© Gabriel Saunders

Location: 367-369 Burwood Road, ,
Photographs: Gabriel Saunders

Record Store Installation at [storefront] / Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies
[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects is an experimental work place for their community collaborations, pro‐bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and for design research and the development of design ideas. Since its inception this summer, [storefront] has served as an artist’s working studio, a dancer’s stage, a non‐profit’s arts education on workshop and outreach hub, a design festival’s pop‐up space, and more. Record Store is the latest and current iteration of [storefront]. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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District Courthouse Proposal / Chyutin Architects

Chyutin Architects, in collaboration with Shmaya Zarfati…, shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the District Courthouse in Jerusalem. Located on a newly designed main public square in the city center, the building houses all the

Formula 1 Project / Populous

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Following Populous’ recent success with the redevelopment of the home of the British Formula One Grand Prix, Silverstone, the ground breaking ceremony for the next Populous Formula 1 project, the 4.7km Velociudad Speedcity circuit, recently took place in , , on December 16th. More images and brief project description after the break.

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Urban Planning Museum / Architects Collective

The Dalian Urban Planning Museum, designed by Architects Collective…, is to be the gateway to the city center redirecting several main streets to the main boulevard. The building skin consists of a careful arrangement of transparent and opaque triangular

DIY: Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

Our friends at Inhabitat have shared with us this DIY tutorial on how to make the awesome, Gingerbread Geodesic Dome by Scout Regalia. The LA-based design firm has created templates and recipes for you to purchase, guaranteeing a structurally sound and tasty dome. You may use this video as inspiration for your own creative gingerbread house, or you can order the set for $25. Enjoy designing your edible holiday structures. Cheers!

The Indicator: On The Universal Declaration of Manifestos

© Open-source architecture manifesto by Walter Nicolino and Carlo Ratti, “Adhocracy” exhibition, Istanbul Design Biennial, via

Way back in 1755 an Op-Ed appeared in, of all places, Domus, concerning the relevance of the architectural manifesto.  Speaking of relevance, the authors waxed on about some movement known as Occupy Wall Street—remember them? They claim—though I’m not certain it’s entirely true—that Occupy proliferated without the aid of any manifesto and thus serves as an example of how the manifesto has become a thing of the ancient past. Well, there you go. Manifestos are more or less dead these days. They have been supplanted by tweets and something called pragmatism. Seems like this whole pragmatism in architecture thing has been taken around the block a few times before, hasn’t it?

The point of the Op-Ed, a nice little salvo across the bow of intellectual architectism, was to showcase a little symposium hosted by none other than Columbia University’s GSAPP. The symposium—is this part over yet?—was titled—kill me now—What Happened to the Architectural Manifesto? What happened, indeed. Who cares, really? And that would be the point, right? Nothing really happens with most of them. They are like those paperback books you pick up in supermarkets right after you’ve selected your favorite brand of tampon or micro-brew designer beer. They are cheap, glossy, and disposable. More for distraction than for actually getting your literature on. But wait. There are some that are like signed, hard-back first editions. The ones that are perhaps truly relevant and stand the test of time are political in nature.

HCA Hub / Hewitt Studios

© Paul Younger

Architects: Hewitt Studios LLP 
Location: , UK
Client: Hereford College of Arts
Cost: £1.2m
Completed: December 2011
Landscape Architect: Rob Beswick
Main Contractor: Kier Moss
Photographs: Paul Younger 


Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, Wins This Year’s Purpose Prize

Edward Mazria, architect, founder and CEO of Architecture 2030 was awarded this year’s Purpose Prize.  His work over the past eight years, after founding , has set numerous environmental goals for the building industry.  It has also brought many issues of sustainable design to the forefront of conversations and policies about buildings and their construction.  Watch the video for more information!

More about and Architecture 2030 after the break.

Flotane / L J B

© Statens Vegvesen

Architect: L J B
Location: ,
Design Team: L. J. Berge, C. Herperger, T. Pfeffer, Z. Jelnikar
Client: Statens Vegvesen –Turistvegprosjektet
Project manager: Bjørn Andresen
Main contractor: Christie AS; B. I. Homlong, Subcontractor wood; Djupevåg Båtbyggeri AS Subcontractor glass; Ove Straumsheim AS/ Schüco Norge AS
Completion: 2011
Area: 20 sqm toilet building, 1200 sqm parking and rest area
Photographs: L J B AS, E. Marchesi, Statens Vegvesen

Call for Submissions: AIA Diversity Recognition Program

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Diversity Recognition Program seeks submissions featuring exemplary efforts to diversify the architecture profession. The jury will select up to 12 submissions as diversity best practices meriting the following recognition: Diversity Recognition Program Award, Profiled in AIArchitect and on the Diversity Web page, Acknowledgment at the National Convention: Diversity Recognition Program Awards Presentation and Diversity Recognition Program Exhibit. The must receive all submissions by March 1, 2012. For more information, please visit their website here.

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Re-thinking Shanghai 2012 Competition

Architectural firm 10 Design from Shanghai and Hong Kong is inviting anyone of all ages – architects, students artists, all who are interested – to take part at their recently started competition, Re-thinking Shanghai 2012.
Partly driven by social and…

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Maynilad Water Complex Proposal / HartnessVision

Located in front of Manila City Hall, the proposed project by HartnessVision… integrates ‘water branding’ into the architecture of this Maynilad customer facility. The site is organized around 3 programmed axes (nature, access, amenities) in which pedestrians have priority. The

Green Roofs

Implementing green roofs into architecture is rapidly becoming a design principle for buildings at every scale. There are many benefits to a green roof including a decrease in heating and cooling costs, which in turn mitigates the urban heat island effect. Other benefits include a natural filter for rain water, an increase in the life span of the roof, a natural habitat for animals and plants and a reduction in dust and smog levels. In this post are four highlighted projects where a green roof is emphasized to produce successful sustainable architectural works.

Cais das Artes / Paulo Mendes da Rocha & METRO

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Architect: Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Location: , ES,
Collaborators: Metro Arquitetos Associados, Martin Corullon, Anna Ferrari, Gustavo Cedroni, Flavio Rogozinski, Marcia Terazaki, Miki Itabashi (architects); Paloma Delgado, Paula Mendonça (trainees)
Client: Government of the State of Espírito Santo and arcelormittal-cst (companhia siderurgica de tubarão)
Project: 2008
Square total area: 26,500 sqm
Museum total area: 8,500 sqm
Theater total area: 14,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha


Killarney Ice Rink + Lobby / Acton Ostry Architects

© Nic Lehoux

Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia
Size: 40,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Update: National Mall Design Competition Stage II Results

Trust for the National Mall has announced the Stage II results, naming the ten design teams selected to continue in the third and final stage of the National Mall Design Competition. The will undergo an approximate $700 million restoration in three selected areas – Union Square including the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the Constitution Gardens between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

“We are excited about the teams selected to advance to Stage III and have no doubt each of them will create beautiful, useful and sustainable designs for the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall. “We are eager to share their final designs with the public in April.”

Continue reading for more information and the complete list of finalists.

Budaörs Elementary School / DOBAI János DLA

© Bujnovszky Tamás

Architects: Dobai János DLA 
Location: , Hungary
Client: Municipality of Budaörs , Szabó Gyula, Ács Katalin, †gergely Katalin
Total floor area: 12.551 sqm
Photographs: Bujnovszky Tamás, Tardos Tibor