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747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects

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Architect: David Hertz Architects
Location: Malibu, ,
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Hertz Architects

   

Henry Madden Library / AC Martin & Hillier Architecture

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AC Martin, in association with Hillier Architecture, designed the new library at Fresno State University, home to the largest collection of volumes in California’s Central Valley. The new design provided innovative solutions to the existing library’s limited capacity for its rapidly expanding collections.

Architects: AC Martin + Hillier Architecture
Location: Fresno, California,
Project Area: 363,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: AC Martin

   

The Transformation of the SoMa District

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In 2009, the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District was created in an attempt to preserve the rich history of the buildings, neighborhoods and communities that lay north of ’s Market Street. It has not only kept developers from modifying or even eradicating key buildings that have shaped the city of , but has also helped to prevent the process of gentrification, enabling middle and lower-class inhabitants to continue living in the city at reasonable rates. Although building projects north of Market Street are now heavily restricted, not all of is off limits.

The Key to South Korea’s Future Growth

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After many years of political turmoil, has now gained enough economic stability to begin working on its goals of becoming the world’s next major international business hub. This stability has allowed large Korean companies to travel to foreign countries, constructing some of the tallest buildings in the world. Now, however, these companies are taking their designs to their own soil by strategically focusing on areas that will allow for the greatest opportunities for future development. One such area is the city of . More on this city’s development after the break.

Panther Lake Elementary School / DLR Group

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The design for Panther Lake Elementary School focuses on bringing together the school’s learning and common areas in order to enrich the students’ educational experiences. Long rows filled with formal learning spaces run parallel to each other, while a corridor containing the school’s major common areas runs through the rows at a diagonal, bisecting and connecting the separate learning areas.  As a result, the various learning centers remain open to one another even though they appear to be separated by their different colors and structural elements.

   

Architect: DLR Group
Location: , Washington,
Project Area: 45,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Chris J. Roberts

AD Classics: Moscow Metro / Robert Pogrebnoi and Yuriy Zenkivich

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The city of experienced a huge size and population boom following the industrial development and railway construction of the late 19th century. At this time, horse-drawn cars and trams were the main form of transportation, but soon the horses were not enough to fuel the city’s rapid expansion. As a result, plans were made for development of a new peripheral ring railway that would carry freight throughout the city. Many years later, underground lines for passengers were linked to the original railway. These lines quickly turned the railway into a booming metropolitan transit center, eventually becoming what is today known as the Moscow Metro. More on the development of the Moscow Metro after the break.

The Evolution of the Japanese Tea House

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Tea ceremonies have evolved a great deal since they first got their start in the ninth century, and as the ceremonies have grown and shifted in purpose, so have the tea houses that hold them.

Initially tea was seen as a medicine used to cultivate the mind, body and spirit; tea was seen as good for monks because it helped them to stay awake for long periods of meditation. For this reason, the military class sponsored the construction of large zen temples for monks to drink tea in. As tea began to grow in popularity beyond the temple, tea ceremonies became a source of entertainment for members of the upper class who could afford to gamble, read poetry and attend tea parties in extravagant pavilions. More information after the break.

AD Classics: Torre Velasca / BBPR

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Mixed in with the Gothic Cathedrals, buildings, sculptures and domes of , the Torre Velasca stands out as one of the few modern buildings in the city’s ancient center. The Torre Velasca, planned to loom over its surrounding structures at a height of nearly 1,000 meters, was to be an important addition to ’s skyline. For this reason, it was crucial that the architects, , find ways to blend the design of the Torre Velasca, completed in 1958, with that of the classic architectural beauties of historic Milan. More on the design of the Torre Velasca after the break.

AD Classics: Chilehaus / Fritz Höger

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The idea for the Chilehaus came when Henry B. Sloman left for Chile a poor man and returned to the city decades later with his newfound fortune. Upon his return, he decided that he wanted to give something back to his hometown, and so he commissioned architect Fritz Höger to design the Chilehaus, named for Sloman’s success in Chile. Completed in 1924, the Chilehaus quickly became a symbol of both Brick Expressionism architecture and Hamburg’s economic revival post World War I. More on the design of the Chilehaus after the break.

U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

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Although has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

Foreign Development in China’s Growing Cities

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With ’s high level of exports and booming real estate market, it is predicted that the country is on its way to becoming the world leader in economic performance. As a result, the Chinese government has been taking steps to show the world its growing economy and the newfound modernity that has come with it. ’s largest cities have already spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new development and infrastructure projects, ranging all the way from from roads, bridges and buildings to new financial districts. In fact, the country is expected to lay down a total of 4.7 billion square feet of construction in this year alone. More information after the break.