The Skyscraper as Citizen: Reflections on the Public Life of Private Buildings

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The John Hancock Tower Boston, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, will receive the 2011 Twenty-five Year Award at the annual convention next month. To mark the occasion, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, Founding Partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, will discuss the history of the project and its influence on subsequent tall buildings designed by his firm. Organized by the Center for Architecture the discussion will be this coming Monday, April 25th and is free to AIA members.

An exhibition featuring photographs of the John Hancock Tower by Peter Vanderwarker and Robert Damora will be on display at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners from April 26 through May 6. More details of both events can be found here.

John Knox Church / Williams Boag Architects

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Architects: Williams Boag architects Pty Ltd
Location: , Victoria,
Builder: DJ Rice Pty Ltd
Structural/Civil: Kersulting P/L
Services: Kersulting P/L
Building Surveyor: Anthony Middling & Associates
Heritage Consultant: Bryce Raworth
Project team: Peter Williams, Alison Freeman, Leila Allbrook
Project area: 546 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Sonia Mangiapane

Coral City / GOMMA Design


Rome based architecture and design firm GOMMA Design has submitted one of their latest projects, Coral City, a self-sustaining and disaster-resistant eco-village in the , submitted for the DAtE competition. Additional images of their proposal and a lengthy description are available after the break.

Great Barrier Island / Herbstarchitects

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Architects: Herbstarchitects
Location: , New Zealand
Project Team: Lance Herbst, Nicola Herbst
Contractor: Ian Riggans
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Jackie Meiring

Twister / Sergey Makhno & Butenko Vasiliy

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Architects: Sergey Makhno & Butenko Vasiliy
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Project area: 421 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Sergey Makhno & Butenko Vasiliy

Heliotrope Architects win National AIA Housing Award

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North Beach Residence, a new home located on Orcas Island’s North shore, has received a 2011 AIA National Housing Award.  Featured previously on ArchDaily, the North Beach Residence is situated among the trees directly between the beach and the meadow, with walls of glass opening out to both. While actual shelter is provided, the experience is of nearly complete openness to the environment, with a minimized structure meant to disappear from view.

The jury commented that, “Its sensitivity to the site is paramount: its orientation, the lightness with which it sits on the site, the compact nature of project, and its artful reference to vernacular typologies.”

The ’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.

5 Projects: Interview 5 / Alexander Maymind

X-ray view through front elevation, above and below ground

5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University’s School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale’s campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today’s architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large.

Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally established values, meanings and forms to produce new bodies of work. In that sense, each sought a contemporary way to learn from the past that would have particular resonance in today’s social, political, and cultural milieu.

The identity of the group of 5 is meant as a provocation towards two related issues: the desire for individuality and expression by today’s younger generation of architects inculcated by media and secondly, the desire for consensus within discourse on what counts today as critical & theoretical concerns for architecture. The aspiration behind the interviews and feature is to reveal an internal discussion which demonstrates an effort to clarify and identify a set of ideas that underpin contemporary architectural production. The feature and interviews were organized and conducted by .

You can check the first interview, second interview, third interview and fourth interview in case you missed them. Read the fourth one after the break.

Faculty of Medicine Coimbra University / CVDB Arquitectos / AT 93


CVDB Arquitectos / AT 93, has shared with ArchDaily their competition winning design proposal for the 2009 Faculty of Medicine Coimbra University in . Additional images and a description are available after the break.

Wooden House with an Inner Courtyard / DI Bernardo Bader


Architects: DI Bernardo Bader
Location: , Austria
Project year: 2010
Photographs: DI Bernardo Bader

Missouri State University – Cheek Hall / Dake | Wells Architecture

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This renovation of Cheek Hall at Missouri State University provides new classrooms and a computer lab for the mathematics department on campus. An informal student lounge space is defined at the intersection of corridors by a donut of green, marking the transition from one department to another. The donut claims the corridor itself as part of the lounge, encouraging interaction between students and faculty. Brainstorming and study is supported by flexible seating and an interactive glass wall. Isaac Newton terminates the central corridor and keeps watch over the study lounge.

More images following the break.

Architect: Dake | Wells Architecture
Location: Springfield, Missouri,
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Architectural Imageworks

Paper Cut Parlor / Visiondivision

At the end of this summer, our friends from Visiondivision will complete their latest commission, a waiting room for a private athletic clinic in .  By separating the clinic from the larger hospital, the architects were able to create a peaceful haven within the institution.  This new section boasts a more refreshing environment that is brightly illuminated and designed for comfort.

More about the clinic and more images after the break.

Struggling Cities, Exhibit of Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s

Original model of Arata Isozaki’s Cities in the Air, 1960

The internationally touring exhibit ‘Struggling Cities’ focuses on the proposals of urbanization by Japanese architects in the 1960s including:

- Kenzo Tange’s “A Plan for Tokyo-1960;”
- the Metabolist schemes of Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Masato Ohtaka, Fumihiko Maki, and Noboru Kawazoe; and
- Arata Isozaki’s “Cities in the Air”

Currently on display the exhibit runs through Friday, April 29th (excluding Sundays) from 10am to 4pm at MulvannyG2.  ‘Struggling Cities’ was also featured at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 and at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, .

Further details can be found here.

The Japan Foundation Exhibit is co-sponsored by Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, King County 4Culture, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

In collaboration with University of College of Built Environments, American Institute of Architects Seattle, Hamilton International School – Future Cities, MulvannyG2, Japan-America Society of the State of , Seattle Center, Nippon Express, and Yuri Kinoshita.

The Teaching Complex / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, Henry Ho, Dennis Chan, Boris Lo, Sophia Ip, Lai Wai Man, Mary Ching
Project area: 5,465 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2008
Photographs: Rocco Design Architects

Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services / SHW Group

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Architects: SHW Group
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI,
Principal-in-Charge: Janice Suchan
Project Manager: Jen Durham
Principal Designer; Tod Stevens
Programmer/Planner: Dave Rose
Project Architect: Mickey Walsh
Mechanical Engineer: Rich Corona
Electrical Engineer: Jeff Walenciak
Structural Engineer: Tom Baier
Landscape Architect: Beckett and Raeder
Civil Engineering: Wilcox Professional Services
Technology: The Sextant Group
Associate Engineer: ARUP
Project area: 146,000 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Justin Maconochie

Living Future 11

The fifth annual unconference, ‘Living Future 11′ is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. The education program will focus on ”Our Children’s Cities: Visualizing a Restorative Civilization” and the out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats will provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future.

The Cascadia Green Building Council is hosting the conference April 27th – 29th, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Focused on providing proven, practical, ambitious and visionary strategies that address whole earth impacts, a diverse collection of inspiring keynote and plenary speakers include: Majoria Carter, Jason McLennan, Sarah Harmer, and Margaret Wheatley.

More information for Living Futre 11 here.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XLIII

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Have you seen our almost-46,000 Flickr Pool lately? We want to thank everyone who contributes to this amazing group of architecture photography. 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 Sophienesss in Los Angeles, . Check the other four after the break.

The Indicator: The Next Architecture, Part 7


An article in this week’s Economist about Italian business clusters—that is, where businesses in the same industry form geographic clusters—offered some interesting observations. First, that traditional business models cannot survive global competition. A strategy to deal with global competition includes innovation and building brands. In short, diversification.

This led to a question: how does one approach diversifying architecture firms so that they, too, will be more able to weather economic vicissitudes? For that, let’s turn to Paul Nakazawa. Of course, there is the more “traditional” model of diversification: “many architects have several different kinds of SEPARATE businesses, which serves to diversify dependency on one source of revenue. The time-honored diversification scheme is teaching and practice — we all know lots of people who do that gig.”

More after the break.

‘Spreading the Light’: Romanian Lighting Convention

Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 is a cultural, scientific, but mostly social meeting of architecture, design and lighting specialists in South Eastern Europe. It was created as a privileged communication area for those who regard light as a source of inspiration and who use light to emphasize and place value on the public space.

Recipient of the Pritzker Prize 2006 – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the “nonconformist” architect-designer Gaetano Pesce and the most awarded Canadian-Romanian architect, Dan Sergiu Hanganu, are arriving in for the 19-20th May event which is going to approach lighting in all its forms of manifestation – architectural, urban, daylight, road, office etc.

Romanian Lighting Convention 2011 comprises several events within its structure, tailored both for the experienced professionals and the new faces in this field: 3 conferences, 3 contests, one of which dedicated to students – LED DESIGN Contest, and 3 exhibitions (flagship products, LED luminaires, contests’ award winning papers).

For registration and more information please contact RLC organizers at or check