Mochen Office / Mochen Architects & Engineers

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Architect: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Location: , China
Structural/Mechanical/Electrical/Civil Engineer: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Client: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 3396 sqm
Photographs: Shu He, Lin Mingshu

Parking Attendant’s Pavilion / Jean-Luc Fugier

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Associate Architects: FeST Architecture
Location: Aix-en-Provence,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30 sqm
Photographs: Philippe Piron

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda / Crystalzoo

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Architect: Crystalzoo, S.L.P.
Location: , Spain
Lead Architect: Jose Luis Campos Rosique
Photographs: David Frutos, Rafael Galan

Carbon Negative Cement Wins Green Award

Novacem’s Carbon Negative Cement won Material ConneXion’s second annual MEDIUM Award. Photography from Material ConneXion

“If implemented, the material would take care of most of construction’s attempts at carbon reductions in one fell swoop,” says Material ConneXion Vice President Dr. Andrew H. Dent of the company’s selection for 2011 MEDIUM award. The selection, Novacem‘s Carbon Negative Cemement, replaces calcium carbonates used in typical cement formulation with magnesium silicates and uses a lower-temperature production process that runs on biomass fuels.

Typical cement is responsible for approximately 5 percent of man- carbon dioxide; the emissions are caused by the processing of limestone and raw materials and the burning of fossil fuels.

Novacem associate engineer Daniel Bowden says that while the cement is still in development, it is already achieving strengths of up to 80 Mpa.

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El Bruc Residencial / David Oliva + Elisenda Planas


Architects: David Oliva + Elisenda Planas
Location: El Bruc Residencial, El Bruc, , Spain
Engineering: LAVOLA, S.L.
Structure: CRAE,S.L.
Client: Ajuntament El Bruc / Diputació de Barcelona
Budget: 186.300€
Project Area: 95.75 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Oliva + Elisenda Planas

In Progress: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo

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Architects: BIAD UFo
Location: Beijing,
Client: Phoenix Satellite Television
Project Year: 2009-2012
Project Area: 64973 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BIAD UFo

Busan Opera House Proposal / Diana Q. de Saul & Alejendro Munevar

Busan Opera House Proposal / Diana Q. de Saul & Alejendro Munevar

The proposal, by design team Diana Q. de Saul and Alejendro Munevar…, consists of an organic building-scape which allows for a variety of recreational and educational activities while creating a cultural icon for Busan. The building is organized around

285 Montevideo / Vazio S/A

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Architect: Vazio S/A
Location: ,
Project Team: Carlos M Teixeira (Principal Architect); Leonardo Rodrigues, Ligia Milagres
Project Area: 480 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Vazio S/A: Leonardo Finnoti, Eduardo Eckenfels, Carlos M Teixeira

Tower Town / Visiondivision

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When the Tower competition in Taichung asked participants for an iconic skyscraper, Visiondivision responded with a cluster of over 100 slender towers that challenges the expected experiences within and aesthetics of a 21st century tower.   Tower Town, a result of examining the traditional skyscraper and questioning its spatial offerings, creates a dense urban environment with its fragmented massing.

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Bluff House / Bruns Architecture


Architect: Bruns Architecture
Location: , Wisconsin
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bruns Architecture

AA Visiting School in Muscat

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The Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School, which provides an opportunity for visiting students, young architects, recent graduates and other creative individuals to participate in a form that emulates the school’s famed ‘unit system’ – that is, through a highly-focused short course pursuing a shared agenda of collaborative design, study, research and performance, will be holding an event at the German University of Technology, from September 10-22.

In order to develop theoretical, as well as practical, contributions to their discourse, the workshop will have as its methodological focus the form and idea of the pattern – patterns are seen as a means of translating the performance, as well as the appearance of historical structures into new concepts. More information on the event after the break.

BFI Acetate & Nitrate Film Stores / Edward Cullinan Architects

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Architects: Edward Cullinan Architects
Location: ,
Client: BFI
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Edmund Sumner © BFI

Fentress Global Challenge 2011: Airport of the Future

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Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created by Fentress Architects to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. The competition theme changes each year to reflect current issues. For 2011, students around the globe are invited to envision the Airport of the Future.

Winning students will receive cash prizes and gain international exposure. Top design concepts will be exhibited online and in the Airport of the Future section of the international touring exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports and the Architecture of Flight, which will offer a multi-media immersion into the past, present and future of airport design. It will open in North America in the summer of 2012, and will travel internationally through 2015. More information on the competition after the break.

Riga Plaza / ARHIS

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Architects: ARHIS
Location: , Latvia
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 89,968 sqm
Photographs: Indrikis Sturmanis

Rethinking Mies: Positions on Modernity in the 21st Century Symposium

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen in 1886. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birthday, Aachen Fenster e.V. and the Department of Theory of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University, will jointly host an international conference.

By determining new, yet sustainable ties between technology and aesthetics, as well as between ideas and artifacts, Mies van der Rohe defined a path leading to architectural modernity. The works of Mies have been documented, published, and displayed in countless exhibitions. As major references they stand apart from the rapid change of attitudes and stylistic preferences.

The Aachen symposium on Mies is not meant to be a hagiographical laudation on the person, the work or its reception. ‘Rethinking Mies’ will rather provide opportunities to understand the essence of Miesian thought and its relation to the modern movement as well as to contemporary practices of architecture. More information on the event after the break.

AD Classics: Everson Museum / I.M. Pei

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With a collection focused largely on American art and ceramics, the Everson Museum exists as a structure that is more than just a vault for art. Designed in 1968 by , the structure sought to simultaneously challenge the traditional museum typology through its innovative form while also existing as an object of modern art in its own right. Pei conceived the Everson as an open structure with access to its interior from all of its exposed sides.


Modernist and Traditionalist on Establishment Bias Against Traditional Architecture

Kroon Hall Yale University, Hopkins © Morley von Sternberg

Tensions mounted between modernist and traditionalist camps earlier last month when Paul Finch, UK Chairman for the Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment, praised the fact that modernists had won bids to design buildings for the 2012 Olympics. In response, Robert Adam, member of the Traditional Architecture Group, and Michael Taylor, senior partner at Hopkins, the firm that designed the Olympic velodrome, met for a discussion on hegemony, timeliness, and pastiche moderated by Guardian staffer Lanre Bakare.

The conversation is lively and aggressive. Ironically, the ‘progressive’ Taylor comes off as complaisant (“Let’s agree vast parts of our cities are covered in very bland modern buildings with too much glass and steel.” “There are some buildings where there will be common ground – for example, the works of Brunel, or Crystal Palace.”), and opinionated (“Anyone would recognise the problems with and see values in traditionalism which they like, but the problem is traditionalism is fixed and isn’t something that people think is moving forward.”)  and Adams, a bit of a snob, (MT: People are benefiting from cars, aeroplanes and other modern technology, and so to take the appearance and facades of your architecture as one separate element which should make a very clear and literal quotation back to history seems to be inconsistent. And I think people struggle with that. / RA: I think only architects struggle with that. Most people don’t have a problem with a Ferrari in the drive and a Georgian house behind it.) proves to be keenly aware of traditionalism’s place in contemporary Britain (“The prejudice towards traditionalists is rather like sexism. It’s just in the culture. If you’re in the profession, that’s just what you do. When you’re delivering the prejudice you don’t really notice it, but if you’re on the receiving end of it, then it’s a problem”). More an exhibition of conflicting ideologies than a conversation about contemporary viewpoints, the discussion is a fascinating look into how two feuding camps see themselves and their place in the world at large.

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Urban Paradox / MADe


Architects: MADe
Location: , India
Collaborators: Srikanth Inti, Naveen Akkina
Interior Fit-outs: DCOOP
Structural Engineer: Civil-Aid
Project size: 19,500 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: MADe