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Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide/2018

09:00 - 24 April, 2019
Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide/2018, Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide
Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide

The new series of city guides for architects by Architectour brings to life the lost essence of travel and discovery. A compilation of exciting places – known and not so known – arranged in an innovative way: a continuous scenic itinerary, which is fun to follow and is full of quirks and surprises along the way. Hand-drawn sketches by architect and author Virginia Duran are the personal touch of the book, revealing the essential without spoiling what is a traveling delight: our first impression of a place.

Downtown New York's Tallest Residential Skyscraper Tops Out

13:00 - 22 March, 2019
Downtown New York's Tallest Residential Skyscraper Tops Out, 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners
125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners

Rafael Viñoly's 125 Greenwich Street skyscraper in downtown Manhattan has topped out. The 912-foot-tall luxury condominium skyscraper was designed as a slender structure with exposed concrete columns. Rising 88 storys, the project includes a curved glass façade to enhance the panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center Complex, and the New York City skyline.

125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners 125 Greenwich Street. Image Courtesy of Bizzi & Partners + 11

The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Eyeglasses in Architecture

09:30 - 11 December, 2017
The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Eyeglasses in Architecture

Eyeglasses: the quintessential accessory of the architect. They are mini pieces of architecture you can wear, and an outward expression of your inner persona. Whether they be square, round, or wire-frame, black, white, tortoiseshell, or bright neon tones, they represent our visionary ideals. As such, many of the most iconic spectacles have an interesting history behind them; so here are the stories behind seven of the most recognizable eyeglasses in the architecture world.

Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017

06:00 - 26 September, 2017
Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced their program for the 2017 edition focusing on the theme of “Performance.” An incredible list of speakers including Alison Brooks, Charles Jencks, Pierre de Meuron and France Kéré will feature across 3 days from November 15th to 17th at the Arena Berlin, Germany. Conferences, city tours, lectures and critiques of the shortlisted projects from the 2017 WAF awards are among the events scheduled for the festival.

The seminars, speeches, debates and discussions will examine “the topic of performance from the perspectives of housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies.”

Viñoly's London Skyscraper "Bloated" and "Inelegant"

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
Viñoly's London Skyscraper "Bloated" and "Inelegant", 20 Fenchurch Street ('Walkie-Talkie) / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Jason Hawkes
20 Fenchurch Street ('Walkie-Talkie) / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Jason Hawkes

In a review of Rafael Viñoly Architects' , which is also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' or 'Walkie Scorchie' after it emerged that its façade created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars, Rowan Moore questions London's preoccupation with iconic buildings and its money-driven planning schemes. Using 20 Fenchurch Street as a key example, Moore argues that not only does the building seem "to bear no meaningful relationship to its surroundings," but its Sky Garden - a terrace at the top of the building which claims to be "the UK’s tallest public park" - is a symbol of a bewilderingly unbalanced economy.

Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month, © Flickr CC User pembridge2
© Flickr CC User pembridge2

Work to alter Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street - dubbed the Walkie Talkie due to its unusual shape and then the "Walkie Scorchie" after it created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars last summer - is due to start later this month, after planning permission for the additions was granted in April. The alterations, also designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, will see horizontal aluminium louvres added to the glass facade between the 3rd and the 34th floor to ensure that the reflective "death ray" effect is not repeated.

More on the building after the break

Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory, The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly

New York's Park Avenue Armory, originally built in 1861 for the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and restored by Herzog & de Meuron in 2007, is about to be temporarily taken over by Rafael Viñoly. On April 30th 2014 Artvest Partners will launch Spring Masters New York, "a fair for art produced between antiquity and the 20th century, which corresponds with Christie’s and Sotheby’s signature Impressionism and modern art auctions". Viñoly's hexagonal grid of exhibition rooms will fill the 55,000 square foot Drill Hall in an attempt to break with the monotony of the rectangular grid format.

The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly + 11

Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame, 20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2
20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

Why is the "Walkie Talkie" melting cars? Well, according to its architect, Rafael Viñoly, it's not because of the building's shape or material, but rather "the superabundance of consultants and subconsultants" that UK law requires.

As reported by BD Online, Viñoly admitted that the building's unusually hot solar reflection (or "death ray," as many headlines are calling it) had been predicted early in the design process; however, it was thought it would only reach a temperature of 36 degrees, "but in fact it’s 72."

Viñoly then went on, placing blame on the consultant-heavy nature of design in the UK: “One of the problems that happens in [...London] is the superabundance of consultants and sub consultants that dilute the responsibility of the designers until you don’t know where you are.”