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Duggan Morris to Design the New Floating Cinema

Duggan Morris Architects, Winning design for the Floating Cinema Competition, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, 2012
Duggan Morris Architects, Winning design for the Floating Cinema Competition, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, 2012

UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation has announced Duggan Morris Architects as winner of the Open Architecture Challenge to design the next phase of the acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programs to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust. Continue after the break to learn more.

La Luge / YH2 Architecture

  • Architects: YH2 Architecture
  • Location: La Conception, Laurentides, Québec, Canada
  • Equipo de Diseño: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
  • Construcción: Emmanuel Yiacouvakis and associates, Ébénisterie La Fabrik
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Francis Pelletier

© Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier

'Richard Meier. Building as Art' Exhibition

© David Ertl
© David Ertl

Taking place September 30-March 3 at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen, Germany, the ‘Richard Meier. Building as Art exhibition illustrates Richard Meier’s complex design process using prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history. The main focus will be on his museum buildings, as well as on the residential projects created at the start of his career in the USA. The works on display included in the exhibition explore the concept of an architecturally composed space on the basis of five aspects: site, proportion, light, route and color. The exhibition includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. More information after the break.

BBK Sarriko Centre / ACXT

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Proyecto Arquitecto: Javier Aja
  • Arquitectos: Elena Sa Marques, Beatriz Pagoaga
  • Gestión de Proyectos: Patxi Sánchez
  • Estructuras: Cristina Hernando, Miguel Á. Corcuera, Mª del Mar Mayo
  • Comodidades: Álvaro Gutiérrez-Cabello
  • Ingeniería Ambiental: Iñigo Aguirre
  • Iluminación: Mikel Fernández de las Heras
  • Ingeniería Eléctrica: Mª Eugenia Gauna
  • Telecomunicaciones: Mikel Fernández
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

Fenn Young Designers Award Competition

Courtesy of Fenn Designers
Courtesy of Fenn Designers

Open to all young creative minds from all parts of the world from the ages of 18-33, the Fenn Young Designers Award competition is seeking creative, innovative proposals that explore the interpretation of Organic” using the following mediums: Architecture, Interior design, Product design, Fashion design, Photography, and Painting. How do you interpret “Organic” if you are designing a building, a piece of furniture, a fabric, a dress, a painting or any other form of art? Submissions are due no later than October 17. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Hanare / Schemata Architects

  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Location: Isumi-shi, Chiba Prefecture, Japón
  • Arquitectos: Jo Nagasaka
  • Area: 181.96 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard Architects

  • Architects: Bigoni Mortemard Architects
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: Joachim Bakary
  • Design Team: Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard
  • Client: SIEMP
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bigoni Mortemard Architects

© Bigoni Mortemard Architects © Bigoni Mortemard Architects © Bigoni Mortemard Architects © Bigoni Mortemard Architects

Mixed-Used Masterplan of YueHaiWanJia Commercial District / SURE Architecture

The mixed-used masterplan of YueHaiWanJia commercial district aims at combining shops, restaurants, leisure, museum, bars, KTV, cinema, hotels and children amusement together in the same place. Designed by SURE Architecture, they were able to create a new amusement and attraction place for all kinds of people. With the idea of the European City context, overlapped with the Stamp of Xi Xia, which has a historic influence for this city, the result is an interesting layout and space to enjoy for people of all ages. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chipperfield criticizes the impotence of contemporary practice

Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

With a world plagued by the current economic crisis, David Chipperfield fears that the architects’ role is shrinking and the professions ability to influence the shape of our cities is diminishing. Since the inauguration of this year’s Venice Biennale, Chipperfield has been amidst of a few heated debates, most notably debunking the harsh criticism of Coop Himmelb(lau)’s Wolf Prix – who claimed the “hollow” event was “no longer about lively discussion and criticism of topics in contemporary architecture” – by affirming Prix “hadn’t even visited Venice”. Interestingly, Chipperfield has now initiated a debate, using similar rhetoric as Prix, that calls attention to the dwindling role of the architect and the impotence of contemporary architecture. The catch? He blames politicians. Continue after the break for more.

House on Krk Island / DVA Arhitekta

© Robert Les
© Robert Les

Architects: DVA Arhitekta Location: Island of Krk, Croatia Design Team: Tomislav Curkovic, Zoran Zidaric Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Robert Les

© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les
© Robert Les

Rare images of Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo, in color

Le Corbusier, by Willy Rizzo. Photos via Le Journal de la Photographie. © Willy Rizzo.
Le Corbusier, by Willy Rizzo. Photos via Le Journal de la Photographie. © Willy Rizzo.

It’s hard to imagine Le Corbusier – the bespectacled legend of 20th century Modernism, known for his ultra-clean aesthetics – as living in the everyday, messy world that we all inhabit. Which is why the Fondation le Corbusier‘s decision to display rare color photographs of Le Corbusier is such a treat for us all. The photographs were taken for the magazine Paris Match in 1953 by Willy Rizzo, a fashion photographer better known for his shots of 1950s stars and starlets. The images depict the then 66-year-old Corbusier in various spots about Paris: the Musée National d’Art Moderne, his apartment, in front of a blackboard (sporting a sketch of Unité d’Habitation). In her Fast Company article, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan explains that these images give us a glimpse of the man behind the myth: “Even the way we talk about him now, as Le Corbusier, refers to an idea as much as a person. Captured 12 years before he drowned in the Mediterranean at his beloved summer home, Rizzo’s photographs give us a glimpse of the pre-sainted man–aka Charles-Édouard Jeanneret.” The photographs will be on display at the exhibit “Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo” at Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche, in Paris, until December 15th. Story via Fast Company, Photos Willy Rizzo Check out more images of Le Corbusier, after the break…

AIA Commits to Make Design a Catalyst for Public Health

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced a ten-year commitment to develop design and technology solutions for cities that address challenges faced on public health, sustainability, and resiliency to natural disasters. AIA EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, announced the Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, where more than 1,000 global leaders are gathering to address the theme, “Designing for Impact.”

Top Firms shortlisted to design Canadian Art Center

© Winnipeg Art Gallery
© Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has selected six architectural teams to be shortlisted for the design of its new Inuit Art and Learning Center (IALC). The Center will house the WAG’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs. Selected from 64 international submissions, the six shortlisted teams are:

AD Architecture School Guide: Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Parametric Modeling/Parametric Design Studio (image via www.case.rpi.edu)
Parametric Modeling/Parametric Design Studio (image via www.case.rpi.edu)

What makes a good architecture school? Clearly there is no single factor that comprises a good, or even a great, architecture school. Different aspects are important to different people. Students often cite access to well-known faculty members—otherwise known as “starchitects”—as an important feature. Professors and instructors mention their school’s outreach programs, pioneering studios, technologically innovative labs, and exchange programs. All of these are valid and important.

Of course, these factors must be weighed against practical considerations that include tuition, the cost of housing, and other expenses. Why? Because in Western Europe and North America, tuition can be measured in the tens of thousands. What’s more, in the U.S., student loans aren’t forgivable which means your survivors can inherit up to US $90,000 worth of debt. And if the current economy has taught us one thing, it is that it’s cyclic.

So before investing all that money, it’s important to determine how a school will help you succeed. What are the practical and critical skills the school’s curriculum will impart to ensure a) your professional success, and b) your personal success (that means your overall quality of life). Because upon graduation, the goal is to gain skills to support yourself well while doing what you enjoy.

Read our CASE profile after the break