India's Forgotten Stepwells

00:00 - 28 June, 2013
Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Image © Victoria S. Lautman
Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi. Image © Victoria S. Lautman

It’s hard to imagine an entire category of architecture slipping off history’s grid, and yet that seems to be the case with India’s incomparable stepwells. Never heard of ‘em? Don’t fret, you’re not alone: millions of tourists – and any number of locals - lured to the subcontinent’s palaces, forts, tombs, and temples are oblivious to these centuries-old water-structures that can even be found hiding-in-plain-sight close to thronged destinations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi or Agra’s Taj Mahal.

But now, India’s burgeoning water crisis might lead to redemption for at least some of these subterranean edifices, which are being re-evaluated for their ability to collect and store water. With any luck, tourist itineraries will also start incorporating what are otherwise an “endangered species” of the architecture world.

Learn more about these stepwells' curious histories, after the break...

Rudabai Vav, Adalaj. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Dada Harir Vav, Ahmedabad. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Neemrana Baoli, Neemrana, Rajasthan. Image © Victoria S. Lautman Mukundpura Baoli, Narnaul. Image © Victoria S. Lautman +37

Toender City Hall Extension Competition Entry / HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
Courtesy of HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek
Courtesy of HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

Located in Toender, a city in southern Denmark, close to the Danish and German border, the new City hall extension by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek is designed to optimize interior flexible space while taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. Integrating a high degree of spatial flexibility, this enables the building to programmatically change over time, and incorporates a number of informal work and meeting spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Public Library in Ceuta / Paredes Pedrosa

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Pepe Remigio, 51001 Ceuta, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
  • Area

    6159.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Fernando Alda, Manuel García de Paredes

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +11

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karlstraße 16, 88212 Ravensburg, Germany
  • Project Team

    Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
  • Collaborators

    Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
  • Area

    13800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Brigham Building for the Future Proposal / NBBJ

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
© NBBJ
© NBBJ

Brigham and Women’s Hospital just broke ground last week on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000 square-foot translational research and clinical facility designed by NBBJ. Located on the hospital’s Longwood campus, the 11-story project will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics, a state-of-the-art imaging facility, social spaces, and a 400-car garage, along with associated site improvements. More images and architects' description after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Hong Kong Museum

00:00 - 28 June, 2013
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has appointed Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells to design a new museum for visual culture on the edge of a reclaimed, 14-hectare park in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be one of the first projects to be completed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia. 

Jackrabbit Wash / Aaron D'Innocenzo

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo
Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Joshua Tree, California, United States of America
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo

Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo Courtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo +21

28 Posti Restaurant / Francesco Faccin

01:00 - 28 June, 2013
© Filippo Romano
© Filippo Romano

© Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano +12

RIBA Considers 'Test of Time' Award

00:00 - 28 June, 2013
Clegg's own project, The Hive, has won a RIBA award this year © Hufton + Crow
Clegg's own project, The Hive, has won a RIBA award this year © Hufton + Crow

On Wednesday Peter Clegg, senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Chair of the RIBA Awards jury, announced that the Institute is currently holding discussions about introducing a 'test of time' award, reports the Architects' Journal.

Help Stop the 2030 Repeal

00:00 - 28 June, 2013
United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily
United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily

In a few weeks the Senate will likely vote on an amendment that would remove the 2030 sustainability targets for federal buildings that many architects and US citizens fought to put into motion six years ago. The AIA has requested for your help to prevent this and coordinate visits with Senators while they are back home during the Independence holiday recess next week. Please visit the AIA website here to see how you can help protect federal sustainability targets. 

St. Sebastian Kindergarten / BOLLES+WILSON

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
© Markus Hauschild
© Markus Hauschild

© Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild © Markus Hauschild +20

'Pop-Up Hotel' Winning Proposal / PINKCLOUD

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
Courtesy of PINKCLOUD
Courtesy of PINKCLOUD

Designed by PINKCLOUD, their 'Pop-Up Hotel' proposal was recently selected as the winning entry in the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition. Their concept focuses on the transformation of empty Class A office spaces into hospitality spaces through a simple setup. They intend to partner with various owner/leasing agencies around Midtown in Manhattan to identify buildings in need of revitalization. A uniquely urban experience, the Pop-Up hotel will feature a variety of amenities and rooms catering to a wide diversity of clientele. More images and architects' description after the break.

London Calling: Public Architecture, Inside Out

00:00 - 27 June, 2013
Interior architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Scott Norsworthy
Interior architecture of the Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Scott Norsworthy

By its very nature, architecture has an obvious, and powerful, public presence. No matter who commissions buildings, they form the material backdrop of public life; the design of every building impacts towns and cities and the experience of those living and working in them. Architecture, though, is more than a stage-set. While, all too often, designed “iconic” buildings are indeed objects, and often vanity projects designed to show off the aspirations and egos of certain clients and architects, the space both inside and around these buildings, like most others, is public space: shared space, space used by communities of people, and space that often has psychological and emotional effects on very many of us. Think of shops, department stores, banks, offices and the many other buildings that, privately owned, play important roles in everyday public life.

It’s this internal aspect of public buildings that has been increasingly marginalized as architects and clients work together to maximize the external impact and character of buildings.  After all, the public life of a public building, be it a court house or shopping-mall, does not cease once you are inside.

AD Interviews: Sam Jacob / FAT

01:00 - 27 June, 2013

Sam Jacob and his firm, FAT, challenge what we conceive as architecture. Using both history and contemporary theory, his practice channels ideas to networks of people with similar interests—seemingly infiltrating all corners of the architecture profession (and beyond). Taking pride in the expression of architecture outside its traditional means, Jacob says, “Lack of success in terms of square meters you build, as fast as possible, is no problem at all. We’ve had opportunities to think, opportunities to invent our own ways of making architecture.”

At last year’s Venice Biennale, we asked Sam Jacob about his Museum of Copying—an interesting subject since architecture is, in essence, an unending series of iterations (check out the interview here). As a writer/critic/architect, he teaches at the AA, blogs at Strange Harvest and Dezeen, tweets @_SamJacob, and oversees architecture, art and installation projects at FAT.

FAT was founded in London in the 1990s and is led by Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob, each of whom are committed to developing architectural culture both through practice and through design research at institutions including Yale and the Architectural Association.

Read the transcript of our interview with Sam Jacob after the break….

Trailer: The Human Scale

00:00 - 27 June, 2013

Derived from 40 years of research by architect, professor and author Jan Gehl, The Human Scale takes a critical look at the way we build and use our cities. Assumptions about modernity are questioned, as director Andreas M. Dalsgaard urges the viewer to imagine what would happen when we put “people into the center of our equations”.

Nousfit Warehouse / Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
© Katsuhisa Kida
© Katsuhisa Kida

© Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida +31

House in Sengataki / Case Design Studio

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
Courtesy of Case Design Studio
Courtesy of Case Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yokota Norio, Kawamura Noriko
  • Site Area

    1058 m2
  • Area

    146.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Case Design Studio

Courtesy of Case Design Studio Courtesy of Case Design Studio Courtesy of Case Design Studio Courtesy of Case Design Studio +18

House 780 / Stephenson ISA Studio

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio
Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio +18