FFS Train Station District / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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The project for the FFS Train Station District by Dominique Perrault Architecture was born from a simple action: covering the small station of -Muralto by a large balcony platform on Lake Maggiore. So, on the infrastructure, lays a large public space, the Piazza Grande, an void space that allows to freely cross the city and create a new centrality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Infographic: Burbs Going Bust

For decades the and the American Dream went hand-in-hand: a house with a yard and a white picket fence. It was the alternative to the hustle and bustle of urban living, a peaceful place to raise a family. Instead of letting the dwindle away, resulting in unkempt ghost towns, we should begin thinking about how to retrofit the for the needs of our changing culture, reinventing as a sustainable alternative to urban life.

For more on understanding the reality and difficulties of redesigning Suburbia check out this two part series on Saving Suburbia by Vanessa Quirk: Saving Suburbia Part I: Bursting the Bubble and Saving Suburbia Part II: Getting the Soccer Moms On Your Side.

Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects

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Architects: Herbst Architects
Location: Piha North,
Contractor: John Armstrong
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds


Elite Equestrian Center / Francisco Mangado

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Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: Zenotz, Ultzama Valley, Navarra,
Project Architects: David Martínez Grande, Janka Rust, César Martín Gómez
Total Area: 5,200 sqm
Total Cost: 3,329,000 €
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Treehouses in Paradise Competition: Call for Proposals

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The Treehouses in Paradise competition, among many competitions featured on our site, unfortunately turned out to be a scam. Many architects not only lost their time, but their efforts and money as well. Many competitions arise such as these and unfortunately, the work of the architects are often gone to waste. Therefore, ArchDaily is requesting any proposals you may have so that we can conduct our own poll on our website. We are giving those who participated the opportunity to feature their proposals so our readers can vote on them, provide comments, feedback, etc. We don’t want to see all of the work invested get left behind without giving the credibility it deserves and honoring such efforts. If interested, you are encouraged to submit through our contact form.

Tower Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architect: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland, Canada
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Bent René Synnevåg

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2012 ONE Prize Competition: BLIGHT TO MIGHT

Terreform ONE is now accepting submissions for the 2012 ONE Prize Competition: BLIGHT TO MIGHT. The competition is a call to put design in the service of disenfranchised communities, to reinvigorate deindustrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces…

Urban Podium In Rotterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: , Netherlands
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck With Teun van der Meulen, Kingman Brewster, Takashi Nakamura, Frank Verzijden
Completion: 2009
Site area: 200 sqm
Total building budget: € 798.500,- (excl. VAT) – incl. technical installations
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz


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Yabao Hi-Tech Enterprises Headquarter Park / 10 Design

Located in close proximity to the central zone of the Futian District in Shenzhen, China, 10 Design…‘s main design concept for the Yabao Hi-Tech Enterprises Headquarter Park was to try and integrate the complex into the natural landscape. Defining

Video: 3DESTRUCT / Scopitone 2011

New technologies keep surprising us every day. 3DESTRUCT is a fantastic audiovisual installation, built last year as part of the Scopitone Festival 2011.

Antivj, the studio behind this installation says the idea started in 2007 and adapted the best way they could to the old cellar they could use. The effect that the projections have is quite spectacular.

TED Talk: Daniel Libeskind’s 17 words of architectural inspiration

Filmed back in 2009, this TED Talk by Daniel Libeskind has yet to diminish in popularity. Once a free-verse poet, an opera set designer and a virtuoso musician, Libeskind has evolved into an internationally-renowned architect with an illustrious style that has been praised and criticized by many. In just seventeen words, Libeskind describes what inspires his unique approach to architecture. Believing that optimism is what drives architecture forward, he begins by stating, “Architecture is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”

Enjoy the talk and continue after the break to review Libeskind’s seventeen words of architectural inspiration.

Instant City: New City Lazika, Anaklia Region, Georgia

Just over four months ago, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia announced a plan to build a new city named Lazika in the of northwest Georgia.  The news was driven by the desire to propel Georgia into a world market with an identity for the economic trade hub that its geographic location warrants.  Aside from a promotional video and a few scattered images on various Georgian websites, little has been exposed about the master plan that will give birth to the economic engine on the coast of the Black Sea, which leaves many wondering if this new city will in fact be built to solve Georgia’s economic and social problems.

According to a New York Times article by Ellen Barry, On Black Sea Swamp, Big Plans for Instant City, interviews with Georgian citizens indicate a variety of opinions about the viability of this “Instant City”. While some are excited about the prospect of a city strewn with skyscrapers, advanced infrastructure, and glitzy hotels, others warn of the design challenges and flaws associated with building in the Anaklia Region, which Barry describes as “a stretch of marshy land”. But looking at the city from the perspective of urban design, many critics, from Lewis Mumford to Jane Jacobs will agree that the complex social, economic and political characteristics of a city develop over time, and most effectively when they occur organically after a series of trials and errors as a city develops its identity. Historically successful cities have acquired their identities not by spontaneous rapid growth but by the personalities of its citizens, planners, economists and politicians over many years.  What is striking about this planning of Lazika, indicated by Barry’s report, is that “only one official is working on the planning of Lazika full time” with 10 to 15 part time workers, and the idea “came to President Mikheil Saakashvili just over four months ago while researching the China’s development”.

More after the break…

Miracle Residence / BFTA Mimarlik

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Architects: BFTA Mimarlık Ltd. – Fuat Taşkıranoğlu
Location: Kurtkoy, ,
Collaborators: Selim Kanbur/Structural, Sadikoglu Muhendislik/Mechanical, Tepas Muhendislik/Electrical
Design Team: Fuat Taşkıranoğlu, Beylem Taşkıranoğlu, Celalettin Aksoy, Fulya Arabacıoğlu, Miguel Zapatero, Işıl Budak
Client: Mönİnşaat Ltd.
Completion: 2012
Site Area: 17,000 sqm
Building Size: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Planetarium, Centre for Eco Tourism, and Science and Technology Centre / JB Ferrari & Associates

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The iconic nature of the winning proposal for the Planetarium, Centre for Eco Tourism, and Science and Technology Centre is balanced by a rational response to the brief and the constraints of the site. By isolating the planetarium and the activities linked closely to it the design by JB Ferrari & Associates is able to exploit the strong potential for volumetric expression. This allows for a more subdued intervention to the historic buildings. Seemingly evident, such a direction is not an obvious reading of the brief but is made possible through astute reinterpretation of the district plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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nycobaNOMA ‘Crafting the Interview 3.0′ Event (event postponed)

The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA) will be hosting the ‘Crafting the Interview 3.0′ event which will take place at FXFOWLE on May 19 from 11am – 5pm. In order to provide the necessary…

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Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas and Design OnScreen, a non-profit organization that produces, distributes and preserves high-quality films on architecture and design, are pleased to announce a collaboration that has secured 20 exciting films from the world of Architecture and Design to play…

Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Company

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Architects: Bangkok Project Company Limited
Location: Province,
Client: Kantana Edutainment (International) Co., Ltd.
Project Team: Boonserm Premthada, Ittidej Lirapirom, Piyasak Mookmaenmuan
Budget: 1,000,000 USD
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year of Completion: 2011
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio, Pirak Anurakyawachon


Zaha Hadid Exhibition at the Buchmann Galerie

Dot painting of Pierres Vives building, Montpellier

The Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce its third exhibition with the architect Zaha Hadid to coincide with Gallery Weekend in . The focus of the presentation is on eight Silver Paintings, three Dot Paintings, and the large furniture-sculpture Iceberg and Gyre.

More information after the break.