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Torrent Market and Civic Center / Vázquez Consuegra

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Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

Whether built, written or drawn, the work of renowned architect, theorist and educator Peter Eisenman (born 11th August 1932) is characterized by Deconstructivism, with an interest in signs, symbols and the processes of making meaning always at the foreground. As such, Eisenman has been one of architecture's foremost theorists of recent decades; however he has also at times been a controversial figure in the architectural world, professing a disinterest in more pragmatic concerns such as environmental sustainability.

Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra

  • Architects: Vázquez Consuegra
  • Location: Avenida Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, España
  • Architect in charge: Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Architectural technicians: Marcos Vázquez Consuegra, Emilio Rodríguez
  • Area: 25.552 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Duccio Malagamba

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San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

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Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. In Chapter 13, Salingaros begins to conclude his argument by discussing its counterpart, explaining how post-modern theorists such as Peter Eisenman came to eclipse the ideas of Christopher Alexander – and why Eisenman’s theoretical hegemony is not based upon sound architectural thinking. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Natural and Unnatural Form Languages

The concept of living structure, and the support for the theory offered by both direct experience and science, offers a basis for designing and understanding architecture. This platform is a sensible way of approaching design and building, because it is beholden neither to ideology, nor to individual agendas. Moreover, it should be contrasted to the irrationality of other schemes that currently appear in and seem to drive architectural discourse.

Machado de Castro National Museum Refurbishment / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

  • Architects: Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos
  • Location: Largo Doutor José Rodrigues, 3000-373 Coimbra, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Gonçalo Byrne
  • Area: 13130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

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El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

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The Robot Revolution: Coop Himmelb(l)au Founder Wolf D. Prix on the Future of Construction

With a recently released animation entitled “We Start the Future of Construction,” Coop Himmelb(l)au announced their intention to take digital fabrication to a radical new scale, demonstrating how technology is impacting almost every aspect of the architectural profession. The advent of building information modeling and other modeling software has transformed how architects and engineers navigate the construction process, allowing us to achieve increasingly complex forms that can be modeled with the aid of CNC machining and 3D Printing, but still there remains a wide gap between the technologies available to architects and those employed by builders. When it comes to a building’s actual construction we have been limited by the great costs associated with non-standard components and labor - but now, the automated practices that transformed manufacturing industries could revolutionize how we make buildings.

Last week, ArchDaily sat down with co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)auWolf D. Prix for his thoughts on the future of construction and the role of the architect in an increasingly technological practice. Read on after the break to find out how robots could impact architectural design, construction, and the future of the profession.

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Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

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Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament

Parliament, “the place where the power of the people has found its home,” will be the focus of Austria’s contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. With over 200 national parliament buildings from around the world modeled at a scale of 1:500, the exhibition, “Plenum. Places of Power.” will explore how the architecture of parliament connects to the public, influences national identify, and more. 

“The idea of democratic legitimation of power is so widespread today that no nation can do without building such a place, at least in name, for a representative popular assembly,” described commissioner Dr. Christian Kühn. “What do these places look like? And how are they connected to a public whose trust in democratic formation of will seems to be dwindling around the globe?”

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

I get most of my knowledge about the current trends and interests of architects through social media and various websites. My Facebook newsfeed constantly shows an array of pictures, articles, and videos of things ranging from new buildings to data algorithms to bacteria evolution to (usually confusing) romantic, poetic statements about architecture. 

They all share one thing in common: they are posted on Facebook by architects and architecture students. To me, this shows the current disarray and lack of focus in the field. Architecture publications and websites only confirm my thoughts further. And nothing reaffirms this more than my daily experiences at MIT. 

Read more, after the break...

House in Costa Brava / Mauro Conti + Joaquim Mestre Ferrer

  • Architects: Mauro Conti, Joaquim Mestre Ferrer
  • Location: Girona, Spain
  • Area: 840.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

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Rijksmuseum / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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  • Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
  • Location: Museumstraat 1, 1071 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Principals: Antonio Cruz, Antonio Ortiz
  • Project Architects: Muriel Huisman, Thomas Offermans
  • Project Team: Tirma Reventós, Oscar García de la Cámara, Marije Ter Steege, Alicia López, Juan Luis Mayén, Clara Hernández, Ana Vila, Victoria Bernícola, Jan Kolle, Sara Gutiérrez, Marta Pelegrín, Iko Mennenga, Joaquin Pérez, Lourdes Gutierrez, Carlos Arévalo
  • Area: 30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Myra May, Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Jannes Linders, Duccio Malagamba

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Busan Cinema Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Design Principal / CEO: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner: Michael Volk
  • Project Architect: Günther Weber
  • Design Architects: Martin Oberascher, Jörg Hugo
  • Project Team: Sergio Gonzalez, Rob Henderson, Guthu Hallstein, Matt Kirkham, Veronica Janovska, Dieter Segerer, Markus Baumann, Jasmin Dieterle, Anja Sorger, Jana Kucerova, Jan Brosch, Ivana Jug
  • Client: Municipality of Busan: Kim, Byung-Heui; Cho, Seung-Ho; Chai, Young-Eeon; Seo, Myoung Seok
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba, Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Mills Museum / Flores & Prats

  • Architects: Flores & Prats
  • Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Collaborators: Manuel Arguijo, Miquel Bouzas, Paola Vallini, Frank Stahl, Érica Checcucci, Armin Schmidt, Soledad Revuelto, Fabián Asunción, Cristina Treviño, Merlin Ellis, Ankur Jain, Michella Mezzavilla, Cristian Zanoni
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 1997
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

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Edificio 111 / Flores & Prats

  • Architects: Ricardo Flores, Eva Prats
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Constanza Chara, Fotini Trigonaki, Natalia Uribe, Celia Carroll, Robyn Creagh, Christine van Sluys, Laura Geraci, Jorge Lopez, Abdulla Al-Shamsi, Javier Lecumberri, Mar Garrido, Maria Amat, Elvire Thouvenot, Eirene Presmanes, Andrea Schneider, Filippo Abrami, Arabella Masson, Jorge Casajús, Horacio Arias, Ellen Barten, Michelle Lopez, Nadia Mustopo, Lars Bach, Jonny Pugh
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Year: 2004
  • Photography: Duccio Malagamba, Adrià Goula, Àlex Garcia

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