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We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings, Sight lines to St Paul's Cathedral are the most fervently protected views in London. Image © Make Architects
Sight lines to St Paul's Cathedral are the most fervently protected views in London. Image © Make Architects

In this intriguing article in the TelegraphStephen Bayley critiques protecting cities' "traditional" view corridors out of nostalgia (or fear of bad architecture). On the premise that "not all development is bad" and that "the only cities that do not develop are dead ones", Bayley argues forcefully for better, rather than less, city building. You can read the full argument here.

Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group, © Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Spezia, Italy
  • Design Team

    E. Frigerio con D. Galletti, D. Bona, E. Masala, M. Torrigiani, M. Russotto, F. Valido e C. Ginocchio
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Competition Seeks Architects to Design Massive "Bridge Park" in D.C.

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Competition Seeks Architects to Design Massive "Bridge Park" in D.C., Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC
Artist Rendering. Image Courtesy of THEARC

A Washington D.C. nonprofit (THEARC) has launched a nation-wide competition soliciting designs for the proposed 11th Street Bridge Park from architects and landscape architects. With the culmination of the competition, the committee hopes to select a design that connects and re-engages residents from both sides of the river with the each other and the water, while establishing a new civic space that serves as stimulator for economic development. 

Designated as a “21st century play space,” the new park will occupy a space spanning the length of three football fields across the Anacostia River. If approved, it would host a performance space, education center, cafe, water sport and activity areas, as well as integrate public art throughout landscape. 

You can learn more and register for the 11th Street Bridge Park competition here. A video providing insight on the location can be found after the break...

Espace Monestie / PPA

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Espace Monestie  / PPA, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaisance-du-Touch, France
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Enter "Doors" - Our Newest Pinterest Board, Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe
Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture. Image © ShuHe

As Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” And what detail could be more important than the door - that pivotal point where architecture first greets the user? To help inspire, we’ve created a new Pinterest board dedicated entirely to functionally adept and beautifully designed doorways. 

You can view the board, here, and continue after the break for a selection of the board’s most popular doors...

Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Flipboard Cafe / Brolly Design, © Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    141/149 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Design Team

    Martin Heide, Megg Evans
  • Area

    25.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
Community Centre Lohfelden / HHS Planer + Architekten AG, © Constantin Meyer
© Constantin Meyer

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer +7

"Architects I Met": Interviewing Architects Around the Globe

00:00 - 22 March, 2014
"Architects I Met": Interviewing Architects Around the Globe, Cover: San Francisco City Book. Image Courtesy of Architects I Met
Cover: San Francisco City Book. Image Courtesy of Architects I Met

We're architects. We travel the world to meet the women and men who build our world.

Construction Begins on the Vast Platform for New York's Hudson Yards

00:00 - 22 March, 2014

The construction of Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in the history of the United States and currently the largest development in New York City since the Rockefeller Center, is gaining momentum. The vast infrastructural project in the heart of the city is set to enclose an active rail yard with an expansive platform, paving the way for 28 acres (and 17 million square feet) of commercial and residential space. Housing over 100 commercial units, 5000 residences, 14 acres of open public space, an enormous school and luxury hotel all on top of a working train depot, the project will directly connect to a new subway station and meet with the High Line.

Visualisation from Central Park © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Visualisation © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Phase One Visualisation © VH. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz. Image Courtesy of Hudson Yards +10

VIDEO: Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners

00:00 - 22 March, 2014

Our friends at Arbuckle Industries has shared this short clip that takes you inside Foster + Partners' Yale School of ManagementCompleted earlier this year, the new school unites Yale’s faculty departments at the Edward P. Evans Hall with world-class teaching facilities and collaborative social spaces. This, as the architects described, brings a new level of transparency to education, abandoning traditionally closed-off courtyard buildings for an open design that embraces the campus community. More stunning images and information on the project can be found here

Antoine Predock and Bjarke Ingels Awarded 2014 RAIC Honorary Fellowships

00:00 - 22 March, 2014
Antoine Predock and Bjarke Ingels Awarded 2014 RAIC Honorary Fellowships, Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver. Image © BIG
Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver. Image © BIG

The wisdom of the Old West, New-Mexico based architect Antoine Predock (who designed the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg) and the vitality of the New East, BIG founder and principal Bjarke Ingels (whose office is responsible for the Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver and Telus Sky in Calgary), are being distinguished by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) this year with Honorary Fellowships for extraordinary achievement in the field of architecture. More on this news, here.

MoMA PS1 YAP 2014 Runner-Up: Underberg / LAMAS

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
MoMA PS1 YAP 2014 Runner-Up: Underberg / LAMAS, Looking back from the stage to the barrel vault, the party's in full swing. Image © LAMAS
Looking back from the stage to the barrel vault, the party's in full swing. Image © LAMAS

Wouldn't it be nice to save a little cold for when it’s hot (and maybe a little warmth for when it’s cold)? This was the premise of LAMAS’s MoMA PS1 runner-up proposal, UnderbergUnderberg is an urban iceberg. Though it isn't a native New Yorker, it has adapted to its new home in New York City and its crevasses take on the form of the avenues and streets of the gridiron. 

Underberg was one of five proposals shortlisted for the annual MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program (YAP) competition, which was won by the Living’s compostable brick tower. More on this proposal, after the break...

The Jewel Box / Fraher Architects

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
The Jewel Box / Fraher Architects, © Andy Matthews
© Andy Matthews

© Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews +19

Earthquakes - How Well Are We Prepared?

00:00 - 22 March, 2014
Earthquakes - How Well Are We Prepared?, CCTV / OMA - © Frank P. Palmer. Image Courtesy of AIA New York Chapter / Organizing Team
CCTV / OMA - © Frank P. Palmer. Image Courtesy of AIA New York Chapter / Organizing Team

In a symposium at the AIA New York Chapter, seismologists, earthquake engineers, seismic code experts, emergency response managers, and architects conversant in seismic design will assemble for a conversation on available technologies and testing capabilities that, surprisingly, are located in New York State. They will "clarify the evolving role of design professionals, the building industry, and municipal and federal agencies in safeguarding our local communities", as well as "educate the audience about the earthquakes, subsurface conditions, and construction approaches."

Open Eye Gallery / RCKa

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
Open Eye Gallery / RCKa, © Mark Reeves
© Mark Reeves

© Mark McNulty © Mark Reeves © Mark Reeves Courtesy of RCKa +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside L3, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Tim Riley, Tim O'Callaghan
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Mark Reeves, Mark McNulty, Courtesy of RCKa

Extension and renovation in Portobello / Donal Colfer Architects

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
Extension and renovation in Portobello / Donal Colfer Architects, © Alice Clancy
© Alice Clancy

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portobello, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge

    Donal Colfer, Kevin Kelly
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Non-Stick PAMM

00:00 - 22 March, 2014
Non-Stick PAMM, Perez Art Museum Miami / Herzog and de Meuron. Image © Paul Clemence
Perez Art Museum Miami / Herzog and de Meuron. Image © Paul Clemence

Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring Herzog and de Meuron's Perez Art Museum Miami.

I am standing with Christine Binswanger, senior partner of Herzog & de Meuron, a few hours before the Perez Art Museum Miami opens it doors to the public for the first time. All around us, construction workers are making last minute adjustments, while troublesome clusters of VIPs take their first peak into the museum's airy, austere galleries. The excitement is palpable.

And yet I can't unpeel my eyes from the huge, hurricane-proof window before us. They offer enormous views of resplendent Biscayne Bay and the six-lane, 5.6km Macarthur Causeway that crosses it. Throbbing with traffic, the causeway is the kind of thing that, I imagine, people come to museums to forget. So I ask Binswanger, the museum's project architect, how her team approached this design problem.

"Problem? What problem?" says Binswanger. "That is what Miami is about. Anyway, I find it beautiful. Don't you?"

Suddenly I do. Or at least I find beautiful the building's wide-open embrace of Miami, causeways and all. And I suspect that this visual (and programmatic) permeability to the city's realities—natural and manmade—will define PAMM's institutional success.

National Stadium Aquatics Center / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
National Stadium Aquatics Center / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos, © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán
© Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

© Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Estadio Nacional - Avenida Grecia 2001, Ñuñoa 02, Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architect

    Jorge Iglesis
  • Project Area

    6839.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán