Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:29:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pike Powers Living Laboratory, Texas / MF Architecture Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:29:50 +0000 The Pike Powers Living Laboratory exists as part of the Pecan Street Clean Energy Internet Demonstration endeavor and will be located at the Mueller Development in Austin, Texas. Sited within a row of shop houses, the project provides the opportunity to function both as a model sustainable smart home as well as an active lab […]]]> 0 Barcelona’s Lost Utopia Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:09:39 +0000 Surrounding the borders of Barcelona’s old city, the Eixample district is an unmistakable grid of some 900 seemingly similar city blocks master planned by Ildefon Cerda. Characterized by its unique 45 degree cut corners and home to Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Battlo, the area stretches from Mies Van der Rohe’s reconstructed […]]]> 0 St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:20:48 +0000 On Monday, eight design teams offered fresh ways to look at the closed inverted pyramid, with some pitching an entirely new shape for the iconic landmark. The teams competing for the $46 million product, with $33 million targeted for construction, are proposing concepts that include new features such as a waterfall, lagoons and terraces. Council […]]]> 0 Inside Beijing’s airpocalypse Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:37:49 +0000 The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era. A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on an artificial […]]]> 0 Airbnb Invents a Call Center That Isn’t Hell to Work At Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:30:08 +0000 Things can go wrong when you book an Airbnb listing: the host leaves town without arranging a key exchange, or the cleaning service never showed up between guests. At a normal hotel, you’d call the front desk. With an Airbnb, you call the company’s customer experience team. Airbnb’s virtual “concierge” team is growing rapidly—along with […]]]> 0 Call for Submission – Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:09 +0000 The competition calls for the inventive design of a new kiosk that will be installed on Chicago’s lakefront, one of the city’s most vibrant public spaces. A jury of architects, curators, and city representatives will select one winner to receive the BP Prize, which includes an honorarium for design development and a construction budget to […]]]> 0 KCAP with international investor and planning team wins competition in Frankfurt Riedberg, Germany Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:27:08 +0000 German investor Deutsche Wohnwerte, ​​in cooperation with the planning team consisting of KCAP Architects & Planners, B&V Braun Canton Volleth Architekten and TOPOTEK 1 Landscape Architects has won the investors’ competition for a new residential area in Frankfurt Riedberg. The team was chosen out of 19 teams in the competition, as was announced by the […]]]> 0 Affordable Housing by the Chinese Government in Brooklyn Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:53:40 +0000 Executives from one of China’s largest state-owned property developers broke ground this week on a mixed-income housing project in a somewhat unlikely locale: the hipster haven of brownstone Brooklyn. “We are committed to doing everything we can to keep this neighborhood diverse, affordable and accessible for all New Yorkers,” said I-Fei Chang, head of Greenland […]]]> 0 Hitler’s vacation paradise is reinvented as condos, hotels, spa Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:47:49 +0000 Built by the Third Reich in the run-up to World War II, the Strength Through Joy resort was a Nazi vision of tourism’s future. Happy, healthy Aryans would stay and play at the 10,000-room complex on the Baltic Sea, eating, swimming and even bowling for the Führer. Think Hitler’s Cancun. But 25 years after the […]]]> 0 Salvador Dali Museum: an Inside Look at the Art and Architecture of The Dali Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:41:26 +0000 Salvador Dali Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida – lovingly known as “The Dali” – is perhaps the most important collection of a single artist’s work in the world. Produced by Seamus Payne for Directed and Edited by Ben Bradley of]]> 0