Tag Archive: architecture

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Shigeru Ban Retrospective

Posted on May 2nd, 2013

Shigeru Ban is one of those rare architects who through his conceptual and built projects seemingly redefines the role and identity of the profession. His investigation into the materiality of paper, particularly its use in the construction of temporary housing for disaster victims, has been revolutionary and inspiring while his more commercial work fuses Eastern … (More →)

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Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect

Posted on March 5th, 2013

Today the name Edward Durell Stone may have little meaning beyond the worlds of architecture enthusiasts and mid-century preservationists, yet there was a time when he was one of the most well-known, and controversial, architects working in the United States. His idiosyncratic buildings, which fused Beaux-Arts formalism with a modernist aesthetic, were unlike anything else … (More →)

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Rem Koolhaas @ Venice

Posted on January 14th, 2013

It was announced last week that famed architect, Rem Koolhaas will serve as the director of the next Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. It is hoped that Koolhaas, who has indelibly altered the built environment and our perceptions of architectural form, will breathe new life and vigour into the Biennale which has faced harsh criticism … (More →)

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Atelier Bow-Wow Izu Book Cafe

Posted on December 17th, 2012

The Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow are one of my favourites to watch. Their innovative approach to the built environment and groundbreaking “Pet Architecture” have made them one of the most consistently interesting firms in the world. I loved their design for the recently opened Droog Hotel in Amsterdam and I’m equally enamoured with their … (More →)

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Musée du Louvre-Lens by SANAA

Posted on December 13th, 2012

France’s preeminent museum, Le Louvre, has opened a new outpost in Lens, a northern former coal-mining town. The new museum was designed by 2010 Pritzker Prize recipients SANAA. In a deliberate rejection of the trend towards monumental and iconic architecture in new museum projects, the Japanese firm opted for a significantly quieter statement, one that … (More →)

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Peruri 88 by MVRDV

Posted on December 6th, 2012

MVRDV, the Rotterdam-based architectural firm heady by Winy Maas, has recently released its designs for a new microcity in Jakarta. The 400-metre tall tower, called Peruri 88, will be the site of a diverse range of activities including a luxury hotel, office space, condos, as well as a wedding venue, a Mosque, an IMAX theatre … (More →)

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BIG and SUPERFLEX Superkilen

Posted on November 9th, 2012

When Bjarke Ingels was in Vancouver earlier this year he gave a lecture at UBC to a sold out audience. I had the pleasure of attending the talk and was amazed by the passion and energy that Ingels devotes to his rapidly growing firm’s slew of international projects. Of particular interest to me was his … (More →)

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Zaha Hadid for Broad Art Museum

Posted on October 24th, 2012

While many have declared the era of museum starchitecture over, it seems hardly a month goes by without yet another opening of a new museum building with an iconic and elaborate design. With an opening date in early November, the latest in North America is the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East … (More →)


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