Sebastian Jordana

Art615, a pavilion by Aalborg University students

A group of students of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University, , finished a Digital Design Miniproject. Originally Art615 is meant as an art pavilion for a crime-related park in Aalborg, . The concept mainly focused on drawing attention from the unsafe park, and ensuring the feeling of a safer environment for the visitors.

More images, a video, and the students’ description after the break.

Gary Chang: Life in 32 sqm

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Architect ’s apartment is located in downtown , and represents a remarkable example of interior refurbishment. With only 32 sqm, Chang studied the different distribution possibilities to optimize his space.

More information and images after the break.

Integrated Habitat Design Competition

Integrated habitat design ensures that development maintains the health of the natural systems that we all depend on. The focus of the IHDC competition is to ensure that working with nature, adapting to climate change and enhancing biodiversity is integral to the design of new urban, suburban and rural built developments.

Submissions can be for any built environment design project in an urban, suburban or rural location, of any size, anywhere in the and must take into account each of the Design Criteria (Ecosystem Services, Nature, Water, Energy & low-carbon, Livability, Economics).

Designs can be for new-builds, retro-fits, open spaces, public spaces, transitional-spaces, residential, commercial, mixed-use, brown-field etc. Seen at Death by Architecture. For more information, visit the competition’s official website.

Daniel Libeskind to design Jewish Museum Berlin Academy

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The Jewish Museum held a press conference yesterday to reveal the design by Daniel Libeskind for the Jewish Museum Berlin Academy. Mr. Libeskind designed both the Jewish Museum Berlin (completed 2001) and the Glass Courtyard (completed 2007) which is an extension to the original building.

More images and complete press release after the break.

“Sukkah City: New York City” Competition

‘Sukkah City: New York City’ will re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop new methods of material practice and parametric design, and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site. Twelve finalists will be selected by a panel of celebrated architects, designers, and critics to be constructed in a visionary village in Union Square Park from September 19-21, 2010.

One structure will be chosen by New Yorkers to stand and delight throughout the week-long festival of Sukkot as the Official Sukkah of City. The process and results of the competition, along with construction documentation and critical essays, will be published in the forthcoming book “Sukkah City: Radically Temporary Architecture for the Next Three Thousand Years.”

For more information, visit the competition’s official website.

Critical Subjects: Architecture & Design Winter School 2010

Mantownhuman hosts Critical Subjects, Architecture & Design Winter School on 17-18 November. Critical Subjects is a unique opportunity for 20 or so of the keenest students in the country to engage in a series of intellectual architectural design challenges facilitated by leading names in the field.

Over the course of a day and a half, they will explore topics such visionary architecture, social criticism, historical-thinking and the nature of Good Design. Workshops will provide an open dialogue on classic texts and film, as well as sessions on measured drawing, the politics of design, human creativity, culture, development and the role of expertise. This experimental event will take place at The Kowalsky Gallery, Great Sutton Street, EC1.

For more information click here.

AD Round Up: Cultural Centers Part III

It’s amazing how different can five cultural centers look. From , , Denmark and , here’s our third selection of previously featured Cultural Centers. Check them all after the break.

Prism Gallery / PATTERNS
PATTERNS has designed a new three story cultural center for West Hollywood, California. The center, known as Prism, will become a cornerstone of artistic experimentation, carving a new niche for the arts in Southern California. The facade will be the first in the nation to be constructed entirely out of a resin based composite polycarbonate (read more…)

Fort Tilden Field House Competition winners announced

First Place / Play the Loop

suckerPUNCH announced the winners of their second international open ideas competition for the Fort Tilden Field House in Queen, .

See all the winners after the break.

The Breakaway / We Are You

Swedish architects We Are You received third prize for an international competition for the new Bicycling Center in .

More images and architect’s description after the break.

A House for J. S. Bach International Competition

On the occasion of J. S. Bach’s 325th birthday ICARCH Gallery announced the following international architectural competition: A House For .

To participate, you can send any work, any size, and any format that responds to the theme. All the works received will be featured on ’s official website.

Seen at Death by Architecture. For more information, click here.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Nelson Garrido/1111Lincoln Road Shot Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP.

Here are five amazing projects you may have missed last week. Out Best of the Week selection, after the break.

1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron
This mixed use project is currently being built at the corner of Alton and Lincoln, one of the most active pedestrian areas in the city, and it will include residences, retail spaces and parking. Parking takes a central space in this building, with one of the best views I have ever seen on a parking space (read more…)

Smart Green Home 2010

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Anand Bungalows shared with us their 1st Upcycle Container Home in . A green design that doesn’t look like a container at all.

In DETAIL: Exhibitions and Displays

DETAIL Magazine is a very good reference to understand the details of contemporary buildings, grouped by materiality/program.

offers a compilation of works grouped under a given theme, in book format. In this case, Exhibitions and Displays covers a wide selection of projects (with highly detailed drawings, as usual ) ranging from museums to a supermarket, along with articles on branding, sustainability on temporary projects, and more.

More info after the break.

CCCWall / Kengo Kuma

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CCCWall is an installation realized by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma at the important Milanese Fuorisalone 2010 event. The installation is an anticipation of ’s first actual architecture ever done in , currently about to be completed near the headquarters of Casalgrande Padana, in Reggio Emilia, .

More images and architect’s description after the break.

BALI 2010: Marine Research Center in Indonesia

After having been one of the first places in the world to be hit by a catastrophic event as a result of global warming, has managed to recover from such devastation and chaos. In the wake of the images which were broadcast around the world just a few years ago, we have been witnesses to how tsunamis, contrary to what we might have believed, have become more frequent –as in the recent case of the earthquake in Chile- and this fact has led us to the conclusion that more than ever planning is needed for a prevention and research center.

That is why, for this competition, Arquitectum, together with the Pelita Harapan University, has proposed a proper Marine Research Center which would fulfill this need. But the idea is not simply to locate it at an ad-hoc site, but instead to select a paradisiacal and beautiful place, thereby eradicating that paradigm under which research centers must always be located far from civilization or located at isolated spots, be it far from cities or the many wonderful scenic places which the world has to offer.

Seen at Death by Architecture. For more information, click here.

Libeskind delivering 2010 Charles Atherton Memorial Lecture

Grand Canal Theatre - © Ros Kavanagh

Architect Daniel Libeskind (see his projects here) will discuss the symbolism and architectural expression of commemoration. The Charles H. Atherton Memorial Lecture is part of the National Building Museum Symposium “Power, Architecture and Politics: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Design of Washington”.

The lecture will take place next Wednesday, May 19 at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. More information here.

PASS Competition in Rome

The Territorial Agency for Residential Housing (ATER) for the Commune of hereby invites tenders for the international planning competition “PASS – Project for social and sustainable housing” for requalification of the social housing complexes comprised within Area Plan No. 15-bis Tiburtino III, lots situated between via Grotta di Gregna and via Mozart in .

The primary aim of the invitation to tender is to promote quality in transformation of the buildings and urban requalification by providing:

a) 120 new homes, that is to say 40 new homes (approximately 3000 m2) through recovery of the ground floor levels and 80 new homes (approximately 4200 m2) through recovery of the attic service areas;
b) new services in the area, for a total of approximately 1200 m2;
c) requalification of public spaces;
d) integrated operations to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings (comprising approximately 450 homes).

Seen at Death by Architecture. More information on the competition’s official website.

Casa Mediterraneo / STL

STL shared with us their finalist entry for the Casa Mediterraneo International Competition. More images and info after the break.