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City As A Vision: Tribute to Michel Ragon

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
City As A Vision: Tribute to Michel Ragon, Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre
Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Architects have always questioned what the cities of the future will look like. In the 1960s and 70s, one of the most prominent advocates of this field of "futurology" within architecture was historian and critic Michel Ragon. In an upcoming exhibition entitled City As A Vision, the FRAC Centre pays tribute to Ragon by presenting both historical and prospective urban concepts by architects throughout the last fifty years.

Superstudio Monumento Continuo, New New York, 1969 © Archive Superstudio, Florence. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre Jozef Jankovic Železničná stanica Kúty, zvlášť pre českú a slovenskú dráhu, 1974 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre Günther Domenig et Eilfried Huth Ragnitz, 1969 - 2001 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre OMA Qianhai Port City, Concept of masterplan, 2010 © OMA. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre +13

Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Exhibit / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan +15

Textilmacher / tillicharchitektur

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
Textilmacher / tillicharchitektur, © Michael Compensis
© Michael Compensis

© Michael Compensis © Michael Compensis © Michael Compensis © Michael Compensis +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Munich, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Kurt Tillich
  • Area

    1135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

State of Exception: Spacelab’s Weekend Monditalia Special

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
State of Exception: Spacelab’s Weekend Monditalia Special  , Courtesy of Spacelab
Courtesy of Spacelab

From August 23-24, Italian architecture firm Spacelab’s State of Exception curatorial project will be featured at the Monditalia section of the 2014 Venice Biennale. State of Exception will involve 12 intellectuals, designers and bloggers in a two-day round table discussion on the themes of the project: conservation and the state of exception, looking both within and outside Italy. The innovative event also seeks to generate involvement and discussion beyond the walls of the Arsenale, and will feature an open call for images representing the event's core themes via Instagram and Twitter.

As one of the countries with the most significant historic and natural heritage in the world, Italy implemented bodies and strict regulations for its preservation over a century ago. “But conservation for conservation spawned two paradoxes: on the one hand the unruly entropic drift for anything that is not covered by the rules of preservation. On the other hand, autistic immobility within the enclaves of conservation, which don’t allow the freshness and openness to the differences that have always marked the history of Italian architecture,” Spacelab writes in a project description. Through State of Exception, Spacelab seeks “to promote ‘ad absurdum’ arguments regarding Italy's problematic relationship with its context and its historical legacy,” bringing attention to these issues both inside and outside Italy.

For more details on State of Exception and to find out how you can contribute images, read on after the break...

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly, A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger
A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to cities in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.

St. Petersburg Calls for New Pier Design Submissions

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
St. Petersburg Calls for New Pier Design Submissions, St Petersburg's pier as it is today. Image © Flickr CC User Robert Neff
St Petersburg's pier as it is today. Image © Flickr CC User Robert Neff

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida is once more seeking candidates for the design of its new pier. The call comes two years after a pier design by Michael Maltzan Architecture was selected over rival schemes by BIG and West 8, but was eventually turned down after significant public criticism. To avoid a repeat of that incident, the current selection process for candidates and their subsequent proposals will incorporate more community input.

More on the competition after the break

Resin Interpretation Centre / Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
Resin Interpretation Centre / Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez, Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez
Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez

Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez Courtesy of Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Molino, 21, 47330 Traspinedo, Valladolid, Spain
  • Area

    234.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Montville Residence / Sparks Architects

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
Montville Residence / Sparks Architects, © Christoper Frederick Jones
© Christoper Frederick Jones

© Christoper Frederick Jones © Christoper Frederick Jones © Christoper Frederick Jones © Christoper Frederick Jones +26

Influential Scottish Architect Andy MacMillan Dies Aged 85

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
Influential Scottish Architect Andy MacMillan Dies Aged 85, © RIAS
© RIAS

Professor Andy MacMillan, one of Scotland's most important post-war architects, died suddenly this weekend during this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Awards visits. Macmillan was a professor at the Glasgow School of Art from 1973 to 1994, and a partner at Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1966. More on MacMillan's legacy after the break.

4 Dwellings With Courtyard / SMF Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
4 Dwellings With Courtyard / SMF Arquitectos, © Albano Garcia
© Albano Garcia

© Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tolosa, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Speroni, Martinez, Flores
  • Collaborator

    Dario Michalko
  • Project Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Albano Garcia

Drawings from Famous Architects' Formative Stages to be Exhibited in St. Louis

00:00 - 17 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum

As a student of architecture, the formative years of study are a period of wild experimentation, bizarre use of materials, and most importantly, a time to make mistakes. Work from this period in the life of an architect rarely floats to the surface - unless you're Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, that is. A treasure trove of early architectural drawings from the world's leading architects has recently been unearthed from the private collection of former Architectural Association Chairman Alvin Boyarsky. The collection is slated to be shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, as a part of the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association from September 12th to January 4th, 2015. 

Take a look at the complete set of architects and drawings for the exhibition after the break.

Bernard Tschumi, #4 K Series, 1985. Study for La Case Vide: La Villette, Folio VIII, 1985. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Lebbeus Woods, Center for New Technology, Montage 1, 1985. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), The Pleasure of Architecture, 1983. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Coop Himmelblau, Super Spaces, c. 1969. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum +10

Early Excellence Centre Munich / Boesel Benkert Hohberg Architekten

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
© Henning Koepke
© Henning Koepke

© Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke © Henning Koepke +12

Brasov Tower / Point 4 Space

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Brasov Tower  / Point 4 Space, © Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

© Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir © Cosmin Dragomir +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu, Brașov, Romania
  • Architects in Charge

    Radu Enescu, Constantin Goagea, Justin Baroncea
  • Photographs

"Atelier of the Future" Competition Results Announced

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
"Atelier of the Future" Competition Results Announced, First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński
First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński

The Atelier of the Future competition asked entrants to design a "creative and artistic vision of an atelier." Having been organised by FAKRO, in conjunction with A10 New European Architecture magazine, the proposals also were required to feature at least three FAKRO products (roof lights and windows) as part of a space which is functional, technologically astute, and able to "create the appropriate mood to stimulate creative visions."

With sixty two entries in total, a third of which were from Poland and 90% of which were from within Europe, the jury deliberated entries that "stimulated [their] imaginations and provoked a set of reflections about the possible futures of architecture and its fields for action." Divided among themes which ranged from projects associated with Industry, to Nature, to Water, entrants proposed solutions for "underwater resorts, skylofts, subterranean spaces, derelict areas, wheels of fortune and metabolist towers."

See the winning entries after the break.

First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał Lisiński Special Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka Wyrwas Special Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka Wyrwas Third Prize: Lightbox by Fabio Damiani, Daniele Cremaschi, Marco Quistini, Silvia Pezzetti +21

A Future Without Slums: Too Good to be True?

00:00 - 17 August, 2014
A Future Without Slums: Too Good to be True?, © Denis De Mesmaeker
© Denis De Mesmaeker

As the tide of urban migration sweeps across the developing world, cities experience an overpowering pressure to provide basic services such as electricity and sewage treatment to an enormous amount of people building illegal shacks on city outskirts. When they fail, the slum is born - but is it possible for a city to expand without slums? In Hanoi, Vietnam, officials hope to answer this question, with a number of tactics that have led to a "culture of semi-legal construction." Read this article in The Guardian to learn how Hanoi manages to curb slums and provide a basic standard of living to its poorest inhabitants.

Two Houses Conde / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Two Houses Conde /  Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +32

  • Architects

    Hitzig Militello Arquitectos
  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Hitzig, Leonardo G. Militello
  • Area

    182.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

00:00 - 17 August, 2014

"I feel a misfit in my own time," says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. "From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation," says Koolhaas, adding "I'm very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue."

Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA, © Ernests Sveisbergs
© Ernests Sveisbergs

© Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sigulda, Siguldas pilsēta, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Didzis Jaunzems, Klinta Pickaine
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs