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Higashihayashiguchi / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Higashihayashiguchi / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

London Skyline Debate Taken to City Hall

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
London Skyline Debate Taken to City Hall, The Norman Foster-designed London City Hall with the Shard in the background. Image © Flickr CC User alh1
The Norman Foster-designed London City Hall with the Shard in the background. Image © Flickr CC User alh1

The debate over the future of London's Skyline stepped up a gear on Tuesday, as the issue was taken up by the London Assembly's Planning Committee in City Hall. The London Assembly is an elected watchdog which is tasked with examining the decisions and actions of London's mayor, and is expected to apply pressure to mayor Boris Johnson over the issue of skyscrapers in the capital.

The committee heard from leading architectural figures in London including former RIBA president Sunand Prasad (of Penoyre & Prasad), English Heritage planning and conservation director for London Nigel Barker and former City planning officer Peter Rees.

More on the London Assembly debate after the break

Issam Fares Institute – American University of Beirut / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Issam Fares Institute – American University of Beirut / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Luke Hayes © Hufton+Crow +39

Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The Mies van der Rohe Award, today one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within the European competition, was first set up in 1987 by the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona. This prize which involves a total sum of 80.000 EUR is organised and awarded every two years.

Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +53

Make Architects Picked for Sydney's Wynyard Station Overhaul

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Make Architects Picked for Sydney's Wynyard Station Overhaul, © Make Architects
© Make Architects

Make Architects have been selected from a shortlist of five practices to renovate the area around Sydney's Wynyard Station, beating SOM, Grimshaw, Bates Smart and Ingenhoven to the $1 billion project.

The scheme, called One Carrington Street, involves the renovation of the historic Shell House, creation of a new 27-story, 58,000 square metre office tower, a new eastern transit hall for Wynyard Station including 5,000 square metres of retail space, and a new grand entrance to Wynyard Station from George and Carrington Streets.

More on the scheme after the break

Tunquén House / Nicolas Loi

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Tunquén House / Nicolas Loi, © Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

© Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House K / Yuji Kimura Design

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
House K / Yuji Kimura Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +25

Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

00:00 - 12 June, 2014

Publication: "The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living"

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Publication: "The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living", © Sternthal Books
© Sternthal Books

Written to accompany the minimal exhibition of the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, “The Urburb - Patterns of Contemporary Living” tells the story of the Urburb, a built condition which is neither urban nor suburban, that dominates the contemporary Israeli landscape. Edited by Architect Ori Scialom and Dr. Roy Brand, the book brings together architectural photography and photographs of the installation interspersed amongst theoretical texts and short stories which address the cultural, political, and social aspects of the “Urburban” way of life. Learn more about the book, published by Sternthal Books, here.

Maracanã Stadium Roof Structure / schlaich bergermann und partner

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Maracanã Stadium Roof Structure / schlaich bergermann und partner, © schlaich bergermann und partner, Marcus Bredt
© schlaich bergermann und partner, Marcus Bredt

© schlaich bergermann und partner, Marcus Bredt Roof Plan Structure Diagram Structure Diagram +14

Architectural Photographers: Timothy Soar

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Architectural Photographers: Timothy Soar, Foggo Architects. Image © Timothy Soar
Foggo Architects. Image © Timothy Soar

It's clear that architecture inspires and impassions Timothy Soar - not only has the UK photographer spent most of his life visiting and capturing great architectural works, but - unlike most photographers, or architects for that matter - he also speaks eloquently about the architecture that inspires him. Describing his favorite building, AHMM's Yellow Building, he tells us it "delivers exquisite simplicity out of a complex lattice. The building has a lyrical poetry in the way it wraps and folds itself around the occupants – deft, confident and generous. It is one of London’s great spaces." 

Moreover, Soar believes deeply that his architectural photography does more than merely idealize built forms; not only do his images enable the architects he works with to "refine and amplify" the ideas within their built works, and thus aid them in defining their next work, but it also seeks to advocate architecture for all: "My work as a photographer is predicated on a desire to [...] to be an advocate for design that elevates, to help construct an argument where good design isn’t an occasional, rare and special thing but an everyday, routine and expected event." Read the whole interview and see more of Soar's fantastic images, after the break

Amin Taha Golden Lane. Image © Timothy Soar Coffey Architects' Folded House. Image © Timothy Soar AHMM Barbican. Image © Timothy Soar PH+, Orsman Road. Image © Timothy Soar +29

House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects, © Asako Yamazaki
© Asako Yamazaki

© Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki +16

Inside Korea's “Crow's Eye View” – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Inside Korea's “Crow's Eye View” – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014, Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh
Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh

Today, the Korean Peninsula provides a striking example of a post-war polarization: two opposite political and economical systems, constantly presented in contrast/conflict by the global media, that still maintain an intricate, complicated relationship. Architecture’s role in this polarization was instrumental. North Korea sought to represent the aspirations of a new communist nation within a context devastated after the war -- a tabula-rasa from which adaptations of modernism could appear. In South Korea, fast economic growth bred a form of modernization that represented the ideals of a globalized world.

