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Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
 Architects to Relocate Entire City Two Miles Over, 'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White
'Kiruna 4-Ever' plan. Image Courtesy of White

UPDATE: The BBC reports that construction on the Kiruna re-location is scheduled to begin next month. For more on this extraordinary project, read the article below.

Everyone is familiar with the stresses of moving to a new house, but the residents of Kiruna, a small town of 18,000 in Sweden, face a more daunting task: moving their entire city.

For more than 100 years, residents of Kiruna have developed their city center around the world's largest iron mine, operated by the state-controlled company, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB). In 2004, LKAB determined that to continue extracting iron would mean digging deeper, unsettling the ground beneath 3,000 homes as well as the city hall, train station, and century-old church.

2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners

01:00 - 6 February, 2014
2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners, Overall Winner / Sense of Place Category. Image © Ken Schluchtmann via Arcaid Images
Overall Winner / Sense of Place Category. Image © Ken Schluchtmann via Arcaid Images

UPDATE: The winning images will go on show February 28th in London at the "Building Images: The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2013" exhibition. They will remain on view through April 25th inside a renovated factory on 7–9 Woodbridge Street.

The Architectural Photography Awards, hosted by Arcaid Images, have announced the winner, runner-up and shortlisted images for this year's best architecture photos. A distinguished panel architects and editors that included Catherine Slessor, Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid, Ivan Harbour and Graham Stirk were asked to look beyond architecture and into composition, atmosphere and scale to ultimately judge four categories of images: Interiors, Exteriors, Sense of Place and Building In Use. Their selections reflect this vision admirably.

The New York City Cantilever: If You Can’t Go Up, Go Out

00:00 - 3 February, 2014
The New York City Cantilever: If You Can’t Go Up, Go Out, 35XV Residences. Image Courtesy of FXFOWLE
35XV Residences. Image Courtesy of FXFOWLE

New York City’s notoriously space-hungry real estate market is converting the cantilever – perhaps made most famous in Frank Lloyd Wright’s floating Fallingwater residence of 1935 – from a mere move of architectural acrobatics to a profit-generating design feature. Driven by a “more is more” mantra, developers and architects are using cantilevers to extend the reach of a building, creating unique vistas and extended floor space in a market in which both are priced at sky-high premiums.

Michael Sorkin Sites Future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago's South Side

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Michael Sorkin Sites Future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago's South Side, Plan View Depicting Future Library Bridging 63rd Street. Image Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio
Plan View Depicting Future Library Bridging 63rd Street. Image Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio

Bidding for the future home of Barack Obama's Presidential Library is underway with three locations claiming the chief executive as their own. Obama's birthplace, Hawaii, has mounted a campaign in pursuit of their native son, followed by New York City's Columbia University, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science. Architect and urbanist Michael Sorkin believes it is the Windy City, however, his adopted hometown, that will ultimately win the presidential library bid.

KSP Designs Floating 'Urban Helix' for Changsha

01:00 - 18 January, 2014
KSP Designs Floating 'Urban Helix' for Changsha , Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has been awarded first prize for their proposal of a new "urban helix" in Changsha, China, that extends public space from the city center into Lake Meixi. The concept serves as a catalyst, marking a termination point on a new street axis that culminates into a pedestrian ramp symbolically spiraling 30 meters above a 20,000 square meter artificial island.

'Hacked' Offices: The Future of Workplace Design?

00:00 - 18 January, 2014

What does the workplace of the future look like? Shawn Gehle, of Gensler, explains in this TEDx Talk that with over 10 billion square feet of existing office space in North America, we may not even need to envision new buildings. Rather, by "hacking" existing buildings, architects can transform them into something completely new. For more on Gensler's "hacker" philosophy, read our article here.

World's Tallest Buildings of 2013 Dominated by Asia

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats

According to the latest Tall Trends Report, 73 buildings in excess of 200 meters were completed in 2013 worldwide, the second highest total only behind 2011 with 81 completions. The increase of completions from 2012 to 2013 continues a significant upward trend that, since 2000, has seen an astounding 318 percent increase in tall buildings.

REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia

01:00 - 13 January, 2014

REX has been selected as one of five finalists for a 173,000 square meter proposal located near the equator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dubbed as the "Equator Tower," the concept wraps a retractable, PTFE-coated, glass fiber-reinforced sun shade around a slender 80-story tower, blocking direct sun exposure from all four sides.

World Trade Center Progress Report: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

00:00 - 12 January, 2014
World Trade Center Progress Report: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Cranes over the Transport Hub in July of 2012. Image © Mark Lennihan, AP
Cranes over the Transport Hub in July of 2012. Image © Mark Lennihan, AP

Slowly, and surely not lacking critique, Santiago Calatrava's transport hub rises $2 billion over budget, SOM's Freedom Tower — now, more mundanely referred to as 1WTC — is recognized as the tallest building in the western hemisphere and there is still a considerable amount of development yet to be done on the World Trade Center. Read Edwin Heathcote's article on the Financial Times regarding the good, the bad and the ugly: "Rebuilding the World Trade Center: A Progress Report."

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree, © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject
© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject

Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, 'Vana,' for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects' had to say after the break...

© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject + 12

Snohetta Makes Times Square Permanently Pedestrian

00:00 - 9 January, 2014
Snohetta Makes Times Square Permanently Pedestrian, Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta

New York City's Times Square has concluded the first redevelopment phase of a permanent pedestrian plaza just in time for last week's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Snøhetta's $55 million redesign — bounded by Broadway and 7th Avenue between 42nd and 47th streets — creates an uninterrupted and cohesive surface, reinforcing the square's iconic role as an outdoor stage for entertainment, culture and urban life.

Learn more after the break...

UConn Selects Shortlist to Design New Campus Masterplan

00:00 - 8 January, 2014
Aerial of UConn Campus. Image © Mark Mirko | Hartford Courant
Aerial of UConn Campus. Image © Mark Mirko | Hartford Courant

The State of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut (UConn) have invested $2 million to create a masterplan for the UConn campus that will include a new science building and residence hall. The masterplan will be chosen from among three finalists - Michael Dennis & Associates, NBBJ and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - and then subject to numerous public meetings in which professors, staff, students and community members will be encouraged to provide their input.

Learn more after the break...

We Need More 'Building' in Architecture School

00:00 - 4 January, 2014
We Need More 'Building' in Architecture School, Courtesy of Flickr user mr kris
Courtesy of Flickr user mr kris

"Architectural education is very abstract." Virginia Tech professors and Rural Studio alumni Keith and Marie Zawistowski sit down to talk about the importance of a hands-on experience, suggesting a fundamental restructuring of curriculums. With projects such as the Masonic Ampitheater, they — together with their students — set out to prove that somethings are simply solved by building. Read the full article here, "What Architecture Schools Get Wrong"

Winners of Hong Kong 'GIFT' Ideas Competition Announced

01:00 - 4 January, 2014
Winners of Hong Kong 'GIFT' Ideas Competition Announced, First Prize: Seeding Architecture. Image Courtesy of Hong Kong Science Park GIFT Design Ideas Competition
First Prize: Seeding Architecture. Image Courtesy of Hong Kong Science Park GIFT Design Ideas Competition

Winners of the 'GIFT' (Green Innovation Future Technology) Ideas Competition in Hong Kong have been selected by a panel of judges representing Hong Kong Science Park (HKSTPC), local government, and private organizations. The winning proposals best displayed the aim of the competition: to create an innovative and iconic architecture; design a low-carbon emissions building that promotes sustainable strategies and lifestyles; nurture and uncover new local talent, and to create a scheme that unifies the Park's development.

Review the winning proposals after the break...

Competition Entry: 'My Iran' (Expo Milan 2015) / Akaran Architects & IRANBON

01:00 - 4 January, 2014
Courtesy of Akaran Architects
Courtesy of Akaran Architects

Akaran Architects, in collaboration with IRANBON, have been selected as one of four finalist for their proposal 'My Iran,' a pavilion representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Milan Expo 2015. The team will now join the other finalists to refine their ideas into a single proposal. The rectangular site (20 by 100 meters) is a 'resonant landscape,' aiming to showcase the central theme: feeding the planet, energy for life.

New Images Unveiled of Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

00:00 - 3 January, 2014

New information has been released — along with a series of renders — seven months after the New York City Council approved Cornell University's two million square foot technology campus in Roosevelt Island. Envisioned as "a campus built for the next century," Cornell Tech's first set of buildings has tapped into the talent of some of the most respected architecture firms in the city: Morphosis' Pritzker Prize-winning Thom Mayne, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture, Handel Architects, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

New images of the buildings, after the break...

Photographer Victor Enrich Reshapes an Existing Hotel, 88 Times

00:00 - 1 January, 2014

Architectural photographer Victor Enrich has shared with ArchDaily a series of 88 images — one for every key in the classical piano — exploring the various formal possibilities of the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. "I found it beautiful," says Enrich, "to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano." See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break.

OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach, Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena
Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena

Alan Faena — prominent argentine developer — is partnering with an all-star cast of celebrated artists, architects and Hollywood darlings to revive the decadence of the roaring twenties, envisioning a booming cultural "epicenter" for the city of Miami. The development, Faena Miami Beach, would include the restoration of the historic Saxony Hotel (the original symbol of opulent resorts along Florida beaches), the construction of new luxury apartments by Foster + Partners and the Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Arts Center and Artist Residency. Review them all after the break.