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This Week in Architecture: Master's Plans and Masterplans

07:00 - 10 November, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Master's Plans and Masterplans, Rendering of BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of BIG.
Rendering of BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of BIG.

 

JP Morgan Chase announced this week that they had hired Foster + Partners to design their new global headquarters in New York. The project, located in midtown Manhattan, will replace the existing 1960s SOM design for the US investment bank.

This is not the first time Foster + Partners have been called in to handle a corporate headquarters project: the office is also responsible for the designs of the nearby Hearst Tower, Apple’s Campus in Silicon Valley, and the Stirling Prize-winning Bloomberg HQ in London.

ZHA's Design © Flying Architecture Philip Johnson on the cover of Time Magazine Bloomberg HQ. Image © Nigel Young Courtesy of Habitat Unit. Gruen designated highly specified uses of space in his plan for Tehran. + 7

Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying

09:30 - 7 November, 2018
Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying, Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli
Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli

Architecture, unlike other aspects of culture (such as fashion or music), can only really be experienced and understood in person. For highly branded companies, designing a new building can be a prime opportunity to signal taste and values - but also creates an interesting architectural conundrum. While the buildings will be inhabited (nearly 24/7) by company employees, they’re also very much populated by the imaginations of people across the globe. What is it like to be in these places?

© Nigel Young. ImageThe Bloomberg Headquarters in London © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple . ImageRendering of the Apple Campus in Palo Alto Google's new King's Cross campus, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios. Image Courtesy of Google Google Tel Aviv. Image © Itay Sikolski + 10

3XN Unveils Sloping Design for Sydney Fish Market

05:00 - 6 November, 2018
3XN Unveils Sloping Design for Sydney Fish Market , Sydney Fish Market. Image Courtesy of 3XN
Sydney Fish Market. Image Courtesy of 3XN

Danish office 3XN has unveiled finalized designs for their Sydney Fish Market project after announcing their attachment to the project last June. The scheme, which is expected to begin construction in 2019, combines the traditional working market program with contemporary features and is intended to establish a strong public connection to the waterfront at Blackwattle Bay.

This Week in Architecture: A Little Less Conversation

07:11 - 2 November, 2018
This Week in Architecture: A Little Less Conversation , Plastic Island. Image Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr
Plastic Island. Image Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr

Kanye West is, according to Kanye West, a reformed man. After months of making headlines over his bizarre political views, he stated on Wednesday that, “my eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

While this most likely means a return to his music career, this statement could also indicate a renewed interest in his design projects. The rapper’s interest in architecture is more than just a passing one; he’s collaborated with noted architects such as Jacques Herzog and Rem Koolhaas and has declared on multiple occasions his desire for everything to be “architected.”

The Unlikely Life, Death and Rebirth of the Hastings Pier

09:30 - 29 October, 2018
The Unlikely Life, Death and Rebirth of the Hastings Pier, Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou
Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou

The story of the Hastings Pier is an improbable one. Located in Hastings - a stone's throw away from the battlefield that defined English history - the pier was first opened to the promenading public in 1872. For decades the structure, an exuberant array of Victorian-era decoration, entertained seaside crowds but by the new millennium had fallen out of disrepair. In 2008 the pier was closed - a closure that became seemingly irreversible when, two years later, it burnt down.

Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Laurian Ghinitiou + 21

This Week in Architecture: What Does Modernism Mean Today?

09:30 - 26 October, 2018
Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Nikkol Rot for Holcim
Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Nikkol Rot for Holcim

It’s easy to feel jaded about modernism. What started as a radically rational and analytical approach to design - one not beholden to the architectural traditions of place or history - has become a smokescreen behind which designers and developers alike can hide. The language of logic (genuine or not) is a shield against criticism and satisfies questions about the bottom line. The border between minimalism and a value-engineered bare minimum has been blurred to the point of invisibility.

This Week in Architecture: More than Visual

07:00 - 20 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: More than Visual, © Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
© Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

Architecture is a profession deeply dependent on the visual. It’s imagined, sold, critiqued and consumed almost entirely on the strength (or lack thereof) of drawings. We pick and prod at images presented at angles we’ll never be able to see, admiring the architectonic qualities of elements we’ll never actually experience.

Life after Serpentine: Second Lives of Architecture's Famed Pavilions

09:30 - 18 October, 2018
Life after Serpentine: Second Lives of Architecture's Famed Pavilions, Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / Bjarke Ingels. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / Bjarke Ingels. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

If the surest sign of summer in London is the appearance of a new pavilion in front of the Serpentine Gallery, then it’s perhaps fair to say that summer is over once the pavilion is taken down. The installations have gained prominence since its inaugural edition in 2000, acting as a kind of exclusive honor and indication of talent for those chosen to present; celebrated names from the past names include Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Olafur Eliasson.

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 / Selgas Cano. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2014 / Smiljan Radic. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2006 / Rem Koolhaas. Image © John Offenbach Serpentine Pavilion 2007 / Olafur Eliasson, Kjetil Thorsen, Cecil Balmond. Image © Luke Hayes + 20

World Architecture Festival Announces Winners of the 2018 Drawing Prize

05:00 - 18 October, 2018
World Architecture Festival Announces Winners of the 2018 Drawing Prize, American Dream or American Nightmare / Yue Ma. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
American Dream or American Nightmare / Yue Ma. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival, with co-curators Make Architects and the Sir John Soane’s Museum, announced today the winners of their annual Architecture Drawing Prize, established in 2017 to recognize the “continuing importance of hand drawing, whilst also embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings.”

This Week in Architecture: Awards Season

07:45 - 13 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Awards Season, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

The dominating news of the week came courtesy of RIBA and IIT, with the two announcing this year’s laureates of the Stirling Prize and Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, respectively. Foster + Partners were awarded RIBA’s Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ in London. Said jury member Sir David Adjaye, “Bloomberg is a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture.” The project has been a controversial choice, with some citing the tension between the building’s massive price tag and the current UK housing crisis.

Carme Pinós' Designed 2018 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne

19:30 - 7 October, 2018
Carme Pinós' Designed 2018 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne, MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings
MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings

After a season packed with significant architecture news, Melbourne has announced the opening of the 2018 MPavilion designed by Carme Pinós. The pavilion is widely considered to be the southern hemisphere’s answer to the Serpentine Pavilion, and has featured designers such as Rem Koolhaas, Bijoy Jain, and Amanda Levete.

This year’s design, from Spanish architect Carme Pinós, takes its inspiration from origami, with wings opening out to welcome the city into the pavilion itself. The roof, made of two distinct halves, is perched upon three mounds incorporating public seating.

MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings MPavilion 2018 / Carme Pinos. Image © John Gollings + 6

This Week in Architecture: Visions from the Future

09:30 - 5 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Visions from the Future

Life in Space

Atelier Deshaus' Transforms Shanghai's Riverfront in 3 Cultural Projects

06:30 - 5 October, 2018
Atelier Deshaus' Transforms Shanghai's Riverfront in 3 Cultural Projects, Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Laurian Ghintiou
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Laurian Ghintiou

In a creative scene that is already bursting with talent and innovation, Atelier Deshaus' works in China stand out. Their projects, often renovations of existing spaces, do not follow particular rules of style set by others or even themselves. Yet they are united  in their subtle and enigmatic take on the experience of space in the ever-changing urban environments in China. 

© Laurian Ghintiou Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Laurian Ghintiou Shanghai Modern Art Museum / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Laurian Ghintiou Renovation of 80,000-ton silos on Minsheng Wharf / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Laurian Ghintiou + 29

10 Futuristic Homes Unveiled at the 2018 House Vision China Exhibition

14:35 - 4 October, 2018
10 Futuristic Homes Unveiled at the 2018 House Vision China Exhibition, © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc
© HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc

House Vision China 2018 has opened with 10 futuristic residential designs by architects like Penda, Open Architecture and MAD. Located outside the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing's Olympic Park, House Vision is a cultural research project initiated with the concept of “new life in the future”. Together with architects and enterprises, the exhibition aims to build cultural research around the future home at a 1:1 ratio. House Vision features a range of home designs, from a shelter for life on Mars to a Living Garden.

© HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc + 33

This Week in Architecture: What Makes a Place?

09:30 - 29 September, 2018
This Week in Architecture: What Makes a Place? , Courtesy of Es Devlin
Courtesy of Es Devlin

It’s well understood that a sense of place is an essential value for people, architecture, and cities. Everyone from designers to planners to city governments speak breathlessly of the power of places to transform cities for the better - but it’s not clear what placemaking really means.

Post Post-Modernism: 10 Projects that Reinterpret the Movement for the Digital Age

09:30 - 25 September, 2018
Post Post-Modernism: 10 Projects that Reinterpret the Movement for the Digital Age, Hangzhou Neobio Family Park / X+Living. Image © Feng Shao
Hangzhou Neobio Family Park / X+Living. Image © Feng Shao

It's no secret that post-modernism has, in recent years, experienced something of a revival. The much-maligned movement's exhuberant and joyful take on architecture is perhaps a solace in difficult moments. Or, for the more jaded among us, perhaps it simply lends itself to Instagram. 

That said, it's not quite the postmodernism that took off in the 60s. Post postmodernism is also concerned with history and context, but with contemporary spins made possible by new technologies. Installations and other temporary typologies also bring with them a fresh perspective, preserved forever on the internet for our vicarious enjoyment. But perhaps most crucially, it is no longer so wholly a reaction against the hegemony of modernism; something that the original postmodernists were fixated with. Today's postmodernism can be at once joyful and reserved, vernacular and high-tech. 

Landmark Nieuw Bergen / Monadnock . Image © Stijn Bollaert Temple of Agape / Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. Image © Gareth Gardner A House for Essex / FAT and Grayson Perry. Image © FAT © Rasmus Hjortshoj + 70

This Week in Architecture: Complexity and Contradiction

09:30 - 21 September, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Complexity and Contradiction, © Denise Scott Brown
© Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi - and the postmodernist movement he helped to form - was occasionally a divisive figure. For hardcore modernists, the referencing of prior styles was an affront to the future-facing architecture they had tried to promote. For traditionalists, the ebullient and kitschy take on classicism was an insult to the elegance of the past.

Robert Venturi Passes Away at 93

15:00 - 19 September, 2018
Robert Venturi Passes Away at 93, © Rollin LaFrance / VSBA
© Rollin LaFrance / VSBA

Robert Venturi, famed-postmodernist and icon of American architecture, passed away Tuesday at the age of 93. Among Venturi’s many accolades were the 1991 Pritzker Prize, a Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects, and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects. He started his firm in 1964, running it with his partner and wife Denise Scott Brown from 1967 until 2012. His legacy lives on as the firm continues under the name VSBA (Venturi Scott Brown Associates).