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The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are, Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA
Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA

Zaha Hadid’s unfortunate comments in response to worker deaths on construction sites for the 2022 World Cup has made Qatar the eye of a storm that has been raging globally for decades. But it’s not just about Qatar. This has been an issue for as long as there have been construction sites and for as long as poor people have swarmed to them for a chance at a better life. 

Construction booms and migrant construction workers have always been two sides of the same equation, both dependent on the other, and, by the twisted logic of the global economy, both are the reason for the other’s existence. No migrant labor pool = no global city = no fantastic architecture, or something to this effect. 

The migrant workers are the silent collaborators in global architecture, the invisible, faceless, “untouchables” who make the cost-effective construction of these buildings possible.

Smiljan Radic to Design 2014 Serpentine Pavilion

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Smiljan Radic to Design 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, © 2014 Smiljan Radic Studio
© 2014 Smiljan Radic Studio

Joining the ranks of Sou Fujimoto (2013), Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012),Peter Zumthor (2011),Jean Nouvel (2010),SANAA (2009),and more, little-known Chilean architect Smiljan Radic will be the fourteenth architect to design London's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Renderings of his design reveal a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that rests on large quarry stones.The pavilion, to open June 26th, will remain in Kensington Gardens for four months.

Although Radic has constructed little outside his home country, his work has gained attention due to its versatility and attention to context. If you're unfamiliar, we recommend checking out Mestizo Restaurant, which similarly incorporates stone into its design, as well as his most recent. Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, of the Serpentine Galleries explained their choice: “We have been intrigued by [Radic’s] work ever since our first encounter with him at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2011 [sic]. Radic is a key protagonist of an amazing architectural explosion in Chile. While enigmatically archaic, in the tradition of romantic follies, Radic’s designs for the Pavilion also look excitingly futuristic, appearing like an alien space pod that has come to rest on a Neolithic site. We cannot wait to see his Pavilion installed on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn this summer.”

More info and images after the break…

Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station, Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité
Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité

Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, Omar Kobité Architecture and Eric Giudice Architects have been announced as winner of an international competition to design the new TGV high-speed railway station in Kénitra. The winning design aims to unite the northern and southern parts of the city by providing two entryways joined by one geometrical volume whose triangular framework recalls traditional shapes found in vernacular Moroccan architecture.

Berklee College of Music / William Rawn Associates

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Berklee College of Music / William Rawn Associates, © Bruce T. Martin Photography
© Bruce T. Martin Photography

© Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography © Bruce T. Martin Photography +13

Shirokane House / MDS

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Shirokane House / MDS, © Forward Stroke inc.
© Forward Stroke inc.

© Forward Stroke inc. © Forward Stroke inc. © Forward Stroke inc. © Forward Stroke inc. +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
  • Site Area

    64.49m2
  • Area

    102.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Pilar de la Horadada Promenade / Joaquín Alvado Bañón

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Pilar de la Horadada Promenade / Joaquín Alvado Bañón, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +32

Comisaría Provincial De Albacete / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Comisaría Provincial De Albacete  / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Albacete, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño
  • Area

    5265.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

It's Time to Quit Architectural Competitions

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
It's Time to Quit Architectural Competitions, Brown is critical of OMA's entry for 425 Park Avenue, believing that the pressure of the competition meant it was lacking in OMA's usual sophistication. Image Courtesy of OMA
Brown is critical of OMA's entry for 425 Park Avenue, believing that the pressure of the competition meant it was lacking in OMA's usual sophistication. Image Courtesy of OMA

In an interesting article for the Architects' Newspaper, Marshall Brown explains why competitions are bad for architecture (both the business and design) and challenges his fellow architects to kick the habit. While competitions used to drive architectural innovation, he says they have become little more than "fantastic and relatively affordable publicity" for the developers who commission them, with competition masters such as BIG driving "an arms race of gigantic object-scape." You can read the full article here.

Boucicaut / MG-AU

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Boucicaut / MG-AU, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +26

Holston River House / Sanders Pace Architecture

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Holston River House / Sanders Pace Architecture, © Bruce Cole Photography
© Bruce Cole Photography

© Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mascot, TN, United States
  • Design Team

    Brandon F. Pace, AIA LEED AP (Principal in Charge), Michael A. Davis LEED AP, Daniel A. Jones
  • Area

    3470.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House in Palm Springs / o2 Architecture

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
House in Palm Springs / o2 Architecture, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

© Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Jacinto, CA, United States
  • Builder

    D.W. Johnston Construction
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Latest Details Released on Koolhaas' Venice Biennale 2014 "Fundamentals"

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Latest Details Released on Koolhaas' Venice Biennale 2014 "Fundamentals", Elements of Architecture Stair - Models at the Friedrich Mielke Institute of Scalology. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Elements of Architecture Stair - Models at the Friedrich Mielke Institute of Scalology. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

UPDATE: In a press conference on Monday, Venice Biennale director Paolo Baratta and curator Rem Koolhaas expressed their commitment to using the event to highlight “things that architects can’t ignore.” These “Fundamentals” get back to the basic inventions of modernity, thus individual exhibitions will look to the “elementary particles of architecture.” Paying special attention to the developments of the past century, Baratta and Koolhaas hope that the event will serve as “a reference point and source of inspiration for architecture."

The Biennale website has posted new images and an expanded description of the Biennale and its events:

Fundamentals consists of three interlocking exhibitions – Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014Elements of Architectureand Monditalia – that together illuminate the past, present and future of our discipline. After several architecture Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will look at histories, attempt to reconstruct how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculate on its future."

Read on to learn more about architecture's most celebrated exhibition.

Monditalia – Corderie – Talks. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Monditalia – Corderie – Stages Axo. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Elements of Architecture Central Pavilion, Model in progress. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Elements of Architecture Roof - Yingzhao Fashi recreation. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia +17

New Shelter in Ruavieja / Sergio Rojo

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
New Shelter in Ruavieja  / Sergio Rojo, © José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Ruavieja, 42, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
  • Project Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    José Manuel Cutillas

Cobogó House / Ney Lima

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Cobogó House / Ney Lima, © Edgard Cesar
© Edgard Cesar

© Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Project Area

    120 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Venus Bay Beach House / MRTN Architects

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Venus Bay Beach House  / MRTN Architects, © Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venus Bay VIC 3956, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Antony Martin
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

INFOGRAPHIC: Materials in Architecture (A History)

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: Materials in Architecture (A History)

In case you missed it, we're re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate AD Materials turning two three (months that is), we decided to dig a bit deeper into the materials we know and love. What's their history? When did they first come to use - and where? How? If you want to know more about the lives - past and present - of concrete, glass, steel, and more, check out our fantastic new infographic after the break!

Francisco Ramírez 43 / Alter Arquitectura

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Onnis Luque © Luis Gordoa © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +27

AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act, Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis
Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA