Foster and Heatherwick collaborate to design Shanghai finance centre
Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio are designing Shanghai’s new Bund Finance Centre, a mixed-use, waterfront destination that will serve as the ‘end point’ to the city’s most famous street.
Fox Johnston’s Balmain House serves to remind us of the poetic use of site limitations, the maximisation of micro-urban space and the crafty use of neighbouring sight lines to generate an aesthetically interesting piece of sculpture to live in.
Elemental’s ‘Half-Finished’ housing typology: a success in all circumstances
Elemental’s ‘half-finished home’ typology has become something of a signature for practice. It began as a way of providing housing at incredibly low prices, but nevertheless creating homes that would provide for residents’ needs and even gain value over time.
Autodesk launches new tool for digital preservation
In the next few years, architecture students researching a building will be able to turn to an open-source 3D model of the building itself, download it and have it 3D printed, instantly…
Peter Zumthor: Seven personal observations on presence in architecture
Pritzker Laureate and 2013 RIBA Gold Medal Award-winner, Peter Zumthor, was recently invited to speak at the School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University. In the lecture, he shared some of the inspirations behind his greatest projects, giving an insight into his poetic and intelligent mind.
Why Japan is crazy about housing
Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.
An interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ
TCA Think Tank’s Pier Alessio Rizzardi talks to Yung Ho Chang of Atelier FCJZ about Beijing as it was and is, the ‘New Beijing Sky’, the next generation of Chinese architects and what he thinks Western and Chinese architects can learn from each other.
Can we please stop bashing architects?
‘Meek, cautious and deferential’ or ‘megalomaniac artistes’? Or is there perhaps something in between? Rory Stott argues that it’s time for architects to learn about power, how it manifests itself in their designs and how to wield it responsibly.
One to watch: MAKE architecture studio
Melbourne-based MAKE architecture studio is an example of the need for contemporary practice to provide socially and environmentally driven design solutions that work hard to give back to the community.
Arising from staggered floor plans, Split House was dramatically transformed from the derelict shell of Number 27 of Lane 225 in Shanghai by Guo Xi’en and Hu Rushan of Neri & Hu.