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Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi, © Issei Mori
© Issei Mori

© Issei Mori © Issei Mori Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture +21

How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind, Downey uses thin wax sticks to create tactile sketches. Image © Patricia Chang
Downey uses thin wax sticks to create tactile sketches. Image © Patricia Chang

San Francisco architect Chris Downey is changing how design is employed for people with disabilities and redefining how architects can approach accessible design. In this article by Lamar Anderson on Curbed, we learn about how Downey has developed his own design methods and utilizes his rare skillset to draw attention to what architects often miss when designing for the public. 

Architect Chris Downey is standing next to a pile of Sheetrock, balancing a white cane in the air like a tightrope walker's pole. The week before, construction had begun on a new office for the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco, or ILRC, a nonprofit community center for people with disabilities. Downey holds the cane up to approximate for the center's executive director, Jessie Lorenz, how the reception desk will jut out at an angle from a concrete column. Lorenz takes a step, and a pile of pipes on the floor clatters. "I don't know what's over there," says Downey. Lorenz giggles. "I hope I didn't break anything," she says. Lorenz regains her footing and touches the cane. "That makes sense," she says. "It's almost like we're funneling people into this part."

Venice Biennale 2014: Rem Koolhaas in Conversation with Charles Brooking

00:00 - 12 August, 2014

During the frenzied press preview of the Venice Biennale, the ArchDaily team received an unexpected and delightfully odd request. Rem Koolhaas, the subject of interviews with countless media outlets, was going to turn the tables. This time, he would be the one asking the questions. He wanted to show his appreciation for the work of Charles Brooking and The Brooking National Collection

A collector from a young age, Charles Brooking was encouraged by a tutor to pursue his love of rescuing discarded building parents (elements of architecture, if you will). He founded the collection in 1966 and, in the process, has "chart[ed] the evolution of Britain’s constructional elements over the last 500 years." Though Brooking's collection of approximately half a million items contains everything from fire grates to stairs and shoe-stoppers to postboxes, the OMA exhibition highlights the evolution of the window. 

With the development of better-insulated alternatives, Brooking's collection of windows continues to grow. In fact, it is precisely this dialogue between old and new that is emphasized in the Windows room in the exhibition: Brooking's window collection graces a wall that surrounds current high-tech window-building machinery. As we (architects, clients, users) engage in a relentless pursuit of uniformed comfort, especially when it comes to architectural detailing, Koolhaas asked Brooking what he thought this meant for the "the very things we want to preserve." He asks Brooking, "Are you willing to suffer for the principle of authenticity and preservation?"

Watch Brooking and Koolhaas in conversation in the above video, and be sure to check out our coverage of the Elements of Architecture exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale

Spatial Relations Take Centre Stage in MoMA's Newest Architectural Exhibition

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
Spatial Relations Take Centre Stage in MoMA's Newest Architectural Exhibition , Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Image © Iwan Baan
Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Image © Iwan Baan

What influence do art and space have on the contemporary architectural design process? MoMA's most recent exhibition on architecture and design Conceptions of Space strives to answer this question. Themed under the umbrella of spatial relations, Curator Pedro Gadanho ruminates on the subject in a broad and philosophical sense. The exhibition delves into the topic using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating research from French philosopher Michel Foucault on the subject of the expanded field. The exhibition aims to explore the relationship between the development of space and its deep-seated roots in the creative arts. 

Amale Andraos Named Dean of Columbia GSAPP

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
Amale Andraos Named Dean of Columbia GSAPP, Amale Andraos. Image via Architect's Newspaper
Amale Andraos. Image via Architect's Newspaper

New York-based architect and co-founder of WORKac, Amale Andraos, has been selected as the new dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), the Columbia Spectator has reported. Andraos will assume the position on September 1, replacing Mark Wigley who announced his retirement last year.

Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Construction Company

    GdR
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture, © Scott Hargis
© Scott Hargis

© Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis © Scott Hargis +13

Hasle Harbour Bath / White

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Hasle Harbour Bath / White, © Signe Find Larsen
© Signe Find Larsen

© Signe Find Larsen © Signe Find Larsen © Signe Find Larsen © Signe Find Larsen +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bornholm, Denmark
  • Design Team

    Fredrik Pettersson, Mikkel Olsen, Katrine Hvidt, Martin Münter
  • Area

    960.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House Riihi / OOPEAA

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
House Riihi / OOPEAA, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    62900 Alajärvi, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architect

    Jussi-Pekka Vesala
  • Design Team

    Iida Hedberg, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Tommi Heinonen, Juha Pakkala
  • Area

    479.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Does Australia Need More Design Competitions?

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Does Australia Need More Design Competitions? , © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

Architecture competitions offer an opportunity for architects to launch their careers, and in some cases generate unexpected designs in the process. Many iconic works of architecture, including the famous Sydney Opera House, were the result of open design competitions - but do architecture competitions today maintain the influence they might have had in the past? While critics in the United States have recently argued that it could be time to quit competitions, Donald Bates argues that Australians should be organizing more. In his article on The Conversation, Bates discusses the state of design competitions in Australia, and why we should take another look. Read the full article here.

Joseph Rykwert among the Winners of the 2014 UIA Prizes

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
Joseph Rykwert among the Winners of the 2014 UIA Prizes, © Pawel MazurI CC Krakow
© Pawel MazurI CC Krakow

At the UIA World Congress last week, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Jean Tschumi Prize for his work in architectural criticism and teaching over the past six decades. The prize adds to a fantastic year for Rykwert in which he received the RIBA Gold Medal and was awarded a CBE by the Queen. Read on after the break for all the winners of the 2014 UIA Prizes.

Parking Garage Project / Studio di Architettura

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Parking Garage Project  / Studio di Architettura, Courtesy of Studio di Architettura
Courtesy of Studio di Architettura

Courtesy of Studio di Architettura Courtesy of Studio di Architettura Courtesy of Studio di Architettura Courtesy of Studio di Architettura +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    East Hanover, NJ, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Francesco Porsia, with Georg Krüger
  • Area

    633000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio di Architettura

Capital One Lab / Studio O+A

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
© Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Chris Lindes, Oren Aks, Alma Lopez, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Justin Ackerman, Sarah Dziuba, Chase Lunt, Jeorge Jordan, Elizabeth Guerrero, Holly Hursley
  • Area

    3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +12

Office Design / IND Architects

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
© Alexey Zarodov
© Alexey Zarodov

© Alexey Zarodov © Alexey Zarodov © Alexey Zarodov © Alexey Zarodov +26

KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

00:00 - 11 August, 2014
KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes, Courtesy of DBOX Branding & Creative for KPF
Courtesy of DBOX Branding & Creative for KPF

Construction is well underway for KPF's Lotte World Tower in Seoul, however the mysterious appearance of sinkholes in the surrounding area - as reported by CNN - has brought on a slew of safety concerns. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the sinkholes which have appeared in a number of locations around Seoul's Songpa District, although they have ruled out sewerage as a possibility. To learn more about the bizarre phenomenon putting the 123-story tower under scrutiny, click here.

Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto's Union Station

00:00 - 11 August, 2014
Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto's Union Station, Looking Southwest toward the development. Image © Wilkinson Eyre Architects for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca
Looking Southwest toward the development. Image © Wilkinson Eyre Architects for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca

Details have been leaked of a major new development on the Southern edge of downtown Toronto, just East of Union Station. The scheme, uncovered by UrbanToronto and its inquisitive users, involves the connection of sites on both sides of the railway tracks, and will include three towers and a pedestrian bridge featuring a park and retail space. It is understood that Wilkinson Eyre are the architects, after BD confirmed last week that they have recently won a major competition in Toronto.

Read on for more details of the project

Fortune Plaza / P&T Group

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
Fortune Plaza / P&T Group, Courtesy of P&T Group
Courtesy of P&T Group

Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group +11

In Novels, A Character Flaw

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
In Novels, A Character Flaw, Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

Architects are woefully underrepresented in literature. According to Jay Wickersham, author of this article originally published in Architecture Boston, there are very few books that accurately portray designers without sensationalizing or glossing over their craft. He does, however, point us towards some exceptions: works of fiction that come close to grasping what the study and practice of architecture is all about. Read the full article, along with these recommendations, after the break.