ArchiNATI 2011

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A week-long festival celebrating forward thinking and promoting awareness of local arts and architecture, the first annual ArchiNATI, put on by the Young Architects and Interns Forum, is a huge opportunity to showcase the true beauty of the city of Cincinnati. Cincinnati has an excellent architectural history, vibrant contemporary practices, a collection of strong cultural and arts institutions, and world-class education. While these entities are each individually excellent, we wanted to propose an event that brings them all together from October 14th to October 21st.

ArchiNATI will take place all over the metro region. From the suburbs to the city, the programs will seek interesting stories and design discussions in neighborhoods, skyscrapers, interiors, and front lawns. By working together, the forum hopes this week will promote and celebrate architecture, make it more accessible to the general public, and make Cincinnatians proud of their city’s heritage, culture, and achievements—and hopeful for its future. For more information on the event, visit their website here.

Refurbishment and Extension of the CRÉVHSL Head Quarters / Briére, Gilbert + Associés

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Architects: Briére, Gilbert + Associés
Location: Québec,
Project Team: Émile Gilbert (Architect), Martin Brière (Architect), Melinda Hart (Architect)
Associates in Charge: Émile Gilbert, Architect, Martin Brière, Architect
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Guy Tessier & Christian Perreault

Sustainable Residential Complex / Morfearch

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The aim of the sustainable residential complex, designed by Morfearch, is not only the production of new buildings able to satisfy living space requests, but the will to offer public services to the new settlement and open to the “outer” population. The project area, crossed north to south by divergent paths, generates trapezoidal spaces that become the generating principle of the different parts of the whole complex: every secondary parcel is indeed composed by different size tanks, 30 to 120cm high, open to different uses, materials, and patterns: green areas, water, paved spaces, vegetation and gardens, available for residents with a leisure, but also social, function. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Charles and Ray Eames inspired us to appreciate the world by honoring “the uncommon beauty of common things.”
This exhibit uses Eames words to focus on the lesser-known aspects of their lives, revealing their appreciation of the value of humble…

AD Classics: Torre Blancas / Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza

The Torre Blancas is an architectural icon of the movement. Designed by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza and completed in 1969, this exposed tower rises 71 meters above the Madrid skyline. It also stands as one the most complicated and innovative reinforced structures of the era, absent of the typical rectilinear qualities associated with cast-in-place . More details after the break.

Update: SLEEPBOX / Arch Group

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Back in late 2009 Arch Group shared with us their proposal for an urban relaxation pod – SLEEPBOX. Their concept has been realized, with production of the 2.5×1.6m x 2.5-3m high unit high moving ahead. 

Drucker Arquitetura’s Winning Proposal to Rebuild Slum-Areas in São Paulo

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The informal city is a problem that could not be solved by the twentieth-century urbanism. It is necessary to produce a set of tools that will allow us to perform with solvency and responsibility in this area. Some of the tools of traditional architecture and urbanism can be successfully applied; others are yet to be elaborated. With this in mind, Drucker Arquitetura designed the winning proposal for the Sáo Paulo competition to rebuild the city’s slum-areas.

Jeju University Cultural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur

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The of the new Jeju Cultural Heritage Centre started from an attempt to interpret the cultural value of the traditional artifacts that are to be exhibited here with contemporary view. poly.m.ur was intrigued by the fact that these artifacts are exemplary in showing the influence of regional material on the life of early settlers, and they wanted their proposal to be seen as an object which can symbolize the local characteristics shaped by the abundant availability of basalt as raw material and the indigenous techniques of tool making.

Passive Solar Architecture / David A. Bainbridge and Ken Haggard

David Bainbridge, founder of the Passive Solar Institute, recently sent us his book Passive Solar Architecture. The book is a great introduction for anyone interested in passive solar architecture. The content is kept simple and straightforward. It allows any novice to become familiar with the main concepts and techniques used in the field. The authors, Bainbridge and , have also provided a free-downloadable lab manual that students can use to learn concepts and techniques through a hands-on approach.

Video: Arkansas Mid Century Modern Architecture Short

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This snapshot of a new documentary about mid-century modern architecture in illuminates classic post-war designs. Simple, clean lines were often the elements that delineated the aesthetics of these buildings. While many lay in disrepair, they still exude an aura of a time when optimism was reflected in the country’s desire to build a new future. Some of the architectural icons that are featured include the University of ’s Fine Arts Center by state native Edward Durell Stone, the Tower Building in Little Rock, the Fulbright Library in Fayetteville, and the abandoned Hotel Mountainaire. Check out the short clip of what will air in November on AETN. Also, see the highlights of the current affairs and award winning architecture that is taking place within the state of Arkansas here.

In Progress: Via Verde / Grimshaw Architects + Dattner Architects

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After winning the 2007 New Housing Legacy Competition, Jonathan Rose and Phipps Houses Group teamed with Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects to make “green” architecture for where it matters most.  , the South Bronx’s newest affordable housing development, goes beyond the hype of creating a sustainable building for marketing purposes, and allows design to inform a healthy building for its occupants.    So, what constituents a “healthy” building? Well, in the minds of those from the South Bronx, that means a place that can address growing asthma rates, obesity, and the need for fresh produce.  In the 290,000 sqf project at Brook Avenue and East 156th Street,  Via Verde is connecting to its neighborhood’s needs while not shying away from giving a community in the process of urban renewal an iconic piece of architecture.

 More about the project after the break. 

Village House Proposal / CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects


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CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects won an international architectural and urbanistic competition on 33 apartment buildings close to Bratislava. The project aims to create quality housing with direct contact with water surface. It also sets a considerable part of the house into the riparian forest in the river-bed of the Danube. They have designed for each object a group of four materials which create together a common atrium as well as a scenic jetty near the water. The resulting combination of two- or three-floored buildings makes ideal conditions for social life inside each villa house whilst at the same time it provides enough privacy in each apartment. They did not an ensemble of anonymous apartments, but a place with a bountiful view on water surface and with sojourning areas in the semi-private space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AB/BRO / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Mark Mack, Carlos Florez
Structural: Parker Resnick
Title 24: South Bay Energy
Methane Investigation: Methane Specialists
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 4,900 sqf
Photographs: Anna Blau

Strojarska Business Center Proposal / SANGRAD Architects & AVP_Arhitekti

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The project’s site is located within the boundaries of the southern part of which is divided by the national railway. In many ways, this site was thought as part of the new city urban concept. There are two important facts: the position on the margins of the traditional lower City and the structural composition and reference within the future new City. Both in this case determine the composition and character of the project, designed by SANGRAD Architects & AVP_Arhitekti. By raising or lowering the railway, several possibilities are opened in terms of linking the site with the central and northern part of the City. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Camelia Cottage / 4site Architecture

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Architects: 4site Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Kevin Hui
Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
Engineers: Keith Long & Associates
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 12 sqm (new works) 34 sqm (works to existing)
Photographs: Kevin Hui

HA Tower / Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

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The HA tower, designed by Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv Central Agency for Urban Planning, Architecture and Urban Design with the support of National Union of Architects of Ukraine are pleased to announce the open international architectural competition, ‘Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv…