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UK Government Confirms Protection of Title Will Continue

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
UK Government Confirms Protection of Title Will Continue, One of the more embarrassing examples of the ARB's 'mission creep' which the review may address came in 2012, when they demanded that media organizations cease to refer to Renzo Piano, designer of the Shard, as an architect. Image © Eric Smerling
One of the more embarrassing examples of the ARB's 'mission creep' which the review may address came in 2012, when they demanded that media organizations cease to refer to Renzo Piano, designer of the Shard, as an architect. Image © Eric Smerling

The UK government's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has concluded that UK architecture should continue to be governed by "light-touch regulation based on protection of title," following the first phase of a review into the future of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Now, a second phase of the review promises to investigate options to deliver this regulation, determining whether or not it is best achieved by the ARB.

A statement released by the DCLG says that it will now work "with all parts of the profession to identify opportunities to simplify the role of the regulator," with BD Online reporting that the available options including absorbing the role of the ARB into that of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), or to keep the ARB as an independent body - but with the DCLG warned that "it should not be assumed that an independent regulatory body would necessarily have the same form or role as the existing regulatory body."

Housing Rehabilitation in La Cerdanya / dom - arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Housing Rehabilitation in La Cerdanya / dom - arquitectura, © Jordi Anguera
© Jordi Anguera

© Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera © Jordi Anguera +22

Myoenji Columbarium / Furumori Koichi architectural design studio

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Myoenji Columbarium  / Furumori Koichi architectural design studio, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha +19

Check Out These Images of New York's Skyline in 2018

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
Check Out These Images of New York's Skyline in 2018, View looking south above Central Park showing "Billionaires Row" towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image Courtesy of CityRealty
View looking south above Central Park showing "Billionaires Row" towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image Courtesy of CityRealty

If New Yorkers thought that construction during Michael Bloomberg's tenure as Mayor was frantic, then what's coming next might be quite a shock: courtesy of CityRealty, these images show the New York skyline in 2018, when many of the city's current projects will be complete. Produced from building models by TJ Quan and Ondel Hylton as a marketing ploy for Jean Nouvel's 53 West 53rd street which recently (finally) began construction, the images include all of Nouvel's illustrious future neighbors: the "Billionaire's Row" including 111 West 57th Street, 220 Central Park South, 225 West 57th Street (Nordstrom Tower) and One57; new Midtown developments such as 432 Park Avenue, 520 Park Avenue425 Park Avenue, One Vanderbilt, 610 Lexington, 15 Penn Plaza, and the Hudson Yards towers; and even the latest financial district towers, 1WTC, 30 Park Place, 125 Greenwich, and 225 Cherry Street.

View Looking West Above Long Island City. Image Courtesy of CityRealty  View over Upper East Side. Background shows supertall towers. Image Courtesy of CityRealty View looking north above Midtwon showing Central Park and supertowers planned allong "Billionaires  Row". Image Courtesy of CityRealty Courtesy of CityRealty +5

How Serendipity Helped Make 22-Year-Old Pedro E Guerrero FLW’s Favorite Photographer

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
How Serendipity Helped Make 22-Year-Old Pedro E Guerrero FLW’s Favorite Photographer, Robert Llewellyn Wright House. Image © 2014 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives
Robert Llewellyn Wright House. Image © 2014 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

What does it take for a 22-year-old art school drop-out to start a lifelong professional relationship with "the greatest American architect of all time"? Originally published by Curbed as "How a 22-Year-Old Became Wright's Trusted Photographer," this article reveals that for Pedro E. Guerrero, it took some guts and a lot of luck - but once they were working together this unlikely pairing was a perfect match.

When Frank Lloyd Wright hired Pedro E. Guerrero to photograph Taliesin West in 1939, neither knew it would lead to one of the most important relationships in architectural history. Wright was 72 and had already been on the cover of Time for Fallingwater. Guerrero was a 22-year-old art school drop-out. Their first meeting was prompted by Guerrero's father, a sign painter who vaguely knew Wright from the neighborhood and hoped the architect would offer his son a job. Any job.

Young Guerrero had the chutzpah to introduce himself to the famous architect as a "photographer." In truth, he hadn't earned a nickel. "I had the world's worst portfolio, including a shot of a dead pelican," Guerrero said later. "But I also had nudes taken on the beach in Malibu. This seemed to capture Wright's interest."

Danish Embassy and University of Manchester Present "The Liveable City"

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
Danish Embassy and University of Manchester Present "The Liveable City", Courtesy of Kåre Gade
Courtesy of Kåre Gade

Imagine the ideal city—one where residents are happy, healthy, financially secure, and living in a community that is both beautiful and safe. How do we bring our own neighborhoods up to that standard? The Liveable City, a series of (free!) seminars and events starting this week at the University of Manchester, can offer a few answers. A collaboration between the University, the Danish Embassy in the UK, and RIBA North West, The Liveable City is an exploration in urban design and planning. It invites architects, businesses, and the general public to participate in dialogue that seeks to improve the quality of life in cities in the United Kingdom and in Denmark. The schedule of events runs from November 20th to the 27th, and will take place in the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Architecture. See more details after the break!

Entourage 3 / Re-Act Now

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Entourage 3  / Re-Act Now, © Andrei Margulescu
© Andrei Margulescu

© Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Architects in Charge

    Mario Kuibus, Viorel Zoicas
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Maxx Royal Kemer Hotel / Baraka Architects

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Maxx Royal Kemer Hotel  / Baraka Architects, Courtesy of Baraka Architects
Courtesy of Baraka Architects

Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects Courtesy of Baraka Architects +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    07980 Kemer, Turkey
  • Area

    100000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Coalimex / group8asia

01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Coalimex / group8asia, © Régis Golay
© Régis Golay

© Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay © Régis Golay +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

A Renaissance Gem In Need Of Restoration

00:00 - 19 November, 2014

The Pazzi Chapel is a landmark of architecture in the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance: Florence. Located in the Santa Croce church complex (the largest Franciscan church in the world), the chapel was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi - the goldsmith-turned-architect who dedicated his life to engineering the dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. It is "a prime example of 15th-century architectural decoration in grey pietra serena sandstone, colourful maiolica, and terracotta."

550 years have taken their toll on this structure and its decoration. Concern for the state of the loggia of the chapel is now so great that the non-profit institution in charge of the church’s administration - the Opera di Santa Croce - have raised 50% of the funds needed to carry out a restoration, set to begin in early 2015. They are now looking to crowdfunding to source the remaining half ($95,000) and, in so doing, are inviting people from around the world to become part of the 720-year-long history of Santa Croce.

IV Moscow Urban Forum: “Drivers of City Development”

00:00 - 19 November, 2014
IV Moscow Urban Forum: “Drivers of City Development”

The IV annual Moscow Urban Forum is quickly approaching. To be held from December 11-14, the forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. With the overarching theme of “Drivers of City Development,” this year’s forum will feature talks by Uma Adusumilli, Pablo Allard, Dan Hill, Sergei Kapkov, Maksim Liksutov, Antanas Mockus and Hui Wang, among many others.

The Forum will look at infrastructure, economy, social development and culture as the main drivers of city development, with day one starting by discussing the global development of megacities as well as the agenda for Russian city development. Day two will focus specifically on Moscow’s city agenda, while days three and four will feature the Forum speakers as well as special events for urban communities.

Video: Ole Scheeren on Height and Density

00:00 - 19 November, 2014

In this interview, conducted by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Ole Scheeren discusses the ideal height for sustainable buildings. Drawing reference from two of his projects, MahaNakhon and The Interlace, he speaks to the difference between height and density, and how those two interplay when creating livable spaces in urban areas. He goes on to talk about how large buildings such as skyscrapers can be made more open to the surrounding city, both visually through programming. Watch the full clip above!

The Gentle House / Ngoc Luong Le

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
The Gentle House  / Ngoc Luong Le, Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le
Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le

Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le Courtesy of Ngoc Luong Le +35

Mariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Mariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nogales, AZ, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Phoenix—Neal Jones, AIA (principal in charge), Eddie Jones, AIA (principal designer), Brian Farling (lead designer), Jacob Benyi (project director), Melissa Farling, FAIA, Maria Salenger, AIA, Joanna Noonan, Rob Viergutz, Bill Osborne, AIA, J. Barry Moffitt, AIA, Tom Conner, Kevin Jones, Brian Lee, Ashley Kenneally, Brett Marinoff, Nick Nevels, David Takeuchi, Amit Upadhye, Eric Weber
  • Area

    115772.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Weddle Gilmore, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Selected to Redesign Arizona's Mesa City Center

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Weddle Gilmore, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Selected to Redesign Arizona's Mesa City Center, Context. Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore
Context. Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore

Weddle Gilmore black rock studio, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture have been selected to transform 19 acres surrounding Arizona's Mesa City Hall into a unique civic space that will “capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core.” Unanimously selected by the City of Mesa, over finalists Woods Bagot + Surface Design and Otak + Mayer Reed, the winning scheme plans to activate the public space with a series of flexible plazas and garden spaces centered around a distinct cooper shade structure.

More about the design and competition, after the break.

Upper terrace . Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore Summer water feature. Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore Neon plaza. Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore East entrance. Image © Colwell Shelor, West 8 and Weddle Gilmore +16

Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale, Fundamentals (Central Pavilion): Ceiling. Image © David Levene
Fundamentals (Central Pavilion): Ceiling. Image © David Levene

Fundamentals, the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale, will close its doors in a matter of days (on the 23rd November). From the moment Rem Koolhaas revealed the title for this year’s Biennale in January 2013, asking national curators to respond directly to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014’, there was an inkling that this Biennale would be in some way special. Having rejected offers to direct the Biennale in the past, the fact that Koolhaas chose to act not only as curator but also thematic co-ordinator of the complete international effort, was significant. This announcement led Peter Eisenman (one of Koolhaas' earliest tutors and advocates) to state in one interview that “[Rem is] stating his end: the end of [his] career, the end of [his] hegemony, the end of [his] mythology, the end of everything, the end of architecture.”

Ten Practices Selected to Design €400 Million "Oaks Prague" Scheme

00:00 - 18 November, 2014
Ten Practices Selected to Design €400 Million "Oaks Prague" Scheme, Design by Hall McKnight. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company
Design by Hall McKnight. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company

The Czech Republic-based Arendon Development Company has selected seven British practices and three Czech practices to work together on Oaks Prague, a new €400 million, 220-home "residential and lifestyle development" 20 kilometres South-East of Prague within the commune of Popivičky.

Selected through a competition organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the ten practices will join the team of Edward Durell Stone Jr and Associates, who masterplanned the development to include a golf club, hotel and spa at its centre, and John Thompson & Partners, who developed a pattern book and style guide for Oaks Prague.

Read on after the break for the full list of selected architects

Design by McGarry-Moon Architects. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company Design by Coffey Architects. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company Design by Duggan Morris. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company Design By Haptic. Image Courtesy of Arendon Development Company +14

2015 YAP Istanbul Modern Shortlist

00:00 - 18 November, 2014
2015 YAP Istanbul Modern Shortlist, 2013 YAP Istanbul Modern Winner: Sky Spotting Stop / SO?. Image © Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern
2013 YAP Istanbul Modern Winner: Sky Spotting Stop / SO?. Image © Muhsin Akgün; Courtesy of Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern has announced five finalists to compete in the 2015 Young Architects Program (). Now in it’s 2nd edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the confines of Istanbul Modern's courtyard that will host a series of events and visitors throughout the summer of 2015.