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Translating Smiljan Radić's Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Translating Smiljan Radić's Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication, The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM
The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London's Kensington Gardens rests Smiljan Radić's 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché - his maquette medium of choice - inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić's wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Paper-Thin Walls," an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more. 

IE School of Architecture and Design's SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
IE School of Architecture and Design's SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

New models are emerging, redefining how we work, shop and learn in different environments that impact our everyday lives. IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize is a challenge for young architects and designers worldwide that are able to foresee how work, retail and learning environments will evolve in the next decade.

Video: House Housing - "An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate"

00:00 - 27 August, 2014

House Housing, "An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes", was recently exhibited at Columbia University's Casa Muraro in Venice. Staged as an "open house" organised and funded by the Buell Center, the exhibition responded unsolicited to Rem Koolhaas's call to exhibitors at the 2014 Venice Biennale to focus on Fundamentals by exploring housing in nineteen "discrete episodes." In narrating these episodes, brought together from across the last one hundred years in a mixture of domestic media, the exhibition brought together a collection of excerpts from global processes.

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom

01:00 - 27 August, 2014

At the III Moscow Urban Forum, we had the chance to sit down with Russian architect Yuri Grigoryan, the co-founder of Project Meganom and the director of education at the Strelka Institute. Grigoryan also led the team that prepared the research project, “Archeology of the Periphery,” a key part of the forum that focused on the challenges and strategy for developing Moscow’s metropolitan area.

Sitting above the “Archeology of the Periphery” exhibition, Grigoryan told us what he thinks the role of an architect should be in society, what it’s like to lead a firm and the importance of innovation. “Architects have two very important roles. One is to do the architecture and to be good in architectural design. And the second role is to build the bridge between architecture, research and society,” he told us.

If you enjoy this interview make sure you check out our interview with both Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov, the Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, on the Forum and “Archeology of the Periphery.” 

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom +5

Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +37

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out, Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault
Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault

OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has topped out in a ceremony including Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, and OMA's Partners in charge of the project, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Even in its current skeletal state, the rigidly geometric form is clearly expressed with it's central cube supporting three protruding auditoriums, two cubic and one spherical. The design of the TPAC is in many ways experimental, incorporating a looped public path which shows off the building's backstage areas, and flexible auditoriums which can even be combined, offering extraordinary stage spaces that allow performances which would be impossible in any other theater.

Ahead of the topping out ceremony we spoke to partner in charge David Gianotten, who explained the building's design concepts and the challenges (or rather, surprising lack of challenges) in the construction, and told us "you will only understand it when you have seen it. It's super exciting, we encourage everybody that loves architecture to come and see it because it's spectacular."

Read on after the break for the full interview

Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault © OMA +20

Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid , Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Last week Zaha Hadid filed a libel lawsuit against critic Martin Filler, after Filler’s review of Rowan Moore’s book “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" for the New York Review of Books included a scathing section on Hadid. In the article Filler said she had shown “no concern” for the death of construction workers in Qatar, where she designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup. Now, Filler has admitted to a significant error in the article he wrote, The New York Times has reported. In an amendment to his article Filler acknowledges that the quotes he used from Hadid were taken out of context and had “nothing to do” with the Qatar stadium she designed. Read Filler’s full statement in the New York Times article, here

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 2, “The Traditional Future”

00:00 - 26 August, 2014

The second episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” features Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, who has built over 36,000 houses since 2010 for those affected by Pakistan’s floods and earthquakes. Rather than using the mass-produced housing designs offered by international organizations, Lari implements traditional building techniques and local materials. In this 25-minute episode she returns to the Sindha Valley region to see how her homes survived floods in 2013 and helps villagers in Awaran district who were hit by the 2013 Balochistan earthquake.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    People's Park, 231 Nanjing West Road, People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Liu Yuyang, Keith Yee, Tynnon Chow, Larry Tsoi
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

RIBA To Launch Retrospective of Edwin Smith's Photography

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
RIBA To Launch Retrospective of Edwin Smith's Photography, St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry), 1965 / © Edwin Smith. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Photographs Collection
St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry), 1965 / © Edwin Smith. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Photographs Collection

To coincide with the opening of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s new Architecture Gallery at their headquarters in London's Portland Place, the first major retrospective of Edwin Smith will open next month. Smith, one of Britain's foremost 20th century photographers, was considered a master of capturing the essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he documented over an extensive career. The exhibition, entitled Ordinary Beauty, will display over a hundred carefully curated black and white images from a collection of over 60,000 negatives and 20,000 prints donated by Olive Cook, Smith's widow and collaborator, to the RIBA Library.

Bedaux-Nagengast Residence / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Bedaux-Nagengast  Residence / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +22

Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is currently at risk of losing its accreditation. The school has been cited as no longer meeting requirements by the Higher Learning Commission, a non-profit group whose approval is a prerequisite for the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)’s accreditation process. Founded in 1932 by Frank Lloyd Wright himself and still operating out of his campuses at Taliesin West and Taliesin, the school must now decide how best to meet HLC requirements, or risk losing the ability to confer Masters of Architecture degrees on its students.

Read on after the break to find out why the school faces this risk, and their plans to combat it

Is Bigger Better? HOK’s Acquisition of 360 Architecture and How Mergers Have Changed the Business of Design

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
World Expo 2020 Master Plan. Image Courtesy of HOK
World Expo 2020 Master Plan. Image Courtesy of HOK

International design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK has recently announced its plan to acquire 360 Architecture, a firm specializing in sports facility design. With HOK’s global influence and 360 Architecture’s expertise, the acquisition could bring about significant advances in sports facility design and expand the market reach for each firm. When it comes to the business of architecture, acquisitions such as this often enable large corporate firms to take on a wider variety of projects, giving them a competitive edge against famous designer names in the industry. But what else can we learn from the growth of the world's largest firms?

AD Classics: Aarhus City Hall / Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
AD Classics: Aarhus City Hall / Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller , Courtesy of VisitAarhus.com
Courtesy of VisitAarhus.com

In 1941, at the height of World War II in Western Europe, the city of Aarhus, Denmark achieved an unusual architectural feat. It finished construction on a brand new city hall that was to be a beacon of democratic governance while the city lay under direct Nazi occupation. Designed four years earlier by the heralded duo of Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, the Rådhus survived the war and became an internationally recognized classic of Danish modernism.

© Flickr user Seier © Flickr user iznogut © Flickr user Seier Material juxtapositions. Image © Flickr user Seier +19

Craigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Craigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +15

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project, Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo
Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of 'cookie-cutter housing' in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world's largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

Shams Villa / Karand Group

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shams Villa / Karand Group, © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian
© Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian

© Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian © Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saveh, Iran
  • Design Team

    Ali Shariati, Dokhi Sarabandi, Hadi Shapourian
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs