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EPFL Students Bring La Buvette d'Evian Back to Life on Lake Geneva

05:00 - 22 May, 2019
EPFL Students Bring La Buvette d'Evian Back to Life on Lake Geneva, Courtesy of EPFL
Courtesy of EPFL

150 first-year EPFL architecture students are creating architecture installations and gardens around the Buvette d'Evian near Lake Geneva in France. In response to a request from the French-speaking Switzerland chapter of the Swiss Architects’ Federation (FAS), EPFL agreed to study how to better protect architectural heritage even outside of Switzerland. Students tested their designs on the Swiss side of the lake before construction, and the new designs aim to bring La Buvette back to life.

Grand Parc Bordeaux Wins 2019 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

07:00 - 11 May, 2019
Grand Parc Bordeaux Wins 2019 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, © Philippe Ruault, via EU Mies. ImageTransformation of 530 dwellings / Lacaton & Vassal
© Philippe Ruault, via EU Mies. ImageTransformation of 530 dwellings / Lacaton & Vassal

Transformation of 530 Homes – Grand Parc Bordeaux by Lacaton & Vassal architectes, Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture has been awarded the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The innovate renovation of three large blocks of social housing in Bordeaux was praised for “radically improving the space and quality of life of its occupants” and for optimizing their economic and environmental cost of living.

Lumicene Designs Minimalist Prefab with Curved Glass to Connect with Nature

13:00 - 7 May, 2019
Lumicene Designs Minimalist Prefab with Curved Glass to Connect with Nature, LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen
LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen

French manufacturer Lumicene has unveiled a new minimalist prefab dwelling unit made to connect with nature. Called LumiPod, the curved structure is designed around a 5m diameter window that can slide along rails and open to the outdoors. Made to celebrate connections to nature, the 180 square foot prefab unit includes a bedroom, toilet and shower area. LumiPods are designed to be delivered anywhere in the world.

Vincent Callebaut Architectures Reveals Tribute to Notre-Dame with Rooftop Farm

11:00 - 7 May, 2019
Vincent Callebaut Architectures Reveals Tribute to Notre-Dame with Rooftop Farm, © Vincent Callebaut Architectures
© Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled images of their tribute to Notre-Dame Cathedral following the fire that badly damaged the historic structure. A transcendent project that forms a symbol of a resilient and ecological future, the project is inspired by biomimicry and a common ethic for a fairer symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.

1024 architecture design Immersive Installations for Techno Exhibition in Paris

09:00 - 3 May, 2019
1024 architecture design Immersive Installations for Techno Exhibition in Paris, © Gil Lefauconnier
© Gil Lefauconnier

1024 architecture has released details of their exhibition at La Philharmonie de Paris. Freed from the classic codes of presentation, the exhibition adopts a raw, deliberately urban design, including a scaffolding structure reminiscent of concert scenery. The firm as also designed a digital installation, Core, whose light sculptures change with the soundtrack.

The Story Behind Odile Decq’s Adventurous Architecture

05:30 - 3 May, 2019
The Story Behind Odile Decq’s Adventurous Architecture, FUTURE: Studio Odile Decq - TWIST Building. Image © Studio Odile Decq
FUTURE: Studio Odile Decq - TWIST Building. Image © Studio Odile Decq

Past, Present, Future is an interview project by Itinerant Office, asking acclaimed architects to share their perspectives on the constantly evolving world of architecture. Each interview is split into three video segments: Past, Present, and Future, in which interviewees discuss their thoughts and experiences of architecture through each of those lenses. The first episode of the project featured 11 architects from Italy and the Netherlands and Episode II is comprised of interviews with 13 architects from Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium.

Foster + Partners to Create Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire

13:00 - 23 April, 2019
Foster + Partners to Create Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire, Notre Dame. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0
Notre Dame. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

Foster + Partners have joined a series of design offices that will enter the international competition to design a replacement spire for Notre Dame Cathedral. As reported by The Times, Foster has said that the new addition can be focused around "light" for the cathedral’s ruined roof. After the fire partially destroyed the iconic cathedral, France now aims to move forward with plans to renovate the iconic structure.

Dominique Perrault on Notre Dame: "The Heart of the Heart"

13:00 - 18 April, 2019
Dominique Perrault on Notre Dame: "The Heart of the Heart", Notre Dame Cathedral. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0
Notre Dame Cathedral. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

French architect Dominique Perrault has shared his thoughts after this week's devastating fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Best known for his design of the French National Library, Perrault has had a hand in many projects across France, including work in 2015 studying the means of ensuring the continued urban centrality of the Île de la Cité, in collaboration with Philippe Belaval, President of the Center for National Monuments. ArchDaily has published Perrault's statement in full, outlining the architect's response to the Notre Dame fire.

France Announces Competition to Redesign the Spire of Notre Dame

12:20 - 17 April, 2019
France Announces Competition to Redesign the Spire of Notre Dame, Notre Dame fire. Image © Francois Guillot / AFP
Notre Dame fire. Image © Francois Guillot / AFP

The prime minister of France has announced an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of Notre Dame Cathedral after this week's devastating fire. Prime minister Édouard Philippe made the announcement following a special Cabinet held by French President Emmanuel Macron on the reconstruction of cathedral. Philippe said the competition would give the cathedral “a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time”. So far, close to one billion dollars have been pledged to rebuild Notre Dame.

Why the Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire was So Difficult to Tackle

11:00 - 16 April, 2019
Why the Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire was So Difficult to Tackle, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

For almost a millennium, Notre-Dame Cathedral has stood proudly on Paris’ central Île de la Cité, a symbol of the city’s history, culture, and romanticism. On Monday, April 15th, 2019, thousands who lined the banks of the Seine and millions more across the world watched on in a mixture of disbelief, heartbreak, and helplessness as the Gothic masterpiece burned before their eyes.