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154 Rental Social Housing And Public Building For The Barcelona Municipal Housing / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: c/ Navas de Tolosa - c/ Indústria, Barcelona, Spain
  • Arquitectos a Cargo: ONL arquitectura - Joan Nogué , Txema Onzain , Félix López
  • Collaborators: Llorenç Vallribera, Sílvia Ocaña, Martin Álvarez, Leonardo Fernández, Gianluca Giaccone
  • Installations: FONT I ARMENGOL S.A.
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Budget: € 11,347,427
  • Promotor: Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge de Barcelona
  • Area: 18,790 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Gianluca Giaccone

© Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone © Gianluca Giaccone

Hornsbergs Strandpark / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

  • Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
  • Location: Kungsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Landscape Architect: Nyréns Bengt, Jacob Almberg, Ronny Brox, Magdalena Francis Kovic, Cecilia Jarlöv. Peter Kinnmark, Ulrika Lilliehöök, Staffan Malm
  • Constructor: Omniplan Cornelius Oskamp
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Quotes from Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)

To honor the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died today, we've selected few of his inspiring quotes. Take a moment to read his words, which truly advocate architecture's higher purpose, and remember the great work he accomplished...

Perhaps his most famous quote, which not only describes his work but also his way of life: "I deliberately disregarded the right angle and rationalist architecture designed with ruler and square to boldly enter the world of curves and straight lines offered by reinforced concrete. […] This deliberate protest arose from the environment in which I lived, with its white beaches, its huge mountains, its old baroque churches, and the beautiful suntanned women."

More after the break:

Oscar Niemeyer, My Dear Old Friend

Oscar Niemeyer, Vinicius de Moraes, his wife Lila, and Tom Jobim
Oscar Niemeyer, Vinicius de Moraes, his wife Lila, and Tom Jobim

Vinicius de Moraes, a Bossa Nova legend (and composer of “The Girl from Ipanema”), met Oscar Niemeyer at the Café Vermelhinho in Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s. They first worked together on de Moraes’ play, "Orpheus of Conceição," in 1956 (Niemeyer designed the set). In light of Oscar's death, we bring you this short text, translated from the original Portugese, that Vinicius wrote in the 60s about his dear friend, Oscar.

There are few testimonials I have read that are as exciting as Oscar Niemeyer’s account of his experience in Brasília. 1  For those who know only the architect, the article could pass as a self-serving defense - the justified revenge of a father who, despite his gentle temperment, fought for his child[, his Brasilia - a city] at the mercy of the world. But for those who know the man, the article takes on even more dramatic proportions. For Oscar is not only the opposite of an activist, he’s one of the most anti-self-promotional beings I've met in my life.

His modesty isn’t, as it so often is, a shameful form of vanity. It has nothing to do with his down-to-earth expertise, which Oscar has thanks to his professional value and possibilities. It is the modesty of a creator truly integrated with life, who knows that there is no time to lose, that we need to build beauty and happiness into the world, because the individual is fragile and precarious. This poignant sentiment, of the fragility and precariousness of things, plays in Oscar in a higher key (only further highlighting the dignity of this man and artist); it’s never been a self-serving sentiment, but one for mankind in general, for whom he hopes to make a better future.

Summit Series To Get Its Own Mountain Village Eden

Summit Series, a popular conference that TechCrunch describes as “Part Burning-Man, Part TED,” has just acquired 10,000 acres outside of Salt Lake City, where they hope to develop a “500-home village to foster startups, artists, thinkers, and nonprofits who will build their own version of utopia.”

The Complete Works of Oscar Niemeyer

Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

With his incredibly prolific portfolio of architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world, over his 104 years. The Brazilian great is proof that quantity needn't destroy quality.

Check out the extensive list of Niemeyer's major works, after the break...

Church in Pampulha. Photo © Paul Clemence House at Canoas. Photo courtesy of ETSAM Matarazzo Pavilion. Photo © Flickr User ArtExplorer Cathedral in Brazilia. Image © Flickr User el_floz

Qingtao Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio

  • Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
  • Location: Qingtao, China
  • Landscape Architects: E Design
  • Client: Qingtao Vanke
  • Area: 1,850 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Daycare Center For Disabled Children / Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié

  • Architects: Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié
  • Location: Cahors, France
  • Associated Architect: F. Martinez
  • Assistants Architects: S. Nichele, A Tajerrashti
  • Collaborators: J.Avignon, P.J.Artins, Y.Chereau, I.Roig, N.Arnal
  • Engineers: IES
  • Client: APAJH
  • Area: 1,390 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié

Courtesy of Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié Courtesy of Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié Courtesy of Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié Courtesy of Atelier d'Architecture Laurent Tournié

Fillmore Park / David Baker + Partners Architects

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners Architects
  • Location: 1345 Turk Street, San Francisco, United States
  • Design Team: David Baker, Peter MacKenzie, Ian Dunn
  • Site Area: 26,708 sqf
  • Client: Michael Simmons Property Development
  • Area: 44,330 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

St. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL Architecture

Courtesy of OFL Architecture
Courtesy of OFL Architecture

Stemming from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies, the competition winning proposal for the St. Horto project by OFL Architecture fits perfectly within the project area in Rome. By redefining the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions, the architects create a dynamic and attractive space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA Ranks Columbus, Indiana as US's 6th Most Architecturally Important City

The 166-foot high campanile, or free-standing bell tower, of The First Christian Church, designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, in Columbus, Indiana. Completed in 1942, it was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches of contemporary architecture in the United States. Photo via Flickr User CC clarkmaxwell
The 166-foot high campanile, or free-standing bell tower, of The First Christian Church, designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, in Columbus, Indiana. Completed in 1942, it was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches of contemporary architecture in the United States. Photo via Flickr User CC clarkmaxwell

New York, San Fran, Chicago…Columbus, Indiana. Which of these doesn’t go with the others? Well, according to the AIA, none. Columbus, Indiana, a small town of about 44,000 has been ranked by the AIA as the nation’s 6th most architecturally important city, right after Washington DC. So what’s so special about Columbus? Apparently, a 1950s philanthropist by the name of J. Irwin Miller took it upon himself to foot the bill for any new public building in the city. The result? Today, Columbus has more than 70 buildings designed by internationally renowned architects – including I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Harry Weese. Check out a Video on Columbus “The Athens of the Prairie,” after the break…

Cultural Center Pontault Combault / Archi5

© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion

Architects: Archi5 Location: Pontault Combault, France Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Thomas Jorion

© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion
© Thomas Jorion

“Pig-Ugly” Housing Gives Development A Bad Name, Says UK Planning Minister

The minister branded housing developments like Harrisons Wharf (pictured) as "pig-ugly," an insult to the community. Image via the Daily Mail
The minister branded housing developments like Harrisons Wharf (pictured) as "pig-ugly," an insult to the community. Image via the Daily Mail

For once, British architects, the Prince’s Foundation, and NIMBYs have something they can all agree on. In a speech to the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), UK planning minister, Nick Boles, has come out swinging against the “pig-ugliness” of British housing, which has given it a bad name: “We are trapped in a vicious circle. People look at the new housing estates that have been bolted onto their towns and villages in recent decades and observe that few of them are beautiful. Indeed, not to put too fine a point of it, many of them are pig-ugly In a nutshell, because we don’t build beautifully, people don’t let us build much. And because we don’t build much, we can’t afford to build beautifully. My personal mission as planning minister is to help us break out of this vicious cycle once and for all.” The criticism has been welcomed by many British architects as a necessary wake-up call for Britain and a call-to-action for its architects. More on this story, after the break…

Films & Architecture: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Going back to the times when cinema was recorded with no colours or sound, the German film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” by Robert Wiene is a masterpiece that utilizes fully stylised sets with abstract spaces to represent different scenes. It’s considered one of the most influential movies of German expressionism, since many of the film’s unusual characteristics (from the geometric nature of the sets to the actors’ costumes) were decades ahead of their time.

Have you seen this classic? What do you think about how silent-era films depict space?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Passive House School Winning Proposal / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

Courtesy of Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Courtesy of Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) shared with us their winning proposal for Nya Kollaskolan, which is expected to be the largest passive-house school in Sweden, as well as one of the largest passive house buildings in the country. A centerpiece in the new Kollastaden area in the center of Kungsbacka, the school will supplement the existing school, built in 2000, and host around 360 students and 75 employees. More images and architects’ description after the break.