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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: "Failed Memorial and White Elephant"?

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: "Failed Memorial and White Elephant"?, Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP
Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image © Aaron Cohen/CMHR-MCDP

In an article for The Walrus, Adele Weder examines Antoine Predock's (who was recently made a National Academy Academician) Canadian Museum for Human Rights: a "colossal, twelve-storey mountain of concrete and stone, 120,000 square feet of tempered glass, and 260,000 square feet of floor space." Early advocates of the museum "felt that Winnipeg was ripe for such a statement piece," just as Bilbao had been for the Guggenheim. Welder's explorations are clear and concise, finding all sorts "of paradoxes swirling around the Museum for Human Rights." Noting that "it’s definitely a kick-ass building, with its aggressive outer form, jagged paths inside, big black slabs of basalt, thick sheets of glass, and the huge metal girders that hold it all together," Weder argues that it's position as a "failed memorial and white elephant" may be it's eventual undoing.

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi, © Anne-Sophie Poirier
© Anne-Sophie Poirier

© Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier © Anne-Sophie Poirier +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    1/1161 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Anne-Sophie Poirier
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cove 3 / SAOTA

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Cove 3 / SAOTA, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA © John Devonport +16

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI, © Shen Qiang
© Shen Qiang

© Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Gatti
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Other "Green Way": Why Can't New York Build More Quality Affordable Housing?

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
The Other "Green Way": Why Can't New York Build More Quality Affordable Housing?, © Flickr CC User Jules Antonio
© Flickr CC User Jules Antonio

This article originally appeared on uncube magazine as "An Affordable Housing Complex in the Bronx Revisited."

Two years after the completion of Grimshaw and Dattner's acclaimed Via Verde ("Green Way"), no successors have even been proposed for this supposed model for the design and construction of new affordable housing. In this article, David Bench returns to the site, finding that the sustainable project's lack of impact is caused by a completely different type of "green."

Affordable housing is the quest of every New Yorker. The routes to finding it are mysterious and widely misunderstood, as they are made up of a myriad of buildings, programmes, and rules that have failed to keep pace with the production of luxury housing and gentrification of middle class neighbourhoods in the city. This apartment anxiety has led to such amusing and fateful reactions as the creation of the Rent is Too Damn High political party – whose name speaks for itself – and an economic narrative that propelled Bill de Blasio from a long-shot mayoral candidacy to an overwhelming majority on election day in 2013. Soon after taking office, de Blasio unveiled the most ambitious affordable housing program in generations, which aims to build or preserve 200,000 units in the next decade.

Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education, "The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
"The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded Parsons The New School for Design and Clemson University the 2014 NCARB Award to aid the development of innovative programs that merge practice and education. 

Chicago Biennial: "The State of the Art of Architecture" Will Feature Photo Series by Iwan Baan

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Chicago Biennial: "The State of the Art of Architecture" Will Feature Photo Series by Iwan Baan, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial now has an official name, with co-directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda announcing "The State of the Art of Architecture" as the biennial's theme last week. Taking its name from a 1977 conference organized in Chicago by Stanley Tigerman, which focused on the state of architecture in the US, next year's Chicago Architecture Biennial will aim to expand that conversation into the "international and intergenerational" arena.

In addition to the new name, the Biennial also announced its first major project, a photo essay of Chicago by Iwan Baan, which will contextualize the many landmarks of the Chicago skyline within the wider cityscape and within the day-to-day life of the city.

Read on for more about the biennial theme and more images from Iwan Baan. 

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +6

Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Initiatives

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti Initiatives, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has announced the end of their program in Haiti, effective from January 2015. The charitable organization, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, set up offices in Port-au-Prince in March 2010 in order to better help the people of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Through almost five years in Haiti, they have completed nearly 50 projects, including homes, medical clinics, offices, and the 13 buildings in their Haiti School Initiative. Their work has positively affected the lives of over 1 million Haitians, with their schools initiative alone providing education spaces for over 18,000 students.

Read on after the break for more on the end of Architecture for Humanity's Haiti program, and images of their completed schools

École Elie Dubois. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity École La Dignité. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity St. Louis de Gonzague Chemisry & Physics Building. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity École Ceverine. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity +22

Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House to be Exhibited at Design Shanghai 2015

00:00 - 9 November, 2014
Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House to be Exhibited at Design Shanghai 2015, Prouve House with Easy Armchair Chair and Committee Chair by Jeanneret. Image Courtesy of Forward
Prouve House with Easy Armchair Chair and Committee Chair by Jeanneret. Image Courtesy of Forward

Marking the second edition of Design Shanghai, this year’s exhibition will take place March 2015 and will include over 300 exhibitors across three halls; Contemporary Design, Classic Design, and Collectible Design. Featured among the confirmed installations is Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House, a rare early example of prefabricated housing.

French architect Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, and is known for combining bold elegance with economy of means in a socially conscious manner. He is also recognized for his manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, where he designed and produced lightweight metal furniture in collaboration with some of the most well known designers of the time. One such designer was Pierre Jeanneret, a Swiss architect and furniture designer who often worked with his more famous cousin, Le Corbusier.

Read on after the break to learn more about this year’s featured exhibition.

Tengbom Prepares to Break Ground on New Trail Center in Kungälv

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Tengbom Prepares to Break Ground on New Trail Center in Kungälv, © Tengbom
© Tengbom

Tengbom is preparing to break ground on their competition-winning proposal “Kotten” (The Pinecone) in the Fontin area of Kungälv municipality. Following the destruction of the old trail centre in a fire in 2013, Kungälv municipality arranged an architectural competition for a new, modern trail centre in the Fontin area.

Guggenheim Creates New Curatorial Position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives

00:00 - 9 November, 2014
Guggenheim Creates New Curatorial Position for Architecture and Digital Initiatives, AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson
AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

Architect and scholar Troy Conrad Therrien has been appointed as the Guggenheim's new Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives. Therrien will now contribute to the development of the museum’s engagement with architecture, design, technology, and urban studies, in addition to providing leadership on select new projects under the direction of the Chief Curator and the Director’s Office.

House Ca's Bouer / Jordi Queralt + La Boqueria

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
House Ca's Bouer / Jordi Queralt + La Boqueria, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

© Núria Ginès © Núria Ginès © Eugeni Pons © Núria Ginès +25

Cabin Ryfylke / Pir II Oslo + Resell Arkitektur

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Cabin Ryfylke / Pir II Oslo  + Resell Arkitektur, © Olav Resell
© Olav Resell

© Olav Resell © Olav Resell © Olav Resell © Olav Resell +21

Anglet South Coastline / Debarre Duplantier Associés Architecture & Paysage

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Anglet South Coastline / Debarre Duplantier Associés Architecture & Paysage, © Arthur Pequin
© Arthur Pequin

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +22

Have you Seen This Forgotten PoMo Jewelry by 1980s Architects?

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Have you Seen This Forgotten PoMo Jewelry by 1980s Architects?, Jewelry designed by Peter Eisenman. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen
Jewelry designed by Peter Eisenman. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen

It's not often that a major design project by a bevy of superstar architects is forgotten to history. But this seems to be what happened in the 1980s, when Italian designer Cleto Munari commissioned a stable of world-famous architects to design a new jewelry collection. The (unashamedly PoMo) results were documented in a now almost forgotten book by Barbara Radice called simply "Jewelry By Architects," which included interviews with each designer. Originally published by Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen, this article shows off just some of the contents of this fascinating work.

Until about six months ago, there was only one Munari we idolized: Bruno, one of our favorite 20th-century designers and design theorists. (If you haven’t read Design As Art, we suggest you hop to it!) But then, one fateful day this past spring, we were wandering aimlessly around the internet when we stumbled upon the biggest editorial coup we've scored in years, and thus began our love affair with Cleto Munari. The Italian designer—who, as far as we can tell, is unrelated to Bruno—commissioned a dream-team of architects like Ettore Sottsass and Peter Eisenman in the early ’80s to create a jewelry collection for his eponymous company, and the project had almost no coverage anywhere on the web. After immediately snapping up a copy of the incredible out-of-print book that documented it, which we’re excerpting a small portion of here, we set about doing more research on Munari himself. Turns out he’s a bit of a Sight Unseen patron saint, who dreamed up all kinds of cross-disciplinary projects for the precious metals–focused design brand he founded in the ’70s with Carlo Scarpa. “It is most interesting to me to have a poet design a table, a painter design a credenza, and an architect design a spoon,” Munari told the Huffington Post in an interview two years ago.

Jewelry designed by Arata Isozaki. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen Jewelry designed by Robert Venturi. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen Jewelry designed by Arata Isozaki. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen Jewelry designed by Hans Hollein. Image © Rizzoli New York Courtesy of Sight Unseen +17

Video: Daniel Libeskind on Masterplanning Ground Zero

00:00 - 9 November, 2014

"Its an adventure, because it's a highly political, highly emotional, highly complicated process, to get something built on the site which is about memory," explains Daniel Libeskind. "It's a day that changed the world… and architecture responds in constructing something that has sense for people, that has spirit."

Vincent Callebaut Designs Sustainable Mixed-Use Complex for Cairo

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Vincent Callebaut Designs Sustainable Mixed-Use Complex for Cairo, Perspective Towards a Courtyard. Image Courtesy of VCA
Perspective Towards a Courtyard. Image Courtesy of VCA

French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) has unveiled a new multi-use complex for Nasr City in Cairo. Designed to obtain LEED Gold Plus standing, the building features a solar roof, green terraces, sky villas, and a vertical system of gardens and solar heating tubes. Composed of 1000 apartment units, the Gate Residence is also designed to include a health club and spa, fitness center, business center, restaurants and cafe, retail, and medical center.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of VCA Aerial View. Image Courtesy of VCA Perspective from Main Entrance. Image Courtesy of VCA Perspective from Nozha Street. Image Courtesy of VCA +38

Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur

01:00 - 9 November, 2014
Extension to the Academy of Fine Arts / Hascher Jehle Architektur, © Svenja Bockhop
© Svenja Bockhop

© Svenja Bockhop © Svenja Bockhop © Svenja Bockhop © Svenja Bockhop +14