University of Applied Arts Extension Proposal / Wolfgang Tschapeller

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Wolfgang Tschapeller shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the extension of the University of Applied Arts in . The removal of stair and elevator cores displays a pure serial structure. What remains are solely col-umns and slabs, ready for multiple functional readings. The broadway is not only a means of circulation, it is the platform where members and knowledge of the 17 different studios meet. It is the informal marketplace for cross disciplinary projects.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Habitat 15 / Predock Frane Architects

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Architect: Predock Frane Architects
Location: Hollywood, , USA
Project Area: 39,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Predock Frane and Elon Schoenholz

2012 TED Prize Winner: The City 2.0’s Wish has been Revealed!


For the first time in history, the annual TED Prize was not awarded to an individual, but rather an idea that will greatly influence the future of our planet. The City 2.0 is the city of the future in which more than ten billion people are dependent on. Since the announcement in early December, visionaries’ world-wide have provided their input to help determine the city’s “one wish to change the world”. TED will provide $100,000 to help make it happen. Live, at the TED2012 Full Spectrum conference in Long Beach, , the wish has been revealed! Continue reading to learn more.

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Røldal Pilgrim Center Proposal / LETH & GORI

LETH & GORI… shared with us their proposal for the Pilgrim Centre in Røldal which creates a new building in close connection with the 13th century church. Made as an extension to the existing church wall, their design becomes a

The Ada Bridge / Arhitektura d.o.o.

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Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
Location: Belgrade,
Length: 950 m
Structural Engineering: Ponting
Contractors: Porr AG, SCT, DSD Bruckenbau GmbH
Project Years: 2008 – 2012
Photographs: Ana Kostič, Vladimir Vasić, Ponting archive

Villa Plus / Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter

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Architects: Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter  – Jonas Waldemarson, Paulina Berglund, Hanna Kucera Wengelin
Location: , Sweden
Year of completion: 2008
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman


Video: The City of Samba / Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli

As a follow up to last weeks coverage on the Rio Carnival 2012 kick-off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome, we would like to share with you this stunning tilt-shift video capturing the essence of Rio de Janeiro and the colorful parade of the Carnival. You will also catch a glimpse of famous mosaic sidewalks of the Copacabana Beach Boardwalk designed by the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Creators: Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli
Music: Jarbas Agnelli
Special Thanks: Rede Globo, Liesa and Jodele Larcher

*This video was filmed during Carnival of 2011.

Black & White House / Formwerkz Architects

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Architect: Formwerkz Architects
Design Team: Alan Tay, W.H Pung
Site Area: 2,500 sqm
Built-up Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San

House Kekkapaa / POOK Arkkitehtitoimisto Oy

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Architect: POOK Arkkitehtitoimisto Oy & Katariina Rautiala and Pentti
Location: North Espoo,
Completed: July 2006
Total Areas: 293 sqm (main building), 29 sqm (sauna), 31 sqm (workshop)
Photographs: Antti Hahl, Pentti Raiski, Alatalo photos

Black Pearl / Studio + Zecc Architecten

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Architects: Studio + Zecc Architecten
Location: South,
Area: 170sqm
Project Years: 2008-2010
Photographs: Frank Hanswijk

Cornell Reveals the Architects Competing to Design the First NYC Tech Campus Building

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After Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie announced Cornell’s victory over Stanford to build an eleven acre state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the team has now tackled their next step in choosing six high-profile architecture firms competing to design the schools first academic facility.

Selected from over more than 40 firms from the U.S. and abroad, the finalists include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Continue reading for more information.

Welcome Gallery / Thomas Roszak Architecture

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Architect: Thomas Roszak Architecture 
Location: , USA
Photographs: Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing 


SOL: The Net-Zero Community in Austin, Texas / KRDB

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SOL Austin - Solutions Oriented Living – is a model development of a sustainable community that integrates social, economic and ecological components to create a “holistic community”.  The project was a result of a partnership between KRDB ArchitectsBeck-Reit contractors, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) and the Austin Housing Finance Corporation.  The medium density, single-family in-fill project in central east , just three miles from downtown incorporates a significant portion of low-income and affordable housing, sustainable practices and consideration for the kind of future that developments like this can create.

Read on for photos, plans and more information about this project, considered for the AIA 2011 Design Awards in Urban Design.

Techne – NetLogo: Easy 3D Drawing from MIT

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There are admittedly many differences from architecture school and working in the profession. One major difference is that while in school, people are in a mode of exploration, and any and all tools to facilitate that exploration are welcome. By the time one reaches the stage of “doing the work,” the suite of tools becomes far more narrow: AutoCad, Revit, Ecotect (maybe), and the occasional 3D program like Rhino. And if a person decides to hang out their own shingle, the computer tools becomes even more limited because of cost issues, unless bootleg copies are something you want to risk.

Xiayu Kindergarten, Shanghai / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Huale Rd, Qingpu, ,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Fan Minji, Tang Yu
Site Area: 17070 sqm
Building Area: 6328 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zhang Siye

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Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus Lecture at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Acclaimed architect and designer Joshua Prince-Ramus…, whose projects include the Seattle Central Library and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, will deliver a lecture on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty

Vila Vicosa School / Cândido Chuva Gomes

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Architects:  Cândido Chuva Gomes
Location: Vila Viçosa, , Portugal
Client: Parque Escolar, E.P.E.
Project Years: 2008-2011
Building contractor: Lena Construções / Abrantina / MRG Engenharia e Construção
Photographs: José Campos


Sanitation: A Case Study Across Eight Metropolises / Sahil Despande

After winning the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship in 2011, of the Rizvi College of Architecture in Mumbai has focused his research on understanding an urban planning scheme that would look beyond the typical architectural desires of constructing houses and public spaces, to the broader problem of providing proper sanitation.   Proper sanitation is not a necessity most can afford; in fact, over 2.5 billion people have poor access to proper sanitation and for 1.5 billion, access is seemingly impossible.  Without such a basic amenity, a city or settlement’s economic and health structure are often jeopardized.   Despande feels the issue of providing proper sanitation is one in which architects often shy away from, as master plans focus on spatial aspects of the formation of a city rather than trying to install the proper infrastructure necessary for its citizens.   In his research, Despande traveled to thirteen vastly different cities – ranging from the poorest informal settlement, Kibera,  in Nairobi, Kenya to places such as Zurich, Beijing and Delhi – in an effort to study the existing sanitation systems and understand the cultural context in which they reside.   Despande’s research is bringing sanitation to the forefront to generate awareness about its inherent linkage with public health, and urge architects to tackle the issue to improve the conditions for billions of people.  Check out his presentation and let us know what you think of his research findings.