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Rensselaer Spring 2012 Lecture Series

The spring 2012 lecture series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture started on February 13th with Patrik Schumacher and concludes with the ‘Transactions’ lecture on April 9th. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place…

Dental Workshop / Fernando Cué González + Mauricio García Cué

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Architects: Fernando Cué González, Mauricio García Cué
Location: , Morelos,
Area: 960 sqm
Project Year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Villa A / Architektonicke Studio Atrium

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Architect:Architektonicke Studio Atrium
Location: Kostoľany nad Hornádom,
Completion: 2009
Area: 188 sqm
Price: 170,000 eur
Photographs: Ľubo Stacho, Jaroslav Vaľko

Building Of Universitat Pompeu Fabra / Nomen Architectes

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Architects: Nomen Architectes
Location: Tanger122-140, 08018, , Spain
Project Team: Frederic Crespo Nomen, Silvia Crespo Nomen, Miguel Del Rio Francos, Juan Carlos Colicchio Angeles, Anne Cecile Landru, Leticia Nieto Rodriguez, Meritxell Tortosa Alemany, Xavier Butinya Sitja
Built Area: 8,500 sqm
Client: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Project Date:2009
Photographs: Manuel Giron Perez

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‘Toward a Nomadic Architecture’ Exhibition

Opening this Saturday, February 18th, from 6pm-8pm at the STORE gallery in Pioneer Place, the ‘Toward a Nomadic Architecture’ Exhibition will be taking a look at the nomadic movements of different cultures. Centered around an academic course on the topic…

Multipurpose Centre Valle De Salazar / Gutiérrez – ​De La Fuente Arquitectos

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Architects: Gutiérrez – De La Fuente Arquitectos  – Natalia Gutiérrez Sánchez y Julio de la Fuente Martínez
Location: ,
Client: Navarra de Suelo Residencial, S.A. Gobierno de Navarra.
Gross floor area: 1.047,78sqm.
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda


5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation / Nicholas Kreitler

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As a young architect and recent graduate of Kansas State University, Nicholas Kreitler shares with us five important recommendations for every graduate entering into the “real world”. Please feel free to add your recommendations in the comment section below.

Every school has a dif­fer­ent way of teach­ing their stu­dents, some take an approach focused on the­o­ry, some do it on prac­ti­cal experience and some try to take a bal­anced approach. Each of these have their advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages, but I’m not look­ing to dis­cuss the cur­ricu­lum. I’d like to dis­cuss some of the things that were left out. Some­times there are just things that only real world expe­ri­ence can teach you. Now I am far from know­ing every­thing, if I know any­thing at all, but I have a seen a few glim­mers of hope on the hori­zon and that con­tin­ues to keep me moti­vat­ed. I have found that we are all search­ing for our place in this ever chang­ing world and a lit­tle advice is never a bad thing.

Participatory Resource Center / Natalia Muñoz Aguilar

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Architect: Natalia Muñoz Aguilar
Location: C / De Molina Francisco Mayor, ,
Technical Architect: Joaquin Ortiz de Villajos (Director of performance)
Developer / Owner: City of Malaga, Construction management, Construction and infrastructure
Manufacturee: San Jose, Inc.
Completion: 2011
Budget: € 989,092.77 (VAT Included)
Photographer: Duccio Malagamba


2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: Virtual Water / UrbanLab + endrestudio + Method Design

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s WendyVirtual Water, a collaborative design brought to you by UrbanLab, endrestudio and Method Design, formally manifests what is hidden in plain sight: RAIN. The project reveals and plays with thousands of gallons of summertime rainwater that would otherwise be discarded from the PS1 courtyard.

Virtual Water refers to water hidden in everyday products. A pair of jeans, for example, has a 3000 gallon Virtual Water footprint because 3000 gallons of water are consumed in the various steps of its production chain (growing the cotton, dyeing the fabric, etc).

Structures of Utility / David Stark Wilson

It is such a great pleasure for ArchDaily to promote David Stark Wilson’s photographic exploration Structures of Utility. We have feature Wilson’s firm WA Design on ArchDaily, but this book offer something uniquely different. Wilson traveled the back roads of California’s Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills and captured the haunting beauty of utility buildings. These are buildings that would not otherwise be featured on ArchDaily, unless an architect did a remodel, but the photographs bring home the obvious point that design inspiration often lies far outside the realm of award winning and highly publicized buildings. The photographs are absolutely gripping. For a peak inside see more after the break.

Europan 11 Proposal: Effets de Serres / CLIC Architecture

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CLIC Architecture shared with is us their first prize winning proposal in the Europan 11 Competition. Their proposal for Stains, aims to connect, under an always changing seasonal landscape, all metropolitan scales from public space to housing issues, from global to local scales. The design also acts as the multi-modal hub (metro, train) for a three-dimensional subtle interconnection of public space, mobility nods and private business complexes. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects

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As part of a resort development, the first prize proposal for Block 5 by NL Architects consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. Located in the Hainan Province and the southernmost city in China, Sanya is well known for its tropical climate and popular tourist destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of Cezary Kępka, Bartłomiej Popiela, Małgorzata Piotrowska, Jan Sukiennik
Courtesy of Cezary Kępka, Bartłomiej Popiela, Małgorzata Piotrowska, Jan Sukiennik

Operlab Competition Entry / 137kilo Architekci – Projektanci

With its function and form changing based on its location and event, the Operalab is a bold statement in the cityscape and serves as an ad hoc embassy for the Polish National Opera’s cultural program. Designed by 137kilo Architekci – …

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Dreamland Margate / Assael Architecture

Assael Architecture… recently shared its vision for the Dreamland Margate, one of Britain’s most famous seaside amusement parks, into whether Thanet District Council will be allowed to compulsorily purchase the former fun park. Assael is the fifth architectural practice to

Yamakawa Rattan Showroom / Sidharta Architect

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The main concept of the design of the YAMAKAWA Rattan showroom by Sidharta Architect is to let people experience the product in a different way. People from the street will see the façade of the building as a two storey mass with a hanging cubical on the first floor, and other products displayed behind frameless clear glass on the second floor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bar-Studio Kluchi / Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg, Anton Grechko

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Architects:Peter Kostelov, , Anton Grechko
Location: , Russia
Design Team: Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg, Anton Grechko
Floor Area: 300 sqm
Project Date: 2011
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

Flashback: Glen Murcutt on Sustainability

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In reference to Living Steel‘s 3rd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing,  discusses his ideas surrounding the issue of sustainability. He emphasizes the strategies employed by the top contenders such as the planning of orientation, thermal performance, and human effort in addition to other variables involved in sustainable architecture. One particular method that Murcutt stresses is using materials that can dissolve back into the earth, citing earth walls as an excellent medium to build with and their inherent thermal mass qualities. Each team was invited to present their ideas in person, a variation from previous years which Murcutt believes led to the highest quality of work and diversity of the competition series.

Amarees / Paul Davis Architects

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Architects: Paul Davis Architects -
Location: , CA
Design Team: Paul Davis, AIA, Principal-in-Charge; Gabriel Leung, Project Designer; Sarah Knize, Project Team; Ken Vermillion, Project Team; Jennifer Williams, Project Team
Size: 8,100 square feet
Photographs: John Ellis