CTBUH International Student Tall Building Competition

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is announcing its second annual student competition for “Reimagining Tall”.  The competition will be held in conjunction with CTBUH 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.  Competition chair William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox noted that the competition hopes to give new meaning to “the tall building” and move it “away from just an instrument of financial exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat”.  The competition is seeking proposals that address the building’s relationship with the urban fabric, integrate existing street life and reflect their environment in a productive way. This should be an interesting competition considering we are entering the era of the megatall.

More details on the competition after the break.

Kimball Art Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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The Kimball Art Center in , Utah is hosting a competition for a transformation of the “non-profit center for the arts in the heart of ’s historic and vibrant art community”. The list of architects competing to transform this cultural space is selective.  Among them is Sparano + Mooney Architecture, an internationally recognized firm with offices in Park City, Utah and Los Angeles, .   The competition submissions for Stage II will be presented on February 2nd, but until then here is a preview of Sporano + Mooney’s Proposal!

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Leschi Residence / Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects

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Architects: Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects – Rick Mohler, Rick Ghillino, Rik Adams, Brian Baker
Location: Seattle, WA,
Structural: Swenson Say Faget
Landscape: Linda Attaway (LALA)
Contractor: EH Construction
Completion: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects

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’007_Urban_Songline’ Exhibition / Allard van Hoorn

The origin of Songlines [or Dreaming Tracks] can be traced to Australian indigenous systems for navigation and caretaking of land achieved by mapping space through the creation of music based on the topography of land. For 007_Urban_Songline, the artist, Allard …

UK Pavilion, Seed Cathedral. Shanghai Expo, China, 2010 © Iwan Baan

‘Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary’ Exhibition

As part of a season of events celebrating British design, the V&A presents the first major solo exhibition of the work of one of the most inventive and experimental British design studios practicing today.
This exhibition, taking place from May…

Optical Store / Simos Vamvakidis

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Architect: Simos Vamvakidis
Location: Neo Psyhiko, ,
Completion: June 2011
Size: 65 sqm
Photographs: Ioanna Roufopoulou and Simos Vamvakidis


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Pangolin House: Vision for Future House in Thailand / Pitupong Chaowakul, Wattikon Kosolkit and Yupadee Sutvisith

The vision of Pitupong Chaowakul, Wattikon Kosolkit and Yupadee Sutvisith… for the future Thai house is an architecture that is composed of different levels of resilient segments. This includes 100% resistance with facility space that allows water to flood on

‘Anemone’ Installation / Oyler Wu Collaborative


Anemone is an art/architectural installation by Oyler Wu Collaborative aimed at weaving together aesthetic experience and tactile engagement, a combination generally considered off limits within the world of contemporary art. All too often, art installations are considered precious, almost sacred objects; while they are meant to be appreciated for their aesthetic beauty, they offer little in terms of human interaction. In other words, they are meant to be seen, not felt. Recognizing that human engagement is one of the key factors in creating a rich experience, Anemone has been designed with the idea of interaction as one of its key design objectives. More images and project description after the break.

AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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The most satisfying part of the Rachofsky House is that it is not a museum. There is no real reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the multitude of visitors and school fieldtrips that frequent the 11,000 square-foot, three-story building week in and week out. But the House remains a 100% private residence, still owned by Mr. Rachofsky and operated by a small staff. This all lends to a very unique and personal experience for the visitor, because not only does the intimacy of a house enrich one’s interaction with the art, but the lessened formal pressure allows for greater exploration of space and more appreciation to the architectural detail.


Shou Sugi Ban / BYTR Architects

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Architects: BYTR Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Projectteam: Tjerk van de Wetering, Richel Lubbers, Dominique Vermeulen
Client: Private
Completion: 2010
Wooden framework: Prehocon, Bunnik
Building costs: €100.000 excl. BTW
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode


Video: Toguchi Lecture / Peter Bohlin

American architect Peter Bohlin, FAIA discusses his life work and design philosophy at the 2011 September Chapter Meeting, held in the Cartwright Auditorium at Kent State University. Bohlin founded Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1965 and has since gained a reputation for creating exceptional designs that are committed to the individuality of place and user. Bohlin has been awarded over 500 regional, national and international awards for design. In 2010, he received the national AIA Gold Medal, the highest award given by the institute. Enjoy the lecture and view ArchDaily’s exclusive interview with here.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson projects at ArchDaily:

Reference: AIA Akron

Stinson Beach House / WA Design Inc

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Architects: WA Design Inc
Location: Marin, ,
Client: Stacia Cronin and David Stark Wilson
Size: 1400 square feet
Design Team: David Stark Wilson, Frank Eyerly, Eoi Takagi
Consultants: Kenneth Hughes (engineering); PCD Engineering (mechanical)
Photographs: Courtesy of WA Design Inc

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LVI

Photo by jotKa26 mostly away - http://www..com/photos/jots-blog/

First Flickr Round Up of 2012, and we have some amazing photos from our Flickr Pool, which now has over 67,000 photos! 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 jotKa26 mostly away in Berlin, Germany. Check the other four after the break.

Parkridge / PLY Architecture


Architects: PLY Architecture
Location: , MI, USA
Construction: 2009 – 2010
Square fotage: 1100 sf
Design: Craig Borum + Karl Daubmann (Principals) Mike Ezban, Marshal Prado, Alex Timmer
Photographs: PLY Architecture


Chinese High-rise constructed in 15 days

We began the week with the destruction of Houston’s historic Prudential Building and now end with a time-lapse documenting a 30-story, five-star Chinese hotel constructed in only 15 days. The Chinese construction company, Broad Group, is gaining international attention for their efficient construction methods made possible by through prefab construction techniques, as ninety-three percent of the high-rise was quickly pieced together with pre-made components.

Country House In Tupadly / OV-A

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Architects: OV-A
Location: , Czech Republic
Head Architects: Jiri Opocensky, Stepan Valouch
Structural Engineering: Jan Pohl
Completion: 2008
Site area: 1,241 sqm
Built area: 245 sqm
Total floor area: 336 sqm
Photographs: Tomas Soucek

The Psychology of Home

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The psychology behind what we consider or value to be our homes presents some interesting concepts. While it is easy to answer the question “Where are you from?” when someone is asked “Where is for you?” the resulting answer may be influenced by a variety of perceptions of what really is. A recent article entitled The Psychology of Home: Why Where You Live Means So Much discusses such implications. Read more after the break.

Princeton School of Architecture / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: ,
Project Team: Principal-in-charge: Adam Yarinsky; Project Manager: Megumi Tamanaha; Project Team: Jennifer Park, Tina Hunderup, Adrian Wu, Arthur Chu
Completion: August 2007
Photographs: Paul Warchol