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AIA selects the 2012 Recipients of the Small Project Awards

15:00 - 31 July, 2012
SPECS Optical Façade, Minneapolis / Alchemy Architects © Geoffrey Warner and Scott Ervin
SPECS Optical Façade, Minneapolis / Alchemy Architects © Geoffrey Warner and Scott Ervin

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the eleven recipients of the 2012 Small Project Awards. Now in its ninth year, the AIA Small Project Awards Program emphasizes the excellence of small-project design and strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.

The award recipients are categorized into three groups; category 1) a small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design element up to $150,000 2) a small project construction, up to $1,500,000 and 3) a small project construction up to $1,500,000 which does not rely on external infrastructure as its primary power source.

The 2012 Small Project Award winners are:

Urban Movement Design debuts UNIRE/UNITE at MAXXI (Young Architects Program)

13:00 - 31 July, 2012
Courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI © Cecilia Fiorenza
Courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI © Cecilia Fiorenza

Urban Movement Design, winner of the 2012 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, has reinvented the MAXXI experience by engaging the mind and body with their interactive, summer installation. UNIRE/UNITE responds to the current public health crisis by offering an alternative solution to traditional urban furniture that choreographs exercise and play back into our daily lives. As our world struggles in crisis, Urban Movement Design believes it is imperative that we rethink the way we live and change the disabling, sedentary lifestyles that are currently promoted by our built environment.

The New York and Rome-based practice has merged the two disciplines of architecture and movement therapies in an effort to integrate health back into design and promote a greater sense of community. This project is a reflection of their philosophy. Continue after the break to learn more.

Urban Movement Design: “All of nature acts according to the law of interconnectedness, but humankind has moved away from this natural law and into an unnatural state of self-interest and isolation.”

Peabody's St John's Hill Estate / Hawkins\Brown

11:23 - 31 July, 2012
Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown
Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown

The regeneration of Peabody’s St John’s Hill Estate in South London, designed by Hawkins\Brown, was recently granted planning permission. The masterplan reintegrates the site to its immediate surroundings. A new pedestrian avenue connecting the station to the common includes two public squares: one at the center of the scheme, the other opposite the station. The central square provides a large public space activated by a community hub. The application, which was submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth, has involved close consultation with residents, a number of other local groups, and the local authority. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Vista Del Valle / Zimmerman and Associates

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Vista Del Valle / Zimmerman and Associates, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +16

Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, © Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer

© Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer +15

Harley in Da House / THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Harley in Da House / THREE.BALL.CASCADE., Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE.
Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE.
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hodogaya Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Structure engineer

    Kozo Oshima
  • Area

    117.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE. Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE. Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE. Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE. +68

In Progress: E' Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
In Progress: E' Tower / Wiel Arets Architects, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mathildelaan, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Project Team

    Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Rob Willemse, Julius Klatte, Harold Hermans
  • Consultants

    Nelissen BV, Tielemans BV, LBP/Brandveiligheid Erik Janse, SchreuderGroep BV, Scheldebouw BV, DHV BV
  • Client

    Stadionkwartier BV, Laurentius-Amvest
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter +12

AILAIC / TwoBo Architecture + Luis Twose Architect

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
AILAIC / TwoBo Architecture + Luis Twose Architect, Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture
Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture

Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture © Albert Rusi & Jorge Arberas +19

Infiniski Menta House / James & Mau

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Infiniski Menta House / James & Mau, © Luis Salazar
© Luis Salazar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reus, Spain
  • General Contractor and Manager

    Infiniski
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Luis Salazar © Luis Salazar © Luis Salazar © Luis Salazar +39

Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA, © Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall
  • Architects

  • Location

    210 Provincial Rd, Sanya, Hainan, China, 572021
  • Architects

    WOHA
  • Architect In Charge

    Richard Hassell, Wong Mun Summ, Herbert Salim, Ranjit Wagh, Lai Soong Hai, Miikka Leppanen, Muhammad Sagitha, Jascha Oakes, Gabriella Patai, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Anapat Chanadisai
  • Project Manager

    Metro Millennium Consolidated Building Consultants Ltd
  • Area

    129117.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall +17

The Imperial Buildings / Fearon Hay Architects

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
The Imperial Buildings / Fearon Hay Architects, © Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +13

N2X035 HOUSE / N2X Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
N2X035 HOUSE / N2X Arquitectos, © José Maria Oliveira
© José Maria Oliveira
  • Architects

  • Location

    Azores, Portugal
  • Architects

    N2X Arquitectos
  • Design Team

    Isabel Ourique, Pedro Furtado
  • Structural Engineer

    João Serpa
  • Area

    156.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© José Maria Oliveira © José Maria Oliveira © José Maria Oliveira © José Maria Oliveira +19

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / Una Arquitetos + LCLAOFFICE + Grupo SP + Republica Arquitetura

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / Una Arquitetos + LCLAOFFICE + Grupo SP + Republica Arquitetura, © Unknown photographer
© Unknown photographer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro
  • Architect

     LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura
  • Partner In Charge

    Luis Callejas (LCLA office) + Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Mejia
  • Team Members

    Luis Callejas (LCLA office) + Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Mejia
  • Partners in charge

    Grupo SP (Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, João Yamamoto, André Nunes) + Luciano Margotto (Republica Arquitetura) + Cristiane Muniz, Fabio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Felippe Viégas (Una Arquitetos)
  • Collaborators

    Giovanni Meirelles, Gustavo Delonero Ana Paula de Castro, Bruno Gondo, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Henrique te Winkel, Igor Cortinove Mellisa Naranjo, Dasha Lebedeva, Victor Marechal, Sebastian Vela, Martin Baena, Juan Esteban Giraldo, Maria Jose Arango, Manuela Bonilla
  • Status

    Competition Entry
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Luis Callejas © Luis Callejas © Luis Callejas © Unknown photographer +23

H24 House / R Zero Studio

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
H24 House / R Zero Studio, © Aki Itami
© Aki Itami
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Edgar Velasco Casillas, Alejandro Zarate de la Torre, Gilberto Muñoz + , Isaac Guzman Ramirez, Pablo Serrano
  • Structure

    Giron Megaproyectos S.A. de C.V. Ing. Humberto Giron
  • Engineering

    IP Diseños S.A. de C.V.
  • Contruction and management

    Nano C S.A. de C.V. Roman Garcia, Claudia Garcia and Adriana Cruz
  • Photographs

    Aki Itami, Courtesy of H24 House

© Aki Itami © Aki Itami © Aki Itami © Aki Itami +16

Historic Front Street / COOKFOX

01:00 - 31 July, 2012
Historic Front Street / COOKFOX, © Cook+Fox Architects
© Cook+Fox Architects

© Heidi Trinklein for Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects +7

2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Shortlist

19:00 - 30 July, 2012
Solaris, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang and CPG © Albert Lim
Solaris, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang and CPG © Albert Lim

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced four international projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Lubetkin Prize – an award presented to the “best new international building outside the EU”. Three of the projects are located in South East Asia and one is in the USA. This news follows the announcement of the shortlisted projects competing for the UK’s prestigious Stirling Prize. The winners of both awards will be announced at a special event in Manchester on Saturday, October 13th.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, stated: “On the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist we have four highly experienced architecture practices offering sophisticated yet fun responses to complex sites. These cutting-edge buildings show the leading role that architects play in creating low-energy living and working spaces, even in extreme environmental conditions.”

The four projects shortlisted for the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize are:

Leading architects fight to save Chicago's historic Prentice Women's Hospital

15:00 - 30 July, 2012
© C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections. Used under Creative Commons

Over 60 prominent architects, including Frank Gehry and Jeanne Gang, signed a letter asking Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to grant Bertrand Goldberg‘s Prentice Women’s Hospital landmark status and make it a permanent part of Chicago’s built environment.  ”A building this significant”, the letter read, it “should be preserved and reused.”  Goldberg’s architectural work has been iconic to Chicago’s city-scape.  Building such as Marina City, River City, Wright College and Astor Tower have all made a tremendous impact on the personality of the city.

More on the state of the building after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: Wall house / Anupama Kundoo, University of Queensland

13:00 - 30 July, 2012
Photomontage by: Jessica Spresser
Photomontage by: Jessica Spresser

Anupama Kundoo‘s Wall House, originally built in Auroville, India in 2000, will be partially reconstructed at a 1:1 scale at the Venice Biennale this year for the theme of “Common Ground” by director David Chipperfield.  This portion of the exhibition is supported by the University of Queensland, whose students and staff will assist with the construction of the replica alongside Indian craftspeople and Italian builders.  The house has been described as a testing ground for spatial and technological innovation.  In its debut at the Venice Biennale, it will afford Kundoo the opportunity to further explore these experiments.

Follow us after the break to see the innovations behind this widely acknowledged piece of architecture.