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[Nice, France] Allianz Riviera Stadium by Wilmotte & Associés

[Nice, France] Allianz Riviera Stadium by Wilmotte & Associés | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The newly-built Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, France, located 15-km away from Nice’s historical centre, and sitting in the heart of the Éco-Vallée of Plaine du Var, is actually comprised of three projects – a 35,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, a sports museum and an extensive, mixed real-estate development plan – all designed to meet specific environmental and urban integration requirements.

This large-scale intervention works in a coherent and intelligible manner so as to encourage urban synergy.

 

Largely inspired by a flying bird, the stadium’s overall shape essentially reflects the aim to reinforce the surrounding urban fabric. Likewise, shifting services like parking, underground allows for generous green spaces connecting the building to the rest of the neighborhood.


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After Zaha's "VAGINA" stadium, here's more yonic architecture

After Zaha's "VAGINA" stadium, here's more yonic architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Following the row over whether Zaha Hadid's World Cup stadium looks like a vagina, here are six more examples of yonic architecture.
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[Kyoto, Japan} House with beautiful views of the country side / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

[Kyoto, Japan} House with  beautiful views of the country side / FORM | Kouichi Kimura | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Client: Private
Construction Year: 2011
Site Area: 355,72 sqm
Constructed Area: 213,20 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

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The World Trade Center’s “best-kept secret” .... ELEVATED Park Planned for World Trade Center

The World Trade Center’s “best-kept secret” .... ELEVATED Park Planned for World Trade Center | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The World Trade Center’s “best-kept secret” has been revealed.

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[Toulouse, France] Projet Val Tolosa: Les délais seront tenus

[Toulouse, France] Projet Val Tolosa: Les délais seront tenus | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Anciennement « Portes de Gascogne », le projet « Val Tolosa » ne semble plus pouvoir être freiné. Pourtant, il est l’un des plus controversés de la Région. José Bové, député européen Europe Ecologie Les Verts, était même venu sur le plateau de la Ménude, apporter son soutien aux opposants au projet. Pour Christophe Farbos, directeur du développement chez Unibail Rodamco, propriétaire et gestionnaire du futur Val Tolosa, il s’agit pourtant d’un projet s’inscrivant totalement dans le développement urbain de l’Ouest toulousain.


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[Liège, Belgique] Calatrava a semé, Greisch à fait éclore la gare des Guillemins »

[Liège, Belgique] Calatrava a semé, Greisch à fait éclore la gare des Guillemins » | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Au total, pas moins de 85.000 heures ont été prestées par Greisch, cela représente environ cinquante années de la vie d’un travailleur. Une personne est restée affectée au projet durant l’ensemble de la durée des travaux, de 1999 à 2009 et une dizaine d’autres a été impliquée très régulièrement pendant cette même période. Au total, une petite trentaine d’employés de Greish a travaillé au chantier de la gare des Guillemins, une nouvelle fierté pour le bureau Greisch qui se tourne déjà vers le futur.

  
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Seventy ‘Tana’ or ‘Tokowaki’ VARIATIONS, in Tetsuro Yoshida’s ‘The Japanese House’ (1935) : socks-studio

Seventy ‘Tana’ or ‘Tokowaki’ VARIATIONS, in Tetsuro Yoshida’s ‘The Japanese House’ (1935) : socks-studio | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Japanese architect Tetsuro Yoshida  (1894–1956) was a key figure of architectural interchange between East and West during the early 1930′s. His many travels and publications helped establishing Modernism motifs in Japan and at the same time spread Japanese domestic culture in Europe.

While in Europe during 1931-32 he met German architects Hugo Häring and Ludwig Hilberseimer. They urged him to write his first book “The Japanese House” (1935), which was followed by another on Japanese architecture in 1952 and one on Japanese gardens in 1957. His built works reflect his interest in the Modern Movement which was consolidating as the preminent style in the West.

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MOVING Schools 001: MODULAR schools for migrant and refugee populations.

MOVING Schools 001: MODULAR schools for migrant and refugee populations. | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Photos: Building Trust International

The ‘MOVINGschool’ project provides relocatable, modular schools for migrant and refugee populations.

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[Mille Feuille Architecture] Jockey Club innovation tower by Zaha Hadid at Hong Kong polyU - designboom | architecture & design magazine

[Mille Feuille Architecture] Jockey Club innovation tower by Zaha Hadid at Hong Kong polyU - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
zaha hadid has finalized construction of the hong kong polytechnic university's 'innovation tower', her first permanent building in the city.

 

Location: hong kong, china
client: hong kong polytechnic university
completed: 2013
area: 15,000 sqm (161,459 sqf)
height: 76 m (250 ft)
capacity: 1450 people

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INDIA: Herzog & de Meuron establish Kolkata museum of modern art - designboom | architecture & design magazine

INDIA: Herzog & de Meuron establish Kolkata museum of modern art - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
commissioned in 2008, herzog & de meuron's first project in india, the 'kolkata musem of modern art' establishes the city as a center for the arts.
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What Starbucks GETS that Architects DON'T

What Starbucks GETS that Architects DON'T | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

In legal terms, an architect is the all seeing, all knowing, building professional. You are liable for anything that goes wrong with a building but if someone just hates the spaces you design? If someone feels uncomfortable, or cold, or scared? Well there’s no lawsuit for that.

 

I used to think it was impossible for you to respond to an audience in the way that tech startups do. These startups can build a product, release it over the Internet and adjust it based on the feedback they get. It’s an iterative process. Architecture, I thought, was too permanent for that. There was too much at stake, there was only one chance to get it right, there were too many variables. Blah blah blah.

 

The world is changing. You have all these new tools at your fingertips. New tools that I don’t see you using and quite a few old techniques that you could get a lot better at.

 

This really hit home for me when I read a recent article on the design of Starbucks stores. Now you might hate Starbucks. You might believe they are a soulless commercial entity with no architectural merit at all, but do you know what they are good at? Responding to people’s needs and desires.

 
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Has Architecture LOST Touch With the People?

Has Architecture LOST Touch With the People? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
I’ve been mulling this one for a few days. I seem to know a lot of people who do a lot of complaining about the architecture profession, particularly its alleged preoccupation with making artistic statements .
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2013 Arcaid Images Architectural PHOTOGRAPHY Award Winners

2013 Arcaid Images Architectural PHOTOGRAPHY Award Winners | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The Architectural Photography Awards, hosted by Arcaid Images, have announced the winner, runner-up and shortlisted images for this year’s best architecture photos. A distinguished panel architects and editors that included Catherine Slessor, Eva Jiricna,Zaha Hadid, Ivan Harbour and Graham Stirk were asked to look beyond architecture and into composition, atmosphere and scale to ultimately judge four categories of images:Interiors, Exteriors, Sense of Place and Building In Use. Their selections reflect this vision admirably.

 

The competition aims to draw attention to the expertise of the architectural photographer, “translating the sophistication of architecture into a readable two dimensions to explain and extol the character, detail and environment of the project.” “The experience of architecture for the majority of people is via images,” reads a statement by Arcaid Images, “The architecture itself is the focus and the image regarded only as the medium.” 


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David Cardelus captures twisted roof of Barcelona flea market - designboom | architecture & design magazine

David Cardelus captures twisted roof of Barcelona flea market - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
acting as a suspended mirror over the city, the twisted roof of the barcelona encants flea market is captured in this series by photographer david cardelus.
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[Herning, Denmark] Center of the Arts / Steven Holl Architects

[Herning, Denmark]  Center of the Arts / Steven Holl Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Herning, Denmark
Design Architect: Steven Holl
Associate in Charge: Noah Yaffe
Project Advisor: Chris McVoy
Project team: Lesley Chang, JongSeo Lee, Julia Radcliffe, Filipe Taboada, Christina Yessios
Competition team: Cosimo Caggiula, Martin Cox, Alessandro Orsini
Program: Temporary exhibition galleries, 150 seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, restaurant, media library and administrative offices
Client: Herning Center of the Arts
Project Area: 5,600 sqm
Project year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Steen Gyldendal & Steven Holl Architects

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For Architects ONLY? How Kanye Exposed Architecture’s Bias

For Architects ONLY? How Kanye Exposed Architecture’s Bias | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

When Kanye West spoke with students at my alma mater on Sunday evening, he said “I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be ‘architected.’” In the social media frenzy that followed, a recurring response that I saw on architecture-centric sites was to snicker at West’s use of the word “architect” as a verb. For many, this was symbolic of West’s ignorance and hubris as he presumed to talk about something without knowing anything.

 

Except, of course, that “architect” is well recognized as a verb. Dictionaries say so, architects say so, and academics say so. If you’re architect Doug Patt and call yourself howtoarchitect on YouTube, you get a contract from MIT Press to write a book—called How to Architect. If you are the French philosopher Louis Marin, you can suggest that “the castle and gardens of Versailles ‘architect’ the Prince to make him not only the absolute of political power, but the center of the cosmos in its entirety,” and you will be counted among the most eminent semioticians of the twentieth century. If you are Harvard architecture theorist K. Michael Hays, you might stand up at an academic conference and say, “There are only certain things that can be done at this moment. Not just anything can be architected at this moment, right? There are limits.” When you do, people will nod and applaud.

