Tod Williams Devastated Over Folk Art Museum’s Fate

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Tod Williams has broke his silence in his first interview since the Museum of Modern Art announced their decision to raze the former Folk Art Museum, expressing devastation that the building will be “reduced to a memory.”

“Yes, all buildings one day will turn to dust, but this building could have been reused,” Tod Williams. “Unfortunately, the imagination and the will were not there.”

Though MoMA has promised to preserve the building’s iconic copper-bronze facade, Williams is concerned it will forever stay in storage. 

Proposals are being suggested on how to resurrect the facade, as the New York Times reported, including a concept from Nina Libeskind, chief operating officer of Studio Daniel Libeskind, and AIA executive director Fredric M. Bell that will be presented to MoMA next week. However, Williams expressed disinterest at the idea of installing fragments of the building elsewhere. 

Headquarter building for the Science Park of the University of the Basque Country / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: , Biscay, Spain
Architect In Charge: Gonzalo Carro
Project Team : Oscar Ferreira, Javier Manjón, Aintzane Gastelu-Iturri
Area: 11440.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Conference: Cities for Tomorrow

Building resilient and sustainable urban centers. That’s going to be the main issue that over 30 speakers will be addressing at the Cities for Tomorrow Conference next Tuesday, April 22 at TheTimesCenter, NY. The event, hosted by NY Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, will feature Shigeru Ban‘s first public appearance since winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His presentation will be on the eve of the conference, on Monday, April 21. Although the reception is invitation-only, we will be live-tweeting the presentation.

Speakers for Tuesday’s conference include Vishaan Chakrabati, Shaun Donovan, and Rick Fedrizzi. For more information on the conference, including a complete list of speakers, please click here.

Title: Conference: Cities for Tomorrow
Website: http://www.nytcitiesfortomorrow.com/
Organizers: The New York Times
From: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 
Until: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 
Venue: TheTimesCenter
Address: 242 West 41st Street, , NY 10036,

Applications Now Open for ManTownHuman’s Summer School

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Building on the success of their first Winter school in 2010, ManTownHuman’s “Critical Subjects” school returns this summer. The week-long event that will serve as a platform to debate vital architectural questions as diverse as “what is ‘nature’?”; “whatever happened to the avant garde?”; and “what is architecture for?” Applications are currently open – 30 of the keenest architecture students from the UK and beyond will be chosen for their critical and innovative thought.

The school will visit a different venue each day, with hosts including Zaha Hadid Architects, Arup Associates and The Architectural Review. In a series of lectures, debates and design challenges, students will be expected to explore these topics in greater depth than is usually possible in architecture school, challenging the method of received wisdom that is increasingly taking hold in education, as explained by event organizer Alastair Donald in his article for The Architectural Review.

Applications are open until May 7th, with the event taking place between July 13th-19th. For more information and to apply, visit the event’s webpage here.

Title: Critical Subjects: A ManTownHuman Summer School
Website: http://www.mantownhuman.org/
Organizers: ManTownHuman
From: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:00
Until: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:00
Venue: Multiple venues in

Milan Expo 2015: Shortlisted Designs Revealed for UK Pavilion

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Details have been released on the eight proposals competing to serve as the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Each design draws inspiration from the theme “Grown in Britain: Shared Globally,” which is intended to showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global food challenges. 

Presented anonymously, the proposals will be reviewed by an esteemed jury before a winner is announced in May. 

Check out all the innovative proposals, after the break…

The House of Kubogaoka / Kichi Architectural Design

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Architects: Kichi Architectural Design
Location:
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

House in Mayuv / Naoko Horibe

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Architects: Naoko Horibe
Location: , Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

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Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle NSW 2300,
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

Narigua House / David Pedroza Castañeda

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Architects: David Pedroza Castañeda
Location: El Jonuco, Nuevo Leon,
Architect In Charge: (P+0 Arquitectura)
Project Area: 750 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sofia Flores Chapa

Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes

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Architects: Arcadi Pla Arquitectes
Location: Calle Francesc Ferrer i Gironés, 6, 17007 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filippo Poli

REX Designs Conjoined Media Towers with Retractable Facade for Middle East

Two sister Middle Eastern media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters that references traditional Arab iconography. The result, two ultra-thin, stone-clad towers that are shielded from the ’s “unrelenting sun” by an array of retractable sunshades whose shape was inspired by the Arab Mashrabiya pattern. 

Measuring nearly 15 meters in diameter, these sunshades can be quickly deployed, transforming the building’s glass facade into a “blossoming” shaded tower within minutes.

“The headquarters’ instantaneous transformation forges a new kind of powerful iconography, one that rejects the tired—and ephemeral—pursuit of being the tallest,” described .

Nicolás San Juan / Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

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Architects: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
Location: , Federal District,
Project Architects: Patricio Guerrero, David Mandujano, Eduardo Palomino, Ruben Coxca, Belinda Garcia, Paulina Garcia, Luis Garcia, Miguel Mercado, Rafael Hop
Project Management: Elias Cattan, Yair Wolff, Allan Betech
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, Mayaan Fridman

Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards
Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards

NYU and Hudson Yards to Use Big Data to Improve Cities

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress has teamed up with the developers of Hudson Yards to transform the future 28-acre mixed-use neighborhood into the nations first “quantified community.” As Crain’s New York reports, the aim is to “use big data to make cities better places to live.” Information, from pedestrian traffic to energy production and resident activity levels, will be collected in order to study how cities can run efficiently and improve quality of living. You can read more on the subject, here

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

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Architects: Ankrom Moisan Architects
Location: Pearl District, , OR,
Area: 172000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

RIBA’s 2014 Regional Award Winners Announced

RIBA has announced the first round of RIBA Regional Award winners, all of which will be considered for the RIBA national awards. From the list, Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham takes center stage, as the artisan-inspired structure received a number of awards, including the West Midlands Building of the Year and Emerging Architect. Check out the complete list, after the break…

Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects

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Architects: O’Neill McVoy Architects
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY,
Associate Architect: Joshua Pulver
Area: 250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Chipperfield’s Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

View towards Nybrokajen. Image ©

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition.

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters are particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval.

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break…

Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos

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Architects: HGR Arquitectos
Location: Doctor José María Vertiz, City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Marcos Hagerman
Area: 3,426 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diana Arnau