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Lebbeus Woods Tribute by Steven Holl and Sanford Kwinter // 32BNY Videopolemic Re-launch

32BNY is collaborating with Spirit of Space is relaunching a website in a corner of the internet structured as a videopolemic to explore architectural discourse in a revolutionary way.  The first video in the series is a tribute to Lebbeus Woods  who passed away late last year.  Woods was an aggressive philosophical thinker of architecture and space.  He launched worldy ideas into his architecture through imaginative leaps - exploring politics, society, ethics and the human condition as it pertained to architectural space in the form of vivid and dynamic drawings.  His work has inspired his contemporaries to think outside of the physical space of architecture.  Steven Holl and Sanford Kwinter discuss some of his ideas and philosophies through his quotes and inspirations.  The video serves as a reminder, and to some a guide, as to how to build upon the philosophy of architecture beyond the physical.

More on the video after the break.

Grand Stade FFR (French Rugby Federation) Winning Proposal / Populous & Ateliers 2/3/4/

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Courtesy of Populous & Ateliers 2/3/4/

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) recently announced they will use the proposal by Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/ for the design of the Grand Stade. After several months of discussions with three competing groups, the FFR has made its choice of designers and has issued the first computer-rendered images. The FFR Grand Stade will be much more than a stadium; the 82,000 capacity venue will become the ‘national stadium of rugby’. It will host all the French rugby home matches, and also accommodate conventions, shows and a broad range of sporting events thanks to its multi-purpose design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

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Courtesy of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

State Fire Brigade School Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Courtesy of gmp Architekten

Upon winning the contract to design the new State Fire Brigade School in Wurzburg, gmp Architekten recently presented their design which involves a new practice hall on the site of the Fire Brigade School in order to meet the changed requirements of the training program. The site is in a very exposed location so that the new practice hall building will be visible from afar, and will clearly mark the position of the State Fire Brigade School within the Zellerau neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Ethiopian Parliament Building Complex Winning Proposal / Treurniet Architectuur + Michiel Clercx Architectuur + Addis Mebratu & S7 Architects PLC

Courtesy of Treurniet Architectuur and Michiel Clercx Architectuur
Courtesy of Treurniet Architectuur and Michiel Clercx Architectuur

A join venture between Treurniet Architectuur, Michiel Clercx Architectuur, Addis Mebratu and S7 Architects PLC recently won the international design competition for the new building complex for the Ethiopian Parliament. The project represents the wide variety of 85 million people living across a fascinating landscape of 1,000,000 km2. The new building is of significance for every individual, every ethnic group, its thoughts, its interests and its own way of living. By creating a recognizable shape whith a strong symbolic value, the architects make full use of the site located on the hill in the middle of Addis Abeba. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Haze' Pavilion Proposal / Salon2

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Courtesy of Salon2

Designed by Salon2, their ‘Haze’ Pavilion proposal aims to transform Istanbul Modern into a garden of stages while preparing an unexpected architectural condition for the distant relationship of İstanbul and the sea. Through an experiential design, the pavilion shifts the perception of a specific shore condition of the Tophane Pier and creates its own cool microclimate in the warmest days of the year it to accommodates various events. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The B-Side: The Zaha/Gaga Divide

Gem Barton, based in Brighton, England, is a writer, academic lecturer, curator and designer. As a regular contributor to journals and magazines such as Mark, Blueprint, Design Bureau and Inhabitat she explores and share her passion for architecture and design. Gem's column 'The B-Side' will look at the alternatives to architectural traditions and explore what it means to be knee-deep in the 21st century design world. Follow her @gem_shandy

Allow me to make an unlikely comparison of two powerhouses: Zaha Hadid (62) and, bear with me now, Lady Gaga (26). Both are breaking the mold with their unique aesthetics; both are at the top of their respective industries; both are commercial successes. However, there is one undeniable difference: it only took the world a few years to recognize Lady Gaga and for her to skyrocket to fame. It has taken Dame Hadid the better part of three decades to receive a comparative level of acclaim.  Is it fair to compare successful architects and super songstresses? In an architectural world where we are faced daily by terms such as ‘celebrity’ and ‘starchitect’ it may well be time to look deeper into the matter.  

