• The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    On: December 11, 2014
    In: News
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    Designed by Norway-based practice Snøhetta, in collaboration with local firm EHDD, the 10-story concrete structure will compliment SFMOMA’s original, Mario Botta-designed, red-brick museum.

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    More free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs and an abundance of flexible performance-based gallery space.

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    SFMOMA Expansion – Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

    SFMOMA Expansion – Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

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  • Some Thoughts On Civilization with Mies van der Rohe

    On: December 11, 2014
    In: Interviews
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    I will talk on civilization. But after a while I thought that was a very ambiguous title. It could mean a lot, it could mean the whole history of civilization.

    Now what is civilization? I think it is a state of social culture marked by advances in all the world of men. It sounds like a description out of the dictionary. I know that. But to talk about civilization in the world would take a long, long time. I would not give talks on civilization in a semester. You can imagine that I cannot talk much here about that.

    A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.Mies Van Der Rohe

    My definition about civilization was not a full one. There is no question that the advance in science, and I have seen it at least for more than 50 years, and I have seen it advance rapidly and in the opposite I got the impression that these things become so strong in itself that they go on forever, and that the main problem would be to be able to guide these things a little.

    And that is again the question of civilization. The question if we can educate ourselves enough and not to become able to regulate things because otherwise will go out of hand.

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    And it, it is you, you have to build up this civilization. You have to build up the world you want to live in. And nobody else can do it for you. I have one more thing to say: Don’t worry about success.

    I always tell my students, “Success is just the by-product of good, simple and honest work.” And this simple and honest work, I think, is the essence of civilization.

    Mies van der Rohe Speech, January 25, 1958 via MIES Society.

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  • Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary’s Central Library

    On: December 4, 2014
    In: Architecture
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    Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary.

    Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

    The exterior’s fritted glass openings are strategically transparent in library’s most public areas as an attempt to encourage pedestrians to enter.

    The encapsulation of the existing Light Trail Train is currently underway, and the new Calgary Public Library is expected to be completed in 2018.

    At its mid-section, the building lifts to form an arched, wood-clad entry that serves as a new public plaza and directly connects pedestrians through the site from the neighboring communities.

    All images are under copyright © Snøhetta

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  • Ordos Art & City Museum by MAD Architects

    On: December 3, 2014
    In: Architecture
    Views: 353
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    Conceived as a reaction to the strict geometry of the master plan, the Art & City museum by is an amorphous building that seems like it has landed on the earth.

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    Although it has contemporary presence, there is a chance to think over what the term “local culture” means, where it is rooted and what it can become in the future.MAD Architects

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    Photography Courtesy of © Shu He

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  • Harbin Cultural Center

    On: November 14, 2014
    In: Architecture
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    Influenced by both Chinese and Russian culture, Harbin is reputed as the music capital of the north. Different from other theater buildings that are normally located in the urban center, Harbin Grand Theater will not act as an isolated landmark for the city, but the natural continuation of the human spirit.

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    Surrounded by rivers, the Cultural Island embraces the wide riverbank as its background appearing as a glacier stretching and connecting to each other into a cohesive whole.

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  • In cavalier attendance upon the school of females, you invariably see a male

    On: November 3, 2014
    In: Branding, Design
    Views: 373
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    The boat was now all but jammed between two vast black bulks, leaving a narrow Dardanelles between their long lengths. But by desperate endeavor we at last shot into a temporary opening; then giving way rapidly, and at the same time earnestly watching for another outlet. After many similar hair-breadth escapes, we at last swiftly glided into what had just been one of the outer circles, but now crossed by random whales, all violently making for one centre. This lucky salvation was cheaply purchased by the loss of Queequeg’s hat, who, while standing in the bows to prick the fugitive whales, had his hat taken clean from his head by the air-eddy made by the sudden tossing of a pair of broad flukes close by. (more…)

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  • In Progress: Conrad Hotel by MAD

    On: November 3, 2014
    In: Architecture
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    But far from the ambition of more than one hundred year ago, when people tried to challenge themselves with modern technology and future dreams, the contemporary CBD buildings are the concrete machines, copy of the copy in mass production.

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    The whole building is turned into a melting box, a starting point for the urban grid to change from the solid efficiency into the liquid idea.

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  • The Barcelona Pavilion

    On: October 12, 2014
    In: Awards
    Views: 254
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    The Barcelona Pavilion was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the German National Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition, held on Montjuïc.

    The Barcelona Pavilion, an emblematic work of the Modern Movement, has been exhaustively studied and interpreted as well as having inspired the oeuvre of several generations of architects.

    Means must be subsidiary to ends and to our desire for dignity and value.
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    After the closure of the Exhibition, the Pavilion was disassembled in 1930. As time went by, it became a key point of reference not only in Mies van der Rohe’s own career but also in twentieth-century architecture as a whole.

    Given the significance and reputation of the Pavilion, thoughts turned towards its possible reconstruction.

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    In 1980 Oriol Bohigas, as head of the Urban Planning Department at the Barcelona City Council, set the project in motion, designating architects Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos to research, design and supervise the reconstruction of the Pavilion.

    Work began in 1983 and the new building was opened on its original site in 1986.

    The Barcelona Pavilion via Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

     

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  • Beijing’s Extraordinary Projects: Hutong Bubble

    On: October 6, 2014
    In: Awards
    Views: 277
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    MAD’s proposal for the future Beijing 2050 was first revealed at its exhibition MAD IN CHINA in Venice during the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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    Three years later, the first hutong bubble has appeared in a small courtyard in Beijing.MAD Architects

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  • Golden State Warriors Stadium

    On: August 11, 2014
    In: Awards
    Views: 350
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    The Golden State Warriors recently announced that Snøhetta and AECOM have been selected as the architecture team to design the Warriors’ new sports and entertainment complex on the San Francisco waterfront.

    Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

    The exterior’s fritted glass openings are strategically transparent in most public areas as an attempt to encourage pedestrians to enter.

    The encapsulation of the existing Light Trail Train is currently underway, and the new Calgary Public Library is expected to be completed in 2018.

    © NBA.com

    © NBA.com

    At its mid-section, the building lifts to form an arched, wood-clad entry that serves as a new public plaza and directly connects pedestrians through the site from the neighboring communities.

    All images are under copyright © NBA.com

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