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"To each project, irrespective of type, we bring an interest in the personal and collective histor...

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"In areas with many rocks I will design works with stone; in areas with pretty coloured clay I will...

Gregory Burgess

"In a way our buildings are ourselves. Their gestures to the world reflect our human responsiveness...

David Salmela

"Design is about making great things happen in any situation, regardless of the constraints.” A...

Jun Aoki

"Selves are nothing more than chains of accidental occurrences." Architect: Jun Aoki Project:...

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ARCHIFEST 2008

The 2nd Singapore ArchiFest is back, and invites everyone to celebrate the built environment, this October.

Revolving around the theme of Man+Environment, we invite you to re-examine our relationship between Architecture with the Environment...>>> Read More

 
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Industrialists Without Factories

Kieran Timberlake’s Cellophane House takes the mass and the production out of mass production.

By Karrie Jacobs

My theory: the wrong people are behind the prefabricated housing movement in this country. The idea of manufacturing architecturally sophisticated houses in the United States has been for the most part advanced by architects (and yes, shelter-book editors). But what if the industrial designers...>>> Read More


(Photo source: Kierantimberlake Associates)

 
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“With the triumph of liberal democracy and laissez-faire capitalism, the conversation came to an end. Everyone wanted to build, which left less room for certain kinds of architecture.”

-- Lebbeus Woods, quoted in Nicolai Ouroussoff's New York Times article, "An Architect Unshackled by Limits of the Real World"

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An Architect Unshackled by Limits of the Real World

By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF

In the early 1990s this irreverent New York architect produced a series of dark and moody renderings that made him a cult figure among...>>> Read More


Lebbeus Woods

 
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"I learn more from creative people in other disciplines than I do even from other architects..."

-- Tom Kundig (Quoted from an interview with James Murdock)

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Tom Kundig has done it again but this time the name of the house is Montecito Residence. Set against an undulating backdrop of hills in the fire-prone Toro Canyon and opens out into the Pacific Ocean horizon, Montecito Residence (photos below) has recently been awarded the American Architecture Awards 2008 by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design alongside 65 other recipients.

Montecito Residence (Photo source: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects)

Montecito Residence (Photo source: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects)

I’ve always been fascinated by Tom Kundig’s work, notably the Rolling Huts and my favorite of all, the Delta Shelter. Those houses are an expression of what I think is the subtle reduction of architectural grammar to a minimal expression of simple lines and tectonics within the context of its landscape. - Ed

Delta Shelter (Photo source: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects)

 
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"What I've learned . . . is that if there's one reaction to architecture that I know I can trust, and that won't waver on later visits, it's a visceral rather than an intellectual one."

-- Christopher Hawthorne

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Architecture critic finds no regrets

By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic

...For me, the idea that one piece of architecture is simply better than another -- more accomplished, more significant, more innovative -- is far from a way to express some vague arrogance about taste or to try to turn an elusive process into a quantifiable one. It's a way to grab a lifeline in a cultural sea that gets choppier by the week. >>> Read More


Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis (Photo source: Los Angeles Times)

 
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"Architecture is a propaganda tool used by those who have power to shape the world according to their image and desire."

-- Esther Zandberg

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The belly button of the form

By Esther Zandberg

We tend to speak about architecture in aesthetic or technological terms and discuss building methods or architectural styles, but refrain from relating to the broad contexts in which architecture operates, says British critic Deyan Sudjic in his book "The Edifice Complex." This avoidance...>>> Read More

 
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Architectural Drawings by Steven Holl on View at the MoMA

Holl's current projects include the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing and the District Energy Centre in Toronto.

by Nicholas Tamarin

Through February 2, New York's Museum of Modern Art will offer insight into one of the great architectural minds currently working, Steven Holl, principal of Steven Holl Architects.>>> Read More

 
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“I won’t work for totalitarian regimes.”

- - Daniel Libeskind.

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Our country seems to have been hit by the “debating fever” of late. It’s heartening to see politicians on both side of the divide are discoursing issues live on national TV. However, what pissed me off was that the debates were often ended with the aggrieved party hurling personal abuse at his antagonist. Such was witnessed in yesterday’s debate between the current Chief Minister of Penang and his predecessor.

The main issue of yesterday’s debate is the alleged controversial Penang LAND SCAM happened during the tenure of the former Chief Minister. The biggest land scam of all is the proposed PGCC. Please read here and here. In case you are wondering, PGCC its an acronym of Penang Global City Centre, which was launched almost a year ago at a cost of MYR 25 billion. Some would prefer to call it Penang's Greedy City Centre instead.

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Hani Rashid from Asymptote and Nasrine Seraji from Atelier Seraji are the two starchitects who have been commissioned to lead the development. Hani Rashid will design the two iconic towers (see photo above) while Nasrine Seraji will oversee the master plan. What many aren’t aware of is that the two iconic towers are actually a gateway to a “graveyard full of tombstones”.

If the whole development is nothing but a land scam, then the parties involved are not also guilty to some degree? I guess, the fees are too lucrative to ignore. As Jacques Herzog would put it,

only an idiot would have said no.

Am I an idiot all this while?

 
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