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Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises, The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb
The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb

The city of Helsinki has announced plans for a design and build competition for a new commercial and residential district in Pasila, near the city centre. The competition, which calls for 8-10 buildings of 15 stories or more, will be part of the city's drive to make Pasila the "second centre of Helsinki," with a total of 150,000-200,000 square metres of residential and office space planned for the district. Read on after the break to find out more about the competition.

'People's Palaces': Behind The Scenes at Mecanoo's Upcoming Exhibition in Berlin

00:00 - 15 October, 2014

Mecanoo have shared with us a behind the scenes look at their upcoming exhibition at Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum, entitled People's Palaces. Presenting some of the Dutch practice's recent public buildings, such as the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Library of Birmingham and the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum in Texel, the Netherlands, the timing of the exhibition also celebrates the company's 30th anniversary. Founded in 1984, Mecanoo continues to develop a strong reputation for libraries, as well as cultural spaces and performance venues. This exhibition specifically traces the impact of Mecanoo’s public buildings on local communities.

Komachi Building / Key Operation

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Komachi Building / Key Operation, Courtesy of Key Operation
Courtesy of Key Operation

Courtesy of Key Operation Courtesy of Key Operation Courtesy of Key Operation Courtesy of Key Operation +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Akira Koyama Structural Engineer, Delta Structural Consultants
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

CEMEX Unveils National Finalists for the XXIII Building Awards

00:00 - 15 October, 2014
CEMEX Unveils National Finalists for the XXIII Building Awards

The CEMEX Building Awards recognize the best architecture and construction in Mexico, ranging from single-family homes to large-scale infrastructure projects. For the XXIII awards CEMEX will recognize projects that were built during 2013 that stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. 

CEMEX has already unveiled the national finalists for the 13 categories, and the winners will be announced on November 5. 

Read on after the break to see the finalists. 

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

00:00 - 15 October, 2014

In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Rem Koolhaas: How the Age of the Decision Maker Impacts Building Design

00:00 - 15 October, 2014

How does contemporary architecture differ around the world and what causes these differences? In this video of a discussion between Rem Koolhaas and Nest C.E.O Tony Fadell at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, Koolhaas gives some interesting insights into his experience with decision-makers around the world. Watch the video above and read Vanity Fair’s full article here to learn more about this seldom-considered factor in building design. 

Is It Time For the Anti-LEED?

00:00 - 15 October, 2014
Is It Time For the Anti-LEED?, LEED seems to prioritize "Gizmo Green solutions" such as the photovoltaic panels on Ronald Lu and Partners' Zero Carbon Building. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners
LEED seems to prioritize "Gizmo Green solutions" such as the photovoltaic panels on Ronald Lu and Partners' Zero Carbon Building. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners

Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling. The Guild’s non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today. Getting a LEED rating is slow, difficult, and expensive, and the rating is skewed heavily to Gizmo Green solutions that are completely ignorant of where the building is being built, and for whom. We need the opposite sort of system today: one that is intelligent about where a building is built and who it’s being built for, and that is fast, friendly, and free so that anyone can use it.

Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects, © The Michelle Litvin Studio
© The Michelle Litvin Studio

© The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio © The Michelle Litvin Studio +23

School Complex in Chermignon / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
School Complex in Chermignon / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +23

Home 11 / i29 interior architects

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Home 11 / i29 interior architects, © Ewout Huibers
© Ewout Huibers

© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers +15

Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced, Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam
Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

Public Building of the Year: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre; London, UK / O'Donnell + Tuomey Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Mongkok Residence; Hong Kong / Aedas Commercial Building of the Year: cultura bookstore; São Paulo, Brazil / studio mk27 Best Sustainable Development of the Year: One Central Park; Sydney, Australia / Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects +17

LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, © Alex Bland
© Alex Bland

© Alex Bland © Alex Bland © Alex Bland © Dennis Gilbert +59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Houghton Street, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    John Tuomey, Sheila O’Donnell, Willie Carey, Geoff Brouder, Laura Harty, Kirstie Smeaton, Gary Watkin, Anne-Louise Duignan, Ciara Reddy, Jitka Leonard, Iseult O’Cleary, Henrik Wolterstorff, Mark Grehan, Monika Hinz
  • Area

    6101.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    2802 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
  • Area

    42263.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Olive Grove House  / Team Green Architects, © Sam Hartnett
© Sam Hartnett

© Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cromwell, New Zealand
  • Architects in Charge

    Sian Taylor, Mark Read
  • Area

    156.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    31-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Executive Architect

    Dong-il Architecture
  • Area

    110300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

BrandBase / Dedato

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
BrandBase / Dedato, © Between-Walls
© Between-Walls

© Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls © Between-Walls +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight', Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada
Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo DesignDaniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant 'emotional weight' imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in New York City. When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials - with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: "It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important." For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing "something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful."

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier, Courtesy of Marc Mimram
Courtesy of Marc Mimram

Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station's striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.