Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Design Shanghai 2015 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:40:30 +0000 Ahead of this month’s Design Shanghai, the second ever edition of the international design fair, creative director Ross Urwin explains why furniture and product design are well on the way of becoming China’s new obsession and what that means for international brands. Design Shanghai was set up last year by Media 10 – the events […]]]> 0 Russia is considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway from London to Alaska Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:56:37 +0000 The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would see the construction of a vast motorway across Russia. It would connect with existing networks in Europe, making road trips to eastern Russia a far easier proposition. While roads do currently run across most of Russia, the quality tends to deteriorate the farther you travel from Moscow. The proposal, outlined […]]]> 0 Tatlin’s tower – The monument to the Third International Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:50:45 +0000 In 1919 the Department of Fine Arts within the People’s Commissariat for Enlightenment commissioned the artist V. E. Tatlin to develop a design for a monument to the Third International. The artist Tatlin immediately set to work and produced a design. The artists I.A. Meerzon, M.P. Vinogradov, and T.M. Shapiro formed a “Creative Collective,” then […]]]> 0 A NoLIta Condo by the Architect Tadao Ando Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:12:27 +0000 At the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets at the edge of NoLIta, demolition work began in early March to make way for a seven-story condominium, Mr. Ando’s first stand-alone project in the city, although he has designed a restaurant (Morimoto in Chelsea) and residential interiors in Manhattan. Fans of Mr. Ando, a Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, […]]]> 0 What use is the London skyline campaign? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:53:55 +0000 As with many campaigns in London against what’s being built and what’s getting knocked down, the Skyline Campaign deserve some sympathy but at the same misses much of the main point. Launched a year ago and backed by the Observer and Architects’ Journal, it issued a founding statement signed by 70 ”public figures” including lots […]]]> 0 110 Chattanooga Street Duplex, San Francisco / Zack de Vito Architecture Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:33:19 +0000 An urban, modern two-unit townhouse. Construction is a 3-story wood frame structure over a concrete basement/garage. The site is a typical San Francisco lot, 26′ x 115′, with a moderate to steep upslope. The project was undertaken as a Design/Build project with the Architect also being the owner and the general contractor. The North unit […]]]> 0 Will Self on the meaning of skyscrapers – from the Tower of Babel to the Shard Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:30:50 +0000 When it comes to skyscrapers I am, in the proper sense of the word, ambivalent: I hate them for all the obvious reasons – sometimes a cigar may be just a cigar, but a skyscraper is always a big swaying dick vaunting the ambitions of late capitalism to reduce the human individual to the status […]]]> 0 Palm Springs celebrates mid-century modernism one house at a time Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:43:47 +0000 …. Just like a good deli needs a few layers of schmaltz on the food prep area as well as on the tables, a real neighbourhood needs layers of history; that way, you can understand the motivations of the people that came before, and learn to accept the good and the bad. When serious crime […]]]> 0 Manhattan’s Stalagmite Architecture Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:24:28 +0000 Manhattan’s skyline is making yet another historical surge upward, though this time with a new crop of super-tall, strikingly narrow apartment buildings that in some cases seem to defy gravity. To see for yourself, walk by SHoP Architects’ 111 W. 57 St., Christian de Portzamparc’s One57, Jean Nouvel’s 53 W. 53rd St. or Rafael Viñoly’s […]]]> 0 Using Urban Observation to “Ghost-Bust” Cities Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:13:33 +0000 In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, into McGraw Square, and towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta—the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon’s new headquarters complex under construction. What’s not to like about that view? Well, one thing […]]]> 0