China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate...

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider
Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider

The architecture world has been abuzz over news that aChinese construction company plans to build the world's tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary prefabrication technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called Sky City Oneis expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz,an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile's critique.

Read Sottile's and Klemanowicz's conflicting opinions, after the break...

Shortlist Announced for U.S. Embassy in Beirut

01:00 - 18 June, 2013

The Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The project is part of OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative in which seeks to provide safe and functional facilities that represent the best in American architecture. 

OMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in Bordeaux

15:25 - 17 June, 2013
© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius
© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius

City officials have selected OMA’s “stripped-down design” as one of two final projects for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc international competition in Bordeaux, France. Stretching over the Garonne River, the OMA-designed proposal seeks to rethink the civic function and symbolism of a 21st century bridge by designing a multimodal “platform that can accommodate all the events of the city.”

“We wanted to provide the simplest expression – the least technical, least lyrical, an almost primitive structural solution,” stated Clement Blanchet, the project architect working alongside Rem Koolhaas. “This simplicity allowed us to create a generous platform for pedestrians and public programs, as well as flexibility in accommodating the future needs of various types of traffic.”

More from the project description after the break…

The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
©  Yael Engelhart
© Yael Engelhart

©  Yael Engelhart ©  Yael Engelhart ©  Yael Engelhart ©  Yael Engelhart +43

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson

For HSB Stockholm's architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of Stockholm. Berg | C.F. Møller's proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

Strickland-Ferris Residence / Frank Harmon Architect

01:00 - 17 June, 2013

Temporal Sustainable Theatre Finalist Proposal / PM²G Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© 3D Veron
© 3D Veron

Designed by PM²G Architects, their inspiration for their finalist proposal in the international competition for the Temporal Sustainable Theatre came up from the cultural and physical aspects of the region where Cardiff is based. The history of the country has been marked by the welsh coal mining industry resulting in a bumpy landscape which the architects used as a departure point for developing the idea of using it as the stage where the audience are the users, the actors and also the ones who try to discover what is inside and outside, giving freedom for exploration. More images and architects' description after the break.

Sports Club / GEO Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Galmés, Arturo Grinda, Miguel Olazábal
  • Area

    2570.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +19

Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter +19

J2 Residence / assemblageSTUDIO

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +27

Everybody Finds Somebody Someplace / htmn

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Akishima-shi, Tokyo
  • Architect in Charge

    Hiroaki Takada, Nakahata Masayuki
  • Structure Design

    Ryo Kuwako, Kuwako
  • Area

    3980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Daici Ano, Courtesy of htmn

Courtesy of htmn © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +29

ArchDaily Innovation Challenge - Innovative Workplaces

00:00 - 17 June, 2013

A better workplace can foster better social dynamics, more creativity, an increase on production, and of course, improve the quality of life of the ones using it on a daily basis.

We have partnered with HP to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries in this area, creating remarkable spaces for work, and also to foster experimentation among students to think about the workplace of the future.

We have therefore divided the competition into two categories: for professionals and for students.

Professionals
Architects from around the world are invited to submit their recently completed workplace projects. The jury will award entries that are able to demonstrate innovations in this area in the form of sketches or diagrams.

Use your power of synthesis to show us why your project introduces innovation to the workplace!

Students
Students from around the world are invited to design an innovative workplace within a given generic floor of office space. This constrain will force students to operate on actual market conditions.

Unleash your imagination within a delimited space to show us how innovation can be made possible in today’s structures, to foster tomorrow’s ideas!

Schedule, eligibility, prizes, and general rules after the break.

How Modern Architecture Got Square

00:00 - 17 June, 2013
Grand Central Station (1913) in front of the MetLife (formerly Pan Am Building, 1963) and next to the Chrysler Building (1930). Image Courtesy of emin kuliyev / Shutterstock.com
Grand Central Station (1913) in front of the MetLife (formerly Pan Am Building, 1963) and next to the Chrysler Building (1930). Image Courtesy of emin kuliyev / Shutterstock.com

This article, by David Brussat of The Providence Journal's editorial board, first appeared at providencejournal.com.

In a rating of energy efficiency by the Environmental Protection Administration, New York's venerable Chrysler Building scored 84 out of 100 points; the Empire State Building, 80; but the modernist 7 World Trade Center scored 74 (below the cutoff of 75 for "high efficiency"); the Pan Am Building, 39; Lever House, 20; the Seagram Building, 3. The New York Times reported this story last Dec. 24 under the headline "City's Law Tracking Energy Use Yields Some Surprises."

It was no surprise to Nikos Salingaros and Michael Mehaffy, who have investigated why modern architecture thrives despite its inability to live up to any of its longstanding promises -- aesthetic, social or utilitarian.

29sqm / 3XA

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© S.Zajaczkowski
© S.Zajaczkowski

© S.Zajaczkowski © S.Zajaczkowski © S.Zajaczkowski © S.Zajaczkowski +13

Haus Schudel / OOS AG

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
© Dominique Marc Wehrli
© Dominique Marc Wehrli
  • Architects

  • Location

    Feldis/Veulden (GR), Switzerland
  • Architects

    Andreas Derrer, Manuel Schudel
  • Design Team

    Christoph Kellenberger, Severin Boser, Lukas Bosshard
  • Construction Management

    Christian Bühlmann
  • Wood Engineering

    Pius Schuler AG für Holzbauplanung
  • Civil Engineering

    Andreas Gudenrath
  • Area

    222.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli +18

Public Toilets / Piotr Musialowski + Lukasz Przybylowicz

01:00 - 17 June, 2013

Giveaway: Win Living Architectures Books and Films

00:00 - 17 June, 2013

Thanks to the courtesy of our friends from Beka & Partners, we are giving you the chance to win one of the five DVD-Books of the Living Architectures collection.

"Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.

The five DVD-Books are: 'Inside Piano', 'Gehry's Vertigo', 'Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron', 'Koolhaas Houselife' and 'Xmas Meier'. We will have five winners, each of one will receive one randomly. All you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

"Which architect would you like to see next in the Living Architectures series and why?"

You have until June 24 to submit your answer. Winners will be announced and contacted during the same day.

For more information about the DVD-Books you can check the trailers after the break, or go to www.living-architectures.com for more details. Good luck!

'Canal Houses’: Aarhus Harbour Housing Project Winning Proposal / ADEPT + Luplau Poulsen

01:00 - 17 June, 2013
Courtesy of ADEPT + Luplau Poulsen
Courtesy of ADEPT + Luplau Poulsen

ADEPT and Luplau Poulsen recently won the 1st prize for the new 15,500 m2 housing project at Aarhus Harbour, which was unveiled by Aarhus Municipality last week. The new prestigious building project, which has been named ‘Canal Houses,’ will be situated right next to ADEPT and Luplau & Poulsen's other project, the ‘Harbour Houses’, which just started construction. The two projects will together form a full perimeter block. The project’s subdivisions into smaller buildings are underlined by using various brick bonds and tile colors. Hereby the facade concept from the Harbour Houses continues in a new interpretation, which contributes to unite the two houses. More images and architects' description after the break.