View of Suydersee / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: ,
Client: Heijmans IBC Vastgoed
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 5,800 sqm
Photographs: Gerard van Beek

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Hotel Liesma Proposal / Nobutaka Ashihara Architect

In the international design idea competition to find the best design solution for a music themed upscale hotel in Jurmala, Latvia, the proposal by Nobutaka Ashihara Architect (NAA)…, which won the third prize, transforms the existing, implements a new

Music Hall in Algueña / Cor & Partners

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Architects: Cor & Partners /  Miguel Rodenas + Jesús Olivares
Location: Algueña, Valencia,
Client: Algueña Town Council
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Frutos

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The Campaign for Safe Buildings Symposium

As we all know, natural disasters continue to kill hundreds of thousands each year, and the vast growth of cities with unsafe and unreliable buildings and other infrastructure will only increase the cost of human life and negatively impact local…

AD Review: From the Archives

The ArchDaily archives this week provided a number of buildings utilizing a variety of different materials. From a bamboo enveloped house to a mixed-use building with a facade system of aluminium carbonated drink cans these projects, also including a 350 meter free-spanning steel rib structured mall, are all worth a second look. Follow the break for these buildings and many more.

Residential Complex Le Lorrain / MDW Architecture

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Architects: MDW Architecture
Location: , Belgium
Client: Commune de Molenbeek-St-Jean (public)
Project Team: Waterman TCA (Structural Engineer), MK Engineering (M&E Engineer)
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 835 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MDW Architecture

House Folded / Alphaville Architects

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Architect: Alphaville Architects
Use: Residence
Location: , Japan
Site area:  75.93 sqm
Building area:  40.00 sqm
Total floor area: 102.03 sqm
Bilding scale:  3 stories
Structure system:  Reinforced concrete construction
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

  

House in Costa d’en Blanes / SCT Estudio de Arquitectura

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Architects: SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Costa d’en Blanes, , Spain
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: José Hevia

Designing for Autism: The ‘Neuro-Typical’ Approach

’ design for the DLC © Donna Senopoulos

Similar to a mainstream school setting, Celebrate the Children, a school for children with , lines its hallways with colorful banners, photographs, and student artwork. Parents concerned with some of their children’s hypersensitivities often ask Monica Osgood, the school’s director, if there is too much stimulation. Monica responds that her students need to learn in ‘real’ world settings if they will ever have a chance to use their acquired skills outside of the classroom.[1] This logic for replicating ‘neuro-typical’ environments, argues directly against the sensory sensitive approach, and, with reasons worth exploring. Individuals with autism often have very poor generalization skills. Therefore proponents of ‘neuro-typical’ simulated environments claim that sensory sensitive environments actually cause less, not more, universal access and integration into the larger population. Whether or not there is any truth to this claim is unknown. There are strong arguments for and against the ‘neuro-typical’ approach, but there are no definitive studies comparing the sensory sensitive approach to the ‘neuro-typical’ approach.

Foster + Partners Launch Proposals for Thames Hub

has launched proposals for the Thames Hub as “An Integrated Vision for Britain”. The self-funded collaboration between Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra has produced a detailed, holistic vision for Britain’s future development of infrastructure.

The rapidly population growth and evolving global economy has put pressure on UK’s aged infrastructure. The study describes the Spine, which will combine rail, energy, communications and data throughout the entire length of the UK. The Spine is supported by the proposed Thames Hub, introducing a new river barrier and crossing, an international airport, and a shipping and rail complex.

The Thames Hub plans to maximize Britain trade links with the rest of world, stimulate job creation, and boost the economies of the Midlands and the North by providing direct connections to the cities and markets of Europe.

Continue reading for more detailed information and images.

 

House of Slope / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architect:  Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location:  Sakai, Osaka,
Project Team:  Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Principle use:  Single family house
Site area:  103.91 sqm
Building area: 52.17 sqm
Total floor area: 107.49 m2
Structure: Timber
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

   

Video: Stirling in Stuttgart

‘James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive’ provides a rare glimpse into the works of , renowned British architect, Pritzker Prize laureate (1981), and professor, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven have co-organized this impressive exhibit on display at Stirling’s own Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart until January 15th.

