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Central Embassy / Amanda Levete Architects

21:00 - 2 April, 2009

Amanda Levete Architects is to develop a major retail and hotel complex in central Bangkok, Thailand. Central Embassy, located on Bangkok’s primary commercial artery Ploen Chit Road, will be a new architectural landmark for the city and region.

The 145,000 m2 project will occupy the former gardens of the British Embassy in Nai Lert Park, and will consist of a 7-storey retail podium and a 30-storey 6-star hotel tower. Work on site is scheduled to begin in 2010 and to complete in 2013.

More images, after the break.

The Hello Living Futuristic Experience

15:33 - 2 April, 2009

Innovative developer, Eli Karp of Supreme Builders, partners with world-renowned artist, Edin Velez, to showcase fascinating video art in techno-chic condo lofts. The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, April 2nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Sydney, one of the Hello Living buildings, located at 957 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Check in for the event will be at The Madison, located at 925 Pacific Street. Guests are invited to watch Velez at work and become art subjects in a special video featuring couples kissing.

Postopolis! LA Update

14:26 - 2 April, 2009

Well, this has been one of the most intense weeks I´ve had in quite so time. Postopolis! LA has turned to be an amazing event: An incredible venue at the rooftop of The Standard Hotel in downtown, a very interesting group of speakers, very proactive attendants, networking and drinks. And of course, the presence of our friends from BLDGBLOG (Geoff), City of Sound (Dan), Subtopia (Bryan), Mudd Up! (Jayce, a.k.a. dj/Rupture), We Make Money Not Art (Regina), The Storefront Gallery (Joseph, Cesar) and ForYouArt (Bettina, Devin).

During these days we had the chance to conduct live interviews with wHY Architectura (Yo Hakomori), Oyler Wu Collective (Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu), Sander Architects (Whitney Sander) and JohnstonMarkLee (Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee). These have turned to be very interesting, as you saw on the live streaming. Also, the audience has been participating making questions to the architects. And i have good news for this, as we got a new microphone and the audio recording is great! So expect the edited interviews to be posted soon.

Today we are going to interview Austin Kelly from XTEN Architecture, so if you´ve got any questions write a comment and i´ll try to get him to answer them. You can see the interview via Ustream at 5PM Pacific time.

As for the rest of the speakers, I´ve been impressed for the variety of architecture related topics discussed… urbanism, communes, sustainability… i really liked the presentations by Jeffrey Inaba (Inaba Projects), Patrick Keller (Fabric) and Stephanie Smith (Ecoshack, check her awesome project Wanna Start a Commune?). And there´s more to come, so be sure to check the full schedule. The quality of the Ustream feed is very good, so be sure to check it out.

Be sure to follow @Postopolis on Twitter (and also @archdaily) for live updates. There´s also a Flickr group, with very good photos.

We thank the StoreFront Gallery, ForYourArt and The Standard Hotel LA for making this event possible, one of the best by far.

And please remember that we have a closing party on Saturday!

p.s.: The hotel charges for going to the rooftop after 7PM on Friday, so be sure to arrive a bit earlier.

Check some photos of the event by David Assael after the break:

ORDOS 100 #32: drdh architects

14:00 - 2 April, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: drdh architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: David Howarth, Daniel Rosbottom, Richard Marks, Matthew Phillips, Kazi Cisarova, Jonathan Connelly, Nuwan Wijetunge, Alessandro Milani, Yeung Kin Bong Structural Consultant: Andy Greig / Greig Ling Engineers Environmental Consultant: Max Fordham / Max Fordham Consulting Engineers Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

“… as the philosophers maintain, the city is like some large house, and the house is in turn like some small city…” Alberti: Book I Cap. 9

Education in a cave

12:30 - 2 April, 2009

With the right equipment, you can build a school anywhere. If you don’t think so, ask the children that goes every day to Mid-Cave Primary School. Built in 1984, this school sits in one of three caves inside a mountain.

Nowadays, it accomodates 186 students with a teaching force of 8 staff. Of course, this may not be the right conditions for a child to go to school, but personally, I think it’s better for a child to go and learn in a cave, rather that don’t go to school at all.

Seen at Chinese Lives. More images after the break.

Learning from the slums (2/2): the rediscovery

07:30 - 2 April, 2009

The model Napoli, quartieri Spagnoli (image: flickr)

If the mainstream view on the slums describes them as places to escape from and as to destroy as soon as possible, more and more people look at slums in a different way.

The first glances at slums were from some of the architects involved in urban renewal projects, who started to integrate in their projects some elements of the slums. Some of the recurrent features are:

  • narrow courtyards and alleys
  • division of the building into small blocks
  • use of different colors and materials within the same building.

(part 1/2)

Work AC: 49 Cities

21:00 - 1 April, 2009

What was the proposed population of Superstudio’s Continuous Monument? What would the density of Rem Koolhaas’ Exodus plan for London have been had it ever been realized? How would they compare in scale to Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo Bay project, or to Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse? Which of the three would have contained more green areas? 49 Cities sets out to crunch the numbers of several centuries of unrealized urbanism, all the way from the Roman city to the great utopian projects of the 20th century. Through plans, sections, diagrams, charts and scale drawings, 49 cities are observed statistically and presented in an unprecedented comparative study, the result of a research project conducted over several years. Despite the fact that they never actually existed, this history of utopian urbanism provides a remarkable insight into our understanding of the contemporary metropolis.

Follow Postopolis! here

19:30 - 1 April, 2009

You can follow everything about Postopolis! in Los Angeles here. We will be continuously updating this post to bring you the latest on Postopolis! So be sure to check this and don’t miss anything about this great event.

SANAA's Serpentine Pavillion Design First Image

11:08 - 1 April, 2009

A month ago, we announced that architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, of the leading Japanese practice SANAA, were chosen to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2009, in the UK. Yesterday, SANAA released the first rendering of their design.

Mexico Pavillion / Shangai 2010

21:00 - 31 March, 2009
First Place
First Place

Last week, ProMéxico announced the winning projects for the national competition to design the Mexico Pavillion in Shangai 2010.

First place was given to SLOT, Mónica Orozco, Moritz Melchert, Juan Carlos Vidal, Israel Álvarez, Mariana Tello, and Édgar Ramírez, from Mexico City.

Second place was given to the proposal by Salvador Macías, Alejandro Guerrero, Margarita Peredo, Iván Orozco, Christian Delgado, and Alejandro Arias from Guadalajara.

And third place to the proposal by Juan Carlos Seijo, Xavier Abreu, and Alejandra Abreu, from Mérida.

Unfortunately, we do not have more images for the winning projects. For more information, click here (in Spanish). Images after the break.

Postopolis! LA Live, Day 1

20:11 - 31 March, 2009

Postopolis! LA is about to start, and we are going to do some live blogging during the event. Shoot your questions using the above panel.

Postopolis! Los Angeles / Live Streaming

18:56 - 31 March, 2009

Postopolis! has already started in Los Angeles, with 5 days of intense architectural discussion, debate, live interviews, networking and fun. Here, you can see live streaming every day from 5-11 Pacific time. Now, there’s no excuse for not being there!

AD Round Up: Kindergardens Part I

18:30 - 31 March, 2009
AD Round Up: Kindergardens Part I

Our first step in educational backgrounds. It’s where we cry during our first day and probably where we make our very first best friend. Maybe, one of the most important places in our eary years. So to start this week of Round Up, we bring you our previoulsy featured Kindergardens.

Xi'an Horticulture Expo proposal by Serie Architects

12:30 - 31 March, 2009

We’ve recently featured the winning project of the Xi’an World Horticulture Expo by Plasmastudio. Here’s the proposal by Serie Architects that received the second place with their Xi’an Horticulture Expo Masterplan.

Like the Xian City Wall, this new structure, named the ‘Five Climates Crossing’ will mark the centre of the park and simultaneously act as a connector, linking the entrance square on the north, Chang’an Park in the middle and the viewing tower on the south. within the crossing, the green house is arranged linearly as five different episodes of climates zones, allowing visitors to move sequentially from one green house to another whilst maintaining visual connection to the outside.

Seen at designboom. More images after the break.

National Wildflower Centre International Competition won by Ian Simpson Architects

21:00 - 30 March, 2009
Ian Simpson Architects with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers and Hoare Lea Engineers
Ian Simpson Architects with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers and Hoare Lea Engineers

Ian Simpson Architects with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers and Hoare Lea Engineers has been announced as winners of the competition to design a new innovative, architecturally striking educational, conference and seed production complex at the National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley, part of the Liverpool City Region which is intended to be one of the first buildings in the country to be rated BREEAM “Outstanding”.

Seen at bustler. Images of the other five shortlisted practices, after the break.

ORDOS 100 #31: JDS Architects

14:00 - 30 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: JDS Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Giancarlo Mazzanti gives a lecture in University of Southern California

12:30 - 30 March, 2009

University of Southern California’s School of Architecture presents Border Architectures 2000-2008, a lecture by colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti.

House at Janelas Verdes / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

07:30 - 30 March, 2009

Architects: Pedro Domingos Arquitectos Location: Lisbon, Portugal Collaborators: João Graça, Margarida Faria Project year: 2008 Constructed area: 280 sqm Budget: US $130,290 Client: Ara, Alves Rodrigues, Associado Lda. Photographs: FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The project consist in the reconstruction of building of XIX century, inserted in the Lapa/Prazeres district.

House at Janelas Verdes / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos House at Janelas Verdes / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos House at Janelas Verdes / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos House at Janelas Verdes / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos + 35

Swiss contemporary architecture week

12:30 - 29 March, 2009

Korkeasaari Zoo / Beckmann-N’Thépé architects - TN+ landscape designers

09:00 - 29 March, 2009

Architect: Beckmann-N’Thépé architects – Aldric Beckmann, Françoise N’thépé Landscape design : TN+ / Bruno Tanant & Jean-Christophe Nani Location: Helsinki, Finland Project Manager: Wilfried Daufy Project Architect: Anne-Catherine Dufros Assistant Architects: Constance Héau, Jessica Pallatier Landscape design team: Guillaume Derrien & Agathe Turmel Zoo expert: Jean Marc Lernould Constructed Area: 26,2 ha

The zoological island of Korkeasaari will be cut off again. Its architectural interventions will be concentrated to make it wild and mysterious once more – a park / garden as a place of popular privilege, the nobility of the future city.

Container Nation, a project by Group 41

12:30 - 28 March, 2009

Group 41, a San Francisco-based firm, has been experimenting with shipping container design. The company is currently working on a large multi-family development in Utah that is to be entirely constructed out of shipping containers.

This proposal is a design for market-rate housing in the suburbs of Salt Lake City Utah. Involving the use of nearly 1000 shipping containers to create up to 200 units of housing, and sitting on a concrete commercial “base” that also includes parking, this major development is slated for a Transit Oriented district near a commuter rail station. Currently, in the preliminary conceptual phase, Container Nation has created two different proposed schemes that take different approaches to the stacking and build-out of the containers. Preliminary local Planning approvals are expected by mid-2009.

For more information, go to Container Nation official website. More images after the break.

11th International Bauhaus Colloquium as the highlight of Bauhaus Anniversary Week

21:00 - 27 March, 2009

On April 2-5, architectural theoreticians from around the globe will be coming to Weimar to debate the political and ethical challenges of globalization and how architecture responds to them.

AD Round Up: Interviews Part I

18:30 - 27 March, 2009
AD Round Up: Interviews Part I

Since we started with ArchDaily, we’ve tried to interview some of the most important and influential architects of the world. It’s really interesting to see what’s on the mind of the architects behind the amazing projects we’ve all seen. So now, we bring you our first Round Up of previously featured interviews. Enjoy!

Munch Museum/Deichman Library competition entries

15:26 - 27 March, 2009
Munch Museum - Art wave - Tadao Ando
Munch Museum - Art wave - Tadao Ando

One of the entries, Artwave, by Tadao Ando

We’ve just featured the winners for the Munch Museum and Deichman Library competitions in Oslo. See all the entries for the competition after the break.