Pine Gallery / Taku Sakaushi (O.F.D.A.)

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Architects: Taku Sakaushi (O.F.D.A.)
Location: , Ibaraki,
Architects In Charge: Taku Sakaushi, Hirotoshi Takeuchi
Area: 103.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE

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Architects: KNOWSPACE
Location: , Hebei, China
Architect In Charge: Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architekt BDA
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lv Hengzhong

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

Voices From Venice: A Global Dialogue for Women in Architecture

Last March, Caroline James and Arielle Assouline-Lichten spearheaded a campaign that called on Pritzker to retroactively recognize Denise Scott Brown for her role in the 1991 Pritzker Prize, won by Robert Venturi. Continuing their quest to bring the issue of gender equality into a positive and progressive light, James has conducted a series of interviews with five women architects at the 2014 Venice Biennale to share their rich and complex experiences and offer diverse perspectives. Conversations ranging from the controversial role of Modernism to the journey towards inclusion and the challenges of opening offices abroad, include insight from Caroline Bos of UNStudio, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmine Shariff of Dennis Sharp Architects, and Benedetta Tagliabue of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Watch the video above to view the discussions in-depth.

Komachi Building / Key Operation

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Architects: Key Operation
Location: , Tokyo,
Architects In Charge: Akira Koyama Structural Engineer, Delta Structural Consultants
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Key Operation

CEMEX Unveils National Finalists for the XXIII Building Awards

The CEMEX Building Awards recognize the best architecture and construction in Mexico, ranging from single-family homes to large-scale infrastructure projects. For the XXIII awards will recognize projects that were built during 2013 that stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. 

CEMEX has already unveiled the national finalists for the 13 categories, and the winners will be announced on November 5. 

Read on after the break to see the finalists. 

© Fairy Tales 2015
© Fairy Tales 2015

#FairyTales2015: Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition

After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration. The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible. More about the competition, after the break. 

Kindergarden in Grenade Sur L’Adour / Gadrat Architecture et associée

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Architects:
Location: Avenue de Villeneuve, 40270 Grenade-sur-l’Adour,
Architect In Charge: Julien Gadrat, Sylvie Dugasse
Collaborators: Camille Astruc, Mathias Cisnal
Area: 1050.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maïtetxu Etcheverria

MVRDV Selected to Design “Hafenspitze” Office Towers in Mainz

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MVRDV, together with Munich-based morePlatz, have been selected among seven teams in an international competition to design two office buildings in , Germany. The five- and eleven-story “Hafenspitze” structures are expected to spearhead the transformation of the former Zollhafen industrial harbor, which plans to become a new mixed-use city quarter over the coming decades.

More about the towers’ design, after the break.

Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 9700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: The Michelle Litvin Studio

Henning Larsen Wins Competition for Future Vinge Train Station in Denmark

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Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with an international team consisting of Tredje Natur, MOE and Railway Procurement Agency, has won municipality’s architecture competition to design a regional train station and new quarter in the future town of Vinge. While primarily serving to connect Vinge to the regional public transit system, the undulating, circular urban hub is designed to prevent the railway from dividing the town in two halves.

“The proposal best connects the train station, nature and town structure as one united whole,” lauded the selection committee regarding Henning Larsen’s winning scheme.

Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

In partnership with La Sapienza University, Progetto Forti and Rome municipality, Young Architects Competitions (YAC) is launching a competition to redesign one of the treasures of Rome: Forte Portuense.

How can former military architecture be transformed into a leisure time and cultural focal point? The aim is to look for ideas worth triggering urban redevelopment, social cooperation and tourism.

This architecture will become part of a network of leisure time facilities a hair’s breadth away from the very core of Rome.

GELM Annex / Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos

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Architects: Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos
Location: Corozal,
Architect In Charge: Víctor Díaz Paunetto
Project Area: 256.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos

Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

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In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Is It Time For the Anti-LEED?

seems to prioritize “Gizmo Green solutions” such as the photovoltaic panels on Ronald Lu and Partners’ Zero Carbon Building. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners

Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling. The Guild’s non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today. Getting a LEED rating is slow, difficult, and expensive, and the rating is skewed heavily to Gizmo Green solutions that are completely ignorant of where the building is being built, and for whom. We need the opposite sort of system today: one that is intelligent about where a building is built and who it’s being built for, and that is fast, friendly, and free so that anyone can use it.

House in Futrono / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: , , Los Ríos Region, Chile
Project Area: 464.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto Browne, Roland Halbe

Rem Koolhaas: How the Age of the Decision Maker Impacts Building Design

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How does contemporary architecture differ around the world and what causes these differences? In this video of a discussion between Rem Koolhaas and Nest C.E.O Tony Fadell at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, Koolhaas gives some interesting insights into his experience with decision-makers around the world. Watch the video above and read Vanity Fair’s full article here to learn more about this seldom-considered factor in building design. 

The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb
The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb

Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises

The city of Helsinki has announced plans for a design and build competition for a new commercial and residential district in Pasila, near the city centre. The competition, which calls for 8-10 buildings of 15 stories or more, will be part of the city’s drive to make Pasila the “second centre of Helsinki,” with a total of 150,000-200,000 square metres of residential and office space planned for the district. Read on after the break to find out more about the competition.

NH House / Marc Rifà-Rovira

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Architects:
Location: 08569 , Barcelona, Spain
Project Area: 167.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jaume Prat, Jordi Comas, Courtesy of Marc Rifà-Rovira