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Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

© Doug And Wolf
© Doug And Wolf

Designed by Jackson Architecture, their proposal for the Japan National Stadium is a new stadium in a park, where nature is apparent and can be integrated. Car parking, buses, community and service facilities exist below the park: neighborhood recreation and health areas contribute to the excitement and atmosphere, inhabited every day. The first impression is of a large park, within which a large “ellipsoidal object is placed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sustainable Market Square Second Prize Winning Proposal / PMG Architects

Courtesy of PMG Architects
Courtesy of PMG Architects

Designed by PMG Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the sustainable market square competition in Casablanca lets itself be admired, but only reveals itself partially and gradually in using a variety of different architectural elements. Beneath the immense arched galleries, as airy as they are luminous, the architects try to grasp the thousands of riches of this place, so many vibrant fragrances and unknown colors, enticing flavors, and colorful spices. From one arc to another, from one vendor to his counterpart, from one ambiance to its contrary. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bukit Panjang Hawker Center International Competition Entry / Materium

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Courtesy of Materium

The Bukit Panjang Hawker Center proposal by Materium, which was announced as one of the finalists in the international competition, manifests and promotes the food culture of Singapore. Composed of a unique program, the project is a humble social and communal space despite the cosmopolitan nature of the society. Its unassuming nature allows people from all walks of life to enjoy their meal in their most relaxed and comfortable state. Simple, casual and informal: being relaxed allows one to be social. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Municipal Healthcare Centres San Blas + Usera + Villaverde / Estudio Entresitio

  • Architects: Estudio Entresitio
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: María Hurtado, César Jiménez, José María Hurtado
  • Design Team: Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Vincent Rodriguez, Fabrice Quemeneur, Filipe Minderico, Clara Rodríguez, Marco Plazzogna, Miguel Crespo, Alvar Ruiz
  • Cliente: Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  • CMS of San Blas: 1989,22 m2
  • CMS of Villaverde: 1989,22 m2
  • CMS of Usera: 1452,38 m2
  • Area: 5430.82 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, Raúl Belinchón, Cortesia de Estudio Entresitio

© Roland Halbe © Raúl Belinchón © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Kiarong House / Moh Hack & Partners

  • Architects: Moh Hack & Partners
  • Location: Kiarong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • Area: 348.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Marc Tey

© Marc Tey © Marc Tey © Marc Tey © Marc Tey

In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

  • Architects: Steven Holl Architects
  • Location: 218th Street, New York
  • Architect in Charge: Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Design Team: Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Associate in Charge: Olaf Schmidt
  • Area: 4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Chris McVoy, Andy Ryan

© Chris McVoy render render © Andy Ryan

Corpo Santo House / Rui Cerqueira Barros

  • Architects: Rui Cerqueira Barros
  • Location: Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Portugal
  • Design Team: Rui Cerqueira Barros _ arch. - Cesar Barros _ eng. - Joaquim Barros _ eng. - Paulo Duval Sobreira _ arch. - Fernando Barbosa - Eugenio Pinto
  • Construction: JCA Construções
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Campos, Courtesy of Rui Cerqueira Barros

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

'On Space Time Foam' Exhibition / Studio Tomas Saraceno

Courtesy HangarBicocca Foundation, Milan
Courtesy HangarBicocca Foundation, Milan

On display until February 3rd at the HangarBicocca in Milan, the ‘On Space Time Foam’ suspended art exhibit by Studio Tomas Saraceno is composed of a transparent surface accessible to visitors, hanging at a height of 20 metres and covering 400 square metres on three layers, for a total of 1,200 square metres. Known for his surprising structures that draw the public into extraordinary spatial and emotional experiences, the large soft and floating film welcomes visitors who will thus find themselves moving mid-air between the floor and the ceiling, earth and sky, and it compels them to lose their spatial coordinates. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gensler to Envision the Office Building of the Future

Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

Last year, Gensler‘s LA Office researched how they could turn an existing building into more useful and sustainable structures. By highlighting the architectural phrase of ‘hacking the planet’, they even envisioned a plan to hack the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC (and LA’s Union Bank) by adding residences, big box retailers and a rooftop soccer field. As part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition, their vision for the office building of the future focused on how offices could become obsolete unless we turn them into useful spaces that improve the overall urban fabric.

More images and architects’ description after the break.

4th International Holcim Forum “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – April 11-13, 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will advance concepts on how construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development.

The focus of the three-day conference will be on the ongoing economic challenges in many parts of the industrialized world driving a paradigm shift. Governments, companies and individuals are all becoming aware that although sustainable development incurs costs, it also offers considerable economic potential. The Holcim Forum includes workshops and site visits and will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), and chaired by architect Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, together with co-chair, engineer Battula K. Chakravarthy, IIT Bombay.

Sponsored by Holcim Foundation

Video: The failure of bridges and economies / Thomas Fisher

This interview with professor and author Tom Fisher, Dean of University of Minnesota, is part of a documentary series called “Things May Happen”, in which he describes the dangers of Fracture-Critical Design. This topic is also the subject of his recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design. Fisher discusses examples in which our systems, whether they be architectural, structural or even social and financial, fail with disastrous consequences. In a TEDxUMN talk at the University of Minnesota, Fisher spoke about the 1-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007, the failure of New Orleans’ levees during Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast, the Wall Street investment bank failures, the housing foreclosure crisis and now the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Covering a whole spectrum of “when things go wrong” scenarios, Fisher illuminates the failed foresight in designing systems that are resilient to disaster.

San Francisco Approves Nation's Tiniest Apartments

An artist's concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)
An artist's concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

San Francisco has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, San Francisco has actually surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

Video: Emerging Urban Landscapes, The Istanbul Series

Shell.ter Pavilion / LIKE Architects

© Eva Vieira
© Eva Vieira

The Shell.ter pavilion, a temporary installation for the Cerveira Creative Camp, is built from monoblock chairs in the gardens of a natural park in the north of Portugal, during a short summer workshop by LIKE Architects. Resembling the most advanced digital formalizations of parametric design, the pavilion is actually set by the association of arches formed by ordinary chairs, which, rather than serving to seat, serve as shadow and backrest and create new frameworks that enhance the surrounding nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Interviews: San Rocco at the 13th Venice Biennale

During the 13th Venice Biennale we had the chance to interview the team behind San Rocco: Matteo Ghidoni, Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.

Sustainable Market Square Winning Proposal / TomDavid Architects

Courtesy of TomDavid Architects
Courtesy of TomDavid Architects

TomDavid Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Sustainable Market Square competition in Casablanca. In their proposal, they successfully combine indigenous techniques for shelter and heat control, the accountability of it’s residence, and innovative low-maintenance materials. In doing so, they create an efficient and pragmatic icon for the next generation market which serves as a catalyst for improvement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Media Architecture ‘Oscars’ Awards Announced

Blinkenlights, Berlin - Alexanderplatz 2003 © Thomas Fiedler / Project by Chaos Computer Club
Blinkenlights, Berlin - Alexanderplatz 2003 © Thomas Fiedler / Project by Chaos Computer Club

The Media Architecture ‘Oscars’ were recently awarded for the first time at an internationally well attended ceremony in Aarhus, Denmark on November 16. Common features of the six awarded projects, which are very different winning projects, are their ability to integrate media and architecture – and the profound impact on their urban surroundings. More images and descriptions of the winning projects after the break.