Fitzroy Park House / Stanton Williams

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Architects: Stanton Williams

Location: N6, UK
Area: 566.0 sqm
Photographs: Hufton+Crow, Edmund Sumner

Cannes Airport / COMTE et VOLLENWEIDER Architectes

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Architects: Comte & Vollenweider Architectes
Location: 245 Avenue Francis Tonner, 06150 , France
Project Architect: Pierre-André Comte, Stéphane Vollenweider, Régis Roudil, Marion Grégoire, Marrit Veenstra / SUD EQUIP bureau d’études t.c.e.
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Cortesia de Comte & Vollenweider Architectes

Tropical Box House / WHBC Architects

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Architects: WHBC Architects
Location: Damansara Heights, 50490 , Wilayah Persekutuan , Malaysia
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Photographs: Kent Soh

Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia

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Architects: Coordination Asia
Location: Wandanu (Changjiang West Road), Baoshan, , , 200431
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Coordination Asia

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Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture

Monica Ponce de Leon has been named as the next Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture. Ponce de Leon, who co-founded Office dA in 1991, and then founded her own firm MPdL Studio in 2011, is the current Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She also previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for 12 years, and is a recipient of the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Open Call: Santiago Launches International Competition for “Nueva Alameda Providencia”

The Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago, has launched a Two Stage International Public Competition for the development of the urban design and engineering of the urban axis Alameda Providencia. This axis is not only the main avenue of the city of Santiago de , but is also considered to be the “heart of the metropolis” and the republic’s most representative public space. The 12 km corridor integrates civic, symbolic and economic functions, represented by the highest concentration of retail, business and civic activities of the Metropolitan Region.

Based on the national relevance of this space, this competition not only aims to select the best team of professionals, but also the best comprehensive urban design, public space, landscape and urban mobility proposal, which considers the demands of the inhabitants of the city of Santiago for a better quality of life and the need for revitalized public spaces and public transport improvements. The Master Plan should take into account the surrounding buildings and natural heritage, land uses and existing and future social activities along this metropolitan axis.

The Conceptual Master Plan should consider that Santiago’s Metropolitan Transit System is an open system. Therefore, the proposals should be functional for bus services entering or leaving at various points along its 12 kms and/or at its ends; that is, the infrastructure must allow for intermediate points where buses can enter and/or exit, in addition to at the ends. Due to this, bus courtyards are not required, yet spaces for frequency regulation are.

View competition details after the break.

STUDIOS 54 / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
Location: NSW 2010, Australia
Area: 126.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Alex Rink/Aaron Murray

#LoFab: MASS Design Group’s Campaign For Local Building

“If I get a contract, so does the entire neighborhood.”

With these ten words, Haitian artisan Mackenzy Vil sums up the philosophy behind MASS Design Group‘s latest series, “Lo-Fab.” Short for locally fabricated, the Lo-Fab videos follow in the footsteps of ’s provocative “Beyond the Building” series, advocating for a more holistic understanding of the processes that go into actually constructing a building, particularly when designing for communities in need.

The first video in the series documents Vil’s work in creating the sky-blue screen facade of the GHESKIO Cholera Center, in a community where Haitians are still dealing with the after-effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake. “On every project, we highlight and scale local innovation and ideas, hire local labor, and use local materials,” explains MASS Design Group, resulting in an influx of both money and dignity to the places where they work.

Morphosis Architects Headline AIA’s 2015 Technology In Architectural Practice Innovation Awards

Stellar Architecture category winner: Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

The AIA has announced four projects as the winners of its inaugural Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Innovation Awards, with Morphosis Architects’ Emerson College Los Angeles taking away the headline “Stellar Architecture” award. Started in 2005, the TAP Knowledge Community has led efforts to acknowledge and disseminate the best use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies, and the hopes that the new TAP Innovation Award will “enliven the discourse on how these innovations can advance the profession and practice of architecture and further the mission of the Institute.”

See all four awarded projects after the break.

Gabinete 857 / GOarquitetos

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Architects: GOarquitetos
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Marcio Orsi e Roberta Gontijo
Project Area: 137.66 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Mello

Vincent Callebaut Proposes “Wooden Orchids” Green Shopping Center for China

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures have received honorary mention for their “Wooden Orchids” proposal in the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture Competition. Based in Ruichang, China, the competition tasked participants with designing several cultural and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks. Wooden Orchids consolidates these functions in a green shopping hub that speaks to the area’s demographic and climatic influences.

Bamboom: Elora Hardy’s TED Talk on Bamboo’s Exploding Popularity

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about bamboo - besides being an entirely natural, sustainable material with the tensile strength of steel that can grow up to 900 millimeters (3 feet) in just 24 hours – is that it’s not more widely recognized as a fantastic construction material. Like many traditional building materials, no longer has the architectural currency that it once did across Asia and the pacific, but the efforts of Elora Hardy may help put it back into the vernacular. Heading up Ibuku, a design firm that uses bamboo almost exclusively, Hardy’s recent TED Talk is an excellent run through of bamboo’s graces and virtues in construction, showing off sinuous private homes and handbuilt school buildings.

Neighbor Care Center / Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos

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Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago Región Metropolitana,
Project Architects: Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne, Antonio Polidura, Pablo Talhouk
Project Area: 2946.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, José Miranda, Courtesy of Gubbins Arquitectos

The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika

In the past century, the rise of globalism, of relatively cheap international transport, and above all, of the “world city” has fundamentally changed the way we think about citizenship and the nation state. To accommodate that change, we have also had to invent a new kind of “Transnational Urbanism”: at the more esoteric end of this scale are ideas such as JG Ballard’s “city of the 21st century,” a geographically scattered “city” made up of the interconnected no-man’s-land of international airports, which was recently exemplified by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva’s hypothetical proposal for Moscow’s Central Business district. At the other end of the scale are pragmatic choices that must be made by cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong that truly affect the lives of people not just living in the city, but around the world.

To probe this topic, MONU Magazine has dedicated their latest issue to the topic of Transnational Urbanism. In this extract from the magazine, MONU’s Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview French sociologist and Assistant Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika to discover how the city is positioning itself as a 21st century global city, and how it is absorbing and adopting change in everything from the creative class to smart cities and .

In Suspension / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC, Canada
Area: 2000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

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Courtesy of NASA Centennial Challenges

NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Takes Designers into Deep Space

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (America Makes) have launched the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, an inaugural design competition offering $2.25 million in prizes. Part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, the competition challenges entrants to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration. “The future possibilities for 3D printing are inspiring, and the technology is extremely important to deep space exploration,” said Sam Ortega, Centennial Challenges program manager. “This challenge definitely raises the bar from what we are currently capable of, and we are excited to see what the maker community does with it.”

Fictional Euro Banknote Bridges Brought to Life in the Netherlands

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Did you know that the fictional bridges on the Euro banknotes were actually made a reality in the Netherlands? In Tom Scott’s latest “Things You Might Not Know” video, he tells the story of how the seven bridges came to be constructed in the town of Spijkenisse.

Studio for a Painter / Josep Camps & Olga Felip

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Architects: Josep Camps & Olga Felip
Collaborators: Mariella Agudo, Núria Vila, Adrià Masó, Alba Colomer
Technical Architect: Joaquim Via

Location: , Spain
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia