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The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013

With awards season in full swing, Hollywood's sparkly razamtaz occupies our television screens. But what about the unsung, architectural heros of film?  What about the films that are less ‘Schindler's List’ and more ‘Schindlers Hauser’, less ‘Wrath Of Kahn’ and more ‘Louis Kahn’.  We look past the panoply of stars to bring you 30 of the best Architecture Documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile in 2013.

The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013 The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013 The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013 The 30 Architecture Docs To Watch In 2013

Design Studio HQ / Archer Architects

© John Reynolds
© John Reynolds

© John Reynolds © John Reynolds © John Reynolds © John Reynolds

AD Classics: Wolfsburg Cultural Center / Alvar Aalto

Wolfsburg Cultural Center, located approximately 230 kilometers west of Berlin in Wolfsburg, Germany, was constructed from 1959 to 1962. It was designed by Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. Aalto was born in Kuortane, Finland and studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, graduating in 1921.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig

Trademark Awarded to Apple Retail Stores

Apple has successfully been awarded a trademark for the “design and layout” of their retail stores. Since opening their first in Virginia over a decade ago, their stores have been at the heart of the companies branding; with the late Steve Jobs heavily involved in their design. Since, the growing presence of similar stores, including a familiar Microsoft chain launched in 2009, has left Apple feeling the need to protect its own distinctive style.

More after the break.

AA Athens Visiting School: CIPHER CITY - Recharged

Courtesy of Architectural Association
Courtesy of Architectural Association

Following the initial challenge of amplifying connectivity, adjustability and interaction for its Correlations cycle, AA Athens Visiting School scales up its design intentions in order to investigate links among discrete individual architectural systems in its 2013 version, Recharged.   

Recharged with interconnectivity on different levels, the theme of investigation will revolve around the design of semi-independent design prototypes acting together to form elaborate unified results. The driving force in Cipher City: Recharged is the synergistic effect behind complex form-making systems where interactive design patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple rules. 

Apartment Building CASP 74 / Bach Arquitectes

  • Architects Office: Bach Arquitectes
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect: Jaume Bach, Eugeni Bach
  • Collaborators: Robert Brufau
  • Area: 3965.95 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

2013 Young Architects Award

The American Institute of Architects () has selected fifteen recipients to receive the 2013  Young Architects Award. Defined as professionals who have been licensed ten years or fewer, the Young Architects will be honored for making significant contributions to the profession and providing exceptional leadership. The recipients will be presented the award at the  2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado.

Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Location: Gardens by the bay, Singapore
  • Masterplanners & Landscape Architects: Grant Associates
  • Client: National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore
  • Structural Engineers: Atelier One
  • Area: 20,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

(((DB))) HOUSE / Avignon-Clouet Archiectes

Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes

In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects: arquitectura 911sc
  • Location: México D.F., Mexico
  • Design Team: Ernesto Lomelí, Iván Cervantes, Edgar Romero Lugo, Arturo Carreón, Daniel Garcia Ramírez, Iraíz Corona
  • Structure: Federico Romo
  • Engineering: MCH Ingeniería
  • Client: Consorcio ARA
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

KM House / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo

  • Architects: Estudio Pablo Gagliardo
  • Location: Portal de Aldea, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Construction: Obring Arquitectura
  • Area: 365.0 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Cortesia de Estudio Pablo Gagliardo

Courtesy of Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Courtesy of Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Courtesy of Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Courtesy of Estudio Pablo Gagliardo

Microsoft Milan / Flores & Prats

© Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Enzo Barraco © Enzo Barraco

Turkey Summons Bids for World's Largest Airport

Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, Turkey © Karissa Rosenfield
Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, Turkey © Karissa Rosenfield

In an effort to maximize Istanbul’s potential of becoming a bustling regional hub, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim has released a request for proposals to construct and operate what could potentially be one of the world's largest airports. With the Ataturk airport - Turkey’s largest airport which handled nearly 45 million passengers last year - steadily reaching capacity and limited by land restrictions, the new $9 billion dollar, six-runway airport promises to expand the country’s aviation capacity with the potential of handling 150 million yearly passengers.

“The new airport project will be bigger than any other in Turkey and will be part of our plan to build a new city on the Black Sea coast,” Yildirim said, according to Bloomberg.

More after the break.

Shanghai Cultural Center Competition Entry / BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

Courtesy of BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists
Courtesy of BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

Designed by BKK Architects, in collaboration with Brearley Architects & Urbanists, Shanghai Normal University’s new Cultural Center aims to create an intensive and richly mixed-use building by applying the lessons of the city and drawing upon the cloister typology. Arranged around an activated central courtyard, the project will provide a new focus for campus life, accommodating a broad range of cultural, retail, hospitality, and leisure activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979' Exhibition

Seven of the architects who participated in The Architecture Gallery, from left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry. Photograph ©1980 Ave Pildas.
Seven of the architects who participated in The Architecture Gallery, from left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry. Photograph ©1980 Ave Pildas.

Taking place at SCI-Arc‘s campus in downtown Los Angeles March 29-July 7, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.: A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 exhibition. The exhibition examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979. An immersive showcase of spectacular models, drawings and media will be mounted in two spaces located on the SCI-Arc campus, the main gallery and the Kappe Library Gallery. More information on the exhibition after the break.