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Top Firms shortlisted to design Canadian Art Center

© Winnipeg Art Gallery
© Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has selected six architectural teams to be shortlisted for the design of its new Inuit Art and Learning Center (IALC). The Center will house the WAG’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs. Selected from 64 international submissions, the six shortlisted teams are:

AD Architecture School Guide: Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Parametric Modeling/Parametric Design Studio (image via www.case.rpi.edu)
Parametric Modeling/Parametric Design Studio (image via www.case.rpi.edu)

What makes a good architecture school? Clearly there is no single factor that comprises a good, or even a great, architecture school. Different aspects are important to different people. Students often cite access to well-known faculty members—otherwise known as “starchitects”—as an important feature. Professors and instructors mention their school’s outreach programs, pioneering studios, technologically innovative labs, and exchange programs. All of these are valid and important.

Of course, these factors must be weighed against practical considerations that include tuition, the cost of housing, and other expenses. Why? Because in Western Europe and North America, tuition can be measured in the tens of thousands. What’s more, in the U.S., student loans aren’t forgivable which means your survivors can inherit up to US $90,000 worth of debt. And if the current economy has taught us one thing, it is that it’s cyclic.

So before investing all that money, it’s important to determine how a school will help you succeed. What are the practical and critical skills the school’s curriculum will impart to ensure a) your professional success, and b) your personal success (that means your overall quality of life). Because upon graduation, the goal is to gain skills to support yourself well while doing what you enjoy.

Read our CASE profile after the break

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BD Bacatá: The World's First Crowdfunded Skyscraper

Kickstarter, a site based on the seductive idea of “crowdfunding” – in which consumers collectively invest in a product in order for it to become reality – has taken on a life of its own. From straightforward consumer products (like a cool watch) to creative projects (Roman Mars’ radio show) and even to large-scale Urbanism projects (including an entire riverwater pool), Kickstarter has evolved to finance ever more complex, ambitious, and risky endeavors.

But are there limits? Can you harness the purchasing power of the public to “crowdfund” anything? To, say, design/build a city?

Well, if Colombia’s BD Bacatá building, the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, is anything to go by – the answer would seem to be yes.

More images of the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, BD Bacatá, after the break…

Patchwork City Masterplan / OOIIO Architecture

Designed by OOIIO Architecture, the Patchwork City Masterplan focuses on organizing the future growth of Linkoping, a city in southern Sweden with 100,000 inhabitants. The architects were challenged to experiment and explore new ways of designing cities, with all the complexities, sustainable construction systems and social cohesion aspects that a XXI st century city needs. The result is a contemporary city where the inhabitants colonize and personalize their own structure as they wish, crocheting their own city piece to generate a large patchwork all together. More images and architects’ description after the break.

JAY Mixed-Use Complex Winning Proposal / ASAR Consulting Engineers

Courtesy of ASAR Consulting Engineers
Courtesy of ASAR Consulting Engineers

ASAR Consulting Engineers shared with us their winning proposal in the competition to design the JAY mixed-use complex in Tehran, Iran. With the aim of a long-term plan to create a vibrant urban complex in a 54 hectare area site, their proposed response to these challenges begins with a public garden which improves the existing green spaces and plays a role as an urban structure to integrate the 4 different zones of the project. The program includes about 173 hectares of commercial, recreational and administrative activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Comisaría Lugo / Mestura Arquitectes

© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga

Architects: Mestura Arquitectes Location: Lugo, Galicia, Spain Design Team: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 5,293.83 sqm Photographs: Andrés Fraga

© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga
© Andrés Fraga

Art School in Burgos / Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez

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Mojave Rivers Ranger Station / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

© John Edward Linden © John Edward Linden © John Edward Linden © John Edward Linden

The Bridge Building / Hastings Architecture Associates

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Masrah Al Qasba Theater / Magma Architecture

  • Architects: Magma Architecture
  • Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team: Martin Ostermann, Lena Kleinheinz, Hendrik Bohle, Philipp Mecke, Anke Noske, Carlos Lara
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: Sarraj SMEP Engineering Consultants
  • Acoustics: Akustik Ingenieurbüro Moll
  • Client: Al Qasba Development Authority
  • Area: 820.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Torsten Seidel, Courtesy of Magma Architecture

Courtesy of Magma Architecture © Torsten Seidel © Torsten Seidel © Torsten Seidel

One Raffles Place Tower 2 / Tange Associates

© Marc Tey © Marc Tey © Marc Tey © Marc Tey

FF House / Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

  • Architects: Hernandez Silva Arquitectos
  • Location: Zapopan, México
  • Architect in Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva
  • Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Diana Quiroz Chávez, Roberto Peña, Leslie Chávez Sánchez, Andrea Assad Álvarez
  • Area: 587.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona

DawnTown Design Build Competition

DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios for their Design Build competition. Now in its fifth year, Dawntown seeks the talents of a designer or design team to create a low cost, innovative, and temporary installation in Miami. The competition is open to architects, artists, and all creative professionals. Designers can work individually or collaboratively in teams, with the requirement that at least one team member is located in the United States. Dawntown Design Build is made possible by the generous grant of the John S and James L Knight Foundation and The Miami Downtown Development Authority. Don’t miss out on a chance to be a part of this inaugural architectural event for Miami! Entries will be collected from September 17th 2012 to October 31st 2012, with finalists being announced on November 15th 2012. To register and for more details, please visit here.    

100% Terschelling / Studio Elmo Vermijs

© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden

Architects: Studio Elmo Vermijs Location: Island Terschelling, The Netherlands Design: ElmoVermijs and Arievan Ziel Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Gemma van Linden

© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden
© Gemma van Linden

Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects

Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects © Bill Timmerman
Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects © Bill Timmerman

Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects Location: Ellington, Wisconsin Project Size: 5,000 square feet Photography: Bill Timmerman

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