Euralille Youth Centre / JDS Architects

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JDS Architects have just shared with us their first French project in the city of . The Euralille Youth Centre is a 6,000 sqm project that includes a youth hostel, offices and a kindergarten. More images and information after the break.

AD Review: From the Archives

AD Review: From the Archives presents a wide array of architecture to feature today. While looking back over this particular week from years past we found museum and residential projects to highlight along with religious, institutional and educational architectural works.  From Poland to Israel, Chile and , these projects are well worth a second look.

Alcudia Marine Station / SCT Estudio de Arquitectura

© José Hevia

Architects: SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Puerto de Alcudia, Mallorca,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: José Hevia

Cidade Nova Metro Station and Footbridge / JBMC Architecture

© Nelson Kon

Architects: JBMC (João Batista Martinez Corrêa, Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa, Emiliano Homrich, Cecília de Souza Pires, Gabriela Assis Guerra Costa)
Location: Avenida Presidente Vargas, Gamboa, Río De Janeiro,
Structural Enginner: Noronha Engenharia
Structural Consultant: Paulo Ricardo de Barros Mendes
Collaborators: Estúdio MAAC, Estúdio Maya, RC arquitetos, Plantae Paisagismo, Tria Design
Photographs: Nelson Kon


Giacomuzzi Commercial Building / monovolume architecture + design

© Simon Constantini

Architecture: monovolume architecture + design  (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: (BZ)
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch.Thomas Garasi / Arch. Barbara Waldboth
Structural engineers: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
Client: Giacomuzzi limited partnership
Program: commercial building
Realization: 2009/10
Volume: 4.200 m³
Building area: 1.300 sqm
Photographer: Simon Constantini


Family House in Klokočná / Studio pha

© Filip Šlapal

Architects: Studio pha s.r.o.
Location: Klokočná,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

7 billion and counting: Homo sensus in an Urban World

Santiago, Chile ©

The rise in human population continues to exert enormous strain on earth’s ecosystems and finite resources. Scientific American recently devoted an issue to one solution among many needed to solve this worrisome situation. The cover reads, “We have seen a brighter future, and it is urban.” People living in dense urban environments “typically have smaller energy footprints, require less infrastructure and consume less of the world’s resources per capita.”[1] But, what is the cost? There are always tradeoffs. Alla Katsnelson, from Scientific American, notes that city dwellers suffer “higher rates of mental illnesses, including anxiety disorders and schizophrenia” than their rural counterparts.[2] All the factors underlying this difference are not known or well understood, but some of the possible causes appear to stem from the fact that urban environments are nothing like the ancestral environments from which our sensory systems evolved. As our hunter-gather ancestors learned during the Agriculture Revolution, our biology does not take kindly to rapid upheavals in cultural evolution. In a way, their experience somewhat parallels the one we face today. Put simply, the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent urbanization has been to our sensory systems what the agriculture revolution was to our digestive system.

Rem Koolhaas on Charlie Rose

On October 19th interviewed OMA founding partner (his fifth appearance on the show).  The discussion ranges from Koolhaas’ current interest in the countryside, rather than the city, his firm’s newly completed Milestein Hall project at Cornell University, and the launch of the book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks written with Hans Ulrich Obrist and edited by Kayoko Ota.  Watch the interview here.

Trafford Wharf Promenade / FoRM Associates

© McCoy Wynne

Architects: FoRM Associates
Location: ,
Date: Completed 2011
Client: Peel Media
Design: FoRM Associates
Engineering: Gifford
Text credits: FoRM Associates
Photographs: McCoy WynneWebbaviation, FoRM Associates


Global Village Construction Set / Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters working to complete a DIY Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – “a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.”

Continue reading for more information and videos.

Funeral Parlor / TASH

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: TASH – Taller de Arquitectura Sánchez-Horneros
Location: ,
Project Team: Emilio Sánchez-Horneros, Antonio Sánchez-Horneros, Javier Rodríguez, Alberto di Nunzio, David Melar, Marta Zamanillo
Structural Engineering: Eusebio Sánchez de Gracia
Technical Engineering: Francisco Guadamillas
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,698.65 sqm
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

What is Design?

What is design?

Design is about finding a balance. There’s a Japanese word for the place in between – “ma”. It’s the interval of time between two things. It’s the point in the swing of a pendulum when the object switches from an upswing to a downswing. It’s the pause just between. It’s the moment just before something happens, or changes, or becomes clear, or comes into focus. But not yet. It’s the best part of the rollercoaster, right after the climb, and just before you fall. It’s anticipation. The space between. – Ma

I think that’s where “design” is. When you design something, you start with a blank page. The options seem endless and the task can seem too complex. In fact, most of us never get past this point. But, as you look at that blank page, memories of everything you’ve done before begin to enter your mind. Everything else you’ve seen, and (more importantly) experienced begins to flood the blank page. Everything you know about the project wells up in your mind; the details, the interconnections, the opportunities, the obstacles, the patterns, and the context. Eventually, you’ll sense a change in direction about to happen. That’s when you start to draw…

Right at the moment between what you knew before you started and what you are about to learn. – Ma

Jody { coffee with an architect }

New administrative offices Mayr Melnhof - Kaufmann (Gold Medal 2011)

International Award for Sustainable Architecture Competition

Conceived and promoted by the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, Italy, with the financial support of the Fassa Bortolo company, the aim of the International Award for Sustainable Architecture, now in its ninth edition, is to contribute to the research of…

Berkeley School of Law Library / Ratcliff

© Steve Whittaker

Architect: Ratcliff 
Location: , California, USA
Landscape:  Hargreaves Associates, Alan Lewis & Brian Jencek
Principal-in-Charge: Joseph A. Nicola
Lead Designer: Crodd Chin
Project Architect/Designer: Ben Levi
Project Designers: Peter Soldat, Tony Keung, Greg Hildebrand
Project Design Team: Kevin Thornton, Pikesh Desai, Chris Young, Bill Winkleman, Bob Wong, Al Socias, Henry Chaikin, Nina Pakanant, Susan Kanno, Mike Matson and Bill Blessing
Project Interior Design Team: Bonnie Thomas, Marianne Schumacher, Maria Holder
Structural: Rutherford & Chekene, Dominic Campi
Photographer: Tim Griffith, Ethan KaplanSteve Whittaker


Video: The Library of Birmingham Timelapse

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Opening in 2013, the Library of will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. Designed by international architects Mecanoo, the Library of Birmingham will be located in the city’s Centenary Square. Recently, the author of the architectural videos blog shared with us his time lapse video of the building.

Duncan and McMurtry Colleges / Hopkins Architects with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

© Robert Benson Photography

Architects: Hopkins Architects with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company
Location: Houston, , USA
Client: Rice University
Structural Engineer: Haynes Whaley Associates
Civil Engineer: Walter P. Moore
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Robert Benson Photography

The Candard Hotel by DeSimone Consulting Engineers


On November 9th at the World Financial Center, all are invited to watch twenty-six of New York City’s top architecture, engineering and design firms will spend one adrenaline-filled evening configuring over 100,000 cans of food into gravity-defying sculptures for Canstruction,…

Centre d’Examen du Permis / a+ Samuel Delmas

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: a+ Samuel Delmas
Location: ,
Client: Ministère de l’écologie
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Julien Lanoo