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Paris Sports Center Photographed Through the Lens of Alexandra Timpau

05:00 - 22 March, 2019
Paris Sports Center Photographed Through the Lens of Alexandra Timpau, Wangari Maathai Center. Image © Alexandra Timpau
Wangari Maathai Center. Image © Alexandra Timpau

As a space to unify and reveal, the Wangari Maathai Center in the Saint-Blaise area of Paris was made to break free from constraints. Designed by Bruther, the center was created so inhabitants could appropriate the space. Now photographer Alexandra Timpau has captured the sports and cultural center through a series of new photographs. Through the images, Alexandra worked to show how the building adapted to the needs of the people living inside, through decoration, new temporary enclosures, and through the facade.

Henning Larsen's Paris Office Complex Merges Working and Living, Inspired by French Rural Villages

09:30 - 15 March, 2019
Henning Larsen's Paris Office Complex Merges Working and Living, Inspired by French Rural Villages, Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen has released details of its winning design for the NØRR office and cultural center in Saint-Denis, near the French capital of Paris. The 55,000-square-meter scheme draws inspiration from rural French villages, creating an intimate setting for urban and professional life derived from Scandinavian-styled human scales.

ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon

05:00 - 12 March, 2019
ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon, Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

Finnish practice ALA Architects has won the competition to design the new Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II in France. The project will be the second major library building by the office behind the recently opened Helsinki Central Library Oodi, and it will be ALA's first French commission. The building will replace the existing library and showcase sustainable construction alongside new teaching and study methods.

Studio Gang Unveils Design for University of Chicago Center in Paris

09:00 - 11 March, 2019
Studio Gang Unveils Design for University of Chicago Center in Paris, © Paris Render with ICADE and Studio Gang
© Paris Render with ICADE and Studio Gang

Studio Gang has unveiled a design for the University of Chicago Center in Paris. The Center in Paris Project seeks to “create a new hub for scholarship and cultural exchange in Paris’ rapidly-developing 13th arrondissement” with an academic center and a mixed-use residential building.

Studio Fuksas Designs Vertical Park for Monaco Waterfront

08:00 - 2 March, 2019
Studio Fuksas Designs Vertical Park for Monaco Waterfront, Fontvieille Vertical Park. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
Fontvieille Vertical Park. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Studio Fuksas has won the competition to revitalize the Fontvieille site along the port of Monaco, France. The project is designed to provides answers to major commercial, urban, architectural and ecological issues. The idea draws inspiration from the water and the green slopes of the Mediterranean hills. The new project aims to create a vertical park that links the city to the sea.

Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque is an Architectural Echo Both in Form and in Concept

07:45 - 26 February, 2019
Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque is an Architectural Echo Both in Form and in Concept, FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As industry has shifted over the past century, in format, location, and type, the manufacturing and industrial spaces scattered across the western world have been repurposed. You have no doubt seen these structures, though perhaps without realizing. The large windows, high ceilings, and open floor plans optimized for factory work now mark the territory of the “creative class”. Such spaces have been disproportionately appropriated by creative industries such as arts and architecture; think of Herzog + de Meuron’s renovation of the Tate Modern (from a former power station) or the recent collaborative transformation of a locomotive yard into a library in the Netherlands.

Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects

09:00 - 25 February, 2019
Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects, Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning
Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has acquired 12 architectural models by MAD Architects, depicting 10 significant projects undertaken by the firm. Each model embodies MAD’s core values that “look to envisioning a futuristic architecture that is akin to dream-like earthscapes – one that creates a conversation with nature, the earth, and the sky.”

6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

07:00 - 20 February, 2019
6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

Architectural education has always been fundamentally influenced by whichever styles are popular at a given time, but that relationship flows in the opposite direction as well. All styles must originate somewhere, after all, and revolutionary schools throughout centuries past have functioned as the influencers and generators of their own architectural movements. These schools, progressive in their times, are often founded by discontented experimental minds, looking for something not previously nor currently offered in architectural output or education. Instead, they forge their own way and bring their students along with them. As those students graduate and continue on to practice or become teachers themselves, the school’s influence spreads and a new movement is born.

Studio NAB designs a Floating Urban Farming Tower for Future Cities

09:00 - 18 February, 2019
Studio NAB designs a Floating Urban Farming Tower for Future Cities, © Studio NAB
© Studio NAB

Studio NAB has released details of their proposed Superfarm project, a six-story exercise in indoor urban farming that “focuses its production on the culture of foods with a high nutritional value.” The project is founded on the principles of pragmatic implementation, high-yielding foods, reducing health risks, promoting short circuits, reviving economies, energy self-sufficiency.

MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes

11:00 - 12 February, 2019
MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, Shops. Image © ENGRAM
Shops. Image © ENGRAM

MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and extend the Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. Developed in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin and developers Frey and Engie Avenue, the transformation of the historic landmark will “signify a renaissance for both the building and its surroundings.”