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Evill House / Studio Pacific Architecture

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
Evill House / Studio Pacific Architecture, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +9

Clustered Dwellings Building / Ana Smud + Estudio Rietti Smud

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
Clustered Dwellings Building / Ana Smud + Estudio Rietti Smud, Courtesy of Ana Smud
Courtesy of Ana Smud
  • Architects

  • Location

    Russel 5058, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architect

    Ana Smud
  • Team

    Agustina Falcon, Daniel Zelcer, Matias Rebusone, Nicolas Fernandez Sanz.
  • Project Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Ana Smud

Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud Courtesy of Ana Smud +23

2 Houses & 2 Studios / RAUM

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
2 Houses & 2 Studios / RAUM, © Audrey Cerdan
© Audrey Cerdan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Quiberon, France
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan +13

World Architecture Festival: Last Days to Register, Discount for ArchDaily Readers

00:00 - 9 September, 2013

The World Architecture Festival is only a few weeks away. The intense architecture event will take place between October 2nd and 4th in Singapore, a young, fast city where architecture is everywhere, as you can see on the above video.

Five Projects Win Aga Khan Award for Architecture

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
Five Projects Win Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria / Bernado Bader Architects. Image © AKAA / Adolf Bereuter
Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria / Bernado Bader Architects. Image © AKAA / Adolf Bereuter

The Master Jury for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced five deserving projects as winners of the prestigious, US$1 million prize. Since the award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the prize and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented for exhibiting architectural excellence and improving the overall quality of life in their regions. 

The 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners include:

Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition

01:00 - 9 September, 2013

A team from the Moscow Strelka Institute - Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku - has been awarded first place in the TAB 2013 Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism. Challenged to propose a scheme for urban remediation that could diversify the concentric plan of Väike-Õismäe - one of Tallinn's three larger Soviet-era panel-apartment districts - to enhance quality of life, the winning team envisioned Dynamo: a radical plan that would reactivate the sleepy district by “recharging the ground.”

London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant, Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox
Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city's largest "living wall" - a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding. Taking two months to construct and covering a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will beautify the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as strawberries, butter cups and winter geraniums.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this incredible wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. Not only will the wall do a great job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, it boosts the area's green appeal and attracts wildlife into the dense urban environment.

RR House / Kerr Ritchie

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
RR House / Kerr Ritchie, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Otago, New Zealand
  • Design Team

    Pete Ritchie, Bronwen Kerr
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +9

Wedge House / SOUP Architects

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
Wedge House / SOUP Architects, © Andy Matthews
© Andy Matthews
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thames Ditton, Surrey, UK
  • Structural Engineer

    BTA Structural Design
  • Building Contractor

    Young Construction Management Services Ltd (YCMS Ltd)
  • Photographs

© Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews © Andy Matthews +25

Interview with Alain de Botton, Author of "The Architecture of Happiness"

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
Interview with Alain de Botton, Author of "The Architecture of Happiness",  Dune House / JVA. One of the "Living Architecture" Homes. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. One of the "Living Architecture" Homes. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Better known for his books and television documentaries, which address the importance of philosophy in our daily lives, Alain de Botton is founder of “Living Architecture,” a company which rents holiday homes designed by renowned architectural practices like: MVRDV, NORD, Jarmund/Vigsnaes, David Kohn Architects and Peter Zumthor. It was while writing the book “The Architecture of Happiness” that the Swiss/British philosopher had this idea. He has also been designated honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, in acknowledgement of his services to architecture.

Hugo Oliveira: Architects like Alison and Peter Smithson believed that they could transform people’s lives for the better through architecture. Is this sort of innocence important?

Alain de Botton: The Smithson’s ambition is terrific. The problem is that architects can’t change the world until they become developers. At the moment, the best of our architects are merely hired jesters designed to enliven the egos and bank balances of large property developers.

Park Point House / Vaughn McQuarrie

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
Park Point House / Vaughn McQuarrie, © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +15

Turks Paint Public Walkways in Protest

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
Turks Paint Public Walkways in Protest, Courtesy of Twitter User durmusbeyin
Courtesy of Twitter User durmusbeyin

Last June we covered some of the anti-government protests that were taking Turkey by storm - but the Turks are still making headlines! Last week, one Istanbul resident decided to paint a derelict public stair only to find it hastily covered up by government workers. In an act of “guerilla beautification” and silent protest, people across Turkey have once again taken to the streets to paint their stairs and public walkways in rainbow colors. For the full story, check out this article on The Lede by Robert Mackey.

Migliari Guimarães House / Bloco Arquitetos

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
© Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco, Rodrigo Scheel
  • Collaborators

    Daniella Rauber, Guilherme Mahana, Victor Silvério, Bruno Pessoa
  • Area

    470.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +36

Brown Vujcich House / Bossley Architect’s

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
Brown Vujcich House / Bossley Architect’s, © Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds
  • Architects

  • Location

    Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Architect in Charge

    Pete Bossley, Andrea Bell, Don McKenzie and Karen Ngan Kee
  • Structural Engineers

    Day Consultants
  • Main Contractor

    PSL Construction
  • Cabinetry

    Construct group
  • Landscaping

    Behind the Garden Wall
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +18

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands, Aerial of Amsterdam. Image Courtesy of Waag Society
Aerial of Amsterdam. Image Courtesy of Waag Society

The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map - the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated, © OMA
© OMA

In July the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's (OMA) competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica was recommended by City Council members after they "seemed genuinely wowed by OMA's theatrically-terraced design." City officials have since voted to re-evaluate the recommendation over concerns of a lack of affordable housing in the development, as well as issues "related to design [and] economics." They have also invited Related California, a team comprising of BIG, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to revise its original proposal that was shortlisted in March of this year.

San Antonio Hacienda / Dionne Arquitectos + Posada Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 September, 2013
San Antonio Hacienda / Dionne Arquitectos + Posada Arquitectos, © Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cholula de Rivadavia (San Pedro Cholula), Puebla, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Fred Dionne, Juan Ignacio Posada
  • Collaborators

    Rodrigo Martínez, Elizabeth Cortes, Antonio Carpio, Francisco Baxin, Hugo García.
  • Construction

    Posada Arquitectos
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Patrick López Jaimes, Courtesy of Dionne Arquitectos

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes Courtesy of Dionne Arquitectos Courtesy of Dionne Arquitectos +21

BNL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg / BOLLES+WILSON

01:00 - 7 September, 2013
BNL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg / BOLLES+WILSON, Wood model interior. Image © Tomasz Samek
Wood model interior. Image © Tomasz Samek

In 2003, BOLLES + WILSON won a national competition that gained them commission of the new Luxemburg National Library (BnL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg). After years of hibernation, the 39,000 square meter library will break ground in 2014. 

Follow us after the break for more analysis on the library...