City Cultural Center Comeptition Entry / Williamson Architects

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Australia based Williamson Architects’ proposal for the City Cultural Center of , aims to create a sculptural beauty that resurrects the romance of the architectural journey through a building. Driven by function, the building’s form is expressed in its own beauty to create not only a landmark public structure but also creating a catalyst drawing people and activity, beautifully connecting all strata of society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Gurgaon 71 Residential Proposal / Maison Edouard François

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The 71 residential project proposal by Maison Edouard François represents French-style luxury living while simultaneously respecting Indian traditions. Located in Gurgaon, India, these luxurious apartments make use of noble materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors, including double height spaces, and offer 360° views onto the surrounding landscape.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Four NGOs Launch Housing Competition to Aid Disaster Survivors

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA), , St. Bernard Project and Architecture for Humanity has formed a strategic partnership to launch “Designing Recovery,” an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuild of sustainable and resilient communities.

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‘Shanshui City’ Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

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Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in , Ma Yansong‘s ‘Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book “Shanshui City” – released simultaneously with the exhibition – is an important turning point for Ma Yansong’s ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

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Royal Botanic Garden Sustainable Masterplan Proposal / Grant Associates

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Grant Associates, the UK landscape architects behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, has just been appointed by the Royal Botanics and Domain Trust in to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, and adjacent public Domain. Working alongside Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public realm elements of the new masterplan which includes an area of 64 hectares on a spectacular location bordering the iconic Sydney Harbor waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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GLASS Residential Tower Proposal / Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect

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Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect recently unveiled their design for GLASS, a new residential tower composed of 10 full-floor units located at 120 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. The 18-story, all-glass building is located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, which has become, over the past decade, one of the most expensive destinations for luxury high-rise living in Miami Beach. Delicate and sensorial, the design of GLASS is a considered a response to its setting in Miami Beach, specifically intended to allow one to experience the surrounding natural landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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‘The Lodge on the Lake’ Third Prize Winning Proposal / Nic Moore + Monica Earl

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Designed by architects Nic Moore and Monica Earl, in collaboration with Lea Fernandez, Darryl Chandler, and Terence Yong, their third prize winning proposal for the Lodge on the Lake understands that a new Lodge needs both to fulfill the requirements of a complex brief, but also to be a strong symbol of Australian domestic and political values. This scheme is sited at the tip of Attunga Point and requires the sculpting of the Lake’s shore in order to bury a low landscape building in the ridge of the promontory. This building is made by fingers of heavy earthen walls, which project into the Lake. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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CASE Wants your Brain! Share your BIM experience and help the software industry

CASE is working with HP to embark on the task of investigating the future of how the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry manages information and they want YOU for their survey. Help them out by answering a few harmless questions on what tools you’re using to help manage your building practices and feel free to forward this along to fellow building and design industry folk since you’re being so awesome about it. You will also have the option to sign up at the end of the survey to have our findings emailed to you.

They’ve all participated and survived. Thanks!

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New International Master’s Program in Croatia

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Beginning in the academic year 2013-2014, the University of Split Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy will be offering a new international graduate course in English in the field of Architecture. The master’s study program is envisioned as a two-year program structured around workshop studios, and In the final semester students will work on their master’s thesis. Upon successful completion of their studies, students are granted a degree of Master of Science in Architecture (120 ECTS credits), accredited as a professional degree for those intending to enter the professional practice of architecture.

The school curriculum is focused on the mediterranean environment, dealing both with contemporary phenomenons of coastal development and the relationship with historical architectural heritage. Prospective students should send in their applications before July 15. For more information on the program, please visit here.

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City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

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Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled ‘Calligraphic-scapes,’ for the  City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Inside2013 Design Competition

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Inside 2013 invites students and young professionals of all design disciplines to submit a collection of their “inside” work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, you are invited to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. Inside2013 poses the following questions: What are the aspirations by which we evaluate design today? In an increasingly networked culture, what makes a project capable of cutting through the virtual noise, and starting a new conversation? How do evolving forms of media affect the way in which your message reaches its destination? What is your message? 

The competition challenges you to confront the world with your work. By sending it out into the field you will test yourself and your projects. You are the designer, the curator and the critic. Submissions are due June 30. For more information, please visit here.

Exhibiting in New York in the Air: Alberto Campo Baeza Exhibition

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Exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in until this month, the work of Alberto Campo Baeza is on display to celebrate the awarding of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture 2013. In a spare white quadrangular room in the main building and with only natural light from above, 24 white panels appear floating over the walls, without touching or marking them. It is an exhibition that is very sui generis, it is an Exhibition in the air; it is an exhibition that is very Campo Baeza. More information on the exhibition after the break.

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New Naturalis Biodiversity Center Winning Proposal / Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

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Neutelings Riedijk Architecten was recently awarded with the architectural design commission for the new Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. As one of the top five natural history museums in the world, Naturalis has a collection totaling over 37 million objects.. A collaboration between Amsterdam Zoological Museum, National Herbarium Nederland and the National Natural History Museum, Naturalis has resulted in an expansion of personnel and objects and correspondingly the need to extend and renovate the current location and research facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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New Hospital Hvidovre Extension Winning Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + Aarhus Arkitekterne

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with Aarhus Arkitekterne, has just been announced as the winner of the competition to design the new extension of the New Hospital in . The new 30,000-square-meter extension consists of an emergency ward, a pediatrics ward and obstetrics and cardiology departments. Expected to be completed in 2019, clarity, flexibility, respect, green garden spaces and spatial variation are the key features to this winning design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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City Cultural Center Competition Entry / TheeAe LTD.

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Designed by TheeAe LTD., the main idea for their ‘Wooden Wave’ proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition was driven by its elements in historical buildings which have had its form of curve, wooden structure, prolonged canopies and so on. In respect of the past architecture, they believe change or new is not a sole creation from nothing, but rather evolution from the past. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Krrish Square / Maison Edouard François

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In the heart of Colombo, , a lot surrounds a historic British-colonial building.  In this country, density is not limited and the program quickly takes on an exceptional scale. Designed by Maison Edouard François, the 450,000m² Heritage Building is planned for offices, apartments, a hotel, a cinema, and a commercial center.  As two spectacular bridges unite the three towers, the challenge becomes how to successfully create such a massive program adjacent to a historic monument.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

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City Cultural Center Competition Entry / KAMJZ Architects

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This City Cultural Center proposal by KAMJZ Architects aims to present the possibility of using local features to protect  from the very location itself turning limiting factors into interesting project features. With an average annual precipitation of 2500 mm and the climate heavily influenced by the monsoon season Taiwan is a country which receives a lot of rainwater. Therefore, the architects are focusing on a local water management agenda, ‘Water Damper Towers,’ with their building as it’s showcase. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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280 Freeway Competition

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This past spring, Mayor Ed Lee announced an exploration of the potential of removing Highway 280 north of 16th Street in . Presented by the Center for Architecture and Design + the Seed Fund, and co-sponsored by AIA San Francisco, the 280 Freeway Competition asks entrants to create hypothetical project designs for space in and around Highway 280. Open to architects, designers, planners, students, artists, landscape architects, and academics, participants are welcome to submit concepts that explore any aspect of the transformative opportunities introduced by the freeway removal. Entry is free, and up to $10,000 in prizes will be awarded. The registration and submission deadline is July 31. For more information, please visit here.