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Viñoly's London Skyscraper "Bloated" and "Inelegant"

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
Viñoly's London Skyscraper "Bloated" and "Inelegant", 20 Fenchurch Street ('Walkie-Talkie) / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Jason Hawkes
20 Fenchurch Street ('Walkie-Talkie) / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Jason Hawkes

In a review of Rafael Viñoly Architects' , which is also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' or 'Walkie Scorchie' after it emerged that its façade created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars, Rowan Moore questions London's preoccupation with iconic buildings and its money-driven planning schemes. Using 20 Fenchurch Street as a key example, Moore argues that not only does the building seem "to bear no meaningful relationship to its surroundings," but its Sky Garden - a terrace at the top of the building which claims to be "the UK’s tallest public park" - is a symbol of a bewilderingly unbalanced economy.

District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates, © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo
© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, USA
  • Landscape Architect

    Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc
  • Hacin + Associates team

    David Hacin, President; Scott Thomson, Project Architect; Matthew Arnold, Project Manager; Nicole Fichera, Designer
  • Reed Hilderbrand Team

    Gary Hilderbrand, Principal; Chris Moyles, Principal/Project Manager; Ryan Wampler, Associate; Leslie Carter, Designer
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Herzog & de Meuron Considered for London’s Chelsea FC Stadium Expansion

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
Herzog & de Meuron Considered for London’s Chelsea FC Stadium Expansion, Herzog & de Meuron's "Bird Nest" in Beijing. Image © Flickr CC License / DPerstin
Herzog & de Meuron's "Bird Nest" in Beijing. Image © Flickr CC License / DPerstin

Herzog & de Meuron is said to be collaborating with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to explore options for expanding the Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge home stadium in west London. According to a report by the Architects’ Journal, news of the possible expansion first broke last June, after considerations of relocating the stadium were heavily criticized by the public.

The stadium, originally designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch and built in 1876, has already undergone several renovations. Chelsea FC hopes to increase its capacity from 41,837 to 60,000, as well as provide a new decking over the railway line on the east and north sides of the building. 

More from Chelsea FC regarding the expansion, after the break.

New City Square in Perth Reconnects Urban Landscape, Honors an Indigenous Warrior

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
New City Square in Perth Reconnects Urban Landscape, Honors an Indigenous Warrior, Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority of Perth has released conceptual images for what is to become the city’s latest public space, designed by a team comprised of Aspect Studios, Iredale Pedersen Hook, and Lyons Architecture. With construction to begin in mid-2015 and slated for completion in 2017, the square takes its name from Yagan, an Indigenous Australian warrior of Perth’s local Noongar people. Integral to early resistance against British colonization, Yagan’s tenacity, leadership, and subsequent execution by settlers have cemented his role in Indigenous Australian folklore. Read more about this significant acknowledgement of Indigenous history after the break.

Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority + 7

MR House / Luciano Kruk Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
MR House / Luciano Kruk Arquitectos      , © Daniela Mac Adden
© Daniela Mac Adden

© Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Esmeralda, Argentina
  • Collaborators

    Belén Ferrand, Ekaterina Künzel, Federico Eichenberg, Pablo Magdalena
  • Project Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ada Louise Huxtable: “A Look at the Kennedy Center”

00:00 - 4 January, 2015
Ada Louise Huxtable: “A Look at the Kennedy Center”, Kennedy Center. Image via Wikipedia
Kennedy Center. Image via Wikipedia

Architecture critic Alexandra Lange recently stumbled upon “On Architecture” - an Audible.com collection of over 16 hours of Ada Louise Huxtable’s best writings from the New York Times, New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal and more. Displeased with the narration, Lange has taken it upon herself to read Huxtable’s 1971 New York Times critique “A Look at the Kennedy Center” in honor of its “many famous witticisms." Give it a listen, here.

Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana, Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana
Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xinsheng Park, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Area

    6185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Competition Entry: Sang-Uk & Heeyun's Proposal for Copenhagen's New Modern Library

00:00 - 4 January, 2015
Competition Entry: Sang-Uk & Heeyun's Proposal for Copenhagen's New Modern Library, © Sang-Uk & Heeyun
© Sang-Uk & Heeyun

Sang-Uk & Heeyun has shared with us their entry for the AWR Copenhagen New Modern Library Competition. Centered around park, sea, and the city, the undulating ribbed library aims to connect to its surroundings seamlessly. “The form of building reflects the idea of continuous and extended circulation from everywhere to everywhere,” says Sang-Uk & Heeyun.

PN House / ZD+A

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
PN House  / ZD+A, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Rafael Gamo © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani + 19

Liget Budapest Awards Graeme Massie Architects' Museum of Ethnography Third Place

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Liget Budapest Awards Graeme Massie Architects' Museum of Ethnography Third Place, Garden View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects
Garden View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects

Recent participants in the Liget Budapest design competition, Graeme Massie Architects have taken home third place for their proposed Museum of Ethnography design. The museum, one of five museums planned for the Liget Budapest development, is located at the very corner of Budapest City Park and is meant to act as a welcoming landmark for the city. Graeme Massie fulfills this requirement in a unique fashion, creating a building that is instantly recognizable, but still manages to blend with its surroundings. Learn more, after the break.

Permanent Exhibition Space. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Children's Museum. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Tower View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Lobby. Image © Graeme Massie Architects + 39

Research Institute / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Research Institute / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Henrique Reinach e Maurício Mendonça
  • Coordinator

    Camila Osele
  • Collaborators

     Victor Gonçalves, Tony Chen, Mariana Picolo, Fernanda Almeida, Luena  Vettorazzo, Tais Vieira, Yuri Chamon, Paula Leal, Pedro Tavares, Caio Tritto, Olivia  Uliano, Alessandra Musto, Ayla Barros, Paulo Scheuer, Barbara Rubira
  • Project Area

    467.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: Rem Koolhaas and Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Architecture and Technology

00:00 - 4 January, 2015

How will technology that began in Silicon Valley change global urbanism and the elements of architecture? In this video from the 2014 Venice Biennale, inventor, designer and entrepreneur Tony Fadell discusses technology and its emerging impact on architecture with Rem Koolhaas. As a co-founder of Nest Labs, Fadell played a major role in developing the first Apple iPod and has taken his knowledge of interactive user interface with him to change one of the most basic interface elements in our homes – the thermostat. With adaptive technologies becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives, Koolhaas discusses the potential ramifications of technological architecture with concerns ranging from privacy to individual freedoms and more. 

Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award Rewards Diversity in Religious Design

00:00 - 4 January, 2015
Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award Rewards Diversity in Religious Design, St. Gregory’s Church Agrigento, Italy Pellitteri & Associati Studio. Image © Alessia Riccobono
St. Gregory’s Church Agrigento, Italy Pellitteri & Associati Studio. Image © Alessia Riccobono

Originally published by The Huffington Post as "These Religious Architecture Award Winners Evoke The Sacred In Unconventional Ways," this article reveals the winners in the 2014 Religious Art & Architecture Award run by Faith & Form, an organization dedicated to promoting the architecture of worship.

What makes a space sacred?

If the winners of Faith & Form's 2014 Religious Art & Architecture award are any indication, it may be something different every time. A high ceiling, curved walls, stained glass windows or lush landscaping -- no two winners are alike, and yet each offers viewers a fresh way of interacting with the divine.

Take a look at some of Faith & Form's 2014 award and honor award winners for religious architecture after the break

© Peter Calvin © Paul Lukez Architecture © Alan Karchmer © David Sundberg/Esto + 19

Sipan Residential Building / RYRA Studio

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Sipan Residential Building  / RYRA Studio, © Mehdi Kolahi
© Mehdi Kolahi

© Parham Taghioff © Mehdi Kolahi © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tehran, Tehran, Omidvar, Jamshidieh Park, Iran
  • Architect in Charge

    Abbas Riahi Fard , Farinaz Razavi Nikoo
  • Design associates

    Ali Ashouri,Ashkan Bagheri Aghdam,Saeed Bamdadi, Mehdi Yaghoubian
  • Detail design team

    Mahmoud Abbasi,Navid Nasrollahzadeh,Yaser Karimian,MinaVakili,Atefeh Lotfollahi, SoudehShahabi, Reyhaneh Rezaei
  • Area

    12600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cardedeu Chapel / EMC Arquitectura

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Cardedeu Chapel / EMC Arquitectura, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador
  • Project Team

    Walberto Lara, Georgina Alfaro
  • Project Area

    2446.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Why Spaces Shouldn't Be Described as "Masculine" or "Feminine"

00:00 - 4 January, 2015
Why Spaces Shouldn't Be Described as "Masculine" or "Feminine", The interior design of bedrooms is often described as "feminine". Image © robinimages2013 via Shutterstock
The interior design of bedrooms is often described as "feminine". Image © robinimages2013 via Shutterstock

What is the most misused word in the world of architectural writing? Could it be "iconic"? What about "innovative"? The staff over at Curbed have a nomination: referring to spaces as either "masculine" or "feminine." In an op-ed published last month, they write that "the people who write about decor and design need to stop describing spaces with gendered terms," arguing: "Let's say two spaces were written up in a decor blog, and one was described as masculine, and the other feminine. Which would have white walls? Which would have raw concrete floors? ... If these have fairly easy answers, it's because we're in the realm of stereotype."

"Juxtaposition" Challenges Designers to Envision Hip Hop-Inspired Building Forms

01:00 - 3 January, 2015
"Juxtaposition" Challenges Designers to Envision Hip Hop-Inspired Building Forms, © Juxtaposition
© Juxtaposition

What happens at the intersection of urban culture and architecture? How can the four elements of hip hop (DJing, MCing, Breaking and Graffiti) inspire the built environment? Participants of JUX.TA.PO.SI.TION are encouraged to create a sketch using mediums of their choice to depict new building forms, urban design concepts, and/or architectural products inspired by the four foundational elements of hip hop. This international competition is open to all individuals including students, graffiti artists, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, muralists, etc. You can complete the free registration form and find more information, here

Goycolea Building / FG arquitectos

01:00 - 3 January, 2015
Goycolea Building / FG arquitectos, Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos)
Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos)

Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfredo Fernández Recart, Enrique Colin Altuzarra, Matías González Rast
  • Area

    15562.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014