Beijing Yizhuang Mix / Design Crew for Architecture (DCA)

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Yizhuang is a new city in the south-east of . At the moment, the area is only fields on which the infrastructures’ works have already started. There is a main street that will go throughout the city from north to south. This main street will be crossed by 3 main knots defining 3 main districts: an administrative district, a cultural district and an offices district. The Yizhuang Mix, designed by Design Crew for Architecture, is located in the offices district and will be the first to be built. A train station stops right in front of the plot and the line will be linking downtown Beijing to the upcoming Yizhuang city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Frankel Residence / TVA Architects

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Architects: TVA Architects
Location: , , USA
Lead Design: Bob Thompson – Roderick Ashley
Project Team: Allan Norris, Nick Williams
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 3200 sqf
Photographs: Stephen Cridland

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Bifurcating Ecologies / Kenneth To – Wendy W Fok

Bifurcating Ecologies, designed by Kenneth To (under Design Advisor, Wendy W Fok, and Project Team, Dave Cheung, Marco Chan)…, is a developmental master planning proposal which traces through humanizing the accessibility of the Hong Kong Wanchai District Waterfront through

Foster + Partners open studio for Open House London

Foster + Partners at its Battersea studio location will open their doors to the public tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of September as part of the annual Open House London celebration of the capital’s architecture. Taking place over the weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) Open House London is a special opportunity to celebrate the richness of London’s architectural heritage, where more than 700 buildings (many of which are normally closed) are opened to the public. Some of the buildings by Foster + Partners that will be accessible during Open House London include, Capital City Academy (Brent), City Hall (Southwark), One Bishops Square (Tower Hamlets), and the Sackler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts (Westminster).

For further information please see the Open House website.

International LEAF Awards 2011: Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower designated Best Commercial Building of the Year

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Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower in , designed by the architect Enric Massip-Bosch_EMBA and developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, has been awarded the LEAF PRIZE 2011 for Best Commercial Building of the Year.

LEAF AWARDS are one of the most prestigious international yearly architecture prizes. The best practices around the world compete in the different categories of these coveted awards with their most significant projects.

Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower has been chosen as the best commercial building of the year among a selected group of shortlisted international projects. Developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, the tower hosts since January this year the headquarters of Telefonica Group in Catalonia and its R+D Center, a world leader in multimedia and internet research, reflecting the multinational’s focus on innovation.

Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower is a 86 million Euro investment by Consorci de la Zona Franca and is a clear example of Consorci’s and Telefonica’s decided goal towards architectonic and technological excellence. The building hosts in it’s 24 floors the corporate activity of the multinational in Catalonia and has a 350 seats lecture hall . It is also the first such corporate building to be opened to the public, since it has a permanent showroom on the ground floor open to the public in which the latest advances in technology are displayed.

AD Classics: Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan / SOM

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Many engineers, scientists, and other workers were recruited to East Tennessee during WWII for the development of the Manhattan Project. Because of this growth, SOM was contracted to design a master plan and home designs for the secret site planned by the U.S. Federal Government.  The New Town Master Plan would become a foundation for urban design projects not just for SOM, but for American standards as well. More on the New Town Master Plan after the break.

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA


The highly anticipated Milstein Hall at Cornell University has officially opened its studios to students. It is the first new building in over 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP). Designed by OMA, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu who directs the NY office, and and Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas, the design for the 47,000-square-foot building physically unites the AAP’s long-separated facilities to form a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration.

“Milstein Hall operates on many levels,” says AAP dean Kent Kleinman. “It redefines the entry for the northern edge of the campus; it provides a permeable boundary between academic space and the public; it offers extraordinary spatial relationships between internal programmatic elements; and it offers a landscape of studios that fosters a level of interaction between our undergraduate and graduate architecture students that we have never enjoyed before.”

Cornell overcame the danger of having both their accreditation and new architecture school eradicated from the campus, but as we reported in May of last year there has been smooth sailing in terms of the physical construction of OMA’S Milstein Hall ever since.

More about Milstein Hall following the break.

Coop Himmelb(l)au Wins Two International Awards

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This summer Coop Himmelb(l)au recieved two awards for two different buildings in Europe.  The Dedalo Minosse International Prize was awarded for the firm’s design of BMW Welt in Munich on June 24, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy.  According to the president of the Italian Association ALA, Bruno Gabbiani, who presented the award, the prize boosts “the quality of architecture looking at final result, analysing and focusing on project and constructive plan process and giving special attention to people who determine the success of the work: the architect and the client”.   The awarded works, with Coop Himmelb(l)au among them, will be presented at the CISA, Cento Studi di Architecttura Palladio in Vicenza until September 18, 2011.  Read more on this project here: BMW Welt / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Europe 40 under 40 Award Winners

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The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design recently released the names of this year’s top 40 European architects under 40. The 40 under 40 award highlights the architects, landscape architects, and planners that will shape the future of design.

Award winners after the break.

Afife House / Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

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Architects: Alfredo Resende Arquitectos / João Resende, José Oliveira
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 245 sqm
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

Jordan Invest Bank / Symbiosis Designs LTD

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Architect: Symbiosis Designs LTD
Location: , Jordan
Project Team: Khalid Nahhas, Ramiz Ayoub, Nisreen Al-Far, Faiha Khazna Katbi, Firas Rhaibeh, Rawan Kakish, Widyan Al- Khaldi, Mariam Ellala, Zaid Kakish
Structural Engineer: International Designers Engineers
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Spectrum Mep.
Client: Jordan Investment Finance Bank
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rasem Kamal / Symbiosis Designs LTD

The Hunt for a Green Job: What the Clean Economy has to Offer Job Seekers

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Green Technology has given architects several things to rejoice about. It is helping designers become more responsible and conscious about the impacts of their buildings on the environment and the future; it is also sparking more creative approaches to design while engaging technological innovation. And perhaps most importantly, it is providing new jobs in the market for architects, engineers, researchers and manufacturers. So how can each of these professions benefit from this boosted interest in sustainability and renewable technology? Read on for tips on how and where to acquire a “green job”.

Law Street House / Muir Mendes

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Architect: Muir Mendes
Location: , Australia
Project/Design Architect: Amy Muir and Bruno Mendes
Builder: Bruno Mendes, Joaquim Mendes, Amy Muir
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Batman’s rumored new home for The Dark Knight Rises : Welcome to the Batcave (maybe)!


Batman’s rumored new home in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises is none other than the long awaited arrival of the batcave. Located in , the abandoned Salt Mine is flooding the internet with buzz that this will be the location where filming will take place for the batcave. Leaving fanboy’s everywhere lusting for more information that this is in fact where batman will store his batsuit, batmobile, and all of his other gadgets. While filming for The Dark Knight Rises has already begun, it is with high hopes that the Salt Mine will be added to the filming locations and serve as batmans’s new home.


Vila Velha Museum / Belém Lima Arquitectos

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Architects: Belém Lima Arquitecto
Location: ,
Engineering: Norvia | coord MJ Borges
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 705 sqm
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Video: Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d

Greg Tran shared with us his amazing video, ‘Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d’. The video was the Thesis Prize Winner in Harvard Graduate School of Design 2011. You can see the short version above, and if you want to check to complete version, you can watch it here: Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d (Full Version).

“Architecture has always been the medium which defines the spaces we live in, but with the emergence of Digital 3d or “augmented” technology, immaterial stimuli is beginning to encroach upon those spaces. Thus far, digital forms have few relationships to their material context, but there is interesting potential for their interaction. Digital tools act as an infrastructural and informational prosthetic, but will be most profound when they tie back to the human body and engage the built environment.”


Foreclose: Rehousing the American Dream / MoMA

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This weekend, the ArchDaily team will be attending MoMA’s Foreclose: Rehousing the American Dream event featuring open studios and a keynote address by the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. During this 14-month project, the challenge has forced participants to rethink housing in cities, imagining new architectural possibilities for American cities and suburbs in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis. During the afternoon, the 5 teams (Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORK Architecture Company; Michael Bell of Columbia University; Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang; Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS; and Andrew Zago of Zago Architecture) will open their studios and we cannot wait to see what they’ve been working on.  As the team are comprised of multidisciplinary professionals, we’re excited to see their different approaches for dealing with their selected “megaregion” – a metropolitan area that lies within a corridor between two major cities. Check out MoMA’s site for the event info and maybe we’ll see you there!

Update: Ronchamp Chapel / Renzo Piano

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Last week, Renzo Piano attended the opening of his newest addition to the site of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. Commissioned by the Association Oeuvre Notre Dame du Haut, Piano was asked to design a small visitors’ center and convent for the Poor Clare nuns who live on the grounds. When first announced in 2008, the project was in the midst of controversy as an online debate of petitions against the project – signed by Moneo, Meier and Pelli – was sent to France’s minister of culture, only to be countered with a petition in support of the project, including names such as Fuksas and Ando. Even with the conflict, Piano remained cool and collected…and a perfect fit for the job. In addition to his personal love of Le Corb’s project, Piano’s works have a certain air of sensitivty about them, a characteristic that would produce a work not to overshadow nor compete with, yet respectfully support, Corbusier’s masterpiece. “I love Le Corbusier’s building. For me, it’s a masterpiece. He made one of the most beautiful places of meditation in the world,” Piano told Arch Record.

More about the convent after the break.