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The Indicator: UNStudio UNTraditional

By now you have probably heard that UNStudio, the Dutch firm led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is on target to relaunch this June as an open-source web-based knowledge hub… that, by the way, will still pursue adventurous architecture. We could say they are “launching” this initiative, but it seems more accurate to say they themselves are “relaunching”.

Because of the difficult economic climate in Europe, van Berkel and Bos began to reimagine the practice along the lines of something more fluid, flexible, and agile, a knowledge-based approach to how they work within the office and how they engage the larger world. They are basing this around four topics or “knowledge platforms”: sustainability, materials, organization, and parametrics.

reSITE 2013: Collaborative Ideas For Livable Cities Festival and Conference

reSITE, the international festival about collaborative and sustainable urban planning, continues into its second year with more interesting themes and guests with the goal to transform Prague into a modern European metropolis at the center of the urbanism world from June 19-23. The main theme of the second annual conference (June 20-21) is Metropolis Central – reflecting Central European cities and the increasing number of young, creative people who are the infinite resources of those urban centers. The conference will focus on providing a process and potential solutions for the conflicted desires of Central European citizens. More information after the break.

AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le Corbusier

In 1930, Le Corbusier was tasked with designing a dormitory that would house Swiss students at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris. At first the architect and Pierre Jeanneret, his partner at the time, refused to take on the project due to tensions with the Swiss after their handling of the architects' proposal for the League of Nations competition. Eventually, however, they agreed to see it through and worked on a very limited budget, which led the building to become a summation of Le Corbusier's modern principles, forcing him to focus on dwelling before all else.

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

Mark Magazine #43

Just arrived to ArchDaily, Mark Magazine #43. New museums keep popping up in the USA. Farshid Moussavi's Museum of Contemporary Art in ClevelandZaha Hadid's Broad Art Museum in East Lansing and Morphosis's Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. In the Netherlands, Ector Hoogstad gave Eindhoven University of Technology a new library and Powerhouse Company added an impressive villa to their growing portfolio. On the eve of the launch of his new feature film, Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski talks about his background in architecture. Finally, we checked out Zhujiajiao, near Shanghai, where Atelier FCJZ, Atelier Deshaus and Mada s.p.a.m. realised a milestone in China's urban development, thanks to the reintroduction of a small-scale methodology coupled with respect for local identity.

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New Central Library of Berlin Winning Proposal / FAR frohn&rojas

Mediating between iconic metaform and the human scale, this proposal by FAR frohn&rojas is one of the winners of the architectural competition for the new central library of the state of Berlin at the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. By twisting a three dimensional grid from horizontal to vertical, the three key urban drivers of the site - the runway, the motorway and the former airport building - are resolved. More images and architects' description after the break.

TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architects : Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

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Kempart Loft / Dethier Architectures

  • Architects: Dethier Architectures
  • Location: Liège, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge: Daniel Dethier
  • Artist: Jean Glibert
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Serge Brison

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison

London's Design Museum Announces Designs of the Year 2013

London’s Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards, celebrating the best of international design from the last 12 months. Among the seven category winners include the renovation and reimagining of a faded 1960s tower block in Paris and the "quiet" graphics of David Chipperfield’s 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Common Ground. 

The seven category winners are:

ASPAYM Center for persons with disabilities / Amas4arquitectura

  • Architects: Amas4arquitectura
  • Location: Calle San Juan de Sahagún, León, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
  • Collaborator: Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • General Contractor: Construcciones Moral Calvo S.A.
  • Area: 1035 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura

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City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC's Historic Pier 57

New York's City Council have unanimously backed a proposed plan to restore and redevelop the aging giant that is Pier 57. Built in 1952, the 300,000 square foot pier was hailed by Popular Mechanics as a 'SuperPier' for its vast size and unconventional construction, as most of the pier's weight is supported by 'floating' air-filled concrete cassions. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003. The latest decision brings a concrete end to years of speculation as to what the fate of the pier would be.

Read more about the proposal after the break...

After 12 Years, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien's NYC Gem To Be Demolished

“There are of course the personal feelings — your buildings are like your children, and this is a particular, for us, beloved small child. But there is also the feeling that it’s a kind of loss for architecture, because it’s a special building, a kind of small building that’s crafted, that’s particular and thoughtful at a time when so many buildings are about bigness.” - Billie Tsien, quoted in The New York Times 

After only 12 years, the Tod Williams & Billie Tsien-designed American Folk Art Museum is slated to be demolished. Despite the acclaim it has received from critics, including high praise from the likes of Paul Goldberger and Herbert Muschamp, and the importance it has been given in New York's architectural landscape, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, which bought the building in 2011) reports that it must tear down the building to make way for an imminent expansion. 

At the time of its construction, the building was of the first new museums built in New York in over thirty years. Unfortunately, the building will more likely be remembered for its short life, taking, in the words of The New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin, "a dubious place in history as having had one of the shortest lives of an architecturally ambitious project in Manhattan."

Read more about the American Folk Art Museum's imminent demolition, after the break...

50Hertz Headquarters Winning Proposal / LOVE

Designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, the main goal of their winning proposal for the 50Hertz Headquarters in Berlin was to develop an innovative, transparent, open headquarters for the company that above all flows from inside to outside. The focus became to create flexible,versatile, and unique working environments, which are traversed by spacious outdoor spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and atriums. More images and architects' description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida

Located between two very different poles that have a great tension between them, architects Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, and Ana Vida (Fissure Team), designed the building of the Collider Activity Center to appear as a flow connector in the territory. In doing so, they create a transition from the urban to nature, from the stability to the unpredictable, from colonized to wild territories. It is broken by an organic geometry, by the adventure, by the representation of the natural world, that cuts the building and makes the users 'break it, break it through, to the other side' as a door to adventure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Round Up: Flickr Part XCI

We are over the 105,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. 

Great buildings are included in this Round Up, like the amazing Niterói Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer, photo taken by Jorge AyalaCheck the other four after the break. 

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