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Outdoor Food Court In Centenario Town / Jaf Architecture + Design

© Javier Villasuso Multimedia © Javier Villasuso Multimedia © Javier Villasuso Multimedia © Javier Villasuso Multimedia

Rope Pavilion / Kevin Erickson

  • Architects: Kevin Erickson
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Kevin Erickson
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kevin Erickson

Courtesy of Kevin Erickson Courtesy of Kevin Erickson Courtesy of Kevin Erickson Courtesy of Kevin Erickson

Bus Station / DTR Studio

  • Architects: DTR Studio Architects
  • Location: Baeza, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: José María Olmedo, José Miguel Vázquez
  • Collaborators: Claudia Gutierrez, Linda Bräunig, Alba Márquez
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas

[CASABLANCA] Sustainable Market Square Competition

Courtesy of [AC-CA]
Courtesy of [AC-CA]

[AC-CA] just launched their next competition which aims at designing a New Sustainable Market Square in Casablanca, Morocco. A market square is a public open area where market stalls are traditionally set out for trading, commonly on particular days. It is usually situated in the center of the town, surrounded by buildings and streets. To create a sustainable market, environmentally conscious design techniques will be implemented. The architecture of this new structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact. Early bird registration ends July 31 with the submission deadline November 5. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Zaha’s Heydar Aliyev Center on Fire

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXVI

We have now over 85,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. The photo above was taken by naoyafujii in Tokyo, Japan. Check the other four after the break.

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Revealed

London Olympic Stadium, London / Populous © LOCOG
London Olympic Stadium, London / Populous © LOCOG

The Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) has released the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize that is presented annually to the ‘building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year’. This year’s six shortlisted projects range from seemingly simple yet highly innovative London Olympic Stadium to the thoughtful and intimate Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow. The winner will be announced in October at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner. Follow the break for the complete shortlist and more details about the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Venice Biennale 2012: Catalan and Balearic Islands Pavilion

Restoration of Can Ribas Factory / Jaime J. Ferrer Forés; © José Hevia
Restoration of Can Ribas Factory / Jaime J. Ferrer Forés; © José Hevia

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and for the first time, the Institut Ramon Llull will be presenting an exhibition dedicated to Catalan and Balearic architecture entitled “Vogadors”, featuring nine projects from nine different architects that epitomize the contemporary and avant-garde works from the regions. The exhibition is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, which is the main geographical feature of the regions, and by the words of Jorge Oteiza, “He who forges ahead creating something new does so like an oarsman, moving forward but back-paddling, looking behind him, towards the past, towards what exists, so as to be able to reinvent its underpinnings.” Follow us after the break to see the projects to be featured at the exhibit.

La Seca / Meritxell Inaraja; © Wenzel
Home for Three Sister in Bullas / Blancafort Reus Arquitectura; © David Frutos House in Bunyola / Francisco Cifuentes; © José Hevia School of Art and Design in Amposta / David Sebastian and Gerard Puig; © Adrià Goula

Video: London Festival of Architecture

Update: ABI June

The June ABI has proven that we still have not been able to shake the weak activity of May - the score capped out at 45.9 from 45.8, marking the third month in negative territory.  The market continues to show a drop in demand across all design services, in all regions.  The poor conditions suggest upcoming weakness in spending on nonresidential construction projects, as each sector of construction shows negative growth commercial/industrial 46.9, institutional 46.0, and mixed practice 45.9.   “The downturn in design activity that began in April and accelerated in May has continued into June, likely extending the weak market conditions we’ve seen in nonresidential building activity ,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “While not all firms are experiencing negative conditions, a large share is still coping with a sluggish and erratic marketplace.” Sorry for such harsh news to start the work week – but if it is any consolation, there’s always next month….and, the Olympics begin Friday.

Video: London & UK RedBall

This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his celebrated art project RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council and The Dartington Hall Trust, it arrived on the streets of the English Riviera in Torbay in June before touring to Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth & Portland and London, finishing the tour at Dartington Hall and popping up in a total of 20 sites. The project engaged thousands of people on its tour of alleyways, underpasses, high streets, town squares, heritage sites and bridge arches across the country. Alongside the tour, the RedBall UK education project worked with hundreds of young people and staff in 5 schools to raise the aspirations and achievements of Year 6 pupils. Text Courtesy of Danny Cooke. For more information on RedBall UK, please visit here.

Raimund Abraham's Final Work / Photographer Thomas Mayer

House for Music. Photo © Thomas Mayer
House for Music. Photo © Thomas Mayer

Raimund Abraham (1933-2010), who would have turned 79 today, was far from your typical architect. A striking figure – usually sporting a black fedora, thick moustache, and cigar – Abraham was a radical thinker who believed passionately in the sacred importance of architecture. For Abraham, architecture existed just as legitimately in the mind as on the ground; as he put it: “I don’t need a building to validate my ideas.” In fact, many of his visionary drawings were exhibited as art, including in the MOMA. Although most of his designs were never actually built, those that were gained critical acclaim. He was best known for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City, a 24-story, “guillotine-like” building curiously squeezed onto a plot only 25 feet wide. Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton called itthe most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Musuem of 1959.” To celebrate this great mind, we present you his final work, Musikerhaus (House for Music or Musician’s House), as photographed by Thomas Mayer. The House, a former NATO missile base turned artists’ residence/exhibition gallery (you can see the latest exhibition “The Reality of the Unbuilt” in the photos below), will be completed next year. More photos & quotes, after the break…

House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects

  • Architects: Steve Larkin Architects
  • Location: Co. Wexford, Ireland
  • Engineer: Arthur Murphy
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy