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Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge – © Mike Torrey
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge – © Mike Torrey

Architecture firm Line and Space, has been selected as the 2011 Architectural Firm of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award recognizes a firm that has produced distinguished architecture for over ten years, has made significant contributions to the profession and the community, and has transcended local boundaries in making these contributions. Awarded by an out of state jury comprised of architects, the honor was given to Line and Space at the Institute’s Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala held in Phoenix on October 22.

Achrafieh 732 / Bernard Khoury Architects

© Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects

Plot 7950 / Bernard Khoury Architects

© Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects

BDP Architects Completes Russian Masterplan in Samara

© BDP Architects
© BDP Architects

BDP has completed a masterplan study in Samara, the sixth largest city in Russia, won against strong international competition earlier this year. BDP was masterplanner, architect, landscape architect and sustainability consultant supported by WSP highways and Davis Langdon cost consultant for client Samara-Center, reuniting the same core masterplan team as the Stirling Prize shortlisted Liverpool One Masterplan.

Musical Instrument Museum / RSP Architects

  • Architects: RSP Architects
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Design Team: RSP Architects with Rich Varda, FAIA
  • Engineer: Meyer, Borgman and Johnson
  • Client: Musical Instrument Museum
  • General Contractor: Ryan Construction
  • Area: 190000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

Timber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko Architects

  • Architects: Neil Dusheiko Architects
  • Location: 591-615 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, Greater London E17 4, UK
  • Architect: Neil Dusheiko Architects
  • Engineer: Momentum
  • Structure: Oak framing for walls and roof
  • Contractor: RK Construction
  • Decking: Thermowood decking
  • Timber Cladding: Untreated Siberian larch mounted on double battens on panelvent boards
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Neil Dusheiko Architects

© Neil Dusheiko Architects © Neil Dusheiko Architects © Neil Dusheiko Architects © Neil Dusheiko Architects

Manifestations : The Immediate Future of 3D Printing Buildings and Materials Science

© Markus Kayser
© Markus Kayser

The future potential to build and realize the concepts of the human mind lie just there, within the potential of the human mind. For years the architectural world has been struggling to keep up with the ability of pen-to-paper and the recent advents in NURB surface computer modeling, algorithmic and parametric architecture. This in-return has led to the  building and technology industry playing catch-up with the recent advances in 3D architectural visualizations. In fact, as computer-aided design invaded these practices in the 1980s, radically transforming their generative foundations and productive capacities, architecture found itself most out-of-step and least alert, immersed in ideological and tautological debates and adrift in a realm of referents severed from material production.

Plot #183 / Bernard Khoury Architects

© Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects © Bernard Khoury Architects

Plot 4328 / Bernard Khoury Architects

  • Architects: Bernard Khoury Architects
  • Location: Lebanon
  • Architect: Bernard Khoury Architects
  • Client: Loft Investment
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Unknown photographer

© Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer

Zaha Hadid Architects Launch iPhone & iPad App

On October 2nd Zaha Hadid Architects launched their much anticipated (to us architecture nerds anyways) iPhone and iPad App, made available through Apple and iTunes. This new App will allow users to browse through ZHA current portfolio of design and architecture. In a future update to the App there will be exclusive access and insight into some of the award winning buildings in the form of interactive guides (coming soon) to be used when visiting Zaha Hadid’s buildings.

Jugong Pavilion / poly.m.ur

  • Architects: poly.m.ur
  • Location: Incheon, South Korea
  • Architect: poly.m.ur
  • Project Team: Homin Kim, Chris Yoo
  • Contractor: Able P&D
  • Area: 6300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: poly.m.ur

© poly.m.ur © poly.m.ur © poly.m.ur © poly.m.ur

Saemangum Exhibition Center / poly.m.ur

© poly.m.ur
© poly.m.ur

Saemangum is the name for the newly reclaimed area on the west coast of Korea by the architecture and urbanism firm poly.m.ur. It has been the country’s most anticipated reclamation project of recent years and promises enormous new opportunities for cultural commercial developments in the region. The brief was to provide an exhibition space to commemorate the completion of the work and showcase the visions and plans for this new land. The concept of the design was inspired by the lost mud flat in the area as the result of reclamation. Analogous to the mud flat, the building was designed to act as a ‘living field’, which breathe environment, programs, and activities.

A Musical Interlude with Simon & Garfunkel / So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

For those of you who may not know who Simon & Garfunkel are (don’t worry I wouldn’t admit to it either), they were an American duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. Most notably known for their hit single “The Sound of Silence” and also for their music being featured in the film The Graduate which featured another one of their hits “Mrs. Robinson”.

Jeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur

© poly.m.ur
© poly.m.ur

Jeju is an island formed by volcanic activities and celebration of its distinctive geological features was one of the main objectives of the brief. The design started from answering the brief which explicitly requested that the scheme to symbolise the volcanic landscape of Jeju consists of caves and mounds. poly.m.ur viewed these two geological feature in terms of their morphological forma-tions – one as constructive space (volcanic mounds) and the other one as subtractive space (volcanic caves), and were repre-sented in the formation of the massing of our scheme.

Jeju University Cultural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur

© poly.m.ur
© poly.m.ur

The design of the new Jeju Cultural Heritage Centre started from an attempt to interpret the cultural value of the traditional artifacts that are to be exhibited here with contemporary view. poly.m.ur was intrigued by the fact that these artifacts are exemplary in showing the influence of regional material on the life of early settlers, and they wanted their proposal to be seen as an object which can symbolize the local characteristics shaped by the abundant availability of basalt as raw material and the indigenous techniques of tool making.