Architecture and design practice REX has unveiled their design for Brown University’s new Performing Arts Center. The academic and cultural building was made to be a flexible and adaptable space that serves as a hub for performance. Combining a multi-functional main hall with an open stage floor, the design addresses the need for a dedicated performance space suitable for large ensembles. The new center was designed to encourage collaboration and inspire new modes of artistic and cultural production.
Pier Alessio Rizzardi, Zhang Hankun
TCA Think Tank, September 2018
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In China, 1% of the world’s architects have to design 50% of all the buildings and must do so for 15% of the profit. This extreme situation in which architects have to operate, design and build, creates the theoretical basis for The Condition of Chinese Architecture.
In addition to interviewing the critical voices of contemporary Chinese architecture, the authors report the nowadays reality of the country, the architectural evolution since the first contacts with the West in 1582 and the issues affecting its contemporary practice.
The result is a groundbreaking, cumulative reckoning teased out through layers of personal accounts and cross-disciplinary research, drawing on architecture, aesthetics, philosophy, politics, and society.dDAB Commentary:
La exposición “Sigurd Lewerentz. 44 fotografías del viaje en Italia” recoge una selección de 44 fotos del archivo personal del arquitecto sueco procedentes del DM DigitaltMuseum, hechos durante el viaje que hizo en Italia en 1909.
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La conferencia inaugural de esta muestra, irá a cargo del filósofo Xavier Antich, que hablará sobre el libro de Rainer Maria Rilke, “Cartas a un joven poeta”.
Casi en el mismo momento que Lewerentz viajó a Italia, entre 1902 y 1908, Franz Xaver Kappus mantenía correspondencia con el poeta austriaco Rainer Maria Rilke y, si no fuera porque las “Cartas a un joven poeta” no se publicaron hasta el 1929, se podría afirmar que Lewerentz las había leído y se esforzaba a seguir al pie de la letra los consejos del poeta. Estas cartas hablan de silencio, de profundidad, de tristeza, de alegría, de creación artística, de la obra de arte y también de soledad.
In 2020, the French city of Marseille is set to host Manifesta 13, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In preparation for the event, The Why Factory (directed by MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas) has unveiled “The Grand Puzzle,” a 1200-page interdisciplinary pre-biennial research study of the urban potential for Marseille.
The Why Factory, founded as “the think tank on the future city” at Technical University Delft, has produced the study through deep analyses of the city, such as interviews and spatial data, culminating in suggestions for possible urban interventions. Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback, the study will now be “contextualized, analyzed, and refined as it becomes a tool for Marseillais to imagine possible futures for their city.” In addition, the study will serve as a point of inspiration for artistic and cultural interventions both before and during the Manifesta biennial.
Construction has begun on “The Spiral,” a 1,031-foot-tall project in New York’s Hudson Yards designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The fifth supertall to be added to the area, The Spiral was commissioned by developer Tishman Speyer as part of the ongoing revitalization of the Midtown West region of Manhattan.
The tower is named after its defining feature - an "ascending ribbon of lively green spaces" that extend the High Line "to the sky," says Bjarke Ingels. The scheme will offer 2.85 million of office space, with the anchor tenant Pfizer occupying 18 floors, according to New York YIMBY.
Months Before Opening Day, the Promised - and Sold - High-Tech Utopia of Hudson Yards is Still Just a Dream
This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Hudson Yards Promised a High-Tech Neighborhood — It was a Greater Challenge Than Expected."
Five finalist projects have been shortlisted for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, an award given jointly by the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. The biennial prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, recognizes the Europe-located projects that demonstrate excellence in "conceptual, social, cultural, technical, and constructive terms."
Manuelle Gautrand has designed a 400 unit mixed housing block for the futuristic Hyde Park district in Amsterdam. The homes are divided into nine buildings that make up "thematic" houses organized around a landscaped island core. Each house stands unique, made of different volumes, materials, colors and heights. Formed around the idea of a village, the project aims to develop ambitious environmental goals while bringing people together to rethink urban life.
Opening in the late 1980s after more than ten years of construction, the Slovak Radio Tower is an unmissable feature in the landscape of Bratislava. The building, an inverted pyramid of steel frame construction, was designed by Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič, and Barnabáš Kissling during the height of socialist realism.