V House / Agraz Arquitectos

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Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
Location: Puerta Plata, , JAL,
Project Architect: Ricardo Agraz
Project Manager: Brenda Barron
Project Area: 354.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

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Courtesy of matterbetter

matterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

matterbetter has launched an international open-ideas competition for a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) Memorial and Park in Amsterdam. MH17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down near the Ukraine–Russia border on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

The competition, open to all architects and students, is initiated to remember and honor the victims of the MH17 tragedy. It is hoped that the memorial park could form a new public space, free from the political overtone, at the Marine Establissement site in the center of Amsterdam that could be used as a place for remembrance, ceremonies, recreation, and private gatherings The deadline for registration is December 10th, 2014. Learn more about how to participate here on the competition’s official website

COBE and Lundén Win Competition to Design Transport Hub in Tampere

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The Mayor of has announced Danish architects COBE and Finnish Lundén Architecture as winners of an international competition for the Tampere Travel and Service Centre. The winning scheme, “Reconnecting Tampere” will join two disparate districts in the heart of Finland’s second largest city and establish a “new urban living room” beneath an expansive steel canopy. 

”Tampere’s new Travel and Service Centre has not only the potential to become a gateway to Tampere and the rest of Finland, but also the potential of becoming a generator for the future development of the urban center of Tampere,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director of COBE. 

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Ewa Beach, HI, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
Project Manager: Johnson Tang
Design Team: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell, Brent Sumida, Matthias Steppuhn
Area: 960.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

INSIDE Awards Name 2014’s Best Interiors (Round 2)

BEST of Offices: The Barbarian Group; New York, USA / Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

CRAB studio’s Abedian School of Architecture and Clive Wilkinson’s “endless” office table are two of four INSIDE Awards winners announced on day two of the World Festival of Interiors in Singapore. The projects join a complete list of nine category winners, all of which will be considered for the “World Interior of the Year” title.

See what was considered the best creative re-use project, civic center, education and office building after the break.

Chiarano Primary School / C+S Architects

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Architects: C+S Architects
Design Team: Alessandro Mimiola, Giulia Riso, Guido Stella, Mauro Tonello
Partners In Charge: Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini
Structural Engineering, Consultants Acoustic, Mep, Safety, Cost Control And Monitoring: F&M Ingegneria srl
Photographs: Alessandra Bello, Pietro Savorelli

WAF Unveils Day 2 Award Winners

The 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced its second group of architecture award winners, which included two more awards for Vo Trong Nghia Architects and a Culture award for BIG’s Danish Maritime Museum.

The festival will culminate on Friday with the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year awards, which will be selected by the festival’s ‘super-jury’: Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

The winners of day 1 and 2 were selected from a shortlist that included practices from over 50 countries. Among the  judges was ArchDaily’s very own David Basulto.

This year’s festival is taking place from October 1-3, featuring three days of talks, key-note speakers- including Rocco Yim and Richard Rogers -  and networking opportunities.  With “Architects and the City” as the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, the festival will focus on the contributions architects can make to and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology.

Click here to view the full shortlist and here for day 1 winners. And read on after the break for the full list of WAF day 2 category winners.

Reinier de Graaf: Mayors Should Not Rule The World

City Hall, centre of operations for Mayor Boris Johnson. Image © Flickr CC User alh1

This weekend, the first planning session of the Global Parliament of Mayors took place in Amsterdam: a platform for mayors from across the world, triggered by Benjamin Barber’s book: If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities.

In this book the current political system and its leaders is dismissed as dysfunctional. Defined by borders and with an inevitable focus on national interests, they are not an effective vehicle to govern a world defined by interdependence. Mayors, presiding over cities with their more open, networked structure and cosmopolitan demographics, so the book argues, could do it better.

It is of no surprise that this book has been welcomed by the same political class as the one it praises: mayors. As was apparent during the first planning session of the GPM: a conference about mayors, for mayors, attended by mayors, moderated by mayors and hosted by a mayor, all triggered by a book about mayors.

I recognize many of the book’s observations. Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.

So far so good.

Modern Barn / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: Wilton, CT, USA
Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Courtney Rice
Photographs: Courtesy of Specht Harpman

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© Iwan Baan

Spotlight: Bjarke Ingels

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is often cited as one of the most inspirational architects of our time. At an age when many architects are just beginning to establish themselves in professional practice, Ingels has already won numerous competitions and achieved a level of critical acclaim (and fame) that is rare for new names in the industry. His work embodies a rare optimism that is simultaneously playful, practical, and immediately accessible.

The Future of London’s Historic Alexandra Palace Revealed in New Exhibition

Proposed design of eastern end. Image Courtesy of

The soaring glass roofs of London‘s Alexandra Palace are about to receive a major overhaul thanks to a £23.8m ($38.6m USD) fundraising project focused on the revitalization of the 139 year old palace. Images of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 2014 revitalization are on display for the first time in an exhibition showcasing the upcoming changes to the public palace, including extensive renovations to reopen derelict sections of the building. Find out more about the exhibition after the break.

Arcueil ZAC du Coteau / ECDM

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Architects: ECDM
Location: Avenue du Général Malleret Joinville, 94110 , France
Architect In Charge: Emmanuel Combarel, Dominique Marrec
Client: NEXITY
Area: 9600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benoit Fougeirol

Amchit Residence / BLANKPAGE Architects

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Architects: BLANKPAGE Architects
Location: Aamchit,
Architect In Charge: Karim Nader, Patrick Mezher, Walid Ghantous
Area: 430.0 sqm
Photographs: Ieva Saudargaitė

Lidingövallen Small Football Stadium / DinellJohansson

© Mikael Olsson

Architects: DinellJohansson
Location: Kyrkvägen 56, 181 42 Lidingö,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikael Olsson

Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: , Taiwan
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: AdDa Zei

Kusatsu House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Shiga,
Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yuta Yamada

RTA-Office Designs Service Center for China’s International Garden Expo

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RTA-Office has been selected to design and construct ’s 10th International Garden Expo Service Center in . The center will serve as the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors on the edge of the Fuhe River at the 214 hectare site’s north entrance. 

The Expo, which will commence in 2015, is one of the largest garden events in China. It will take place within the grounds of the Zhang Gongdi forest park and occupy a vast landfill area, making the Expo’s realization a major ecological restoration project.  

More from the architects, after the break.

Villa by the Lake / Alexander Diem

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Architects: Alexander Diem
Location: Austria
Area: 630.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Balon