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New Court Building in Almendralejo / Enrique Bardají & Asociados

00:00 - 23 September, 2013
New Court Building in Almendralejo / Enrique Bardají & Asociados, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Leopoldo Capella Avila, 06200 Almendralejo, Badajoz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrique Bardají Álvarez, Carlos Santi Merayo
  • Area

    5310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +27

Could Ho Chi Minh City's Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?

09:30 - 22 September, 2013
Could Ho Chi Minh City's Architecture Be Saved by Its Economic Rut?, Ho Chi Minh City by night. Image © Wikimedia Commons
Ho Chi Minh City by night. Image © Wikimedia Commons

In this article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "A Time-Out," Carl Robinson reminisces about the architecture of the Ho Chi Minh City he remembers from the 1960s and discusses how the urban landscape has changed in subsequent years. As Vietnam grapples with economic downturn, he asks, how might the city to develop? 

Over the past 15 years, as Vietnam finally left its long years of war behind, the former capital of South Vietnam—Saigon—became the country’s economic powerhouse. Until fairly recently, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was a boomtown. Even before touching down at its busy international airport, I see new buildings rising up through the sprawling and tightly packed suburbs, splayed across the city’s surrounding delta landscape and muddy meandering rivers. 

Off in the distance along the wide Saigon River, where the spires of the city’s French Colonial Roman Catholic cathedral once dominated downtown, an impressive silhouette of high-rises reach to the tropical sky. The city’s twenty-first-century feel continues through its sweeping new terminal (designed by GWA) and then down a wide boulevard past contemporary office buildings and shops. Eventually I reach the intimate tree-lined streets of old Saigon, the residential quarter created by the French more than 150 years ago.

The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
The Fragrance Kitchen / ARCHJS, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Hamra Tower & Mall, Al-Shuhada Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Architect in Charge

    Jassim Al Shehab
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +13

San Francisco's Chrissy Field Proposals Released

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image
The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image

With the news earlier this year that San Francisco's Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the Chora Group (for 'The Bridge'), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher +14

Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center / Foldes Architects

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center / Foldes Architects, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Celldömölk, Hungary
  • Principal Designer

    Laszlo Foldes
  • Project Design Team

    Laszlo Foldes, Csaba Balogh, Orsolya Tatar-Gonczi
  • Collaborating Architects

    Agnes Deigner, Levente Sirokai, Peter Sonicz
  • Area

    965.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +29

Berkeley Prize 2014

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
Berkeley Prize 2014

The Berkeley Prize supports the study and teaching of the social art of architecture. The online, two-stage Essay Competition (in English) is open to undergraduate architecture majors in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world. 

Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Punta Carretas, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Project Team

    Lucho Oreggioni, Sonia Prieto, Fernanda Ríos
  • Project Area

    172.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

AIA Investigates Home Design Trends in Second Quarter

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
Courtesy of AIA
Courtesy of AIA

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is out for the second quarter of 2013. Since early 2012, business conditions have steadily been trending upwards, and within the past year alone, residential architects have reported a recovery in nearly every residential construction sector. Taking into consideration the "strong levels of inquiries for new projects, the growing levels of project backlogs, and the uniformly strong readings from firms across all regions of the country," workloads for residential architects are predicted to stay strong for the next quarters and future market conditions will only improve.

For more on the AIA's findings, keep reading. 

Politiekantoor Schoten / Bovenbouw

01:00 - 22 September, 2013
Politiekantoor Schoten / Bovenbouw, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Schoten, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Dirk Somers, Erik Wieërs, Pieter Eeckeloo, Sarah Poot, Peter Wils, Annelien Grandry and Christophe Van Boxtel
  • Client

    Gemeente Schoten, Johan Hoskens
  • Structural Engineer

    Arcadis Gedas NV
  • Area

    2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +13

City Modern Home Tours

00:00 - 22 September, 2013
City Modern Home Tours, © Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

Visit some of the city’s most gawk-worthy homes designed and furnished by New York’s top architects and interior decorators. From a penthouse with a three-story slide to the ultimate man cave, these private residences exemplify ingenuity, innovation, and forward-thinking urban design.

Re-inventing Shoes Workshop at AAtelier Paris

00:00 - 21 September, 2013
Re-inventing Shoes Workshop at AAtelier Paris

The AA (Architectural Association) is one of the world’s most renowned Schools of Architecture. It offers twice a year, since 2011, AAtelier: a 10-day highly international AA visiting school in Paris. What makes this course unique in the world today is its crossover approach between architecture and fashion.

Four Post-War UK Buildings Given Heritage Status

00:00 - 21 September, 2013
Four Post-War UK Buildings Given Heritage Status, The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners
The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

Four post-war buildings, including the Spectrum Building by Norman Foster and Capel Manor House by Michael Manser, have been elevated to the Heritage List by the UK's Architecture and Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey. Upon announcing the news, the Minister commented that in spite of England's "fine and wonderful built heritage it's sometimes forgotten that we have many outstanding modern buildings too." His listings show that "architecture in this country is very much alive and well in the modern world."

Read more about the buildings after the break...

Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 21 September, 2013
Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +32

IS ARCH Awards for students

00:00 - 21 September, 2013
IS ARCH Awards for students

The ISARCH Awards are international awards targeting students of architecture. The aim is to provide a platform for debate surrounding the architecture solutions students contribute within the framework of their university studies.

'Serp & Molot' Factory International Competition

01:00 - 21 September, 2013
'Serp & Molot' Factory International Competition

The international competition for the architectural and urban planning concept of the 'Serp & Molot' Factory in Moscow opened its registration last week.

Tortona 37 Multi-Purpose Complex / Matteo Thun & Partners

00:00 - 21 September, 2013
Tortona 37 Multi-Purpose Complex / Matteo Thun & Partners, © Matteo Danesin
© Matteo Danesin

© Daniele Domenicali © Matteo Danesin © Matteo Danesin © Daniele Domenicali +15

Office complex Haokang / Archiplein

00:00 - 21 September, 2013
© Frédéric Henriques
© Frédéric Henriques

© Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques +12