeth Diller, a founding partner of the New York–based architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is a study of contrasts: conceptual and pragmatic, temporary and permanent, iconoclastic and institutional. After graduating from Cooper Union in 1979, Diller started her practice mounting temporary installations with her partner and future husband, Ricardo Scofidio, their interests leaning closer to art and theory than conventional buildings and construction. Today the duo—along with Charles Renfro, who became a partner in 2004—is responsible for some of the most important architectural projects in the country. DS+R counts Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (completed in 2006) and a makeover of New York’s Lincoln Center (finalized in 2012) among its highest-profile works. Especially influential, at least among architects and academics, has been the firm’s unbuilt Slow House (1991), a proposal for a residence on Long Island, New York, renowned for its examination of how we see in a media-saturated world.

One notices sharp contrasts not just in the firm’s work history but in its public reception as well. Widely lauded for repurposing a dilapidated elevated railway into New York City’s beloved High Line park (the third phase opened in September), DS+R received heavy criticism this year for its involvement in a major expansion proposal for the Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s plans included the demolition of its little-guy neighbor, the American Folk Art Museum; despite efforts to work the idiosyncratic building into the design scheme, Diller’s studio, hired to lead the expansion, ultimately acknowledged that the structure couldn’t be saved.

Surface recently met with Diller at her office in Manhattan to speak about the ensuing controversy, as well as early career experiences that have influenced her firm’s recent commissions for cultural institutions, including the current exhibition “Musings on a Glass Box” at the Cartier Foundation in Paris (through Feb. 25, 2015), a collaboration with composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff. Diller, 60, is pensive and surprisingly relaxed for someone whose aides are constantly interrupting her to remind her of meetings she has to attend. She speaks with an erudite inflection befitting her academic credentials and professional accolades (she is, after all, a professor at Princeton and a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient), though she smiles with the ease of an affable neighbor.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: , WI 53066, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

AD Classics: Kuwait National Assembly Building / Jørn Utzon

Covered plaza. Image © Jeffrey van der Wees

No single building typology reveals as much about a nation’s political culture as the seat of its government. Parliamentary or palatial structures can tell stories of bureaucratic sprawl, autocratic excess, democratic openness, and anything in between. Kuwait’s National Assembly Building, the home of its popularly elected legislature, is no exception. Much like the nominally-democratic, effectively-oligarchic government it hosts, the building projects conflicting messages of accessibility and regionalist modernity, referencing traditions that don’t necessarily exist in the country and sometimes ending up in direct contradiction with itself. As an emblem of political culture, the building is thus perhaps too accurate in its reading of the Kuwaiti story, yielding a revealing insight into the complex political fabric of the country through its own eclectic bricolage of ideas.

Andrew Burges Architects Wins Competition for Park and Aquatic Centre in Sydney’s Green Square

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The City of Sydney has selected the team of Andrew Burges Architects working with Grimshaw and TCL, as the winners of a competition to design a new park and aquatic centre in Green Square, around 4 kilometres to the South of central Sydney. One of the city’s six “Major Development Zones,” the park and aquatic centre is part of a larger development in the centre of Green Square, with an adjacent site slated for a new public square and library.

Noa Restaurant / Kamp Arhitektid

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Architects: Kamp Arhitektid
Location: Tallinn,
Architect In Charge: Peeter Loo, Jan Skolimowski, Kaspar Kruuse
Interior Design: PINK OÜ
Area: 544.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terje Ugandi

Caruso St. John's Remodelling of the Tate Britain (London, 2014). Image © Helene Binet
Caruso St. John's Remodelling of the Tate Britain (London, 2014). Image © Helene Binet

Will The Traditional Museum Survive?

The question of whether the traditional museum survive in the digital age has been bounced around since the dawn of digital art and archiving. In an article for The Independent, Christopher Beanland examines the issue of a global “museum boom” (especially in China where a new one opens every day), and how this is having an undoubtedly positive impact on people’s quality of life. For Beanland, it’s curious that “we don’t splash out on council houses or universities or hospitals any more – but we do build museums and galleries.” Perhaps it’s because they are “a reliquary for our collective memories” and “a triumph of our collective will” or, in most cases, because they employ excellent PR and branding strategies. He notes that “despite being swamped by possessions, we’ve changed our views towards those things. In the second half of the 20th century, people defined themselves by what they had. But today people increasingly define themselves by what they do.”

Single Family House with Garden / DTR_Studio Arquitectos

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Architects: DTR_Studio Arquitectos
Location: , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Jose Miguel Vázquez , Jose María Olmedo
Architects Collaborators: Claudia Gutierrez, Alba Márquez
Area: 287.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Javier Callejas

Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Wulf Architekten

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Architects: Wulf Architekten
Location: Jaeger Street 30, 70174 , Germany
Architect In Charge: Prof. Tobias Wulf, Kai Bierich, Alexander Vohl, Stuttgart
Area: 16670.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brigida González, Markus Guhl

House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture

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Architects: Den Nen Architecture
Location: , District, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Naohiro Sumi、Shuhei Morita
Area: 141.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eiji Tomita

Coalimex / group8asia

© Régis Golay

Architects: group8asia
Location: , Hoàn Kiếm District, , Vietnam
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Régis Golay

IV Moscow Urban Forum: “Drivers of City Development”

The IV annual Moscow Urban Forum is quickly approaching. To be held from December 11-14, the forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. With the overarching theme of “Drivers of City Development,” this year’s forum will feature talks by Uma Adusumilli, Pablo Allard, Dan Hill, Sergei Kapkov, Maksim Liksutov, Antanas Mockus and Hui Wang, among many others.

The Forum will look at infrastructure, economy, social development and culture as the main drivers of city development, with day one starting by discussing the global development of megacities as well as the agenda for Russian city development. Day two will focus specifically on Moscow’s city agenda, while days three and four will feature the Forum speakers as well as special events for urban communities.

Myoenji Columbarium / Furumori Koichi architectural design studio

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Architects: Furumori Koichi architectural design studio
Location: Iizuka, Fukuoka,
Area: 334.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Video: Ole Scheeren on Height and Density

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In this interview, conducted by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Ole Scheeren discusses the ideal height for sustainable buildings. Drawing reference from two of his projects, MahaNakhon and The Interlace, he speaks to the difference between height and density, and how those two interplay when creating livable spaces in urban areas. He goes on to talk about how large buildings such as skyscrapers can be made more open to the surrounding city, both visually through programming. Watch the full clip above!

Entourage 3 / Re-Act Now

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Architects: Re-Act Now
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Mario Kuibus, Viorel Zoicas
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrei Margulescu

Courtesy of Kåre Gade
Courtesy of Kåre Gade

Danish Embassy and University of Manchester Present “The Liveable City”

Imagine the ideal city—one where residents are happy, healthy, financially secure, and living in a community that is both beautiful and safe. How do we bring our own neighborhoods up to that standard? The Liveable City, a series of (free!) seminars and events starting this week at the University of Manchester, can offer a few answers. A collaboration between the University, the Danish Embassy in the UK, and RIBA North West, The Liveable City is an exploration in urban design and planning. It invites architects, businesses, and the general public to participate in dialogue that seeks to improve the quality of life in cities in the United Kingdom and in Denmark. The schedule of events runs from November 20th to the 27th, and will take place in the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Architecture. See more details after the break!