The Architecture Foundation Presents: Three Conversations on "Culture + Commerce"

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
The Architecture Foundation Presents: Three Conversations on "Culture + Commerce", © Max Creasy
© Max Creasy

Having wrapped up their three part series And the Winner is...?, The Architecture Foundation has launched another trio of evening discussions, this time around the ever-encroaching commercial values which are increasingly threatening cultural venues in London. The series, entitled Culture + Commerce, will explore how culture can fight against commercial homogeneity in the face of reduced public funding.

Casa PA / Tabuenca & Leache

01:00 - 12 August, 2013
Casa PA / Tabuenca & Leache, © Luis Prieto
© Luis Prieto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorráiz, Navarra, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Tabuenca González, Jesús Leache Resano
  • Contributors

    Pedro Ansa, architect - Beatriz Gastesi, technical architect
  • Construction company

    Lantegia
  • Area

    486.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto +17

House in Brighton / FMD Architects

01:00 - 12 August, 2013
House in Brighton / FMD Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
  • Design Team

    Fiona Dunin, Kathrine Peasley, Rob Kolak
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +32

It's Time to Envision A Better Built Detroit. Are Architects Ready?

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
It's Time to Envision A Better Built Detroit. Are Architects Ready?, Railroad Track in Detroit. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.com
Railroad Track in Detroit. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.com

There is an intimate connection between people, power, poverty and place and there is no better city in the world to see this than Detroit. With the impending bankruptcy we cannot lose sight of the human issues that face our city.

For decades money and power have moved away from Detroit’s center. The complex reasons for this are well known so there is no need to rehash them here. Even in the face of city government’s failure to manage its assets properly, this is changing. There is slow and halting movement back to the center.The movement back to the center is a good thing for many reasons. It will help bolster the tax base and that is the basic financial problem the city faces. But more importantly it will create a stronger spatial connection between power and poverty that we haven’t had in this region for a century.

Power will see poverty and poverty power. They will feel each other’s existence. They will see the humanity of each side and be nudged to recognize the shared responsibility caring for this shared place. This is how successful vital, dense urban cities operate. There is an acceptance of diversity on all levels. Barriers are reduced and human interaction encouraged. This is how creativity is bred. Exposure to diverse people, places and ideas excite and promote the imagination and a sense of the common good that includes everyone.

Successful Workplaces Balance Focus and Collaboration, Gensler Study Finds

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
AOL Offices by Studio A + O . Image © Jasper Sanidad
AOL Offices by Studio A + O . Image © Jasper Sanidad

Gensler, who recently topped out on the world's second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, have just released a report outlining the keys to designing a successful workplace. Using their custom 'Workplace Performance Index' they surveyed 2035 office workers in the US to find out what makes employees happy and productive in their workplace.

One surprising result which they uncovered is that, in opposition to the trend of workplaces being designed to encourage collaboration, workers are actually spending more time on focused, individual tasks than they were 5 years ago. Consequently, over 50% of respondents said that they were distracted by others when they needed to focus. What's more, the survey found that when employees could not focus individually, collaborative work was also less productive.

Read on after the break to find out more results from the survey

Cube House / Plasma Studio

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
Cube House / Plasma Studio, © Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    39030 Sexten, South Tyrol, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Collaborators

    Angelika Mair, David Preindl, Daniela Walder
  • Structural Engineering

    Ingenieurgemeinschaft Team 4
  • Service Engineering

    Ekon Bruneck
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma +17

SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio

00:00 - 11 August, 2013
SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

This 33-story SOHO Hailun Plaza is currently being constructed in the dense city of Shanghai. Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the plaza will include a 130-meter office tower and five mixed-use podiums. The design, by UNStudio, treats each structure as a set of objects shaped by the flow of commuters. Each facade will be cloaked in a similar, faceted texture that will “change in appearance when approached from different directions.” 

