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Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint  / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk +23

In Honor of Pi Day, A Round-Up of Round Architecture

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
In Honor of Pi Day, A Round-Up of Round Architecture

Happy Pi Day everyone! To celebrate the circle and its influence on architecture, we've decided to round up some rounded structures. First up, Roll It, a cool experimental house/cylinder. Second, Villa Vals, the hobbit-like neighbor of Zumthor's Therme Vals (designed underground to maintain the bath houses' extensive views). Then, the stacked, rounded form of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Moshe Safdie for optimal sound reflection. Next up, Galaxy Soho, designed by the queen of curvature, Zaha Hadid. And - last but not least - the "mothership" itself, Foster + Partners' design for Apple's new campus, scheduled for completion in 2016.

Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai, Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Courtesy of Aires Mateus

The prestigious Portuguese office Aires Mateus - formed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - has won a competition to design the new headquarters of the University of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.

More information on the project, after the break...

Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson Explore the Foundation of British Modernism

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson Explore the Foundation of British Modernism, Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT. Image © Nico Saieh
Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT. Image © Nico Saieh

Curators FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians have released more details on this year’s British Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Responding to Rem Koolhaas’ theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014,” A Clockwork Jerusalem will “explore the diverse cultural influences that shaped and were shaped by British Modernism in the post war era and over the last 100 years.”

"A Clockwork Jerusalem will offer the opportunity to explore and rethink fundamental aspects of British modernity, beyond architecture,” described Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council. “As the Venice Biennale evolves into a global research project, we are keen to make a significant contribution to the cultural debate around the past, present and future of UK and global architecture.”

More from the curators, after the break...

Batin House / Estudio Galera

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Batin House / Estudio Galera, © Diego Medina
© Diego Medina

© Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pinamar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Ariel Galera, Horacio Riga, MMO Diego Ballario
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Plaza Mariana / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Plaza Mariana  / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Courtesy of FR-EE
Courtesy of FR-EE

Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE Courtesy of FR-EE +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • FR-EE Team

    Fernando Romero, Julio Gonzalez, Gabriela Bojalil, Paul Van der Voort, Guillermo Méndez, César López, Astrid Rovisco, Rodolfo Rueda, Guillermo Ramírez, Tiago Pinto de Carvalho, Juan Pedro López, Ana Medina, Estela Escudero, Paulina de Luna
  • Area

    68000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of FR-EE

The Re-wrapped House / A D LAB

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
The Re-wrapped House / A D LAB , © Edward Hendricks
© Edward Hendricks

© Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    67 Jalan Binchang, Singapore 578553
  • Design Team

    Warren Liu, Wu Yanling, Anna May Manrique, Najeeb Rahmat
  • Area

    496.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Austin / Smart Design Studio

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Austin / Smart Design Studio, Courtesy of Smart Design Studio
Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio Courtesy of Smart Design Studio +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    632 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
  • Design Team

    William Smart, Glenn O’loughlin, Kirstin Lynam, Zig Peshos, Richard Storey, Troy Melville
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur, © Joanna Nowicka
© Joanna Nowicka

© Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka © Joanna Nowicka +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Krzyżowa 1, 40-111 Katowice, Poland
  • Design Team

    Rafal Mazur, Antonina Zygmunt, Piotr Glowacki, Krzysztof Mazanek, Marta Sacha
  • Area

    1275.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

London's Impending Tall Building Boom

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
London's Impending Tall Building Boom, Central London as it will look when all current projects are completed.. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
Central London as it will look when all current projects are completed.. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In a study of all development plans in London, the think tank New London Architecture has found that at least 236 buildings over 20 stories are currently either under construction, approved or awaiting approval in the capital - with over 80% of these projects yet to break ground.

The study, created to support an exhibition by NLA called "London's Growing... Up!," found that 80% of the new towers will be residential, and that the areas of greatest activity were in Central and Eastern areas of London, with 77% of these tall buildings in the City of London or the Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Greenwich, Newham and Southwark.

Read on for more results of, and reactions to, the study...

Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us, Courtesy of Learning from Cairo
Courtesy of Learning from Cairo

The following essay, written by Magda Mostafa, is an excerpt from the book "Learning from Cairo: Global Perspectives and Future Visions," a collection of reflections from a three-day symposium of the same name. Here, Mostafa focuses on the need to accept informal communities as a reality, not an exception, and argues that conventional architecture practice and education must begin equipping architects to "address the potentials and problems of such parallel modes of existence in our built environment."

It would be a disservice if the debate spurred at the "Learning from Cairo" symposium were to remain confined to the hypothetical. It is our responsibility to extend it to both the professional realm as well as the academic. The purpose of this discussion is just that.

How can architectural academia respond to this shifting climate? A climate where the majority of the built environment is conceived and implemented outside of the construct of conventional practice? Where the majority of the architectural product in our city exists without architects? How can we further propagate a singular top-down mode of practice in our teaching when it’s malfunctioning at best and corrupt or absent at its worst? When this conventional mode is only viable in neatly packaged projects with clear financing, educated clients and formal frameworks? How can we continue to teach our students, the architects of the future generation, to only be equipped to operate within a small portion of the built environment- ignoring the massive built environment and user groups often represented on maps as solid black “informal areas”. 

This phenomena can no longer be blacked-out, and it is time for academia to begin educating its architects-to-be at least to be minimally aware, if not proficiently trained, to address the potentials and problems of such parallel modes of existence in our built environment.

3 Social Houses / Zoomfactor Architectes + JB Poulain

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
3 Social Houses / Zoomfactor Architectes  + JB Poulain, Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes
Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes

Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes Courtesy of Zoomfactor Architectes +8

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion, La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian
La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection. 

HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney

19:37 - 13 March, 2014
HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of HASSELL
Courtesy of HASSELL

Australian firm HASSELL has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for 60 Martin Place, an office tower at the heart of the city's business precinct. The "environmentally sound" tower will replace an existing 1970s complex slated for demolition in early 2016, with construction anticipated to commence in early 2019.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL +5

Cristal House / Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Cristal House  / Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero, Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero
Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero

Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Playa Señoritas, Peru
  • Project Architects

    María Del Carmen Guerrero Yábar , Enrique Gomez De La Torre
  • Project Area

    504.0 m2
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Gómez De La Torre & Guerrero

New building for “El Redin” school in Pamplona / Otxotorena Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
New building for “El Redin” school in Pamplona  / Otxotorena Arquitectos, © Rubén Pérez Bescós
© Rubén Pérez Bescós

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Juan M. Otxotorena Elizegi
  • Collaborator

    Gloria Herrera Damas
  • Project Area

    1478.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Rubén Pérez Bescós, José Manuel Cutillas

Social Housing in Terrassa / TAC Arquitectes

01:00 - 13 March, 2014
Social Housing in Terrassa  / TAC Arquitectes, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carretera de Rellinars, 08225 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Eduard Gascón, Jordi Roig
  • Project Area

    9367.0 m2
  • Photography

    José Hevia

Venice Biennale 2014: Turkey to Explore "Places of Memory" in Istanbul

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Turkey to Explore "Places of Memory" in Istanbul, Places of Memory / Hafiza Mekanlari. Image © Ali Taptik
Places of Memory / Hafiza Mekanlari. Image © Ali Taptik

The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) has announced Turkey’s first-ever participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale: “Places of Memory.” Comprised of the work of five contemporary Turkish artists, and curated by architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the pavilion will aim to illustrate how a variety of 20th century architectural styles eventually evolved into a singe style throughout most of the contemporary world.