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Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

12:45 - 11 August, 2016
Spotlight: Peter Eisenman, Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969/in/album-72157617424163114/'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a>
Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © Flickr user OZinOH licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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.

Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

08:00 - 8 May, 2016
Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron, VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra
VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally-renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It

09:30 - 29 February, 2016
When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It, Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler

In the face of global doomsday predictions, sustainability has become one of the most crucial aspects of the 21st century, now playing a huge role in everything from politics to the way you dispose of your trash. Fortunately, most architects understand sustainability implicitly, and have adopted it into their lives and work. Or have they? In this article, originally published on Common Edge as "Why Architects Don't Get It," green building expert Lance Hosey highlights the failures of the architecture community in reaching their stated sustainability goals, and argues for a new conception of architecture in which good design and sustainable design are integrated.

A few years ago, the American Institute of Architects, the self-declared “voice of the architecture profession,” announced that "AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education." Why? Because “sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention.” Hooray! If sustainability is “mainstream” now, and knowledge about it is no longer necessary “to maintain competency” and “to advance and improve the profession”—the purpose of continuing education, according to the AIA—then the profession must have met its environmental goals, and there’s nothing left to improve. Mission accomplished.

If only.

Torrent Market and Civic Center / Vázquez Consuegra

05:00 - 15 November, 2015
Torrent Market and Civic Center / Vázquez Consuegra, © Mariela Apollonio
© Mariela Apollonio

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Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra

05:00 - 18 June, 2015
Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects

  • 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 © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +22

San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

09:00 - 17 June, 2015

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Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13

09:30 - 30 May, 2015
Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13, The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba
The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba

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

03:00 - 27 April, 2015
Machado de Castro National Museum Refurbishment / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

04:00 - 22 April, 2015
El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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

09:30 - 3 March, 2015

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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Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Seville Convention Center  / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament

00:00 - 19 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament, Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image © Duccio Malagamba
Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image © Duccio Malagamba

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?”

Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dalian, China
  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Paul Kath (until 2010), Wolfgang Reicht
  • Project Architect

    Wolfgang Reicht
  • Design Architect

    Alexander Ott
  • Design Team

    Quirin Krumbholz, Eva Wolf, Victoria Coaloa
  • Project Team

    Nico Boyer, Liisi Salumaa, Anja Sorger, Vanessa Castro Vélez, Lei Feng, Reinhard Hacker, Jan Brosch, Veronika Janovska, Manfred Yuen, Matthias Niemeyer, Matt Kirkham, Peter Rose, Markus Wings, Ariane Marx, Wendy Fok, Reinhard Platzl, Debora Creel, Hui-Cheng, Jessie Chen, Simon Diesendruck, Yue Chen, Thomas Hindelang, Pola Dietrich, Moritz Keitel, Ian Robertson, Keigo Fukugaki, Gaspar Gonzalez Melero, Giacomo Tinari, Alice Gong
  • Model Building

    Nam La-Chi, Paul Hoszowski, Taylor Clayton, Matthias Bornhofer, Katsyua Arai, Zhu Juankang, Lukas Allner, Phillip Reiner, Moritz Heinrath, Olivia Wimmer, Silja Wiener, Katrin Ertle, Maria Zagallo, Logan Yuen, André Nakonz, Arihan Senocak, Rashmi Jois, Sachin Thorat, Marc Werner
  • Area

    117650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +46

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking? , Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating
Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating

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

01:00 - 5 July, 2013
House in Costa Brava / Mauro Conti + Joaquim Mestre Ferrer, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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Rijksmuseum / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 April, 2013
© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute
  • Architects

  • 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

© Myra May Courtesy of Rijksmuseum © Jannes Linders © Pedro Pegenaute +27

Busan Cinema Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 21 March, 2013
© Duccio  Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects

  • 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

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