Extension and Restructuration Of Castries’ Middle School / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Castries,
Architect In Charge: Sancie MATTE, Frédéric DEVAUX, Arnaud ROUSSEAU, Frédéric GANICHOT assistant
Area: 5285.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu DUCROS

L_Square House / Wise Architecture

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Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South
Design Team: Sungho Kim, Bokgi Lee
Collaborator: NDL Architects and Planners(Jongbok Kim)
Structural Enginer: Jarchiv
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roh Kyung

EDA Breaks Ground on the University of Utah’s Newest Place to “Live, Work, and Create”

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A collaboration of EDA Architects, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, and Arup, the ’s newest project for the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute – “Lassonde Studios” – has broke ground. Slated as a space to live, work, and create, the building supports the mission to make the Lassonde Institute an international destination for student entrepreneurs, innovators and “makers.” The Studios will open for students in fall of 2016.

Competition Entry: SCStudio Transforms Budapest Park into “Urban Archipelago”

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As part of the Liget Competition, SCStudio has shared their entry for the House of Hungarian Music. A transformation of an existing city park, the project is conceived as a sequence of cultural programs – an “urban archipelago” – connected by a “naturalistic promenade” of pathways and landscape within a preserved forested area.

Heartland Habitat for Humanity / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , MO, USA
Architecture Team: Josh Shelton, AIA, principal-in-charge; Steve Salzer, AIA, project manager; Brandon Froelich, project designer
General Contractor: Tom Lally
Area: 2325.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Video: Alejandro Aravena on PRES Constitución and Rebuilding After Disaster

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Santiago-based architect Alejandro Aravena of Elemental discusses the sustainable reconstruction of Constitución in Chile following a devastating earthquake in 2010. Given just 100 days to design a resilient masterplan, capable of protecting the city against future natural disasters, implemented a natural solution: planting a forest that would protect the city from future floods. The design has since receive international recognition, most recently being awarded first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Urban Development & Initiatives category.

Red Architecture Wins Top New Zealand Prize for “Innovative Black Barn”

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Red Architecture’s “innovative black barn” has been awarded the ADNZ‘s (Architectural Designers New Zealand) 2014 Supreme National Design Award for its “subtle, economical and clever design.” Located in the beautiful rural landscape of Whatawhata in the Waikato, the project houses a private residence and garage within two “crisp barn-like forms” clad in vertical run steel and recycled bricks taken from the devastation caused by the Christchurch earthquakes.

In addition to the Supreme Award winner, eight designs from across the country were presented Resene Architectural Design at the ceremony. View a glimpse of each awarded project, after the break.

63 Compton / Doone Silver Architects

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Architects: Doone Silver Architects
Location: , UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matt Bargery, Hurford Salvi Carr

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Kleinerdrei / PARAT

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Architects: PARAT
Location: Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 ,
Corporate Identity: Carolin Rauen
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: mfruscella & dmanduzio

Rue Losserand / atelier 100architecture

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Architects: atelier 100architecture
Location: 42 Rue Losserand, 37100 Tours,
Area: 61.0 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez

Trendyol Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: 34200 /Istanbul Province, Turkey
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Ebisu Town House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

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Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Tokyo,
Area: 525.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

Competition Entry: Pedro Livni + Fernando De Rossa’s Proposal for Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium

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Pedro Livni and Fernando De Rossa have shared with us their proposal for the Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium open ideas competition, which was awarded honorable mention. As part of the district’s centennial anniversary, the competition aimed to replace an existing, outdated sports hall with a new gymnasium complex for the local residents of Hyeonpung-myeon neighborhood within the district of Dalseong-gun.

drozdov&partners were ultimately crowned as winners of the competition, however you can review Pedro Livni and Fernando De Rossa after the break.

Reforma Diana Corporate Building / Arditti + RDT arquitectos

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Architects: Arditti + RDT arquitectos
Location: Paseo de la Reforma, , Federal District,
Area: 33800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos

What Is Missing? / Maya Lin
What Is Missing? / Maya Lin

Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize

Maya Lin has been selected to receive the 21st Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $300,000 award presented annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” 

The artist and architect, who first rose to fame with her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, was chosen from 100 nominees spanning across all fields of the arts. She was lauded for her “last memorial” - What Is Missing? - in which she has been developing for the past seven years in hopes to raise awareness about the degradation of our planet and rapid extinction of the world’s animals and plants. More information, after the break.

NYC Parks / Garrison Architects

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Architects: Garrison Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Rugge / archphoto

Steven Holl Granted Approval for Taiwan ChinPaoSan Necropolis

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Steven Holl Architects’ schematic design for the ChinPaoSan Necropolis has been approved. The scheme, planned for an oceanfront property just 40 minutes from Taipei, will provide a new arrival hall to serve the complex’s 10,000 existing burial sites and an oceanic pavilion for an additional 150,000 ashbox sites.

More than 30 schemes were considered, however Holl’s watercolor explorations lead to the approved idea of intersecting spheres which, as the practice described, “yielded amazing overlapping perspectives that created an astonishing spatial energy.”

More about the 54,000 square meter Necropolis of ChinPaoSan, after the break.