Read more about what architecture could learn from the Music Industry, after the break... 

Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice

In response to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ decision to reject landmark status to Prentice Woman’s Hospital for the second time in three months, the two preservationist groups challenging the City of Chicago have withdrawn their lawsuits. This eliminates the last barrier standing in Northwestern University’s way to demolish the historic, Bertrand Goldberg structure for a new biomedical research facility. 

“We felt that we had done as much as we possibly could to demonstrate the significance of the building and ways to reuse,” stated Christina Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We just couldn’t see that we’d have any other outcome.”

For many, this news is disheartening as architects and preservationists from around the globe have fought in solidarity for much of the past year in an attempt to illustrate the importance of this one-of-a-kind structure. 

More after the break...

Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft

  • Architects: ipv Delft
  • Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Dimensions: Height 70m, Diameter 72m
  • Client: Municipality of Eindhoven
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ipv Delft

Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft Courtesy of ipv Delft

Endless / BLAUW architecten

  • Architects: BLAUW architecten
  • Location: Beekmansdalseweg, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Contractor: Jaap Fokker VOF
  • Budget: € 90.000
  • Area: 49.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jan de Vries / Daph

© Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph © Jan de Vries / Daph

Paddenstoelenhuis / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Roel Backaert © Stijn Poelstra

East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio: New York City's Plan for Flood Barrier Along East River

The City of New York has long awaited renovations to the East River Greenway; squeezed between the FDR Drive to the west and the river to East, there are a few scattered public parks connected by a path that has been weathered and torn apart over the years.  The proposed Blueway is a coordinated collaboration between Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Community Boards 3 and 6, State Assembly  Member Brian Kavanaugh and architecture and urban design firm WXY along that takes suggestions from the general public to develop a scheme that works within the framework of the existing Greenway and provides specific sites of waterfront access, development of wetlands and connectivity to the city and its waterways.  The stretch along the greenway that is the focus of the scheme developed by WXY runs from Midtown East at 38th street to the Brooklyn Bridge.    

Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects

  • Architects: EOP Architects
  • Location: Southland Christian Church - Richmond Campus, Lexington, KY 40502, USA
  • Area: 17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Phebus Photography

© Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography

AD Architecture School Guide: Birmingham City University’s BIAD

What are Live Projects? A UK term, it refers to collaborations between architecture schools and real clients on real projects. In the US, for example, these are merely referred to as industry collaborations. Clients are widely variant, from municipal governments and youth organizations,  as well as galleries and community-based gardens. 

There are many iterations of this teaching model in the UK so the issue is, how to determine a good fit for prospective students? One issue that is increasingly at the fore of students’ minds is how to balance idealism with practical skills. At Birmingham City University’sBIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), the program is structured precisely to help students achieve that balance.  

How Much Power Should The Public Have In Design Competitions?

The ongoing competition for the redevelopment of the landmark Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia has begun to raise some serious questions about the role of the public in architecture. The international competition, which narrowed down a total of 117 applicants to only 6 finalists, is due for completion in mid-2013. Each proposal will be put on display and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite design; what is raising eyebrows, however, is that the result of this public vote will be kept from the jury, who has the final say. The jury will not know what the public likes or dislikes when they place their own votes, and the public preference will only be revealed at the very end along with the jury's decision. 

Although there are pros and cons for keeping this information from the jury members, some Australians feel very strongly about their station - and you can certainly argue that they should have a greater say in its future.  

Read more about public participation in architecture after the break... 

Sandy High School / Dull Olson Weekes Architects

© Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee

Center for Care and Discovery, University of Chicago Medicine / Rafael Viñoly Architects

  • Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Location: South Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Consulting Architects: Cannon Design
  • MEP/FP Engineers: Affiliated Engineers and Primera Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Area: 111484.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Rossiter

© Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter