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8 Treasured Historic Architecture Sites That Have Hosted Huge Rock Concerts

09:30 - 22 June, 2018
8 Treasured Historic Architecture Sites That Have Hosted Huge Rock Concerts , © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/35142775934'>Flickr user thejointstaff</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user thejointstaff licensed under CC BY 2.0

Thanks to their loud, brash, and nocturnal nature, rock concerts are often held in dark bars and nightclubs designed to withstand the abuse of rowdy fans and guitar-smashing rockers. But as musicians earn a following, they eventually graduate from beer-soaked basements to prestigious theaters, outdoor amphitheaters, arenas, and stadiums. For performers and music fans alike, playing or attending a show in a space like Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden or Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater can be a momentous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that ties together the sublime power that great music and architecture can both evoke. As rare as these opportunities are, an exclusive group of iconic musicians have managed to reach an even higher level of prestige by organizing one-off performances amid humanity’s most treasured historical sites—from the Acropolis and ancient Mayan cities to the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower.

While these special concerts have given fans the chance to experience music history firsthand, many have also been mired in scandal as local officials and residents have raised concerns about potential damage to the sites or inappropriate commercial misuse of treasured cultural landmarks. Despite these legitimate and often justified concerns, these nine iconic sites have hosted some of the most ambitious concerts in the history of popular music:

Apartment in Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation Renovated to Original Design by Philipp Mohr

14:00 - 18 June, 2018
Apartment in Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation Renovated to Original Design by Philipp Mohr, © Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg
© Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg

Architect Philipp Mohr has led the renovation of an apartment at Le Corbusier’s iconic Unite d’Habitation in Berlin, carried out to the architect’s original design. Over the course of two years, Mohr’s team engaged with archival research, antique shopping, and the surveying of the Unite d’Habitation Marseille in France.

Mohr purchased the apartment in 2016 and embarked on a journey of demolition, measurement, and extensive renovation including lowering ceilings and moving walls in order to recreate the interior likely envisioned by Le Corbusier.

© Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg © Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg © Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg © Didier Gaillard- Hohlweg + 23

Shortlist Announced for Competition to Redesign the Eiffel Tower Visitor Experience

12:00 - 4 May, 2018
Shortlist Announced for Competition to Redesign the Eiffel Tower Visitor Experience, Courtesy of AL_A
Courtesy of AL_A

Amanda Levete is among one of four teams to be shortlisted for a competition to reimagine the visitor experience for the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The four teams, chosen from 42 entries, will be tasked with rethinking the ways in which people discover and interact with the tower, working in collaboration with the City of Paris government.

Titled “Discover, Approach, Visit,” the competition site covers 54 hectares of land on both sides of the River Seine, with the Eiffel Tower site located at the center. In preparation for Paris’ hosting of the 2024 Olympic Games, the competition asks teams to spend 10 months exploring how to enhance the visitor experience at the base of the tower, strengthen existing connections across the site, reconfigure public transport routes.  

Paris Longchamp Racecourse / Dominique Perrault Architecte

02:00 - 2 May, 2018
Paris Longchamp Racecourse / Dominique Perrault Architecte, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon + 51

SCAU Architectes to Design Vegetated Stadium in Paris

14:00 - 28 April, 2018
SCAU Architectes to Design Vegetated Stadium in Paris, Courtesy of SCAU architecture
Courtesy of SCAU architecture

France-based SCAU Architectes has proposed their design for a new stadium project to be built on the outskirts of Paris. The site, which is located at the edge of a forest in Clamart, France, inspired the team to create a design that extends the forest by covering the stadium in a green mass of vegetation. 

Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture Courtesy of SCAU architecture + 13

What Makes a City Livable to You?

09:30 - 28 April, 2018
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/132839384@N08/17241901246'>Flickr user Hafitz Maulana</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageA music festival in Singapore
© Flickr user Hafitz Maulana licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageA music festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

To be clear, Mercer is a global HR consultancy, and their rankings are meant to serve the multinational corporations that are their clients. The list helps with relocation packages and remuneration for their employees. But a company’s first choice on where to send their workers is not always the same place you’d choose to send yourself to.

And these rankings, calculated as they are, also vary depending on who’s calculating. Monocle publishes their own list, as does The Economist, so the editors at ArchDaily decided to throw our hat in as well. Here we discuss what we think makes cities livable, and what we’d hope to see more of in the future.

Bernard Tschumi Team Wins Competition for University Research Complex in Paris

12:00 - 25 April, 2018
Bernard Tschumi Team Wins Competition for University Research Complex in Paris, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Bernard Tschumi Architects has been awarded one of the largest university commissions in France, with the design and build of a €283 million ($350 million) state-of-the-art educations and research center at the Université Paris-Sud in Saclay, just south of the French capital. The “METRO Center” will form part of the biology, pharmacy and chemistry wing of the university, comprising six buildings connected by flying bridges, featuring teaching facilities, research labs, offices, restaurants, and logistics areas.

Having won a competition against teams containing Herzog & De Meuron and MVRDVBernard Tschumi will work in collaboration with Bouygues Construction, Groupe-6 and BE for the scheme’s realization and operation.

© Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon + 9

AD Classics: French Communist Party Headquarters / Oscar Niemeyer

09:30 - 23 April, 2018
© Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

In March 1972, an article in The Architectural Review proclaimed that this structure was “probably the best building in Paris since Le Corbusier’s Cité de Refuge for the Salvation Army.”[1] The article was, of course, referring to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s first project in Europe: the French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, France, built between 1967 and 1980. Having worked with Le Corbusier on the 1952 United Nations Building in New York and recently finished the National Congress as well as additional iconic government buildings in Brasilia, Niemeyer was no stranger to the intimate relationship between architecture and political power.[2]

© Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/o_0/29118795843/'>Flickr user Guilhem Vellut</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 37

ALLURE - XXL origami / FRESH Architectures & ITAR architectures

09:00 - 22 April, 2018
ALLURE - XXL origami / FRESH Architectures & ITAR architectures, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Martin Luther King Park, 147 Rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, France
  • Project Leaders

    FRESH Architectures (Agent Architects) Itar Architecture (Partners Architects)
  • Area

    8500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel to Build 28,000 sqm "Village Vertical" in Grand Paris

12:00 - 17 April, 2018
© Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel
© Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel will be building a new gateway to the city of Rosny-sous-Bois in Grand Paris. Their project, Village Vertical, has been chosen as the winning proposal for the "Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris" competition. The team includes landscape and urban designers from Atelier Georges and urban developers from La Compagnie de Phalsbourg and REI Habitat. 

© Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel © Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel © Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel © Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel + 11

Laurian Ghinitoiu Captures Dreamlike Nature of Junya Ishigami's Work at Fondation Cartier in Paris

13:34 - 29 March, 2018
Laurian Ghinitoiu Captures Dreamlike Nature of Junya Ishigami's Work at Fondation Cartier in Paris, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

From March 30 to June 10, 2018, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will host Junya Ishigami's exhibition, Freeing Architecture. This is the first major solo exhibition that the Fondation Cartier in Paris has devoted to an architect, and fitting that it would lend itself to an important and singular figure of Japan's young architecture scene.

Ishigami - winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2010 - has instilled this conceptual body of work with his trademark flair: calm, free fluidity, with bright tones and playful curves. The projects in the exhibition range from large scale models to films and drawings, and when placed in the context of the exhibition, they bring to life Jean Nouvel's iconic building as well.

Laurian Ghinitoiu gives us a glimpse inside the exhibition ahead of the opening day tomorrow. His photos reveal the lightness and ethereal quality of Ishigami's hand. 

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 20

Modular Installation Provides Temporary Housing For Refugees Beneath Paris Bridge

12:00 - 24 March, 2018
Courtesy of 1week1project
Courtesy of 1week1project

As hundreds of refugees continue to arrive in Paris, France, the city faces an ongoing struggle to find safe and suitable housing for the influx of migrants. As a result, many end up sleeping in underused urban spaces or on the side of the road with almost no access to water, sanitation, and food.

In response, Paris- and Santiago-based firm 1week1project in collaboration with Sophie Picoty unveil their design for a speculative public park titled “Illuminate Paris!” beneath an elevated railway bridge to provide additional support for organizations handling the influx of refugees. This modular “field of experiences” features a series of lantern-like environments forming a canopy along the underside of the bridge that allows for much-need space for migrants who are currently forced to sleep in encampments under similar infrastructure and in parks.

Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project + 11

Restaurant Yoshinori / Alia Bengana + Atelier BEPG

05:00 - 22 March, 2018
Restaurant Yoshinori / Alia Bengana + Atelier BEPG, © David Cousin-Marcy
© David Cousin-Marcy

© David Cousin-Marcy © David Cousin-Marcy © David Cousin-Marcy © David Cousin-Marcy + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    18 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris, France
  • Lead Architects

    Alia Bengana, Bianca Patroni-Griffi
  • Project Team

    Marta Martins, Siyu Shi
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

An In-Depth Look at the Le Corbusier-Designed Barge Which Sank Last Month

09:30 - 14 March, 2018
An In-Depth Look at the Le Corbusier-Designed Barge Which Sank Last Month, Image <a href='http://archipostalecarte.blogspot.com/2015/03/le-corbusier-pour-les-hommes.html'>via Archipostale</a>
Image via Archipostale

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Fascinating History of Le Corbusier’s Lost Barge."

This winter, France experienced some of the heaviest rains it has seen in 50 years. In Paris, the Seine flooded its banks, submerging parks, streets, and disrupting metro service. The deluge also claimed an architectural curiosity. On February 8th the Louise-Catherine, a concrete barge renovated by Le Corbusier, slipped below the murky waters of the Seine and came to rest on the bottom of the river by Quai D’Austerlitz on the east side of Paris.

As the floodwaters receded, the 100-year-old barge’s bow became stuck on the wharf, tipping it into the river, according to Le Parisien. Though firefighters were present and attempted to save the historic vessel, it filled with water and sank in a matter of minutes.

SOM Selected to Design Green Masterplan for Eastern Paris

16:42 - 13 March, 2018
SOM Selected to Design Green Masterplan for Eastern Paris, Courtesy of SOM
Courtesy of SOM

Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) have won an international competition for the design of an enhanced urban district in Charenton-Bercy, on the eastern edge of Paris. Working with a team of urbanists, landscape designers and community think tanks, SOM have proposed a highly connected urban landscape incorporating a 180-meter energy efficient tower, and contemporary rotunda serving as a virtual reality hub. 

Atelier_142 / Atelier Wilda

01:00 - 9 March, 2018
Atelier_142 / Atelier Wilda, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Lead Architects

    Willy Durieu
  • Area

    45.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

L’ATALANTE / KOZ architectes

09:00 - 24 February, 2018
L’ATALANTE  / KOZ architectes, © Cécile SEPTET
© Cécile SEPTET

© Cécile SEPTET © Cécile SEPTET © Cécile SEPTET © Cécile SEPTET + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    25 Avenue du Maréchal Franchet d'Esperey, 75016 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Christophe Ouhayoun, Nicolas Ziesel, Cécile Gayraud

  • Area

    3545.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

École des Ponts ParisTech Tackles the Digital Innovation Shift of the Design and Construction Industry

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École des Ponts ParisTech Tackles the Digital Innovation Shift of the Design and Construction Industry, Credits: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy / Architect : ZHA & AECOM / Automatization Processes for Digital Fabrication : ECHOES.PARIS
Credits: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy / Architect : ZHA & AECOM / Automatization Processes for Digital Fabrication : ECHOES.PARIS

Applications are open for the third edition of the Design by Data Advanced Master® in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies opening in September 2018 in Paris.

Design by Data provides attendees with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design and a comprehensive knowledge of cutting-edge technologies in the fields of parametric architecture, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing for the construction industry.