How architects and artists turned an urban dump in Chile into a performance space

THE WAVE. (COURTESY THE SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY STUDIO)

THE WAVE. (COURTESY THE SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY STUDIO)

Sitio Eriazo—a Chilean collective of recent graduates from theater, art, and architecture schools—worked with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design’s Scarcity and Creativity Studio to recover an abandoned urban space in Valparaíso, Chile.

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Clive Wilkinson Architects’ new digs for KCRW underway in Santa Monica

West
Monday, January 4, 2016
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Performance space for live recording. (KCRW/ Clive Wilkinson Architects)

Performance space for live recording. (KCRW/ Clive Wilkinson Architects)

In the lead up to the holidays, public radio listeners in Southern California couldn’t help but tune in for some architecture news as KCRW DJs plugged the capital campaign for their new building designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects. The firm was awarded the Santa Monica commission in 2008, beating out Gensler, HLW, Morphosis, and CO Architects in the competition.

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Penda creates a river-like pavilion for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs, a 1,500 square-meter (4,921 square-foot) pavilion by the Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design, is currently under construction for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China. The expo will span over 200 acres and expects more than 12 million visitors.

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In El Paso, architects explore border politics through a temporary installation in a bus depot

City Terrain, Environment, Southwest
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour (Courtesy AGENCY)

FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour (Courtesy AGENCY)

To architect Ersela Kripa, “borders are much thicker than we imagine.” She and her partner Stephen Mueller (AGENCY) are building on the strong legacy of theory and practice at the US-Mexico border with their students at Texas Tech University El Paso. This fall, students produced FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour, a daylong “tactical occupation” of an underused bus terminal at the El Paso/Juárez border.  Read More

Move over, Jesus: skateboarders convert a historic Spanish church into a “temple of urban art”

Art, Interiors, International
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

The Spanish Church of Santa Barbara, designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, faced severe deterioration from years of abandonment, until Church Brigade skate collective slid in. The collective’s transformation, Kaos Temple, is a skate park completely immersed in geometric street art.

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CannonDesign to deliver new hospital to l’Université de Montreal

Architecture, International, Other
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Currently under construction, the Centre Hospitalier de Montreal (CHUM) will be one of the largest medical complexes in North America. (Courtesy CannonDesign)

It has been 30 years since Montreal has built a new hospital. CannonDesign in association with Montreal based NEUF Architect(e)s, and l’Université de Montreal aim to amend that situation with a new three tower hospital complex.

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Planned as a hotel, Zaha Hadid’s first project in South America is now a luxury residence

Architecture, International, News
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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ZAHA'S CASA ATLANTICA. (COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS)

Zaha’s Casa Atlantica (Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid, with Arup and Mello Affonso Engineering, is executing her first project in South America. Casa Atlantica is a luxury residential building in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.

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To reduce their carbon footprint, four European cities introduce drastic traffic regulation plans

MADRID TRAFFIC. (DAVIDE ZANCHETTIN // FLICKR)

Traffic in Madrid. (Davide Zanchettin / Flickr)

Amidst the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, numerous cities announced questionably large goals to reduce carbon emissions. However, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Madrid, have backed their goals with concrete plans for extreme traffic regulation, ranging from a car-free city center in Oslo to free public transportation in Madrid.

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With LinkNYC, New York City says goodbye payphones, hello free wi-fi

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(intersection_co / Instagram)

(intersection_co / Instagram)

It is the beginning of the end for New York City’s ubiquitous public payphones. This morning, one of the City’s first public Wi-Fi hubs was installed near Manhattan’s Union Square as part of the LinkNYC initiative, through which 10,000 “Links,” or kiosks, will be installed across all five boroughs. Read More

A shiny Westchester home, designed by KieranTimberlake, reflects its woodsy surroundings

Architecture, East
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Peter Aaron / OTTO)

(Courtesy Peter Aaron / OTTO)

Westchester County, New York, is renowned for opulent homesTwin PondsKykuit, the X-Mansionthat match the tastes and aspirations of its mostly very wealthy residents. Channeling champagne wishes and caviar dreams, Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake recently completed a two level, 5,250 square foot “house in the woods, of the woods” in the leafy northern Westchester town of Pound Ridge.  Read More

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is $2 million closer to independent incorporation

Easter dInner outside the drafting studio at Taliesin West, 1949 (Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, MoMA, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University

Easter dinner outside the drafting studio at Taliesin West, 1949 (Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, MoMA, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University

In collaboration with the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (FLWF), the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (FLWSA) has raised more than $2 million dollars from 317 contributors. To comply with new accreditation requirements, the school is in the process of becoming an independent subsidiary of the foundation. The funds are an important milestone on the FLWSA’s journey towards financial stability. Read More

Eric Owen Moss explores the origins of innovation in architecture

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects. (Tom Bonner)

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects (Courtesy Tom Bonner)

Eric Owen Moss, principal and lead designer of Eric Owen Moss Architects, has spent decades in the metaphorical trenches of architectural practice. But when he speaks about truly innovative design, he harkens back to the literal trenches of World War I, where German architect Erich Mendelsohn sketched his Einstein Tower, later built in Potsdam. “Mendelsohn was drawing something that no one else was drawing,” explains Moss, who will deliver the afternoon keynote address at the upcoming Facades+ LA conference. “It was unique to him and his time and place.” Read More

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