 

But if you are Kanye West and you suggest that “everything needs to actually be ‘architected,’” it disqualifies you to speak about architecture.

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Les HUIT chefs-d’œuvre d’Auguste Perret - Culture - LeMoniteur.fr

Les HUIT chefs-d’œuvre d’Auguste Perret - Culture - LeMoniteur.fr | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Une exposition rythmée, à l’image des bâtiments d’Auguste Perret (1874-1954), se tient jusqu’au 19 février au Palais d’Iéna, à Paris : véritable mise en abyme dans un monument qui est la plus impressionnante démonstration de son «Classicisme structurel» – l’interprétation dans le béton armé du langage architectural classique.


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Paperhouses: Architecture in OPEN Source

Paperhouses: Architecture in OPEN Source | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

“Architecture does not change anything. It’s always on the side of the wealthy. The important thing is to believe that it can make life better.” — Oscar Niemeyer


As much as we’d care to deny it, Niemeyer makes a valid point here. Architecture is almost always “on the side of the wealthy”; the profession, as it has existed for about a century, rarely changes anything; and yet – and yet – it can make life better. If only for a select few.

 

But what if architecture could make life better for the many. What if good-quality, life-bettering architecture were open-source and available to download off the internet? For free?

 

Well, thanks to Paperhouses, it already is.

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Paläon, Germany: A Futuristic Design REFLECTS the Surroundings

Paläon, Germany: A Futuristic Design REFLECTS the Surroundings | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Paläon is located at the edge of the town of Schöningen and the site of a remarkable, world-famous Stone-Age find: the Schöningen Spears – the oldest ever hunting weapons used by man. It is now also home to the new and emblematic research and experience centre that reflects the location in concept and form.

 

The building conveys the location’s importance as an archaeological site by rising above the natural topography like layered earth. Its futuristic shape stems from the horizontal landscape and the building’s volume, ground plan and section are defined by references to the landscape and lines of sight. The slightly offset contours create subtly different internal and external spaces. Designed with reflective cladding, the volume mirrors the landscape, with large recessed window openings that underscore the expressive dynamism of the architecture.


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[Medellín, Colombia] Cafe del Bosque / Castro Arquitectos

[Medellín, Colombia] Cafe del Bosque / Castro Arquitectos | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architect: Castro Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Colombia
Built Area: 1,034.69 sqm
Area: 2,116.61 sqm
Photographs: Ana Velez, Lorenzo Castro

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OMA: Las torres y el pedestal

OMA: Las torres y el pedestal | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Recientemente el estudio holandés OMA anunció la finalización del que hasta ahora sería su último edificio pero cuyo desarrollo ha sido extremadamente longevo para la oficina.
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CHINA: Studio Fuksas expands Shenzhen bao'an international airport - designboom | architecture & design magazine

CHINA: Studio Fuksas expands Shenzhen bao'an international airport - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
designboom gives you a sneak peek of shenzhen bao'an international airport's new terminal 3 by studio fuksas, in advance of its november 28th opening.
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LYON: Musee des confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au nears completion - designboom | architecture & design magazine

LYON: Musee des confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au nears completion - designboom | architecture & design magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
integrating the fields of technology, biology and ethics, coop himmelb(l)au's 'musée des confluences' is nearing completion in the french city of lyon.
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Video // Designing for the Internet of Things: architect Rodolphe el-Khoury

Video // Designing for the Internet of Things: architect Rodolphe el-Khoury | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

More than ever before, the line between the digital and real worlds is increasingly blurred. Historically, computers and devices have functioned as a separate layer within our lives. Watch as architect Rodolphe el-Khoury describes a not-too-distant future in which “the internet of things” will become a reality. In this world, our homes, workplaces, and the objects within them will all be digitally connected, intelligent, and responsive.

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Casa das Artes in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal by FAT

Casa das Artes in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal by FAT | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The Casa das Artes (House of the Arts) in Miranda do Corvo expresses the meeting between two identities, rural and urban, in a landscape marked by the Lousã Mountains.

 

Location: Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
Type: Cultural
Area: 2.360 sqm
Year: 2010 / 2013
Client: Municipality of Miranda do Corvo
Architect: FAT – Future Architecture Thinking – www.fat.pt
Project Team: Architect Miguel Correia, Architect Cláudia Campos, Architect Sérgio Catita, Architect Patrícia de Carvalho, Architect Miguel Cabral, Architect Margarida Magro, Architect Sara Gonçalves, Architect Telmo Maia, Architect Gabriel Santos, Architect Hilário Abril, Engineer José Pico, Landscape Architect Sara Távora
Builder: TECNORÉM – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.
Photograph: João Morgado

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