Update from the Venice Biennale by Marco Zanta

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Italian photographer Marco Zanta shared with us some great photographs of the exhibitions currently showed at the .

Pryor Residence / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: Pryor, Montauk, NY,
Client: Victoria & Greg Pryor
Landscape Architects: Coen & Partners
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bates Masi Architects

An Open Appeal for China

Yaohua Wang shared with us his project An Open Appeal for , designed along with Scott Chung, Jiaohao Lu, Xiaoxuan Lu, and Lennard Ong. They recently received 2nd Prize in the AIM International Architecture Competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Above the Pavement – the Farm! : Architecture & Agriculture at Public Farm 1

WORK ac was one of the first practices we interviewed here at ArchDaily. When we visited their office they were working in P.F.1 (Public Farm 1), their awarded entry for the 2008 P.S.1 summer installation – one of the best installations I’ve seen so far.

An interesting part of the conversation was on how they worked with a mixed group of experts for this project, bringing more into the discussion and finally into the installation. This becomes the central part of the book, with over 150 pages dedicated to a series of interviews with the parties involved, from structural engineers to growing soil experts, telling the story of the process behind P.F.1. This section is structured as a story, but you can still read it picking from any random page. Interesting interview format with no questions, just “answers” that become the narrative of the project.

On the appendix we found a series of recipes for the vegetables that grew on the urban farm, and also a foreword with an interview by Winy Maas with Dan Wood and Amale Andraos.

has also edited 49 Cities, a highly recommended guide to unrealized urbanism.

More info on the book after the break.

The Museum of the Second World War Competition in Poland winner announced

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The jury for the Museum of the Second World War Competition in have recently announced the winner. Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat received 1st Prize and will design the new museum in Gdańsk, the city where the war broke out. 2nd Prize was awarded to Polish architects Piotr Płaskowicki & partnerzy Architekci and 3rd Prize to Greece-based BETAPLAN S.A.

See more images and justification of the jury for the winner after the break.

Beast / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: Austin, , USA
Project Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Brett Wolfe
Contractor: Artifice / Jean Goehring & Amy Hovis
Project Area: 4,060 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Meg Mulloy

d3 Natural Systems Competition winners announced

First Prize - LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned

d3 is pleased to announce the winners of the Natural Systems international architectural design competition for 2010. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Mary-Jo Schlachter, invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.

The competition awarded four prizes and eight special mentions. You can see the four prizes after the break. For complete list of special mentions, go to the competition’s official website.

Update: 12th International Architecture Exhibition Venice

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Continuing our coverage of Kazuyo Sejima’s exciting 2010 Venice Biennale, the International Jury of the exhibition has recently awarded a Golden Lion for the best project of the ‘People Meet in Architecture’ Exhibit to Junya Ishigami+ Associates, a Golden Lion for the best National Participation to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a Silver Lion for a promising young participant to OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen + Bas Princen.  We’ve featured Ishigami + Associates’ work previously on AD, and his exhibit explores similar ideas about transparency and structure evident in his elegantly simplistic Kanagawa Institute of Technology.

More about the project, including a video from Domus about Ishigami’s project and beliefs.

Light & Sie Art Gallery / LaguardaLow Architects

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Architects: LaguardaLow Architects
Location: Dallas, TX,
Partner in Charge: Pablo Laguarda
Project Manager: Linh Tran
Contractor: Solid Green Construction
Client: Stan Light & Andrew Sie
Project Area: 16,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects at the Venice Biennale

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects shared with us their exhibition at the Venice Biennale, showing two buildings with a similar size are located in two different contexts. A light grey concrete piece rests in the middle of a natural scene. A cooper oxide green concrete prism stands in the middle of a suburban setting. Two opposite conditions which are presented by a disproportionate relationship between figure and background. The proposed constructions are reproduced as small sculptural models. The landscape is recorded in a huge panoramic backlight photograph. The objects, autonomous from their location, seem insignificant in front of the monumental effort of trying to capture most of the details and complexities of the surroundings.

Pratt to present Three-Part Exhibition, Lecture, and Symposium on the work of Le Corbusier

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Pratt Institute School of Architecture and the Pratt Library will present “Le Corbusier – Miracle Boxes”, a multidisciplinary, three-part exhibition on the work of renowned Swiss-French architect, urbanist, designer, writer, and painter Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris), who is considered by many to be the most important architect of the 20th century, starting August 30, 2010.

“Miracle Boxes,” the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the work of Le Corbusier, is curated by Ivan R. Shumkov, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of architecture at Pratt Institute. Shumkov will deliver an opening lecture that will be followed by a reception on September 13, 2010 at 6 p.m in Higgins Hall Auditorium located at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. The exhibition, opening lecture, reception, and an upcoming related symposium will be free and open to the public.

More information and images on the event after the break.

AD Round Up: Awarded Competitions Part IV

Great projects often come from competitions. You don’t believe me? Check our fourth part of our previously featured awarded competition projects after the break.

