Are Abandoned Constructions the Ruins of Modernity?

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Europe‘s ancient ruins are numerous: Pompeii, the Parthenon, the Colosseum – but what about new ruins? Skeletons of incomplete buildings now litter the skylines of European cities. A form of memento mori, these abandoned constructions prove that no structure is permanent or impervious to the changing desires of a society in flux. English photographer Sam Laughlin documents the creation of these ‘ruins’ in his series Frameworks, a contemporary dissection of the aging built environment.

Enter the abandoned world in Frameworks with more photos and info after the break.

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“Mouthful of Meetings”: The Collision of North and South at the Venice Biennale

”Mouthful of meetings” is a moderated conversation taking place at the 2014 Venice Biennale with a focus on socioeconomic sustainability and current projects in developing countries around the world. The event is organized by South of North, a collaboration between Nordic architects working in the non-profit sector in developing environments. Contributors will include contemporary Nordic and African practices with an emphasis on recent works of socially committed architecture. Read on after the break for more details of the event.

Maceda Sport Building / ArchiTailors

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Architects: ArchiTailors
Location: Ovar, 3885 ,
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Cruz, Carlos Praça
Year: 2012
Photographs: CP+EC

Casa RG / ES-arch

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Architects: ES-arch
Location: 23024 Sondrio,
Architect In Charge: Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Design Team: Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
Construction: Giancarlo Rigamonti
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

ProfMedia Management / UNK project

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Architects: UNK project
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Nikolay Milovidov, Anna Dykhanova, Sergey Markin, Tatyana Kulikova
Area: 2270.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergey Ananyev

House in Komaba / Soichi Yamasaki

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Architects: Soichi Yamasaki
Location: Komaba, , Tokyo,
Area: 71.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa, Kentaro Nemoto

Cultural Warehouse for the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture / André Jost Mafra + Natasha Mendes Gabriel + Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro

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Architects: André Jost Mafra, Natasha Mendes Gabriel,
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Area: 687.63 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Joana França

Final Design Concepts Unveiled for Arizona’s Mesa City Center

Design by Colwell Shelor + + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of

The final design concepts for the redesign of Arizona’s Mesa City Center have been unveiled by the ’s three finalist design teams: Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore; Woods Bagot + Surface Design; and Otak + Mayer Reed.

The Mesa City Center redesign project aims to develop an 18 acre site in the city’s downtown and enhance the urbanization of the area. When complete, the city center will be transformed into a public space with both programmed and passive space that can be used for informal gatherings as well as events. “The signature public space will be a key element in the activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center with a variety of uses that activate the public space,” the competition website states.

Read on after the break for descriptions and images from the architects of their design proposals…

Sebastian Patiño House / Adolfo Mondejar

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Architects: Adolfo Mondejar
Location: Córdoba, Córdoba Province, ,
Project Area: 165.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The awards projects which it believes “further the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability.”

Check out all the winners after the break

GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

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Architects: DES Architects + Engineers
Location: 1020 Enterprise Way, , CA 94089, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

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Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture.

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: , Bolivar, Colombia
Associated Manater: Juan Manuel Gil
Concept Design: Nestor Gualteros, Rocio Lamprea
Project Development: Fredy Fortich, Rocio Lamprea, Liv Johana Zea, Diego Castro, Maria Sol Echeverri
Interns: Stephany Zapata, Juliana Alzate, Andres Correa, Jessica Jaramillo, Samir Abu-Shibab, Santiago Rincon, Fabvio Caicedo, Alejandra Loreto, Christelle Tsikras, Manuel Gutierrez
Project Area: 11200 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pies Descalzos Foundation

Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río

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Architects:
Location: Sierra Leona, Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 City, Federal District,
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nasser Malek Hernández

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Interview: Ma Yansong on “Silhouette Shanshui” at the Venice Biennale

MAD Architects‘ “Silhouette Shanshui” – which lies somewhere between an installation and a model – is currently on display at the 14th Venice Biennale. The inspiration for the project is the firm’s Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, a master plan with an overall area of 560,000 sqm that challenges how modern development is typically thought of in China. According to Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects, the city-scale urban project is already underway with 13 towers under construction.

Houseboat / Mjölk Architekti

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Architects: Mjölk Architekti
Location: K Vltavě, 143 00 Prague-Prague 12,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Mjölk architekti

Construction Halted on SHoP Architects’ Atlantic Yards Housing Project

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The saga of the long-awaited housing component in SHoP ArchitectsAtlantic Yards masterplan in Brooklyn took a dramatic turn this week, as contractor Skanska USA decided to halt all construction on the B2 BKLYN project, the first of 14 planned apartment buildings at the site. The decision is the result of a long-running dispute between Skanska and the developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) over the slow pace of construction, with only 10 of the building’s 32 stories constructed so far – despite the project’s initial deadline having passed three months ago.

The project was lauded before construction began in 2012 for its plan to use a system of fast and cheap modular construction. However Skanska claims that the design of this system, which was developed by SHoP Architects in collaboration with Arup, was flawed. With both the contractor and developer claiming that the other is to blame for cost overruns into the tens of millions of dollars, Richard Kennedy of Skanska told the New York Times that they “came to the decision to stop work on the project until our significant commercial issues are resolved.”

More on the dispute after the break

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov

results for the first stage of the Moscow Metro Station for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino have been announced. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for metro stations since the 1930s-50s, this is the first time in the recent expansion of ’s Metro system that a competition has been used to find an architect. 

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow has chosen 10 finalists out of approximately 100 entries who will continue to work on the architectural design concepts of the stations until November. See images of all ten proposals after the break.