ARCHITECTURE
COMMUNITY CHURCH IN KNARVIK, NORWAY / REIULF RAMSTAD ARKITEKTER
The new Community Church in Knarvik, located on the scenic west-coast of Norway north of Bergen, is built on a privileged site overlooking the cultural landscape and local town centre. The building is carefully adapted to an existing hillside between built and natural environment, providing the church with an inspiring context of the surrounding heath landscape. Its distinctive and innovative character and central location makes it a landmark in the community, to be inviting and inclusive for all people to cultivate their faith throughout the week.
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EVENTS
CIYTLAB 2015 / PATRAS / APPLICATIONS UNTIL 31/08
ENG / GR  
 
What is faith? Why do people believe in Gods? Who makes the objects of faith? Who modulates faith and what means does he use? Which are the differences between ideological and religious faith? How does architecture respond to believers' needs? How important is the form of the religious buildings? What place does church architecture take in the current Greek and international architectural reality?
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ARCHITECTURE
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS ISSUE A VIDEO PRESENTATION ON THE NEW NATIONAL STADIUM IN TOKYO AFTER JAPANESE PM's REJECTION
Zaha Hadid Architects welcomes a new bidding process for the New National Stadium in order to reduce costs and ensure value for money in terms of quality, durability and long-term sustainability. This video presentation and report outlines in detail the unique design for the New National Stadium which has been thoughtfully developed over two years to be the most compact and efficient stadium for this very special location in Tokyo. 
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ARCHITECTURE
STE[E]LETECA by ARISTOTHEKE EUTECTONICS [Æ]
Set in the bucolic context of mountainous Tinos, a context of unique geological characteristics – as in the unique region of Volax, this visitors' center stands upright as a parallelepiped crossed and penetrated by four horizontally interjecting prisms: two overlapping and alternating at 45º increments, another inserted at its base, and one positioned at the top, turned sideways as to form an apex. The exaggerated and protruding cantilevers are steel-framed, designed as normative floor-deep vierendeels with their girders hidden in solid side walls, leaving their end-sides open as hollow boxes, or as void picture frames that 'telescope' towards distinct fronts of the landscape. 
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INTERIORS
ARSENAL FLAT / H2o ARCHITECTS
The project : is articulated around three connected and sequenced living spaces which are defined in function of uses, light and multiple views. Each one of these spaces is characterized by its solar orientation: East, West or South. 
Each child has its own independent bedroom; the common living space is open and partitioned by elements of furniture which have all been designed so as to follow the sloping games of the roof-line, forming a landscape of “totems”. They include bookshelves and diverse storage spaces. A diagonal opening is thus drawn throughout the principal living room of which one forgets the rather tight initial dimensions. This reading of the apartment is further enhanced by the use of white paint on wood or plaster for the principle surfaces underlined by wood (oak) along the floor and for the “totem” elements.
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ARCHITECTURE
VILLA MELANA AT TYROS, GREECE / V. FOUFA & P. PAPASSOTIRIOU / PHOTOGRAPHY BY PYGMALION KARATZAS
Studio 0-2 of Valia Foufa and Studio 2PiA by Panagiotis Papassotiriou join forces in the design of this award winning holiday villa in Arcadia Greece. 
Project description from the architects:
 
“It all started as a simple snapshot; At a very steep site with clear view towards the sea a holiday retreat protects its inhabitants from the sun heat and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight. We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau of the site in order to avoid unnecessary groundworks that could spoil the relief.  
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ARCHITECTURE
KUOPIO THEATRE RENOVATION & EXPANSION / ALA ARCHITECTS
The old Kuopio City Theatre is a 1960's modernist building by architects Helmer Stenros and Risto-Veikko Luukkonen. The expansion includes a new 200-seat studio stage with flexible seating and stage mechanics. New spaces are also provided for loading and logistics, costume manufacturing and storage, and support functions of the new stage. The only visible alteration when approaching the theatre from the city centre is the four meter elevation of the theatre tower. The stage technology for the main stage has been completely updated, and the tower has been raised. The add-on forms a glowing glass lantern, leaving the distinctive shape of the old tower recognizable.
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EVENTS
AA Thessaloniki Revelations (30 October – 9 November 2015)
In 2015, the AA Greece Visiting School will carry forward its architectural agenda by introducing design techniques and themes through a teambased unit approach. Design teams will be working with design simulating tools and digital fabrication methods throughout their research on the agenda. As the AA Greece Visiting School’s ambition is to rethink the way by which entire city blocks have been constructed and to link them to a more hyper specific contextualized construction model, its’ methodology also includes the capacity to contemplate on the habits of architectural practice. This goal will be explored through a combinatorial use of the different design tools, i.e. Maya, Rhino, and Grasshopper and by connecting formfinding methods with formmaking techniques observed in various digital fabrication tools. 
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ARCHITECTURE
A STAIR THAT LEADS YOU TO THE SEA / CARPA OLIVERA / COLECTIVO URBANO / PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO BY ONNIS LUQUE
The Carpa Olivera center, built in 1915, used to gather plenty of celebrities and renowned personalities of its era. Although, a hurricane destroyed the venue in the 50s' and remained abandoned until almost a decade ago, yet again, it couldn't regain its bygone glory due to vandalism and lack of care.
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INTERIORS
STAIR-BOOKCASE FOR A PRIVATE HOUSE, MUSWELL HILL, LONDON / TAMIR ADDADI ARCHITECTURE
We were asked to convert the loft of a private house into a bedroom with a study, including a large bookcase, whilst keeping to a very tight budget.  
The conversion required the creation of a new staircase to the loft. We designed a combined solution incorporating the staircase and bookcase into a single element. A major challenge was the size of the first floor landing which was only 160cm wide. We aimed to achieve a sense of lightness in this space, despite the introduction of such a large element. 
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ARCHITECTURE
STEVEN HOLL: SPACES LIKE MUSIC / VIDEO
“The soul has more need for the ideal than the real,” says American architect Steven Holl, who here shares his organic approach to creating architecture that can potentially change people’s lives.
Architecture ”begins with a site and a circumstance, a situation and a programme” according to Holl. Therefore it should be reinvented for every situation instead of simply aiming for a signature style. Holl’s focus is thus on the place rather than on the need to strengthen a given brand, which seems prevalent in modern society.
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EVENTS
VASILY KANDINSKY WORKS ON VIEW AT THE GUGGENHEIM / JULY 2015 - SPRING 2016
July 1 through spring 2016, the Guggenheim Museum will present an intimate selection of works by Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Siene, France) that trace his aesthetic evolution. The exhibition, which will be on view in the museum’s Kandinsky Gallery, includes paintings selected from the artist’s early beginnings in Munich at the start of the century, the return to his native Moscow with the outbreak of World War I, his interwar years in Germany as a teacher at the Bauhaus, and his final chapter in Paris.
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ARCHITECTURE
MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM CONSTRUCTION TIMELAPSE / VIDEO
Embedded within the summit of Mount Kronplatz, 2,275m above sea level at the centre South Tyrol’s most popular ski resort, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is surrounded by the alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler and Dolomites. Established by renowned climber Reinhold Messner, the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum explores the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering.
 
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EVENTS
FRANCIS BACON: INVISIBLE ROOMS / TATE LIVERPOOL
Tate Liverpool presents the first exhibition to survey an unexplored yet significant element of Francis Bacon’s work. Considered one of Britain’s greatest modern painters, Bacon (1909 – 1992) often painted an architectural, ghost like framing device around his subjects that structure many of his iconic paintings. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms addresses some of Bacon’s most powerful works with a renewed focus on their spatial structure. 
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ARCHITECTURE
BIG ANNOUNCES A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR A SMOKE-RING-BLOWING CHIMNEY AT THE POWER PLANT IN COPENHAGEN
By 2017 the citizens of Copenhagen will not only be able to ski down the cleanest power plant in the world - their perceptions of what a power plant can be will be challenged by an art piece that raises awareness of our carbon emissions. The world’s first steam ring generator will puff out a steam ring for every ton of CO2 burned in the plant. Help us turn fiction into fact!
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ARCHITECTURE
FOOD & WELLNESS CULB COMPETITION ENTRY / A. LAMPADIARI-MATSA, A. MERKOUREA, M. PACHI, A. VRANAKI
The main idea was to create a contemporary building in which the visitor would have the opportunity to participate into a multisensory experience, rediscovering the benefits of bathing. The morphological approach of the aqua zone -which constitutes the core of the building- involves the creation of a cave-like environment, that the visitor could explore  through his/her senses.
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ARCHITECTURE
LEÇA SWIMMING POOLS, 1966 + VIDEO / ALVARO SIZA VIEIRA
The project is situated along the coastal avenue, the mass of the building set below the road level to allow an uninterrupted view to the sea. The program includes two swimming pools, changing facilities and a cafe.
Because of the need to limit construction costs and to preserve the landscape, the project had to make a minimal intrusion into the existing terrain. Since a topographical survey was not available at the time, the architect spent days marking the location of the existing rock formations, to arrive at a design which would require the least blasting.
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ARCHITECTURE
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS WIN THE COMPETITION FOR THE DANJIANG BRIDGE IN TAIPEI
Zaha Hadid Architects, working with Leonhardt, Andra & Partner and Sinotech Engineering Consultants, have won the international competition to design the new Danjiang Bridge in Taipei for the Directorate General of Highways, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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ARCHITECTURE
CHONTAY HOUSE / MARINA VELLA ARQUITECTURA
The project is located in a 5,800m2 rural plot south-east of Lima, 40.5 km from the road that borders the Lurin River from Lima to Huarochiri. The road that leads to the site is surrounded by a beautiful landscape where stone, wood, clay and local flora stand out. 
The irregular site is 70 meters higher than the River area, becoming a great natural balcony of the mountains/valley and the lush vegetation surrounding it.
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ARCHITECTURE
UNSTUDIO PROFILE BY SUBMARINE / VIDEO
''We believe in collaboration in a network model. The architect doesn't stand above the project, but he stands somewhere in the middle.''
Ben van Berkel, co-founder, principal architect 
 
United Network Studio
UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is a Dutch architectural design studio specializing in architecture, urban development and infrastructural projects. The name, UNStudio, stands for United Network Studio, referring to the collaborative nature of the practice. In 2009 UNStudio Asia was established, with its first office located in Shanghai, China.
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ARCHITECTURE
LOW BUDGET BRICKHOUSE / TRIENDL & FESSLER ARCHITEKTEN
The clients wished for an inexpensive house with a maximum of spatial qualities. The volume was conceived as a introverted courtyard typology, responding to local development structures. The shut roadside facade expresses the desire for a private retreat on the outskirts of Vienna.
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ARCHITECTURE
POLYHEDRAL VIEWS / MORADAVAGA ARCHITECTS
Selected for presentation as part of Mais Imaginarius, a public art program inserted in the 14th edition of Imaginarius - International Festival of Street Arts in Santa Maria da Feira, POLYHEDRAL VIEWS was an interactive installation that offered its users an unusual experience by establishing unexpected visual relationships between them, the object and other users.Through a set of mirror games and reflections, it revealed a different reality from the one initiallyexpected, jumbling the spatial coordinates of the observer(s) while operating a change in their perception of what’s "real".
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ARCHITECTURE
HOUSE IN WAKAYAMA / SPRAY ARCHITECTS
This house has been designed to accommodate four generations of one family, which consists  of  eight  people from  one-year-old baby to his great-grandmother.  Located in Wakayama, Japan, the house aims to provide all the family members with their own private spaces, as well as places they can come together. It was required not only to be able to feel each other wherever they are in the house and to let kids play freely, but also to be able to protect privacy if they want to.
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CITY ISSUES
BJARKE INGELS / REDESIGNING NEW YORK / VIDEO
The Times’s architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman, spoke with the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels about three of his projects in New York. They spoke at the Cities for Tomorrow conference on July 20.
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THEORY
ESW [έσω] CONFERENCE 2015 / DIMITRIS KOLIADIMAS
The dialogue developed during the branding design process gives priority to human values. This presentation explores the basic design principles followed and implemented by the speaker. The design core that he supports and represents forms an interactive relationship with the space in which it grows.
 
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THEORY
ESW [έσω] CONFERENCE 2015 / RENA SAKELLARIDOU / SPARCH ARCHITECTS
New Building for the Athens Academy_Behind the Scenes
 
Rena Sakellaridou of SPARCH Architects will present the new building of the Academy, in Sina Street, Athens. She will attempt a ''behind the scenes'' approach, talking about what a complex building means, while she analyzes the specificities of  architecture in Greece and sharing her thoughts on design and creativity.
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THEORY
ESW [έσω] CONFERENCE 2015 / YIORGIS YEROLYMPOS
The narrative of the building: architecture and photography
 
Landscape photography offers us three qualities: geography, autobiography and metaphor. What the traditional landscape photographer is trying to achieve, is to show a picture of the past, present and future together.
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THEORY
ESW [έσω] CONFERENCE 2015 / MARIANTHI TATARI / UN STUDIO
Today, there are many complex restrictions on architecture, which go hand in hand with technology, economy, ecology and politics. In UNStudio, by redefining a compositorial set of ingredients, we discipline these complex questions in a more radical manner. 
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