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: Abu Dhabi –
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, , China
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.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse / HDR Rice Daubney

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Architects: HDR Rice Daubney
Location: NSW 2050, Australia
Area: 430000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Tyrone Branigan, Simon Grimes

Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako
Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako

Studios Kabako Wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize

Studios Kabako, a Congolese performance and theater studio founded by Faustin Linyekula in 2001, has won the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 annual award that honors practitioners who use design to address critical social needs and strengthen communities. Studios Kabako was selected for establishing a series of cultural programs and urban interventions within the city of Kisangani as a way to help communities deal with the aftermath of civil war through dance and the arts. A video about Studios Kabako, after the break.

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 10750 30th Avenue Northeast, , WA 98125, USA
Area: 204000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

New Settlement Community Campus; NYC (2012) / Dattner Architects and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood
New Settlement Community Campus; NYC (2012) / Dattner Architects and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood

Judith Edelman, A “Firebrand for Women in Architecture, Dies at 91

Judith Edelman, FAIA, an American architect and feminist who hoped to rid architecture of its “gentleman’s club” status, has passed away at 91. Starting her career in an era when hiring “girls” wasn’t the norm, Edelman’s work to elevate women in architecture has paved the way for many of today’s leading architects; She was the first woman ever elected to the executive committee of the AIA’s New York chapter and she helped co-found the Alliance of Women in Architecture in 1972. Edelman’s built work, also highly admired, ranged from affordable housing to schools and health clinics, mostly in the New York City area. You can read Edelman’s obituary here

Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

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Architects: Gair Williamson Architect, Ankenman Marchand Architects
Location: 53 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4,
Design Team: Gair Williamson, Jenny Chow, Brian Liston, François Marchand, Julien Leger
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White, Courtesy of Gair Williamson Architect +

12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Africa Middle East

GOLD: Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub. Image Courtesy of

Teams from Turkey and Lebanon have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Africa Middle East, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners is an “Eco-Park” sustainable research and technology center embedded within the terraced, industrial of Ankara.

The 12 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Africa Middle East winners, after the break…

Beiró House / Proyecto C

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Architects: Proyecto C
Location: Francisco Beiro, , Buenos Aires Province,
Project Architects: Arq. Sebastián Cseh, Arq. Juan Cruz Catania
Project Team: Arq. Romina Rissetto, Arq. Lucas Mc Lean, D.I. Pablo Bontempo
Project Area: 330.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla