In Progress: Statoil / a-lab

© Jiri Havran

Architect: a-lab
Location: , Norway
Client: IT-Fornebu Eiendom
Landscape Design: Østengen & Bergo
Structural Engineer: Norconsult
M&E Services: Electro : Føyn Consult / Ventilation : Norconsult
Build Cost: 1,500 mill NOK
Project Area: 117,000 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Luis Fonseca

Temenos / Roth Sheppard Architects

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Roth Sheppard Architects is an architecture firm in with over two decades of experience. Principals Jeff Sheppard, AIA and Herb Roth, FAIA, and a growing young staff recently moved into their new office space, titled Temenos. Roth Sheppard Architects designed their workspace to marry their office’s established modern aesthetics with the fresh ideas of young clients and employees.

Architect: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: , Colorado, United States
Consultants: Performance Engineering, McDonald Consulting + Design, Inc., R2HWilliams Construction
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Frank Ooms

Courtesy of Somatic Collaborative

South American Project: Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium

The Hinterland Urbanisms Symposium, curated by Felipe Correa of Somatic Collaborative, Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Ana Maria Duran, Loeb Fellow ’11, looks at the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) as a point of…

In Progress: Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

View from Lasipalatsi

Architects: K2S Architects Ltd
Location: , Finland
Client: Helsinki Parish Union and the City of Helsinki
Structural engineering: Insinööritoimisto Vahanen Oy Matti Kivinen, Ulla Harju
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of

Courtesy of WaterFire Providence

BSA Lecture Series

Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently launched their lecture series which opens up on September 21st with Jeremiah Eck, FAIA as he considers a simple way to infuse sustainability and light in homes; Barnaby Evans does something similar for cities…

Casanueva Pharmacy / Clavel Arquitectos

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Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
Location: Murcia,
Project Year: 2010
Construction Company: VILARIA INTERIORISMO Y EDIFICACIÓN S.L.
Collaborators: Robin Harloff, Mauricio Méndez Bustos, David Hernández Conesa
Project Area: 180.18 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, North Terminal / Gensler

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The 12th-busiest airport in the United States, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) serves as a global gateway to Metro Detroit. Opened as a model of post 9/11 terminal design, the airport’s new North Terminal is enhancing DTW’s status as one of the most modern and efficient airports in the world. Gensler designed the terminal to meet the dynamic needs of today’s travelers. The 26-gate, 824,000-square-foot terminal met stringent budget requirements, and establishes new benchmarks for value-conscious airport facilities. A tremendous time saver for travelers, the terminal’s linear design will also create a faster, more efficient path for taxiing aircraft that will save fuel and reduce environmental emissions. More images and information about DTW’s North Terminal after the break.

Architect: Gensler
Location: , , United States
Project Area: 850,000 gross square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Gensler

AIA NY hosts Day-Long Conference on Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan

AIA NY hosts Day-Long Conference on Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) will host a daylong conference Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021,… at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place on September 8, 2011.
The conference is presented in partnership with The

AD Classics: St. Mark’s Church in Bjorkhagen / Sigurd Lewerentz

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After over a decade of absence from architecture, reappeared with the creation of St. Mark’s Church in Björkhagen, Stockholm. His winning design for the church brought him back to the art of building, and his apt control of materiality brought the St. Mark’s Church international attention.

Architects and their signatures

Editor’s note: We welcome Bob Borson to ArchDaily. We will be presenting periodic updates from his popular blog Life of an Architect, generating a space for conversation among architects.

What does your signature say about you? The way you leave your name behind on a piece a paper tells more about you than just saying “sorry I hit your car but I don’t have insurance“. It should come as no surprise but I don’t subscribe to mystical thinking like being an Aries and that my horoscope tells me to “prepare for an exciting trip” … yeah, right. Getting pushed down the stairs should hardly qualify as an exciting trip. According to those people in the mystical know – how you sign your signature actually does mean something and does provide some insight into the mind behind the name.

Your first name relates to your individual ego – If your first name is larger than your family name, it suggests that you are proud of YOUR OWN accomplishments. However, the larger the first name, the larger the desire to APPEAR important. This can also indicate a low self-esteem.

The Family name projects social status – If your family name is larger than your first name, you take great pride in family achievements and reputation, rather than in your own accomplishments.

Legible signature – If the signature is legible and simple, the writer is unpretentious, honest and straightforward. This person will follow the rules and do as they are told… just the same as when they were in .

Illegible Signature – If the signature is illegible, the writer may be in such a hurry that they can’t take the time to shape the letters properly… doctors, executives, movie stars. An illegible signature is often a sign of a big ego… someone who expects others to KNOW who they are. This person also wants to keep their personal lives private and shielded from the outside world.

Check out some of the world’s most famous architects’ signatures after the break.

Green Ribbon Schools Initiative Launched

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The U.S. Department of Education has recently launched its initiative. The program is aimed at fostering the growth of sustainable indoor and outdoor environments in addition to promoting the integration of environmental curricula into the education stream.

Chateau Barde-Haut Winery / Nadau Lavergne Architects

© Philippe Caumes

Architect: Nadau Lavergne Architects
Location: , Gironde,
Structural Engineer: Etude Béton, Trarieux
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Audren
Project Area: 1050 sqm
Photographs: Philippe Caumes

In Progress: ABC Dbayeh Department Store and Cinema Façade / nARCHITECTS

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Architects: nARCHITECTS
Location: Beirut,
Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals); Tiago Barros, Stephen Hagmann, Hubert Pelletier (Project Architects); Seung Teak Lee, Julia Chapman, Christopher Grabow (Design Team); Competition Phase: Alice Wong (Project Designer), Dominique Gonfard, Adam Vana
Architect of Record: ABC Technical Team: Lamia Jallad, Bascir Muhanna, Johnny Salman
Client: ABC S.A.L.
Structural Engineer: BRM
Lighting Designer: DEBBAS
Landscape: ZMK
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of nARCHITECTS

Le Corbusier meets Albert Einstein

Le Corbusier and Albert Einstein (1946)

Two of the brightest minds from the past century.

Back in 1946, Le Corbusier meet Albert Einstein at Princeton after traveling to to present at the United Nations his project for the UN Headquarters.

I had the pleasure of discussing the “Modulor” at some length with Professor Albert Einstein at Princeton. I was then passing through a period of great uncertainty and stress; I expressed myself badly, I explained the “Modulor” badly, I got bogged down in the morass of “cause and effect”… At one point, Einstein took a pencil and began to calculate. Stupidly, I interrupted him, the conversation turned to other things, the calculation remained unfinished. The friend who had brought me was in the depths of despair. In a letter written to me the same evening, Einstein had the kindness to say this of the “Modulor”: “It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy.” There are some who think this judgement is unscientific. For my part, I think it is extraordinarily clear-sighted. It is a gesture of friendship made by a great scientist towards us who are not scientists but soldiers on the field of battle. The scientist tells us: “This weapon shoots straight: in the matter of dimensioning, i.e. of proportions, it makes tour task more certain.”

- Le Corbusier, The Modulor (1954)

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A New Norris House / University of Tennessee

© Ken McCown

Architect: University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design
Location: , Tennessee, USA
Consultants: University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, Clayton Homes, Johnson and Galyon, Builders; College of Architecture and Design, Landscape Architect; College of Engineering, in collaboration with Mallia Engineering Company, Structural Engineer; College of Architecture and Design, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer
Project Area: 768 SF
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: © Ken McCown

  

Nakahouse / XTEN Architecture

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Architect: XTEN Architecture
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Monika Haefelfinger, Principal; Austin Kelly, AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Monika Haefelfinger, Austin Kelly, Scott Utterstrom, Jae Rodriguez, Qichen Cao, Karin Nelson, Joseph Tran, Karin Von Wyl
General Contractor: NWGC, INC.
Structural Engineer: Axial Engineering Group
Geotech: CY Geotech
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2700 sqf
Photographs: Steve King

Zaha Hadid Architects Launches New Website

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Zaha Hadid Architects have launched a new interactive website that has a large archival library of the many works, built and un-built by the firm.  Looking through this vast collection of projects, it becomes obvious how much of Zaha Hadid’s work is public architecture: between urban projects, museums and galleries, this architect’s project are made for masses.  We are the real users of her architecture.  The new website allows visitors to not only appreciate her work, but participate in an internet forum of sharing a common appreciation for the work.  Each project can be “starred” and added to YourZHA, which becomes a log of her work that the visitor to the site can then refer back to.

Zaha Hadid’s work has been well received by the people for whom the architecture was built.  Last month, the new Riverside Museum celebrated 500,000 visitors within its first few weeks of opening.  Read more about it here.

YourZHA is but one of the interactive features on the site.  Browse through the hundreds of projects each coupled with descriptions and images.  The website also features a news section where visitors can be kept up to date on lectures, competitions, galleries and phases of various projects.  Visitors can also do a keyword search through the archives in a number of categories from architecture, design, masterplans, awards, publications, people and videos.

Check it out for yourself here: http://www.zaha-hadid.com/.

 

Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB

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The Farmers Market was designed and built by design/buildLAB, a third year architecture studio at the Tech, School of Architecture + Design focused on the research, development and implementation of innovative construction methods and architectural designs. At design/buildLAB students collaborate with local communities and experts to develop concepts and propose solutions to real world problems. The goal of this course is to teach students the skills necessary to confront the design and realization of architecture projects, with a consciousness for social and environmental issues. By removing the abstraction from the making of architecture, the course engages students’ initiative and encourages them to ask fundamental questions about the nature of practice and the role of the architect. By framing the opportunity for architecture students to make a difference in the life of a community, the hope is to show them the positive impact Architecture can make and inspire them to high professional ethics.

Architect: design/buildLAB (Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design)
Location: Covington, Virginia, USA
Student Project Team: Anne Agan, Emily Angell, Zachary Britton, Chris Cromer, German Delgadillo, Chris Drudick, Cody Ellis, Jacob Geffert, Rachel Gresham, Shannon Hughes, Elizabeth Madden, Ryan McCloskey, Andrew McLaughlin, Brett Miller, Elizabeth Roop, Erin Sanchez, Sara Woolf
Professors: Marie Zawistowski, Architecte DPLG – Professor of Practice; Keith Zawistowski, Assoc. AIA, GC – Professor of Practice
Structural Engineer: Draper Aden and Associates – Dave Spriggs, PE
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: design/buildLAB