The Courtowers (currently under construction). Image Courtesy of Hashim Sarkis Studios
The Courtowers (currently under construction). Image Courtesy of Hashim Sarkis Studios

Hashim Sarkis Named MIT’s New Dean of Architecture and Planning

Hashim Sarkis - a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East – has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January. Sarkis is currently the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). He has been on the Harvard faculty since 1998, and has been a full professor since 2002.

“The energy and forward-looking attitude I have encountered at one of the oldest schools of architecture and planning in the country makes it feel like the youngest,” Sarkis says. Read the complete press release here

Competition Entry: JHK Architecten + Broekbakema’s Proposal for Rotterdam School of Transport

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JHK Architecten and Broekbakema have shared with us their competition entry for a higher education school in the field of transport for . The building, envisioned as part of ’s transport and logistics district, was inspired by the “distinctive sturdy structures of the port.”

Design Your Own Home With MUJI’s Prefab Vertical House

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Japanese design brand MUJI has taken a bold step into architectural territory. A few years after a collaboration with Kengo Kuma to design two prefab houses, the company has come forth with a Vertical House in Tokyo. Streamlined and efficient, the home accommodates all the demands of residential living within a small plot of land.

Interior images and more information, after the break.

Swimming Pool Kibitzenau / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: 1 Rue de la Kibitzenau, 67100 ,
Design Team: Claire Bodenez, Jennifer Goletz
Project Leader: Robert Grimm
Area: 6501.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Boureau

The Bothy Project - Pig Rock Bothy. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre
The Bothy Project - Pig Rock Bothy. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

A Shed of One’s Own: An Exploration of Architectural Sheds and Writer’s Bothies

As part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festivalThe Building Centre is examining the space Dylan Thomas and other writers depend on to create their work. A Shed of One’s Own is a photographic exploration of unique sheds with architectural significance and literary connections. From award-winning studios in Central London to weathered bothies in Scotland, this exhibition explores the importance of space for creativity and inspiration. The exhibition will remain on view through November 26. More information, after the break. 

Copper House / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Charles Rose Architects

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence
Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

“All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind.” – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil‘s greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as ”Paulista Brutalism” that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Villa M M / feliz Architects

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Architects: feliz Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Architects In Charge: Felix Held Dipl Arch ETH SIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ralph Feiner

RIBA Launches Centenery Square Regeneration Competition for Birmingham

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The Royal Institute of British Architects have announced an international design competition to regenerate Centenary Square, one of Birmingham‘s largest public spaces, and neighbor to Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, the Old Rep Theatre, and the the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo which was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize.

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Find a New Life for Your Old Cardboard with these Geometric DIY Halloween Masks

Grab your cardboard, parcel tape, and model building skills: halloween masks are no longer just for witches and warlocks, but for architects too. A furniture designer turned mask creator based in the United Kingdom has created a series of geometric masks for the creatively inclined, available as a template online. A great way to use up leftover model-making materials, the masks were designed “to create a set of masks that could be built by anyone using local materials removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact,” says their creator Steve Wintercroft.

Redondeado / Carolina González Vives

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Architects: Carolina Gonzalez Vives
Location: , , Spain
Project Architect: Carolina Gonzalez Vives
Project Area: 350.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Strato Office Block / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

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Architects: Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes
Location: Boulevard Pereire, Paris,
Area: 12500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Collective Housing in Baró Tower / MiAS Architectes

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Architects: MiAS Architectes
Location: , Spain
Project Area: 5000.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula

The Courtyard House Plugin / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: Chamber of Commerce of Dashilar Liulichang of Xicheng District, , Xicheng, , , 100000
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Bauhaus Architects And Associates’s Office / Bauhaus Architecs & Associates

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Architects: Bauhaus Architecs & Associates
Location: Đối diện Sông Hồng building, , Hanoi, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Dung Trung Tran
Design Team: Hoang Huy Nguyen, Thai Dinh Nguyen
Area: 90.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Le Anh Duc – AIF STUDIO

ODA Aims to Bring “Qualities of Private House” to Multi-Family Housing in Brooklyn

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ODA Architecture has shared with us “510 Driggs,” a multi-family residential project that aims to provide residents with the “qualities of a private house” within Brooklyn’s dense urban landscape. Each of the six-story building’s 100 units will be equipped with a large, functional outdoor space and at least two exposures to maximize light and air.

Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO, USA
Creative Director: Matthew Hufft
Managing Director: Kimball Hales
Area: 156400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

These Collapsible Paper Models Help Museum-Goers Navigate the Rijksmuseum

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Marijin van Oosten of MVO& has revolutionized the way visitors navigate museums: The Dutch graphic designer has designed a collapsible, 3D paper model of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to help ease visitor confusion through the 19th century museum’s 100 rooms. Dubbed the “Paper Pathfinder,” the innovative concept was awarded a Dutch Design Award this week. 

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