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Video: Bach Comes to Life within the Walls of Peter Zumthor's Bruder Klaus Field Chapel

00:00 - 28 October, 2014

Take a moment to enjoy German-Korean musician Isang Enders play Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 within the sacred, charred interior of Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel.

Developer Says Problems with Prefabricated Homes "Must Not Stop Innovation"

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Developer Says Problems with Prefabricated Homes "Must Not Stop Innovation", RSH+P's Oxley Woods Development. Image © Flickr CC User Oxley Woods Photos
RSH+P's Oxley Woods Development. Image © Flickr CC User Oxley Woods Photos

Developer Tom Bloxham has argued that problems with prefabricated homes or other unusual building techniques "must not stop innovation" in the UK housing sector. Bloxham, whose company Urban Splash was responsible for the Stirling Prize-nominated Park Hill regeneration and has worked with architects such as Norman Foster, FAT and Will Alsop, was speaking at an Archiboo event titled "Housebuilding is Ripe for Disruption." Discussing the problems that have befallen RSH+P's Oxley Woods project, he said "Whenever we innovate something inevitably goes wrong. There are risks and it is difficult. But somebody has to take these risks for the industry to move forward," reports the Architects' Journal.

Guardian Invites Readers to Submit the Best City Ideas for World Cities Day

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Guardian Invites Readers to Submit the Best City Ideas for World Cities Day, © NLÉ architects
© NLÉ architects

With the first ever World Cities Day taking place on Friday, the Guardian is partnering with UN Habitat for the Cities Day Challenge, a day-long competition where representatives of 36 cities around the world will present their best city ideas, with the winner being selected for an in-depth article in the Guardian. Judged by Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Toronto City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat; Anna Minton, Dan Hill, Usman Haque and Adam Greenfield, the Guardian will be live-tweeting the entire day.

They are also reaching out to readers to "share your photos, videos and stories of something brilliant that your city does better than any other," some of which they will feature throughout the day. You can follow this link to contribute - or read on after the break as we take the opportunity to round up some of the biggest city ideas that have passed through the pages of ArchDaily.

PLOT's Copenhagen Harbour Bath has been a hugely successful precedent in the urban swimming trend. Image © Casper Dalhoff +Pool, the biggest ever urbanist project on kickstarter, hopes to reclaim a piece of New York's Hudson River for Swimmers. Image © Family, PlayLab Acting as Christchurch's cathedral until the actual cathedral is rebuilt, Shigeru Ban's Cardboard structure has been hugely popular. Image © Bridgit Anderson One of the most successful ways of pushing a social housing agenda has been ELEMENTAL's 'Half Finished House' typology. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL + 12

Football Stadium Arena Borisov / OFIS Architects

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Football Stadium Arena Borisov / OFIS Architects, © Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

© Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Borisov, Belarus
  • Architect in Charge

    Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik
  • Project Team

    Janez Martincic, Rok Gerbec, Andrej Gregoric, Konstantine Bogoslavsky, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Ana Kosi, Ieva Cicenaite, Grzegorz Ostrowski, Filip Knapczyk, Sergio Silva Santos

  • Area

    6108.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Glass + Wood / Hamada Design

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Glass + Wood / Hamada Design, © Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

© Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura + 14

House in Byoubugaura / Takeshi Hosaka

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
House in Byoubugaura / Takeshi Hosaka, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners + 35

Inshopnia / Nan Arquitectos

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Inshopnia / Nan Arquitectos, © Iván Casal Nieto
© Iván Casal Nieto

© Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto © Iván Casal Nieto + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rúa Velázquez Moreno, Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Project Team

    Wenceslao López, Vicente Pillado, Alberto F. Reiriz
  • Project Area

    95 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum, Downtown Colorado Springs via Wikipedia
Downtown Colorado Springs via Wikipedia

The US Olympic Museum committee has selected Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design a $60 million museum in downtown Colorado Springs. The New York-based practice will collaborate with Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver and exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates to showcase the Olympic and Paralympic's history through exhibits and artifacts. Once complete by early 2018, the museum will include a hall of fame, theater, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and retail space. Designs are expected to be released by mid-2015. 

Grimshaw and Gruen's LA Union Station Masterplan Gains Approval from Planning Board

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Update: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has approved approved the proposed masterplan by Grimshaw and Gruen; the scheme will now go ahead, subject to the availability of funding. The below article is from 22 September 2014.

The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Los Angeles Union Station master plan in July of 2012 after six initial proposals for the project. Now the Metro Board has begun to finalize plans and move towards implementation, with their Planning Committee scheduled to discuss the proposals in early November. Read on to learn more about how the plan has developed over the past two years and the next steps towards its implementation. 

East Entrance View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Passenger Concourse View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Bus Terminal View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) + 9

P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko, Courtesy of Philippe Starck
Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montfort-l'Amaury, France
  • Collaboration

    Riko
  • Project Year

    2014

Renovation and extension of the Baths of Géronde / NAU Architecture + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Renovation and extension of the Baths of Géronde / NAU Architecture + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei + 22

West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA, © Kate Bowe O’Brien
© Kate Bowe O’Brien

© Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Mark Thompson, Kristoffer Norrinder, Michael Pledge
  • Area

    765.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

d3 Natural Systems 2014 Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
d3 Natural Systems 2014 Winners Announced, Special Mention for Performative Landscape: Hydrophytic Urban Topography / Dustin Piercy, Xiomara Martinez (USA). Image © d3 Natural Systems
Special Mention for Performative Landscape: Hydrophytic Urban Topography / Dustin Piercy, Xiomara Martinez (USA). Image © d3 Natural Systems

d3 has announced the winners of its Natural Systems Competition for 2014, an annual competition that offers architects, designers, engineers and students the chance to investigate natural processes from the microscopic to macroscopic scale and propose innovative, nature-based solutions in architecture, urbanism, interiors and product design for sustainable living.

The jury, a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable practices and computational explorations, has this year selected a top three as well as eleven special mentions. Join us after the break for images from all 14 designs.

Iconic Architects Photoshopped "Giving the Finger" in Support of Frank Gehry

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image Courtesy of Supporting Frank Owen Gehry
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image Courtesy of Supporting Frank Owen Gehry

Last week, Frank Gehry made headlines when he responded to a reporter asking about his “showy architecture” with the finger and a proclamation that 98% of today’s architecture is “pure shit.” Unsurprisingly, this got the architecture world storming. Responses ranged from “oh the irony” to “absolutely refreshing” (join the conversation here). Perhaps most notably, one tumblr has responded in support of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect with images of architecture’s biggest icons giving the finger and Supporting Frank Owen Gehry.

Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer are some of the few who have “shown” their support. See our favorites, after the break.

Primary School Tanouan Ibi / LEVS architecten

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Primary School Tanouan Ibi  / LEVS architecten, Courtesy of LEVS architecten
Courtesy of LEVS architecten

Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dogon Plateau, Mali
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Paul Bardagjy © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 18

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cossette V7  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Evan Dion © Scott Norsworthy + 17

Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Northern Tablelands, NSW, Australia
  • Project Director

    John Choi
  • Project Leader

    Toby Breakspear
  • Project Team

    Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
  • Area

    1320.0 sqm
  • Photographs