These distinct absorptions of modernity, and the relation between the two neighboring nations, are represented in Korea’s Pavilion in an exhibition called Crow’s Eye View, winner of the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale 2014.  The dense exhibition, commissioned and curated by Minsuk Cho together with Hyungmin Pai and Changmo Ahn, used every corner of the pavilion to represent this subject. The curators invited a multidisciplinary group of architects, urbanists, poets, writers, artists, photographers, film-makers, curators and collectors to demonstrate (to best of their availability, since official cooperation with North Korean institutions proved impossible) the architectural intersections and divisions between North and South Korea.

Recognized by the judges as “research in action,” Crow’s Eye View provided an invaluable addition to a discourse which has been predominantly carried by Western-centric narratives. And it is precisely this that, according to rumors, made it Koolhaas’ favorite pavilion.

Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh +20

A Biennale of Knowledge: Rem Koolhaas on The Importance of the Archive

00:00 - 12 June, 2014

Curated by Rem Koolhaas, this year’s Biennale set high expectations in the architecture world, a fact reflected in the massive attendance during the preview. As Koolhaas stated at the awards ceremony, he took on the hard task of reinventing the Biennale, recognizing its influence in how architecture is exhibited around the world.

Under the title “Fundamentals,” Rem rallied this year’s curators to assemble a vast amount of knowledge, bringing to light research that had been hidden, forgotten, scattered, and/or previously unexamined, and making it available to the larger architectural community. This was achieved not only in the form and content of the Biennale, but also in the numerous publications produced by the curators (a practice which closely follows OMA/AMO traditions).

Yet this is actually a double-edged sword; in many pavilions, the density and depth of the content made it hard to understand at first glance. Architecture festivals and exhibitions tend to lean on experiential one-liners, but since “Fundamentals” was so focused on conveying ideas about architecture’s relationship to modernity over the past 100 years, it was a significant challenge to the curators. Many pavilions produced impressive publications, so that all the rich knowledge they unearthed may continue to influence architectural thought long after the Biennale ends in November.

Holcim Foundation Announces Jury for 2015 Global Award

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Holcim Foundation Announces Jury for 2015 Global Award, Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

The Holcim Foundation has announced the global jury for the 2015 Holcim Awards, its triennial prize which encourages architects, planners, engineers, project owners and students to share their projects and visions that "go beyond conventional notions of sustainable construction."

The 2015 prize is the Holcim Foundation's fourth cycle, and this year will feature a total prize fund of $2 million - a significant increase on their 2012 prize fund of $300,000. To oversee the awards, they have recruited independent experts of international stature, including the Deans of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and ETH Zurich, and Alejandro Aravena of Chilean practice Elemental.

Read on after the break for the full list of jurors and more on the prize

"Live Work Play": An Exhibition of Local Award Winning Architecture from South England

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
"Live Work Play": An Exhibition of Local Award Winning Architecture from South England, Courtesy of Live Work Play
Courtesy of Live Work Play

Live Work Play, an exhibition organised as part of the Hampshire Festival of Architecture 2014 (UK), showcases over 100 projects from "within the country, the UK, and beyond." Featuring a range of "thoughtful, robust, elegant and ingenious designs", the show will include designs from local practices such as PAD Studio, Design Engine, AR Design Studio, Design ACB and John Pardey Architects. The exhibition will be open seven days a week between the 14th June and the 16th July. Find out more from RIBA Hampshire.

In Defense of Locatecture: Why We Should Move Away From Globalized Models Of Architecture

00:00 - 11 June, 2014
In Defense of Locatecture: Why We Should Move Away From Globalized Models Of Architecture, Gherkin, left. Hearst Tower, right. "Norma Foster's Hearst Tower in New York seems less at home than does Britain's 'Gherkin' in London"
Gherkin, left. Hearst Tower, right. "Norma Foster's Hearst Tower in New York seems less at home than does Britain's 'Gherkin' in London"

"Today, European architects regularly work in the United States, Americans work in Europe, and everybody works in Asia. This globalization of architecture would seem like a good thing for us and it's obviously good for (many) architects. [...] Architecture, however, is a social art, rather than a personal one, a reflection of society and its values rather than a medium of individual expression. So it's a problem when the prevailing trend is one of franchises particularly those of the globe trotters: Renzo, Rem, Zaha and Frank. It's exciting to bring high-powered architects in from the outside. [...] But in the long-run it's wiser to nurture local talent; instead of starchitects, locatects."