Cau i balcó / Tallerdarquitectura

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
 Cau i balcó / Tallerdarquitectura, Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura
Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rupià, Girona, Cataluña, Spain
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura

Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura Courtesy of Tallerdarquitectura +9

2Day Languages / Masquespacio

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
2Day Languages / Masquespacio, © David Rodríguez
© David Rodríguez
  • Interior Design

  • Location

    Antiguo Reino 15, Valencia, Spain
  • Design

    Ana Milena Hernández Palacios
  • Project Area

    183.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez +17

The Flinders Street Station "People's Choice Award" Winning Proposal / Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
The Flinders Street Station "People's Choice Award" Winning Proposal / Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina, Courtesy of Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina
Courtesy of Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina

Although ultimately not chosen by the jury, who favored HESSELL & Herzog de Meuron's plan, this proposal by Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina for the rejuvenation of Flinders Street Station garnered the most votes from the public, winning the People’s Choice Award. The 'Courtyard Within a Station' concept seeks to activate the north bank of the river, as well as the western end of the site, and to improve the connection to Federation Square; the idea was to not only make the station a significant transportation node within Melbourne, but a new social and cultural center for the city. More images and architects' description after the break.

AD Classics: Ville Radieuse / Le Corbusier

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
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via land8.com

Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) is an unrealized urban masterplan by Le Corbusier, first presented in 1924 and published in a book of the same name in 1933. Designed to contain effective means of transportation, as well as an abundance of green space and sunlight, Le Corbusier’s city of the future would not only provide residents with a better lifestyle, but would contribute to creating a better society. Though radical, strict and nearly totalitarian in its order, symmetry and standardization, Le Corbusier’s proposed principles had an extensive influence on modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies.

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Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten, © Milad Pallesh
© Milad Pallesh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client

    Vereniging Elzes
  • Structural Engineer

    Duyts Bouwconstructies BV
  • Contractor

    Wever Bouwgroep BV
  • Contributors

    Merel Martens, Dingeman Deijs, Jasper Hermans,  Santiago Baltar Bescansa, Gert-Jan van Laar, Quinten Savarit
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh +29

Palmas Seis House / POMC arquitecto

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
Palmas Seis House / POMC arquitecto, © Maggie  Manzano
© Maggie Manzano
  • Architects

  • Location

    ZAPOPAN, JALISCO
  • Project Architect

    Paul Octavio Medina Campuzano
  • Collaborators

    Alejandro Apolinar, Judy Jimenez, Roberto Machuca
  • Project Area

    390.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Maggie Manzano

© Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano +16

Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

00:00 - 11 August, 2013

This Parisian ghost town in Tianducheng, China has become the archetype of China's architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home. 

Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games

00:00 - 11 August, 2013
Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games, Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Beyond 2012 is a new website launched by the British Design Council to tell the story of how the London 2012 Olympic Games were designed. The site explores how the best British designers were brought in to create the products, fashion, graphics, digital design, and of course the architecture that made the 2012 games a fantastic worldwide spectacle. See the full website here.

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / AVA

01:00 - 11 August, 2013
Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / AVA, Courtesy of AVA
Courtesy of AVA

Designed by AVA (Andrea Vattovani Architecture), their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History not only creates an icon for the city, but their intervention is able to emphasize and further develop the city structure. Since a box-like form didn‘t seem to be the best solution for integrating the museum in its surroundings, they took special notice of the urban surroundings and protected monuments in the development process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

17:30 - 10 August, 2013
© Shigeru Ban Architects
© Shigeru Ban Architects

With ever-expanding traveling exhibitions attracting over 35,000 yearly visitors from around the globe, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has outgrown their cozy 9,000 square foot facility in which they have called home since their established in 1979. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design the new museum, being the first museum he has constructed in the U.S. The project is set for completion in August 2014. Continue reading for more information.

The Wellin Museum of Art / Machado and Silvetti Associates

01:00 - 10 August, 2013
The Wellin Museum of Art / Machado and Silvetti Associates, © Anton Grassl / Esto
© Anton Grassl / Esto

© Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto +14