Landscaped overview (proposed). Image Courtesy of ERZ Landscape Architects
Landscaped overview (proposed). Image Courtesy of ERZ Landscape Architects

St. Peter’s Seminary: ‘La Tourette’ With “Scottish Inspirations”

In an article for The Guardian, Rowan Moore explores the state and future of the Grade A listed Brutalist Seminary of St. Peter, “where the influence of Le Corbusier’s monastery of La Tourette combines with [...] Scottish inspirations.” Although the building is often seen as wholly unique in the canon of religious buildings, it is still comprised of traditional elements – “cloister, chapel, refectory, cells – but rearranged over multiple levels in unexpected ways, alternately enclosing and opening up to its surroundings.”

House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

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Architects: Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos
Location: São Pedro do , 2765-529 , Portugal
Design Team: Filipe Nascimento, Mário Crespo
Area: 452.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

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Architects: Christensen & Co Architects
Location:
Area: 13500.0 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

MJH Gallery of iD Town / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
Design Team: Jingyu DONG, Thomas ODORICO, xiaolin CHEN, Guixiong Feng
Area: 2800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Chaos.Z

Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week’s “Lost Architecture” Competition

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Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, ”Lost Architecture – [En]Visioning New City Squares” attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania’s capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city’s rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park” was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.

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© Shelter Global

Shelter Global Launches Dencity Competition 2015

Shelter is pleased to invite architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world to take part in the first annual Dencity Competition. Rapid world growth and urbanization is not allowing cities to adapt and provide for their inhabitants. Towns are quickly growing into cities, and some of the densest places in the world are comprised of makeshift homes, otherwise referred to as slums. Furthermore, already overcrowded cities have to absorb people leaving their rural hometown in hope of job opportunities. There are currently over 1 billion slum dwellers in the world. This number is expected to reach 2 billion by the year 2030. Now, more than ever, we need to play a central role in the development of substandard neighborhoods. Slums effect much more than just housing; they affect almost all living conditions and communities as a whole.

The intent of this competition is twofold: to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of this massive problem. Contestants should consider how design can empower communities and allow for a self-sufficient future. Read on to learn more. 

A First Look at Omniplan’s Proposed Dallas Holocaust Museum

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The Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance has officially gone public with plans to build a new permanent home in the city’s West End, across from the museum’s current location. Preliminary designs, by Texas-based Omniplan Architects, indicate a modest concrete and weathered steel structure with expanded galleries that would be built on parcel bound by Ross Avenue, Houston Street and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light. 

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NKO House in Tudela / Lagula Arquitectes + Studio Ahedo

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Architects: Lagula Arquitectes, Studio Ahedo
Location: 31500 , Navarra, Spain
Area: 316.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Commissioned for New Performing Arts Center in Massachusetts

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been chosen as the winner of a design competition for a new performing arts center at the College of the Holy Cross in , Massachusetts. The competition received submissions from eight world-renowned firms, which were then judged by a selection committee. The $60 million building will tentatively begin construction in 2017, as part of the College’s plan to “Become More: The Campaign of Holy Cross.” DS+R ultimately won the competition due to its diverse design and interdisciplinary nature, just as the College hopes to instill in its students through this addition. 

The Architecture of Product Design: Circulation in Mobile Apps

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A version of this article originally appeared on the Percolate Blog.

In spring of 2009, I graduated from architecture school. At the time, the post-recession economy was rough and not much was happening for architects. With an interest in entrepreneurship and technology, I took a risk and decided to try working at a tech startup. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with the industry and 5 years later, I’m now a Product Designer at Percolate in NYC, a company which produces web and mobile marketing software.

Since my career pivot, I’ve noticed many interesting parallels between architecture and product design. Although the mediums are different, it’s amazing to see how many of the design principles and processes are the same. To some degree, even the tools can be applied to both design industries. In this post, I will discuss how circulation is a fundamental property in the usefulness of both buildings and products.

One of the greatest lessons I learned in architecture school is the importance of circulation systems in the design of buildings.

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Town Hall Borsele / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: Stenevate 10, 4451 KB Heinkenszand, Netherlands
Architect In Charge: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Jan Gerrit Wessels
Area: 4387.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

Explore the Land of the Upright People in Grant Smith’s “Upright and Educated”

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Through January 31, The Building Centre is hosting Upright and Educated, a photographic documenting the work of UK charitable organization Article 25 in Burkina Faso. Captured by award-winning photographer Grant Smith, the images chart the construction and use of a school in Gourcy, in the country’s north.

Founded in 2006, Article 25 worked with local builders, craftspeople, and fellow UK charity Giving Africa to construct Bethel Secondary School, allowing up to 1100 children access to enhanced education and vocational training facilities. Learn more about the project and view selected images from the exhibition after the break.

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Airfield Evolution / Solearth Architecture

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Architects: Solearth Architecture
Location: 14 Kilmacud Road Upper, ,
Architect In Charge: Mike Haslam
Project Manager: Davis Langdon
Area: 3750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

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Villa G / Audrius Ambrasas Architects

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Architects: Audrius Ambrasas Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Audrius Ambrasas, Vilma Adomonyte, Darius Juskevicius
Area: 520.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas Architects

The Happiness Foundation / _SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: _SYSTEM LAB
Location: 60 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, , South
Design: Chanjoong Kim
Design Team: Sanghyun Park,Younghwa Kim, Jinman Chol, Byungsik Lim
Structure: RC
Area: 1242.0 sqm
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

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© AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee

Knight Cities Challenge Selects 126 Finalists

Last week, the Knight Foundation announced the 126 finalists for its Knight Cities Challenge. This Challenge was an open call for ideas on how to invigorate the 26 US communities that receive funding from the Foundation. Over 7,000 submissions were received, with ideas ranging from the installation of street arcades to the transformation of vacant city lots. The Knight Foundation chose submissions from each of the 26 communities, selecting those that best encouraged community engagement, provided economic opportunity, and made the city a more attractive place to be. See the full list of finalists, here!

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image © Utopia Arkitekter

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of residential housing. Utopia Arkitekter has proposed a redevelopment plan along Hornsbruksgatan that will include three apartment buildings and a new metro station. In total, the plan will create 29 units: twelve and seventeen town houses. Rising two to three stories above the street, the connected roofs of each of these buildings will act as an extension to the nearby Högalid Park.

© Julius Shulman Institute
© Julius Shulman Institute

Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light

In the wake of her selection as the recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award for 2015, Hélène Binet‘s work will be exhibited at the Woodbury University Hollywood (WUHO) Gallery in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, entitled Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light, will be open from February 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015, showcasing the highlights of the artist’s career as a renowned architectural photographer. The exhibition will be initiated with an opening reception and award ceremony on February 28, 2015 to honor Binet for her achievements. Continue after the break to learn more.