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Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle, grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle
grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle

Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on Rio de Janeiro's informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA Selected to Masterplan New Civic Center in Colombia

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
OMA Selected to Masterplan New Civic Center in Colombia, Aerial © OMA
Aerial © OMA

OMA (NY), along with local collaborators Gomez + Castro Arquitectos, has been selected to masterplan the Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) in Colombia, a mixed-use civic center roughly the size of Washington DC’s National Mall. Located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia, CAN will serve as a new city center and government headquarters with additional programs of residential, educational, retail and cultural developments.

Shohei Shigematsu, director-in-charge of OMA New York, commented, “Our proposal enables CAN to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26. With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity.”

Casa 45 / Alex Plana

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Casa 45 / Alex Plana, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +22

Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

As we announced last week, BIG+WHR+Arup has been selected as one of three design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 square meter acute hospital in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. BIG’s proposal for the new hospital, serving over 300,000 people, seeks to "preserve the site’s existing natural features while optimizing the efficient hospital machine."

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Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture, © René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Overblaak 56, 3011 MH Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
  • Design Team

    Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
  • Construction Design

    IMd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • Contractor

    Hijbeko, Capelle aan de IJssel
  • Interior

    Nelison, Berkel en Roderijs
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

C-Mine Expeditie / NU architectuuratelier

00:00 - 27 August, 2013
C-Mine Expeditie  / NU architectuuratelier, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +17

Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura, © Juan Baraja
© Juan Baraja

© Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja +21

Huit House / tactic-a

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Gerardo Dueñas
© Gerardo Dueñas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lagos de Moreno, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect

    Carlos Morán, Juan Martín
  • Project Area

    284.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Gerardo Dueñas, Diego Torres

© Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Gerardo Dueñas +16

Blairgowrie House / Wolveridge Architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking
  • Architects

  • Location

    Blairgowrie, Australia
  • Practice Team

    Jerry Wolveridge, Sina Petzold, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking +19

'Balance Through Buoyancy' Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
'Balance Through Buoyancy' Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab, Courtesy of QASTIC
Courtesy of QASTIC

Designed and constructed by QASTIC Lab, ‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ is a temporary researchpavilion called “Floatastic” which was designed and built for a private client to serve as a shade pavilion for a wedding ceremony. Situated in Edgerton Park, in New Haven Connecticut (an Olmsted planned landscape), this deployable structure aims to create a floated shelter which avoids imposing any loads to the ground, which traditional structures require. Instead, it proposes a well-fabricated balloon, which is filled with Helium to raise the imposed loads of fabric veils and any possible dynamic environmental loads toward the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Top Firms Compete to Design Kazakhstan's World Expo in 2017

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Top Firms Compete to Design Kazakhstan's World Expo in 2017, © J. Mayer H. Architects (Germany)
© J. Mayer H. Architects (Germany)

Zaha Hadid Architects, Coop Himmelb(l)au, UNStudio, and Snøhetta are some of the 45 shortlisted practices competing to design the International Specialized Exposition (Expo 2017) in Astana, Kazakhstan. Each practice, selected from more than a 100 proposals worldwide, has submitted their own interpretation of the expo’s theme: "Future Energy". Come September, the jury will announce which vision best represents what will be the country’s first world fair.

“The theme of our exhibition is closely related to 'green economy', which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and the autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions," said Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

U-Boat Hall / BOLLES+WILSON

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Olaf Mahlstedt
© Olaf Mahlstedt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Göttinger Straße 16, 30449 Hanover, Germany
  • Area

    7300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt +14

Bold New Suburbia: Meet The Architects Daring to Better the 'Burbs

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Bold New Suburbia: Meet The Architects Daring to Better the 'Burbs, © Flickr User CC tango_28
© Flickr User CC tango_28

This article originally appeared the National Endowment of the Arts' quarterly magazine as "The Suburban Canvas: An Emerging Architectural Model of Artistic Possibilities"

For much of its existence, American suburbia has been considered an architectural wasteland. From shopping malls to McMansions to residential developments, suburbs from Connecticut to California look eerily similar and share a similar pattern of quick, cheap construction that has left little if any room for thoughtful design.

But with the recent foreclosure crisis and growing environmental concerns, new opportunities have emerged to re-imagine the suburbs into sustainable, architecturally innovative communities. Although the other art forms examined in this issue have fully established themselves, suburban design -- traditionally the realm of profit-driven developers -- is only now beginning to emerge as an artistic field. Fueled by exhibits such as the Museum of Modern Art's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream and Dwell magazine's Reburbia Design Competition, architects and designers are beginning to explore what the suburbs could potentially look and feel like. We spoke with several architects who are leaders within this growing trend, and are quite literally designing new artistic possibilities for all those "little boxes on the hillside." In their own words, here are some of their concerns, projects, and visions.

House of Children in Saunalahti / JKMM Architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
House of Children in Saunalahti / JKMM Architects, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Espoo, Finland
  • Project Team

    Katja Savolainen, Christopher Delaney, Päivi Meuronen, Edit Bajsz, Aaro Martikainen, Ilona Palmunen, Merita Soini
  • Area

    1750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Children’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.

00:00 - 27 August, 2013
Children’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc., © Latreille Delage
© Latreille Delage

© Latreille Delage © Latreille Delage © Latreille Delage © Latreille Delage +9

BLLTT House / Enrique Barberis

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
BLLTT House / Enrique Barberis, © Alejandro Peral
© Alejandro Peral

© Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral © Alejandro Peral +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pilar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Co-Author

    Guido Piaggio
  • Site Area

    1400 m2
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Landscaping Saint-Barthélémy d’Anjou / Atelier Arcau

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Landscaping Saint-Barthélémy d’Anjou / Atelier Arcau, © Atelier Arcau
© Atelier Arcau

© Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    7 Boulevard de la Chanterie, 49124 Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, France
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion, Italy's 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio
Italy's 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) of the Department of State requests proposals from private U.S. individuals, firms, associations and organizations for the fundraising, construction, development, organization, and management, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015, which is set to open with an eco-themed fair on May 1, 2015. The USA Pavilion will be situated on a 2790 square meter plot with a building footprint no more than 70% of the plot size on a site northwest of Milan, near the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed Fiera Milano convention center. Proposals are expected to include ‘a food demonstration or exhibition’ to emphasize the ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ theme. Submissions are due no later than September 15. For more detailed information, please visit here.