Techne – See Spot Measure Daylight: Architecture Tools

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The [design machine group] at the University of Washington is a cross-disciplinary group from the College of Built Environments and the Department of Architecture. It’s directive is to explore and develop ideas “that will shape the future of design and information technology.”

Their research projects range from fabrication tools to new ways of rendering large-scale models. Amongst the most exciting is the SPOT tool. First of all, this tool is free, so anyone, anywhere in the world can use it. And because it was developed for architects, its features have the needs of architects in mind.

La Cros Old Factories / Diaz y Diaz Architects

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Architects: Díaz y Díaz Architects – Lucas Díaz and Gustavo Díaz
Location: ,
Client: Culleredo Town Hall
Surveyor: RamoÅLnRodilla Marcos
Area: 9,000 sqm
Date of Construction: 2011 (phase I)
Photography: Courtesy of Xoan Pinon

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Infrastructural Archeaology / Map 13

Map 13… shared with us their project, Infrastructural Archeaology. Landfills are areas of great potential which are but a mere evidence of the uncontrolled cosumerism of this extreme society. They understand that waste should be buried and isolated, and not

Reflections / Daniel Libeskind

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Keppel Bay,
Building Size: 2,000,000 sqm; 1,129 units
Client: Keppel Land International
Architect of Record: DCA Architects PTE LTD
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Beca Carter Hollings&Ferner (S.E.Asia) Pte Ltd
Civil Engineer: T.Y. LIN International
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates + Sitetectonix
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd-a, SDL, VMW Obilia

Community Input Meeting / Friends of the High Line

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Are you an avid lover of the ? If you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of the project by James Corner Field Operations and DS+R, then you have been following the development of the High Line’s different sections – such as the early stages for a the design of the Gansevoort entrance and elevated street ampitheater of Stage One, and the picture frame and tree fly over of Stage Two.   And, yet the amazing public space is still developing further.  Friends of the High Line are presenting initial design concepts for the rail yards section of the High Line, which requires new zoning that would preserve the entire rail yards section, including the Spur, as public open space.  At a community input meeting on Monday, March 12, the High Line design team will share their visions and answer questions about the soon-to-be newest part of the project.

More information about the meeting after the break.

Polyforum Siqueiros Galleries / BNKR Arquitectura

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Architect: BNKR Arquitectura 
Location: , Mexico
Design Team: Esteban Suarez and Sebastian Suarez
Project Leader: Adrian Aguilar
Project Team: Adrian Aguilar & Diego Jasso
Collaborators: Julio Amezcua & Erik Ramírez
Carpentry: La Invencible / Alejandro Tapia
Area:680 sqm
Completion: November 2011
Photography: Jaime Navarro


The Carlsberg Brewhouse Project Competition Finalists

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The finalists of the international competition to transform the Carlsberg Brewhouse into an exciting, must-see Brand and Experience Center, was recently revealed. The competition sought to find proposals that would create a world-class attraction with a broad appeal to visitors who wish to be challenged, engaged and entertained by one of the world’s strongest brands. The main focus is on the transformation on the Brewhouse and the Elephant Gate but should also describe how Carlsberg Group can re-enforce, strengthen and further develop its presence in the Carlsberg site. More images and information on the finalists’ proposal after the break.

Residential Building L’Ermitage / Andrea Pelati Architecte + Ipas Architectes

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Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte + Ipas Architectes
Location: Rue Charles-Knapp 30, ,
General management: andrea pelati architecte
Design: ipas architectes sa
Execution: andrea pelati architecte
Author: Eric Ott, ipas architects sa
Co-author: Andrea Pelati
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Eric Ott, Gilles Batista, Jean-Claude Prêtre
Project Consultants: Mauler SA – Ccivil Engineers
Client: Habitat Concept Sàrl
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2011
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Gérald Sciboz

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UrbanCollective Modular Building Design Challenge 2012

Launched just last week, the UrbanCollective… Modular Building Design Challenge 2012, open to all architects, engineers, designers and students – individually or in groups, challenges participants to design a contemporary modular home. throughout the world. The competition aims to further

Docks In Aviles Port / [baragaño]

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Architect: [baragaño] 
Location: Avilés,
Completion: 2008
Developer: ArcelorMittal, AGP [Actividades Generales Portuarias]
Collaborators: Estudios y Proyectos
Builder: Conrado Antuña, Arcelor Construcción
Budget: 1,212,275.70 euros
Surface area: 3,220 sqm
Photographer: Mariela Apollonio, Angel Sanchís


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Museum Santiago Ydáñez Proposal / Matteo Cainer Architects

Matteo Cainer Architects… shared with us their proposal for the Museum Santiago Ydáñez in the town of Puente de Génave, Spain which expresses the relationship between the work of the artists, the site and the building program. Through an engaging,

House In Aoto / High Land Design

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Architects: High Land Design – Masayoshi Takahashi
Location: Katsushika, ,
Structural Engineers: A.S.Associates
Site Area: 78.81 sqm
Built Area: 50.21 sqm
Total Floor Area: 144.50 sqm
Completion Date: 2011
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

AD Classics: The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption / Pietro Belluschi and Pier-Luigi Nervi

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With the fascinating fusion of traditional Catholic faith and modern technology, the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption has become a distinct landmark in the cityscape of . Designed by architects Pietro Belluschi and  using what was considered the most top of the line engineering, the form of the chapel attracts visitors from all parts of the world and religious spectrum.

More history on the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption after the break.

Country Heights House / LOOK Architects

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Architect: LOOK Architects
Location: Country Heights, ,
Design Team: Look Boon Gee, Ng Sor Hiang, Looi Chee Kin
Local Architect: y’ SHIN Architect
C&S Engineers: SM1 Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor: Hiap Leck Construction
Completion Date: 2009
Site Area: 890 sqm
GFA: 407 sqm
Photographer: Amir Sultan


SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has been selected as winner of an international design competition with its Bohai Innovation City master plan that illustrates a new model of compact, environmentally enhanced urban design.

The winning proposal centers a new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed rail line, linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin while leveraging the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor. The city expansion will bring 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of ’s GDP.

Continue reading for more.

Office Building E / Aulík Fišer Architects

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Architects: Aulík Fišer Architects
Location: ,
Investor: BBC – building E, a.s
Developer: Passerinvest Group, a.s.
Collaborators: Jan Kucera, ing. arch. Adela Stredova, ing. arch. Monika Cizkova, ing. arch. Petr Vacek, ing. Martin Zelenka
Total Gross Floor Area: 17,600 sqm
Completion: February 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Aulík Fišer Architects

Nature Centre In Albacete / Manuel Fonseca Gallego

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Architects: Manuel Fonseca Gallego
Location: ,
Completion: January 2010
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

AD Round Up: Museums Part IX

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The best from the best for our 9th selection of previously featured museums. Main image belongs to SANAA’s New Art Museum in New York, with great photos from Iwan Baan. Also in this selection: UN Studio’s Mercedes Benz Museum and Delugan Meissl’s Porsche Museum, both in Germany. Don’t miss the M.H. de Young Museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron and our In Progress of Salvador Dalí Museum, designed by HOK + Beck Group. Enjoy!