Pan-Am Terminal at JFK: Save or Scrap?

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
Pan-Am Terminal at JFK: Save or Scrap?, © Jon Proctor
© Jon Proctor

Paul Goldberger weighs in on the shaky future of the architectural gems at JFK (which includes Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal), saying, “Like the Worldport, TWA is unworkable as a modern airport terminal. Both buildings are tiny by today’s standards, and there’s no place for security equipment except in the middle of the space, where it obliterates any sense of the architecture. But their small size also means that they don’t take up all that much real estate, and they ought to be usable as something other than as places where people get on and off airplanes—as restaurants and shops, say, or as a museum.” What do you think? Save or scrap?

West End Ferry Terminal / Cox Rayner Architects

01:00 - 2 July, 2013
West End Ferry Terminal / Cox Rayner Architects, © Christopher Frederick Jones
© Christopher Frederick Jones

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'Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics' Exhibition

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
'Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics' Exhibition, Courtesy of AIA NY
Courtesy of AIA NY

Taking place at the Center for Architecture July 11-October 26, the 'Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics' exhibition traces significant new projects that exemplify innovative architectural forms and spaces while serving as conduits for social inclusion. With measurable results, Colombia's largest cities—most visibly Medellin—have demonstrated how visionary approaches to urban planning and architecture can improve circumstances for the lower classes, enhance the quality of life for all, and attract business and tourism. A brief review of significant recent projects reveals an overarching commitment to design as well as a sensitivity to the role of context and the immediate needs of a population. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +34

National Tennis Centre / Jackson Architecture

01:00 - 2 July, 2013
National Tennis Centre / Jackson Architecture, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team

    Daryl Jackson, Matt Drysdale, Stewart Lock, Peter Cole, Aaron Paris, Kon Iakovidis, Elaine Quek
  • Structural Engineers

    Winward Structures
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +21

Amore Pacific Beauty Campus / JUNGLIM Architecture + M.A.R.U Architecture

01:00 - 2 July, 2013
© Namgoong Sun
© Namgoong Sun

© Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun +14

Bristol Hospital Competition Finalists

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
Bristol Hospital Competition Finalists, 'Vertical Garden' / Courtesy of Tham & Videgård
'Vertical Garden' / Courtesy of Tham & Videgård

In the international competition to improve the facade of one of Bristol’s most hated buildings, three finalists were just announced which will be narrowed down to an single winner later this summer. The challenge encouraged participants to put forward concepts for a facelift to improve the aesthetics and performance of Bristol Royal Infirmary. The shortlisted designs are Veil by Spain’s Nieto Sobejano; Vertical Garden by Swedes Tham & Videgård; and Light and Air by US design office Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu (SO-IL). More images and information after the break.

AD Architecture School Guide: The Berlage

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: The Berlage, Bridge Urban Life Typology Proposal for China, by Chen and Lu, via www.theberlage.nl
Bridge Urban Life Typology Proposal for China, by Chen and Lu, via www.theberlage.nl

The Berlage Institute closed in 2012. But the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is open for business. And it is accepting students. Located at the Delft University of Technology, though they are independent entities, the new, re-visioned Berlage is not simply a continuation of the original Berlage. Instead, it has been reinvisioned to train students who already have either an M.Arch or a five-year degree.

The Berlage challenges students to understand the issues and principles surrounding the economy, the environment, and society as the route towards good architecture. History and cultural issues are therefore central to this Master’s of Science degree, as they should be. Because in today’s economy, the formula for success demands more than just an agility with computer programs. Students need to be able to exercise critical thinking skills. Unfortunately, many school studios fetishize style over substance but when their students graduate, they are ill-trained. 

CODA’s Skateboard Scrap ‘Party Wall’ Kickstarts MoMA’s Summer Music Series

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
CODA’s Skateboard Scrap ‘Party Wall’ Kickstarts MoMA’s Summer Music Series , © Zachary Tyler Newton
© Zachary Tyler Newton

The Museum of Modern Art has kicked off the popular Warm Up Summer Music series in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 with the grand opening of Party Wall. The towering installation, designed by Ithaca-based studio CODA, was the winning proposal of the 14th annual Young Architects Program in which provides emerging architects a chance to construct an innovative project as long as shades, cools and seats visitors.

With a porous skin made of woven skateboard scraps, the experimental structure has successfully met the challenge by providing a shaded refuge for the crowds with refreshing cooling stations and detachable wooden seats. 

See Party Wall in action after the break...

The End of Car Culture

15:30 - 1 July, 2013
Carl Iwasaki / Time & Life Pictures © Getty Images
Carl Iwasaki / Time & Life Pictures © Getty Images

President Obama’s ambitious goals to curb the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions will get a fortuitous assist from an incipient shift in American behavior: recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer cars, driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.

Lormont Housing / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Lormont Housing / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    44 Quai Chaigneau Bichon, 33310 Lormont, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
  • Project Manager

    Aude Lerpinière
  • Architectural Consultant

    Jean-Jacques Raynaud
  • Team Members

    Aimée Lau, Lina Lagerström, Félix Medina Mathilde Jauvin, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
  • Area

    3514.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +18

Diogene / Renzo Piano

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Diogene / Renzo Piano, Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra
Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra

From the architect. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as "Vitra's smallest building - but largest product".

More about the design of Diogene after the break

© Renzo Piano Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra +9

Bass and Flinders Gateway Project Proposal / Spark Architects

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Bass and Flinders Gateway Project Proposal / Spark Architects, Courtesy of Spark Architects
Courtesy of Spark Architects

Located at the threshold of one of New South Wales’ most beautiful cities, Wollongong, the Bass and Flinders Gateway Project marks the first project in Australia by Spark Architects. The project consists of a 300 unit residential development supported by a modicum of commercial space. The project currently is going through the planning process and is scheduled to start construction in 2015. More images and architects' description after the break.

Shortlist Announced for Olympic Headquarters in Switzerland

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Shortlist Announced for Olympic Headquarters in Switzerland, Proposed Site; Courtesy of the IOC
Proposed Site; Courtesy of the IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced an all-star shortlist of twelve renowned architects - including 2013 Pritzker Prize laureate Toyo Ito and international powerhouse OMA - competing to design their new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Located on 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva, the 18,000 square meter headquarters will provide an “Olympic campus” of administrative buildings and service for 450 employees. 

Come December, the IOC will award one of the following architects £21,000 to develop their designs:

Dame of Melba / Seeley Architects

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Dame of Melba / Seeley Architects, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +14

Casa Luz / ARQUITECTURA-G

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Casa Luz / ARQUITECTURA-G , © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cilleros, Extremadura, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Area

    136.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Đồng Nai, Vietnam
  • Principal Architects

    Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
  • Project Team

    Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
  • Area

    3800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Oki Rendering Rendering Rendering +14

When Will Architects Speak Up for Women's Rights?

00:00 - 1 July, 2013
When Will Architects Speak Up for Women's Rights?, Courtesy of Shutterstock.com
Courtesy of Shutterstock.com

On April 12, 2013, the Board of Health of the Commonwealth of Virginia approved new laws deploying building codes and architectural regulations sanctioning that clinics offering first trimester abortions meet the same building specifications as newly-constructed, full-service surgical hospitals. Mandating compliance within about 18 months, these standards will entail significant and costly alterations to existing facilities that may bankrupt many clinics in the state. 

The political maneuvering which occurred to achieve these architectural arrangements, and the responses of concerned professionals in Virginia, were well documented in the press. The Health Commissioner resigned in protest. The chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine called these building codes “arbitrary and capricious.” A director of the University of Richmond School of Law wrote an editorial challenging the legislation on legal grounds. Almost 200 physicians took a public stand, denouncing the politicians and urging the state to reject the architectural alterations. 

Health policy analysts, social workers and advocates for low income women - who will be greatly impacted when these local clinics close - continue to speak up and organize. We have heard from just about everyone with a stake in the impending architectural arrangements. 

Except architects.