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KPF Releases Masterplan for Chinese City Built From Scratch

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently announced that their design for the 120 million square foot master plan for Meixi Lake in Changsha, China is being realized. A new city in the West Changsha Pioneer Zone in Hunan Province, Meixi Lake is centered around a 3.85 kilometer‐long lake. Upon completion, the city will be home to 180,000 inhabitants, and will provide residents, workers and visitors sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture and entertainment. More images and architects’ press release after the break.

Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic

Courtesy of Milos Todorovic
Courtesy of Milos Todorovic

The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Bus Shelter challenge was recently awarded to Milos Todorovic for his AdaptByMany proposal. By adapting to local conditions, transferring aesthetic ideas to users, and putting functionality as its primary role, this proposal stood out. According to Glenn Katz, one of the DesignByMany judges and an AEC Education Specialist at Autodesk, the proposal was chosen for “its simplicity, providing a rich kit of parts and elements that can be combined in interesting and flexible ways to create any number forms responding to site conditions.” More images and Todorovic’s description after the break.

Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus First Prize Winning Proposal / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was just awarded the first prize for their design of the Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus in Foshan, China. The 170-meter high dual tower denotes the start of the new business district in the south of the city, a prefecture-level city in the southern Chinese province Guangdong. Its exposed location, height, and function in the urban fabric as the first building on the Sino-German High-Tech and Research Campus means that the dual tower is conceived as a landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Pros & Cons of Revoking the DC Height Act

© Flickr User Rob Shenk
© Flickr User Rob Shenk

Earlier this week, Architect Robert K. Levy optimistically declared that the study which will evaluate the federal law limiting Washington building heights is a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Writing for The Washington Post, Levy states: “By conducting a detailed, comprehensive city-wide study, the D.C. Office of Planning and the NCPC will produce analyses and recommendations leading to a fine-grain, strategic plan for building heights across the District.  Ultimately this study is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders.”

But can the situation really be so rosy? While Congress spends 10 months studying and debating the possibility of making alterations to the capital’s zoning policies, urbanists, planners and citizens have already begun weighing in on the matter – and opinions are decidedly divided. Many question the true motivations behind the possible changes, and whether those changes will truly improve the livability and sustainability of the city  - or just alter it beyond recognition.

We’ve gathered both sides of the argument so you can make your own informed decision – after the break…

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

Courtesy of EM2N
Courtesy of EM2N

The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Unit 22 Zoetropes: Bartlett Architecture Dares To Care

Courtesy of Bartlett School of Architecture
Courtesy of Bartlett School of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL teamed up with Roca London Gallery to create the MArch Architecture Unit 22 end of year show – ‘Bartlett Architecture Dares to Care’, which is on display until December 18. Executed through the creation of Zoetropes, their study was focused on social and environmental sustainability, and the role architecture plays in preserving and empowering vulnerable communities. Each Zoetrope depicts the daily actions of an individual belonging to a vulnerable community. By designing for the everyday tasks, consideration is given to the role the built environment plays in protecting or helping them, rather than focusing purely on aesthetics. For more information, please visit here.

2012 ar+d Emerging Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Music Academy by Langarita Navarro
Music Academy by Langarita Navarro

Presented by The Architectural Review and sponsored by the Danish architectural hardware design company, d line, the winners of the 2012 ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture for young professionals under the age of 45 included projects of exceptional merit. This year’s four winning projects include a glass house in Japan, a community centre in rural earthquake-prone Bangladesh built on low-lying land susceptible to chronic flooding, an innovative 10-family condominium in Winnipeg, and temporary facilities for a nomadic music festival that had been commissioned at the last minute due to emergency circumstances. Original and practical, thoughtful and inventive, these projects demonstrate fresh approaches to a variety of architectural challenges. More information after the break.

Franciscan Chapel / SAGRA

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects: SAGRA
  • Location: Kisfakos, 8800 Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Gabor Sajtos
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky, Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos

© Tamas Bujnovszky Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos © Tamas Bujnovszky

CHV Veterinarian Hospital / dEMM Arquitectura

© Pedro Lobo
© Pedro Lobo
  • Architects: dEMM Arquitectura
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team: Paulo Fernandes Silva, Isabela Almeida Neves, Tiago Lopes
  • Contractor: J Camilo Project
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pedro Lobo

© Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo © Pedro Lobo

University of Cuenca Theater / Javier Durán

  • Architects: Javier Durán
  • Location: Cuenca Canton, Ecuador
  • Director: Javier Durán
  • Promoter & Construction: University of Cuenca
  • Area: 3182.64 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Ivan Sinchi, Sebastian Crespo

© Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo

2 Houses with 6 Homes / nodo17 Architects

© Pablo Cruz Arjona
© Pablo Cruz Arjona
  • Architects: nodo17 Architects
  • Location: Pozuelo, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Manuel Pérez Romero
  • Collaborator Architects: Alegría Zorrilla Miras, Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradiellos
  • Area: 820.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pablo Cruz Arjona

© Pablo Cruz Arjona © Pablo Cruz Arjona © Pablo Cruz Arjona © Pablo Cruz Arjona

House F / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

  • Architects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kenji Ido
  • Structural engineer : Masakazu Taguchi
  • Area: 116.73 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron's Porta Volta Breaks Ground

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Milan's north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015

MAXXI's 2013 Young Architects Program Finalists

The MAXXI Museum in Rome has announced the five young designers who will compete for the opportunity to design and build a space for live summer events in the large courtyard of the MoMA PS1 in NY, the MAXXI Plaza in Rome, and - for the first time - at Turkey's Istanbul Modern.

Each of the finalist's projects will also be displayed as exhibitions at the four institutions participating in the Young Architects Program (YAP): the MAXXI, the MoMA PS1, Constructo (a Chilean cultural institution), and Istanbul Modern. 

The five finalists have until January 2013 to submit their proposals. The chosen project will be constructed and inaugurated in June. 

More information of the five finalists, after the break...

Nursery In Zarautz / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
  • Location: Indamendi Kalea, 20800 Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Ignacio Quemada
  • Design Team: Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
  • Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
  • Installations: JG Ingenieros
  • Technical Architect: Juan Cruz Lizarraga
  • Budget: € 765,794
  • Area: 692.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Alejo Bagué

© Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué