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Imagining the Lowline

Courtesy of James Ramsey and Dan Barasch
Courtesy of James Ramsey and Dan Barasch

Mark your calendars – the Lowline is going public! After a great gallery exhibition and tons of international support, the Lowline founders are launching a public exhibition to showcase their innovative technological approach to creating the world’s first underground park on the Lower East Side of New York City. The full scale exhibition will take place in the Essex Market Building D, an abandoned warehouse just above the proposed Lowline Park, from September 15-27. More after the break.

Guesthouse / HHF architects + Ai Weiwei

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Architects: HHF architects + Ai Weiwei Location: Ancram, New York, USA Design Team: Mio Tsunemaya, Madeleine Kessler, Jeff Mansfield Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

6th Annual National Tour Day

Docomomo US welcomes all to their 6th annual Tour Day, which has become one of the largest national events devoted to the appreciation of American architecture, which will be taking place October 6 and continue throughout the week. Featuring architectural tours of buildings and interiors of the Modern Movement, the event seeks to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. For more information, please visit here.

"the REAL estate" / AL/Arch

© Avi Laiser
© Avi Laiser

Architect: AL/Arch Location: Bat-Yam, Israel Project Area: 550 sqm Photographs: Liat Ezra, Asaf Evron, Orna Marton, Avi Laiser, AL/Arch

© Liat Ezra © Hila Laiser Beja © Liat Ezra © Hila Laiser Beja

ISM House / I.R.A

© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa

Architects: International Royal Architecture Location: Chiba, Japan Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan, Kim Jino Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa

Fishing Boat Harbor and 'River' of Liopetri / Various Architects

entrance view 01
entrance view 01

The first prize winning competition proposal for the Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of Liopetri was designed by the collaborative effort of architects Iereidis Vasilis, Michael Aimilios, Zomas Alexandros, Mitakou Eleni, Raisi Alexia, Hatzopoulos Dimitris, Fanou Paraskevi, and Lada Anastasia. With the challenge for a proposal that would provide all the necessary facilities for the fishing boat harbor and create a park that focuses on environmental education, this design stands as a binary between experience and function. As an outcome there are no clear boundaries between the fishing boat harbor and the park or in that sense between any other of the proposed interventions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Extension in a Cité Jardin / STEINMETZDEMEYER

Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

Architects: STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Design Team: Magalie Braune, Franziska Hofmann, Heike Bohrer Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

Ahmedabad Hotel / Studio Symbiosis

Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Designed as an iconic building in Ahmedabad, the hotel proposal by Studio Symbiosis focuses on interweaving the concepts of waves in nature. Using fold lines as movement trajectories and perception along with programmatic requirements, the project’s form demonstrates a sense of elegance with soft, subtle touches. Seamless waves flowing on the landscape and flowing on the façade are the focal point for this full service five star property. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parish Centre Kirschlag / Schneider & Lengauer

© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

Architects: Schneider & Lengauer Location: Kirschlag, Austria Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Paul Ott

© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

Villa Extramuros / Vora Arquitectura

  • Architects: Vora Arquitectura
  • Location: Arraiolos, Portugal
  • Design Team: Jordi Fornells, Rolf Heinemann
  • Technical Support: Soprenco
  • Collaborators: Bruno Pica, Gonçalo Leite, Edgar Rafael, Mariana Pestana
  • Site Area: 53,000 sqm
  • Costs: 800,000 €
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula, Alexandre Gemper

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Alexandre Gemper

Guangzhou South Railway Station / TFP Farrells

  • Architects: TFP Farrells
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nick Hufton, Courtesy of TFP Farrells

© Nick Hufton © Nick Hufton © Nick Hufton © Nick Hufton

Video: The Lighthouse / Roots Design Workshop

The video above follows Roots Design Workshop, a group of young architects, as they embark on the tall task of constructing a lighthouse on the isle of Tiree, a beautiful remote Scottish island. This film, created by Martin Glegg, highlights the emerging gap between the world of digital design and getting one’s hands dirty and aims to inspire a new generation of architects to stop staring at their computer screens. Text Courtesy of Martin Glegg.

Städel Museum / Schneider + Schumacher

© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke

Architects: Schneider + Schumacher Location: Frankfurt, Germany Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 24,726 sqm Photographs: Norbert Miguletz, Christoph Bonke, Kirsten Bucher

© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke

Espace Culturel Victor Jara / L'Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

Architects: L’Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand Location: Van Zeeland Square, Soignies, Belgium Project Team: Michael Bianchi, Florence Hoffmann, Pierre Larauza, François Lichtle, Olivier Bastin, Eloisa Astudillo Project Area: 1,950 sqm Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Courtesy of L’Escaut

Courtesy of L’Escaut
Courtesy of L’Escaut
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

Rem Koolhaas wins 2012 Jencks Award

OMA Rem Koolhaas © Dominik Gigler
OMA Rem Koolhaas © Dominik Gigler

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Rem Koolhaas as the recipient of the 2012 Jencks Award. Given annually to an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture, the award will be presented to Koolhaas on November 20th at the RIBA in London. The event will also feature a public lecture by Koolhaas, chaired by architectural theorist Charles Jencks. The RIBA stated: “Through his research and experimentation as well as his built projects and literature, Rem Koolhaas consciously works to deepen and expand the intrinsic connection between architecture and contemporary culture.” Continue reading to learn more!

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXIX

We are near the 90,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. The photo above was taken by arndalarm in Shanghai, China. Check the other four after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes / Chile Pavilion

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Cancha is a pre-hispanic Quechuan word that indicates a void that enables connections with our ground as well as among people. In urban terms, it is similar to the Spanish Plaza Mayor – the word is used in South America to designate an open space where the harvest is measured and distributed. Cancha is also the field for the ancient game of Palín, traditional of the Chilean Mapuches. Then, Cancha is the word used to comprehend the Chilean Ground, a common ground, which is not urban but territorial.

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Cancha is established over a salt soil, taken straight from the Chilean desert, including three salt rocks that visitors can use to sit on. Floating over this soil, a series of boxes display the seven points of view from seven Chilean architects invited by the curators to think, discuss, and propose material in the context of the global relevance of the Biennale, to “think” Chile from its ground in this critical moment of social change. The invited architects and their visions are Pedro Alonso (Deserta), Elemental (Metropolitan Promenade), Susuka (Limitless Chile), Genaro Cuadros (Playground), Germán del Sol (Kancha), Iván Ivelic (Travesies of the Amereida) and Rodrigo Tisi (Performances of Conquest). Chilean artists Pedro Pulido & Iván Navarro created the Neon sculpture. The videos used to represent the visions of the seventh architects were filmed and directed by Estudio Palma. More photos and information about the curators after the break:

Venice Biennale 2012: The Magnet and the Bomb / ELEMENTAL

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

An installation highly commented by the visitors of the Vernissage of the Biennale. The Magnet and the Bomb presents two projects from the Chile based practice Elemental, lead by Alejandro Aravena. These projects are urban interventions that were required for specific social issues, that have required a common ground between several stakeholders. A ticking clock bomb counts down at the entrance of the exhibit, that will last the 100 days fo the Biennale, around the same time that both these projects took. The projects are presented over big walls of unfinished wood, with projections over them. Each project timeline appear on a wall, carved in the case of Constitución (view the PRES Constitución project), and as a series of cards inserted into slots for Calama (view the Calama Plus project).

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Chile is facing a big challenge, as the income has tripled in less than a decade, yet inequalities have remained intact. This is creating popular discontent that is accumulating pressure like a social time bomb. Equally, in order to maintain growth and remain competitive at a global level, the country must attract and retain knowledge creators. Presented here are the projects where architects were required to respond to these profound dilemmas.