Phinney / Pb elemental architecture

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Architect: Pb elemental architecture
Location: , Washington, USA
Project Team: Dave Biddle & Chris Pardo
Contractor: Logan’s Hammer
Project Area: 2510 sqf
Photographs: Mel Curtis

Casa 4×30 / CR2 architecture + FGMF Architects



Architects: CR2 architecture + FGMF Architects
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Year: 2011
Authors: Lourenço Gimenes e Clara Reynaldo
Collaborators: Fernando Forte, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz, Ana Luíza Galvão, Bruno Araújo, Marcela Aleotti and Marília Caetano (architects), Mirela Caetano, Rafaela Arantes and Wilson
Structural Project: OPPEA engenharia
Landscaping Project: Stúdio Ilex
Photographs: Fran Parente

Zaha Hadid chosen to design Miami Beach Parking Garage at Collins Park

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Architect Zaha Hadid has been chosen by the City of Beach to design its newest parking garage at Collins Park, a neighborhood that’s home to the City Ballet, the Bass Museum, the City Library as well as the Gansevoort, W and Setai luxury hotels. Collins Park is also just blocks away from the Beach Convention Center, the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center and the popular automobile-free Lincoln Road Mall. Complete press release after the break.

The Architecture of Croce, Aflalo and Gasperini / Aflalo and Gasperini Architects

Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos recently shared with us the book they are launching titled, “The Architecture of Croce, Aflalo and Gasperini.” The book details the 50 years history of one of the most important architecture office in . The book is a 372 bilingual publication (Portuguese and English) and it’s a part of the Office’s 50 years commemoration. If you are unfamiliar with their work check out a few of the projects we have featured.

AIA Emphatically Urges Looser Credit, Notes 30% Drop in Architectural Employment Since 2008

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The has issued a “comprehensive look yet at the built environment’s role in economic recovery, highlighting six specific steps that will generate jobs and help grow the American economy.” Coming on the eve of President Obama’s major jobs initiative, the report cites George Mason University economist Stephen J. Miller in arguing that every $1 million in new construction spending supports “28.5 full-time, year-round-equivalent jobs.”

Miller and the AIA blame tight credit markets blocking potential progress in this area. The publication, “The Built Environment’s Role in the Recovery,” is issued with this problem in mind. “We’re putting these recommendations forward now because it’s time for the Administration and Congress to get real about creating an environment in which people are willing to lend and borrow,” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA, quoted in a recent AIA press release. “When credit flows to worthy projects, it unleashes the job creation potential of the American economy.”

Brione House / Wespi de Meuron

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Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
Location: Brione sopra Minusio, TI,
Construction Supervision: Guscetti Arch. Dipl., 6648 Minusio
Engineer: Anastasi SA, 6604 Locarno
Building Physics: IFEC Consulenze SA, 6802 Rivera
Contractor: Merlini + Ferrari SA, 6648 Minusio
Carpenter: Erich Keller AG, 8583 Sulgen
Project year: 2004-2005
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Fort Cortina / Karelse & den Besten

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Architects: Karelse & den Besten
Location: Amsterdam,
Client: Cortina, Amsterdam
Project management: TPAGH architecten, Hoorn
Contractor: Klies & Jozef Bouw, Volendam
Project area: 1000 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Sjaak Henselmans, Marcel van der Burg, Jan Derwig

Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District / SWA Group

Lead by principal designers Hui-Li Lee and John Wong, SWA Group  along with consulting architect Ojanen_Chiou Architects provided the winning competition proposal for the Industrial Park Central Business District which aims to bridge old and new cultural historic heritage through the innovative design of public open space.  Providing a focal point for the ’s CBD, the park highlights its ideal location, the connection between ecological and social environments, and the unique landscape of Jinji Lake which offers a mix of urban life and waterfront activities .

Landscape Architects: SWA Group
Location: Suzhou, China
Consulting Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects

Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

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Architects: Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 151 sqm
Photograph: Christian Gahl

Men and Urinals…Time for one of them to change

Urinals – do they need to go? (1st pun)

I just don’t understand why urinals are the way they are. The function they serve is obvious and I am pretty sure that the invention of the first urinal was one of those Eureka! moments when necessity and opportunity collide. Like all really good ideas, they are simple and based on addressing a perceived issue or need (i.e. Let’s invent a toilet that take advantage of the fact that men will pee just about anywhere and on anything). As time has gone by, it is the functional parameters that seem to be dictating the direction of urinal design; as a result, they have become more efficient and streamlined (2nd pun).

Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block Tops Out

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The Sliced Porosity Block—the Raffles City development designed by Steven Holl Architects in —celebrates its topping out at 123 meters. Located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, the 3 million square feet mixed-use complex consists of five towers with offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. More images and complete press release after the break.

Video: Airstream Living / Werehaus

The Werehaus, a small creative production studio based in San Francisco, recently shared with us an interesting clip about Andreas Stavropoulous, a landscape architect based out of Berkeley. The video focuses on how Andreas converted a 1959 Airstream into a design studio/live space.


Peter Eisenman: American Architecture Today

is one of the most influential figures in contemporary architecture. Theorist, academic and practitioner, was part of a very important generation of architects and one of the New York Five.

In his recent book Ten Canonical Buildings: 1950-2000 Eisenman revisits some of the most important buildings of the past century with a critical view, a book that is in my opinion a must read for every architect.

During the interview Peter talks about the practice/project of architecture, his views on running an architecture practice, and the current state of American architecture, among other relevant topics. On this preview you can see his views on today’s American Architecture.

Full interview tomorrow!

AIA Arkansas 2011 Convention

Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, Honor Award - photo © Timothy Hursley

Last week I had the honor to be an invited speaker to the 2011 AIA Arkansas Convention in Hot Springs, AR.

The event featured a great group of speakers such as Hicks Stones (Stone Architecture), Rand Elliott (FAIA, Elliott + Associates Architects), Maitland Jones (Deborah Berke & Partners Architects), Steve Dumez (FAIA, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple), David Miller (FAIA, Miller/Hull Partnership), Matthew Kreilich (Julie Snow Architects, Inc.), Kevin Alter (Alter Studio) and Tim Hursley (Architecture photographer).

During the convention I had the opportunity to meet a wide group of local architects, such as renowned architect Marlon Blackwell, Chris Baribeau from Modus Studio (recipient of the 2011 Emerging Professional Award), among other local architects. I had also the opportunity to visit the Anthony Chapelby Maurice Jennings + David McKee Architects (Maurice Jennings was partner of E. Fay Jones for 25 years), an incredible piece of architecture.

Awards during the convention include local architect Charles Witsell, Jr (FAIA, founding partner and senior, Witsell, Evans & Rasco, Architects/Planners), recipient of the Fay Jones Gold Medal Award, and the Chapter of the USGBC, recipient of the Award of Merit.

The 2011 Design Awards, announced last Friday, are a good snapshot of the current state of architecture in the southern state.

After the break, the list of the awarded projects. Some of them are already featured in AD, the rest will be here soon!

Coffou Cottage / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: ,
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Christopher Barrett of Hedrich Blessing  

Sweet Parliament Home / Andrés Jaque Architects

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Based on the research on spread-in-the-city-domesticity, Andrés Jaque Architects produced their ‘Sweet Parliament Home’ based on the field work they have been doing in the last months in , South Korea and was presented at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011. More images and brief description after the break.

Barata Garcia Headquarters / Arqmarket

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Architects: Arqmarket
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,500 sqm
Photographs: Osvaldo Coutinho / Asymmetric Studio

Parc Paysager des bords de Seine Proposal / AWP & HHF

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Architecture firms AWP and HHF shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Parc Paysager des bords de Seine in Carrière-Sous-Poissy, France. The project consists of three small buildings and 10 follies for the landscape park on the banks of the river Seine. By working along residential neighborhoods, we are invited by this project to come inhabit a large urban room worthy of Paris’ great terraced boulevards. More images and architects’ description after the break.