Grand Synthe – Place Du Courghain / Philippe Dubus Architecte

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Architects: Philippe Dubus Architecte
Location: , France
Area: 4206.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

New Weiach Kindergarten / L3P Architekten

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Architects: L3P Architekten
Location: Weiach,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: 4400-431 Madalena,
Architect In Charge: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Orlando Sousa, Vasco Melo, Ricardo Leite, Sofia Costa Reis, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
Year: 2008
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House in Asahiku / Coo Planning

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Architects: Coo Planning
Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Akiyoshi Nakao
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yuko Tada

Academic Building – UAC / CEPLAN

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Architects: CEPLAN
Location: Campus de Planaltina – Universidade de Brasília – Planaltina, Brasília – Distrito Federal, Brasil
Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
Collaborators: Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
Project Area: 4795.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joana França

ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh

A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of

Each year 6.5 million children around the world die from diseases directly related to substandard housing conditions. Dirt floors in particular are carriers of parasites, bacteria, and viruses contributing to many fatal diseases. In response to this and with the aim of dramatically reducing child mortality rates, New York-based non-profit Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), has launched a new initiative to replace dirt flooring with concrete in Bangladesh.

Learn more about the initiative after the break.

High School in Lachine / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

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Architects: Marosi Troy Architectes, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes
Location: Collège Saint-Louis, 50 34 Ave, Lachine, QC H8T,
Design Lead: Martin Troy, Ali Torabi
Area: 13300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

The Carson Pirie Scott Building in Chicago, Illinois. Image © Flickr CC User Chris Smith
The Carson Pirie Scott Building in Chicago, Illinois. Image © Flickr CC User Chris Smith

Spotlight: Louis Sullivan

Louis SullivanChicago‘s “Father of Skyscrapers” who foreshadowed modernism with his famous phrase “form follows function,” would have turned 158 today. Sullivan was an architectural prodigy even as a young man, graduating high school and beginning his studies at MIT when he was just 16. After just a year of study he dropped out of MIT, and by the time he was just 24 he had joined forces with Dankmar Adler as a full partner of Adler and Sullivan.

City Block Center / Pablo Dellatorre

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Architects: Pablo Dellatorre
Location: Montevideo 951, Córdoba, Córdoba Province, ,
Authors: Mar Pattochi
Project Area: 42.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum – which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Foster + Romero Alliance Wins Competition to Design the Mexico City Airport Expansion

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A duo comprised of British architect and Pritzker Prize winner Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and Mexican architect Fernando Romero of FR-EE has won the competition to expand the Mexico City airport, Reuters has reported

The new airport not only plans to solve overcrowding at the current terminal, but also to “develop economically and socially one of the most densely populated and marginalized regions” of Mexico.  The project is set to be finished by the end of 2018. 

Learn more about the airport and the winning design team after the break…

Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects

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Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Area: 7200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benny Chan

Complexity Via Simplicity: Urbana’s Parking Structure Facade

Asked to design an interactive facade for an existing parking structure at the new Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Urbana principle Rob Ley had a conundrum to deal with: “With ’ really extreme weather patterns, we gave a lot of thought to: how can we make something that’s interactive but won’t be broken in a year?” he told the Architect’s Newspaper. “Unfortunately, the history of kinetic facades teaches us that that they can become a maintenance nightmare.”

His solution came from turning the question on its head – how could they design and fabricate a static facade that appears to change when the viewer moves? The resulting design appears highly complex, while in fact using aluminum fins bent at just three different angles. Find out more about the challenges of fabricating this facade, and inserting it into an existing structure, through the video above or at the Architect’s Newspaper Fabrikator blog.

Toblerone House / studiomk27

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Architects: studiomk27
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge:
Co Architects: Diana Radomysler
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Fernanda Palmieri, Fernando Falcon, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Area: 590.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

ARTISTECT: Famous Paintings With An Architectural Twist

’s latest series: ARTISTECT

Our friend Federico Babina’s latest illustrations blur the lines of art and architecture in this series: ARTISTECT. These 25 images, he explains, represent “possible and impossible encounters between artists and architects,” emphasizing the “probable and improbable connections between forms of expression and aesthetic languages sometimes distant and sometimes very close.”

In this exercise of overlapping styles, it is perhaps easier at first glance to identify the artist. But careful inspection of these stunning drawings reveals the idiosyncratic and stylistic tendencies of some of our most beloved architects.

Babina writes, “The project’s main idea is to reinterpret famous paintings using a brush soaked in architectural tints…These images are a metaphor for an imagined and imaginary dialogue between creative minds: Le Corbusier talks with Picasso and Kandinsky discusses with Wright… The wires that connect and intertwine this relations can be thin and transparent or robust and full-bodied.”

Take a look at the entire ARTISTECT series after the break. And don’t miss Federico Babina‘s other (very popular) illustration sets: ARCHISET, ARCHIMACHINEARCHIPORTRAIT, ARCHIST, ARCHIBET and ARCHICINE.

© Bob Bronshoff
© Bob Bronshoff

Maarten Hajer Appointed as Chief Curator of 2016 Rotterdam Biennale

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has announced Maarte Hajer as the Chief Curator of IABR-2016-. Hajer, a professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, was selected for his proposed theme, “The Next Economy.” More on Hajer’s appointment after the break.

London Science Museum Selects Muf Architecture/Art to Design Interactive Gallery

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London’s Science Museum has selected muf architecture/art to design a new permanent interactive gallery. Set to open in 2016, the new gallery will be an expansion of the current Launchpad children’s gallery, creating a larger area to engage visitors in interactive math and science exhibits and live events.

impressed us with their collaborative approach, strong design and bold vision for the new gallery. Above all, their scheme shows a keen awareness of the prime purpose of the gallery – fostering exploration and curiosity in science through intelligent and exciting design,” Karen Livingstone, Director of Masterplan at the Science Museum said.

Cliff House / Hyde + Hyde Architects

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Architects: Hyde + Hyde Architects
Location: Gower Peninsula,
Area: 147.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects