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Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    12 Boulevard de Cleunay, 35000 Rennes, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Pich-Aguilera, David Cras, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Manager

    Margherita Aricó
  • Specialists

    Betom Bureau d’etude. Capterre, Consultoría energética
  • Area

    9685.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

National September 11 Memorial Museum Celebrates Opening

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
National September 11 Memorial Museum Celebrates Opening, © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Today marked the ceremonially opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Set to officially open to the public next Wednesday (May 21), the subterranean museum has already made headlines for its emotional 70 foot decent to the bedrock of the World Trade Center Towers. 

Prior to entering the museum’s interior, visitors must first walk past the footprints of the Twin Towers, commemorated by Handel Architects’ cascading granite voids, before entering a Snøhetta-designed stainless steel and glass pavilion that is the museum’s entrance. 

As Snøhetta’s founding partner, Craig Dyker describes, the pavilion’s main purpose is to serve as the “threshold between the everyday life of the city and the uniquely spiritual quality of the Memorial.”

More about the pavilion from the architects, after the break...

Venice Biennale 2014: NRJA to Establish First-Ever Database of Latvian Post-War Modernist Architecture

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: NRJA to Establish First-Ever Database of Latvian Post-War Modernist Architecture, Restaurant “Sēnīte” (1967); Vidzeme highway 37.km / Linards Skuja, Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš - Courtesy of The Museum of Architecture of Latvia
Restaurant “Sēnīte” (1967); Vidzeme highway 37.km / Linards Skuja, Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš - Courtesy of The Museum of Architecture of Latvia

The architects of NRJA have been chosen to curate Latvia’s participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Based on the assertion that “there is (no) modernism in Latvia,” the pavilion’s exhibition Unwritten will confront the lack of research and evaluation of Latvian post-war modernist architecture. 

ABC Building / Wise Architecture

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
ABC Building / Wise Architecture, © Chin HyoSook
© Chin HyoSook

© Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    695-39 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Project Manager

    Lee Jeong Hoon
  • Area

    163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Sahibinden.com Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Sahibinden.com Office / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, © Emre Dörter
© Emre Dörter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bostancı, 34920 Kadıköy/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Design Team

    İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Türkan Yılmaz, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Ülkücan Turhan, Quentin Gaucher, Ezgi Sönmez, Niyazi Külahlı,İsmail Serdar Demir
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

AJ100 Reports Rise in Number of Female Architects

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
AJ100 Reports Rise in Number of Female Architects, © Robert Venturi
© Robert Venturi

The AJ100, the annual survey of the UK's 100 largest architecture firms by the Architect's Journal, has shown a noticeable rise in the number of women in the top practices over the past year. The proportion of women in the surveyed practices rose from 25% in 2013 to 28% this year, with an even more marked increase in the top 10 firms: from 22.7% to 27.5%. Though there is still a significant discrepancy in the ratio of men to women, this marked increase is a positive step. Find out more about which practices are leading the way, and what methods they are using to encourage gender diversity at the Architects' Journal.

Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects, Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN
Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as "Size Doesn't Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings."

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

Terunobu Fujimori, Beetle's House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London/TASCHEN Jorge Gracia, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico. Image © Undine Pröhl/TASCHEN Kota Mizuishi, Riverside House Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Hiroshi Tanigawa/TASCHEN Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, USA. Image © Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects/TASCHEN +14

What Makes a City a City?

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
What Makes a City a City?, The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy
The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy

You probably use the word 'city' on a daily basis, but if put on the spot - could you give it a concise definition? Under the rule of Henry VIII, the title of city was given to virtually any settlement in the United Kingdom with a diocesan cathedral. Obviously, times have changed. For Robert Bevan's thoughts on the title's past and present meaning, read his article on The Guardian here.

Zen House / Estudio Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Zen House / Estudio Gómez de la Torre & Guerrero Arquitectos, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +26

Public Library Amsterdam / Jo Coenen & Co Architekten

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Public Library Amsterdam  /  Jo Coenen & Co Architekten, © Arjen Schmitz
© Arjen Schmitz

© Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz © Arjen Schmitz +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oosterdokseiland 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Coenen
  • Design team Architects (exterior)

    Jo Coenen, Geert Coenen, Iwert Bernakiewicz, Max Bachinov, Gerard Extra, Hans Schoot, Will Stokkermans, Bart Erens, Frans Wesseling
  • Design team Architect (interior)

    Jo Coenen, Margriet de Zwart, Wil Ummels, Miriam Boot, Annebregje Snijders, Michela Barone, Ingrid Annokkee, Neeltje ten Westenend, Claudy Jongstra, Martijn Sandberg, NAT-architecten, Peter van Kempen, Gerard Extra, Will Stokkermans
  • Area

    28500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
GT Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres, © Denilson Machado
© Denilson Machado

© Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado © Denilson Machado +15

Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture, © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

The City of Sydney has requested that 1.6 million square meters of empty commercial and residential space be made available to artists for “creative activities.” The proposed cultural policy offers over 120 ideas in which the space can be used to enhance Sydney’s reputation as a world renowned creative city. “The City is proud to spend more than $34 million each year to support the arts, culture and creative activity in Sydney – but we know it is equally important to create an environment where ideas and imagination can flourish.” More information on the new policy can be found here

Renovation of an Industrial Building into a Single Family House / Guim Costa Calsamiglia

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Renovation of an Industrial Building into a Single Family House / Guim Costa Calsamiglia, © Anton Briansó
© Anton Briansó

© Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó © Anton Briansó +24

Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Area

    13628.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture, © Robert Lemermeyer
© Robert Lemermeyer

© Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer +12

Mikou Studio to Construct Africanews Headquarters in Congo

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Mikou Studio to Construct Africanews Headquarters in Congo, © Mikou Studio
© Mikou Studio

Mikou Design Studio has unveiled plans for the Africanews headquarters in Congo. Designed to “present a powerful visual impact” on Brazzaville’s skyline, the wood-clad tower will be hoisted on four “totem-like” pillars above a two-story glass base and topped with a panoramic restaurant sheltered by a vegetated rooftop terrace.  

UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue, Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has selected UNStudio, in collaboration with AD+RG, to design its fifth major arts venue, the Lyric Theatre, which will sit alongside Herzog & de Meuron's planned M+ arts venue at the Western end of the Cultural District. The 1,200-seat theatre will be Hong Kong's first world class dance performance venue for ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance. It will also temporarily serve as a venue for drama, opera and musical performances during the construction of the other venues in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Read on after the break for more on the West Kowloon Cultural District and UNStudio's appointment.

Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki Petition Against Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic Stadium

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki Petition Against Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic Stadium, © ZHA
© ZHA

Though it seemed a compromise was met last October, when Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura announced plans to reduce the cost and scale of the Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the debate rages on.  

Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched an online petition to “defend the ginko tree-lined landscape of blue sky and Jingu Outer Gardens” from the construction of Hadid’s “oversized” stadium. 

The petition (now with more than 13,000 signatures) urges the Japan Sports Council, who hand selected Hadid’s winning design alongside Tadao Ando, to reconsider upgrading the existing Meiji Jingo Gaien Stadium and the gardens surrounding it. This solution, they believe, is a more affordable and sustainable alternative that would prevent the relocation of nearby residents. 

Take a tour though Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium and share your thoughts about the design (and petition), after the break...