First People’s Hospital / HMC Architects

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The design for the First People’s Hospital by HMC Architects aims to create a sustainable healthcare architecture, an idea new to the practice of the region. The project, which was the winner of the national AIA Academy of Architecture for Health 2011 Unbuilt award, features green design elements which optimize building performance. In addition, these elements create a healing environment, further its mission for community outreach, and evolve with cultural uniqueness. Its iconic architecture engages the local historical values and building industry/material. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ice Hockey Stadium Of Ondrej Nepela / Fischer Architects

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Architect: Fischer Architects
Location: ,
Client: Capital city of Slovakia Bratislava
Design team: Dušan Fischer, JánJacko, Richard Koseček, ZoranSamoľ, MojmírVychodil, Igor Lauko, KatarínaFischerová, DušanKolenkáš, Tamara Závodná, JurajZávodný
Completion date: 4/2011
Area: 55,000 sqm
Capacity: 10,076 spectators, 3 ice rinks, 370 parking lots in underground garage
Photographs: Pavel Meluš


Arche Nebra / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Wangen, ,
Project title: Arche Nebra (Nebra Ark)
Type: Visitor center and observation tower
Client: Burgenlandkreis, Kreisverwaltung
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Assemblage wins competition for Economic Housing in Iraq

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The London-based firm Assemblage has won the United Nations HABITAT international architecture competition for the design of new housing in Iraq. The competition is part of a larger program by UN-HABITAT and the Iraq government to construct new housing across the country. After succeeding teams from , France and other Arab states, Assemblage plans to refine their proposal and prepare their design for construction sometime within this year. Continue reading for more details on the project.

XV House / RS+

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Architects: RS + Robert Skitek 
Location: , Poland
Project Team: Robert Skitek, Robert Wilczok, Paulina Bełoniak, Michał Lisiński, Barbara Kotas, Dawid Marszolik
Structure: PROBEX Marian Urbanik
Completion: 2011
Project Area: 475 sqm
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski 


Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment / NH Architecture

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Architect: NH Architecture
Location: 314 – 336 Bourke Street, ,
Completed: December 2010
Project Value: AUS$225 million
Gross Floor Area: 47,000 sqm
Client: Colonial First State Global Asset Management
Photographs: John Gollings, Dianna Snape


La Grajera Winery / Virai Arquitectos

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Architects: Virai Arquitectos 
Location: Finca de La Grajera, Logroño, La Rioja,
Design Team: Marta Parra, Jesús Aramendía, Laila Arias, Juan Manuel Herranz, Federico Wulff, Jorge Garrudo, Christian Alvarez, Rodrigo Aragón, Guillermo Lacarra, María Aramendía and Stepan Martinovsly
Area: 6,900 sqm
Year: Completed 2011
Budget: 11,292,757 Euros
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas, Diego Carreño


TEDx: Why does everyone hate modern architecture? / David Chipperfield

In this Tedx talk,  of David Chipperfield Architects was invited to discuss the distrust that people feel about architecture, from a practitioners point of view, with the seductively titled talk: Why does everyone hate modern architecture?  Chipperfield asks us to consider architecture of the everyday – buildings that are being built on a daily basis, not the notable and expensive projects that are the exception.  In looking at today’s architecture, he laments over what he perceives to be, an unsuccessful way in which the majority of buildings are designed.

More on the video after the break.

Silent Garden / Studio Patricia Meneses

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Architects: Studio Patricia Meneses
Location: ,
Collaborators: Francisco Giménez Carbó, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Jeanne de Bussac, Gosia Kierzerk, Salomé Ayuso
Photographs: Francisco Giménez Carbó, Jason Kao, Patricia Meneses


Today Studio-X Mumbai Event: “Paths Uncharted” / Dr. Balkrishna Doshi

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Tonight, Studio-X Mumbai is hosting a free event with architect Dr. Balkrishna Doshi. The gathering will explore the architects life and work on the release of his book “Paths Uncharted”. Described as an evening of storytelling, Doshi will also share his thoughts on the future of architecture. The conversation will be moderated and discussed with professor Neelkanth Chhaya, architect Rajeev Kathpalia and architect Sen Kapadia. Continue reading for more event information.

Pearce Street, Govan / Austin-Smith:Lord

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Architects: Austin-Smith:Lord
Location: 10 Pearce Street, , Scotland
Client: Bield Housing Association
Contractors: CCG
Project Completed: 2010
Project Area: 2,500sqm
Photographs: Keith Hunter


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Lidköping Police Building / LETH & GORI

Lidköping Police Building is LETH & GORI…’s proposal in the open competition for a new police headquarter and public parking facilities in Lidköping, Sweden. The project site is an open square on the border of Lidköping’s historical urban plan

Faculty of Science, Building C / Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau

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Architects: Rudy Uytenhaak and
Location: Amsterdam, The
Completion date: June 2009
Client: University of Amsterdam
Type: Faculty building
Area: 34,000 sqm
Photographs: Pieter Kers

Update: The Shard / Renzo Piano

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We have been covering Renzo Piano’s Shard for London throughout its design and construction process.  Slated to become the tallest building in Europe, the Shard will make a remarkable impression of the London skyline, dwarfing most of the metropolis as the 1000ft+ tower streamlines toward the sky.   The tower has been constructed in an era of economic uncertainty, and although its height alludes confidence and a feeling of power, as it takes shape, many question the motives behind the project and its future implications on the city.

More about the Shard after the break.

Campus EDF / ECDM

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The completion of a building in the planning project of , Paris is a unique opportunity for ECDM to design one of the markers of the future center of excellence established on the plateau. The uniqueness of the site, and it’s present and future characteristics, make it an interesting emerging area. The Campus EDF project is dense and compact, a volume which unifies a diversity of programs. The building is treated as a block framed by blocks of green, a building perfectly inscribed in a geometric landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Carlotta / Architrend Architecture

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Architect: Architrend Architecture – Gaetano Manganello & Carmelo Tumino
Site: Ragusa, Sicily,
Project: 2003
Completed: 2005
Materials: Stone, Steel, Glass, Wood
Area: sqm 13.620
Volume: cum 5.000
Photo: Umberto Agnello

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Europan 11 Proposal: Diventare / ferrarifrongia

The proposal by ferrarifrongia… for the Deventer dock is to create a community pervaded by artistic spirit, a desire to build, house atmosphere, and play. The first intent of the project is to release the dock surface to become a

Paju Free School / UOSarchitects

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Architect: UOSarchitects, Jung ki Jung
Location: 478-5, Seongdong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, , Korea
Client: kyoung sook, Cho
Site area: 1,794sqm
Total floor area: 1,630.70sqm
Consultant: Hi structure engineers(struct.), kunchang engineering(mep)
General contractor: Chungyong Construction co.,LTD.
Project year: 2009 ~ 2011
Photographs: Park Wan Soon