USGBC partners with HOK to design Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center

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Marking the two year anniversary of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, we would like to share with you the important efforts of Project Haiti – a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center that is planned to be built in Port au Prince, Haiti. The project is lead by the United States Green Building Council () and their official pro-bono design partner, HOK. Project Haiti not only focuses on the children, but also aims to create a “replicable, resilient model for rebuilding” that may serve as a practical teaching tool for the local community. The USGBC motto states, “Every story about green building is a story about people.”

“Shobuj Pata” (Green Leaf) Eco Community Development / JET, JCI, and Terraplan

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JET Architecture was invited by JCI Architects along with Terraplan Landscape Architects, to joint venture in the design of the Green Leaf project. After winning the commission earlier in 2011, in December, the final negotiations were completed to enable the project to move forward quickly. The team will be working together, helping to design a sustainable community with an innovative green concept. Green Leaf is green landscape architecture and built form which takes full advantages of the local natural resources to create a hybrid habitable space combining architecture and nature. The concept is inspired by adopting current and green innovative technology to make the design construction economic and feasible. More images and architects’ description after the break.

R House / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: , , USA
Project Team: (Architecture Research Office) Principals: Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky; Project Manager: Megumi Tamanaha; Project Team: Melissa Eckerman, Jane Lea, Neil Patel, Anne-Marie Singer. (Della Valle Berheimer Architects) Principals: Jared Della Valle, Andrew Bernheimer; Project Architect: Garrick Jones; Project Team: Lara Shihab Eldin, Janine Soper
Project Year: 2008-2011
Area: 1,100 sf
Construction budget: $150,000
Clients: Home HeadQuarters, Inc., Syracuse University Center for Excellence, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Photographs: Richard Barnes

GMT Institute Of Property Management / PHL Architects

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Architects: PHL Architects
Location: Jakarta,
Principal Architects: Hendy Lim, Patrick Lim
Site (sqm): 248.5 sqm
Building (m2): 490 sqm
Height (floor): 4
Photographs: Courtesy of PHL Architects

Courtesy of Polifactory

‘An Imprint of Spain in China’ Exhibition

In tribute of the 80th anniversary of the death of Abelardo Lafuente, Polifactory organized and designed ‘An Imprint of Spain in China’ exhibition in Shanghai during this past December which centered around his legacy. The exhibition, featuring the hidden story…

Cornerstone Restaurant / STUDIO RAMOPRIMO


Architects: Studio Ramoprimo
Location: , China
Design team: Marcella Campa, Stefano Avesani, Pietro Peyron
Completion: 2011
Area: 360 sqm
Client: Damon Sun- Life Less Ordinary Group Ltd.
General contractor: Guoye Decorative – Dean Group, China
Photographs: Studio Ramoprimo

Courtesy of Ajman University of Science & Technology

Architectural Workshop by Will Alsop

Ajman University of Science and Technology announced that there will be an architectural workshop by the renowned architect Will Alsop… on the theme of ‘Designing a space that will lift the spirit’ to be held at the university itself (AUST),

Fisterra Fishmarket / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

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Architects: CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos, Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco
Location: Fisterra (Finisterre) Seaport, La Coruña,
Work Directors: Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco, Juan Antonio Rodríguez Pardo
Collaborators: Francisco Rosell, Estefanía Vázquez, Felipe Riola, Roi Feijoo, Cecilia Castro, Belén Salgado
Structural Engineer: Lanik, Félix Suárez
Promoter: Portos de Galicia – Xunta de Galicia
Construction Company: Indeza
Completion: 2004- 2006
Total Cost: 1.348.433,35 euros
Photographs: Courtesy of CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

Courtesy of Rice University School of Architecture

PLAT Journal 3.0 / Rice University School of Architecture

From unforeseen endings come dramatic beginnings. Plat 3.0, an independent architectural journal published by students at Rice School of Architecture, invites projects, images, essays, and manifestos, which explore the discursive opportunities that emerge in the wake of collective disruption. In a…

Natatorio / Fuster + Partners Architects

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Architect: FUSTER + Partners Architects
Location: , Puerto Rico
Project team: Nataniel Fúster, George S. Stewart, Heather Crichfield, Sadie Winslow, Eric Barrios, Carlos Córdoba; Juan Ayguabibas, consultant
Owner: AFI (Autoridad del Financiamiento de la Infraestructura).
Starting date: dec. 2007; Completion date: Feb. 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of FUSTER + Partners Architects


Celio Apartment / Carola Vannini Architecture

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Architects: Carola Vannini Architecture
Location: Rome,
Year: 2011
Client: Private
Budget: € 250.000
Surface: 240mq (interior space) + 20mq (exterior space)
Collaborators: Structural Engineering by Studio Zeuli, Resins by Studio Romeo, working by Tiseo, Artworks by Valeria Corvino
Photographs: Stefano Pedretti

CO/FXFOWLE Announce Joint Venture

Palomar Medical Center West (PMCW) by CO Architects - Rendering courtesy CO Architects

Los Angeles-based CO Architects and New York City-based FXFOWLE have announced the formation of a joint venture firm known as . Formed in late December, the two firms will embark in a “genuine collaboration” with all their project services. While each firm will still maintain their individual identity and operations, they will pursue new projects together, allowing them to expand their geographic and expertise reach.

Lighthouse / BYTR Architects

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Architect: BYTR Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project team: Tjerk van de Wetering, Richel Lubbers, Dominique Vermeulen
Client: Private
Design: 2006
Realisation: 2010
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode


AD Round Up: Cultural Centers Part VIII

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For our eight selection of previously featured Cultural Centers we have 5 amazing projects from early-2011. Check them all after the break.

Edcouch-Elsa ISD Fine Arts Center / Kell Muñoz Architects
This building evolved from significant public conversations with students, parents, teachers and community activists, working with historians, curators, folklorists, artists and architects to envision a community gathering place. As the first important civic building funded in over thirty years, the fine arts center needed to convey the community’s cultural heritage, hopes and aspirations (read more…)

Reality Check

An illustration of the Ptolemaic geocentric system by Portuguese cosmographer and cartographer Bartolomeu Velho, 1568 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

In 2007 I presented a conceptual (unbuilt) design for the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic. During that presentation I argued for a calming environment, in part because of high divorce rates among families with individuals with autism. There is one catch; I couldn’t have known what the divorce rates were. No study prior to 2010 had seriously looked at divorce rates among families with autism, more on that later. My irresponsible and inexcusable blunder reflects the depressingly common urge we have to jump to conclusions about the why and how of a situation before we analyze the reality of it. [1]  For centuries, countless scholars built elaborate models to explain why and how the sun went around the earth without ever asking “does it?” This kind of cognitive blindness makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint; it is better to assume a hungry lion is making the grass rustle than to ponder if it is nothing at all. Not surprisingly we tend to make more Type I errors (false positives) than Type II errors (false negatives). Although advantageous on the African savannah, this type of thinking can be disastrous when making design decisions.[2]

Kimball Art Center / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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As we announced yesterday, Brooks + Scarpa Architects is one of the five finalists selected for the Kimball Art Center competition. Inspired by the “seemingly endless” blue skies and the unique blend of new and old within the historic , Brooks + Scarpa delicately weave the heavy mass of the existing 12,000 square foot Kimball Art Center with the new 22,000 square foot addition that has been referred to as the Kimball “Cloud”.

Dancing Trees, Singing Birds / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

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Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Location: Meguro, ,
Date of Completion: 2007
Parcel areas: 770.22sqm
Constructed area: 424.25sqm
Materials: RC+S
Exterior Wall Finish: Japanese Cypress Lining Board
Photographs: Courtesy of Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP


Seeing the Building for the Trees by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Metropol Parasol © Javier Orive

This article, recently seen on The New York Times, was kindly shared with us by the author Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

A REVOLUTION in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.

This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know. Many of the associations we make emerge from the fact that we live inside bodies, in a concrete world, and we tend to think in metaphors grounded in that embodiment.