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2009 AIA San Francisco Design Awards Winners

21:00 - 12 March, 2009

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) announces the winners of the 2009 AIA San Francisco Design Awards program.

At the gala, winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the built environment in the categories of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Energy + Sustainability, Integrated Practice, Young Architects and Associates, Unbuilt Design, and Urban Design in the Bay Area. Each of these award categories was divided into three subcategories-Honor, Merit, and Citation. In addition, awards for Special Achievement were also presented.

Each of the winning projects is featured in the March/April issue of California Home + Design magazine. All the winners, after the break.

3LHD to design private medical center in Croatia

18:30 - 12 March, 2009

Our friends from 3LHD architects shared with us their latest project for a private medical center with additional facilities in Split, Croatia, which won the first prize on a private competition.

Architect’s description and more images after the break.

Close surrounding and historical site of Firule area are one of the most enjoyable Split’s living, working and recreation environments. Extraordinary location for the polyclinic is one of its greatest advantages. Placed near existing hospital complex on Firule, close to the sea and fresh air gives it even more importance and value.

Aedas design Civic & Cultural Centre in Singapore

12:30 - 12 March, 2009

The new Singapore Civic & Cultural Centre will be located in the Vista Xchange Precinct and will feature retail, cultural and civic spaces. The upper level will have a 5,000 seat auditorium, the largest of his kind in Singapore. Aedas aim was to combine the line between the different elements, bringing retail and culture together. The building will be complete in 2011.

Koolhaas' anti-blob: the Prada Transformer

21:00 - 11 March, 2009

I just saw the video for the new OMA project for PRADA, the Transformer. This pavilion currently being assembled in Seoul, Korea allows different configuration for different uses (cinema, exhibition, art , fashion show)  - related to a new mix of disciplines, between art, fashion and architecture.

Then, the question on how to mix these different uses under one pavilion become the architectural trigger for this new “object” (I rather use that word, as i think “building” is obsolet for it).

These different configurations result by rotating this object -the transformer- with a crane, and each face of this object is a plane with a given shape, specific for each use but also being used as a helper for other uses (ie: the cinema projector).

If you take a look at each of these shapes, they are all common to us: a circle, a cross, a rectangle and an hexagon… which results on a very recognizable object that Koolhaas calls the anti-blob, and I think that´s where Rem scores another one.

Anyway, i highly recommend you to watch the videos at the Prada Transformer website: Koolhaas explaining the transformer, time lapse of the construction and the transformer being rotated with cranes.

Channel pavilion (blob, by Zaha) versus Prada pavilion (anti-blob, by OMA)?

Renderings and diagrams after the break.

Open call for MONU new issue contributions

12:30 - 11 March, 2009

MONU – Magazine on Urbanism, is looking for interesting contributions for their coming issue MONU“Clear Urbanism”.

Envisioning the Future of Jakarta - International Architectural and Urban Design Competition

21:00 - 10 March, 2009

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) 2009 in collaboration with Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Chapter) is pleased to announce an idea competition on the theme of ‘Gotong Royong City’ in the context of the extended metropolitan region of Jakarta. Three winning entries will be selected by an international jury for exhibition in the IABR 2009 and awarded prizes totaling 7,000 euros.

AD Round Up: Public Facilities Part I

18:30 - 10 March, 2009

It’s Tuesday, that means Round Up day! Over the past weeks we brought you our selection of Patio Houses and Beach Houses. It’s time to go bigger, with our first selection of Public Facilities previously featured on ArchDaily.

Residence Ladoumegue / Student Housing by ECDM

12:30 - 10 March, 2009

French firm Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architects (ECDM), designed this student housing building for 190 students in Rue des Petits Ponts, Paris, France.

The project brings together the two main characteristics of the site, the presence of imposing, solid built masses and the indefinite, fleeting landscape of the peripheric boulevard. The program is repetitive by nature: 190 student rooms, for 190 students of the same age, with the same education level. ECDM do not try to confront this repetition but rather create unity and identity, bringing together these 190 individualities. The repetition of a common module generates the façades, creating a monolithic image, contrasting with the lightness and aerial nature of the project.

You can see more information here. Images after the break.

ORDOS 100 #25: Estudio Barozzi Veiga

00:00 - 10 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga / Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Collaborators: Antonio Pinto, Agnieszka Samsel, Pieter Janssens, Michele Andreatta Structure Consultant: BOMA . Guillem Baraut Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Unemployed Architects

21:26 - 9 March, 2009

A few days ago I was googling “unemployed architect” to see what are they up to after being laid off during current crisis, and found 2 good examples.

SOM included in "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies"

21:00 - 9 March, 2009

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”. SOM was ranked #32 (the only AEC company on the ranking), on a list that also features renowned companies such as Google and Apple, with The Obama Team at the top of the list.

So, Brad Pitt wants to be an architect?

12:30 - 9 March, 2009

Yesterday we posted about the influence in architecture of famous actor Brad Pitt. To continue with this Pitt/Architecture debate, listen to  this podcast made by Ted Wells, who talks about the popularity of architects thanks to Brad, among other things.

Sliding House by dRMM in action

08:30 - 9 March, 2009

Sometimes photos aren´t enough to describe a project. Wallpaper* featured a cool video showing how the Sliding House works. By british architects dRMM:

Architecture and Influence: Brad Pitt

22:23 - 8 March, 2009

It’s no mystery that you don´t need to graduate from architecture school at university to become an architect – just ask Le Corbusier, Mies or Frank Lloyd Wright.

Cie architects to design the Tianjin Urban Planning Museum

21:00 - 8 March, 2009

Dutch firm Cie Architects recently received first prize in the competition to design the Tianjin Urban Planning Museum, China.

The building is composed of 3 distinct sections: Urban planning museum and offices, new year’s painting gallery and studios, and a conference centre totaling 29,000 sqm including parking.

Seen at designboom. For more details, click here. More images after the break.

Steven Holl talks with Charlie Rose

12:30 - 8 March, 2009

American architect Steven Holl discusses contemporary architecture in Beijing with acclaimed interviewer Charlie Rose.

Learning from the slums (1/2):literature and urban renewal

11:00 - 8 March, 2009

“Slumdog Millionaire” is the movie of the year. Its story of a young guy from Mumbai’s slum of Dharavi, who manages to change its destiny through the “Who wants to be a Millionaire” game has charmed many people, including the Oscars’ jury, who awarded the movie with 8 prizes.

At the same time, the movie has created a debate around slums and how the movie portrays them. “Slumdog Millionaire” follows the mainstream vision of slums, described in the XIX century by writers like Daniel Defoe or Charles Dickens: dark, dirty places, with people packed in small rooms with no water facilities. In slums, riots are frequents, and police can hardly enter: the perfect place for criminals to hide and plan their threats to the society, and the perfect incubator for all sort of diseases.

Zaha Hadid Interview

21:00 - 7 March, 2009

The Guardian just feautured an interiview with Zaha Hadid. She talks about the aquatics centre for the 2012 Olympics, rebuilding Baghdad and the usual controversy she creates.

Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture

12:30 - 7 March, 2009

Easily regarded as one of the most adroit architects of 20th century, Le Corbusier was a relentless designer, urban planner and writer dedicated to industrializing almost every city he came across.

drdharchitects wins library and concert hall competition in Norway

11:00 - 7 March, 2009

drdharchitects has won first place in the international competition to design a new library and concert hall in Bodø, Norway.

The Bodø Kulturhus and Library will consist of two public buildings; a new city library (5,500m²) and a three-auditorium concert hall (7,350m²), creating a new cultural centre for the Norwegian coastal city.

The results of the competition were announced in Bodø, Norway on 27 February. drdharchitects beat five other practices to win the invited competition, including CF Moller, Medplan, General Architecture, Langdon Reis Zahn and Lundgaard & Tranberg.

On winning the competition, practice director Daniel Rosbottom said, “These are the last two sites left in the urban centre of Bodø, following the WWII bombing which devastated the city. We are, in effect, completing the reconstruction through the building of a new cultural heart. It is a great honour to be given such a responsibility.”

New Directions in EcoPlanning Lecture Series at Harvard Museum of Natural History

21:00 - 6 March, 2009

Kristina Hill, Director of the Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia will be the inaugural speaker in a new annual lecture series New Directions in EcoPlanning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

AD Round Up: AD Futures Part I

18:30 - 6 March, 2009

One month ago, we started searching for new works and offices to feature on ArchDaily. Offices that are not yet famous, but will be in the future. So before you get to see them on traditional magazines and websites, we bring you our first Round Up of AD Futures.

A-Lab wins competition with Eco-Office design

12:30 - 6 March, 2009

The green folks at Inhabitat sent us this interesting project. This stunning energy-efficient office recently won a competition to design the 2012 location for Norway’s oil company StatoilHydro. Conceived by Oslo’s A-Lab, the modern and flexible office compound took the winning bid from a pool of some 40 entries. The new site and office center brings together two previously separated buildings, opening up more efficient communication and reducing the need for cross-town travel and courier services. Five separate wings lie on top of each other in the shape of a star, keeping particular offices regionalized while still attached.

For more information, click here. More images, after the break.

Proposal by architecture student to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

21:00 - 5 March, 2009

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is probably one of the biggest concerns to the world leaders. Although sometimes it may seem that nothing will help solve this crisis, there are still people willing to believe that peace is possible between Israel and Palestine. One of them is Viktor Ramos, an architecture student from Rice University.

Viktor designed this gigantic bridges in which both states can live together. The result is a fantastic example of architectural speculation: genuinely massive – and impossibly cantilevered – bridges used as transport links, aerial housing, and skyborne agricultural complexes, all in one.

More information about this project, here. More images, after the break.