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Grass Cave House / Makiko Tsukada Architects

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Grass Cave House / Makiko Tsukada Architects, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha +12

House In Costa Brava / Garcés - De Seta - Bonet

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
House In Costa Brava / Garcés - De Seta - Bonet, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +16

Fire Breaks Out at Glasgow School of Art

00:00 - 23 May, 2014

UPDATE: The Glasgow School of Art Media Centre reports "With the incident under control indications are the firefighters' efforts have ensured more than 90 per cent of the structure is viable and protected up to 70 per cent of the contents - including many students' work."

A serious fire has broken out at the Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1909 masterpiece. The extent of the damage is unclear at the moment, but BBC News is reporting that the fire is believed to have started in the basement, and has spread to the upper floors, where it is breaking windows and smoke is billowing from the building. Images, reactions and updates from twitter after the break.

Produtora Kana / AR Arquitetos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua João Moura, 1098 - Pinheiros, São Paulo, 05412-002, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Marina Acayaba e Juan Pablo Rosenberg
  • Collaborator

    Flávia Torres
  • Project Area

    136.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +24

Harvard GSD Releases Video of Study Abroad Studio with Rem Koolhaas

00:00 - 23 May, 2014

"We encounter similarities and difference, but what we encounter more than anything else is how intensely all these seemingly stable elements are evolving in time. Sometimes with acceleration, sometimes with moments of stagnation, but actually they are constantly changing. So what seemed to be a look at the repertoire is actually turning into a look at how nothing is stable." - Rem Koolhaas

The Harvard GSD has released a video from the Fall 2013 study abroad studio in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The students who relocated to Rotterdam for last year's fall semester worked on the "Elements of Architecture" exhibition that will open in the Central Pavilion during the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. Watch Rem and the students reflect on their research, after the break...

Tupper Home / Andrés Jaque

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Tupper Home / Andrés Jaque, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    Andrés Jaque, Pedro Pinto-Correia, Teresa del Pino, Helena Bartosova, Sarah Caperos, Rebecca Frisoli, Iris Hutinger, Pedro Pinto-Correia, Jorge Ruano
  • Structures

    Belén Orta
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Metamorphosis in Hong Kong Documented in 'Cocoon' Photo Series

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Metamorphosis in Hong Kong Documented in 'Cocoon' Photo Series, © Peter Steinhauer
© Peter Steinhauer

In 1994, a routine construction technique that has been practiced in Hong Kong for over 100 years caught the attention of photographer Peter Steinhauer - and led him to put almost a decade of work into capturing this unique urban phenomenon. The bamboo scaffolding and fabric wrappings he photographs serve the simple purpose of catching construction debris, but at a glance they look more like works by Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists that have made their name wrapping buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin.

The resulting photos showcase the colossal towers of Hong Kong wrapped in brightly-colored fabric; their usually varied facades are made monolithic, like a plastic massing model rendered full-size. Steinhauer named his photo series "Cocoons" due to the effect they create over time: the buildings metamorphose under cover and emerge transformed.

Read on for more photos of these urban cocoons

© Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer +24

AJ Ranks the UK's 100 Top Architecture Practices

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
AJ Ranks the UK's 100 Top Architecture Practices, © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been named the UK's biggest architecture practice for the third year running in the annual AJ100 run by the Architects' Journal. The list of the top 100 architecture practices in the UK, based on the number of fully qualified architects employed, was announced at an awards ceremony last night in London.

In the past year Foster + Partners has almost doubled its lead at the top of the list, with its 290 architects putting it 87 ahead of second-place rival BDP, showing how the practice dominates the architecture world not just culturally, but also in terms of business size.

See the top 10 UK practices, as well as the results of the accompanying AJ100 Awards, after the break

Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014, Courtesy of TEDGlobal 2014
Courtesy of TEDGlobal 2014

The world is experiencing exponential growth and Rio de Janeiro, a true megalopolis of six million people, is a prime example. Thus, TEDGlobal 2014 has announced they will be “setting up shop” in Rio’s Copacabana Beach theater in the search to find “fresh thinking” in emerging geographies. 

More than 40 speakers and performers have confirmed their attendance, each focusing on the “many facets of the Global South’s rise in influence and power” and relevant new stories from around the world. 

Register here and continue after the break for complete list of confirmed speakers and Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes’ TED Talk “Four commandments of cities”...

Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

This summer, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture Foundation will present Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, an exhibition exploring why people gravitate to (or avoid) civic spaces – the places between buildings where people can assemble. Curated by Thomas Mellins and designed by Athletics, the exhibition opens Thursday, June 12, 6:00 PM and runs through Saturday, September 6 in the main galleries at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. 

B House / Domenack Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
© Juan Solano Ojasi
© Juan Solano Ojasi

© Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi +16

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains High

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains High, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Future Trends Survey for April show that confidence among UK practices remains high at a Workload Index of +35, the same as in March. The positive figures came from across the board, with practices of all sizes and from all regions of the UK predicting increased workloads in the near future. However, after last months' survey showed Scotland as the region with the brightest outlook, the balance of power has shifted back to London, where architects reported the highest index of +45.

Classic Architecture with a Social Agenda (1960-Today)

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Classic Architecture with a Social Agenda (1960-Today), Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s designers focus all of their efforts on developing products and services for the richest 10% of the world’s customers.”  - Paul Polak, Design for the 90% [1]         

Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley © Matteo Brancali © Adam Hopfner, Yale School of Architecture via webster.edu +25

The vast majority of contemporary architectural practice today is service industry based, where a fee-paying client commissions a firm for a defined scope of services. Master of self-effacing cynicism Philip Johnson wryly accepted this structure, calling architects “high-class whores.” The recent surge of interest in designing for traditionally underserved communities, from groups such as Architecture for Humanity, MASS Design, Project H and Public Architecture challenges the traditional firm model. The Prizker Prize jury’s recognition of Shigeru Ban’s humanitarian designs highlights that high design and a socially conscious practice are not mutually exclusive.

Believing that architecture can alleviate societal ills and improve the quality of life for all people is not a new concept. Two eras, the 1920s and 1960s-70s, brought a social agenda to the forefront of the discourse. Hindsight reveals flaws of each. Modernism’s utopian visions for public housing and urban renewal are blamed for the detrimental impact of Post-WWII urban housing projects; participatory design in the 1960s and 70s is criticized for ceding expertise in the name of consensus, ending with projects that were no better than the status quo. Despite this, there are lessons to be learned from those who emphasized the social and humanitarian role of architecture.

Lima de Freitas School Renovation / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Lima de Freitas School Renovation / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos, © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos
© Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos

© Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos +25

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre  / DIALOG, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osoyoos, BC V0H, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruce Haden
  • Project Architect

    Brady Dunlop
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke, © Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
© Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile, which was designed by Libeskind in collaboration with the Italian company Casalgrande Padan, the “red serpentine-like” structure reinterprets the traditional Chinese Shitang (dining hall). 

Reforma Offices / Paola Calzada Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Reforma Offices / Paola Calzada Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuiabá - Mato Grosso, Brasil
  • Project Area

    300000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Nelson Kon