New UAL Campus / Stanton Williams

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Architects: Stanton Williams
Location: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, , N1C 4AA
Tenant: University of the ArtsLondon
Completion Date: April 2011
Project Value: £200M (based on cost of land, building, fit-out and expansion incl. third floor)
Photographs:  Hufton + Crow, John Sturrock


Croatian Bishop Conference Building / Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb

© Miro Martinić

Architects: University of zagreb, The Faculty of Architecture, Institute for Architectural Design / prof. Nenad Fabijanić
Location: ,
Client: Croatian Bishop’s Conference
Project Team: Sonja Tadej, Marija Grković, Zvonimir Pavković, Željko Pavlović, Davor Pavlović
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 11,900 sqm
Photographs: Miro Martinić

Stockholms Stadsmissions Skola / Codesign

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Architect: Codesign
Location: , Stockholm
Client: Stockholms Stadsmission
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brendan Austin

Theory: Chapter 9

There is something absolutely terrifying and exhilarating about the sight of a million people in one place. Tiananmen Square is that big. Or at least it seemed like it. Surely hundreds of thousands in the Square itself. But more than a million in the streets, by many estimates. The numbers came much later. At the time it was just massive. While the Square once set the logic of official Beijing, it had, at that time, been transformed into a sprawling encampment of protest.

It is 1989 and Dean is seeing the Square for the first time in many months. That morning he had arrived at the station on a filthy train packed floor-to-ceiling with stinking, sweating students from far-flung regions west. Remarkably, the trains were still running like clockwork as they delivered the ragtag throngs to the capital—even as martial law was being laid down. This was all before the gunfire and the tanks. The optimism of “eight-squared,” the pro-democracy movement, still swelled, even as hunger-strikers were passing out and garbage was accumulating. The journalists were swarming and it felt like a turning point. It was. Just not in the obvious ways.

Architecture of Invention: A Bertrand Goldberg Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago is hosting a retrospective for Bertrand Goldberg, famed architect of Marina City (1959–1967), two cylindrical corncob-shaped commercial/residential towers.  The exhibition contains a range of Goldberg’s work; it begins with his work at the Bauhaus and the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition and follows his career into his visionary plans of a postwar America.  The exhibition will feature architectural drawings, models, photographs, along with graphic and furniture design.

Follow us after the break for images of Goldberg’s work.

Private House / Weinstein Vaadia Architects

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Architect: Weinstein Vaadia Architects
Location: Sharon Area,
Project Area: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Amit Geron

Video: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

This short film by Pablo Casals-Aguirre captures the formal perfection and daily life within ’s architectural masterpiece, the Salk Institute. Kahn was commissioned in 1959 to design the inspiring facility for scientific research. The iconic facility became a designated San Diego Historical Landmark in 1991 and continues to attract daily admirers from all corners of the earth.

Review detailed information, images and drawings at AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn.

Any Chevrolet Volt Drivers Out There?

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet – It’s more car than electric. …
The Chevy Volt is getting a lot of attention these days, and if you drive a Volt, you are, too! Volt drivers say they’re constantly getting stopped at

Moda Bagno-interni Store / k-studio

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Architects: k-studio
Location: Alimou Street, ,
Interior Design: Moda Bagno Design Team
Steel Structural Engineer: Evel Dimopoulos
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Yiorgos Kordakis

Mosquée d’Algérie / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

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As part of the celebrations of ’s National holiday on November 1st the foundation stone for the new “Mosquée d’Algérie”, designed by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten, was laid at an official ceremony in Algiers. This formal act marks the beginning of the construction of the world’s third largest mosque after the Islamic pilgrimage sites in Mecca and Medina. With its prayer hall for up to 37,000 people and the approx. 265-meter high minaret, the Mosque will in future be one of the largest religious buildings in the Islamic world. The complex offers space for up to 120,000 visitors daily and, in addition to the prayer hall and the minaret, boasts further facilities such as a cultural center, an Imam School, a library, apartments, a fire station, a museum, and a research center. More images and project description after the break.

Unique Architecture, Unique Dining Experiences

This post is presented by S. Pellegrino, Fine Dining Lovers.

Restauranteurs are having a tougher time to please their customers, now turning into food aficionados. For the foodies, dining is more than just a gourmet, refined preparation. It’s all about the science of the food, where it comes from, how it is prepared, and dining becomes a full experience. In this aspect, the environment where the food is served has turned into a very important part of this experience.

In this post we are going to present to you restaurant projects that offer unique dining experiences, through innovative architecture.

Update: Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen

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Over the past year, we’ve been following the development and early construction of Preston Scott Cohen’s Amir Building.  The 195,000 square ft building has recently been completed and now, the museum is open to the public.   The $55 million Herta and Paul Amir Building will provide the space needed to permanently display one of the world’s largest collections of Israeli art.  From its earlier beginning in 2002, Preston Scott Cohen’s proposal has been further developed and refined, culminating in the strong geometric aesthetic typical of Cohen’s design ideas.   Paul Amir, a philanthropist who, with his wife Herta, has provided the naming gift for the building, stated, “We feel privileged to have been able to advance the work of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, an institution that is truly at the heart of ’s creative community. With this exceptional building by Preston Scott Cohen, and with the ability to showcase the work of ’s artists as never before, the Museum now has the potential to step up to a prominent new role on the international scene, to the benefit of everyone.”

Check out more photos and learn more about the opening after the break. 

K House / Alroy Hazak architects

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Architects: Alroy Hazak architects
Location: Herzlia,
Project Team: Amir Hazak Ronnie Alroy Bathelle Unger Alon Goldberg
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Amit Giron

2012 United States Best Architecture Schools

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA © Matthew Carbone

James Cramer and the have just released the 13th edition of DesignIntelligence, a compilation of different rankings for accredited architecture schools in the .   The report attempts to create a level playing ground upon which to rank the universities by polling thousands of students, talking to deans and administrators, interviewing successful designers in private practices, and visiting each university campus.  While the findings may raise some debate, overall, the report creates a dialogue as to how, and to what extent, higher education responds to the changing demands of our profession.  We will be focusing on key aspects of the report throughout the following weeks such as regional rankings for accredited universities, an interesting deans’ survey, a selection of top educators, and even charts featuring award-wining firms and their graduate affiliations.  And, to begin, let’s introduce the top 10 undergraduate and graduate Architecture Programs of 2012.

Check out the list after the break.

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Footbridge in Cyprus Proposal / Elina Pattichi

This proposal for a footbridge on the T. Papadopoulos Avenue by Elina Pattichi… won the first prize in the competition for a footbridge in Pafos City, Cyprus. The design ensures safe pedestrian circulation between the adjacent schools and the residential

Schuler Villa / andrea pelati architecte

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Architects: andrea pelati architecte
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 690 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Courtesy of The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects

B*Sessions: LEEDing Affordable Housing Seminar

Join a critical discussion on the architect’s role in shaping sustainable buildings and communities. Panelists Terrence O’Neal AIA, LEED AP [Terrence O'Neal Architect, LLC]; Victor Body-Lawson AIA [Body Lawson Associates]; and David Danois AIA [Danois Architects] will use case studies…

Flashback: Mar Mediterrâneo & Mar Vermelho Office Buildings / IDF – Ideias do Futuro

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Architects: IDF – Ideias do Futuro
Location: , Portugal
Partners: Rolinet et Associés
Project Team: Arch. Gabriel Santos, Arch. Mário Salgado Freire, Arch. Ricardo Lopes, Arch. Tiago Corregedor da Fonseca, Arch. Virgínia Gomes
Engineering: Termifrio – Projectos e Planeamento Industrial Lda; Quanti; A2P, Consult Estudos e Projectos, Lda.
Project Year: 2002
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of IDF – Ideias do Futuro