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Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

14:00 - 20 February, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Lead OMA's Transformation of the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, © OMA
© OMA

OMA has revealed plans for the renovation of the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow that will increase the accessibility and visibility of the gallery’s four sectors. Led by Rem Koolhaas, the scheme will use color and material to create a new visual identity and to establish a new link to the Moscow River.

© OMA © OMA © OMA © OMA + 7

Late Night Tales / Joaquín Juberías + Víctor Cano Ciborro

13:00 - 20 February, 2018
Late Night Tales / Joaquín Juberías + Víctor Cano Ciborro, © German Cabo
© German Cabo

© German Cabo © German Cabo © German Cabo © German Cabo + 27

Adjaye Associates' Interactive SPYSCAPE Museum Opens in New York City

12:25 - 20 February, 2018
Adjaye Associates' Interactive SPYSCAPE Museum Opens in New York City, Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE
Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE

SPYSCAPE, a new interactive spy museum dedicated to immersing visitors into the world of espionage, has opened in New York City. Designed by Adjaye Associates, the 60,000-square-foot museum features a range of interactive exhibitions housed within a moody material palette of glowing lights, smoked glass, fiber cement and corten steel.

Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE Photograph by Scott Frances. Courtesy of SPYSCAPE + 10

OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France

12:00 - 20 February, 2018

Update 2/20/18: We've added a gallery of additional images to the post!

OMA has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new Palais de justice (courthouse) in Lille, France. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic Vauban fortifications, the new courthouse will house the high court and district court of Lille within a colorful, expressive volume.

View from the parvis. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab View of the Salle Des Pas Perdus. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab © OMA Site plan. Image © OMA + 12

L Residence / LANZA Atelier

11:00 - 20 February, 2018
L Residence / LANZA Atelier, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Isabel Abascal, Alessandro Arienzo
  • Design Team

    Alejandro Márquez, Jéssica Hernández
  • Area

    58.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photograph

    Onnis Luque

Spotlight: William McDonough

10:30 - 20 February, 2018
Spotlight: William McDonough, NASA Sustainability Base. Image Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners
NASA Sustainability Base. Image Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners

Sometimes referred to as “the leading environmental architect of our time,” in his roles as architect, designer, author, educator and social leader, William McDonough (born 20 February 1951) has provided a renewed look at the things that we make and their impact on both our bodies and the world. Through his Cradle to Cradle philosophy, McDonough’s buildings are designed to function for a predetermined lifespan, after which they can be broken down into their various parts whose core elements can be used anew to solve a different design problem.

Why African Vernacular Architecture Is Overdue for a Renaissance

09:30 - 20 February, 2018
The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Djenne_great_mud_mosque.jpg'>Wikimedia user Ruud Zwart</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/nl/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.5 NL</a>
The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali. Image © Wikimedia user Ruud Zwart licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 NL

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Making a Case for the Renaissance of Traditional African Architecture."

Last September, Nigerian Afrobeat musician Wizkid played to a sold-out house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, joining a growing list of illustrious African musicians, such as Selif Kaita, Youssou Ndour, Miriam Makeba and others, that have performed at that prestigious venue. This event affirmed the unfolding cultural renaissance across the continent, but it also signified the rising global influence of African music, movies, fashion, cuisine and the arts.

Sadly, traditional African architecture, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, has not profited from this renaissance and has instead steadily lost its appeal across the continent. In spite of its towering influence in the pre-colonial era, it has largely failed to develop beyond the crude earthen walls and thatch roof architecture; for this reason it has remained unattractive to homeowners who often associate it with poverty. Consequently, the neglect of indigenous architecture has resulted in the dearth of skilled craftsmen knowledgeable in the art of traditional building, a reality that has further dimmed hopes for a revival of this architectural style.

Pompejus / RO&AD Architecten

09:00 - 20 February, 2018
© Katja Effting
© Katja Effting

© Katja Effting © Katja Effting © Katja Effting © Katja Effting + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    4661 Halsteren, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Ad Kil, Ro Koster, Martin van Overveld
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2)

08:00 - 20 February, 2018
12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2), © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

Is there an aspect, a recurring mark, that reveals a difference in the way that male and female architecture photographers see the world? This is, perhaps, one of those rhetorical questions often used as an argument to shed light on works produced by women and for which there is no precise answer.

Without claiming to offer an answer to this question—and in order to follow up on our first article that showcased a selection of women in architecture photography—we present here a new compilation of professionals who deserve attention for the quality of their photographic work. See our list below:

Open Call: Institute of Patent Infringement

07:00 - 20 February, 2018

As part of the extended programme of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme of this year Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, The Institute of Patent Infringement is concerned with the existing legal infrastructure that allows ‘Big Tech’ a strangle-hold on questions surrounding automation, both today and in the future.

Spotlight: Louis Kahn

06:00 - 20 February, 2018
Spotlight: Louis Kahn, Salk Institute. Image © Liao Yusheng
Salk Institute. Image © Liao Yusheng

Louis Kahn (February 20th 1901 – March 17th 1974) was one of the United States' greatest 20th century architects, known for combining Modernism with the weight and dignity of ancient monuments. Though he did not arrive at his distinctive style until his early 50s, and despite his death at the age of just 73, in a span of just two decades Kahn came to be considered by many as part of the pantheon of modernist architects which included Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

Salk Institute. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamsjung/3021667238/'>Flickr user dreamsjung</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Kimbell Art Museum. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/43508230@N00/3720242013/'>Flickr user grabadonut</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> National Assembly Building of Bangladesh. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Assembly_of_Bangladesh,_Jatiyo_Sangsad_Bhaban,_2008,_8.JPG'>Wikimedia Commons user Lykantrop</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Exeter Library (Class of 1945 Library) . Image via Wikimedia (Image from United States Library of Congress in public domain. Author Carol M Highsmith) + 17

Ring House / CSAA

05:00 - 20 February, 2018
Ring House / CSAA, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Corroios, Portugal
  • Author Architects

    Sofia Saraiva, Vasco Cabral
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

03:05 - 20 February, 2018
Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

It's time to get your applications ready! Now in its 11th year, the World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from  November 28 to 30. Organizers expect nearly 500 architectural practices to compete for prizes in over 30 categories. The event moves to the historic Dutch city following two years in Berlin.

The Festival is the world's largest live architecture awards event--all shortlisted architecture projects are presented in person by the architects to an esteemed panel of judges. And this year, nearly half of the 120 judges are expected to be women. 

Borgo Assistito / Giacomo Penco + Matteo Rossetti

03:00 - 20 February, 2018
Borgo Assistito  / Giacomo Penco +  Matteo Rossetti, © Carola Merello
© Carola Merello

© Carola Merello © Carola Merello © Carola Merello © Carola Merello + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Giovanni Battista Rasario, 20153 Figino MI, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Giacomo Penco, Matteo Rossetti
  • Design Team

    Francesca Grassi, Marco Grazioli, Roberta Pirovano, Giovanni Singarelli
  • Area

    3900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House NI / 1-1 Architect

02:00 - 20 February, 2018
House NI / 1-1 Architect, Courtesy of 1-1 Architect
Courtesy of 1-1 Architect

Courtesy of 1-1 Architect Courtesy of 1-1 Architect Courtesy of 1-1 Architect Courtesy of 1-1 Architect + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiryu, Japan
  • Team

    Yuki Kamiya, Shoichi Ishikawa
  • Area

    454.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Qorveh House / ReNa Design

00:00 - 20 February, 2018
Qorveh House / ReNa Design, © Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei
© Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei

© Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei © Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei © Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei © Reza Najafian, M.H. Hamzehlouei + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qorveh, Iran
  • Lead Architects

    Reza Najafian
  • Design Team

    Maryam Najafian, Maryam Pourmohsen, Mina Nazmjou, Mohamad Hosein Hamzehlouei, Ojan Salimi, Zahra Foroughi
  • Area

    540.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Jiezi Ancient Town Meiyi Square / Beijing Huaqing An-design Architects

22:00 - 19 February, 2018
Jiezi Ancient Town Meiyi Square / Beijing Huaqing An-design Architects, Meiyi Square Visitor Center West Entrance Corridor. Image © ARCH-EXIST
Meiyi Square Visitor Center West Entrance Corridor. Image © ARCH-EXIST

Meiyi Square Visitor Center Platform. Image © ARCH-EXIST Meiyi Square Visitor Center Side View. Image © ARCH-EXIST Meiyi Square Visitor Centre Roof Material Texture. Image © ARCH-EXIST Meiyi Square Light and Color. Image © Jianyu Pu + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiezi Town, Chongzhou City, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianyu Pu
  • Design Team

    Boying Liu, Bing Pu, Shasha Wu
  • Client

    Chengdu liuli tourism investment and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    12000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio

20:00 - 19 February, 2018
The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Katsushika-ku, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Keisuke Fukui, KeisukeMorikawa
  • Area

    95.61 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs