Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
Courtesy of Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović
Courtesy of Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović

Inspired to create a landmark in Sofia for the Collider Activity Center, the form of this building volume emerges from the striking rock columns, which are planted underneath the layer of earth and extend up into the open landscape. Instead of literally being rocks, this design by Gojko Radić and Nataša Stefanović metaphorically has an analogy in this natural Bulgarian setting around its stunning cliffs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House of Joyce & Jeroen / Personal Architecture

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +19

Britain's New Baseline School Design Sacrifices Style for Savings

00:00 - 26 March, 2013
Courtesy of Education Funding Agency
Courtesy of Education Funding Agency

Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Department for Education have released blueprints for the baseline design for schools that they believe "demonstrate good practice that can be achieved within [a] set cost and area allowances." The government's goal is to reduce the cost of new school buildings from the previous £21m to less than £14m each for the replacement of 261 of the most run-down schools in the country.

These new schools, however, will be 15% smaller than the ones designed originally under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) program, potentially compromising important spaces such as corridors, assembly halls, canteens and atriums. Many teachers have expressed concern for these changes, as they could lead to congestion, bad behavior among students and would "undermine attempts to maximize the value for money of school buildings by making them available for community functions after hours."  

Architects and the architecture community at large are also worried about the design implications of such a standardized school building prototype - how will it interact with the existing school buildings and how could restricted design affect Britain's educational system?

More after the break...

Kindergarten Lotte / Kavakava Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Aivo Kallas
© Aivo Kallas

The city of Tartu has the goal of implementing high-quality modern architecture in new public buildings. The new kindergarten, which is located in one of the most dilapidated areas of Tartu (the so-callled Chinatown is a former Soviet military garrison), is a result of this policy.

Grecco Building / Arzubialde Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Middleton 2078, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Baulíes Santiago, Cabezudo Martín, Piccini Franco
  • Structural Design

    Héctor Solís, Alicia Cinalli
  • Electrical Installation

    Gustavo Begue, Hernán Martínez Prieto
  • Ironwork

    Miguel Acuña
  • Building Services

    Marcelo Sorbara
  • Area

    604.45 m2
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Walter G. Salcedo

© Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo +20

Sports Facility / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
  • Collaborators

    Francesc Puig, Oriol Marin, Gerardo Rodríguez
  • Area

    4300.0 m2
  • Year

    2005
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +45

BRUTALISM / CLOG

01:00 - 26 March, 2013

Brutalism. It’s the architecture movement that the public loves to hate, and architects dare to love. It’s also the latest topic tackled by CLOG, the quirky publication that takes a long slow look at what’s important in architecture now. 

While Brutalism, a movement that reached its height in the 60s, may not seem a timely topic, nothing could be further from the truth. With Brutalism’s monolithic beasts reaching their not-so-golden golden years, the question to re-model (often prohibitively expensive, considering these projects’ complexity) or just demolish (as the public often begs for) is an urgent one - as the recent preservation debates over Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Building (successful) and Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women’s Hospital (not) reveal. 

However, while this edition of CLOG of course mentions these debates, Brutalism shines in exploring the bigger questions these debates provoke: Why is Brutalism so loathed? What is it, really? And - can Brutalism be saved? Should it be? 

Albatross / BGD Architects

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Remco Jansen
© Remco Jansen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mermaid Beach, QLD Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    BGD Architects, Bayden Goddard, Peter Fraser, Ion Chiet, Aaron Beattie
  • Interior Designers

    Sonia Hill, BGD Architects, Edge Design & Interiors, POD (FF&E)
  • Structural Engineering

    Cozens Regan Williams Prove
  • Lighting Design

    Tony Dowthwaite
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Remco Jansen

© Remco Jansen © Remco Jansen © Remco Jansen © Remco Jansen +25

Lygia Pape Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Clarissa Lanari
© Clarissa Lanari
  • Architects in Charge

    Thomaz Regatos, Maria Paz
  • Localização

    Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Project Team

    Virgínia Paz, Inácio Luiz, Sara Fagundes
  • Project Area

    440.0 m2
  • Ano do projeto

    2010
  • Fotografias

    Clarissa Lanari, Tomaz Vello, Cortesia de Ttéia 1C, 2002 Fio metalizado Copyrights © Projeto Lygia Pape

© Clarissa Lanari © Tomaz Vello © Tomaz Vello © Tomaz Vello +27

Fukasawa House / MDS

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    94.82 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura

© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura © Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura © Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura © Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura +17

Video: 227 Flat / OODA

00:00 - 26 March, 2013

Patrick Vale: City Lines Exhibition

00:00 - 26 March, 2013
Courtesy of Patrick Vale
Courtesy of Patrick Vale

Patrick Vale, a name you might recognize due to his well-known time-lapse film, 'Empire State of Pen', that went viral last summer, will be opening up 'City Lines', his very first solo exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in London from April 4-12. Vale, a London-based illustrator, artist and animator is a great example of how you can take your passion and talents and turn it into something that can be shared around the world. Capturing the public's imagination with his film by clocking up to 700,000 plays in a few weeks, his intricate portraits of cities will now be on display. The large and highly detailed freehand drawings render the history and drama of our cities and invite us to peer into the fabric of the place. More images and information after the break.

Readers! Do employers put a lot of weight on what university you attended or on your portfolio?

00:00 - 25 March, 2013
ArchDaily Facebook Poll
ArchDaily Facebook Poll

A few weeks back, we at ArchDaily conducted a poll on Facebook to get a feel for what our readers think about their architectural educations.  The question we asked: "Do employers put a lot of weight on what university you attended, or is it mostly about your portfolio?" had some promising results.  There is a lot of cynisicm ciruclating in the professional world about what a degree from a particular university means.  There are circles were some universities or some degrees are valued over others.  Really though, we hope that it comes down to what each candidate can bring to a potential employer. 

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Ailereve / Yasui Hideo Atelier

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier
Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kochi, Kochi
  • Architect in Charge

    Yasui Hideo Atelier
  • Area

    18202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier

Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier +18

Ambassadors Residence / Kristin Jarmund Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
© Ashesh
© Ashesh

© Ashesh © Ashesh © Ashesh © Swati Pujari +17

House in Hanoura / Fujiwarramuro Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +18

A house in Fujimi-cho / Méga

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiratsuka-city, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Dai Nagasaka
  • Project Team

    Méga (Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka)
  • Area

    170.83 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +11

UCLA’s cityLAB at the School of Architecture and Urban Design

00:00 - 25 March, 2013
Backyard Homes Conceptual Rendering, image courtesy Daly Genik Architects
Backyard Homes Conceptual Rendering, image courtesy Daly Genik Architects

What makes an architecture school worth consideration are its special programs and initiatives. These programs, often run by a few faculty members, vary from addressing human rights and legal issues to working with local communities to remedy social and economic issues.

UCLA's Architecture and Urban Design (AUD) school has just such a program. Called cityLAB (not to be confused with the student-run, science-based UCLA CityLab), it is in many ways unique to a university setting. Run by founder/director Professor Dana Cuff and co-directed by Professor Roger Sherman. It’s name is well-suited: a laboratory to test ideas and address issues arising from city conditions in ways that cannot be done by profit-driven firms. These issues include housing, commercial revitalization, and community and municipal collaboration. These projects have operated successfully on grants that support not just the work being done by the professors, but by staff and Graduate Student Researchers who are paid to work in all aspects of the projects.