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UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue, Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' now abandoned 'City Park' Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has selected UNStudio, in collaboration with AD+RG, to design its fifth major arts venue, the Lyric Theatre, which will sit alongside Herzog & de Meuron's planned M+ arts venue at the Western end of the Cultural District. The 1,200-seat theatre will be Hong Kong's first world class dance performance venue for ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance. It will also temporarily serve as a venue for drama, opera and musical performances during the construction of the other venues in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Read on after the break for more on the West Kowloon Cultural District and UNStudio's appointment.

Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki Petition Against Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic Stadium

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki Petition Against Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic Stadium, © ZHA
© ZHA

Though it seemed a compromise was met last October, when Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura announced plans to reduce the cost and scale of the Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the debate rages on.  

Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched an online petition to “defend the ginko tree-lined landscape of blue sky and Jingu Outer Gardens” from the construction of Hadid’s “oversized” stadium. 

The petition (now with more than 13,000 signatures) urges the Japan Sports Council, who hand selected Hadid’s winning design alongside Tadao Ando, to reconsider upgrading the existing Meiji Jingo Gaien Stadium and the gardens surrounding it. This solution, they believe, is a more affordable and sustainable alternative that would prevent the relocation of nearby residents. 

Take a tour though Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium and share your thoughts about the design (and petition), after the break...

When Biology Inspires Architecture: An Interview with Doris Kim Sung

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
When Biology Inspires Architecture: An Interview with Doris Kim Sung , Much of dO|Su Studio Architecture's work is with Thermal-Bimetals, a laminated sheet metal material that can expand and contract at different temperatures. Image © Brandon Shigeta
Much of dO|Su Studio Architecture's work is with Thermal-Bimetals, a laminated sheet metal material that can expand and contract at different temperatures. Image © Brandon Shigeta

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Before attending Columbia University for her Masters in Architecture, Los Angeles-based architect Doris Kim Sung took a fairly non-traditional approach to becoming an architect: she was a biologist. Naturally then, Sung’s architectural work tends to take inspiration from the biological world, particularly in the way she experiments and innovates with materials. Much of her work involves thermal bimetals, a material that expands and contracts with temperature swings; it can even act as a sun shade and ventilation system, without the need for electricity.

So where does a biologist-turned-architect draw inspiration from? We interviewed Ms. Sung to find out for ourselves -- the responses, like her work at dO|Su Architecture, are simply fascinating.  

Citadel of Construction / HOFLAB+HOFPRO

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Citadel of Construction / HOFLAB+HOFPRO, © Dario Diarena
© Dario Diarena

© Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    via tuzi 11, Via Pietro Tuzi, 11, 06128 Perugia, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    HOFLAB (Paolo Belardi, Carl Volckerts), HOFPRO (Alessio Burini), Valeria Menchetelli
  • Project Manager

    Massimo Marinelli
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives, Large construction site for a new mall at the beach located at Dubai Marina. Image © a-image / Shutterstock.com
Large construction site for a new mall at the beach located at Dubai Marina. Image © a-image / Shutterstock.com

Is it more dangerous to be a soldier or a construction worker? Astonishingly, it’s the latter. According to a recent report in the Guardian, 448 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan  since 2001. In the same period, 760 construction workers died on British building sites.

Life is cheap at the dirty end of architecture and not just in the UK. The number of fatalities of largely migrant workers from the Indian subcontinent imported to implement Qatar’s architectural ambitions, notably the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, has been the subject of much hand-wringing discussion. And rightly so − over 400 Indian and Nepali building workers died in Qatar in 2013, and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has warned that up to 4,000 workers may die before a ball is finally kicked in 2022.

If 400 people perished in a plane crash, there would be exhaustive inquiries into aircraft safety, lessons would be learnt and strategies of improvement implemented. There would also be a palpable sense of loss and accountability. But a fatality here and there on a construction site over a period of time does not have the same galvanizing impetus. 

Colorful Pop-Up Pavilion Forms the Centerpiece for Camden Create Festival

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Colorful Pop-Up Pavilion Forms the Centerpiece for Camden Create Festival, © KSR Architects
© KSR Architects

As part of a new three-day festival in the London borough of CamdenKSR Architects have designed a brightly colored pop-up pavilion for the famous Britannia Junction. The festival's centerpiece is made up of 640 fluorescent tubes hanging from a stage truss system to make a colossal wind chime, animating the area with movement, color and sound.

Read more about the pavilion and the festival, and see more images after the break

© KSR Architects © KSR Architects © KSR Architects © KSR Architects +8

Study Shows Green Office Buildings Don't Make Happier Workers

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Study Shows Green Office Buildings Don't Make Happier Workers, Graphic from our LEED infographic. © Megan Jett. . Image
Graphic from our LEED infographic. © Megan Jett. . Image

Have you ever wondered if you would be happier working in a LEED building? Wonder no more - a new study says no. Although the findings indicate employees are generally satisfied with working in green-certified buildings, they are no happier than they would be in a non-LEED building. The study, which contradicts previous findings, was conducted by Sergio Altomonte from the Department for Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham and Stefano Schiavon from the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley. 

To arrive at this conclusion, data was collected through a web-based survey tool by the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California Berkeley. In total, 65 LEED and 79 non-LEED buildings were selected to participate in the study. Building occupants were surveyed and asked to rate their satisfaction on a 7-point scale of 17 indoor environmental quality parameters, including amount of light, furniture adjustability, air quality, temperature, and sound privacy. 

Restoration of Arab Tower in Riba de Saelices / Ignacio Vila Almazán + Alejandro Vírseda Aizpún + José Ignacio Carnicero

01:00 - 14 May, 2014

 

Restoration of Arab Tower in Riba de Saelices / Ignacio Vila Almazán + Alejandro Vírseda Aizpún + José Ignacio Carnicero, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +34

EGWW / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architect

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
EGWW / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architect, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux +31

Extension vB4 / dmvA

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Extension vB4 / dmvA, © Mick Couwenbergh
© Mick Couwenbergh

© Mick Couwenbergh © Mick Couwenbergh © Mick Couwenbergh © Mick Couwenbergh +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brecht, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Rini van Beek
  • Design Team

    David Driesen, Tom Verschueren
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display, © Cristiano Mascaro
© Cristiano Mascaro

Chosen to curate the Brazilian contribution at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, diplomat and architecture critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago has revealed plans for an exhibition that will chronologically illustrate the evolution of Brazilian architecture.

180 projects will be exhibited, all of which have either played a significant role in the country’s architectural evolution, such as the pre-Colombian (Indian shacks), vernacular constructions and baroque designs, or have displayed a strong international influence, like the Capanema Palace, Pampulha and Brasília. In addition to this, 50 important personalities, including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, will be highlighted for their assistance in spotlighting the importance of Brazilian architecture. 

Void General Store / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
© João Duayer
© João Duayer

© João Duayer © João Duayer © João Duayer © João Duayer +13

House of Sieves / Francisco Cadau

03:24 - 13 May, 2014
House of Sieves / Francisco Cadau, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Courtesy of Francisco Cadau oficina de arquitectura Courtesy of Francisco Cadau oficina de arquitectura © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla Courtesy of Francisco Cadau oficina de arquitectura +25

J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center"

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
J. Mayer H. Wins Competition to Design Berlin "Experience Center", © J. Mayer H.
© J. Mayer H.

J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt Berlin,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid. 

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Jürgen Mayer H.
  • Competition Team

    Christoph Emenlauer, Simon Kassner, Bart van den Hoven, Mehrdad Mashaie, Mael Kang, Paul Angelier, Julien Sarale
  • Area

    29500.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Grafting Architecture: Catalonia at Venice

00:00 - 13 May, 2014
Grafting Architecture: Catalonia at Venice, Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes. Image © Jordi Surroca; Courtesy of Institut Ramon Llull
Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes. Image © Jordi Surroca; Courtesy of Institut Ramon Llull

Catalonia is returning for the second time to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with the Collateral Event Arquitectures Empeltades / Grafting Architecture. Referencing the botanical process of grafting, the proposal seeks to elucidate the changes taking place in contemporary Catalan architecture by highlighting processes in which “living traditions” are being updated as new. 

More on "Grafting Architecture" after the break...

Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Documentation Center of Bergen-Belsen Memorial / KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten, © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk
© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk

© Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk © Klemens Ortmeyer, Stephan Falk +20

Centro Deportivo en Alcazar de San Juan / Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Centro Deportivo en Alcazar de San Juan / Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw , Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw
Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw

Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    13600 Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Begoña Fernández-Shaw Zulueta, Luis Rojo de Castro
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Begoña Fernández-Shaw

Single-Family Home in Las Encinas / Vicens + Ramos

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Single-Family Home in Las Encinas  / Vicens + Ramos, Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos
Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos

© Eugeni Pons Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos Courtesy of Estudio Vicens+Ramos +10