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, , China, 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 ’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

Paper Pathfinder. Image © MVO&

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. 

An image of the Paper Pathfinder collapsed, after the break.

Wirtschaftspark Breitensee / HOLODECK Architects

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Architects: HOLODECK Architects
Location: Goldschlagstraße 172, 1140 ,
Area: 30300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wolfgang Thaler

Fentress Releases Final Design for Miami Beach Convention Center

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Fentress Architects has released plans for the $500 million redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The news follows the City of Miami’s controversial decision to nix plans provided by OMA, who was originally awarded the commission after a high profile competition against BIG.

Fentress will be working with Arquitectonica and West 8 on a significantly scaled-down that will include the renovation of the 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall and 200,000-square-feet of existing meeting space, as well as a new 80,000-square-foot ballroom and outdoor event space.

Corporate Headquarters / Moody Nolan

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Architects: Moody Nolan
Location: , OH, USA
Area: 39000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

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“Don’t fight forces, use them.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

SCAPE’s comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been announced as winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially responsible design’s highest award.” Announced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), the proposal was selected over seven shortlisted humanitarian initiatives and will receive a $100,000 prize for their innovative solution to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems.

“Living Breakwaters is about dissipating and working with natural energy rather than fighting it. It is on the one hand an engineering and infrastructure-related intervention, but it also has a unique biological function as well. The project team understand that you cannot keep back coastal in the context of climate change, but what you can do is ameliorate the force and impact of 100 and 500 year storm surges to diminish the damage through ecological interventions, while simultaneously catalyzing dialog to nurture future stewards of the built environment,” said Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, a 2014 senior advisor and jury member.

More on Living Breakwaters, after the break.

Architect Develops the World’s First Hoverboard

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Architects can do far more than design buildings. In fact, some of history’s most acclaimed innovators were not only architects, but also inventors. Leonardo da Vinci himself, the epitome of the Renaissance man, sketched buildings alongside ideas for flying machines. Buckminster Fuller was the ultimate futurist and invented the geodesic dome in addition to his Dymaxion Car, an automobile that was far ahead of its time. Now, an architect has developed “the world’s first hoverboard,” and the has far-reaching implications for not only transportation, but also buildings themselves. Read on after to break to learn more about what this could mean for the future.

Médiatheque de Monterblanc / Studio 02

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

How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

“We need a new generation of cities in China” -

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China’s dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of .

A1 House / A1Architects

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Architects: A1Architects
Location: Prague,
Architects In Charge: Lenka Křemenová, David Maštálka
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Maštálka

Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

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It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

Woods Bagot’s Alternative Penn Station Solution Would Keep Madison Square Garden

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Invited by the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) and the Regional Plan Association (RPA), Woods Bagot has created an alternative design for the future of New York‘s  Penn Station which would allow Madison Square Garden to remain in its current location above the station’s entrance. The design, produced as part of MAS and RPA’s report into the future of the station, the design was unveiled yesterday at Penn 2023: Where will the Garden Go?, the first session of the Municipal Arts Society’s 2014 Summit for , which discussed the possible options for the site at the end of Madison Square Garden’s current 10-year permit.

Though the report by MAS and RPA favors the idea of moving Madison Square Garden – identifying Farley Post Office’s Western Annex and the Morgan Postal Facility and Annex as potential new sites – it also says that “there needs to be a Plan B… In the event a deal between the state, city, railroads and Madison Square Garden does not get done in the next eight years, there needs to be a plan for improving Penn Station and the surrounding district with the Garden still in place.” This is where Woods Bagot’s designs come in.

Read on after the break for more on Woods Bagot’s proposal

Arkitema Architects Selected to Design New Offices for Danish Government Agency

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The Danish Building & Property Agency has selected Arkitema Architects to design a new office building to house four government agencies: Banedanmark, The Danish Transport Authority, The Danish Road Directorate and the Danish Energy Agency. The 43,000 square metre office building is named “Nexus,” a word which “comes from Latin and means linkage, centre and connection,” according to Glenn Elmbæk, partner at Arkitema Architects. “And that is exactly what we want to create for The Danish Building & Property Agency – a connection between people in their work lives, between knowledge and between the four government agencies.”

More on the design after the break

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio

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Architects: PALATIUM Studio
Location: , Kálvin tér, 1092
Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
Area: 6900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

A Mobile Italian Garden Overlooking London

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The Decorators, an interdisciplinary group of practitioners working with space in London, recently transformed the terrace overlooking the city at Alexandra Palace by installing a mobile Italian garden. As a “landscape of scattered objects” which geometrically piece together to resemble a formal garden, the designers describe the project as somewhere between “grotto and folly, garden and landscape, stage and amphitheater,” all the while drawing from the historical character of the surrounding context. The scheme ultimately “breaks the monumental proportions of the main building to meet visitors with a more intimate scale on their first encounter” with the palace.