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The Berlage Archive: Thom Mayne (1996)

00:00 - 22 September, 2014

In this 1996 lecture Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne describes his views of architectural theory and his unique approach to the architectural process at a time when firms had begun the transition to 3D digital models. As one of the founders of Santa Monica based firm Morphosis, Mayne speaks about the evolution of their built and unbuilt projects in the late 70s and early 80s by giving insights into three general topics including objects, context, and the role of nature in architecture. His discussion touches on everything from music and art, to philosophical questions regarding the process of architecture and its role in society.

In the development of his first projects, Mayne reveals a preoccupation with objects, their materials, and their relationship to the craft of architecture. He also describes how context shapes his designs, using the example of his Sixth Street House of 1983. For him, the project's site in Los Angeles was particularly influential to his work in the way that it is a “prototype of the modern metropolis” in which “…there’s no inside, there’s no outside, there’s no way of perceiving it, its growing, its moving, its changing, quicker than one can absorb it.” These notions of context were reflected in many later works, and tied into his interest in “the space between randomness and order.”

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition , Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition. Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design + 20

AA Athens Visiting School 2014: Students Challenge the Static Built Environment with “Kinetic Haze”

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan

The Architectural Association Visiting School in Athens, as part of the AI research agenda, has continued its investigations to challenge the static built environment with its 2014 installation entitled Kinetic Haze. The project investigates the possibilities of architectural modeling via scripting, digital fabrication, and large scale installations.

This year's investigation follows the theme of the previous year’s work entitled Cipher City: Recharged, in which the creation of complex form-making systems resulted in the discovery of interactive design patterns. Following their discoveries in 2013, students in this year’s program further investigated kinetic and interactive architecture in their new study entitled Revolutions. After a series of design ideas were developed by smaller groups of students, the teams collaborated to create the final prototype Kinetic Haze in less than five days. Read on after the break to learn more about the project.

Spotlight: Peter Smithson

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Spotlight: Peter Smithson , © flickr user 51746218@N03
© flickr user 51746218@N03

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After returning to complete his degree in 1948, he enrolled in the Royal Academy architecture school. In 1950 he set up his own practice with his wife Alison, and the two went on to become some of the most influential British architects of the mid-20th century.

© flickr user stevecadman © Alison and Peter Smithson © flickr user 51746218@N03 © Alison and Peter Smithson + 5

BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST"

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
BIO 50: Ljubljana Marks 50 Years of Design Biennales with "3, 2, 1... TEST", Courtesy of BIO 50
Courtesy of BIO 50

From the organizers: On Thursday, 18 September 2014, more than 120 designers and multidisciplinary agents descend upon Ljubljana for the opening week of BIO 50, the Biennial of Design. Over the course of four days, they will unveil the results of a six-month long collaborative process, offering perspectives on possible futures for design. The awards for best collaboration will be presented by the BIO 50 jury comprising industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designer and professor Saša J. Mächtig. Before the opening, the talk with Alice Rawsthorn, Justin McGuirk and Jan Boelen will be organized.

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

01:00 - 14 September, 2014
KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan, Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects
Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

Already one of the most remarkable examples of China’s urban growth in the last 30 years, Shenzhen will soon also host a bustling new financial district. The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with top headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. KAMJZ Architects has recently revealed their competition entry with a plan that proposes a more sustainable city center through the design of a radical new typology for office towers. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed masterplan.

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects + 15

IaaC Students Develop Material System with Responsive Structural Joints

00:00 - 10 September, 2014
IaaC Students Develop Material System with Responsive Structural Joints, Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati
Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati

Despite architecture's continued evolution over the course of history, our use of structural materials has remained largely the same since the advent of modern building materials. This reality may be changing thanks to the development of new materials seeking the same kinds of adaptability often found in nature.

Adaptable architecture is becoming an increasingly viable endeavor as a result of recent developments in building technologies and materials. Masters research students Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta and Ramin Shambayati at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia were interested in “architecture of transition” and have developed a new material system that utilizes a thermally responsive polymer as structural joints with their project, "Translated Geometries." Read on after the break to learn about how this new material system was developed and its potential for applications in architecture.

Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati + 23

'Geospatial Solutions' Company Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies

00:00 - 9 September, 2014
'Geospatial Solutions' Company Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies, The IAC Building by Gehry Partners. Image © flickr user swisscan
The IAC Building by Gehry Partners. Image © flickr user swisscan

Trimble and Frank Gehry have recently announced their plans to enter into a strategic alliance in which Trimble will acquire Gehry Technologies to integrate digital software development and on-site fabrication techniques. As a company working in 'geospatial solutions,' Trimble combines software development, communication tools and services to increase productivity in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, among others. The two companies hope that their alliance will enable complex architectural designs to be realized without the construction snags that often affect such ambitious projects.

Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft

00:00 - 8 September, 2014
Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft, © The Architectural League of New York
© The Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League hosts the design party of the year at its annual Beaux Arts Ball on September 20. Held in the recently restored, exquisite interiors of Williamsburg’s Weylin B. Seymour’s, the Ball will feature a projection installation by Nuit Blanche New York that reflects on the theme of “Craft.” In addition to the installation, a series of digital presentations and photographic essays will reveal more information about the building and the team of artisans and consultants behind its restoration.

Architect Lord Richard Rogers and the Making Of Scandicci City

00:00 - 7 September, 2014

Scandicci City began as a suburb of Florence and was often described as a commuter town with a lack of a clear urban center. Having reached out to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to address this need, this short documentary created by scandiccibyrogers.com offers a look inside Rogers' studio in London and the creation of a new urban master plan for Scandicci City.

"Mouthful of Meetings": The Collision of North and South at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 6 September, 2014
"Mouthful of Meetings": The Collision of North and South at the Venice Biennale , Courtesy of South of North
Courtesy of South of North

”Mouthful of meetings” is a moderated conversation taking place at the 2014 Venice Biennale with a focus on socioeconomic sustainability and current projects in developing countries around the world. The event is organized by South of North, a collaboration between Nordic architects working in the non-profit sector in developing environments. Contributors will include contemporary Nordic and African practices with an emphasis on recent works of socially committed architecture. Read on after the break for more details of the event.

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov
Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov

Competitions results for the first stage of the Moscow Metro Station for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino have been announced. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations since the 1930s-50s, this is the first time in the recent expansion of Moscow's Metro system that a competition has been used to find an architect.

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow has chosen 10 finalists out of approximately 100 entries who will continue to work on the architectural design concepts of the stations until November. See images of all ten proposals after the break.

OMA Creates 360-Degree Cinema at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
OMA Creates 360-Degree Cinema at the Venice Biennale , The movable module has been placed in the middle of Stage F, displaying one screen for each side. Image © Giorgio De Vecchi
The movable module has been placed in the middle of Stage F, displaying one screen for each side. Image © Giorgio De Vecchi

OMA has recently transformed the F stage of the Corderie at the Venice Biennale to become a four screen, 360-degree cinema hall. Complementing the exhibitions at the Biennale, full movies will be screened in the space on weekends from now until November.

More on the movie screenings after the break

ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh , A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global
A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global

Each year 6.5 million children around the world die from diseases directly related to substandard housing conditions. Dirt floors in particular are carriers of parasites, bacteria, and viruses contributing to many fatal diseases. In response to this and with the aim of dramatically reducing child mortality rates, New York-based non-profit Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), has launched a new initiative to replace dirt flooring with concrete in Bangladesh.

Learn more about the initiative after the break. 

Open Call for Curator: Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

00:00 - 1 September, 2014
Open Call for Curator: Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) seeks a Chief Curator or Curator Team for its sixth international festival in Oslo, Norway in autumn of 2016. The Curator will be responsible for the academic and artistic development of the festival, including its conceptual framework, research and programming, as well as exhibitions and events.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale serves as a platform for developing alternative and interdisciplinary projects and is the main international architecture festival in the Nordic region. Content will be developed over the course of three years, and the festival functions to not only display, but to investigate issues of architecture and urban challenges. More on the triennale, and how to apply, after the break.

Master Plan Revealed for Binhai Eco City in Tianjin

01:00 - 30 August, 2014
Master Plan Revealed for Binhai Eco City in Tianjin, Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office
Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office

Holm Architecture Office and AI - along with landscape architects Kragh Berglund – have been named shared winners of the Eco City Binhai Master Plan. Located outside Tianjin in Northern China, the project will consist of a new Central Business District and five new cultural buildings. Learn more about this plan after the break.

Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office + 20

UNESCO: Friend or Foe?

00:00 - 30 August, 2014
UNESCO: Friend or Foe? , Right now Istanbul epitomizes the debate in question, with would-be developers taking on preservationists. Do new developments threaten Istanbul's world-class heritage, or does heritage protection restrict important new development? Image © Flickr CC User Jules Gervais. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Right now Istanbul epitomizes the debate in question, with would-be developers taking on preservationists. Do new developments threaten Istanbul's world-class heritage, or does heritage protection restrict important new development? Image © Flickr CC User Jules Gervais. Used under Creative Commons

Earlier this week, two articles on Domus engaged each other in a debate over the affect of UNESCO World Heritage status on the cities they supposedly protect. Is UNESCO turning the world’s cities into museums and hindering their future cultural development? Or could it be a positive force for protecting architecture and culture? Read on after the break to learn more about these clashing opinions.

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten
© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten

The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in Norway and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.