Bike Hanger / MANIFESTO

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The Bike Hanger is an essential facility for the city of Seoul which aims to increase its bicycle-friendliness. The facility is not only low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, but by being installed in between buildings it takes advantage of many of the underutilized spaces that exist around the city. Each Hanger is able to store between 20-36 bicycles and it is easily attached to the sides of buildings, allowing minimal interference with the pedestrian traffic below.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Location: Between Buildings
Project Area: 60 sqf
Construction Budget: $100,000
Project Status: Shortlist for ‘Seoul International Design Competition: Design for All’ and Shortlist for ‘Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010′
Renderings: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.

Light Box / WE architecture

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Copenhagen-based We architecture recieved third prize in the competition for the extension of an existing high school in . More images and architect’s description after the break.

Spirits Pavilion / Min | Day

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The cocktail is a distinctly American tradition. Once the centerpiece of a thriving “cocktail culture,” it has faded since the 1950s but is now being embraced by a new generation of makers and mixologists who value quality and craft. The Spirits Pavilion, by Min | Day, presents this rejuvenation as part of Slow Food Nation 2008, an event in Fort Mason, dedicated to creating a framework for deeper environmental connection to our food aiming to inspire and empower Americans to build a food system that is sustainable, healthy and delicious. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House D / Panorama + WMR

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Architects: Panorama (Nicolás Valdés+Constanza Hagemann) and WMR (Felipe Wedeless+Jorge Manieu+Macarena Rabat )
Location: ,
Project area: 92 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Cristobal Valdés

Volume # 26: Architecture of Peace

A recent issue of Volume titled “Architecture of Peace” asks what role architects can play in promoting peace. This fearless issue makes the squabbling over Steven Holl’s extension to Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art seem rather trivial. Trying to promote peace in war torn areas like Israel, Palestine, Sudan, and South Eastern Europe takes far more courage or hubris than building onto an architectural treasure. The stakes are far higher and the critics far louder. That, however, did not prevent Volume from diving headlong into politically and emotionally charged issues. No single reader will agree with every article in this issue, but Volume’s willingness to openly discuss such volatile and critical topics is what makes this issue so intriguing and captivating to read. Failing to recognize the merit of this work because of disagreements would be an unfortunate error in judgment. At the same time, restraining personal dissent out of respect would be a disservice to this unshrinking issue. This issue begs for dialogue and respectful disagreement. I highly recommend our readers to pick up this issue and continue the dialogue on this very important topic. You might not agree with every article, but keep the dialogue going.

My personal challenge following the break.

Homeless World Cup Legacy Center / Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos, Nanda Eskes Arquitetura and Architecture For Humanity

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The Homeless World Cup is an annual event, in which teams composed by homeless people from all over the world meet for a Football World Cup. In 2010 the tournament took place in . For the first time, the organizing committee decided to build a Legacy Center, whose objective is to create continuity of the work with sport as a mean for social change.

An international design competition for the Legacy Center has been organized by Architecture for Humanity, together with Homeless World Cup, Bola Pra Frente and Nike Game Changers.

Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos and Nanda Eskes Arquitetura were the authors of the winning entry, and since January 2010 have developed the project for a Community Center in Santa Cruz (suburb of Rio de Janeiro) together with Daniel Feldman, design fellow of Architecture For Humanity. The project sponsored by Nike Game Changers had to work with an extremely limited budget and was divided in two construction phases, the first a public community facility, the second to host the Institute Bola Pra Frente.

Architects: Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos, Nanda Eskes Arquitetura, Architecture For Humanity
Location: Conjunto Liberdade, Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Design Team: Thorsten Nolte, Nanda Eskes, Daniel Feldman
Project area: 310 sqm
Project year: 2010 (project and completion of first phase 2010)
Photographs: Lompreta Nolte Arquitetos, Nanda Eskes Arquitetura, Fabrício Pimentel

Ecosciences Precinct / Hassell

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Architects: Hassell
Location: , Australia
Project area: 50,000 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

Brandon Firehall No.1 / Cibinel Architects

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Architects: Cibinel Architects
Location: Brandon, , Canada
Design Team: George Cibinel, Marty Kuilman, Jason Kun, Travis Cooke, Candace Wiersema, Markian Yereniuk, Brian Pearson, Mike Karakas, Joseph Orobia, Catherine White
Collaborators: Collins Design Service – Fire Station Consultant
Engineers: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd, Epp Siepman Engineering Inc, Nova 3 Engineering Ltd, Williams Engineering Inc, M. Block & Associates Ltd Landscape Architects: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture & Planning
Contractor: BIRD Construction
Project area: 30,000 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Mike Karakas

Sendai Update from Architecture for Humanity: Moving from Relief to Recovery

The most recent Architecture for Humanity Sendai relief update comes just in time to celebrate AFH’s 12th Birthday. We here at ArchDaily want to wish AFH a Happy Birthday and thank them for the 12 years of innovation and service they have provided our communities and the profession.

Design Open Mic, led by Cameron Sinclair and Chapters Coordinator Frederika Zipp, updated staff and attendees on their current relief efforts in response to the Sendai earthquake in . Currently a Program Advisory Board has been assembled and is continuing to focus their efforts on developing a rebuilding strategy and implementation process.

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AD Classics: Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Hostess House / SOM

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As the first military project of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Great Lakes Naval Training Center takes the form of a rectangle and stretches along a long narrow site. The diverse program includes a reading and writing room, reception room, lounge, terrace and offices.  is the only surviving World War II-era building designed by Gordon Bunshaft.

More on the Hostess House, or Great Lakes Naval Training Center after the break.

Stockholmsmässan AE-hall /Rosenbergs Arkitekter

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Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Location: Stockholm International Fairs, Älvsjö,
Project Team: Alessandro Ripellino, Sara Ericsson, Henrik Nilzén, Benjamin Mandre, Jonas Haga, Johan Nylind
Structure: ELU Consult / Stefan Engberg
Lighting planner: Leif Igelström
Landscape architect: Nivå / Göran Lindberg, Jake Ford
Landscape engineer: Structor / Anders Metzén
Electrical: Miab / Mikael Lemón
Pond technical consultant: Anleka / Jacque de Villiers, Anders Soergel
Project area: 10,000 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Petter Karlberg,

AD Round Up: Classics Part III

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The Classics. Extraordinary projects that will never get too old. Check our third selection after the break.

AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto designed the Baker House in 1946 while he was a professor at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, where the dormitory is located. It received its name in 1950, after the MIT’s Dean of Students Everett Moore Baker was killed in an airplane crash that year. The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto’s ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both inhabited and studied by students from all over the world (read more…)

SLANT Competition

The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.

The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one that has been created specifically for this competition.

What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not only serve the needs of the citizens of this city (not a real city, but one designed for this competition), but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city. For more information go to the competition’s official website.

Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future Competition Winners

Scenario 1: first prize

The Belgian Buildings Agency and the Department of Justice recently announced the winners of their Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future International Ideas Competition. To make the issues of architecture and urban design more widely known, BOZAR Architecture has backed this initiative by hosting the awards ceremony and staging an exhibition of the entries at the Centre for Fine Arts in until May 15th. More images and description of winning entries after the break.

A New Student Learning Centre for Ryerson University by Snøhetta and ZPA

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Today Ryerson University announced the design of a new Student Learning Centre for their Toronto campus. Designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, the 155,463sqf Student Learning Centre will feature a transparent glass skin that will provide varying light qualities within the interior spaces. Sustainable practices have also been incorporated into the design with 50% of the roof intended to act as a green roof and plans for the building to be compliant. Construction on the building is expected to begin late this year, with a targeted completion date of Winter 2014. More about the new Student Learning Centre including renderings following the break.

Athletic-LOOP / UArchitects

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Architects: UArchitects – Emile van Vugt and Misak Terzibasiyan
Location: Eindhoven,
Client: Municipality Eindhoven
Drawings/Renders: Courtesy of UArchitects

Le Corbusier, Homme De Lettres

Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent to Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbuiser, you can’t understand 20th century architecture without him. In light of this statement it is surprising that few books have dealt extensively with the writings of an architect who chose to list his profession as “Homme de Lettres” (Man of Letters) on his French identity card. Upon reading M. Christine Boyer’s , Homme de Lettres one immediately realizes how much more fitting this title is for the architectural giant. His prolific literary output included more than fifty books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of letters. It is hard to imagine how his fewer than 60 buildings would have manifested themselves without his written explorations. Writing taught him as much about himself, architecture and urban design as drawing and building. No other book takes this more seriously than Boyer’s recent tome.

There are many aspects to like about this book. I personally enjoyed learning not only what he wrote but what he read. Additionally, Boyer’s effort to assemble Jeanneret’s letter and journal writing in chronological order should not go unnoticed. Although physically heavy this book makes following Jeanneret’s struggles and transformations fairly easy. This would have been impossible without Boyer’s effort. The notes she includes on the debates over the dates of certain letters illustrate how difficult but important this process must have been. So for a fraction of the effort you can get a glimpse into the transformations of a mind that changed how the world views architecture. Despite being far from an expert on Le Corbusier I certainly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in modern architecture, the 20th century, travel, or urban design. It has it all.

Credits, further information and more photos after the break.

Six Art Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

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Architects: Lab Modus
Location: , Taiwan
Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jay Lin (Designer/Job Captain), Yao-Ju Liu (Designer), Po-chi Hu (Designer), Yi-li Lin (Designer)
Project area: 950 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Kuo-ming Lee