Featuring the exhibition curator, Anthony Vidler Dean and Professor of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, the video highlights Stirling’s works: the Engineering Building of Leicester University (1959-63), History Faculty Library in Cambridge (1964-67), Florey Building for Queen’s College at Oxford University (1966-71), along with the 1970 competition entry for the New Civic Centre in Derby, Nordhein-Westfallen Museum (1975), and Wallraf-Richartz Museum (1975).  The works ‘reveal Stirling’s wide ranging approach to architectural composition and language, as well as the fundamental importance of historical and modernist architecture to his work.’  On display are more than three hundred original architectural drawings, models and photographs.

AD Interviews: Meinhard von Gerkan, gmp architekten

We recently had the opportunity to interview gmp architekten founding partner, Meinhard von Gerkan.  Born in 1935 in Riga/, Gerkan completed his architectural studies in 1964 at the Carolo Wilhelmina Technical University in Braunschweig.  In 1965 he co-founded with Volkwin Marg, von Gerkan, Marg and partners.  They have completed together over 260 buildings, among them the Berlin-Tegel Airport (competition, 1st place 1965, built in 1970-75), the Berlin Central Station, Villa Guna, Christ Pavilion, and the Lingang New City, been recognized nationally and internationally for their designs and competition proposals.

Meinhard von Gerkan has also dedicated time to architectural education serving as a professor at multiple institutions including Hamburg’s Free Academy of Arts and ’s Nihon University in Tokyo.  His interest in the training of architects resulted in the creation of a foundation to promote architectural training in 2007: the Academy for Architectural Culture. He has regarded this as one of his most important projects.

“The architect has a particular social responsibility since architecture is an art with social obligation and use.”

Our profession has a big component of passion, and Meinhard was full of it. It was inspiring to interview him, and I hope you enjoy this video.

A list of gmp architekten projects featured on ArchDaily include:

Culture Yard / AART Architects

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Architects: AART Architects
Location: Elsinore,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Mørk

gmp Architekten receives IOC/IAKS Award 2011

Cape Town Stadium outside, © Bruce Sutherland

The stadiums built by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Cape Town and for the 2010 World Cup in received the IOC/IAKS Award on 26 October 2011. In the context of the international Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities (FSB), the International Olympic Committee and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) selected the Cape Town stadium for first prize and the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in for third prize in the “stadiums for competitions and events” category. The awards were received by Hubert Nienhoff, gmp partner in charge of the offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro. More information on the projects after the break.

RUBBERHOUSE / CITYFÖRSTER

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Architect: CITYFÖRSTER – architecture + urbanism
Location: Almere,
Client: At Kasbergen, Alet Breugom
Project Team: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting
Text: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting
Photographs: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting

Moroccan Court / New Galleries at the MET / Achva Benzinberg Stein

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Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art ‘New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia’ with Achva Stein on its opening day.  Stein, a principal of an ASLA award-winning landscape architecture and design firm Benzinberg Stein Associates and the founding Director of the Graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of , was asked to join the ’s endeavors after her noted publication, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens, showcased her passion for and understanding of the country’s varied garden types found in regions such as Marrakech and Fez.  For the new wing, Stein has created a fantastic 14th century Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard that goes beyond a mere representation, and truly infuses the spirit and essence of a Moroccan court into a small interior space of the MET.

More about our trip to the MET after the break.

AD On The Streets: The Highline, New York


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This week AD On The Streets takes you deeper into the project, thanks to a new set of destinations announced by Google a couple of days ago, which includes some of the world’s greatest urban parks.

By using trikes, Google has been able to capture one of the most acclaimed urban projects of the last years: The Highline park in New York, by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

This project has been the igniter of a larger scale urban renovation in Manhattan, benefiting not only the neighbors, and local store owners, but also the real state sector and tourism. It’s like the Guggenheim Bilbao effect, now cities wants their own “highlines”.

Part Two of The Highline was opened this summer, and Part Three has just been announced (more on that on another post in a few).