Rehabilitation and Extension of the Colani-UFO / SSP SchürmannSpannel

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Architects: SSP SchürmannSpannel
Location: Brambauer,
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Joachim Schumacher

Recreation House Near Utrecht / Roel van Norel + Zecc Architecten

Architects: Zecc Architecten
Interior Designers: Roel van Norel
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stijn Poelstra, Courtesy of Roel van Norel

Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum / ADARC Associates

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Architects: ADARC Associates
Location: Luofu Mountain, 罗浮大道, Boluo Xian, , Guangdong Sheng, China
Area: 6100.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ADARC Associates

The Gills / Cong Sinh Architects

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Architects: Cong Sinh Architects
Location: , Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Quang Thi
Project Architects: Vo Quang Thi, Nguyen Thi Nha Van, Nguyen Phuc Bao Thang. Nguyen Nhat Anh
Contractor: Thanh An Interior & Construction Co.,Ltd
Area: 261.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Pavilion in a Garden / CollectiveProject

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Architects: CollectiveProject
Location: , Karnataka, India
Design Team: Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins
Area: 750.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tina Nandi Stephens

SCI-Arc Offers Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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A dynamic post-professional program in Emerging Systems, Technologies, & Media (ESTm) offered by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles has been charged with examining core contemporary issues facing architecture and design today. Spanning topics from advanced manufacturing methodologies to new building systems, this one year Master of Design Research track allows professionals to rethink architecture and design through the experimental hands-on approach of the SCI-Arc community.

The ESTm program tests new levels of environmental performance as it prepares students to successfully integrate formal, technical, logistical, and material processes into advanced architectural designs. The program is open to graduates in architecture, engineering, product design, computer sciences and other professionals who wish to develop advanced research and design skills in light of continuously evolving and new production paradigms of the 21st century.

Dong Anh Villa / Hoang Thuc Hao

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Architects: Hoang Thuc Hao
Location: , Hanoi, Vietnam
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Hoang Thuc Hao

February ABI Reports “Nominal Increase” in Design Activity

February 2015 ABI. Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to a healthy state, recovering from its first negative score in ten months. Showing a “nominal increase” in design activity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported February’s ABI at a score of 50.4, up from a mark of 49.9 in January. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month.

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

I2-house / Masahiko Sato

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Architects:
Location: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture,
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ishii Norihisa

Female Architects Earn 20 Percent Less Than Male Architects in US

Source: Table of 2013 American Community Survey estimates, U.S. Census Bureau

In 2013, there were 145,439 full-time, year-round architects in the United States - roughly 31,000 of which were women. Making up just over 21 percent of the workforce, these women were on average paid just 80 percent the salaries of their male counterparts, according to the latest statistics released by the US Census Bureau. This means the median income for male architects was $14,877 more than female architects. 

Mynt Flagship Store / Dear Design

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Architects: Dear Design
Location: , ,
Art Director: Ignasi Llauradó
Design Team: Paulina Calcagno, Sebastián Pereyra
Client: Mynt
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Xavi Torrent

AZPML and SHARE Selected to Design 115-Meter Viennese Office Tower

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AZPML and SHARE architects have won a competition to the design a new prominent office tower in Vienna. The building, Schnirchgasse 11 “aims to strike a balance between a distinctive identity for the complex and an efficient operation, both in terms of flexibility of use and environmental performance,” by taking on a rhomboidal shape derived from the site’s geometry and shade conditions.

More about the competition-winning scheme, after the break.

Windhover Contemplative Center / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: University, 450 Serra Mall, , CA 94305, USA
Principal In Charge : Joshua Aidlin (registered architect)
Principal: David Darling (registered architect)
Project Manager: Roslyn Cole (registered architect)
Project Designer: Kent Chiang
Project Team: Melinda Turner, Michael Pierry, Jeff LaBoskey
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matthew Millman Photography

RSHP Wins Planning for Massive LSE Redevelopment

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The Westminster City Council has granted Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners planning permission for their competition-winning scheme to redevelop part of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) campus. The largest project in the school’s 120-year history, the “Center Building Redevelopment” plan will replace an existing cluster of LSE buildings along Houghton Street – Clare Market, The Anchorage, the East Building and part of St. Clements – with a modernized, sustainable and multifunctional academic building.

Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

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Architects: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Anderson Photo, Courtesy of

Synthesis Design + Architecture Utilizes Gradient 3-D Printing in “Durotaxis Chair”

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Los Angeles-based practice Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a 3-D printed chair which uses the latest gradient to apply different material properties to different parts of the chair. Originally asked by leading 3-D printing company Stratasys to design a piece that would not be possible without utilizing 3-D printing, Synthesis Design + Architecture chose to go one better, designing a chair that would not be possible without the Stratasys Objet 500 Connex3, which is capable of combining a range of material properties into a single print run.

View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online

Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO

Last month the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, announced the winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center. An Argentina-based team, led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, was selected from 1,070 design entries from teams in 117 different countries. Now, all of these submissions will be posted in an online gallery on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the next three months. “The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan. This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition,” writes UNESCO.

With generous financial aid from the Republic of Korea, the culture center will be built on land adjacent to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan World Heritage property. The center aims to promote art, history, music and community interaction. When evaluating the submissions the seven-member jury focused on “design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability, and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.”

Read on after the break for a round-up of images from some of the most interesting, unusual and unique proposals. You can search by ID number, Team Leader or Country to view the full project board with descriptions, renders and plans on the online gallery.

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

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Architects: Rizoma Arquitetura
Location: – MG, Brasil
Project Architects: Thomaz Regatos e Maria Paz
Collaborators: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Project Area: 2194.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti