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CRITICAL Round-Up: ‘Sensing Spaces’ Strikes a Chord With Critics

CRITICAL Round-Up: ‘Sensing Spaces’ Strikes a Chord With Critics | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

As the most ambitious architecture exhibition hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts in a generation, Sensing Spaces was inevitably going to be under a lot of scrutiny from architecture and art critics. According to the Academy’s Chief Executive Charles Saumarez-Smith, the momentous exhibition “represents a shift away from postwar modern architecture where it was about problem solving, to thinking about architecture in terms of experience, material, light and space.”

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Panama Biomuseo by Frank Gehry ready for grand opening - designboom | architecture & design magazine

Panama Biomuseo by Frank Gehry ready for grand opening - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
designed by frank gehry, panama's biomuseo is set to open its doors to the public, almost ten years after construction began.
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Un "juguete" con el que Gehry sigue en su línea pero reinventándose. Una explosión de color y juego que convierten a este museo en un capricho. Con evidentes vínculos en el planteamiento con las bodegas de Marques de Riscal, Gehry se adapta al entorno panameño con una explosión de color y frescura que nos hace volver a la infancia. 

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Forget The Prairie Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright Was A Prophet Of NON-URBAN Skyscrapers

Forget The Prairie Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright Was A Prophet Of NON-URBAN Skyscrapers | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Approaching the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal at the Museum of Modern Art, you might feel skeptical. A show about Frank Lloyd Wright, urban designer? Give me a break. You mean, the prime mover of that suburban creation myth, Broadacre City? It isn’t called “Prairie Style” for nothing. Still, don’t put it past MoMA—after all, they recently strained to argue that Le Corbusier cared about the landscape. Sure enough, the first exhibit you’ll face is Wright’s model of Broadacre City, all 160 square feet of it. A vast plain of wood, gridded out with roads, farmland, single-family homes, industrial buildings, even tidily crosshatched blocks of forest—it’s more rural-looking than you might remember. Then, inte...
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[Copenhagen, Denmark] Tietgen Dormitory / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

[Copenhagen, Denmark] Tietgen Dormitory / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Location: Rued Langgaards Vej 10, CopenhagenDenmark
Area: 26,515 sqm
Photographs: Jens M. Lindhe

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Chipperfield’s place was secured by the practice’s first Latin American project, Museo Jumex in Mexico City.

Chipperfield’s place was secured by the practice’s first Latin American project, Museo Jumex in Mexico City. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Practices join Zaha Hadid, David Chippefield and John Pawson in final 14
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Découvrez les 50 ÉGLISES les plus "extraordinaires" à travers le monde

Découvrez les 50 ÉGLISES les plus "extraordinaires" à travers le monde | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Au-delà de leur aspect symbolique et religieux, les églises qui ont été bâties à travers les siècles sont de réels monuments architecturaux qui valent le détour. DGS vous fait donc découvrir 50 églises extraordinaires, anciennes et modernes, qui ont été construites partout à travers le monde.


Ces églises sont toutes plus impressionnantes les unes que les autres ! Au bureau, le débat fait rage : certains ont une préférence marquée pour les églises classiques alors que d'autres trouvent que les églises modernes ont plus de panache et s'accordent mieux avec l'architecture actuelle. Heureusement, tout le monde s'entend pour dire que l'église verte de Buenos Aires est absolument magnifique ^_^. Et vous, quelle est l'église qui vous a le plus impressionné ?

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Amazon to build FUTURISTIC HQ in downtown Seattle - Architecture Lab

Amazon to build FUTURISTIC HQ in downtown Seattle - Architecture Lab | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Set to house 1,800 staff for the online retailer, are Bezos' glass balls a vision of the future, or a retro jungle utopia of the past?
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A l’Assemblée nationale, Jean Nouvel plaide pour la RECONNAISSANCE de l’architecte - Le Moniteur.fr

A l’Assemblée nationale, Jean Nouvel plaide pour la RECONNAISSANCE de l’architecte - Le Moniteur.fr | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

" Installée en décembre dernier, la mission d’information sur la création architecturale poursuit ses auditions et recevait, ce jeudi 6 février au matin, le concepteur du musée du Quai Branly et de la Fondation Cartier ainsi que Catherine Jacquot et Denis Dessus, présidente et vice-président du Conseil national de l’Ordre. Une séance où il fut question autant de règlementation et de « règles sensibles ».

 

Lorsqu’il vient à l’Assemblée nationale, le lieu même de la fabrication des règles, Jean Nouvel interroge : « peuvent-elles, ces règles, être sensibles de temps en temps ? » Alors qu’il était entendu ce matin du jeudi 6 février par les membres de la mission d’information sur la création architecturale, l’homme est en effet d’abord venu défendre sa vision humaniste et contextuelle de la discipline et dénoncer un certain nombre de « diktats ».

