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From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City, Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned cities, the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China - take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated skyscrapers, towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here

Exploring A Radical Future For Our Urban Waterways

00:00 - 4 November, 2014

In the third and final installment of their micro documentary series on architecture and waterEllis Woodman and a team at the Architectural Review (AR) have collaborated with architects, developers, urbanists and thinkers to examine the latent connections between water infrastructure and our built environment. Taking a journey by narrowboat through , the film explores the radical ideas which may offer the keys to unlocking the potential of the urban waterway. Through recreation, interaction and radical ideas such as floating parks, amphibious houses and new public wetlands can the river become a living part of the city?

Audi Centre Singapore / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Audi Centre Singapore  / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © Aaron Pocock
© Aaron Pocock

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock +38

Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA, © Felix Krumbholz Photography
© Felix Krumbholz Photography

© Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography +28

Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects, © Scott Frances/OTTO
© Scott Frances/OTTO

© Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO +14

Montessori School Waalsdorp / De Zwarte Hond

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Montessori School Waalsdorp  / De Zwarte Hond, © ScagliolaBrakkee
© ScagliolaBrakkee

© ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utenbroekestraat 6, 2597 PH The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Developer

    Bouwonderneming Stout B.V., Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Flora 22 / Despacho22

14:00 - 3 November, 2014
Flora 22 / Despacho22, © Livia Radwanski
© Livia Radwanski

© Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Ricardo Nurko, Arlette Danae Montes, Alejandro Gonzalez
  • Photographs

The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century, Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier
Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier

The relationship between immortality and architecture is ancient one. Writing in The New Yorker, Alexandra Lange discusses the past and future of cemetery design in relation to a new exhibition on display in New York. Featuring a selection of 1300 individual mausoleum designs stored in Columbia University's archives, Lange notes how "patrons weren’t picky about originality. In the late nineteenth century, memorial companies might just bring back a shipment of angels from Carrara to be distributed among future clients." These "rural estates in miniature" eventually gave way to more contemporary designs which dabbled in Realism and Cubism. What will the people of today house their remains in? For Lange, "the design we take personal pleasure from everyday is now less likely to be architecture and more likely to be an interface." Read the article in full here.

TED Talk: How to Reinvent the Apartment Building / Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Nearly 50 years after realizing Habitat ’67, when the need for high quality affordable housing is at an all time high, Moshe Safdie is expanding on his ideas first explored in the stacked Montreal utopia to discover just how natural light and the feeling openness can be achieved in today’s megalopolises. Watch as Safdie makes a case to do away with the high-rise in the short TED Talk above. 

Tinman House / Junsekino Architect And Design

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Tinman House  / Junsekino Architect And Design, © Spaceshift studio
© Spaceshift studio

© Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio +35

The Corten House / DMOA Architecten

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
The Corten House / DMOA Architecten , © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kontich, Belgium
  • Collaborators

    Benjamin Denef, Matthias Mattelaer, Stefanie Dieleman, Charlotte Gryspeerdt, Lien Gesquiere, Koen Paridaens engineering
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Seto / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Seto / Mount Fuji Architects Studio, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Design Team

    Masahiro Harada + MAO, Naoto Ishii, Tetsuya Mizukami
  • Area

    1934.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Quilotoa Shalalá Overlook / Jorge Javier Andrade Benítez + Javier Mera Luna + Daniel Moreno Flores

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Quilotoa Shalalá Overlook / Jorge Javier Andrade Benítez + Javier Mera Luna + Daniel Moreno Flores, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Daniel Moreno Flores © Lorena Darquea +28

Autodesk Announces $100 Million Investment in 3D Printing

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
Autodesk Announces $100 Million Investment in 3D Printing, Many groups are working on innovative 3D Printing technologies, such as Emerging Objects' designs for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects
Many groups are working on innovative 3D Printing technologies, such as Emerging Objects' designs for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects

Autodesk has announced a new program which aims to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund will invest in innovative entrepreneurs, startups and researchers in the 3D printing field who "push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industrial revolution."

The investment fund has been developed alongside Autodesk's recently released Spark software, a free and open 3D printing platform which connects a wide range of 3D printing hardware and design software, and can work with any material. The company hopes to encourage the 3D printing community to build upon and improve this software.

More on the fund after the break

Öijared Hotel / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Öijared  Hotel  / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +15

Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba, © Olya Eichenbaum
© Olya Eichenbaum

© Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tamara Muradova
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Four Steps to Fix the Global Affordable Housing Shortage

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
Mirador Housing Project by MVRDV in Spain aligns with McKinsey's goals for affordable housing. Image © Flickr User Wojtek Gurak; Licensed via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Mirador Housing Project by MVRDV in Spain aligns with McKinsey's goals for affordable housing. Image © Flickr User Wojtek Gurak; Licensed via Creative Commons

According to global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, the projected cost of providing affordable housing to 330 million households around the world currently living in substandard accommodation is $16 trillion USD. The firm's latest report, A Blueprint for Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge, assesses critical pathways for providing housing to families across a range of socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities. According to the report, adequate and affordable housing could be out of reach for more than 1.6 billion people within a decade. The comprehensive report examines everything from income to cost of heating, boiling down the data into four key mandates aimed at solving the global housing crisis. 

The proposed solution is one of ascending goals, similar to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, with a four-tiered plan targeted towards households earning 80% or less of the median income for any given region. The program is designed to meet McKinsey's 2025 Housing Challenge which aims to provide housing to a projected 440 million households worldwide within ten years through community engagement,  gathering funding, appropriate delivery of housing models, and creation of governmental infrastructure to sustain housing. 

Find out the four steps to solving the global affordable housing shortage after the break

Video: Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Crosses Chicago's "Skyscraper Canyon"

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Last night, thousands in Chicago turned out to cheer on tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, as he performed two tightrope walks involving some of the Windy City's most famous buildings: Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City Apartments and Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates' Leo Burnett Building. Wallenda set two Guinness World records, the first for the steepest ever tightrope walk as he climbed from the 588-foot Marina City to the 671-foot Leo Burnett Building, and then for the highest blindfolded tightrope walk as he crossed between the two Marina City towers. The stunt was covered live by Discovery, whose footage comes replete with dramatic sweeping shots of a mid-walk Wallenda, made miniscule against the backdrop of Chicago's famous Skyscraper Canyon.