Video: Arkansas Mid Century Modern Architecture Short

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This snapshot of a new documentary about mid-century modern architecture in illuminates classic post-war designs. Simple, clean lines were often the elements that delineated the aesthetics of these buildings. While many lay in disrepair, they still exude an aura of a time when optimism was reflected in the country’s desire to build a new future. Some of the architectural icons that are featured include the University of ’s Fine Arts Center by state native Edward Durell Stone, the Tower Building in Little Rock, the Fulbright Library in Fayetteville, and the abandoned Hotel Mountainaire. Check out the short clip of what will air in November on AETN. Also, see the highlights of the current affairs and award winning architecture that is taking place within the state of Arkansas here.

In Progress: Via Verde / Grimshaw Architects + Dattner Architects

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After winning the 2007 New York New Housing Legacy Competition, Jonathan Rose and Phipps Houses Group teamed with Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects to make “green” architecture for where it matters most.  Via Verde, the South Bronx’s newest affordable housing development, goes beyond the hype of creating a sustainable building for marketing purposes, and allows design to inform a healthy building for its occupants.    So, what constituents a “healthy” building? Well, in the minds of those from the South Bronx, that means a place that can address growing asthma rates, obesity, and the need for fresh produce.  In the 290,000 sqf project at Brook Avenue and East 156th Street,  Via Verde is connecting to its neighborhood’s needs while not shying away from giving a community in the process of urban renewal an iconic piece of architecture.

 More about the project after the break. 

Village House Proposal / CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects


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CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects won an international architectural and urbanistic competition on 33 apartment buildings close to Bratislava. The project aims to create quality housing with direct contact with water surface. It also sets a considerable part of the house into the riparian forest in the river-bed of the Danube. They have designed for each object a group of four materials which create together a common atrium as well as a scenic jetty near the water. The resulting combination of two- or three-floored buildings makes ideal conditions for social life inside each villa house whilst at the same time it provides enough privacy in each apartment. They did not design an ensemble of anonymous apartments, but a place with a bountiful view on water surface and with sojourning areas in the semi-private space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AB/BRO / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: Venice, California,
Project Team: Mark Mack, Carlos Florez
Structural: Parker Resnick
Title 24: South Bay Energy
Methane Investigation: Methane Specialists
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 4,900 sqf
Photographs: Anna Blau

Strojarska Business Center Proposal / SANGRAD Architects & AVP_Arhitekti

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The project’s site is located within the boundaries of the southern part of Zagreb which is divided by the national railway. In many ways, this site was thought as part of the new Zagreb city urban concept. There are two important facts: the position on the margins of the traditional lower City and the structural composition and reference within the future new City. Both in this case determine the composition and character of the project, designed by & AVP_Arhitekti. By raising or lowering the railway, several possibilities are opened in terms of linking the site with the central and northern part of the City. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Camelia Cottage / 4site Architecture

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Architects: 4site Architecture
Location: ,
Project Team: Kevin Hui
Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
Engineers: Keith Long & Associates
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 12 sqm (new works) 34 sqm (works to existing)
Photographs: Kevin Hui

HA Tower / Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

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The HA tower, designed by Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv Central Agency for Urban Planning, Architecture and Urban Design with the support of National Union of Architects of Ukraine are pleased to announce the open international architectural competition, ‘Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv…

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa / Philip Johnson & John Burgee

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The twin office towers known as Puerta de Europa I and II located in , Spain defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects & John Burgee and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), these structural expressionistic towers straddle one of Madrid’s most important boulevards – the Paseo de la Castellana. More details after the break.

P[RAY]HOUSE / Julian Palapa + Bayu Rismabuana

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Architects: Julian Palapa
Location: , Indonesia
Design Team: Nurul Andini (Architect Embassy)
Design Principal: and Bayu Rismabuana (as Associates Designer)
Project Manager: Wira Farrel
Project Team: Eri Eko, Arief Hakim, Aris Fanany, Arief Adiharsa, Indrajati
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Ardha Dian Rizki, Julian Palapa

Video: 3D Drawing Machine

Two young artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes have introduced a unique way for using a 3D machine that assists in re-presenting the view in front of one’s eyes. The machine was developed as an exploration of the nature of vision with a goal to recreate realism in the correct proportions and perspective. The artists explain how the machine works; by limiting vision of the scene to one eye and the other to plot the image on concave paper, an illusion occurs where the paper becomes transparent, rendering an effect that you are simply tracing the scene in front of you.  It is an interesting take on creating artwork with amazingly accurate results. Check out the video for their presentation.

Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: ISOCHROM, Nathan Willock

RAKE Showroom / August Schmidt

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Architects: August Schmidt
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marius Waagaard

Fraunhofer Headquarters / Pedra Silva Architects

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Architect: Pedra Silva Architects
Location: Porto,
Project Coordination: Luís Pedra Silva
Project Area: 1,660 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado

Kenmore Library / Weinstein A|U

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Architects: Weinstein A|U
Location: , Washington
Design Team: Matt Aalfs, Ed Weinstein
Project Size: 19,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007-2011
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Living Boavista / José António Barbosa

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Location: , Portugal
Project Area: 5600 sqm Houses: 16 (T4 and T4+1)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado

Richard Meier & Partners Design for the New Royal Alberta Museum

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Richard Meier & Partners have released their final design submission for the new Royal Alberta Museum in Canada.  Considered as one of the four finalists the firm, although not chosen as the winning entry, proposed “a timeless work of architecture that would engage the ongoing discourse of civility and urban place making while establishing a forward-looking museum destination and technologically advanced educational facility. While we are disappointed we won’t be working in Edmont this year, we are continuing to expand or work overseas. We thank the jury for their consideration,” commented design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf.