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Cho Min-suk of Mass Studies on Ephemeral Architecture and Crisis in Korea

Seoul is considered one of the most densely-populated and over-priced cities in the world, reaching a staggering $ 80,000 per square meter. The extreme conditions of the city have forced local architects to operate, design, and build framing the city's urban issues, traditions, and history. This approach by architects has created the theoretical basis of “The Condition of Seoul Architecture”, a publication by multidisciplinary practice TCA Think Tank which sees the point of view of 18 innovative South Korean architects. In this interview, Pier Alessio Rizzardi, founder of the practice, interviewed Chi Min-suk of Mass Studies, explaining his point of view on ephemeral architecture and what influences the studio's work the most.

Public Spaces: ArchDaily's Best Articles on the Topic

Public Spaces are an issue all over the world — approaches to designing them differentiate across countries, while successful examples always involve heavy research and working closely with communities. At ArchDaily, we always try to explore different opinions on common issues, hoping that our input will add to the clarity of architecture debates. Read on for our best articles on the topic.

David Basulto and Varvara Melnikova on Internet and Education

This summer, on the occasion of the annual Moscow Urban Forum, ArchDaily's CEO David Basulto visited the Russian capital to give a talk at the event and meet with some friend of ArchDaily. Among others, David visited Strelka Institute, our dearest longtime partner and companion, and spoke with its CEO Varvara Melnikova.

TAB 2019: Curator Yael Reisner on her Lifelong Fight for Beauty

Opened in the middle of September, Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 (TAB 2019) explores its theme "Beauty Matters" through all possible architectural means. Wood and textiles, 3D-printed structures and VR are only a few components of the main exhibition of the biennial, curated by Tel Aviv-born, London-based architect Yael Reisner.

Charles Jencks Dies at Age 80

Renowned architecture theorist and historian, landscape designer and co-founder of Maggie's Cancer Care Centres, Charles Jencks died yesterday, as reported by RIBA Journal on Twitter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 21, 1939, Jencks was 80 years old at the time he passed away.

Hello Wood Team on How to Create a Strong Community in a Week

Hello Wood, as you may already know, is an annual festival, which gathers hundreds of people in a Hungarian village for a week. Divided into groups, the architects and students carefully selected by the team of organizers, build installations made of wood with their bare hands. The outcome is amazing — dozens of beautiful structures rise up there each year adding more and more originality to the site.

The words cannot express the vibe you get at the Hello Wood Project Village — all the "beautiful people", as they call each other, are one big family. There is no competition, the teams help each other to make sure all projects are completed before the deadline, when they all march to the neighboring village and celebrate the week spent together.

But what is the idea behind this festival? What is the secret key to building a strong community of professionals and students in such a short period of time? Watch our interview with Hello Wood team to learn how they answer these questions.

Old Doors and Insulation Foil: 5 Projects that Derive from Russian Culture

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© Archstoyanie

Russia is an enigmatic country known for its sublime constructivism developed during Soviet times, its greatness and enormous scale. It comes as no shocker — architects, such as Ivan Leonidov and his student Leonid Pavlov, and artists like El Lissitzky, have definitely contributed to the history and image of a strong Russian personality.

Considering the prevalent poverty in Russia, the reason for the fixation on cheap construction is rather clear. However, even local leading architects find something attractive and beautiful in the suburban barns and flimsy dwellings. Creating authentic installations in the shape of houses or changing and enhancing the experience of existing structures with materials at hand, Russian artists and architects express the country's skill of turning the ruined and inhabitable into the lively and cozy.

Antepavilion 2019 by Maich Swift Architects Opens to the Public

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The third Antepavilion is set to open this week in east London — designed by young architecture firm Maich Swift Architects, the canalside wooden rooftop theater built in Haggerston, London, is inspired by Monsieur Hulot in Jacques Tati’s 1958 film "Mon Oncle". "Potemkin theatre" was chosen from almost 200 entries in an open competition launched by the Architecture Foundation and Shiva Ltd.

How Will We Live Together?: Hashim Sarkis on the Venice Biennale 2020

Today the President of La Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta and the appointed Curator of the 17th International Exhibition Hashim Sarkis introduced the theme of the next year’s event “How will we live together?”. La Biennale Architettura 2020 will take place at Venice’s Giardini and Arsenale from May 23 to November 29, 2020.

“We need a new spatial contract. In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together,” reads Sarkis’ Statement. The theme that explores architecture as material, spatial, and cultural field, encourages the participating architects to engage other professionals in their research — inviting artists, builders, politicians, social scientists, and everyday citizens the Curator wants the society to acknowledge the role of the architect “as both cordial convener and custodian of the spatial contract”.

Pavilion of the Future / NOVOE

© Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov + 13

Vyksa, Russia
  • Architects: NOVOE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 465.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

ARTCOR Creative Center / Maxim Calujac

© Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler + 20

Chișinău, Moldova
  • Architects: Maxim Calujac
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 850.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Voda Bar / SAGA

© Mikhail Khvalebnov
© Mikhail Khvalebnov

© Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina + 22

Bar
Moskva, Russia
  • Architects: SAGA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 60.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

The Land of Bears and Wolves / Project 7

© Ivan Avdeenko © Ivan Avdeenko © Ivan Avdeenko © Ivan Avdeenko + 14

zoo
Cherkasy, Ukraine
  • Architects: Project 7
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Azatlyk - Central Square of Naberezhnye Chelny / DROM

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov + 22

Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia
  • Architects: DROM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 7800.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Future Materiality Pavilion / Pravda

© Ivan Erofeev
© Ivan Erofeev
Moscow, Russia
  • Architects: Pravda
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 25.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Office for Radioline / Algorithm Bureau

© Dmitru Chebanenko © Dmitru Chebanenko © Dmitru Chebanenko © Dmitru Chebanenko + 24

Moscow, Russia
  • Architects: Algorithm Bureau
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 90.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018