Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez. Image Courtesy of LAP
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez. Image Courtesy of LAP

Grimshaw Selected to Expand Peru’s International Airport

Grimshaw has landed a $950 million expansion for the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, Grimshaw will work with ARCADIS, CH2MHill and Ramboll to design a seven million square meter scheme that will include a new air traffic control tower and second terminal for the international airport. Designs are set to be revealed in 2015.

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

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Jumeirah Group, a Dubai-based luxury hotel company, has tapped Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster to design two of its newest properties in : Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more.

Noaa Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Associate Architect: Delawie
Area: 124000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Ace Aerial Photography

7 Ways To Get Paid Faster by Improving Your Invoicing Process at Your Architecture Practice

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How much do you love invoicing? I imagine, about as much as you love cleaning the mouldy food out of the back of your refrigerator. Or possibly your annual trip to the dentist. Or maybe as much as your neighbor’s dog who likes to run around in circles yapping excitedly for seven straight hours.

On invoicing days, you will usually find me in the kitchen, condiments spread everywhere, frantically trying to discern exactly what that lump of amorphous green goo stuck at the bottom of the vegetable crisper once was.

As an architect, you’re writing invoices all the time, for huge amounts of money. You’ve probably had enough late-paying clients or miscalculated fees to understand how important it is to stay on top of invoicing and make sure you haven’t missed off a zero or moved a decimal point in the total. But pulling all the data together, giving the client the information they want, and making sure you’ve calculated it all correctly can take hours. Hours you’d rather spend on other tasks, like actually working in the studio.

Why China’s President Says “No More Weird Buildings”

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for a end to the “weird buildings” being built in China, and particularly in the nation’s capital, Beijing. In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA’s CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With China’s construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today’s architecture scene – and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios – the Chinese leader’s comments have the potential to affect the of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.

Casa no Príncipe Real / Camarim Arquitectos

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Architects: Camarim Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa
Area: 41.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Columbia University: open space, throughout the community. Image © Alfonso Medina/T38 Studio via the Guardian
Columbia University: open space, throughout the community. Image © Alfonso Medina/T38 Studio via the Guardian

What Should Obama’s Presidential Library Look Like?

Barack Obama still has two years left in his presidency, but speculative planning for his Presidential Library has already begun for each of the four possible final locations. Just as the election of President Obama broke down historical precedents for who could hold office, could the design of his dedication library represent an architectural shift from previous libraries? This article by Lilah Raptopoulos from The Guardian presents four unofficial visions for the design of the new library, each of them from award-winning architects. Their bold design sketches expand our perceptions of what a presidential library could be, and explore new ways in which these libraries could serve their communities. See all four designs and read the full article from The Guardian entitled, “Obama’s presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects.”

Bureau Architecture Méditerranée Designs Algerian Parliament Around a Vast Plaza

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Bureau Architecture Méditerranée has unveiled the design for the new Parliament of Algeria, a complex including buildings for the People’s National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress), and a residence for legislators. The buildings are organized around a large public plaza, “a symbolic gathering place for the free people who give the republic its legitimacy and authority,” on a site that connects the historic and modern parts of the city.

Stone House Transformation in Scaiano / Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects

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Architects: Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects
Location: Scaiano, 6578 ,
Area: 166.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Competition Site. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Competition Site. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Call For Proposals: Hello Nature!

Combo Competitions’ latest ideas challenge, entitled Hello Nature!, centres on a site located in northern Sweden at the foot of a mountain (Omneberget), sat within an area called the High Coast (Höga Kusten) – which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This competition is looking for ”structures that celebrate nature”, which also involve elements of “both education and recreation, or – if you prefer – business and pleasure.” The wider question the competition poses is whether or not architecture can encourage involvement with nature. Previous Combo Competitions have included the London Cinema Challenge and Faith! A Place of Worship in London, both of which attracted a number of high quality proposals.

Abu Dhabi Central Market / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location:
Project Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Stuart Latham, Muir Livingstone, John Blythe, Edson Yabiku, David Crosswaite, Giulia Galiberti, Sandra Glass, Ashley Lane, Giulia Leoni, Emily Phang, Bram van der Wal, Ho-Ling Cheung, Luca Latini, Franquibel Lima, Chris Nunn, Riccardo Russo, Jillian Salter, Ronald Schuurmans, Sunphol Sorakul, Daniel Weiss, Laura Podda, Yong Bin Kim, Yvonne Jendreiek
Area: 689416.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nigel Young | Foster + Partners

E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects

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Architects: VOX Architects
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

Salle Polyvalente de Plumergat / Studio 02

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Architects: Studio 02
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio

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Architects: 1305 Studio
Location: Changhua Road, Xuhui, Shanghai,
Corporate Identity: SHEN QIANG
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Photography

A House of Niches / Ayeneh Office

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Architects:
Location: , Iran
Architect In Charge: Ali Dehghani & Ali Soltani & Atefeh Karbasi
Design Assistant: Sepideh Shariatmadari
Area: 307.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hossein Farahani

Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

The Pärnu Municipal Government (in West-Estonia) announces an open architectural competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu passenger terminal.

The aim of the architectural competition is to find the best comprehensive spatial solution for Pärnu’s Rail Baltic passenger terminal and its immediate surroundings. The hope is to commission the construction design project for the terminal and its immediate surroundings from the winner of the competition, and the intention is to also include the winner in drawing up the detailed master plan for the area.

All individuals or groups where one co-author and representative of the design team has a certificate of professional qualification as an authorized architect can participate in the idea competition.

Shimano Cycling World / Eight Inc

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Architects: Eight Inc
Location: 6 Stadium Walk,
Principal In Charge: Tim Kobe
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aaron Pocock

Rogers Partners and PWP’s Constitution Gardens Redesign Approved for National Mall

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Rogers Partners (formally known as Rogers Marvel Architects) and PWP Landscape Architecture’s redesign for the National Mall’s neglected Constitution Gardens has received unanimous approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). The 50-acre project, which was originally won through a competition in 2012, will now move forward with its first phase.