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A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism, The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel
The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel

Modernism and socialism formed the powerful spacio-political tandem of the 20th century that shaped much of the urban and rural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, including Estonia and its capital Tallinn. Those environments are still there - like fossils of paradigms, one declared dead, the other exiled. Today we consider them as nothing more than a collection of somewhat interesting material substances or formal oddities - after all, we would rather like to believe this era is not relevant to us today. But is there more to those fossils that we’re not examining?

The architects and researchers that were brought together by the Tallinn Architecture Biennale raised interesting discussion and questions that showed how much intertwined history (in this case, the 1960s to the 1980s) and historical ideas are still with us today, especially in a world where freedom might be just as illusional as it was back then.

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”

00:00 - 2 January, 2014
Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”, SkyCycle. Image © Foster + Partners
SkyCycle. Image © Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The seemingly plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved. 

"SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city," said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain's National Byway Trust. "By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters."

Joi Ito Explains His Theories of Organic City Design

00:00 - 2 January, 2014
Joi Ito Explains His Theories of Organic City Design, Joi Ito. Image © Flickr CC User Nokton
Joi Ito. Image © Flickr CC User Nokton

As part of their coverage of the Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation, Grasp Magazine interviewed Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab. He voices his opinion that current strategies for masterplanning do not work, as designers struggle to reliably "predict and cause a future to occur" (a better approach is to enable and empower innovation on a grass-roots level); that designers need to find the right balance between intuition and data; and that new technologies should not just improve existing systems, but preferably overhaul them entirely. You can read the full article here.

Logytel I+D / Alarcón + Asociados

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Logytel I+D / Alarcón + Asociados, Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus
Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus

Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Punto Es, 4, 28805 Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
  • Associated Architect

    Cristina Álvarez
  • Area

    4700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alarcón + Asociados, Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus

Convertible Courtyards House / Christopher Megowan Design

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Convertible Courtyards House / Christopher Megowan Design , © Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

© Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning +17

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach, © Eugeni Bach
© Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Floridablanca-Comte d'Urgell, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
  • Constructor

    Oak 2000, S.L.
  • Collaborators

    Albert Cabrer
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Refurbishment for Tobías & Reme / Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Refurbishment for Tobías & Reme  / Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Petrer, Alicante, España
  • Interior Design

    Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos
  • Design Team

    Pablo Muñoz Payá, Natalia Blanco Bayón
  • Project Area

    204.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SPAR Flagshipstore / LAB5 Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
SPAR Flagshipstore / LAB5 Architects, © Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    MOM Park Bevásárlóközpont, 1123 Budapest, Alkotás Street 53, Hungary
  • Design Team

    Linda Erdélyi, András Dobos, Balázs Korényi, Virág Anna Gáspár
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Mecanoo's Francesco Veenstra on "Sustainability as Social Responsibility"

00:00 - 2 January, 2014

Francesco Veenstra, one of six partners at the Dutch practice Mecanoo and Lead Architect on a number of major projects in the United Kingdom, recently spoke to Mies. UK about the practice's approach to design and their unique take on sustainability. Having recently completed a major public building in Birmingham (which was put to the vote and won the AJ's 2013 Building of the Year), and with more in the pipeline, the practice's international outlook is growing. How has the practice's design methodology and core ideas influenced this success? Read more after the break.

How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process

00:00 - 2 January, 2014
How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process, A scheme to paint a whole favela in Rio de Janeiro, successfully funded via Kickstarter in October. Image Courtesy of Favela Painting’s Kickstarter Page
A scheme to paint a whole favela in Rio de Janeiro, successfully funded via Kickstarter in October. Image Courtesy of Favela Painting’s Kickstarter Page

In this interview with Grasp Magazine Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, explains his belief that in order to develop solutions to the complex problems found in cities, the only successful approach is from the bottom-up. In order to make this possible, he says, we need to democratize the design process by encouraging and empowering more people to engage in design, by operating with 'codes' rather than 'blueprints' which invite further contribution. Platforms like Kickstarter are one way that this process is already in motion. You can read the full article here.

Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio , © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Landscape Architects

    Studio on Site
  • Collaborators

    Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
  • Area

    23320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Center for Interpretation of Jewish Culture Isaac Cardoso / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em linha

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Center for Interpretation of Jewish Culture Isaac Cardoso / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em linha, © FG + SG
© FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG +18

Hillside House / AR43 Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Hillside House / AR43 Architects, © Albert KS Lim
© Albert KS Lim

© Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Caldecott Close, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Lim Cheng Kooi, Bima Ario Bagaskoro, Tracy Tan
  • C&S Engineer

    MSE Engineering & Management Consultants
  • M&E Engineer

    GIMS & Associates Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyor

    RJ Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Builder

    Bestec Construction Pte Ltd
  • Landscaper

    Nature Landscape
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Case / Jun Igarashi Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Case / Jun Igarashi Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +19

Photographer Victor Enrich Reshapes an Existing Hotel, 88 Times

00:00 - 1 January, 2014

Architectural photographer Victor Enrich has shared with ArchDaily a series of 88 images — one for every key in the classical piano —  exploring the various formal possibilities of the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. "I found it beautiful," says Enrich, "to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano." See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break.

house BRZ / P8 architecten

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
house BRZ / P8 architecten, © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +28

New building for the University- and State-Library Fulda / ATELIER 30

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
New building for the University- and State-Library Fulda  / ATELIER 30, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +21

Advanced Engineering Building / Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +17