Baillargues Nursery School / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

Arch Wall House / Naf Architect & Design

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Architects: Naf Architect & Design
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architects In Charge: Akio Nakasa (Principal Architect), Daisuke Aoki
Area: 243.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

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Architects:
Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi,
Project Architect: FENG Lu
Engineering: SRIBS
Area: 975.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: SU Shengliang

Edges Apartments / Studio Toggle

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Architects: Studio Toggle
Location: ,
Design Team: Gijo Paul George, Hend Almatrouk
Area: 25000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gijo Paul George

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015′s Best

Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the AIA believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

2 Girls Building / Kavellaris Urban Design

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Architects: Kavellaris Urban Design
Location: VIC, Australia
Design Team: Billy Kavellaris, Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
Project Architect : Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
Builder: Liberty Builders
Area: 4300.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Courtesy of Hello Wood
Courtesy of Hello Wood

Hello Wood Open Call 2015: Project Village

Budapest-based art program Hello Wood has put out an open call for Project Village, their 2015 workshop and symposium to be held between July 11 and July 19. This year’s event follows the success of Hello Wood’s workshop in the summer of 2014, which saw participation from over 120 architects, artists and designers from 25 countries.

Co-curated by Johanna Muszbek of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the 2015 event will again use all-timber projects to explore the interplay of art and social commitment. Project Village will examine the typology of the village and the means for its production, proposing new and more efficient methods of masterplanning and construction. Hello Wood is currently accepting applications for workshop leaders, with successful applicants to join a team including Piers Taylor, Katsuya Fukushima of FT Architects, and the founders of 72 Hour Urban Action. Applications close April 15. Learn more about the program and how to participate here.

House for Brother / ATELIER 111

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Architects: ATELIER 111
Location: Pacov,
Architects In Charge: Smetana, Weinzettl, Marek – garden
Area: 101.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ATELIER 111

Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects
Courtesy of a.gor.a Architects

Help Rebuild a.gor.a Architects’ Temporary Dormitories

Last year on ArchDaily, we featured a.gor.a Architects‘ Temporary Dormitories in Mae Sot, a series of low-cost shelters that help this town on the Thai border accommodate the influx of Burmese refugees from neighboring Myanmar. But tragically, last month a fire from a nearby sugar cane plantation burned down all four dormitories, negating the generous funding from the Embassy of Luxembourg in Bangkok, preventing the plan to recoup money by recycling the dormitories when they were no longer needed, and of course destroying much-needed accommodation for refugees. To make the most of a bad situation, the architecture firm has turned to Indiegogo in an attempt to raise $5,500 and rebuild at least two of the dormitories. You can visit their Indiegogo page here to help.

Video: Olympiapark München / Frei Otto

Pritzker laureate Frei Otto was best known for his tensile structures. A prime example Otto’s ingenuity, the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich was a collaborative work with Gunther Behnisch that connected the park’s main programs – the natatorium, gymnasium and main stadium – with a whimsical, lightweight canopy structure that mimicked the “rhythmic protrusions” of the Swiss Alps. Watch the Spirit of Space short film above to see the project in its current state and learn more about the pioneering structure, here.

Spiral Garden House / 51-1 arquitectos

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Architects: 51-1 arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Architects: César Becerra, Fernando Puente Arnao, Manuel de Rivero
Collaborators: Carlos Baluarte, Daniel Yep, Militza Carrillo y Genaro Alva
Project Area: 360.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of 51-1 Arquitectos

“Drylands Resilience Initiative” Awarded AIA Latrobe Prize

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected a team led by Woodbury University‘s Arid Lands Institute for its “Drylands Resilience Initiative: Digital Tools for Sustainable Urban Design in Arid and Semi-Arid Urban Centers” to receive the 2015 Latrobe Prize.

The , named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for a two-year program of research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The $100,000 award will enable the (ALI) and its cross-disciplinary partners to further develop and test a proprietary digital design tool, known as “Hazel,” that eventually will enable arid communities anywhere to design and build the infrastructure needed to capture, retain and distribute stormwater runoff. 

New City Hall in Buenos Aires / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Corporate Dystopia: Liam Young Imagines a World in which Tech Companies Own Our Cities

What if the manufacturers of the phones and social networks we cling to became the rulers of tomorrow’s cities? Imagine a world in which every building in your neighborhood is owned by Samsung, entire regions are occupied by the ghosts of our digital selves, and cities spring up in international waters to house outsourced laborers. These are the worlds imagined by self-described speculative architect, Liam Young in his latest series of animations entitled ”New City.” Read on after the break to see all three animations and learn more about what’s next in the series.

UV House / OASI architects

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Architects: OASI architects
Location: Varese VA,
Architect In Charge: Pietro Ferrario, Francesco Enea Castellanza
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefania Matteo

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition – Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.

Perkins+Will’s CIRS Building Wins RAIC’s Green Building Award

A pre-existing ‘desire line’ that cuts through the site was retained.. Image © Martin Tessler

Perkins+Will‘s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia has been announced as the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada‘s 2015 Green Building Award. Granted by the RAIC and Canada Green Building Council, the award celebrates stellar architectural designs adhering to responsiveness to occupants’ well-being and environmental responsibility. The CIRS achieved LEED Platinum status and is a regenerative structure, implementing ingenious strategies to sustain net-positive energy, net-zero , and net-zero carbon in both construction and operation.

Troia MED / MONTENEGRO Architects

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Architects: MONTENEGRO Architects
Location: Tróia, 7570,
Project Architect: Nuno Montenegro
Collaborators: Mariana Medeiros e Pedro Carvalho
Project Area: 2500.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of MONTENEGRO Architects, LTD.