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Micro Housing Makes a Comeback

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
Micro Housing Makes a Comeback, adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED
adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED

In the early 20th century rooming houses and residential hotels with small bedrooms and shared bathrooms were the norm of city life: they provided cheap, day-to-day housing near downtown areas (where affordable food and entertainment was abundant). However, a tide of well-intentioned health and safety regulations in the 50s and 60s led cities to essentially ban this type of housing across the United States. 

In an article for the Slate, the director of the Sightline Institute, Alan Durning, suggests that this was one of the most misguided legislations ever implemented in American cities: instead of enforcing higher quality housing for cities’ lower earning peoples, it has instead left them stranded, with fewer and fewer affordable housing options.

More after the break...

Bildungszentrum Tor zur Welt / Bof Architekten

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier
  • Architects

  • Location

    Krieterstraße 7, 21109 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier +24

Next Landmark 2013 Winners Announced

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Next Landmark 2013 Winners Announced, Courtesy of Shoko Murakaji
Courtesy of Shoko Murakaji

Launched by Floornature, the winners of the second edition Next Landmark competition were just announced. Originality, environmental sustainability and all the ideas that exploit relations between people, architecture and landscape were the main determinants of the winning projects. For the first time, the 3 winning projects and the 6 special mentions were announced in a live streaming event conducted by anchor-architect, Pietro Polidori with the participation of all the big names on the judging panel. Next Landmark 2013 was an all-women edition, with two women winning first prize for the First Work and Research categories, Shoko Murakaji from Japan and the Russian, Nataly Abramova respectively. The first prize for the new Photography section went to the very young photographer and designer, Hugo Soo from Canada. More images and information on the winning projects after the break.

Lifted-Garden House / acaa

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Lifted-Garden House / acaa, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuhiko Kishimoto
  • Area

    618.19 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +31

Drink Shop Harpf / Monovolume Architecture + Design

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Jürgen Eheim
© Jürgen Eheim

© Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim +24

Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment / Fuksas Design

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Gianni Basso
© Gianni Basso
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Tomacelli, 7, 00186 Roma, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Massimiliano, Doriana Fuksas
  • Area

    6116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso +11

Muqarnas Tower / SOM

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
Muqarnas Tower / SOM, Courtesy of SOM
Courtesy of SOM
  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Design Partner

    Roger Duffy, FAIA
  • Managing Partner

    Peter Magill, AIA
  • Project Manager

    Joseph Ruocco, AIA
  • Senior Design Architect

    Scott Duncan, AIA
  • Design Architect

    Jackie Wong, AIA
  • Area

    890000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SOM

Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM +13

AD Classics: Inmos Microprocessor Factory / Richard Rogers Partnership

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership
Courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership

Having made his name with the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Lloyd's building, Richard Rogers - who turns 80 today - was commissioned in 1980 to design the Inmos microprocessor factory in Newport, Wales. The factory's design was targeted for the delicate process of microchip assembly, which requires a clean and controlled space. Built at the time of the computer-chip boom, construction had to be completed within one year, a factor which would greatly influence the design. 

Rogers's response, based on his previous high-tech designs, was to move the services to the outside of the building and split the interior into 'clean' spaces for microchip assembly and 'dirty' spaces for other tasks. Moreover, Rogers opted for an off-site prefabrication of parts, which not only increased the speed of construction, but would also allow for the factory to be easily replicated as a model.

Read more after the  break...

Courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership Courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership © Ken Kirkwood © Ken Kirkwood +9

AD Architecture School Guide: The University of Hong Kong

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: The University of Hong Kong, Exhibition at Shanghai-Tongji, image via http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/gallery/2011-12/march-studios/stephen-lau/
Exhibition at Shanghai-Tongji, image via http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/gallery/2011-12/march-studios/stephen-lau/

Architecture school should provide an environment to explore issues alongside practical skills and professional training. Ideally, there will also be opportunities to work with faculty and students in fields that complement architecture. Add a campus situated at an international city and you have The University of Hong Kong.

Located on the island of Hong Kong, HKU’s program is not one single entity but rather, it is a consortium under the Faculty of Architecture, what other universities refer to as a “college.” The Faculty of Architecture includes the departments and divisions of Architecture, Real Estate and Construction, Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture. In addition, it also runs the Shanghai Study Centre. Sited in Shanghai, it provides a public arena for conferences, houses a public gallery. Interdepartmental as well as inter-university studios are also conducted there.

China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019, Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk
Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk

In a move to tackle corruption and improve the image of the Communist Party (CPC), China's President Xi Jinping has banned the construction of government buildings for the next five years. The BBC reports that "Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage." The ban also includes luxury renovations and expansions "done under the guise of repair work."

Humber Centre for Justice Leadership / Gow Hastings Architects

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Humber Centre for Justice Leadership / Gow Hastings Architects, ©  Tom Arban
© Tom Arban
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Design Team

    Philip Hastings, Valerie Gow, Jim Burkitt, David Colussi, Dan Malka, Rich D’Alessandro, Janice Lee, Julian Ocampo
  • Landscape Consultant

    NAK Design Group
  • Structural Consultant

    Cathro Engineering Limited
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consultant

    McGregor Allsop Limited
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

©  Tom Arban ©  Tom Arban ©  Tom Arban ©  Tom Arban +13

Miami Beach Convention Center Winning Proposal / South Beach ACE

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Miami Beach Convention Center Winning Proposal / South Beach ACE, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

South Beach ACE, the collaborative team made up of Tishman, a national real estate development firm led by Dan Tishman; international architecture firm OMA, led by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas; and Miami Beach developer Robert Wennett, were just announced by the Miami Beach City Commission as the winning team in a competition to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center and the surrounding 52-acre site. Looking forward to bring the project to fruition, the team firmly believes a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and re-imagined convention center campus are critical to Miami Beach's ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention destination. More images and the team's description after the break.

Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice, Courtesy of AIA NY Global Dialogues & AIA NY Women in Architecture
Courtesy of AIA NY Global Dialogues & AIA NY Women in Architecture

As part of the 2013 AIA Global Dialogues, (un-covered) Connections, 'Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice' will discuss what it means to be a woman in the construction industry practicing globally in our time. Taking place this Thursday, July 25th, from 6-8pm EST at the Center for Architecture in New York, key speakers include the most significant women in their field - over 3 generations, which will be moderated by Cathleen McGuigan – Editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. Organized by AIA NY Global Dialogues and AIA NY Women in Architecture, the main question of the event is,'What are the challenges and the opportunities that women who choose this path face and how do their successes and shortcomings affect the next generation?' For more information, please visit here.

EL RENGLE / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
© Ferran Mateo
© Ferran Mateo

© Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Shlomi Almagor +16

Kloof 151 / SAOTA

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team

    Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni & Johann van der Vyver
  • Interior Design

    Mark Rielly & Ashleigh Gilmour
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SAOTA

Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA +14

Richard Rogers Honoured at New London Awards

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
The Shed by Haworth Thompkins, one of the 17 winners of the New London Awards. Image © Helen Binet
The Shed by Haworth Thompkins, one of the 17 winners of the New London Awards. Image © Helen Binet

The New London Awards, which recognize the best projects in London - both recently completed and on the drawing-board - were held at London's Guildhall on the 12th of July. Richard Rogers took the top prize of "New Londoner of the Year" in recognition of his life-long commitment to raising the quality of urbanism in the UK capital. The award coincides with his 80th birthday and a major retrospective at the Royal Academy.

See all the winners of the 17 different awards after the break.

ROCA London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of ROCA US Embassy by Keiran Timberlake. Rendering © Studio amd North London Hospice by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image © Tim Soar Hayes Primary School by Hayhurst & Co. Image © Kilian O'Sullivan +9

OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica, © OMA
© OMA

Santa Monica’s City Staff has recommended OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The building and surrounding plaza incorporates a civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel. The City Staff selection panel praised OMA’s project for its iconic architecture and flexibility, saying it would “easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future.” Santa Monica’s City Council will review the recommendation on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.

The proposal’s plazas and terraces will add over 55,000 square feet of programmable open space. A cultural venue will sit inside of the building, anchored by office spaces for Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles’ growing tech industry. The project will be led by OMA’s New York office, headed by Shohei Shigematsu. He explained, “Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.”

More images and information after the break…

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA +10

In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD, Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte
Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinan – China
  • Design Team

    Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
  • Area

    70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte +14