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Photography: When World Fairs End / Jade Doskow

Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Photo © Jade Doskow.
Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Photo © Jade Doskow.

Since 1851, World Fairs have offered glimpses into specific moments in time - giving us insight into what was once innovative, high-tech, and down-right radical. But the structures, the icons of each Fair, don't always stand the test of time - no matter their architectural pedigree. In Flushing Meadows Park, New York, for example, Modernist icon Philip Johnson's 1964 New York State Pavilion now stands neglected, overgrown in ivy. Mies van der Rohe's German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Expo was promptly demolished (although eventually reconstructed). 

On the other hand, the Eiffel Tower, although considered "vulgar" in its day (1889), was maintained because its height made it well-suited for emitting radio signals; it's now Paris' most important tourist attraction. 

The fate of World Fair Structures is the theme of New York-based photographer, Jade Doskow, who has already shot 19 former World’s Fair sites. Take a peek at Doskow's images and find out how World Fair structures have fared, some better than others, after the break...

Brussels 1958 World's Fair, "A New Humanism," Atomium, 2007. Photo © Jade Doskow. Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," (Alexander Calder) L' Homme, 2012. Photo © Jade Doskow. Knoxville  1982 World's Fair, "Energy Turns the World," Sunsphere, 2009. Photo © Jade Doskow. Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Habitat '67, 2012. Photo © Jade Doskow.

Video: Alpine Hut / OFIS Arhitekti

OFIS Arhitekti shared with us a video they put together for their project, Alpine Hut. Situated in a small Alpine village, part of Triglav national park with very strict rules of construction and architectural design, the client bought the site together with existing construction permit for the generic project. Basically, the main task was to give the hut a new look, create a new veranda around the house and position the openings towards the views and increasing its sustainability.

Light Forest: Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects

Situated in the new green heart of Helsinki, the ‘Light Forest’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library intends to replace the existing green that the architects will subtract to the park in a perfectly controlled indoor environment. Occupying 4500m² of the site, MenoMenoPiu Architects decided to conceive the building as a tree forest enclosed in a climatic box, in which the structure represents the causality of the wood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The ABI's Up, But Is Building Really Making A Comeback?

via designbuildsource.com
via designbuildsource.com

As a follow up to a previous post we recently published regarding the positive look on the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), forward-looking indicators for building and construction activity have been turning increasingly positive over recent months, which is the good news. Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the US is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending ‘fiscal cliff’. To be sure, the good news is not evenly spread across sectors and regions. Buoyed by lower interest rates, growing demand for rental accommodation and the progressive subsiding of the mortgage crisis, the residential building sector (57.3) is improving quickly whereas activity in commercial and industrial building remains flat. More information after the break.

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXVI

Photo by asli aydin – http://www.flickr.com/photos/asli_aydin/
Photo by asli aydin – http://www.flickr.com/photos/asli_aydin/

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. The photo above was taken by asli aydin in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.

BIG and OMA Neck-to-Neck For Miami Beach Convention Center

Courtesy of Curbed Miami
Courtesy of Curbed Miami

High profile architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels) and OMA (Rem Koolhaas) are in a close battle to win the redevelopment competition for the design of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Recently put on hold by a corruption probe and procedural concerns, Miami Beach’s ambitious plans to create a 52-acre convention center district are again progressing toward a crucial vote by elected officials. The committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by interim City Manager Kathie Brooks, who will issue her own recommendation to city commissioners. Commissioners could vote on the project and development teams Dec. 12. More information after the break.

Video: In Conversation with David Adjaye

NAVER MOBILE APP SQUARE / URBANTAINER

Previously limited to particular locations, Naver App was delivered all around the nation using a ‘kit-box’ concept. With the addition of a ‘kinetic’ element to the existing over-sized delivery box concept, the new Naver App Square, designed and constructed by URBANTAINER has evolved into a giant moving gift box. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Montepedroso Wineyards / 3.14GA

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Architects: 3.14 GA Location: Rueda, Valladolid, Spain Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Jara Varela

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Pont de Singe Installation / Olivier Grossetête

Building on a previous piece entitled “Suspension Bridge, the passage”, Olivier Grossetête’s ‘Pont de Singe’ in the UK is a model of floating bridge attached to helium balloons, thus taking literally the term “suspension bridge “. The object aims to connect two mobile spaces, questioning its usefulness. This bridge becomes a floating symbol of all relationships, and embodies the space surrounding its slight movements caused by our air movement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry / Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Proposed by Talmon Biran Architecture Studio, the Yad Le’Banim building is located within an existing grove at the local council of Ramat Yishay, Israel, which provides a unique opportunity to integrate landscape with the architectural design. This setting doesn’t only add a visual values for the building, but also adds and symbolic aspect – the trees which are seen from all the building’s façades create an image that expresses the relation between life and death, between growth and loss. This relation is inherent in the definition of the Yad Le’Banim buildings as cultural and educational centers on the one hand, and as a memorials on the other hand. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Bay House / Roger Ferris + Partners

  • Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
  • Location: Sag Harbor, NY, USA
  • Design Team: Roger Ferris, AIA, RIBA, Robert Marx, AIA, Myron Mirgorodsky, AIA, Tiziano Fabrizio
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
  • Mechanical: D'Antonio Consulting Engineers
  • Area: 6,400 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Arch Photo Inc, New York

© Arch Photo Inc, New York © Arch Photo Inc, New York © Arch Photo Inc, New York © Arch Photo Inc, New York

115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

  • Architects: Paragon Architects
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Interior Architecture: Paragon Interface
  • Structural Engineer: Sotiralis Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor: Schoombie Hartman
  • Contractor: WBHO/Tiber
  • Developer: Zenprop
  • Area: 100000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrew Bell

© Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell

Abbotsford Residence / Chan Architecture

© Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

Giordano / Binocle

  • Architects: Binocle
  • Location: Oleggio, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Lorenzo Bini
  • Client: Laura and Luigi Giordano
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Giovanna Silva

© Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva © Giovanna Silva

Kindergarten and after-school Care Center / Alexa Zahn architects

© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus
  • Architects: Alexa Zahn architects
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: Alexa Zahn, Barbara Schwab
  • Building Physics: Office Krückl, DI Thomas Seidel
  • Statics: Office H+W, Werkraum Wien (competition)
  • Area: 1,200 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds

Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizum.
Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizum.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam  is known for her massive, colorful architectural sculptures/playgrounds. The most famous example of her work is the expansive net-structure inside the "Woods of Net" Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan - which Horiuchi MacAdam knitted, entirely by hand, over the span of a year

We took a moment to speak with Ms. Horiuchi MacAdam about the Pavilion and her other works, how they bridge the worlds of art and architecture, and how they irresistibly invite the world to play. You can read our interview, and see more images of her fascinating work, after the break...

© Masaki Koizum © Masaki Koizum Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizum. Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizum.

Montebello 332 / Jorge Bolio Arquitectura

  • Architects: Jorge Bolio Arquitectura
  • Location: Mérida, México
  • Design Team: Jorge Bolio, Jesús Sosa, Erika Novelo
  • Interior: Carlos Jorge Macari
  • Structure: Carlos Cárdenas Pinelo
  • Construction: CAPRO S.A. de C.V.
  • Plot: 600 sqm
  • Area: 635.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: David Cervera Castro

© David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro