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Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria

  • Architects: Iñaki Echeverria
  • Location: Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
  • Equipo De Diseño: Iñaki Echeverria, Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Osvaldo Estrada, Jonathan Hajar, Javier Marroquín, Roberto Fuerte, Guillermo López, Jorge Durán, Daniela González, Leonel Alcántara, Fredy E. Lamadrid, Rafael Brioso, Israel Meneses, Fernanda Téllez, Xochitl Zúñiga, Víctor García
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Luis Gordoa, Ivan Parra

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

Proposed Demolition of Josep Lluis Sert's King School Cambridge

Courtesy of Max Moore
Courtesy of Max Moore

At a time when sustainability is high on the agenda and construction costs continue to soar, many Cambridge residents are questioning a proposal to demolish a sound and respected school building to replace it with a new school one that will strive to be a “green facility”. The Martin Luther King Elementary School (1968-1971) was designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert (Sert, Jackson and Associate). As it stands today, the school compliments the many other buildings in Cambridge that Sert worked on while also teaching at Harvard University, including the Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex just across the street.

Read on to find out what the community is doing to save the building from demolition and why it can prove to be a more sustainable option for the city.

Power Street / Steve Domoney Architecture

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Steve Domoney Location: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Happy 113th Birthday Alfred Hitchcock, Master Architect of Suspense

Alred Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980), who would have turned 113 today, is often known as the “Master of Suspense.” But we here at ArchDaily would like to tweak that moniker slightly, to the Master Architect of Suspense. Hitchcock, who actually worked as a set designer in the 1920s, not only maintained meticulous control over his film sets as a director (many of which were mounted in studio), but incorporated many architectural themes into the narratives themselves. More on Hitchcock’s use of Architecture, after the break…

Venice Biennale 2012: British Pavilion presents "Venice Takeaway"

Moscow, drawing by Gibb, 2012 / Anna Gibb - Courtesy of the British Council
Moscow, drawing by Gibb, 2012 / Anna Gibb - Courtesy of the British Council

Although the UK has not shortage of architectural talent,Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture responds to David Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale by seeking out imaginative responses to universal issues worldwide in an ambitious global research project. The British Council sent ten architectural teams around the world to research inspiring places and subjects that could generate discussion on what is great architecture while injecting new ideas into the UK. The Venice Takeaway exhibition charts the course of these teams and shares the ideas they discovered throughout Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA. Continue after the break to learn more.

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition Entry / Hans Hollein & Partner

© Atelier Hollein
© Atelier Hollein

Designed by Hans Hollein & Partner, the Tehran Stock Exchange aims to become a civic symbol that not only accommodates the stock exchange functions but also repents the practice in its entirety. As an architectural intervention, The buildings’ architectural nature allows it to become an identifiable structure within the urban fabric. The rectangular form of the office tower follows the homogenous surroundings, but the TSE´s façade is an innovative merger of two building envelope typologies and a strong contrast to any building in the vicinity: The window wall and the ceramic brick façade. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pinewood of Marina / Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning

© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido

Architects: Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning Location: Marina di Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Fabio Candido

© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido
© Fabio Candido

Klaksvik City Center / LCLAOFFICE + Lateral Office

© LCLAOFFICE + Lateral Office
© LCLAOFFICE + Lateral Office

Last week, we shared LCLAOFFICEs conceptual proposal for the Kiev Islands, a proposal which connected the urban with the natural through an activated network of activities.  In their shortlisted entry for the Faroe Islands, the firm teamed with Lateral Office to relink the city of Klaksvik with both of its bays.  Such a move allows the urban development, which has historically happened along the length of the bay, and the civic and public institutions, which have been concentrated in an urban corridor, to connect people with the water. More after the break.

HouseM / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

  • Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
  • Location: Tochigi, Japón
  • Ingeniero Estructural: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Contratista: Ikeda Komuten
  • Area Sitio: 138.75 m2
  • Area: 63.87 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hironori Tomino

© Hironori Tomino © Hironori Tomino © Hironori Tomino © Hironori Tomino

National Mall Design Winning Proposal / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond

© GGN / Methanoia
© GGN / Methanoia

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Davis Brody Bond were recently announced as the winners of the National Mall competition for Union Square. As the country’s most visit park, attracting more than 25 million visitors annually, Union Square is the site of major historic events from presidential inaugurations to public gatherings and demonstrations. Located at the base of the Capitol, they were judged on the flexibility, sustainability, and creativity of their design and how well it reflects the established vision and design influences of this historic setting. More architects’ description after the break.

Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee just launched their Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition, which is open to students and professionals world-wide. The project site consists of the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River. A distinguished group has been put together to judge the competition including Daniel Libeskind, Walter Hood, Reed Kroloff, Faye Alexander Nelson, and Lola Sheppard. With a prize of $8500, the winner will also win a trip to Detroit and a lecture at an AIA sponsored event. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 30. An accompanying symposium is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, 2012. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Solvay Brussels School / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build

Architects: ART & BUILD ARCHITECT Location: City of Brussels, Belgium Project Year: 2010 Project Area: 9,600 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build
Courtesy of Art&Build

Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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EPA's Battle of the Buildings Competition

Museum of Arts and Design / Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture © pov_steve
Museum of Arts and Design / Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture © pov_steve

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program has launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.  This year, 3,200 buildings across the country will be competing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment.  With that kind of challenge, every participant wins.  Last year, 245 participants saved a combined $5.2 million on their utility bills and prevented nearly 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.  The competition is open to commercial buildings, which are responsible for approximately 20% of the nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion annually in energy bills.

A winner will be announced in April 2013.  In the meantime, follow us after the break for more on the potential behind this competition.

Video: Paris Vol. 5 / The Seventh Movement

Two friends, the photographers of The Seventh Movement, gave themselves one week to photograph as much of Paris as possible. Unsure of where this would lead, the ambitious project turned out to be larger than they could ever imagine. After an intense week in Paris and spending countless hours editing, organizing and re-editing thousands of photographs, they settled on this time-lapse production – a synthesis of their best work. It is a bit long, but well worth the watch.