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Koolhaas Revamps UN Building's Modernist-Era Lounge

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
Koolhaas Revamps UN Building's Modernist-Era Lounge, © Frank Oudeman
© Frank Oudeman

Dutch designers, Rem Koolhaas and Hella Jongerius, have revamped the delegates' lounge in the United Nations building just in time for the 68th General Assembly this week. The "workshop of peace" lounge space, originally designed in 1952 by Wallace K. Harrison in collaboration with renowned modernists Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer, now sports a range of pastel-colored sofas and lounge chairs, opting for minimal intervention in attempts to maximize the social space. Read more about the UN North Delegates lobby on Gizmodo.

Residential Building In Cureglia / Stefano Moor + Bonetti e Bonetti Architetti

01:00 - 23 September, 2013
Residential Building In Cureglia / Stefano Moor + Bonetti e Bonetti Architetti, © Alexendre Zveiger
© Alexendre Zveiger

© Dario Bonetti © Dario Bonetti © Dario Bonetti © Dario Bonetti +11

Emilio Caraffa Fine Arts Museum / GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

01:00 - 23 September, 2013
© Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

Parador Penitente / G+ Gualano Arquitectos

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
Parador Penitente / G+ Gualano Arquitectos, Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos
Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos

Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos Courtesy of gualano + gualano arquitectos +18

Must Parking Garages Be So Ugly?

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
Must Parking Garages Be So Ugly?, 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami by Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Nelson Garrido/1111Lincoln Road Shot Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP
1111 Lincoln Road in Miami by Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Nelson Garrido/1111Lincoln Road Shot Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP

In his column in Providence JournalDavid Brussat questions why parking garages can't be designed to better compliment their surroundings. He believes that these utilitarian spaces should look like they "belong in a city," rather than resembling "a giant set of concrete shelves." He also examines cities which achieve this aim - incorporating styles from Art Deco to Neo-classical - and comes to the interesting conclusion that Richmond, Virginia is the "mecca of parking decks." You can read the full article here.

RIBA and Arb Team Up to Reform UK Architecture Education

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
RIBA and Arb Team Up to Reform UK Architecture Education, via Flickr. Image © Rory MacLeod
via Flickr. Image © Rory MacLeod

The RIBA and Arb have teamed together to examine UK architectural education, with the aim of bringing the UK into line with other EU countries.

The move is part of a new EU directive, due to be ratified next month, which seeks to establish more uniformity across Europe by aligning the time it takes to qualify and by making mutual recognition of title easier between countries - a move which would make architects more free to move between countries.

Read more about the aims of the RIBA and Arb after the break...

UB House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo + Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo

01:00 - 23 September, 2013
UB House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo + Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo, © Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez

Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya © Sergio Gómez +48

New Court Building in Almendralejo / Enrique Bardají & Asociados

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
New Court Building in Almendralejo / Enrique Bardají & Asociados, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Leopoldo Capella Avila, 06200 Almendralejo, Badajoz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrique Bardají Álvarez, Carlos Santi Merayo
  • Area

    5310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +27

The Dune House / Wolveridge Architects

01:00 - 23 September, 2013
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +24

Netherlands Forensic Institute / KAAN Architecten

01:00 - 23 September, 2013
© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
  • Project Team

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Allard Assies, Henri van Bennekom, Valéry Didelon, Gabriella Fiorentini, Michael Geensen, Artsje Hijlkema, Carl de Leeuw, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Björn Scharwei, Kartsen Schellmat, Heidi Serbruyns, Kim Sneyders, Pasquale Talerico, Thierry Voellinger, Martin Zwinggi
  • Client

    The Government Buildings Agency
  • Area

    28500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +13

Could Ho Chi Minh City's Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?

09:30 - 22 September, 2013
Could Ho Chi Minh City's Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?, Ho Chi Minh City by night. Image © Wikimedia Commons
Ho Chi Minh City by night. Image © Wikimedia Commons

In this article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "A Time-Out," Carl Robinson reminisces about the architecture of the Ho Chi Minh City he remembers from the 1960s and discusses how the urban landscape has changed in subsequent years. As Vietnam grapples with economic downturn, he asks, how might the city to develop? 

Over the past 15 years, as Vietnam finally left its long years of war behind, the former capital of South Vietnam—Saigon—became the country’s economic powerhouse. Until fairly recently, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was a boomtown. Even before touching down at its busy international airport, I see new buildings rising up through the sprawling and tightly packed suburbs, splayed across the city’s surrounding delta landscape and muddy meandering rivers. 

Off in the distance along the wide Saigon River, where the spires of the city’s French Colonial Roman Catholic cathedral once dominated downtown, an impressive silhouette of high-rises reach to the tropical sky. The city’s twenty-first-century feel continues through its sweeping new terminal (designed by GWA) and then down a wide boulevard past contemporary office buildings and shops. Eventually I reach the intimate tree-lined streets of old Saigon, the residential quarter created by the French more than 150 years ago.

The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Hamra Tower & Mall, Al-Shuhada Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge

    Jassim Al Shehab
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +13

San Francisco's Chrissy Field Proposals Released

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image

With the news earlier this year that San Francisco's Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for 'The Bridge'), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher +14

Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center / Foldes Architects

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center / Foldes Architects, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Celldömölk, Hungary
  • Principal Designer

    Laszlo Foldes
  • Project Design Team

    Laszlo Foldes, Csaba Balogh, Orsolya Tatar-Gonczi
  • Collaborating Architects

    Agnes Deigner, Levente Sirokai, Peter Sonicz
  • Area

    965.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +29

Berkeley Prize 2014

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
Berkeley Prize 2014

The Berkeley Prize supports the study and teaching of the social art of architecture. The online, two-stage Essay Competition (in English) is open to undergraduate architecture majors in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world. 

Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Punta Carretas, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Project Team

    Lucho Oreggioni, Sonia Prieto, Fernanda Ríos
  • Project Area

    172.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

AIA Investigates Home Design Trends in Second Quarter

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Courtesy of AIA
Courtesy of AIA

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is out for the second quarter of 2013. Since early 2012, business conditions have steadily been trending upwards, and within the past year alone, residential architects have reported a recovery in nearly every residential construction sector. Taking into consideration the "strong levels of inquiries for new projects, the growing levels of project backlogs, and the uniformly strong readings from firms across all regions of the country," workloads for residential architects are predicted to stay strong for the next quarters and future market conditions will only improve.

For more on the AIA's findings, keep reading.