In a wide-ranging conversation at the New Yorker Fesrival—which also involved some impressive live sketching—Ingels tackled topics from what makes for good architecture, to creating dense urban housing, and the BIG design for 2 World Trade Center.
Ingels...""Real life is already interesting enough that you don’t need to find metaphors to describe buildings," Ingels added. "Architecture is practical poetry."
"The secret to design success is a symmetrical plan and an asymmetrical section."
".....the box-on-rocks norm of modernism in the 20th century "
Construction has started on a human-body-inspired headquarters for Chinese fashion group Xinhee, designed by architecture studio MAD (+ slideshow).
Beijing-based based MAD has designed a building with a clearly distinguishable internal skeleton and external skin. It will house the offices of Xinhee and its six subsidiary brands in the coastal Chinese city Xiamen.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who talks about fighting against conventions and why there are too many architects in the world today
Ando quote, "I believe that the emotional power in architecture comes from how we introduce natural elements into the architectural space. Therefore, rather than making elaborate forms, I choose simple geometries to draw delicate yet dramatic plays of light and shadow in space."
On a recent Sunday afternoon children sprawled on the gleaming white marble floor beneath the oculus in Santiago Calatrava's new transit and retail hub at the World Trade Center site. Young couples Instagrammed the white ribbed ceiling with light streaming through a strip of skylights. People hung out and marvelled at the space, a photo-worthy hall that at this moment serves no purpose at all. It was a rare moment in an un-programmed, un-planned, free space in a relentlessly commercial city increasingly defined by exclusion and surveillance.
Though on that day the hall resembled a public space, few will mistake it for one in the future. Referred to as the transit hub, Calatrava's largely underground building is, in fact, a vast shopping mall that happens to connect to a few commuter rail and subway lines. The signature oculus is actually an atrium that brings natural light — dramatically, even beautifully – into a two-storey shopping arcade that rings the space.
Early on, Calatrava hoped this space would bring light down to the train platforms running under the site. In the reality, the oculus serves as a magnet to pull in throngs of tourists from the plaza level below ground.
The all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it
Above ground, the all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it, including SOM's One World Trade, Rogers Stirk Harbour's Three World Trade, currently under construction, and Fumihiko Maki's tower Four. BIG's (or possibly Foster's) tower Two, for now, exists only on the boards. Calatrava gave his small peaked building greater presence with asymmetrical tines that crisscross over the skylights.
The relatively small number of riders exiting the platforms half a city block underground from the oculus/shopping atrium, which the Port Authority claims to be about 50,000 per day, are not enough to support all the retail space eventually planned for the site: 34,800 square metres. Revealingly, the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that built the complex, refers to the oculus at the Transportation & Retail Hub on its website for potential tenants.
This is where Calatrava's architectural theatrics do their real work. The thousands of New Jersey commuters are easily matched by the throngs of visitors milling around above ground who are there to see the 9/11 memorial and the country's tallest building, One World Trade. So Calatrava's task is to draw as many of those people down to the shopping concourses below as possible, converting tourists into consumers.
We asked women to share their experiences working in the profession, and some 200 replied.
It would be so nice to not have to revisit this topic, time and time again! The frustrating part is that it does not appear to be improving.....
Zaha Hadid ... “As a woman in architecture, you’re always an outsider…It’s okay, I like being on the edge.”
“As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.”
Location : African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
Project Year : 2016
Photographs : Imagen Subliminal, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
From the architect. The Transportation Hub is conceived at street level as a freestanding structure situated on axis along the southern edge of the “Wedge of Light” plaza. As described in Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the site, the Plaza is bounded by Fulton, Greenwich and Church Streets to the North, West and East respectively and Tower 3 to the south. It links the procession of green, urban spaces that extend along Park Row from City Hall Park to St. Paul’s churchyard, to the gardens of the WTC Memorial and Battery Park along the Hudson River.
Herzog & de Meuron has completed an extension to the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, with an underground gallery and a monumental concrete staircase
well executed...."The Swiss firm has added nearly 2,000 square metres of floor space to the museum, which occupies a cluster of historical buildings including a 13th century convent and an early-20th-century bathhouse."." Dezeen
New House, New Photos: We are very proud and excited to share the now complete "story" of our Lantern House project with you!.. The primary goal of the project was to create a home that responds to and enhances its natural surroundings
"Perched at the top of a wooded knoll in the Hudson Valley, the Lantern Ridge House accentuates mountain views while camouflaging itself in the densely forested environment."
Marica McKeel is a very talented architect. I personally am very attracted to her design and acknowledgement of the importance of where and how her architecture fits into it's surrounds.
I know you will appreciate her attention to details and the wonderful choices for finishes.
Check out the beautiful and innovative design of the bench in the entry......LMv
Gensler's recently completed Shanghai Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in China, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At 632 meters tall, it is the third building in the world to exceed 600 meters and be designated “megatall.”
Too many architects once heralded as rising stars have seen their work descend into caricature and recycled motifs. In this cautionary tale, Peter Buchanan asks whether early recognition can stunt burgeoning creativity and originality
Our restless, consumerist, neophiliac society is always seeking the new, the next thing, the emergent - as suggestive of an underlying antsy, advertising-inflamed, pervasive dissatisfaction that is intrinsic to our culture’s unsustainability. This search for novelty applies even to architecture. Yet, besides being about innovation and originality, architecture should also be a conservative discipline, promising a satisfying stability and drawing on and preserving past wisdom - something undervalued by modern architects. So, can early acclaim for an emerging architect, particularly for being a herald of the new, be a handicap as much as a boon - even the kiss of death? There are good reasons, explored here, to think so.
Numerous architects displaying early talent have failed to flower into full maturity as designers, in part because of the pressures that inevitably follow premature recognition. Some that immediately come to mind are Richard Meier, Arata Isozaki, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava and Enric Miralles. Something similar applies in extreme degree to Frank Gehry - he had been a conventional modern architect before reinventing himself when remodelling his own house, before collapsing into self-caricature (although the Bilbao Guggenheim is successful as site-specific sculpture). Worse still than this failure to fulfil the promise, perhaps, is the search for stimulation through novelty which compounds other more prevalently problematic aspects of today’s architectural scene.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, opened Nov. 10 following a public dedication ceremony.
As an obvious fan and follower of architecture, I have not often been drawn into Zaha Hadid's architecture on an emotional or visual level. This museum is very interesting and I am very intrigued. Have a look through the images on the Dezeen post and the background for the museum space: "...with a pleated facade of stainless steel and glass that contrasts with the surrounding red brickwork of the university’s Collegiate Gothic north campus..."
Dattner Architects and WXY teamed up on an angular, seven-story building in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood designed to hold 5,000 tons of salt.
" The so-called shed — really a seven-story enclosure designed to hold 5,000 tons of salt — is an adjunct to a massive sanitation department garage designed by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture & Urban Planning.
I saw it last week and really think it holds it's own among the stiff architectural competition of the neighborhood. The concrete application is spectacular and it's shape and flow look great....
Basé à Dallas, le photographe Nikola Olic nous propose de découvrir ses superbes clichés d’architecture conceptuels. Chaque photographie, aussi dérou
Structure Photography by Nikola Olic http://www.structurephotography.org/index.asp Olic, "Abstract structural photography affords conceptual excursions and playful imagining of what massive solid immovable city structures might represent, both in a real urban sense and a personal experimental one, drawing us closer to the cities we explore by assigning these structures a purpose and meaning that reflects us, our stories, and our h
This is a very interesting read, made me think about the points Alex Cocotas raises..."Zaha's passing also offers a moment to reflect critically on the state of contemporary architecture. Not so long ago, the world’s leading architects debated how architecture could be used to transform society by providing housing for workers, improving public health, and fostering social solidarity. Today, global architecture is peopled with “starchitects” like Hadid who specialize in mega projects for the global elite."
