City of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s new Civic Centre / k20 Architecture

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Architects: k20 Architecture
Location: VIC 3418,
Area: 1295.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of k20 Architecture

LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

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Architects: Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop
Location: City, Federal District,
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Living Building Challenge Now Fulfills LEED Energy and Water Requirements

certified: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory. Image © Flansburgh Architects

The Living Building Challenge will now fulfill the energy and water requirements for LEED. As the U.S. Green Building Council announced, this marks an important step in the USGBC’s mission to make an accessible platform that complements other construction rating systems.

The USGBC’s decision essentially equates the two systems in the fields of water and energy efficiency, recognizing projects that meet the Living Building Challenge’s standards within these areas as equivalent to LEED standards. By doing so, it encourages a spirit of collaboration toward sustainable goals across competing rating systems.

Boulevard Ñuñoa Square / PLAN Arquitectos

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Architects: PLAN Arquitectos
Location: Plaza Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana,
Architects In Charge: Rodrigo Cáceres Moena, Alejandro Vargas Peyreblanque, Alvaro Gonzalez Bastías
Structural Engineering: JC Ingenieros
Area: 11345.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Blanco

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC’s Innovation Award

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture‘s Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects‘ origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

Apartamento 1757 / Camarim Arquitectos

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Architects: Camarim Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Project Architects: Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa
Area: 146.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Reuters / Image via The Atlantic
© Reuters / Image via The Atlantic

A Look at China’s “Nail Houses”

China‘s rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called “nail houses” continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of “progress.” Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

367 House / Mateo Ponce de León

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Location: Mendiolaza, Córdoba,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

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From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in , a vibrant guide to Hancock’s home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney’s architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon’s Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy’s building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

Casa 12×12 / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
Location: – State of ,
Design Team: Thiago Bernardes, Camila Tariki, Fabiana Porto, Francisco Abreu, Ilana Daylac, Antonia Bernardes, Thiago Moretti
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Patrik Schumacher Actually Makes a Good Point

Galaxy Soho. Image © Hufton + Crow

Last week Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects and the practice’s frontman in the field of architectural theory, took once again to Facebook to disseminate his ideas – this time arguing that “the denunciation of architectural icons and stars is superficial and ignorant.” In the post, Schumacher lamented the default position of the architectural media which he believes sees success and reputation as “a red cloth and occasion to knock down icons,” going on to outline his beliefs on why stars and icons are useful and even inevitable mechanisms of architectural culture.

Schumacher has made headlines via Facebook before, with a post last year in which he argued for an end to the “moralizing political correctness” that has led to the popularity of socially-conscious design – a post which attracted almost universal outrage from architects, critics and social media users of all stripes. However this latest post had a very different feel; many people, myself included, seemed to find themselves at least partially agreeing with Schumacher. After all, at the most basic level he was asking for designs to each be judged on their individual merits – what’s not to like?

House CS / Alvaro Arancibia + Sebastian Coll


Architects: Alvaro Arancibia, Sebastian Coll
Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso,
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alvaro Arancibia

A Virtual Look Into The Eames Case Study House #8

The Eames Case Study House #8, usually known simply as Eames’ House, is usually presented as a kind of kaleidoscope of details. It remains one of the most exuberantly performative homes in the history of architecture, with its resident designers, Charles and Ray Eames, as the chief actors. They enacted the day-to-day as an ongoing celebration, documenting the daily rituals of work, play, and hospitality with photography and film. What this theatre of life conceals is that the Eames’ house was itself, structurally, a kind of theatre. Examining the house as an interactive Archilogic 3D model holds, for this reason, some revelations even for those for whom the house looks as familiar as an old friend.

Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr

Rem Koolhaas: “Soon, Your House Could Betray You”

In the latest of a series of polemical arguments against smart cities, Rem Koolhaas has penned perhaps his most complete analysis yet of the role that emerging technologies and the way they are implemented will affect our everyday lives, in an article over at Artforum. Taking on a wide range of issues, Koolhaas goes from criticizing developments in building technology as a “stealthy infiltration of architecture via its constituent elements” to questioning the commercial motivations of the (non-architects) who are creating these smart cities – even at one point implicating his other erstwhile recent interest, the countryside, where he says “a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed.” Find out more about Koolhaas’ smart city thoughts at Artforum.

Patio Refurbishment in Santibañez de Valcorba / Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez

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Architects: Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez
Location: , ,
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Jesús J. Ruiz Alonso

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards

Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for East 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Hawkins\Brown, Proctor & Matthews, Allies & Morrison, and AHMM. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Dock En Seine Offices / Franklin Azzi Architecture

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Architects: Franklin Azzi Architecture
Location: Rue Paulin Talabot, 93400 Saint-Ouen,
Project Management: Neximmo 62
Area: 16200.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Franklin Azzi Architecture

The Soundwave / Penda

© Xia Zhi

Architects: Penda
Location: , Hubei,
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Xia Zhi