 

Quelques minutes auparavant, cette nouvelle séance de la mission lancée en décembre dernier par la commission des Affaires culturelles et de l’Education de l’Assemblée avait permis à Catherine Jacquot, la nouvelle présidente du Conseil national de l’ordre des Architectes (CNOA) et à son vice-président, Denis Dessus, de lister méthodiquement l’ensemble des sujets d’inquiétude de la profession. Devant le président de la commission, Patrick Bloche, et les députés Sophie Dessus et Pierre Léautey, les représentants des architectes ont ainsi évoqué les conséquences des différentes lois récemment ou prochainement en discussion (ALUR, Métropoles, Patrimoine...), l’insuffisance de la formation continue, la question récurrente du seuil au-delà duquel il est obligatoire de faire appel à un architecte mais encore de la faible rémunération moyenne de ce dernier en France.

 

« La moitié de nos confrères ont un revenu du niveau du SMIC », a ainsi noté Catherine Jacquot alors que les députés pointaient le paradoxe entre ces difficultés financières des maîtres d’œuvre et leur nombre, proportionnellement au nombre d’habitants, inférieur à la moyenne observée en Europe.

« Métier humilié »

Plus généralement, c’est le manque de reconnaissance de la profession qu’a fustigé Jean Nouvel estimant, avec lyrisme, que « c’est un métier humilié ». Rappelant son parcours, qui lui autorise « une certaine vue du paysage », il a alerté les députés sur une «évolution terrible : aujourd’hui on demande à l’architecte de dessiner une façade sur des principes préétablis. Je ne vois plus qui va défendre l’intérêt général. Il faut redonner à ce métier une vocation et un sens ».

Interrogé sur le poids des normes, Jean Nouvel a prédit que « dans 20 ou 30 ans, on détruira tous ces frigos avec des petites fenêtres, immeubles construits caricaturalement pour suivre les normes thermiques ». Il a souligné, notamment au sujet des règlements d’accessibilité, que « l’acte de construire suppose d’intégrer un certain nombre de paramètres contradictoires mais si on accumule l’ensemble des contraintes, tout est interdit »..../...."


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Storefront for Art and Architecture | Programming: competitions

Storefront for Art and Architecture | Programming: competitions | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

COMPETITION OF COMPETITIONS

Redefining Briefs, Clients and Agents

by Storefront for Art and Architecture for the AAAI! *


//////Competition Results postponed to January 2014//////

 

 

Throughout history, competitions have constructed a relationship of servitude between architects and the structures of economic, political and cultural power.

 

The competition brief has served as the initial document for the manifestation of desires either through programmatic, economic or formal needs. Often, the role of the architect has been reduced to answer a question that someone else has asked. In exceptional occasions, the architect’s ability to reinvent and produce new desires has occurred in the form of rebellion against the brief. In an act of bravura, architects have broken the rules, driven by the pure belief that the real needs were contained outside of the given principles.

 

Given competitions operate in a confined space for experimentation, they have perpetuated and sometimes repeated ad nauseam a series of programmatic and social needs – from Museums to Concert Halls - without actually asking what needs of society architecture should aspire to serve.

 

This competition claims that the true desires of our present society are outside of the current taxonomy of competition briefs and that architects should be participants in the construction of the questions they are asked to answer.

 

If a competition is the articulation of society’s desires in space, what new desires should we consider? What are the questions of our time that we should be asking to architects, urban planners and policy makers to redefine the way in which we build our cities and territories? What underrepresented spaces, individuals or collectives need to be explored? And, what are the agents, authorities or organizations from which the competitions should be promoted?



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Olympic Architecture: The WILDEST Ski Jumps From Around the World!

Olympic Architecture: The WILDEST Ski Jumps From Around the World! | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
It's an even year, and you know what that means: Olympics! And since this year is not divisible by 4, that means specifically Winter Olympics. The 2014 festivities will be hosted in Sochi, located on the easternmost coast of Russia, along the Black Sea. With the Opening Ceremony taking place Friday, we're presenting some Olympic-caliber architecture to get you stoked for the games. But not just any Olympic architecture, this is the Architizer Guide to the Finest Ski Jumps in the world. Ski jumps are an underrated, obscure design typology. While a few headline architects have crafted one or two—such as JDS or Zaha Hadid—many are by unheralded designers. In either case, designing a ski jump looks like fun. They have a deceptively complex p...
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What Does Your City TASTE Like?

What Does Your City TASTE Like? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what your city tastes like? Or maybe what drink pairing would bring out the full architectural richness of the One World Trade Center? Dublin-based design team me&him&you recently released a series of screen prints imagining just that. Covering eight major cities so far (and counting), the illustrations distill each location down to three architectural icons and a single drink, an ideal summary for the minimalist traveller in all of us. The multi-talented design firm was started in 2010 by Ronan Dillon and Peter O’Gara, and has since completed projects spanning from spaces to posters to apps. This latest project was inspired by family and friends that dispersed across the globe and whom the team were lucky enough ...
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ARCHITECTURES NATIVES: Guide de construction en TERRE parasismique de MISEREOR et CRATerre

ARCHITECTURES NATIVES: Guide de construction en TERRE parasismique de MISEREOR et CRATerre | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

"Guide de construction en terre parasismique de MISEREOR et CRATerreProduit et financé grâce a la coopération de CRATerre et MISEREOR, ces trois guide de construction représentent un soutien technique et théorique destiné à tous les techniciens de la construction, maçons et tous ceux qui décident de construire leur propre maison. Concis, bien illustré et clair ceux sont des supports pédagogiques idéal. Un bon dessin vaut mieux qu'un long discours. .../..."


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Espace web dédié aux architectures traditionnelles, sans architectes, locales. Natif est ce qui provient d'un lieu, inhérent alors à un environnement, une époque, et une culture.


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.....  Un bon dessin vaut mieux qu'un long discours. D'autre document en libre télécharge sont disponible sur la page web de MISEREOR.

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Death-Ray Architecture: What Happens When YOU IGNORE Basic Material Properties

Death-Ray Architecture: What Happens When YOU IGNORE Basic Material Properties | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Temperature control is a fine art: It's hard to appease everyone in your office, or even your home. But one thing that everyone could agree on: Getting stuck in one of those shiny NYC towers without any central heating or cooling would really suck—and maybe even kill you. The Wall Street Journal has published research on what would happen to Midtown Manhattan’s indoor temperatures during a blackout. The findings are scary, particularly during a heat wave, when the interiors of those glistening glass-shrouded structures could reach a peak of 102 degrees. This, of course, does not apply to all glass towers, as many take certain precautions with solar shading (especially those wanting their LEED badge), but it does highlight architects’ rel...
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VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

In this powerful interview, Jean Nouvel explains his relationship to Arabic architecture. Discussing his various projects in Arabic countries – such as his office tower in Doha or the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel discusses how he is influenced by and integrates the abstraction and geometry of traditional Islamic architecture into his modern designs. He also espouses a strong opinion on the understanding of context in architecture, saying: “I’m a contextual architect, but for me the context isn’t only the site. It’s above all a wider historical context – a cultural context… each time, building is trying to continue a history, and to take part in this history.” His architecture, he says, is about listening: “The architect is not meant to impose his own values or his own sensitivities on such general plans.”Video via Louisiana.

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Jean Nouvel explains his relationship with arabic architecture.

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The Burj Khalifa Axes Air Conditioning And Elevators

The Burj Khalifa Axes Air Conditioning And Elevators | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The title of “World’s Tallest Building” comes at no small price for the Burj Khalifa. In fact, it’s so huge that some landlords and tenants have refused to pay service fees since 2012, resulting in thousands of dollars in outstanding utility bills for the building.


But no need to worry. The solution to this financial glitch is simple: have maintenance shut off the air conditioning and elevators to its 163 floors. Not surprisingly, moving out is on many tenants' minds.


The Burj Khalifa has been haunted by financial problems from the beginning. Completed with the help of a $20 billion bailout by the Abu Dhabi royal family, two years years later, 20% of residential and 20 floors of office space were still unoccupied. 

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[Beirut, Lebanon] USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 Architects with Youssef Tohmé

[Beirut, Lebanon] USJ Campus de L’Innovation et du Sport / 109 Architects with Youssef Tohmé | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: 109 Architects with Youssef Tohmé
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Project Team: Ibrahim Berberi , Nada Assaf, Rani Boustani, Etienne Nassar, Emile Khayat, Naja Chidiac, Richard Kassab
Client: Université Saint-Joseph (USJ)
Budget: $33M USD
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 109 Architectes

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[California, USA] Golden West College / Steinberg Architects

[California, USA] Golden West College / Steinberg Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Huntington Beach, California, USA
Design Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge& Project Manager, Michael Miller– Project Designer, Paul Garcia – Job Captain, Heather Melish – Interior Design, Vikas Shrestha, PhD, AIA – Sustainability Expert, Amy Newborn, John Almendras.
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Steinberg Architects

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A Paris, SIX STUDIOS se superposent sur une minuscule parcelle - Batiactu

A Paris, SIX STUDIOS se superposent sur une minuscule parcelle - Batiactu | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Au coeur du quartier des Halles, ce projet porte sur un immeuble
du XVIIe s. de 3,80 m de large par 11 m de profondeur et sur 7 niveaux.
 
 

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A Paris, six studios se superposent sur une minuscule parcelle
Batiactu
De l'hôtel insalubre aux logements BBC, n'y aurait-il qu'un pas ? Pas vraiment, plutôt 14 mois de travaux.

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VIDEO: Klemens Torggler’s Mesmerizing, ROTATING Door

VIDEO: Klemens Torggler’s Mesmerizing, ROTATING Door | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Austrian company Klemens Torggler have recently invented the “Evolution Door,” a very cool new door that slides itself open/closed – without the use of tracks. A special system of rotating squares means the door just requires a gentle nudge to close, and then momentum takes care of the rest. Words can’t really explain the cool factor, so check out the video above and another after the break!

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VIDEO: Inspired by ARCHIGRAM, A Humanoid Walking City

VIDEO: Inspired by ARCHIGRAM, A Humanoid Walking City | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Walking City: Architecture + Evolution + Movement” is an awesome new video from Universal Everything that we came across on Fast Co.Design. In it, the humanoid figure, a literal “Walking City,” shape-shifts: one moment like the Plug-In City, another likeBucky Fuller‘s geodesic domes.

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Ricardo Bofill : « Je n’ai PAS RÉUSSI à changer la ville »... avec mon architecture 'post-moderne'...

Ricardo Bofill : « Je n’ai PAS RÉUSSI à changer la ville »... avec mon architecture 'post-moderne'... | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Trente ans après, l’architecte qui a conçu les Espaces d’Abraxas, à Noisy-le-Grand, revient sur les limites de son utopie, considérée aujourd’hui comme un échec.
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The Al Bahr Towers' Sustainable Geometric Façades React To Solar Rays

The Al Bahr Towers' Sustainable Geometric Façades React To Solar Rays | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
With year-round sunny skies and an average temperature of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit from June through September, Abu Dhabi presents quite a challenge to architects who want to keep their buildings cool. So, when designing the 25-story twin Al Bahr Towers, Aedas Architects developed a state-of-the-art façade that not only draws inspiration from the region's heritage, but reacts to the path of the sun. Based on the concept of adaptive flowers and the "mashrabiya" (the wooden lattice shading screen used in traditional Arabic architecture), the towers are covered in gigantic screens composed of a geometric pattern containing more than 2,098 dynamic units that can expand and contract with the sun—essentially creating the world's largest mechani...
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The 20 BEST Architecture Tumblrs

The 20 BEST Architecture Tumblrs | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
With its emphasis on all things visual, Tumblr has emerged as one of the most engaging platforms for observing architecture, ranging from the historic to the surreal. The upload-based social network is a haven for image-hoarders everywhere, with each Tumblr carefully curated to indulge a very specific craving, be it endangered Brutalism or decadent interior design. For architectural history fetishists, Tumblr has proven an unending boon. It hosts thousands of images with historical documentation, and takes the role that a library or archive might have 50 years ago. Other feed-based networks fulfill other needs of the architectural community, (forum, event calendar, yearbook, etc.), but Tumblr peddles in images. That's also one of its dra...
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Rotterdam : elastic perspective by NEXT architects forms a sinuous path - designboom | architecture & design magazine

Rotterdam : elastic perspective by NEXT architects forms a sinuous path - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

dutch studio NEXT architects has constructed a giant circular stairway which offers views over the city of Rotterdam.


ocation: carnisselande, barendrecht, the netherlands 
client: municipality of barendrecht
program: local art plan
design: NEXT architects, amsterdam
engineering: ABT consult, velp
contractor: mannen van staal, leeuwarden
budget: €150,000

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The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower

The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has selected The Living’s (David Benjamin) “circular tower of organic and reflective bricks” as winner for the Young Architects Program’s (YAP) 15th edition in New YorkAn exemplar of the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, the temporary installation will be built using a new method of bio-design that results in a structure made entirely from organic material. 


“Hy-Fi” is designed to provide summer visitors with a cool retreat illuminated by “mesmerizing” lighting effects caused by the unique stacking of two new materials: Ecovative-manufactured bricks, made from an innovative combination of corn stalks and specially-developed living root structures, and a recently developed reflective brick, designed by 3M, that was used as growing trays for the organic bricks before being implemented into the structure.

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