Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit

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Architects: Playa Arkkitehdit
Location: Kotisaarenkatu 7, 00550 , Finland
Architect In Charge: Veikko Ojanlatva, Tuukka Vuori, Sirpa Pyyhtiä
Design Team: Marja Lapinleimu, Tuomas Raikamo, Jukka Kangasniemi, Mari Haavisto, Ulla Seppä, Jukka Sulonen
Scale Model: Daniel Lütolf
Area: 5190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Courtesy of Playa Architects, Tarja Nurmi, LUMART

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

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Architects: ateliermob
Location: 2205-102 Alvega,
Design Team: Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

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Architects: Atelier Alter
Location: Xing Long Cun, Gonghe Xian, , Qinghai Sheng, China
Principals In Charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
Project Architect: Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd)
Design Team: Yong Zhang, Rui Liu, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng Zhang
Local Architect: China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co.Ltd
Area: 168379.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Ephemeral House / NAAD

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Architects: NAAD
Location: , Prefecture,
Design Team: Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Keishiro Yamada

New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley
New Century Plan. Image © UC Berkeley

Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, to receive the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, recognizing their excellence for architectural advocacy and achievement. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Learn more about the winners, after the break. 

CREATE – Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Oscar-Nominated Film Captures Life with Modernist Architect Parents

Minimalism has its challenges and for this seven-year-old sibling of two, it’s not for children. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 87th Academy , Me and My Moulton captures the unconventional life and struggles of three kids with modernist architect parents. Watch the trailer above and see what director Torill Kove believes are five sure signs your parents were architects, after the break.

Flora Tristán Residence Refurbishment / José Luis Sainz-Pardo + Plácido González + Miguel Ángel Chaves

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Architects: José Luis Sainz-Pardo, ,
Location: Sevilla, Spain
Technical Architects: Domingo Pozo Morón, Luis Domínguez Álvarez
Project Area: 1210 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jesús Granada

OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville

View from Market Street. Image © OMA / Robota

OMA has unveiled plans for a mixed-use project that will consolidate facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville. A collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital , the 24-acre “Food Port” will transform a former tobacco plant into an “active economic and community hub” that shapes a “new model between consumer and producer.”

“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

The expandable campus, which is expected to break ground this summer, will include an urban farm, edible garden, market and food truck plaza, retail space, classrooms, a recycling facility, and more. Continue after the break to learn more.

B”O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura

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Architects: Muro Rojo Arquitectura
Location: 5 de Mayo 38, De La Merced, 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, CHIS,
Project Direction: Elizabeth Gómez Coello, Jorge Medina Robles, Germán Velasco Espinosa
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

City of Paris Approves MVRDV’s Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

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The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added.

Golden View Residence / Workshop AD

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Architects: Workshop AD
Location: , AK, USA
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kevin Smith

See ArchDaily's exclusive complete coverage of the Mies van der Rohe award

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

Update: The five finalists for the 2015 will be announced on February 25 at 12 UTC. 40 projects from 17 European countries have been shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from the 420 original nominees, five of the shortlisted projects will be chosen for the next round of selection, to be announced at the end of February in London. These selected architects will then present their projects before a committee on May 7, who will select one recipient of the highly esteemed international design award, as well as one recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize. The winners will be announced the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today’s society – especially in – he discusses how the creativity which is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: “Innovation is actually everything for , because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That’s the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don’t have any marketing tools to get something more conventional… we push ourselves to the limit.”

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: “We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us… networking is more like in the academic level – a more intellectual exchange.”

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

House #20 / Rue Space

© Aitor Estévez

Architects: Rue Space
Location: 31592 Cintruénigo, Navarra,
Project Architects: Raúl Montero, Emilio Pardo
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Aitor Estévez

Comedie de Bethune – National Drama Theater / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Location: 138 Rue du 11 Novembre, 62400 ,
Architect In Charge: Manuelle Gautrand
Area: 2082.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Tel Aviv Museum Of Art Examines The International Circulation Of Prefab Concrete Panels

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Between 1945 and 1981 around 170 million prefabricated (prefab) residential units were constructed worldwide. Now, as part of a study undertaken by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 2012 and 2014, an exhibition at the  features 28 large concrete panel systems from between 1931 and 1981. In so doing, it explores a transnational circulation of these objects of construction, ”weaving them into a historical collage of ambitions and short-lived enthusiasm for utopian dreams.”

This show, curated by , is an attempt to reveal “how architecture and urbanism was charged with historical, social, and political narratives, and how the modernist vision promoted the fusion of aesthetics and politics.” The models, which are being exhibited as part of the Production Routes exhibition, seek to highlight the richness embodied in ‘generic’ architecture through the lens of prefab construction methods.

Forest Refuge / Bernd Riegger Architektur

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Architects: Bernd Riegger Architektur
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter