Video: New Amsterdam Pavilion / UNStudio / Great Spaces

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Earlier this week, we shared a great clip of a comparison video betwen Lady Gaga and SANAA’s new Museum – if the comparison has you scratching your head, be sure to check out the video!  Great Spaces has also made a short video of ’s Amsterdam Pavilion.  Upon its opening back in the summer of 2009, we had the opportunity to interview van Berkel about his inspiration for the design.   Since then, the landscape and hardscape around the pavilion have been completed, giving it a stronger presence in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal as it seems more integrated into the swirls of the bike and pedestrian paths.  Thanks to Delaine Isaac for sharing the clip.

House of the Tree / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: , China
Architecture Modification: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
Interior Design: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Sherry G, Zoe Lee
Client: China Resource Land (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
Area: 616 sqm
Project Year: November, 2011
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Uşak Intercity Bus Terminal Complex / Collective Architects

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Collective Architects shared with us their proposal for the Uşak Intercity Bus Terminal Complex Architectural Design Competition which won the second prize. Their design aims to bring in a terminal building to the city, which is designed with a well topographic analysis of the competition site. Their approach also involves combining the space left from the terminal building with the recreational area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House 13 / Atria Arquitetos

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Architects: Atria Arquitetos
Location: Brasília, DF,
Total Area: 650 sqm
Client: Private
Project Team: Gustavo Costa + Gabriela Müller, Ana Carolina Caetano, Alice Leite Flores, Daniel Nardelli, Larissa Olivier Sudbrack
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Edgar Cézar

Playhouse / Anna & Eugeni Bach

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Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Location: Pälölä farm, Nummi Pusula,
Collaborators: Uma and Rufus Bach
Project Dates: July 20 -  July 21, 2011
Work Site Dates: August 10 – August 24, 2011
Built Surface: 13,50 m2
Budget: 800 €
Promoter/Owner: Uma and Rufus Bach
Constructor: Self built ()
Photographs: Tiia Ettala

Last summer, architects Anna & Eugeni Bach found themselves in a situation that many parents who are architects with children might be able to relate. Their children, after realizing their parents were architects, wondered why they hadn’t made a house for them. So they promised them they would build a house for them on their grandparents farm in Finland. And, of course, at the kids insistence, they fulfilled their promise. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bower Street Apartment Building / Katon Redgen Mathieson

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Architects: Katon Redgen Mathieson
Location: Manly, Sydne,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Katon Redgen Mathieson


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‘Almost Home’ Competition Winners

Tesseract Collective‘s shared with us the results of their recent competition “Almost Home”, which asked designers to consider how it is possible to rehabilitate homeless people. They hold regular design competitions around humanitarian topics, with the intention of opening discussion…

Gingko Project / Casanova + Hernandez Architects

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Architects: Casanova + Hernandez Architects - Helena Casanova, Jesus Hernandez
Location: Beekbergen,
Surface: 4,100 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Christian Richters, John Lewis Marshall, Casanova + Hernandez Architects

AD Classics: Jyvaskyla University / Alvar Aalto


After entering a general planning competition at the end of May 1951 for the Jyvaskyla Institute of Pedagogics, was immediately commissioned to begin working on the plans of each of the individual buildings that were to be added amidst existing complex. He was awarded first prize with his entry ‘Urbs’, which is reminiscent of some of his previous projects. The U pattern formed by the buildings frames the open center space, where a sports field is accessible by foot.

More on Jyvaskyla University by Alvar Aalto after the break.

Farm House In Dutch Betuwe / reSET architecture

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Architect: reSET architecture
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Team: Theo Mathijssen (architect), Pieter Bardoel
Floor Area (sqm): 280 sqm
Completion: 2011
Contractor: Rosmalenbouw
Photographs: Huub Smits

The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

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The Preservation Green Lab at the National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently published their study The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse. Resolving many conflicted arguments, this study confirms that reusing and retrofitting existing buildings with an average level of energy performance almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and more energy-efficient new construction. The research provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental impact reductions associated with building reuse. The Preservation Green Lab utilizes Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) methodology to compare reuse and renovations with new construction over the course of a 75-year life span. Continue reading for more.

Cicada / Marco Casagrande

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Architect: Marco Casagrande
Location: Taipei City,
Project Managers: Delphine, Peng Hsiao-Ting / JUT Group, Nikita Wu / C-LAB
Casagrande Laboratory for Cicada: Frank Chen, Yu-Chen Chiu, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Measures: 34 m long, 12 m wide, 8 m high
Interior space: 270 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: AdDa

Burriana Sports Pavillion / aquidos

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Architects: aquidos - J.Mª Gordi, Jordi Jané, Anna Fumadó, Francesc Puig
Location: Burriana,
Construction Manager: Oriol Marin
Project Manager: Miquel Marco
Cooperators: Joaquín Oliver
Structure: Static ingenería
Installations: Ingsemat S.L.
Client: Ayuntamiento de Burriana
Area surface: 3,297 sqm
Cost: 2,850,0005€
Contractor: UTE GyC + VASECO
Photographs: Courtesy of aquidos

Almajayar Offices / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architect: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Calle Joaquín Eguarás s/n, ,
Client: Dirección General de Patrimonio. Consejería de Economía y Hacienda. Junta de Andalucía.
Budget: 34.930.267,43 €
Area: 46.893 sqm
Construction date: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba Fotografía de Arquitectura

Techne: UCLA Software

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I am, admittedly, a big fan of UCLA. At least in the U.S., college loyalty begins and ends as an undergraduate and if you happen to receive your graduate degrees at the same school, well, the deal is sealed, as it were. But we’re not discussing the basketball team, here. We’re actually talking about academic programs and research.

And it just so happens that because UCLA is a research university, there is a lot of interesting research going on there. For example, at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, there is a program that was begun back in 2002. It’s goal? To help everyone improve the energy efficiency of their homes. For free. It’s called HEED, or Home Energy Efficient Design.

What is it? Basically, it’s a set of tools that help people re-design housing to be more energy efficient. That goes for both new and existing structures. And even better, while it was initially developed for California homeowners who were identified by their utility providers—the project began in 2005—the software was restructured to serve professionals in the building industry. That means it was re-made to serve architects, contractors, engineers, and of course, the homeowner to restructure efficiency for both new and existing structures.

Video: Investing in Real Infrastructure, Not “Bridges To Nowhere”

In this video, Brookings expert Robert Puentes discusses the importance of construction projects and infrastructure investments that provide real and lasting value to the American . Puentes warns against thinly spreading around smaller infrastructure projects that only provide a short-term, seasonal boost in “shovel ready projects” that temporarily help job creation. Infrastructure investments can and must play a key role in the next American . Puentes urges that these smaller infrastructure projects must be connected to a larger infrastructure strategy that focuses on exports and globalization, technological innovation and clean energy. This will not only immediately create jobs and boost the , but also provide a framework that will sustain the American for the long term.

Also, if you are in the Washington DC area, Brookings will be hosting an event tomorrow, at the John L. Thornton Center at Brookings, to discuss low-carbon development and clean energy in the United States and . Follow this link for more information.

3 Mews Houses / ODOS architects

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Architects: ODOS architects
Location: Dublin,
Engineers: Cora
Internal Floor Area: 190 sqm (per dwelling unit)
Project Design: 2006
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS architects

Plywood: Material, Process, Form at the NYC MoMA

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Plywood: Material, Process, Form is an ongoing exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in City that will be open to the public starting tomorrow, February 2, 2012. We have seen many architectural projects that take advantage of the flexibility this “layer cake of lumber and glue”, as described by Popular Science in 1948, has to offer. has given 20th-century designers a material embodying  “formal and aesthetic” qualities on an industrial scale.

More on the exhibit after the break.