Video: Central Saint Martins / Stanton Williams


Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, has a new home quite different to the buildings it inhabited previously. Designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, the brand new campus behind King’s Cross is a space certainly worth exploring. Crane.tv took a tour of the building speaking to architect Paul Williams and Head of College Jane Rapley along the way to hear more about the new campus and why the building will induce even more ambition from staff and students as they move into the future.

The Architect Critic Is Dead (just not for the reason you think)

Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy of Flickr user CC Stuck in Customs

As you may have heard,The New Yorker’s Architect Critic, Paul Goldberger, is leaving for Vanity Fair.

If this registers no reaction from you, let me explain why it should. is the crowned prince of criticism. He began his career at The New York Times in 1972, where he worked under Ada Louise Huxtable, our reigning critical queen, and where he won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1997, he switched media empires:

“I thought it was as perfect a life as you could have,” Goldberger told The Observer, “to spend half your career at , half at The New Yorker.”

But, after years of “fighting for adequate space” in an increasingly shrinking column, Goldberger won’t be finishing his writing days as Architect Critic of The New Yorker, but as Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair.

Many will conclude that this is a death knell for architecture; that if architecture cannot justify its own column at The New Yorker, one of the most influential publications in the world, then it must no longer be deemed relevant. This is what happened when Michael Kimmelman, an Arts reporter with no architectural training was appointed to cover architecture at The Times. Critics tweeted: “NYT to Architecture of NYC: Drop Dead” and “Architecture: you’ve been demoted.”

I too will add a cry to the din: “The Architecture Critic is Dead!” But you know what? Good riddance. Because criticism hasn’t died the way you think. It’s just been changed beyond recognition. And frankly, for the better.

Read more on the transformation of architecture & its criticism after the break…

Playtime / TETRARC

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Architects: TETRARC
Location: ,
Client: Lamotte Construction, IRSS
Design Team: Michel Bertreux, Patrick Moreuil, Daniel Caud, Louise Follin, Frédérique Raynal
Plan Area: 3,800 sqm
Total building cost: 8,2 M€ TTC
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

   

3×9 House / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio – Hiệp Hòa Nguyễn, Nhơn Quí Nguyễn
Location: , Vietnam
Project Area: 27 sqm
Completed: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

   

Hotel Aliah / Hiperstudio + Arkiz

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The Aliah Project, a hotel for a green World Cup, designed by Hiperstudio + Arkiz has been awarded as the winner of a competition organized by Aliah, a company which promotes sustainable development through practices and businesses that are profitable with a positive socio-environmental impact. A sustainable luxury hotel complex for the 2014 World Cup, their design serves as a model of sustainable architecture by disseminating innovative concepts that promote a green lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Independencia Public Library / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Av. Independencia 1101, Independencia District, , Chile
Project Architects: Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G., Diego Achurra Q., Claudio Santander L.
Design Team: Camila Perez A., Fernando Tocornal C., Alfonso Kunstmann M.
Completion: 2009
Gross Floor Area: 1,091 sqm
Budget: $ 594,33,.419 CLP / U$ 1,188,665
Client: Independencia Municipality
Structural Engineering: Claudio Hinojosa Torra
Contractor: Constructora Sinamaika Ltda
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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New Våler Church Proposal / We Are You

The proposal for the new church in Våler by We Are You… plays an important role in the landscape marking a new chapter in the history of Våler and presenting itself as a public meeting place for the people. This

Portland Street Duplex / MPR Design Group

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Architects: MPR Design Group
Location: , New South Wales,
Design Team: Kevin Ng, Luke Durack and Brian Meyerson
Completion: 2011
Area: Approximately 750 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

   

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‘LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition’ Exhibition

Three companies demonstrated their commitment to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. by recreating significant works in LEGO® bricks in the spirit of the Museum’s current and landmark exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. These three new models, containing more…

Block 64 / Loos Architects

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Architects: Loos Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: De Principaal / De Key, Amsterdam
Design: Miguel Loos
Design Team: Tamara Hopman, Ewoud Ruifrok, Jacco van der Linden, Belen Ramirez, Raoul Vleugels, Luca Miserocchi, Zuzanna Bujacz, Katarina Vranova
Completion: 2011
Building Costs: € 10,250,000 – (excl. VAT)
Floor Area: 10,600 sqm
Photographs: Allard van der Hoek

Steigereiland / diederendirrix

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Architects: diederendirrix
Location: Steigereiland, , The Netherlands
Area: 270 sqm
Client: Mr. van Bree, Mrs. van Winden
Project Team: Paul Diederen, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels
Photographs: Arthur Bagen

Demolishing Freeways and Reviving American Cities

San Francisco Embarcadero © Russell Mondy

As cities grapple with budget cuts and rising infrastructure costs, the value of removing costly freeways has been gaining more attention. Boulevard conversions are now being considered as a cost-effective, practical alternative to rebuilding expensive expressways. At first, most residents gasp at the thought of removing their local freeway and for good reason; it seems counterintuitive. Nobody likes it when their drive home is prolonged due to heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we should make our freeways wider! Not tear them down…right?

John Norquist, former Mayor of Milwaukee (1988-2004), current CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and author of The Wealth of Cities, was recently interviewed by Next American City to discuss highway removal and “our congestion obsession”. Norquist’s best known achievement as Mayor of Milwaukee was demolishing the Park East Freeway – 1960s-era expressway that restricted access to the city’s downtown.

Continue reading after the break for more on this subject and to view the top twelve freeways pending their demise.

Volksschule Wallenmahd / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

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Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: , Bachmähdle, Austria
Client: Stadt Dornbirn
Project Years: 2010 – 2011
Floor Space: 2,000 sqm
Volume: 17,500 cbm
Building Costs: 4.5 million Euro
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

   

Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA

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Architects: Studio GGA
Location: Jardim América district, São Paulo,
Completion: 2012
Total Area: 145 sqm
Project Designers: Gianpaolo Granato, Pedro Domingues Silva, Leandro Gushiken, Edson Maruyama e Marcela Arone.
Photographs: Fran Parente

Video: Panel Discussion on Filming Architecture

Imagine Jeanne Gang’s Starlight Theater. You are standing under the origami-shaped roof as it begins to open like petals on a flower. One moment you are sheltered by a heavy metal roof and the next you are staring up at the blue sky. Many expect architectural filmmakers have the goal of recreating architectural experiences such as these, however architectural filmmaker Red Mike disagrees. He believes film is not meant to compete with the actually experience of architecture, but rather “help communicate architecture for the betterment of architecture.”

In this panel discussion architecture critic Edward Lifson, architecture film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, architecture filmmaker Red Mike and architecture critic Lee Bey discuss the different art forms of architecture, film and digital photography. Join the discussion and share your thoughts as they compare an architectural filmmaker to a “bird watcher”, an architectural photographer to a “hunter” and question whether architectural film and photography has physically changed the way we design.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital / HKS Architects

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Arizona’s Phoenix Children’s Hospital, designed and renovated by HKS Architects, is an 11-story tower facility that is one of the largest pediatric campuses in the country.  The building is part of a larger campus and a part of Phoenix’s community, which was a factor in determining the aesthetics of the new architecture.  The design team was challenged to enhance the campus, improving upon its existing planning and flexibility, and staying true to the facility’s vision of providing children’s care in a comfortable atmosphere.

More on this project after the break.

 

Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters

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Born in Munster – Germany and now based in Berlin, Christian Richters‘ working area is currently all over Europe, the USA and Asia, shooting projects for some renown architects like Bernard TschumiToyo ItoZaha HadidUN Studio and David Chipperfield among others. He studied design and photography at the Folkwang Art School in Essen, but it was architecture that finally drove his career to the next level… And we are very lucky for that. He now works with VIEW Pictures, where you can check out his extensive portfolio of amazing architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I have always been photographing – it started as a hobby when I was a young boy, and already then it was buildings, streets, industrial sites, ships which fascinated me.

After finishing my studies at Folkwang Art School in Essen, Germany, I initially mainly photographed historic architecture for books and magazines. In the early 1990s there was a shift towards contemporary architecture, and more and more architects were becoming my clients. This is what I am focussed on today, but I still maintain working on long-term historic projects for book publishers or NGOs.

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New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation / Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects

New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation, taking place April 20-21 in New York, will include two events on young architects & architecture practices by Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects…. The events introduce the most interesting young, up-and-coming