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Spotlight: Peter Behrens

06:00 - 14 April, 2018
Spotlight: Peter Behrens, The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin_AEG_Turbinenfabrik.jpg'>Wikimedia user Doris Antony</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © Wikimedia user Doris Antony licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 – 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens' achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le CorbusierMies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

06:00 - 5 April, 2018
These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria
© Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageViena, Austria

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna has placed first in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten. 

Here's What the Alphabet Looks Like When Converted into Baroque Palace Designs

09:30 - 22 February, 2018
Here's What the Alphabet Looks Like When Converted into Baroque Palace Designs, via Google Books (public domain)
via Google Books (public domain)

Johann David Steingruber was a German architect and designer with over 100 buildings to his name, including many churches, town halls, school buildings and even breweries. However, perhaps what he is best known for today are the intricate illustrations of his 1773 Architectural Alphabet, in which he converted the alphabet into plans for a series of eccentric baroque palaces.

This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds

16:00 - 18 February, 2018
This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/120282578@N03/13137177895/'>Flickr user Laurent Bernier</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Laurent Bernier licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

From the greystone of Montreal to the limestone of Jerusalem, every city has its own iconic identity read through the city’s urban fabric. Scanning the architecture of the 1,110-year-old German town of Nördlingen, the timber frame homes, red pitched roofs, and winding streets appear identical in almost every regard to many quaint medieval communities populating the European countryside. 

Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Construct Heritage Center Atop a WWII Bunker 

06:00 - 14 February, 2018
Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Construct Heritage Center Atop a WWII Bunker , © Mir
© Mir

Danish firm Dorte Mandrup A/S has been announced as the winners of a competition to design the new Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Center on a historic UNESCO naval site in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Selected from 14 entries, the firm’s winning proposal will seemingly float atop an existing World War II bunker and house the offices of a joint Danish, German and Netherlandish corporation working to protect the Wadden Sea area.

DAM Selects Visionary Frankfurt Housing Project as Germany's Best Building for 2018

14:00 - 26 January, 2018
DAM Selects Visionary Frankfurt Housing Project as Germany's Best Building for 2018, WINNER: wagnisART Residential Housing Project, Munich / bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten. Image © Julia Knop
WINNER: wagnisART Residential Housing Project, Munich / bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten. Image © Julia Knop

The 2018 DAM Preis for the best building in Germany has been been awarded to bogevischs buero and SHAG Schindler Hable Architekten for their visionary residential housing project wagnisART in Munich. Selected from a list of 4 finalists, the project was lauded by the jury for setting new “social, architectural, and urban planning standards” in becoming a model for future residential housing projects in Germany.

Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm

06:00 - 23 January, 2018
Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm, Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The career of Gottfried Böhm (born January 23, 1920) spans from simple to complex and from sacred to secular, but has always maintained a commitment to understanding its surroundings. In 1986, Böhm was awarded the eighth Pritzker Prize for what the jury described as his "uncanny and exhilarating marriage" of architectural elements from past and present. Böhm's unique use of materials, as well as his rejection of historical emulation, have made him an influential force in Germany and abroad.

Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018

08:00 - 26 December, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

The new year is almost here, and Richard Meier & Partners has four international projects that will be coming to fruition. These new multi-use building designs play with light, transparency, and volume as well as respond to their varying urban context. 

MVRDV Clad Flexible, Mixed-Use Munich Building in Giant German Slang Words

12:00 - 22 November, 2017
MVRDV Clad Flexible, Mixed-Use Munich Building in Giant German Slang Words, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has unveiled the design of an adaptable building to be located at the center of Munich’s Knödelplatz square adorned with 5-meter-tall (16-foot-tall) German internet slang words as a homage to the neighborhood’s graffiti culture. To be known as WERK12, the building will house flexible entertainment, restaurants, office space and a multi-story fitness center within a highly transparent envelope, allowing the building to become a vertical extension of the plaza.

Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition

15:30 - 2 November, 2017
Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition, Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten
Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten

The Austrian firm Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a signature new concert hall in Munich, Germany, beating out proposals from 30 of the world’s most notable architecture practices.

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