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TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

“If there is any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis.”

In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the “half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.

Aravena also emphasized the importance of community participation in his projects, saying: “We won’t ever solve the problem unless we use people’s own capacity to build.” Watch Aravena’s full talk above and take a peek at some of his key projects below. 

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena +11

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards, Chifley Square. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
Chifley Square. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture Awards. A total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. "Projects honored include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat." View them all, after the break. 

The Commons. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects UQ Advanced Engineering Building. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects GASP! Stage 02. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects +86

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

CEMEX has announced both the international and national winners of the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction both internationally and within Mexico. All projects were reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of some of the most important and prestigious representatives of the industry at an international level.

The international awards recognizing housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. Finalist projects ranged from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, covering a range of countries and architectural styles.

The CEMEX Building Award is itself a unique piece of art created by Mexican sculptor Miguel Angel Gonzalez and made out of black marble and concrete. 

Read on after the break for both the international and national winners…

Light Matters: 7 Ways Lighting Can Make Architecture More Sustainable

00:00 - 6 November, 2014
Light Matters: 7 Ways Lighting Can Make Architecture More Sustainable, Sustainable lighting at HDI Gerling Headquarters. Architects: ingenhoven architects, www.ingenhovenarchitects.com. Lighting design: Tropp Lighting, www.tropp-lighting.com. Image © Hans Georg Esch, www.hgesch.de
Sustainable lighting at HDI Gerling Headquarters. Architects: ingenhoven architects, www.ingenhovenarchitects.com. Lighting design: Tropp Lighting, www.tropp-lighting.com. Image © Hans Georg Esch, www.hgesch.de

Sustainable lighting design offers various well-being and environmental benefits in addition to economic advantages for clients and users. Although daylight provides a free lighting source,  for most spaces the amount and time of daylight is not sufficient and electrical lighting is necessary. A focus on sustainability becomes essential for minimizing energy consumption and improving the quality of life. Even though efficiency has significantly increased with LED technology, electrical lighting is still more widely used. Often the ambition for renovations or new applications goes along with a higher quantity of lighting instead of finding a better lighting quality with an adequate amount of energy.

Read on after the break for Light Matters’ 7 fundamental steps to achieve sustainable lighting.

SANAA and Jean Nouvel Among Seven Invited to Design Hungarian Museum Complex

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
SANAA and Jean Nouvel Among Seven Invited to Design Hungarian Museum Complex , Liget Budapest Competition Entry (click for more). Image © Fundamental
Liget Budapest Competition Entry (click for more). Image © Fundamental

An international jury behind Budapest’s new National Gallery has launched a second and invited competition for a select few of the industry’s best after the first, open competition lead to “disappointing” results. Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, SANAA and Snøhetta have been asked to submit proposals for a 5-building museum complex on the edge of Városliget, one of the city’s main parks. It will house the new National Gallery, the Ludwig Museum, an ethnography museum, architecture museum and photography museum. 

The competition, known as the Liget Project, is being directed by jury members Wim Pijbes, the director of the Rijksmuseum, and Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre in Paris.

Cantilevered Abstract Product / Re-Act Now

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Cantilevered Abstract Product / Re-Act Now, © Andrei Margulescu
© Andrei Margulescu

© Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Design Team

    Mario Kuibus, Andrei Cebotaru, Laurentiu Coceanga, Adela Antoniu, Alina Stoica, Maria Ungureanu, Raluca Genoiu, Andrei Egl
  • Area

    2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Monohaus / Zanderroth Architekten

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Monohaus / Zanderroth Architekten, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges +13

Luanda Multisports Pavilion / Berger Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Luanda Multisports Pavilion / Berger Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Luanda, Angola
  • General Coordination and Architecture

    Francisco Berger, Miguel Berger, Nuno Fialho, Paulo Simões, Rodrigo Silvestre, Tiago Calais, Sérgio Calais, Sérgio Catalão, Claúdia Leal, Miguel Outeiro, Bruno Madaleno, Diana Peralta
  • Area

    30000.0 m2
  • Photographs

"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects, Site: Sous-station Voltaire (11e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris
Site: Sous-station Voltaire (11e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris

The City of Paris has called upon the architects of the world to propose "innovative urban projects" to reimagine the city's urban future. As the first competition of its kind in the world, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her Deputy, Jean-Louis Missika, will "select and implement the new forms of buildings that will shape the future of Paris," putting innovation at the top of the criteria. Offering 23 sites, located in the centre of Paris and on the peripheries, the City is convinced that "the challenges faced by the world can be addressed through local answers." According to the Mayor, "from today, world creators are given carte blanche to reinvent the ways of living, working and trading in Paris." "Surprise us!"

Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery

00:00 - 6 November, 2014
Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery, AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers. Image © conservapedia.com
AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers. Image © conservapedia.com

Yesterday, during the opening of a new photography gallery, Centre Pompidou president Alain Seban announced the contemporary art museum will soon open a new design and architecture gallery inside the famed Renzo Piano- and Richard Rogers-designed building. “Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we'll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable," said Seban. “When allocating the spaces, the works and the visitors have to take precedence."

Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Ehrlich Retreat +  / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
© Benny Chan / Fotoworks

© Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks +20

Dansanli House / ADF Architects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Dansanli House / ADF Architects, © Park Young-Che
© Park Young-Che

© Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che © Park Young-Che +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daegu, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim Honggeun
  • Design Assistant

    Lee Donggeun
  • Area

    205.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Redux House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

00:00 - 6 November, 2014
Redux House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bragança Paulista, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co-architect

    Samanta Cafardo
  • Design Team

    Beatriz Meyer, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski, Henrique Bustamante
  • Studio Team

    Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Renata Furlanetto
  • Interior Design

    Diana Radomysler
  • Area

    679.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

NORD Wins Competition to Design Marine Education Center in Malmö

00:00 - 6 November, 2014
NORD Wins Competition to Design Marine Education Center in Malmö , View from sea. Image © NORD Architects
View from sea. Image © NORD Architects

NORD Architects has released designs for a new Marine Education Centre in Malmö, Sweden. The Copenhagen-based practice, awarded the commission through an invited competition, hopes to “blur the distinction between architecture and landscape” with a facility that helps users gain a “deeper understanding of marine life.”

“With the changing climate, rising oceans and increased severity of cloudbursts, there is a need more than ever to understand the profound influence that marine life and the oceans have on our lives”, says Johannes Molander Pedersen, partner at NORD Architects.

Dineen Hall at Syracuse University College Of Law / Gluckman Mayner Architects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Dineen Hall at Syracuse University College Of Law / Gluckman Mayner Architects, © Ty Cole
© Ty Cole

© Ty Cole © Ty Cole © Ty Cole © Ty Cole +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Syracuse University, 1045 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203, USA
  • Area

    200000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Images of SOM's Completed One World Trade Center in New York

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Images of SOM's Completed One World Trade Center in New York, © James Ewing OTTO
© James Ewing OTTO

The first tenant has moved into the One World Trade Center, making Monday, November 3, the official opening of the (arguably) tallest building in the Western hemisphere 13 years after the tragedy of 9/11. The “extraordinary moment was passed in the most ordinary of ways,” described the New York Times, as employees of Conde Nast entered into the white marble lobby (taken from the same quarry that produced marble for the original twin towers) and headed straight to the elevators to start their work day.

To celebrate its completion, renowned architectural photographers Iwan Baan and James Ewing took it to the sky to capture the One World Trade Center in all its glory. The images, after the break.

Social Center Luz Soriano / ARQX Architects

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Social Center Luz Soriano  / ARQX Architects, © Sonia Arrepia
© Sonia Arrepia

© Sonia Arrepia © Sonia Arrepia © Sonia Arrepia © Sonia Arrepia +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua 8 41, 4150-734 Porto, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Miguel Meirinhos, Pedro da Graça Lopes
  • Area

    870.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Menerung House / Seshan Design Sdn Bhd

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Menerung House / Seshan Design Sdn Bhd, © Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio

© Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Design Team

    Ramesh Seshan, Jeslyn Ko, Edmund Low, Aron Beh, Murugadass Ganathipan
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs