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House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 21 June, 2014
House in Kitaoji  / Torafu Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +23

Soft Shells - Porous and Deployable Architecture

00:00 - 21 June, 2014
Soft Shells - Porous and Deployable Architecture , Courtesy of Sophia Vyzoviti and BIS Publishers
Courtesy of Sophia Vyzoviti and BIS Publishers

Cut, Pleat, Tile, Weave. Four principles guide every project in the publication Soft Shells - a new publication that features porous, deployable, expandable and retractable architecture. Keep reading after the break to see two of the featured projects, but make sure to check out the full book here.

Video: “about architecture_without capital letters” / Alejandro Beautell

00:00 - 20 June, 2014

As part of "Time Space Existence" at the Venice Biennale -- the exhibition which has brought over 100 architects, including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Ricardo Bofill, together -- the young Spanish architect, Alejandro Beautell, presents the installation: "about architecture_without capital letters."

Beautell's video, which explores his recent works completed in the Canary Islands (including ArchDaily 2014 Building of the Year, St. John Baptist Chapel), provokes the viewer to consider the essence of architecture, smaller scales, and the tradition inherent in the architectural profession.

Enjoy the video above and make sure to revisit Beautell's stunning Building of the Year, the St. John Baptist Chapel.

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Architects in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Area

    226.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

'What's Your Favorite Space?' Video Competition Winners

00:00 - 20 June, 2014

Building Pictures, a Portuguese website specialized in architecture videos, decided to celebrate the year of Portuguese architecture by creating a competition inviting architects, artists, designers, directors, and students to submit their favorite spaces. 31 videos answered the challenge and shared their experiences and inspiring places. The jury selected three winners, whose beautiful videos can be seen after the break.

Wooden House CM / Bruno Vanbesien + Christophe Meersman

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Wooden House CM / Bruno Vanbesien + Christophe Meersman, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +32

Headquarters of the Complex of Nationally Relevant Laboratories for the Safety of Foods / AGM

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Headquarters of the Complex of Nationally Relevant Laboratories for the Safety of Foods / AGM, © Vladimir Popović
© Vladimir Popović

Courtesy of Borislav Petrović © Vladimir Popović Courtesy of Borislav Petrović Courtesy of Borislav Petrović +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Batajnica, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Architect in Charge

    Marjan Đulinac, Borislav Petrović, Ivan Rašković, Aleksandar Tomić and Nada Jelić, Aleksandar Kostić
  • Area

    5200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Vladimir Popović, Courtesy of Borislav Petrović

Biblioteca Antonio Gala / Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Biblioteca Antonio Gala  / Francisco López  + Gudula Rudolf, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +10

Vitra Campus Adds A Viewing Tower With a Slide

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
Vitra Campus Adds A Viewing Tower With a Slide, Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra
Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra

Adding to the world-famous collection of buildings and structures at its campus in Weil am Rhein, Vitra has just unveiled its latest project, a viewing tower and slide designed by Carsten Höller. Located on the Alvaro Siza-designed promenade linking Herzog & de Meuron's Vitrahaus with Zaha Hadid's Fire Station, the new tower offers two ways to see the Vitra Campus as never before: from above, looking out over the other buildings at the tower's viewing platform; and on the dizzying descent, as the transparent roof to the slide gives fleeting views of the buildings around you.

More on the Vitra Slide Tower after the break

Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra +8

The Machine in the Ocean: On The Petropolis of Tomorrow

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
The Machine in the Ocean: On The Petropolis of Tomorrow

Clocking in at just under six hundred pages, Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper’s The Petropolis of Tomorrow (Actar, 2013) presents a series of dueling monstrosities—land and sea; ecology and industry; isolation and circulation—at the hard-edged site of their collision. The product of an intensive research studio directed by Bhatia at the Rice School of Architecture, Petropolis documents and explores Brazil’s rapidly developing network of offshore petroleum and natural gas drilling infrastructures as a site ripe for the deployment of architectural expertise and imagination. Conducted as part of a broad collaborative research investigation on resource extraction urbanism initiated by the South America Project (SAP), the studio, as introduced by SAP Co-Director Felipe Correa, is a speculative experiment that “tests an extreme scenario” with the aim of identifying “new hybrids between industry and urbanism for an alternative twenty-first century extraction town.” Complementing the studio work, the editors have marshaled an impressive array of text and photo contributors whose essays offer distinctive takes on the book’s three thematic threads: archipelago urbanism, harvesting urbanism, and logistical urbanism.

