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AM Apartment / SuperLimão Studio

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
AM Apartment / SuperLimão Studio, © Maira Acayaba
© Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba + 25

Piri Reis Maritime University / Kreatif Architects

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Piri Reis Maritime University  / Kreatif Architects, © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak
© Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak + 81

Alexandria House 2 / Pivot

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Alexandria House 2 / Pivot, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexandria, Australia
  • Area

    144.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Authors

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Project Team

    Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento, Carolina Oliveira
  • Project Area

    320 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects, © Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios
© Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

Given the country's rich architectural history spanning almost the entirety of the 20th century, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the fall of Russian Communism in the early 1990s might have sparked an exciting new era in design. That promise hasn't exactly been fulfilled, but as The Calvert Journal reports, a few promising recent projects are hinting at a Russian Renaissance.

The last twenty years of architecture has added little but bog-standard steel-and-glass office blocks to the limited palate of the Russian cityscape — the usual glinting onion domes, pompous Stalinist neoclassicism and crumbling tower blocks. But lately some architects have dared to differ and turned bold blueprints into bricks and mortar. Read on after the break for our pick of the best Russian buildings of the last decade.

Courtesy of Totan Kuzembaev © Ostozhenka Bureau © Fotikdepo © The Calvert Journal + 12

Daniel Libeskind Releases Design for Vilnius Leisure Center

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
Daniel Libeskind Releases Design for Vilnius Leisure Center, © Eyal Shmuel
© Eyal Shmuel

Daniel Libeskind has been commissioned to design a leisure destination for the Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Perched on the highest point in the city, between Vilnius’ historic center, business district and airport, the “Vilnius Beacon” aims to become a cultural and recreational attraction at the Liepkalnis Ski Hill that offers a range of summer and winter activities. 

“I was inspired by the landscape of this beautiful city. My goal with this project was to bring an exciting dimension of architecture that respects the natural elements, while providing a year- round sustainable center for the citizens of Vilnius,” said Libeskind. “The Beacon is set to become a new epicenter of entertainment, leisure and culture for the city.”

Elizabeth Chu Richter Inaugurated as 2015 AIA President

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
Elizabeth Chu Richter Inaugurated as 2015 AIA President , Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies - Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Image © Richter Architects
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies - Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Image © Richter Architects

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been inaugurated as the 91st President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), succeeding Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, in representing over 85,500 AIA members. 

“As architects, we use our creativity to serve society—to make our communities better places to live. Through our profession and our life’s work, each of us has shaped and re-shaped the ever-changing narrative that is America in both humble and spectacular ways,” said Richter. “We have created harmony where there was none. We have shown we can see what is not yet there. We have shown we have the courage to grow, to change, and to renew ourselves.”

Read on to learn the three critical issues Richter plans to address during her presidency. 

House in Tsubaki / PANDA

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
House in Tsubaki / PANDA, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda
  • Contractor

    AZ Construction
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?, 'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor
'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor

Following the unfortunate series of events that saw the Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) iconic Mackintosh Library devastated in a fire in May of last year, a leading Scottish architect has stated that he is "seriously against the idea of remaking the library" as a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original acclaimed design. Talking to the Scottish Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop has stated that "there is actually no way you can replace it as it was [as] there was 100 years of age and patina that you would have to replicate." Furthermore, he believes that it would not be something that "Mackintosh would do," citing the expansion of "his work in the years between each part of the Mackintosh Building being built [in 1899 and 1909]" as justification. It is his feeling that "the former library had essentially become a museum [and] not a viable working room for students and staff."

House in Guimarães / Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
House in Guimarães / Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 74

O'Donnell + Tuomey Selected to Design Student Hub for Cork University

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
O'Donnell + Tuomey Selected to Design Student Hub for Cork University, University College Cork's main quadrangle. Image © Flickr CC user Meg Marks
University College Cork's main quadrangle. Image © Flickr CC user Meg Marks

University College Cork has selected O'Donnell + Tuomey to design the university's new student hub, which will house learning, student support and administration spaces in a new building adjacent to the campus' Victorian Windle Medical Building, to the West of the main quadrangle. Selected for their ability to work within and around the historic buildings, the project will also see O'Donnell + Tuomey restore the medical building.

The new student centre will be the second building designed by the practice for University College Cork, a decade after the completion of their Stirling Prize-shortlisted Lewis Glucksman Gallery.

'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
'An Installation In Four Acts' - Exploring Structuralism At Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut, Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut
Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut

Great movements in architecture are usually set in motion by a dull societal ache or as a response to a sudden, unforeseen reorientation of a community at large. The Dutch city of Rotterdam - vast swathes of which were cast into oblivion during the blitz of May 1940 - has been at the forefront of many shifts in approach to the built environment. It is therefore fitting that the latest exhibition at the Nieuwe Instituut (formerly the NAi), simply titled Structuralism, is being held in the city that was recently named Europe’s best.

Furthermore, Dutch Structuralism is a timely subject for Dirk van den Heuvel and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre (JBSC) in Delft to tackle. With major civic buildings like OMA's extension to Rotterdam's City Hall taking shape, it appears that a resurgence of Structuralist formal thought is appearing in the contemporary city. The exhibition seeks to shine a new light on the movement by uncovering drawings, models and texts which profoundly shaped 20th century architectural thinking.

'An Installation In Four Acts' Seminar Space. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: From 'An Installation In Four Acts' looking towards 'Making Space, Leaving Space'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts'. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut Structuralism: 'An Installation In Four Acts' - the mini-mega furniture. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut + 28

Surgeon's Rooms / FMD Architects

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
Surgeon's Rooms / FMD Architects, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team

    Fiona Dunin, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak, Owen Castley
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ArchDaily: What Happened In 2014, And Where We Are Heading In 2015

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
ArchDaily: What Happened In 2014, And Where We Are Heading In 2015

Dear Readers,

A' House / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
A' House / Wiel Arets Architects, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Minato, Japan
  • Project Team

    Wiel Arets, Satoru Umehara, Alex Kunnen
  • Collaborators

    Jörg Lüthke, Jean-Jacques Jungers, Sadamu Shirafuji, Ilze Paklone
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ecological House 3.0 / NOEM

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
Ecological House 3.0 / NOEM, © Meritxell Arjalaguer
© Meritxell Arjalaguer

© Meritxell Arjalaguer © Meritxell Arjalaguer © Meritxell Arjalaguer © Meritxell Arjalaguer + 26

Demolished: The End of Chicago’s Public Housing

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Demolished: The End of Chicago’s Public Housing, Courtesy of NPR
Courtesy of NPR

NPR journalists David Eads and Helga Salinas have published a photographic essay by Patricia Evans alongside their story of Chicago’s public housing. Starting with Evans’ iconic image of a 10-year-old girl swinging at Chicago’s notorious Clarence Darrow high-rises, the story recounts the rise and fall of public housing, the invisible boarders that shaped it and how the city’s most notorious towers became known as “symbols of urban dysfunction.” The complete essay, here.

Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Caruso St John Appointed to Renovate Asplund's Stockholm Public Library, © Flickr CC user EnDumEn
© Flickr CC user EnDumEn

The City of Stockholm has named Caruso St John, working with Swedish practice Scheiwiller Svensson, as the architects for a renovation of Gunnar Asplund's 1928 Stockholm Public Library. The work will see alterations to the interior spaces of the main building and annex, as well as the three additional "bazaars" built to the west of the original building between 1930 and 1953, however there will be no alterations to the external appearance of the building.

Read on for more about the renovation.