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RW Concrete Church / NAMELESS Architecture

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
RW Concrete Church / NAMELESS Architecture , © Rohspace / NAMELESS
© Rohspace / NAMELESS

© Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS © Rohspace / NAMELESS +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Byeollae-myeon, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo
  • Collaborating Architect

    Jplus (Jungtaek Lim, Hwataek Jung)
  • Area

    3095.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

TIME Debuts Powerful, Multimedia Story on One World Trade

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
TIME Debuts Powerful, Multimedia Story on One World Trade, © Jonathan Woods, TIME
© Jonathan Woods, TIME

Today, TIME unveiled "Top of America," a multimedia site relaying the gripping story of One World Trade, the David Childs-designed skyscraper that stands 1,776-feet tall within Daniel Libeskind's masterplan. Beyond providing interesting tidbits of information (did you know that both an 18th century boat and an ice-age formation were found while digging out the building's foundations?), the article, written by Josh Sanburn, is a fascinating and often deeply moving account -- one that gets across the sheer force of will and the extraordinary amount of collaboration it took to raise this building into the atmosphere: 

"Nine governors, two mayors, multiple architects, a headstrong developer, thousands of victims’ families and tens of thousands of neighborhood residents fought over this tiny patch of real estate…. Almost 13 years later…. America’s brawny, soaring ­ambition—the drive that sent pioneers west, launched rockets to the moon and led us to build steel-and-glass towers that pierced the clouds—is intact. Reaching 1,776 ft. has ensured it."

TIME's investment into the story was considerable (and, one can speculate, motivated by a desire to rival the fantastic multimedia features of The New York Times). The site is accompanied by a special issue of TIME, a documentary film, an unprecedented 360-degree interactive photograph, and - come April - even a book. Sanburn was not only granted exclusive access to the project for about a year, but photographer Jonathan Woods is the only journalist to have ascended to the skyscraper's top. Woods, start-up Gigapan, and mechanical engineers worked over eight months to design (on AutoCAD no less) a 13-foot long, rotating jib that could sustain a camera in the harsh conditions at the top of the tower’s 408-ft. spire; over 600 images were then digitally stitched together to create the 360-degree interactive photograph (which you can purchase here. A portion of the proceeds go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum).

You can explore TIME's interactive at TIME.com/wtc . Click after the break to watch some incredible videos from the project & read some particularly moving quotes from Sanburn's article. 

Milan Expo 2015: Eight Teams Shortlisted to Design UK Pavilion

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Eight Teams Shortlisted to Design UK Pavilion, Site, prior to construction
Site, prior to construction

Eight multidisciplinary teams have been selected to move forward in the second stage of competition to design the UK Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Drawing inspiration from the theme “Grown in Britain: Shared Globally,” the teams will now envision proposals that showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global challenges addressed by the overarching exposition theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Presentations will commence mid-April and a winner will be announced in May. View the selected teams, after the break. 

Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
 Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over, 'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White
'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White

UPDATE: The BBC reports that construction on the Kiruna re-location is scheduled to begin next month. For more on this extraordinary project, read the article below. 

Everyone is familiar with the stresses of moving to a new house, but the residents of Kiruna, a small town of 18,000 in Sweden, face a more daunting task: moving their entire city.

For more than 100 years, residents of Kiruna have developed their city center around the world's largest iron mine, operated by the state-controlled company, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB). In 2004, LKAB determined that to continue extracting iron would mean digging deeper, unsettling the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as the city hall, train station, and century-old church.

Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d'Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa, © Manuel Aguiar
© Manuel Aguiar

© Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar © Manuel Aguiar +29

Against Sprawl, Mall, & Tall: Soulful Architecture in A Soulless Age

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Against Sprawl, Mall, & Tall: Soulful Architecture in A Soulless Age, Doonamoe, County Mayo Ireland. Town of Belmullet. The Thin Places are Irish places where time past, present, and future converge. This project envelops a 100 ft deep blowhole by the Atlantic Ocean. The waves are thrusting up over a 100 ft into the air and the thin place walk is aligned to the equinox. Image
Doonamoe, County Mayo Ireland. Town of Belmullet. The Thin Places are Irish places where time past, present, and future converge. This project envelops a 100 ft deep blowhole by the Atlantic Ocean. The waves are thrusting up over a 100 ft into the air and the thin place walk is aligned to the equinox. Image

Originally published by The Huffington Post as "The Problem With Architecture Today (and the Solution)", Monica Gray documents the work of Travis Price, an architect and professor who works with his students to produce singular works all over the world which fight against the soulless architecture of our age.

According to Travis Price, an award-winning architect and philosopher whose work is rooted in ecology and mythology, most architecture today is just plain soulless. "You go into malls and they float all kinds of Roman columns and fake images. It's Disney. It's superficial. It's mass produced. It's empty." 

Price, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, focuses on restoring the "spirit of place" to modern design by providing an alternative to the "sprawl, mall and tall" trend of generic suburban architecture today, or, as he puts it, "a slow moving Pompeii blanketing us with the pursuit of loneliness and homogeneity."

Read on after the break to find out how Price is in his own way combating this problem

House in Yokawa / Mosaic Design

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
House in Yokawa / Mosaic Design, © Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team

    Ko Nakamura, Yurika Orita
  • Constructor

    Yamamoto Komuten
  • Area

    253.43 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments  / Emrys Architects, © Alan Williams
© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +22

Vin Rouge Headquarter / Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Vin Rouge Headquarter / Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A., Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.
Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. +54

  • Architects

  • Location

    529-4 Gwacheon-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    497.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

The Unpublishables: Showcasing Writing From Young Architects & Designers

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
The Unpublishables: Showcasing Writing From Young Architects & Designers, Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables
Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables

The Unpublishables, an independent architectural fanzine based in the UK, seeks to offer a platform for young architects - as well as designers and makers - to publish their own writing. About to launch their second edition, the zine has provided an outlet for ideas of young people who have the commitment and vision to develop their own design philosophies, polemics and research outside of full-time education or employment.

Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel. 

Altus / Edwards Moore

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Altus / Edwards Moore, © Fraser Marsden
© Fraser Marsden

© Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden +16

Terrarium / Modo Architect Office

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Terrarium  / Modo Architect Office, © Yoon, JoonHwan
© Yoon, JoonHwan

© Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim, kyungHee, Lee,EungRak
  • Area

    1725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© GRAFT + penda
© GRAFT + penda

GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

Black Gables / Omar Gandhi Architect

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Black Gables / Omar Gandhi Architect , © Greg Richardson Photography
© Greg Richardson Photography

© Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Omar Gandhi +19

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN, © Hiroki kawata
© Hiroki kawata

© Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/ninkipen!
  • Area

    61.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom, © Dirk Verwoerd
© Dirk Verwoerd

A popular tourist attraction and bizarre architectural experiment, the Kubuswoningen is located in the Oude Haven, the most historic section of Rotterdam’s port. Following the destruction of the Oude Haven during the Second World War, architect Piet Blom was asked to redevelop the area with architecture of character, presenting him the opportunity to apply his earlier cube housing exploration in Helmond to a more urban context.  Known for his desire to challenge conventions, Blom did not want the Kubuswoningen to resemble typical housing; he strived to dissolve the attitude that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.”  During a time when the rebuilding of Rotterdam was pivotal, the Kubuswoningen served as an influential precedent for progressive and innovative architectural development.  

© Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd +35

Exhibition: Brazil: Night & Day, by Photographer Andrew Prokos

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
Exhibition: Brazil: Night & Day, by Photographer Andrew Prokos, © Andrew Prokos
© Andrew Prokos

Among last year's winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer's Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in "Brazil: Night & Day", at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York.