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House at the Pond / HPSA

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
House at the Pond / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +17

Les Océanides Mall / Atelier REC

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
Les Océanides Mall / Atelier REC, Courtesy of Atelier REC
Courtesy of Atelier REC

Courtesy of Atelier REC Courtesy of Atelier REC Courtesy of Atelier REC Courtesy of Atelier REC +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Arcachon, France
  • Project Year

    2013

Video: A Conversation with the Architects of the 9/11 Memorial Museum

00:00 - 23 November, 2014

"Typically, museums are icons that contain exhibits. This is the inverse: the exhibit is the icon." 

Housed en Adra / EXarchitects

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
Housed en Adra / EXarchitects, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Adra, Almería, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Claudia Cruz, José Salinas
  • Construction

    Holtzdesign.es
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

JAJA Wins Second Prize for Swedish Housing and Market Hall Hybrid

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
JAJA Wins Second Prize for Swedish Housing and Market Hall Hybrid, Mainstreet . Image © JAJA Architects
Mainstreet . Image © JAJA Architects

JAJA Architects has won second prize in an open competition for a combined affordable housing and market hall in the heart of Katrineholm, Sweden. Designed for a site currently occupied by an arcade and bus stop, the hybrid proposal, known as "Torghallen," focuses on reconnecting two open plazas by devoting the ground floor to the public. 

The jury, which selected JAJA’s design ahead of 135 other proposals, stated: “The clear concept of a light building that touches the ground in few points creates a strong connection and transparency between the surrounding urban spaces.”

Plaza. Image © JAJA Architects Shops. Image © JAJA Architects Circulation. Image © JAJA Architects Apartment. Image © JAJA Architects +18

Video: Vito Acconci on Why Unbuilt Projects Are as Important as Built Ones

00:00 - 23 November, 2014

In this video from Crane TV, writer, poet, artist, and architect Vito Acconci discusses why his goal is not always to have his projects realized. Beginning his career with an education in creative writing from the University of Iowa, Acconci expresses his longtime desire as an artist for art to become “part of the world,” explaining that this eventually led him to extend his creativity beyond words and artworks. Architecture was the perfect vehicle for this because, unlike art, it is inescapable: "there isn't any place you can be where you aren't in the middle of architecture," he says.

However, unlike many architects, his projects push beyond the constraints of realistic structures, and he estimates that only 10 percent of Acconci Studio’s proposals are realized. To some architects this would seem like a failure, but to Acconci it means that his creative ideas are unprecedented, perhaps paving the way for what architecture could be in the distant future.

Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Harvard Art Museums

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Harvard Art Museums, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

With the opening of the Harvard Art Museums a week ago today, Renzo Piano was able to finally complete on a project which, in various guises, has been in progress for seventeen years. The relationship between Piano and Harvard began with a 1997 plan to build a new branch of the Fogg Museum on the Charles River and ended, after objections from locals and then the 2008 recession, in the decision to consolidate the university's three museums (The Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M Sackler Museums) under one roof.

With its long history, restricted space, the listed facade of the original Fogg Museum and the ultimate difficult neighbor in Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Harvard Art Museums project was inevitably going to cause a fuss on completion. So how did Piano do? Find out what the critics said after the break.

© Nic Lehoux © Michel Denancé © Nic Lehoux Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop +9

TCA Think Tank Creates "Parasite Pavilion" With Five-Day Workshop in Venice

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
© Marco Cappelletti
© Marco Cappelletti

Casting complex shadows and engulfing visitors in a series of maze-like spaces, the Parasite Pavilion was constructed as part of the Synergy & Symbiosis event at the 2014 Venice Biennale, which showcased the best of the UABB Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale from 2005 to 2014. Based on the Bug Dome pavilion, a similar experiment from Hong Kong 2009, constructed by Weak! Architects as an icon of "illegal architecture," this new pavilion is the product of an intensive five day workshop, with the cooperation of architects and students from Europe, Australia, and China. Read on after the break to learn more about the Pavilion and Workshop.

© Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti +22

Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material

00:00 - 23 November, 2014
Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material, © T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd. (2014)
© T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd. (2014)

Starting December 10, the Hortitecture 01 Symposium will kickstart a (free) public lecture series in Braunschweig, Germany, centered around brainstorming synergistic strategies for integrating architecture and vegetal matter. Stefano Boeri, MVRDV and WORKac are among a list of interdisciplinary experts that will join together to offer discussions focused around the exploration of vernacular wisdom and contemporary architectural solutions to sustainable building problems.

Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
Neutrabuilding / wurm + wurm, © Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová +46

GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
GAD's Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week, © Alp Eren
© Alp Eren

GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, just in time for Istanbul Design Week. Named after the minimalist sculptor whose work inspired the design, the Serra gate’s steel form was created using cutting edge technology. The sinuous curvature was conceived through the software “Mathematica,” and was modeled using the latest 3D printing technologies.

VA House / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
VA House / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa, © Manuel Aguiar
© Manuel Aguiar

© Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar +24

The Times Resuscitation Building / Nano Architects

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
The Times Resuscitation Building / Nano Architects, © Yasunori Hidaka
© Yasunori Hidaka

© Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka +11

Defining Place: Alternative Urban Futures from The Neighbourhood

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
Defining Place: Alternative Urban Futures from The Neighbourhood, Courtesy of The Neighbourhood
Courtesy of The Neighbourhood

3D printing technology is quickly emerging as a technology that could be applied at the scale of the built environment. But could we use 3D printed materials to create engaging urban spaces that are constantly changing? Creative communications agency, The Neighbourhood, has imagined speculative architecture based on 3D printed materials. 

Video: Harvard Art Museums Construction Time-Lapse

00:00 - 22 November, 2014

Harvard Art Museums have released this time-lapse video of their recently completed four-year renovation and expansion project carried out by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Payette. Filmed from June 2010 – November 2014, the video shows the amount of work that went into renovating, expanding and uniting the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under the same roof. Watch as snow falls (and then melts) on the construction site in the full video above and learn more about the project here

Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas

00:00 - 22 November, 2014
Opinion: It Doesn't Matter Who Owns Public Plazas, The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown
The dramatic entrance to the Richard Rogers-designed Leadenhall Building in London ostensibly invites pedestrians walking on the ground-level public plaza upwards. The building, however, is not so easily accessed. Image © Flickr CC User Matt Brown

When it comes to public space, many assume that while truly public space is always good, "privately owned public space" is always bad. However, in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "A Plaza is No Guarantee of Democracy," NBBJ's Carl Yost argues that the distinction is not so binary. As architects, it's our job to smooth over the difference between the two, while we're at work - but most importantly while we're not.

The past few months have seen the opening of high-profile projects with contested public space. The Leadenhall Building, London’s “Cheesegrater,” rises above a public plaza that the Financial Times called “problematic,” with “an astonishing array of defensive measures to make it clear that while it may be open to the public, it is still ours” (that is, the landlord’s). In New York, the World Trade Center plaza has taken fire from critics, both domestic and international, who chafe at restrictions on visitors’ behavior.

It evokes the debate over “privately owned public space,” or POPS, that arose during Occupy Wall Street, when protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park, a Lower Manhattan plaza that is privately owned by Brookfield Office Properties yet must remain open to the public. Many rightly pointed out the restrictions that POPS pose to free speech and assembly, when owners can evict people they consider unwelcome.

Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Suburbian Villa / deamicisarchitetti, © L. Bartoli
© L. Bartoli

© L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli © L. Bartoli +20

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District , Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Fashion, design and architecture collide in Zaha Hadid's recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea's most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza's Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building. One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs - an information booth and a miniature exhibition space - being accepted for construction.

See all of NL Architects'  Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break

Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects +28