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Patio House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Area: 114.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates

Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates

Breathing House / Atelier Riri

  • Architects: Atelier Riri
  • Location: Serpong, Serpong, Serpong, Kota Tangerang Selatan 15310, Indonesia
  • Architect In Charge: Riri Yakub, Harindra Mahutama, Jeremiah Handoko
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Teddy Yunantha, Adhityo Faturrochman

© Adhityo Faturrochman © Adhityo Faturrochman © Teddy Yunantha © Teddy Yunantha

Brookfield Multiplex Melbourne / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: 499 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Architects In Charge: Elenberg Fraser, Olaf Detering, David Shultis
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath

Goettsch Partners Design 605-Foot "Park Tower" for San Francisco

Goettsch Partners (GP) has been commissioned to design a 605-foot-tall "Park Tower" for San Francisco. Planned to rise in the SOMA district, on the corner of Howard and Beale streets, across from the new Transbay Transit Center, the new building will feature a variety of office space, flanked by a series of outdoor terraces - "mini-parks in the sky," hence the tower's name. 

SageGlass Unveils Latest Developments in Smart Glass Technology

With the demands of sustainability today placing tight restrictions on performance metrics such as how airtight a building is, one of the sacrifices that often has to be made is user control. Windows are often no longer openable; shades and blinds often replaced with non-openable louvers. In recent years new technology such as smart glass (sometimes called "switchable glass) has promised a modicum of compromise, allowing windows to be tinted on demand. But smart glass is limited - it's either on or off, clear or tinted.

Until now, that is. At the AIA convention in MaySageGlass revealed a range of innovations that greatly increase the options available to designers when specifying smart glass.

The Paper Factory Hotel / Steven Wakenshaw

© David Ayash © David Ayash © David Ayash © David Ayash

SelgasCano's Serpentine Pavilion / Images by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Take a peek into SelgasCano's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion—which opened on June 22—through the lens of Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu

EKKLESÍA / pinktruder

  • Architects: pinktruder
  • Location: Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Miguel Arraiz García / David Moreno Terrón
  • Area: 144.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Noel Arraiz

© Noel Arraiz © Noel Arraiz © Noel Arraiz © Noel Arraiz

ABI Rebounds into Positive Territory

After two months of a decreasing demand for design services, the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has bounced back into positive territory. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report, May's ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April. The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.1 the previous month. This growth was lead by a growing demand for new schools, hospitals, cultural facilities and municipal buildings.

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Gianandrea Barreca Receives the NewSchool's Global Design and Innovation Award

The NewSchool of Architecture and Design has awarded Gianandrea Barreca their Global Design and Innovation Award for his extensive and creative work. Barreca co-founded Boeri Studio (now recognized as Barreca & La Varra and Stefano Boeri Architetti), and is known for putting an emphasis on both human interaction and public art.

Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked out her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.

Sustainability on Roosevelt Island: How Morphosis and Arup Are Making Cornell's Bloomberg Center Net Zero

© Cornell University / Kilograph
© Cornell University / Kilograph

When the first images of Cornell University's new campus on Roosevelt Island were unveiled last year, the First Academic Building (now known as the Bloomberg Center) was highlighted as a design driven by sustainability. In this interview, originally published by Arup's newly-revamped online magazine Arup Doggerel as "Net zero learning," Sarah Wesseler talks to members of the team from Morphosis, Arup and Cornell about how they designed the building to be one of the most sustainable education facilities in the world.

For its new tech-focused New York City campus, Cornell University set out to create one of America’s most sustainable university centers. With the net zero Bloomberg Center now in construction, I interviewed three leaders of the design team — Diana Allegretti, Assistant Director for Design and Construction at Cornell; Ung Joo Scott Lee, a principal at Morphosis; and Tom Rice, a structural engineer and project manager at Arup.

Bloomberg Center exterior rendering. Image © Morphosis Architects © Cornell University / Kilograph Bloomberg Center exterior rendering. Image © Cornell University / Kilograph © Cornell University / Kilograph

Casa-Port Railway Station / AREP

  • Architects: AREP
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Arep: Etienne Tricaud, Philippe Druesne, Christophe Iliou
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Didier Boy de La Tour

© Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour © Didier Boy de La Tour

Winners of Boston Living with Water Competition Announced

The winning projects of the Boston Living with Water competition have been announced. The competition “sought design solutions envisioning a beautiful, vibrant, and resilient Boston that is prepared for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.” Out of 50 teams, three were selected, each for separate sites—one for a building, one for a neighborhood, and one for a significant piece of city infrastructure—in addition to one honorable mention. Each of the winners will receive a $13,000 prize funded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Barr Foundation.

The Boston Living with Water competition was organized by the City of Boston, The Boston Harbor Association, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Society of Architects. As Mayor Martin J. Walsh honored the winners, he noted that “competition ideas and strategies are already informing Boston’s future, including revisions to building plans and zoning codes, and influencing ‘Imagine Boston 2030.’” Winning projects will be on display at BSA Space through June 2015. Learn more about the winners, after the break.

AZURE Announces AZ Award Winners

AZURE has announced the winners of its fifth annual AZ Awards, which recognize excellence in design and architecture worldwide. The 19 winners were chosen from a shortlist of 66 projects. 

The jury included Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics (New York), architect Brendan MacFarlane of Jakob + MacFarlane (Paris), designer Anwar Mekhayech of the Design Agency (Toronto), landscape architect Janet Rosenberg of Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto) and designer Philippe Malouin (London).

View all of the winning projects after the break. 

Ninot Market Refurbishment / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula