Paz House / Arturo Franco, Fabrice van Teslaar

© Carlos Fernández Piñar

Architects: Arturo Franco, Fabrice van Teslaar
Location: 28294 Robledo de Chavela, España
Project Area: 363.0 m2
Project Year: 2006
: Carlos Fernández Piñar

A Seductive Abstraction: Architecture & Photography’s Tacit Pact

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ArchDaily has partnered with The Architectural Review to bring you short thematic introductions to the magazine’s monthly editions.  Up now: AR’s April 2014 issue, which examines the complexities of architecture . Editor Catherine Slessor asks “what happens when controlled views of buildings are redefined by and adapted to new technologies?”

Roland Barthes once observed that there is no such thing as a photograph. ‘Whatever it grants to vision and whatever its manner, a photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see’, he wrote in Camera Lucida. What we do see is the scrutinising gaze of the photographer, which can beguile or unsettle, but should always evoke some kind of response.

As a scientific and ‘truthful’ medium, photography has served architecture well, especially in the Modernist era when the evolving medium synthesised perfectly with a new approach to design. Yet the relationship between architecture and photography is an inherently compromised one. Unlike art practice, architectural photography lends itself less to searching critical enquiry, being essentially an unspoken pact between architect, photographer and publisher to render buildings in a way that discreetly flatters architectural ambition and sells copies of books or magazines.

TAEGUTEC / Gökhan Aktan ALTUG

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Architects:
Location: 41400 , Turkey
Design Team: Mevlut DUYMAZ, Muge EKER ERYARAR, Mete KIYAN, Coskun Caglar ARMAGAN, Yıldırım AKBULUT, Muge TURGAY
Collaborators: Trimline Office Panels
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gurkan AKAY

Garage CCC Education Center / FORM Bureau

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Architects: FORM Bureau
Location: Moscow, Russia, 119049
Architects In Charge: Olga Treiwas, Vera Odyn, Daria Sheina
Area: 1215.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Asya Baranova

Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port International Competition

Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port International Competition

BPA (Busan Port Authority) has just announced an international competition for the Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port, South Korea. The deadline for registration is June 10. To download all the necessary requirements to participate in the competition, please go to the official website.

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid Among 7 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2014”

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center is among seven shortlisted designs being considered for this year’s Design of the Year award. As announced by London’s Design Museum, the undulating cultural center was pulled from 76 innovative nominations and placed first in the architecture category. The shortlisted proposals, ranging from a portable eye examination kit to Volkswagen’s XL1 CAR, will remain on view at the museum through August 25. A winner is expected to be announced June 30. 

Pó House / Ricardo Silva Carvalho Arquitectos

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Architects:
Location: 2540-490 , Portugal
Project Area: 240 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: FS+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Cross Stitch House; Melbourne / FMD Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts
Cross Stitch House; Melbourne / FMD Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts

Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia

Latrobe City Council is pushing an initiative that would put “wood first.” If implemented, the “Wood Encouragement Policy” would educate architects and industry professionals about the structural and environmental benefits of wood in an effort to promote the local timber industry and use of sustainable building materials. Following the lead of the United States and New Zealand, both of which recently established “wood encouragement” policies, the council hopes that this will set a precedent that can be applied throughout the rest of Australia. 

KJ House / Nakahira Architects

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Architects: Nakahira Architects
Location: , Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Masaru Nakahira
Area: 80.0 sqm
Photographs: Kei Sugino

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Courtesy of Viviona

Architects: Leave Fashion to the Experts

Le Corbusier donned signature glasses; Frank Gehry designed footwear; early twentieth-century architect Adolf Loos even wrote “Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed.” Now Zaha Hadid is making her way into swimwear. But are the nuances of fashion too much for architects to dip their feet into? Read the full article at the Telegraph.

VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson , URBANSCREEN was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

Meditech Medical Information Technology Computer Science Building I / Payette

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Architects: Payette
Location: Fall River, MA,
Area: 120000.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Warren Jagger

AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.

Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia / Mithun with BNIM © Joe Fletcher

In honor of Earth Day, we have complied a preview of the top ten most sustainable exemplars of U.S. selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). Each project featured will be honored with a COTE Top Ten Award for “sustainable design excellence” at the 2014 National Convention in . View them all, after the break…

Archipielago House / Nomena

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Architects: Nomena
Location: , Peru
Project Area: 350.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
: Juan Solano

Lucas Cultural Arts Museum proposal for Crissy Field. Image © Art Zendarski
Lucas Cultural Arts Museum proposal for Crissy Field. Image © Art Zendarski

George Lucas Looks to Chicago

After being rejected, alongside two other shortlisted proposals, by San Francisco’s Presidio Trust to build a self-tiled cultural arts museum at Crissy Field, George Lucas has turned his attention to the windy city of Chicago. According to a report by the SunTimes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has challenged civic leaders to find an “accessible” site for the proposed 95,000-square-foot Lucas Cultural Arts Museum by mid-May. “There aren’t museums looking at digital art and the art of storytelling like this. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Chicago,” stated Polk Brothers Foundation CEO Gillian Darlow, co-chair of the project’s task force. “This is a real effort. The city is serious. He’s serious. And the task force is serious.”

Pisek City Forest Administration / e-MRAK

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Architects: e-MRAK
Location: Flekačky 2623, , Czech Republic
Architect In Charge: Martin Rajniš, Martin Kloda, David Kubík
Area: 598.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Radka Ciglerova

3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, .. Image Courtesy of Google Earth

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven firms, including OMA, Toyo Ito, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College.

The 14,000 square meter Headquarters will be part of a greater ‘Olympic campus’ of administrative buildings, located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva.

The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break…

The Trust Declares Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion a “National Treasure”

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Philip Johnson’s “iconic” New York State Pavilion has been listed as a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This designation, which was announced today at the 1964-65 World’s Fair’s 50th anniversary celebration in , declares the pavilion a “historically, culturally and architecturally important site” and will help raise awareness and funding for its preservation. It is now one of just 44 national sites bearing this recognition.

“In the last 50 years, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has grown from the site of the World’s Fair to the home of the World’s Park,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “As we celebrate this anniversary, it is just as important that we look to the next 50 years and plan for the Park’s future. I would like to thank the National Trust for Historic Preservation for honoring the State Pavilion as a ‘National Treasure’. This designation will highlight the importance of the Pavilion as a national icon, and help us to continue the conversation about how it can best serve Queens’ residents.”