Silos 13 / vib architecture

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: vib architecture
Location: Paris,
Architects In Charge: Bettina Ballus, Franck Vialet
Area: 4478.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau, Daniel Moulinet, Courtesy of vib architecture

Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?

Crowds around Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre, . Image © Guia Besana

In an article for the New York Times Rachel Donadio examines Masterworks vs. the Masses. From the Louvre in Paris to London’s British Museum, Florence’s Uffizi to the Vatican Museums, the increasing surge of visitors to these international cultural nodes “has turned many museums into crowded, sauna-like spaces.” Balancing everyone’s right to be “nourished” by cultural experiences with protecting and preserving the works of in question is a very real problem. According to Donadio, ”even when the is secure, the experience can become irksome.” With some museums seeing annual visitors of up to 6.7 million visitors (British Museum), addressing the issues faced by institutions that are a victim of their own success is becoming more and more pressing. Read the article in full here.

Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city’s potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

Epée de Bois – Nursery / h2o architectes

© Julien Attard

Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 5 Rue de l’Épée de Bois, Paris, France
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Attard

The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?

La Samaritaine was once Paris’ most famous department store. Image © Wikipedia

What is the preservationist’s role in our modernizing world? According to Michael Allen of Next City, preservationists exist to ensure that redevelopment meets both cultural heritage and economic demands. Read his entire article, originally published on Next City, below.

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Valero Gadan Architectes
Location: 123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris, France
Project Leaders: Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
Project Team: Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
Area: 18992.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christophe Valtin, Patrick H. Muller

Manuelle Gautrand to Revamp Paris’ Alésia Cinema with Hundreds of LED “Pixels”

Facade Closeup. Image © KDSL

Renovated numerous times during its history, Gaumont-Alésia, a Parisian cinema housed in a structure that is over 80 years old, will now be revamped by firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. With a design that emphasizes filmography’s presence in modern culture, the Gaumont-Alésia is set to become an inviting cultural hub for the surrounding city, showcasing cinema’s influence on both the interior and exterior.

Both street facades will be composed of glass curtain walls shaded by pleated metal panels. These panels will be perforated by hundreds of LED “pixels” which will create an image across the pleats. Both entrances to the building become animated walls, broadcasting film stills, movie trailers, and advertisements, all meant to entice passersby.  The LEDS are spaced fewer and farther apart toward the edges of the building, creating a stippling effect around the border of the images. At the entrances these animated panels will peel upwards, creating a canopy under which patrons can walk.

Le Clos Y / Dai Sugasawa

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Interior Designers: Dai Sugasawa
Location: 27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris,
Project Chief: Simon Gasquet
Architects Chief: Pierre Millet
General Construction: Adriano de Sousa (CREADS)
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Antoine DUHAMEL

Welfare Centre for Children and Teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes
Location: Porte des Lilas, , France
Area: 5,211 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

10 Fires That Changed Architecture Forever

After being destroyed by and laying in ruins for 60 years, the Reichstag became a symbol of the new democracy in the 1990s with Norman Foster’s renovation. Image © Flickr CC User Werner Kunz

With no casualties, last week’s fire at the Glasgow School of Art, which caused significant damage to parts of the building and gutted Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s canonical library room, will be remembered as a tragic event that robbed us of one of the best examples of Art Nouveau of its time. The intention of the is to restore the building in the hope that in generations to come, the fire will be all but forgotten, a strategy which has been largely well received by the profession.

However, in the case of other fires things have not gone so smoothly: for millennia, fire has played a big role in determining the course of architectural history - by destroying precious artifacts, but often also by allowing something new to rise from the ashes. Read on after the break as we count down the top 10 fires that changed the course of architectural history.

The Victor Gelez Community Centre / Dumont Legrand Architects

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Architects: Dumont Legrand Architects
Location: , France
Area: 760 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Lannes

ZAC Boucicaut / Michel Guthmann

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Architects: Michel Guthmann
Location: 81 Rue des Cévennes, Paris, France
Design Team: Michel Stéphanie Appert, Olivier Barthe, Valentin Bourdon, Bénédicte Caspar, Amélie Jonville, Céline Motte-Moitroux, Samuel Reist, Oona Savransky
Area: 6,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Michel Guthmann, Michel Denancé , Takuji Shimmura

Rare Footage of Le Corbusier Discussing his Work, Poetry & the “Ideal City”

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Check out this rare footage that captures Le Corbusier as a “young man of 71-years-old” surrounded by paintings and discussing his work, poetry and the “ideal city“ within his 1933, self-designed flat.

Artist Fills Paris’ Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations

© Lamadieu Thomas

When you’re surrounded by buildings on all sides, what do you see? In his SkyArt series, French artist Lamadieu Thomas gives us his answer. He takes claustrophobia-inducing photographs of urban landscapes through a fish-eye lens, framing the sky with rooftops and filling the negative space with playful . Thomas describes his whimsical approach to art as an attempt to show “what we can construct with a boundless imagination” and ”a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us.” To see more from the collection, continue after the break.

Herold – 100 Social Housing / Jakob + MacFarlane

© Nicolas Borel

Architects: Jakob + MacFarlane
Location: Paris,
Area: 6,600 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Nicolas Borel

Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN

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Architects: JKLN
Location: Paris, France
Architect In Charge: Jasmine Kenniche Le Nouëne Feat. Gaël Le Nouëne
Construction: ASI
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of JKLN

VIDEO: Paris in Motion

In this four-part, stop-motion series, Mayeul Akpovi presents a new perspective on the City of Lights. Filmed with manual camera movements and composed of more than 30,000 photographs, the videos enable a unique, otherwise-unattainable experience of ’ sleepless urban spaces by ceaselessly attenuating the passage of time.

Watch part one (above), and continue after the break for the remaining series…

Residence Alice Guy / ADE architectes – David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon

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Architects: ADE architectes – David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon
Location: 10 Rue de Colmar, 75019 ,
Architects In Charge: David Elalouf, Guillaume Prognon
Architects Team : David Elalouf, Guillaume Prognon, Guillaume Pelé, Damien Caron, Caroline Weill
Area: 7080.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pauline Turmel, Courtesy of ADE Architectes