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Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects +16

75 Projects Advance in Reinventing Paris Competition

16:20 - 16 September, 2015
75 Projects Advance in Reinventing Paris Competition, Map of all 23 sites. Image © Reinventer Paris
Map of all 23 sites. Image © Reinventer Paris

Dominique Perrault, David Chipperfield, OMA, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, and Jacques Ferrier are among 75 teams that have been selected to move onto Phase 3 of the highly anticipated "Reinventing Paris" competition. The first of its kind, the competition is calling on architects and designers to envision innovative projects to solve some of Paris' most pressing problems over 23 sites, from abandoned electricity substations to open spaces in the heart of urban areas. 

Student Residency - Maison du Mexique Rehabilitation / Atela Architectes

13:00 - 14 September, 2015
Student Residency - Maison du Mexique Rehabilitation / Atela Architectes, © Gerardo Custance
© Gerardo Custance

© Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance +25

Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World

04:00 - 14 September, 2015
Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World, New York City. Image © Harold Navarro
New York City. Image © Harold Navarro

For the latest episode of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore the role of bilateral inspiration between metropolises across the world. Examples of cities relying on one another to draw lessons from and progress can be seen across the world: from the ways in which London and New York City tackle similar urban problems, to how a bike-sharing scheme in Paris has proven to be contagious. The show also visits Vienna, where its Imperial heritage is being imitated the world over, and the show ponders whether the fact that every continent "claiming to have its own Venice" is actually a good thing?

112 Belleville Hills / Multiarchi

11:00 - 3 September, 2015
112 Belleville Hills / Multiarchi, © Christophe Gaubert
© Christophe Gaubert

© Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert +12

Video: Immeuble Home / Hamonic + Masson & Associés + Comte Vollenweider

04:00 - 2 September, 2015


PA#51 - Immeuble Home, Paris 13 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their "Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city. 

This week we get a glimpse of Hamonic + Masson & Associés' Bâtiment Home.

Saganaki House / BUMParchitectes

02:00 - 25 August, 2015
Saganaki House / BUMParchitectes, © Ronan Mérot
© Ronan Mérot

© Ronan Mérot © Ronan Mérot © Ronan Mérot © Ronan Mérot +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    175T Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, France
  • Area

    64.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Video: Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing / Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

06:00 - 6 August, 2015


PA#46 - Student and public housing, Paris 19 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their"Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city. 

This week we get a glimpse of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes' Ourcq Jaures Student & Social Housing.

Video: Bureaux ZAC Claude Bernard / Sauerbruch Hutton

06:00 - 30 July, 2015


PA# 39 - Bureaux ZAC Claude Bernard, Paris 19 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their "Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city.

This week we get a glimpse of Sauerbruch Hutton's Bureaux ZAC Claude Bernard.

Video: Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

06:00 - 16 July, 2015


PA#47 - Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris 13 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their"Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city. 

This week we get a glimpse of Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

Video: Louvre-Lens / SANAA

16:00 - 9 July, 2015

French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has released the latest in his Japanese Collection series, this time featuring the SANAA-designed Louvre-Lens Museum. A sister gallery of the Musée du Louvre, the Louvre-Lens is a 360-meter-long, steel and glass museum built on a 20-hectare abandoned coal mine. 

AMO Designs Paris Pop-Up Club

08:00 - 8 July, 2015
AMO Designs Paris Pop-Up Club , ©  Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
© Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA

On Saturday, July 4, designer Prada and AMO—a research studio subset of OMA architecture—hosted The Miu Miu Club, a pop-up event, featuring dinner, a fashion show, and several musical performances in Paris, France.

Inside of the 1937 art deco Palais d-Iena, Paris’ current CESE government offices, the one-night event was held in the Hypostyle, using a scaffolding ring to create a “room within a room.” Strip lighting, metal grids, PVC sheets, and arrangements of luxurious furniture were also used to enhance the space. 

©  Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA ©  Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA © Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA ©  Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA +11

Video: The Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Architectes with Véronique Descharrières

06:00 - 2 July, 2015


PA#44 - The Paris Zoological Park, Paris 12 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their "Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city. 

This week we get a glimpse of Bernard Tschumi Architectes' Paris Zoological Park

Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower"

13:54 - 1 July, 2015
Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower", © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Paris has approved its first tower in over 40 years; the city council has agreed to move forward with Herzog & de Meuron's 180-meter-tall "Triangle Tower" - or "Tour Triangle" - after initially rejecting the proposal last year. The controversial plans have been the center of an intense debate since its unveiling in 2008 on whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century skyline. 

As Gizmodo reports, the Swiss architects sold the tower to the city by claiming its glass facade will "disappear" into the skyline.

“Almost everything the architects say has one message: This building is invisible,” as Foreign Policy pointed out last year. “As if to reinforce this strange duality, the renderings omit Paris’s one true existing skyscraper: the wildly unpopular Tour Montparnasse, built in 1973.”

Nursery School and Municipal Workshops / Jean-François Schmit

02:00 - 29 June, 2015
Nursery School and Municipal Workshops / Jean-François Schmit, Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    19th arrondissement, Paris, France
  • Partners

    Ingénierie Studio, SNC Lavalin (BET TCE)
  • Area

    6800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015

08:00 - 28 June, 2015
Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015, Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého
Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého

Architect Alban Guého's “Flood” installation for Paris' 2015 Nuit Blanche arts festival aims to serve as a stark reminder of climate change and the impact humanity has on the world. The 50-square-meter (538 square-foot) installation is composed of weaved filaments that connect the ceiling to the floor. A thick, dark liquid (either oil or black paint) will slowly flow down each string, trickling into a black pool. Flood seeks to address the theme of this year’s Nuit Blanche, which is to echo the issues stemming from COP21, Paris’ Sustainable Innovation Forum.

Detail of Trickling Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Vector Projection of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Parallel Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Axonometric View of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého +5

Eco Nursery and Primary School / Jean-François Schmit

02:00 - 26 June, 2015
Eco Nursery and Primary School / Jean-François Schmit, Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de la Saïda, 75015 Paris, France
  • Partners

    SNC Lavalin (BET TCE), Tribu (BE environnemental), SLG paysage
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Creche des Orteaux / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

05:00 - 25 June, 2015
Creche des Orteaux / Avenier Cornejo Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © Julien Lanoo +40