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The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation, Via Flickr CC User. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Via Flickr CC User. Used under Creative Commons

In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position - related to the government but not controlled by it - effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge, White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.
White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.

The Rockefeller Foundation has named the first group of cities selected in the “100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.” Each city has been chosen for demonstrating “a commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses.” More than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities around the world were submitted. After careful review of each city's challenges, these 33 where chosen: 

Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown, © Chris Humphreys
© Chris Humphreys
  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH6 6EJ, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Simpson & Brown
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys +26

Building Transformed Into Giant Rubik's Cube

00:00 - 7 December, 2013

For his thesis project, Javier Lloret turned a building into a giant, solvable Rubik's Cube. Making use of the media facade of the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, he projected the world's most famous handheld puzzle onto a huge scale - inviting passers-by to solve the puzzle. In the process, Lloret transformed the nearby area, showing that (when used correctly) technology can make the urban environment more fun.

Read on to find out how Lloret did it...

© Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova +5

Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, © Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects
© Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit. 

Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture, Courtesy of New Wave Architecture
Courtesy of New Wave Architecture

New Wave Architecture's proposal (one of eight) for the 2015 Milan Expo demonstrates an essence of Iran brought together in a series of organic forms. The expo's theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is encapsulated the designer's exploration of the trace of cookery in culture, literature and Iranian art. The conceptual idea behind New Wave's proposal, The Persian Garden, reflects the cycle of a tree: the organism is fed by the soil, grows and blossoms, before nourishing people and spreading throughout the earth "to asset its support."

Sports Hall ‘De Smeltkroes’ Liessel / Slangen + Koenis Architects

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg
  • Architects

  • Location

    5757 Liessel, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis
  • Design Team

    Sander Laheij, Bart Solinger
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +12

Long Window House / Another APARTMENT

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Long Window House / Another APARTMENT , © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Contractor

    Show Yo
  • Area

    23.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +14

Indautxu Square / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Elker Azqueta
© Elker Azqueta

© Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta +17

House Ampudrán / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
House Ampudrán / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, © Adriá Goula
© Adriá Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de l'Empordà, 17005 Girona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Fermín Vázquez, Adriana Plasencia, Antonio Buendía, Anais Blanc, Gaëlle Lauxerrois, María Ros
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

© Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula +31

The Manta Underwater Room / Genberg Underwater Hotels

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
The Manta Underwater Room / Genberg Underwater Hotels, © Jesper Anhede
© Jesper Anhede

© Jesper Anhede © Jesper Anhede © Jesper Anhede © Jesper Anhede +14

Detroit Considering Converting Freeway to Pedestrian Street

00:00 - 6 December, 2013
Detroit Considering Converting Freeway to Pedestrian Street, Detroit's I-375. Via Flickr CC User. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Detroit's I-375. Via Flickr CC User. Used under Creative Commons

According to John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit may soon be removing one of its downtown freeways, the I-375, and converting the trench-like road into a more pedestrian friendly surface level street. The change could be a boon to residents of nearby areas such as Lafayette Park and Eastern Market, which were cut off when the road was built in 1964, and follows a wider trend of cities removing freeways in order to regenerate downtown areas. The city government is currently working with major stakeholders to investigate the potential effects of the change, with a proposal due for summer 2014. You can read the full article here.

Besiktas Fish Market Refurbishment / GAD

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Besiktas Fish Market Refurbishment / GAD, © Alp Eren
© Alp Eren
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Architects in Charge

    Gokhan Avcİoglu & GAD
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alp Eren © Alp Eren © Alp Eren © Alp Eren +40

AIANYS announces The Excelsior Awards

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
AIANYS announces The Excelsior Awards

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has announced a new competition celebrating design and professional excellence in publicly funded buildings in New York State. The Excelsior Awards will provide a model for future state-funded building design and professional practice and advocacy.

Moved to Care Design Competition

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Moved to Care Design Competition

Building Trust International is very pleased to announce their 5th Design Competition. The challenge is to design a health facility that can easily be relocated. This could be in response to a natural disaster, or to inoculate and educate in areas with specific medical emergencies or outbreaks, it will also help aid agencies that don't have the funds or means to purchase land, offering short term leasing opportunities. 

Cidade Das Artes / Christian de Portzamparc

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +48

Villa Kogelhof / Paul de Ruiter Architects

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Villa Kogelhof / Paul de Ruiter Architects, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Noord-Beveland, The Netherlands
  • Contractor

    J. van der Linde, Goes
  • Advisor Construction

    Broersma bv
  • Advisor Building Physics

    Smits van Burgst
  • Landscape Architect

    Bosch Slabbers, Middelburg
  • Area

    715.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch +17

Digital Museum / Claudiu Ionescu

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Digital Museum  / Claudiu Ionescu, © Bogdan Iorgovan
© Bogdan Iorgovan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pecica, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Claudiu Ionescu
  • Design Team

    Claudiu Ionescu, Dragos Milotin, Gabriel Takacs, Calin Sebarchievici
  • Area

    126.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bogdan Iorgovan © Bogdan Iorgovan © Bogdan Iorgovan © Bogdan Iorgovan +22