3LHD to design private medical center in
Close surrounding and historical site of Firule area are one of the most enjoyable Split’s living, working and recreation environments. Extraordinary location for the polyclinic is one of its greatest advantages. Placed near existing hospital complex on Firule, close to the sea and fresh air gives it even more importance and value (read more…)

International Design Award 2011

1 October 2010 will see the starting signal fired for registrations for the 8th International Design Award 2011. Students of architecture and design have to submit their entries by 31 January 2011. The re-structured concept for the largest student design competition simplifies participation and rewards universities setting and submitting a term/semester project assignment.

The International Design Award 2011 is looking for interior designs as well as furniture concepts and systems that best meet the requirements of the next decade. The competition assignment relates to the three areas of living room and bedroom, kitchen and food preparation as well as office workplaces. The adjudicators will be searching for innovative, multifunctional and creative designs that stand apart from classic applications. In terms of both design and technical intelligence, the solutions entered are to resolve the ‘tug of war’ in tomorrow’s home and work environment. More information and registration on the official website.

Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac OSX in October, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch versions announced

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It all began last year when Autodesk sent a survey to its customers asking how they imagined AutoCAD for Mac OSX. Then, back in May, we saw an early preview of the software running on Mac. This was a leaked version, and didn’t say anything (we asked!) about it.

But today, Autodesk issued a press release confirming it: Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac OSX will be available to the public in October, at a MSRP of $3,995 (same as the PC version – Autodesk Education Community version available for free).

The announcement also included a free mobile version of AutoCAD for mobile devices, specifically for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

And this announcements clarifies some things. Back in May we sat down with Phil Bernstein, VP of Industry Relations & Strategy at Autodesk, and talked about AEC software, social networks and the cloud.

Phil said something very interesting in regards to integration of Autodesk software: “3 screens: computer, cloud and mobile”. More than new, standalone versions for mobile devices, Autodesk is pushing forward the integration of workflow and collaboration across their software (not only Autocad), a move in which the cloud will play a key role. A hint of this was seen earlier in Autodesk Butterfly (part of Project Bluestreak), a technology developed by Autodesk Labs.

This move will sure change a lot of things. Collaboration, SaaS (Software as a Service), and eventually lower costs, among others.

You can pre-order a AutoCAD for Mac starting tomorrow.

Revit for Mac? Let the rumors begin.

Horse on the Ceiling / Zauberscho(e)n

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Architects: Zauberscho(e)n
Location: Leonardo-Campus Münster, Germany
Professor in Charge: Buehler und Buehler / Prof. h.c. Herbert Buehler
Project Team: Mathias Horstmann, Andreas Schuering, Stephan Weber
Client: Land Nordrhein-Westfalen
Structural Engineer: Ingenieurgemeinschaft Fuehrer Kosch Juerges, Aachen
General Contractor: Averbeck Bau GmbH, Ostbevern
Construction: Bentheimer Stahl und Hallenbau, Bad Bentheim
Facade Planning & Construction: Josef Gartner GmbH, Gundelfingen
Project Area: 400 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roland Borgmann

The Miller Hull Partnership unveils new designs for San Ysidro U.S. Land Port of Entry

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The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is designed to be the port of the future, not only operationally, but also in terms of high-performance buildings.

Designed by the award-winning architectural firm, The Miller Hull Partnership, all three phases of the project are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification due to energy efficiency, water conservation strategies, and an integrated design process. Most notably is the potential of achieving net zero energy in all the occupied spaces, the first facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to achieve this in the United States.

Complete press release and more images after the break.

Narona Archaeological Museum / Radionica Arhitekture

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Architects: Radionica Arhitekture / Goran Rako
Location: Vid, Metković, Croatia
Project Team: Mario Beusan, Blanka Gutschy, Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnic
Structural Engineering: Branko Galic
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2001-2004
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Boris Cvjetanovic

Structural Steel Design Awards 2010 / Zaha Hadid

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In addition to being asked to design  Baghdad’s newest banking headquarters as we reported previously, Zaha Hadid has also been recognized at the Structural Steel Design Awards.  The awards, which are in their 42nd year, are bestowed upon those who attain excellence in both architectural and structural design with the use of .  Hadid’s Legacy Roof (alongside Audi West London, the Infinity Footbridge in Stockton-on-Tees, and Dublin Airport Terminal 2) was awarded for its “heroic engineering achievement”.   Working with Arup, Rowecord Engineering Ltd and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, the team has designed an amazing structure to house the Aquatic Center for the Olympic Games in London.   When we first introduced Hadid’s Legacy Roof, we were shocked by the fluidity the 160 m long and 3,000 ton roof could convey.  Its dynamic curvaceous form is definitely a feat of engineering.     The judges noted the project’s successful use of steel commenting that the roof  ”has overcome severe program and constructional problems. A necessarily complex structure delivers the form and shape at the heart of what will become the emblematic and beautiful icon of the London 2012 Olympics.”