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Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy
Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair is a unique open call to design students and design professionals living in the North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Design an iconic, movable outdoor seating element for NYC’s 25-acre historic Battery Park, AKA The Battery. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, which annually welcomes six million visitors. They are offering an earlybird registration rate for all who register by this Sunday, Sept. 30. All design entries are due October 30. To register and for more information, please visit here.

National Museum of Afghanistan / IaN+

Designed by IaN+, their proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan aims at harmoniously making it a part of the Afghanistan horizon. They do so by blending with it rather than establishing a conflict in order to restore the relationship between the new, the old and the landscape. By carrying out a ‘fragmentation’ process, through the use and repetition of modular spaces, their combination creates a “space within the space”, letting visitors loose the perception of a coercing container space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop

  • Architects: Nemaworkshop
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Contractor: Case & Associates
  • Lighting: nemaworkshop
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michael Kleinberg

© Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg

Urban Boutique Hotel / BANG by MIN

  • Architects: BANG by MIN
  • Location: Dongan-gu, Kyeongki-Do, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Sae Min Oh
  • Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
  • Area: 4586.57 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BANG by MIN, Huh Juneul, Courtesy of Urban Boutique Hotel

© Huh Juneul Courtesy of BANG by MIN Courtesy of BANG by MIN Courtesy of Urban Boutique Hotel

Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

© Sharon Risedorph © Billy Hustace © Sharon Risedorph © Billy Hustace

Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture / Nirmal Kishnani

Temple in Antis / AG "LesoSplaw"

Located on a hill, on the open area of the landscape, the simplest of a Greek temple is the templum in antis, a small rectangular structure. Designed by the AG ‘LesoSplaw’ team, in front of the cella, a small porch or pronaos was formed. With the protruding cella walls being the antae, the pronaos was linked to the cella by a door. To support the superstructure, two columns were placed between the fronts of the antae (in antis)using straw for the temple material. More images can be viewed after the break.

Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center / Broissin Architects

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

Architects: Broissin Architects Location: Coyoacán México DF, Mexico Design Team: Gerardo Broissin, David Suárez, Alejandro Rocha, Rodrigo Jiménez, Mauricio Cristóbal Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Broissin Architetcs, Alejandro Rocha, Paul Rivera

Courtesy of Broissin Architetcs
Courtesy of Broissin Architetcs
© Alejandro Rocha
© Alejandro Rocha
© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

TED Talk: Why Architects Need to Use their Ears / Julian Treasure

In architecture we talk about space and form.  We talk about experience and meaning.  All of these qualities are inextricably the sensory experience of light, touch, smell and sound.  Sound expert Julian Treasure asks architects to consider designing for our ears, citing that the quality of the acoustics of a space affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.

More after the break.

Lude House / Grupo Aranea

Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images

Architects: Grupo Aranea Location: Cehegín, Murcia, Spain Design Team: Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Martín López Robles Technical Architect: Antonio Martínez Sánchez Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Jesus Granada BIS Images

Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images
Jesus Granada © BIS Images

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

What is the connection between sex, architecture and design? Opening tomorrow, September 29, Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979 explores the role of architecture in the famous men’s magazine Playboy. Colomina, along with the curators of NAiM/Bureau-Europa in Maastricht, The Netherlands, centers the exhibition around the research of Beatriz Colomina, a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and founder of their Media and Modernity program, who has been studying the connection for the past three years. Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979 illustrates how cities, buildings, interiors, furniture and products have always played an important role in the fantasy world of Playboy. Ever since Hugh Hefner launched Playboy in 1952, its erotic spreads have featured the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Moshe Safdie, and Paolo Soleri. As Colomina’s program argues, “sexual revolution and architectural revolution are inseparable.” The exhibition reveals how Playboy reshaped masculinity with the influence of architecture and design.

Grace Farms unveils SANAA-designed 'River' Building

© SANAA
© SANAA

Grace Farms Foundation, a not-for‐profit charitable organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, has submitted a proposal to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a SANAA-designed, meandering structure dubbed the “River”. The project prioritizes the needs of the community by preserving the 75-acre Grace Farms property as a permanent offering of open space and providing an array of public amenities, such as a library, gymnasium and church. “We are thrilled to be sharing SANAA’s wonderfully sensitive design with the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and with the community we serve,” stated Sharon Prince, President of the Grace Farms Foundation. “Grace Farms is a place where people can walk their dog, read a book by the lake or simply relax in a beautiful natural setting. By blending so seamlessly into the landscape, the River enhances this experience, almost erasing the barrier between the spaces sheltered within and the natural world outside.” If approved, the River will be SANAA’s first United States commission since receiving the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach / monovolume architecture + design

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Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Architects: monovolume architecture + design Location: Planeiler Alm, South Tyrol, Italy Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design
Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Video: Nendo Mimicry Chairs, London Design Festival 2012

Lignum Pavilion / Frei + Saarinen Architekten

© Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

Designed by Frei+ Saarinen Architekten, the aim of the Lignum Pavilion is to inform the public about the possibilities of wood applications in the construction field. Conceived as a training and information center, the project embodies the expressive potential of wood in very modern key. The fully digitalized production process made it possible to optimize both the quantity of material used and the assembly system, resulting in a considerable reduction of costs and making the most of the strength characteristics of wood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ArchiNATI 2012

Courtesy of AIA Cincinnati
Courtesy of AIA Cincinnati

Starting today, September 28, and running until October 5, ArchiNATI 2012 is week-long festival celebrating Cincinnati’s built environment, partners with institutions city wide to organize and highlight events that showcase Cincinnati’s architecture. Hosted by the Young Architects and Interns Forum (YAiF), a committee of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the events will give everyone the opportunity to experience the built environment in a new way where their interests intersect with architecture and design. Films, talks and tours will take place in the greater Cincinnati area, which kick off with an exhibition of Miami University and University of Cincinnati student design work and open house at the Miami University Center for Community Engagement. For more information and details about the event, please visit here.

H House / Budapesti Műhely

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Budapesti Műhely Location: Sóskút, Hungary Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Budapesti Műhely Associate Architects: István Kovács, Eszter Mihály, Orsolya Takács, Viktor Vadász Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Amsterdam University College

  • Architects: Mecanoo
  • Location: Amsterdam University, Netherlands
  • Structural Engineer: ABT
  • Mep Engineer: Ingenieursburo Linssen
  • Acoustics Consultant: DGMR
  • Cost Consultant: Basalt Bouwadvies
  • Project Management: Arohnsohn Advising Engineers
  • Building Cost: € 9,000,000
  • Client: University of Amsterdam
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters