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berrin chatzi chousein

born in Greece and graduated from Middle East Technical University,Faculty of Architecture,Department of Architecture.She has served as Country Editor at World Architecture Community since 2008 and become Editor-in-Chief at WAC in 2014.Berrin was also curator of London-based studio Studio Egret West(SEW) exhibition under the title of ’Young British... / More

Youth and success in architecture


Text and images: Sara Anne Best

At 43, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to author a Serpentine Pavilion. Will his talk in Sydney inspire encouragement and support to the emerging generation of architects?

A gargantuan pebble lies dormant in Kensington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Serpentine Gallery. Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic’s paper-mache carapace is the antithesis of last year’s translucent terrain by Sou Fujimoto. It is a contradiction that highlights the pavilion commission as an ‘unparalleled site for architectural experimentation’.

Often a luxury, the privilege is awarded to an architect yet to build in the UK, enabling local audiences to ‘engage with their work first hand’. It is a prestigious honour and at once an affirmation and catalyst toward architectural fame. Yet in a profession that draws heavily on the work of others to teach and inspire, there is a commensurate level of responsibility.

It is not one Fujimoto took lightly, as the youngest recipient in 2013. For the commission is an offer of collaboration, not a donation. The Serpentine brief was nothing short of ‘give us Barcelona’, a pavilion that will change the future of architecture. An informed and involved client, the gallery pressed for ‘more Fujimoto, less Fujimoto’, the clearest expression of what we have already seen and a provocative hint of what to expect. The six month process is immediate and intense and for Fujimoto, ‘crystallised many of the concepts’ on which his oeuvre has been built....Continue Reading

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Flashback: See The New York Skyline Change Over 150 Years

The New York skyline is made up of twelve different decades of buildings, but when you look at them today, they all form a single beautiful picture. Over the last century and a half, that picture has changed dramatically. From the original skyscraper boom to the modern glass towers of today, the New York skyline has grown more and more impressive every year, and these pictures show the process step-by-step, as well as the impending future.

Year: 1906...

Do the monster mash

I'm presenting Alex Warwick’s review of David McNally’s Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism Alexandra WarwickReview | RP185David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism, Historical Materialism and Haymarket Books, Chic ...

Competition:Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park and Chapel of the Chimes, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Oakland chapter of the NAACP are pleased to announce a contest to design a permanent memorial honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The monument will be constructed of granite, ...

Bjarke Ingels’ NYC blitz

The Danish architectural wunderkind already has four projects underway and is angling for moreFrom left: Bjarke Ingels and a rendering of the pyramid building on West 57th StreetWhat if power-broker Robert Moses and urban activist Jane Jacobs had a love child? What if they could have come together t ...

The Story on Urban Newsrooms Is Still Looking for Its Hero

Micro-scale online newsrooms are our new city watchdogs. Can we keep them alive? More than a decade after traditional news outlets began their collapse, and five years into a national experiment in small-scale community journalism, the question remains: Can we find a way to support the media organiz ...

Venice Biennale: Andrés Jaque / SALES ODDITY, Silver Lion for Best Research

Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation awarded with the SILVER LION to the best research project at the current 14th VENICE BIENNALE, directed by Rem Koolhaas.

Andrés Jaque is Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University, Summer and Fall term of 2014.

Andrés Jaque is Advance Studio Professor at Princeton University, Spring Term of 2014.

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation selected as one of the Design of the Year 2013 Award in Architecture category with IKEA Disobedients (Design Museum, London).

Andrés Jaque is part of the Jury of ARQUIA / Próxima

Andrés Jaque is part of the Jury for 'Jump the Gap' Competition 2012-2013, presided by Kazuyo Sejima.

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MoMA’s Postconceptual Curators

“Eve Fowler, American, born 1964. A Spectacle and Nothing Strange, 2011 – ongoing. Set of twenty one letterpress posters. Sheet: 28 × 22″ (71.1 × 55.9 cm)” The Museum of Modern Art LibraryEver since 2009, when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) expanded its Departmen ...

Street Artist Gives The Pantheon In Paris A Face-Lift


People visit the exhibition "Au Pantheon!" by French photographer JR at the Pantheon in Paris, a secular temple which contains the remains of distinguished French citizens, on June 3, 2014. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux has chosen to commission contemporary artist JR to create a participatory work inspired by his INSIDE OUT project.


Who Pays for the Picture? by Alexandra Lange

Zaha Hadid, Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku. Photo: Iwan Baan, 2012.In late 2013, the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) wrote to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, protesting its photographers’ lack of access to presidential events. Few people would have noticed-images from ...

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