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Best Books I Read in 2018

1 hour 57 min ago
The end of the calendar year means best-of lists, and for this blog that means architecture books. Unlike traditional publications that limit their lists to books, buildings, or some other output released or completed between January 1 and December 31, I lean toward the way film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum would include only movies he saw and reviewed during the year (so if a film opened in NYC around Xmas to be eligible for an Oscar but didn't play in Chicago that year he didn't consider it) and therefore have limited my list to books I reviewed on this blog at some point in 2018. In turn, half of these dozen books were published this year but the other half came out last year. Accordingly, the alphabetical list is split into two based on the years the books were released, with links to my reviews or "briefs."


Dimensions of Citizenship edited by Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger

The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in America by Alan Mallach

Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City edited by Terreform

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Think Architecture

4 hours 47 min ago
Think Architecture
House at a Vineyard Think Architecture This house stands in isolation in a large meadow above a vineyard. A symmetrical sequence of rooms comprising the entrance, hallway and exterior courtyard shapes the main axis towards the vineyard and lake, complemented by a concentric three-dimensional design. An earthy sgraffito produces a semi-natural material effect framed by … Continue reading Think Architecture

Zaha Hadid Architects "Champagne Flute" Brisbane Towers Cancelled

6 hours 57 min ago
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Plans for a controversial set of skyscrapers for Brisbane, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, have been scrapped following a long-running controversy. The "Grace on Coronation" scheme, lodged for application in 2014, consisted of three sculptural residential towers and sought to reinvigorate a historic site in Toowong, four kilometers west of Brisbane’s Central Business District.

However, the scheme has been criticized for a perceived lack of sensitivity to the surrounding area, with its proposed 27 stories breaching the city plan limit of 15 stories. In May 2018, a sole resident won an appeal against the development due to the height violation.

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Function Walls / Lookofsky Architecture

7 hours 57 min ago
© Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén

Text description provided by the architects. A full transformation of a 1920s apartment into an optimized living space for a young couple in Stockholm. The three main features of the renovation are a long kitchen wall, an installation and storage wall in the bathroom and a bedroom wardrobe wall. All of these built-in walls neatly contain all storage and practical features, while creating a sense of depth in the walls and articulating different functions of the spaces.

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Life On High: the Renaissance of Rooftop Spaces is Here to Stay

8 hours 27 min ago

Though seemingly opposite environments, cities are a lot like rainforests. At ground level, the world is dank, dark, and full of predators. Inhabitants seeking fresh air, sunshine, and privacy have only one direction to go: up.

So in the urban jungle, it’s only natural to build a “canopy” in the form of rooftop architecture. The popularity of rooftop amenities across residential, commercial, hospitality, and even health-care projects shows that’s exactly what’s happening.

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Ferstad Farm Distillery / Bergersen Arkitekter

9 hours 57 min ago
© Kjetil Nordø © Kjetil Nordø

Celebrating Oscar Niemeyer and His Masterworks Through a Photographic Lens

10 hours 57 min ago
© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus

To honor renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s birthday (December 15, 1907), Slovenian photographer Danica Kus published a series of black and white photographs highlighting Niemeyer’s surviving architecture. The architect, who passed in 2012 at the age of 104, is considered one of the greatest modernist architects of the 20th century.

Kus’ photographs accentuate the hyperbolic curves characteristic of Niemeyer’s design, while also highlighting the geometric harmony of rectilinear elements. In an exclusive interview with ArchDaily before his death, Mr. Niemeyer described his personal definition of architecture: “In my opinion, architecture is invention. And under this prism is how I do my projects, always searching for beautiful, expressive, different and surprising solutions.” This photo series encompasses the subtleties of Niemeyer’s premier works and spans his career.

Itamaraty Palace, Brazil

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Kathy Butterly

12 hours 41 min ago
Kathy Butterly
Stockpile . 2018 + James Cohan For more than two decades, Kathy Butterly has created striking, evocative sculptures that play between figuration and abstraction, contributing to and expanding the field of contemporary ceramics. Like George Ohr and Ken Price, who Butterly cites as key influences, she is an artist whose medium is clay and whose … Continue reading Kathy Butterly

Blue House / BETA office for architecture and the city

12 hours 57 min ago
© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg

Minimalistic Industrial Loft / IDwhite

13 hours 57 min ago
© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas
  • Architects: IDwhite
  • Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Lead Designer: Karolis Kasikauskas
  • Area: 64.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas

Text description provided by the architects. The minimalistic industrial loft is located in Kaunas, Lithuania, designed by IDwhite. The 64 square meter apartment was created in a reconstructed multi-storey industrial building. The main thing that the client wanted was to design space suitable for rent and where the people will be the centre of design.