St Kilda West / Kennedy Nolan

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
St Kilda West / Kennedy Nolan , © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Kilda West VIC 3182, Australia
  • Design Team

    Matilda Blazey, Rachel Nolan, Patrick Kennedy
  • Builder

    Overend Construction
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
  • Area

    106000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Ten Most Impressive Engineering Projects of All Time

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
The Ten Most Impressive Engineering Projects of All Time, Courtesy of Civil Engineering Program, Norwich University
Courtesy of Civil Engineering Program, Norwich University

For time immemorial, humanity has sought to outdo itself architecturally, building longer tunnels, taller towers, and stronger walls. Now, the Master in Civil Engineering program at Norwich University has compiled a definitive top ten list of these impressive structures. In the following infographic, you’ll find some familiar entries - such as the Great Wall of China and the Hoover Dam - as well as some lesser known greats, like the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge. Spanning over 2000 years of architectural ingenuity and invention, this list is sure to teach you something new about the most impressive engineering projects of all time.

Heatherwick Studio To Build "Learning Hub" in Singapore

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
Heatherwick Studio To Build "Learning Hub" in Singapore, Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to "foster togetherness and sociability" so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

Brick House / LETH & GORI

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
© STAMERS KONTOR
© STAMERS KONTOR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Steensager 4, 5800 Nyborg, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Uffe Leth og Karsten Gori
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR +31

Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism, © Jasmin Schuller
© Jasmin Schuller

© Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller +22

R&D Center "Looks Towards Beijing" With Calligraphic, Symbolic Form

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners
View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners

The Beijing city district of Wanjing has traditionally been a gateway for people entering the city. Its name literally translates as “Looking Towards Beijing.” J. J. Pan and Partners seek to renew that title with the design of Beijing Automotive Group’s new Research and Development Center. Taking inspiration from the character 北 (bei), which signifies openness, as well as Beijing itself, this mixed use building is meant to become a symbolic landmark both for Wanjing and for the company it houses.

Venice Biennale 2014: Radical Pedagogies, Exhibit Design by Amunátegui Valdés Architects

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Courtesy of Amunátegui Valdés Architects
Courtesy of Amunátegui Valdés Architects

Last year I saw Beatriz Colomina present Radical Pedagogies, a research project that she led together with PhD students at Princeton University School of Architecture. Radical Pedagogies focuses on schools and programs from around the world that emerged postwar, strongly tied to social changes of the time. The material produced over three years of seminars, interviews and archive digging shows a compelling story of the ways that "architectural pedagogy" have impacted today's architecture education.

Invited to the Monditalia section of the Venice Biennale, Radical Pedagogies paints a global picture while focusing on some of the strong Italian influences of these new movements—such as Lina Bo Bardi in Brazil and Aldo Rossi in Argentina—in an interactive exhibit that includes augmented reality content by dpr-barcelona.

The exhibition was awarded a Special Mention, cited by the jury for "highlight[ing] the emergence of new poles of architectural thinking in the current world and mak[ing] these accessible as a living archive. The research project is part of an ongoing global project that shows that knowledge is produced and develops in a networked way beyond national borders and national identities."

We wanted to show our readers more about this project, but focusing on the physical armature of the exhibit, a dimension that is often ignored from a technical point of view. That's why we asked Chilean practice Amunátegui Valdés Architects to share the architectural details of the Radical Pedagogies: Action - Reaction - Interaction exhibit and construction. Read more after the break.