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Metropolis Magazine / March 2016 / The Attrition Problem The Attrition Problem Despite their healthy representation in architecture schools, many women still end up leaving the building profession. That’s a loss of talent architecture can’t afford.
I long for the day when gender bias is no longer a headline.....
“My work is not within the accepted box,” Hadid said in a past interview with HuffPost. “Maybe because I am a woman. Also an Arab."
Take some time to explore some of Zaha's most famous architecture. " Famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid's legacy lives on in iconic buildings all over the world. Hadid constantly pushed the boundaries of design and was rewarded for her effort with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first woman — and the first Muslim — to win the a highly prestigious award. “She combined her vision and intellect with a force of personality that left no room for complacency,” Tom Prtizker, the chairman of the foundation which awards the prize, said in a statement Thursday. “She made a real difference.” “The world of culture has lost a standard-bearer for the art of architecture,” the statement continued. “Zaha Hadid fought prejudice all her life with great success. And this, in addition to her genius as an architect, will secure her legacy for all time.” Tour some of Hadid’s work."
With the design world still reeling from Zaha Hadid's unexpected death, here's a look back at 10 of her projects that have been popular with Dezeen readers
RIP Zaha Hadid Born: October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq Died: March 31, 2016, Miami, FL Awards: Pritzker Architecture Prize, Stirling Prize, Glamour Award for The Architect-In-Chief, Structural Steel Design Award "Her architecture was modern and futuristic with very noticeable sensuous lines, she brought a femininity to Modernism." BBC.com
Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.
With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.
This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.
Designed on a steeply contoured irregular shaped site overlooking a valley and hills beyond, Hillside Retreat 405 merges its 400 hotel rooms into the existing landscape of its site. Proposed to be built entirely in bamboo and stone the rooms are arranged in groups of 8 to 12 in individual structures interspersed with landscaped spaces along the prevailing site contours without any land cutting. The stilted buildings leave the natural landscape almost untouched allowing each room a clear view of the valley and hills towards the northern side of the plot. Located in Coorg district of southern India with average temperatures of 35°C the orientation of the rooms minimizes heat gain into them. Locally available bamboo and stone form sustainable building materials for the project. The layout is created in an organic manner that allows for variation in the way its spaces are perceived. Each of the room blocks in further fragmented by variation in its internal spaces. The entire resort is perceived as minimal intervention in the existing landscape by the layout and the material palette of the built forms that homogenously integrate themselves with the site. Vehicular movement is restricted to one part of the site from which electric golf carts would be made available for movement within the resort and its facilities. Hillside Retreat 405 is a sustainable design solution that is a cohesive result of its layout, its materials and its contextually to its site and location. The design explores relationships between built spaces and open spaces connecting them and integrating them in a homogenous manner. Designed:2013 Project team:SANJAY PURI & KULIN DHRUVA
Dutch-born Caroline Bos is the co-founder and partner of UNStudio.
Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany
There are certainly many more qualified architects that could be included here, but this article is broad in international recognition and a great introduction to thirty well known and lesser known architects. Enjoy your journey.....
Architecture is the biggest unwritten document of history and touches us on a deep emotional level. So why don't more people think it's important?
I really appreciate Libeskind's explanation of the important role of architecture, past, present and future. For me, he simplifies the complexity of architecture to a very consumable, comprehensible, idea....
"The most neutral architecture is often the most aggressive. But in buildings that move us, there's an element of care. It's not a question of whether a building makes us feel good or bad. It's about being moved. That's what the word emotion means. What we feel is the sense of intensity, passion and involvement. It's something that goes very deep......Architecture is already violent -- you always have to dig a foundation -- and we can tell when somebody does something just for a quick buck. We can feel that carelessness and the silence it produces."
Read the whole piece, and listen to the video....some great takeaways!
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