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Padre Rubinos / Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Padre Rubinos / Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos, Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo  Arquitectos
Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo  Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo  Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo  Arquitectos Courtesy of Elsa Urquijo  Arquitectos +21

Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center, South East . Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects
South East . Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

In preparation for groundbreaking, Bernard Tschumi Architects have released the final design for the ANIMA (Arts, Nature, Ideas, Music, Action) cultural center in Grottammare (Ascoli Piceno, Italy). The 30-meter “perfect square” will offer the Piceno region and the Adriatic coast a public centre for collecting and cultivating the broadest manifestations of artistic, creative and productive culture. 

An animation, the architect's description and more images after the break.

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL, © ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic
© ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Team

    Alejandro Aravena, Juan Cerda
  • Collaborators

    Samuel Gonçalves, Cristián Irarrázaval, Álvaro Ascoz, Natalie Ramirez, Christian Lavista, Suyin Chia, Pedro Hoffmann
  • Area

    8176.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Pernick Academic and Administration Building / Amir Mann- Ami Shinar Architects and Planners

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Pernick Academic and Administration Building  / Amir Mann- Ami Shinar  Architects and Planners, © Aviad Bar Ness
© Aviad Bar Ness

© Aviad Bar Ness © Aviad Bar Ness © Gal Dern © Aviad Bar Ness +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Architect in Charge

    Amir Mann
  • Design Team

    Sivan Ravid-Hecht, Associate Architect in charge, Slavik Chokler, Michal Shalom, Hedya Aharonov.
  • Client

    Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Prof. Yuli Tamir, President; Dror Kave, CEO.
  • Area

    4250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

The Berlage Archive: Thom Mayne (1996)

00:00 - 22 September, 2014

In this 1996 lecture Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne describes his views of architectural theory and his unique approach to the architectural process at a time when firms had begun the transition to 3D digital models. As one of the founders of Santa Monica based firm Morphosis, Mayne speaks about the evolution of their built and unbuilt projects in the late 70s and early 80s by giving insights into three general topics including objects, context, and the role of nature in architecture. His discussion touches on everything from music and art, to philosophical questions regarding the process of architecture and its role in society.

In the development of his first projects, Mayne reveals a preoccupation with objects, their materials, and their relationship to the craft of architecture. He also describes how context shapes his designs, using the example of his Sixth Street House of 1983. For him, the project's site in Los Angeles was particularly influential to his work in the way that it is a “prototype of the modern metropolis” in which “…there’s no inside, there’s no outside, there’s no way of perceiving it, its growing, its moving, its changing, quicker than one can absorb it.” These notions of context were reflected in many later works, and tied into his interest in “the space between randomness and order.”

Xten Architecture's Austin Kelly on Context, Flexibility and Open Source Design

00:00 - 22 September, 2014
Openhouse, a design by Xten Architecture in California
Openhouse, a design by Xten Architecture in California

Xten architecture is a California and Switzerland based practice lead by couple Monika Häfelfinger and Austin Kelly. Recently joining the open source architecture platform Paperhouses with the Box House, Austin Kelly spoke with Paperhouses founder Joana Pacheco about architecture, sustainability, construction and working internationally.

Read on after the break for the interview.

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition , Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition. Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design +20

Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners, © Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

© Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Scott Adams, AIA © Scott Adams, AIA +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    203 East Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
  • Principal In Charge

    Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Team

    Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
  • Area

    22800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Diébédo Francis Kéré and Architectural Energy in Burkina Faso

00:00 - 21 September, 2014

"Architecture is much more than art. And it is by far more than just building buildings" says award winning Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. In the latest video from Louisiana Channel, Berlin-based Francis Kéré deliberates on the purpose of architecture in a changing society and the influence exerted by his home nation, Burkina Faso. For Kéré, context and medium are key: "I try to use local material: mostly clay and wood, to create buildings that are modern," he says. Kéré's clay modernism represents a new Burkina Faso, using natural and renewable materials as shown in School Library Gando. "If we build with clay we will have a better future, because we will use the resources we have," he adds. 

"My people are proud, and that can deliver a lot of energy," says Kéré, optimistic for the future of architecture in Burkina Faso. Watch the video above to find out more about Kéré's approach to his European-based African practice, and read on after the break for ArchDaily's own Interview with Kéré from July.

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced, Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea
Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break...

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood - Vienna, Austria. Image Courtesy of Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos +28

Get Swinging in Boston on these Glowing LED Hoops

00:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Höweler + Yoon Architecture
© Höweler + Yoon Architecture

In Boston, playgrounds are no longer just for kids. Twenty LED-lit circular swings have been installed outdoors as a part of "Swing Time," Boston's first interactive sculpture installation. The hanging, glowing orbs are a twist on traditional rubber-and-rope swings, dangling from a minimal steel structure similar to those used in conventional playgrounds. LED lights embedded in the swings activate and change color as each swing moves, returning to a dim white light when static. The piece is designed to blend Boston's design community with its expanding technology sector while playfully engaging residents. 

Take a seat in "Swing Time" with more photos and info after the break.

© Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture +17

The North Rhine-Westphalia Contribution–Floriade 2012 / RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Johannes Czerniejewski, Katharina Thoma, Jean Müller, Joachim Evers
  • Design Team

    Architekturbüro Rhunau, jangled nerves gmbh, Schraps & Vogel Garten- und Landschaftsbau GmbH, Grote Bedachungen, Lohmann GmbH, Reko Automatiktüren GmbH
  • Cooperation

    Rhunau Architekten
  • Area

    2450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten © Thomas Mayer Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten +14

S House / VTN Architects

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
S House / VTN Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Tân An, Long An Province, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

00:00 - 21 September, 2014
goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle, open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio
open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named "wa_sauna", requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm's Kickstarter page, here. More images after the break.

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport, Courtesy of JAHN
Courtesy of JAHN

Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new Mexico City International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's winning design, JAHN's proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of ADG

Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN +8

Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +8

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +22

The Slow Death of the Corporate Architecture of Exclusion

00:00 - 20 September, 2014
The Slow Death of the Corporate Architecture of Exclusion, Though still admired, Mies van der Rohe's signature office buildings are clear symbols of the 'Mad-Men' era. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Though still admired, Mies van der Rohe's signature office buildings are clear symbols of the 'Mad-Men' era. Image © Samuel Ludwig

Of all the changes in architectural typologies in recent years, one of the most dramatic - and the most documented - is the transition from corporate to more casual, 'fun' office buildings. This change has infiltrated companies from tiny 5-person start-ups to Silicon Valley giants, and while it has been pioneered by tech and media companies it has certainly not been limited to them.

Most analysis of this change focuses on work patterns created by new technology or the demands of the 'millennial' worker, but this post originally published on Means the World - the blog of NBBJ - examines the shift away from the corporate office as a product of not just what these building are but what they represent about us as a society, arguing that "when today's workers look at the midcentury office, they see a symbol of exclusion."