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Vladimir Gintoff

Vladimir is a News Editor at ArchDaily. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied photography and art history. Currently he is pursuing an M.Arch I degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Modern as Metaphor: Where the Tate Stands in a Post-Brexit World

07:00 - 18 November, 2018
Modern as Metaphor: Where the Tate Stands in a Post-Brexit World, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 30 June, 2016. While the debate surrounding the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union continues to rage, the Tate remains a steady icon for London and the UK. But the building has also become a symbol in a new fight: one between the capital's elites and the general public. As the political sands in Britain continue to shift, it may be interesting to see how - and with whom - the building aligns in the future. - Katherine Allen, Managing Editor

Spotlight: Maya Lin

16:30 - 5 October, 2018
Spotlight: Maya Lin, Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/derekskey/5249593792'>Flickr user derekskey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Image © Flickr user derekskey licensed under CC BY 2.0

At the age of just 21 and while she was still finishing her undergraduate degree at Yale, Maya Lin (born October 5, 1959) won the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The memorial went on to become among the most recognizable designs in the world, and heralded a sea change for memorial design, breaking with classical conventions and dramatically changing the discourse of a typology.

Competition Entry to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial competition. Image <a href='http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/97505164/'>via Library of Congress</a>, released to public domain by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Beginning & End of Chronology. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/frank_steele/3424813809'>Flickr user frank_steele</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenlund/2716164844'>Flickr user kenlund</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/timevanson/8017951874'>Flickr user Tim Evanson</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> + 8

Spotlight: César Pelli

07:30 - 12 October, 2017
Petronas Towers. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/einalem/1390833018'>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of Argentina-born, America-based architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the now-under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Red Building. Image Courtesy of StudioAMD National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, 2004. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NMAO01s3200.jpg'>Wikipedia user 663highland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> São Paulo Corporate Towers / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects + aflalo/gasperini arquitetos. Image © Ana Mello Hancher Auditorium / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 14

Agence Ter Proposes 350 Hectares of Parkland Along the East Bund in Shanghai

14:45 - 23 June, 2016
Agence Ter Proposes 350 Hectares of Parkland Along the East Bund in Shanghai, Courtesy of Agence Ter
Courtesy of Agence Ter

Agence Ter has won a competition to redesign the bank of the East Bund, adjacent to Pudong in Shanghai, reconstructing 21 kilometers of waterfront along the Huangpu River. Devising programmatic elements for five sections of the riverfront, Agence Ter hopes to inject a variety of functions into what is now an underutilized area. In the words of the designers, “The project redefines the space of the bank to create a living interface between neighborhoods and the river, a new width articulating soft transport, ecology, public spaces, activities and economy.”

Courtesy of Agence Ter Courtesy of Agence Ter Courtesy of Agence Ter Courtesy of Agence Ter + 37

An MVRDV-Designed Library Tops Out in Tianjin

13:30 - 22 June, 2016
An MVRDV-Designed Library Tops Out in Tianjin, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

An MVRDV-designed library in Tianjin has topped out as part of the city’s Binhai Cultural Centre. The 34,200 square meter (370,000 square foot) building will join four other cultural institutions designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design, and GMP – creating “cultural corridors” – that are part of a GMP-designed masterplan. The library program includes educational facilities, service spaces, book storage, archives, computer rooms, audio rooms, an auditorium, lounge areas, meeting rooms, offices, general reading areas, and those designed specifically for children and the elderly. Tianjin Binhai Library has been designed by MVRDV in collaboration with the TIanjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI).

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 16

Video: Living with History in the Russian Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale

15:30 - 21 June, 2016

In his latest video, Jesús Granada visits the Russian Pavilion, “VDNh”, at the 2016 Venice Biennale. In the clip, viewers are introduced to the pavilion’s curator, Sergey Kuznetsov, who explains that “VDNh” is an acronym for a large area of Moscow known as Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva or Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy. Kuznetsov describes the territory as “[an] advertisement for the Soviet Union lifestyle…[meant] to meld lots of people and one nation."

White Arkitekter's Winning Proposal for a Steep Hillside of the Faroe Islands

14:00 - 20 June, 2016
White Arkitekter's Winning Proposal for a Steep Hillside of the Faroe Islands, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has won the Nordic Built Cities competition in the category of Vertical Challenge for the office’s proposal, “The Eyes of Runavik,” located in a village on the Faroe Islands. White Arkitekter has devised five 3-story ring-shaped “houses” that collectively provide 100 units of housing on a steep hillside with views of fjords and surrounding islands. Each building is surrounded by a meadow – ”hagi” – of local vegetation, and each inner courtyard is a cultivated microclimate, or “bøur,” meant to be a more comfortable outdoor space for residents.

Watch the Louvre Abu Dhabi Perimeter Flood

16:00 - 17 June, 2016

Update 9/20/16: The opening date for the museum has been pushed back to 2017.

Earlier this week, the temporary sea wall that had been separating the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the seawater of the Persian Gulf was removed, creating a new harmony between site and structure as envisioned in the original project renderings. The building, which was conceived in 2007 and designed by Jean Nouvel, is set to open later this year.

Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich

14:00 - 16 June, 2016
Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich , Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska
Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

Zaha Hadid’s exhibition design for Kurt Schwitters: Merz opened to the public earlier this week at Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich. In an article about the exhibition in T Magazine, senior designer and director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), Patrik Schumacher said, “It’s literally the last project of Zaha, finished by her team.”

The exhibition, presenting seventy works – in all media – from each period of the artist’s career, honors five decades of the gallery showing Schwitter’s work. Hadid’s design is a reflection on the artist’s well-known, but destroyed, Merzbau, a sculpture that filled the artist’s workspace from 1923-1937. According to the Hadid’s office, “[Merzbau was] a living, inhabited collage, ever-shifting and expanding, and this was the starting point for [Zaha’s] exhibition design which pushes beyond mere random collage to embrace the unpredictable richness and the complex variegated order found in nature.” The design builds on an established relationship between Hadid and Galerie Gmurzynska; Merz following in the footsteps of an earlier exhibition space designed for another of the architect’s inspirations, Kasimir Malevich.

Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska + 11

Alison Brooks Architects Will Design the Next Maggie's Centre

11:00 - 16 June, 2016
Alison Brooks Architects Will Design the Next Maggie's Centre, Alison Brooks. Image Courtesy of Caro Communications
Alison Brooks. Image Courtesy of Caro Communications

Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) has been selected to design the latest Maggie's Centre, at the edge of the Musgrove Park Hospital Grounds in Somerset, England. Known as Maggie's Taunton, the project is a collaboration between ABA, Johanna Gibbons of JLH Landscape Architecture, and structural engineers Webb Yates.

Maggie's is a charity that provides free practical, emotional, and social support for cancer patients and their families and friends. Considering architecture as a vital element of care, since 1996 the organization has commissioned a who's who of contemporary practices to design their facilities, including Frank Gehry, OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Steven Holl, and the late Zaha Hadid.

Casas Melhoradas Reimagines Affordable Housing in Maputo, Mozambique

13:30 - 15 June, 2016
Casas Melhoradas Reimagines Affordable Housing in Maputo, Mozambique, Context. Image © Johan Mottelson
Context. Image © Johan Mottelson

In an effort to create affordable housing in Maputo, Mozambique, Casas Melhoradas is an applied research project aimed at eliminating city slums. Organized by the Institute of Architecture, Urbanism & Landscape, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, in collaboration with the Mozambican NGO Estamos, the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (FAPF) and the Danish branch of Architects Without Borders (AUG), the project is part of research initiative on urban development in the Global South.

Street view. Image © Johan Mottelson Old house prior to vertical addition. Image © Johan Mottelson View from private outdoor space. Image © Johan Mottelson Street view. Image © Johan Mottelson + 14

These Are the World's Oldest Cities

14:00 - 14 June, 2016
These Are the World's Oldest Cities, Jericho, Palestinian Territories, 9,000 BC. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User: Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel licensed under CC BY 3.0
Jericho, Palestinian Territories, 9,000 BC. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User: Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel licensed under CC BY 3.0

Have you ever wondered which are humanity's oldest cities? Matador Network has compiled a list of the world's ancient metropolises, and perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly all of them are within or adjacent to the Fertile Crescent, a moon-shaped region running from the Persian Gulf through what is today the south of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Nile River Delta in Egypt. With settings that range from hamlets on the road less traveled, like Susa, Iran, and Sidon, Lebanon, to cities that hold international renown as trade and migratory crossroads, like Beirut and Damascus, these places share an ability to endure through the highs and lows of fortune and conflict. This factor of longevity is all the more remarkable considering that the youngest locales date from 3,000 BC and others extend back another 6,000 years.

Find the complete list of cities on Matador Network, here.

7 (More) Websites to Help Us Be Better Architects

14:00 - 13 June, 2016
7 (More) Websites to Help Us Be Better Architects

Last year we published a list of 22 websites meant to make an architect's job a little bit easier. From selecting the perfect color scheme to tracking the price of your next big purchase, solving technical problems or simply trying to balance your sleep and caffeine intake, the list sought to offer solutions to a diversity of issues – with something (hopefully) for everyone.

This year we offer an addendum with seven additional sites meant to further allay the ever-stressful life of architects. From using peripherals for additional screen real estate to receiving your daily fill of the top architecture news, or converting PDFs to DWGs and adding scale figures to models, ArchDaily seeks to share more of the best of what the web can offer to architects.

Snøhetta's Library for Temple University Begins Construction

12:00 - 10 June, 2016
Snøhetta's Library for Temple University Begins Construction, Courtesy of Snøhetta / Methanoia
Courtesy of Snøhetta / Methanoia

Temple University’s new library designed by Snøhetta, in collaboration with Stantec, is now under construction after a groundbreaking ceremony in April. The 21,000 square meter (225,000 square foot) building is adjacent to what will become a future campus quadrangle that is currently occupied by other buildings slated for demolition. The library sits at the intersection of two major pedestrian pathways, Polett Walk and Liacouras Walk, attesting to the University’s hope that the facility will be a new social and academic heart for 37,800 students.

Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta + 12

Iwan Baan Photographs Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum for Its Ninth Birthday

16:00 - 9 June, 2016
Iwan Baan Photographs Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum for Its Ninth Birthday, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the opening of the Steven Holl Architect’s Bloch Building for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. To commemorate the occasion, Iwan Baan has visited the project to show how it has settled into place on the museum’s campus, become an architectural icon for Kansas City, and continues to shine as one of Steven Holl's most recognized projects.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 25

BIG and Lacaton & Vassal Lead Shortlist for Museum of London's Future Home at West Smithfield

12:30 - 9 June, 2016
BIG and Lacaton & Vassal Lead Shortlist for Museum of London's Future Home at West Smithfield, Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Museum of London has released a shortlist and designs for the West Smithfield International Design Competition, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants. The site, which will be the museum’s future home after outgrowing its place at the Barbican, is part of London’s Smithfield Market and includes the Smithfield General Market building, the Fish Market, the Red House and the Engine House. Welcoming over a million annual visitors at its current home, the museum’s new facility would allow attendance to double and enable the display of never-before-seen artifacts from the historic collection. The competition was funded by the Mayor of London through a £200,000 grant.

Interview with the Curators of the Golden Lion Awarded Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:45 - 8 June, 2016

This video is part of a partnership between ArchDaily and the Spanish photographer Jesús Granada. Granada's stock images of the Biennale can be obtained on his website, here. ArchDaily’s complete coverage of the 2016 Biennale can be found, here; with coverage focused on the Spanish Pavilion, here.

In an interview conducted by Jesús Granada, the curators of this year’s Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns, discuss their reasoning and intentions for the Golden Lion awarded national pavilion’s design. Titled “Unfinished,” Quintáns describes the project’s influence as “the detection of reality that we show only through photography, of what happened (in Spain) after the housing bubble, first the real estate boom and then the crisis, and how we can offer solutions thanks to the many talented architects of the many projects which have been realized in Spain and have been partially obscured.” The pavilion answers Director Alejandro Aravena’s call for national pavilions that identify domestic responses to architectural dilemmas that could be the solutions for other places facing similar issues.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen's Vara Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a Maze of Circular Forms

16:20 - 7 June, 2016

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Vara Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale is described by the architects as “a series of exteriors within other exteriors.” Breaking down this crypticness, what emerges is a maze-like complex of circles – ten of them – formed with steel, cement, and painted plaster, which collectively create a series of walls, but no roof, thus forming a pavilion that is open to the elements from above. The 324 square meter pavilion’s title, “vara,” refers to an imprecise and obsolete Spanish unit of measurement, that was employed during the country’s conquering of America to trace and measure cities. Each of circles of the Vara Pavilion is a diameter of the unit, ranging from two to eleven.

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