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Techos House / Mathias Klotz

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Techos House / Mathias Klotz, Courtesy of Matías Klotz
Courtesy of Matías Klotz
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province, Argentina
  • Project Architect

    Mathias Klotz (KLOTZ & asociados)
  • Area

    650 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz +22

Six Semi-Detached Houses + Isolated House in Rocafort/ Antonio Altarriba Comes

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Six Semi-Detached Houses + Isolated House in Rocafort/ Antonio Altarriba Comes, © Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rocafort, Valencia, Spain
  • Area

    2135.0 m2
  • Photographs

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo +15

Studio Terra240 / Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Studio Terra240 / Arquitetos Associados, © Eduardo Eckenfels
© Eduardo Eckenfels
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
  • Architects in Charge

    Bruno Santa Cecília y Carlos Alberto Maciel
  • Collaboration

    Enara Paiva, Michelle Andrade, Fernanda Rabelo
  • Area

    750.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Leonardo Finotti +22

2013 AIA Housing Awards Announced

00:00 - 17 May, 2013
2013 AIA Housing Awards Announced , House in the Mountains; Colorado / GLUCK+ © Steve Mundinger
House in the Mountains; Colorado / GLUCK+ © Steve Mundinger

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the six recipients of the 2013 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its 13th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. All the winners, after the break.

Can Architecture Make Us More Creative? Part III: Academic Environments

00:00 - 17 May, 2013
Can Architecture Make Us More Creative? Part III: Academic Environments, MIT Media Lab (via mit.edu)
MIT Media Lab (via mit.edu)

August Kekulé discovered the structure of the benzene ring after having a daydream of the Ouroboros, a famous mythological snake depicted as biting its own tail. Francis Crick figured out the complimentary replication system of DNA when he remembered the process of replicating a sculpture by making an impression of it in plaster, and using it as a mold to make copies. Johannes Keppler attributes his laws of planetary motion to an inspiration from religion: the sun, the stars, and the dark space around them represent the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost respectively.

What’s the point? According to Arthur Koestler, “all decisive events in the history of scientific thought can be described in terms of mental cross-fertilization between different disciplines.” Great discoveries arise not from the isolated hermit working without interference, but from tireless work enlightened by unintentional collisions with an unfamiliar subject. For Kekulé, it was ancient mythology, for Crick, sculpture, and for Keppler, religion.

Creativity and innovation, then, thrive where disciplines collide. And this is true not only for science, but for all subjects. We all have something to learn from one another, and what better place to encourage this cross-fertilization than school?

Keep reading to find out more about how interdisciplinary architecture can foster creativity and collaboration in schools…

Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects, © Reio Avaste
© Reio Avaste

© Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste +15

Tel-Aviv White City Forum Winning Proposal / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Tel-Aviv White City Forum Winning Proposal / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, Courtesy of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Courtesy of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

The Tel-Aviv White City Forum winning proposal by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an exhibition center, part of the huge Tel- Aviv wholesale market project currently under construction. Comprising thousands of apartment units, a mall, a school and a sports complex, the Forum will be a platform for genuine urban celebration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG's Marina Lofts

13:22 - 16 May, 2013
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

On Tuesday, a sea of green and blue flooded the Fort Lauderdale City Commission chamber to either support or oppose a BIG, $250 million multi-use development planned to infill an industrial gap on the waterfront of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although the majority of the crowd seemed to be in favor of the “impressive, innovative and even daring” project, concerns arose regarding the Marina Lofts’ density, height and traffic impact – many of which were appeased by developer Asi Cymbal’s decision to reduce the two 36-story towers to 28, which cut nearly 100 housing units from the project.

Other last ditch opposition efforts regarded the controversial plan to move a giant rain tree that wasn’t within the purview of the board’s review. Despite this, following an hour-long presentation by Cymbal and his staff, the Planning  & Zoning board unanimously voted 9-0 in favor of the project.

More after the break…

Classic: Maritxell Sanctuary / Ricardo Bofill

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Classic: Maritxell Sanctuary / Ricardo Bofill, Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill +23

Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rwanda
  • Architect in Charge

    MASS Design Group
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +9

'Le Corbusier/New York' Symposium

00:00 - 16 May, 2013
'Le Corbusier/New York' Symposium, Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York
Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York

Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium taking place June 8-9. The event will examine this world-renowned French architect's ideas on the city before and after his first trip to the United States, along with his influence on generations of American architects. The journey through Le Corbusier’s work will begin on Saturday with an exclusive preview of the MoMA exhibition led by its curator Jean-Louis Cohen and Sunday's events include engaging lectures at the Center for Architecture. Discussions will focus on how Le Corbusier's ideas about New York City influenced his work and how, in turn, Le Corbusier's legacy impacted the city's built environment. For more information, please visit here.

Office Building / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Office Building / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau
© Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau

© Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau +18

Vacation House in Henne / Mette Lange Architects

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Vacation House in Henne / Mette Lange Architects, © Mette Lange, Anders Linnet
© Mette Lange, Anders Linnet

© Mette Lange, Anders Linnet © Mette Lange, Anders Linnet © Mette Lange, Anders Linnet © Mette Lange, Anders Linnet +11

Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Designed by Aedas, their competition winning proposal to design a bay front, mixed-use development in Wu Yuan Wan, Xiamen, China is comprised of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and two SOHO towers. With a total gross floor area of 175,000 square meters, their design aims to become the centerpiece of a new master plan. Ultimately, it will be a new retail landmark and a well integrated complex that responds to its watery surrounding.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Armadillo / Yuji Tanabe Architects

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
© Yuji Tanabe
© Yuji Tanabe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    Jun Sato
  • Builder

    Kawaguchi Kenchiku
  • Area

    52.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe +29

House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH, © Norman Müller
© Norman Müller

© Norman Müller © Norman Müller © Norman Müller © Norman Müller +15

Eggum Tourist Route / Snohetta

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Eggum Tourist Route / Snohetta, © Jarle Wæhler
© Jarle Wæhler

© Steinar Skaar © Snohetta © Snohetta © Snohetta +9

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.