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School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +72

  • Architect

  • Location

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Associated Architects

    Cristián Irarrázaval, Francisca Rivera
  • Area

    4716.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photos

TED Talk: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work / Amanda Burden

00:00 - 25 April, 2014

Amanda Burden, former animal behaviorist turned New York’s chief city planner, has discovered what makes cities desirable: great public spaces. During her time with the Bloomberg administration, Burden oversaw the fruition of the city’s most transformative public projects, including New York’s beloved High Line. In the video above, she reveals the many unexpected challenges of planning (and maintaining) parks people love, and why it is so important for cities to have great public spaces. 

National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
National University Of Ireland, Galway / Payette, © Warren Jagger
© Warren Jagger

© Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland
  • Area

    65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Espai Baronda / Alonso y Balaguer

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Espai Baronda / Alonso y Balaguer, © Josep Mª Molinos
© Josep Mª Molinos

© Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos © Josep Mª Molinos +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Esplugues de Llobregat, 36, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Alonso, Balaguer
  • Area

    6000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Kukumuku / Plazma Architecture Studio

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Kukumuku / Plazma Architecture Studio , © Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas

© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vokiečių gatvė 6, Vilnius 01130, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Evelina Talandzevičienė, Laura Janavičiūtė, Dina Sargautienė
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture, © Wang Yi
© Wang Yi

© Zhang Hetian © Wang Yi © Wang Yi © Wang Yi +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
  • Design Team

    Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

A+U 523: Juliaan Lampens

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
A+U 523: Juliaan Lampens

From the publisher. April 2014 issue of A+U is a monograph of Belgium architect Juliaan Lampens.

Featured works include: House Juliaan Lampens – Van Hove, House Vandenhaute – Kiebooms, and Kerselare Chapel. A+U visited Lampens in Eke, not far from Ghent, last year to interview him. Two essays, one by his former staff and the other by architecture researchers, depict the architect who, throughout his career, often avoided press exposer.

EERJ Adaptation of Patio de Armas in El Real de la Jara Castle / Villegas Bueno Arquitectura

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
EERJ Adaptation of Patio de Armas in El Real de la Jara Castle / Villegas Bueno Arquitectura, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    41250 El Real de la Jara, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Miguel Villegas Ballesta, Lourdes Bueno Garnica
  • Project Area

    1409.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition, The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)
The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes -- without repeating the mistakes of modernism.

To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific social housing solutions for cities around the globe. We've collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.

Modsim / Yazgan Design Architecture

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
© Yunus Özkazanç
© Yunus Özkazanç

© Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç © Yunus Özkazanç +20

Is There a 'Perfect' Density for Cities?

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Is There a 'Perfect' Density for Cities?, Places such as Manhattan are seeing an increase in ever-taller residential buildings. Image © SHoP Architects
Places such as Manhattan are seeing an increase in ever-taller residential buildings. Image © SHoP Architects

In a compelling opinion piece on the Guardian, Lloyd Alter argues that our current obsession with increasing the density of our cities - mostly by building ever-taller skyscrapers - might be severely misguided. Alter believes that, without tall buildings, cities can achieve a "Goldilocks Density" - just dense enough to support lively streets, but not so dense that they become inhabitable. You can read the full article here.

Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The crowdsourcing design website Arcbazar, for example, has recently attracted critics who label it as “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the internet started.” A few months ago, I myself strongly criticized the 17John apartment-hotel in New York for stretching the definition of "crowdfunding" to the point where it lost validity, essentially becoming a meaningless buzzword.

In response to this criticism, I spoke to Rodrigo Nino, the founder of Prodigy Network, the company behind 17 John, who offered to counter my argument. Read on after the break for his take on the benefits of tapping into the 'wisdom of crowds.'

Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Richard Serra First Artist to Win Architectural League President’s Medal, “Inside Out" (2013) / Richard Serra. Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt
“Inside Out" (2013) / Richard Serra. Image © Flickr CC User Trevor Patt

Richard Serra has been announced as the first artist to win the Architectural League of New York President’s Medal. Serra, an American sculptor known for his large-scale sheet metal installations, was honored for “contributions his work makes to the way we think about space, viewer and object, site, and materiality, concerns relevant to both architects and the artist.”

106 Dwellings in Pamplona / Tabuenca Saralegui

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
106 Dwellings in Pamplona / Tabuenca Saralegui, © Imagina2 Visualization Studio
© Imagina2 Visualization Studio

© Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio © Imagina2 Visualization Studio +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Luis Tabuenca, Fermín Saralegui, Mikel Chalezquer
  • Site Manager

    Alex Morte
  • Site Supervisor

    Salvador Mendiri
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major New York institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “Barcelona-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Temporary Dormitories / a.gor.a Architects, Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects
Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

Z House / Jose Antonio Sosa

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Z House / Jose Antonio Sosa, © Miguel Curbelo
© Miguel Curbelo

© Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo © Miguel Curbelo +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    35310 Monte Lentiscal, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Design Team

    Alejandra Vera, Ramón Cruz
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Framebench: The Online Tool Making Instant "Visual Collaboration" Seamless

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
Framebench: The Online Tool Making Instant "Visual Collaboration" Seamless, Courtesy of Framebench
Courtesy of Framebench

Framebench, an online tool for visual collaboration, seeks to alleviate the digital sharing problems architects and designers commonly face in practice. Aiming to do away with file storage systems, FTP clients and other kinds of complex software, this web application allows for teams and individuals to share, discuss and annotate drawings in real time. Framebench suggest that "this could be the online space where you can organize all your drafts and finals, get feedback and approve the work that's finished" - in realtime. 

The system works by creating workspaces for teams to quickly share their files with one another. You can share any image, video, or document with your team, who can then view it right there without any downloads or installation. While viewing, anyone can annotate on top or leave comments; these comments transform into discussion threads that can be referred back to and added to later.