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K-House in Tsujido-Higashi / Ushijima Architects

14 hours 57 min ago
© Kengaku Tomooki © Kengaku Tomooki © Kengaku Tomooki © Kengaku Tomooki

Text description provided by the architects. This is a wooden 2-story house for family of 4 members, located in about 1km from Shonan-seaside. (Shonan is the most famous seaside area near Tokyo)

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RMT14 Residence / Design Identity Unit

15 hours 57 min ago
© Viteethumb Studio | TAKE@PHOTO © Viteethumb Studio | TAKE@PHOTO
  • Architects: Design Identity Unit
  • Location: Khet Khan Na Yao, Thailand
  • Lead Architect: Pavithida Wongdeethanarak
  • Team Architect: Patcharin Chadvadh, Montree Chareonrungrit
  • Area: 1350.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Viteethumb Studio | TAKE@PHOTO

RCR . Coussée & Goris

16 hours 28 min ago
RCR . Coussée & Goris
De Krook library . Ghent RCR Arquitectes . Coussée & Goris architecten . photos: © Hisao Suzuki De Krook library nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. When the city of Ghent organized a contest in 2010 for a new city library, the city had a rather extensive wish list. The new building had to house … Continue reading RCR . Coussée & Goris

Maison A / Nghia-Architect

16 hours 57 min ago
© Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen

Text description provided by the architects. Maison A's main occupant is an aging mother who has lived in the coastal village of Nam Dinh her whole life.

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2019 internships at landscape architecture firms close soon

17 December, 2018 - 23:00

Every year (December-January and May-Jun) landscape architecture firms advertise internships for those who are studying or just graduated to work for a 2-4 month period in their offices. Below are some of the firm’s listings that WLA has collected from around the web. Please show us some thanks by letting the firms know that you found their intern listing through World Landscape Architecture (WLA).

Many firms have requirements around education and also visa/residency status please check the listing before applying. Most openings close in late January to early February.

Sasaki – 2019 Summer Internships – USA

Walt Disney Imagineering, Orlando – USA

Nelson Byrd Waltz Landscape Architects – USA

Peter Walker Partners (PWPLA) -USA

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CC Office / Creative Crews

17 December, 2018 - 23:00
© Takdanai Raktawat © Takdanai Raktawat
  • Project Director: Puiphai Khunawat, Ekkachan Eiamananwattana
  • Client: Creative Crews Ltd.
  • Budget: 10 Million Baht
© Takdanai Raktawat © Takdanai Raktawat

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Talad Noi district, at a corner where two meandering alleys meet, three row houses down from a local Chinese shrine, stands the new Creative Crews office. The project involves the adaptation of two adjoining row houses into a new workplace and base for the crews.

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David Chipperfield

17 December, 2018 - 22:39
Euromaxx David Chipperfield Architects David Chipperfield has guest produced the latest Euromaxx which will air on Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public international broadcaster, on 17 December. Filmed on location in Berlin and Galicia, the programme covers both the practice’s work on Museum Island, where the James Simon Galerie was recently completed, and the ongoing study of … Continue reading David Chipperfield

Langtin Yuanzhu Experience Hall / CHALLENGE DESIGN

17 December, 2018 - 22:00
© Weimin Yu © Weimin Yu
  • Architects: CHALLENGE DESIGN
  • Location: On the corner of Taizi Lake North Road and Haitang Road, Wuhan, China
  • Lead Architects: Qinghua Zeng
  • Design Team: Xiaokang Xu, Fang Yan, Lei Jin, Pengcheng Cao, Jingjing Bi
  • Area: 1403.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Weimin Yu

Infinite Creativity / PENY HSIEH INTERIORS

17 December, 2018 - 21:00
© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese
  • Interiors Designers: PENY HSIEH INTERIORS
  • Location: Kaohsiung,Taiwan
  • Area: 1096.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese

Text description provided by the architects. Creativity is infinite and without borders. Creativity is a line, as well as a surface gathered and transformed by the lines.

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Pinecone Treehouse: Naturally Shaped Wonder in the California Redwoods

17 December, 2018 - 20:00
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

An enormous glittering inhabitable pine cone dangling from the majestic redwoods in Alameda, California could be transplanted to your very own backyard. Built by Dustin Fieder of O2 Treehouse, this highly unusual structure is equal parts sculptural wonder and enchanting getaway with its faceted glass exterior taking inspiration directly from its environment. The Pinecone Treehouse spent much of the last year available as an AirBnb rental, and now it’s up for sale.

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