SZ House / AlarciaFerrer Arquitectos

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Architects: AlarciaFerrer Arquitectos
Location: , Córdoba,
Project Architects: Joaquin Alarcia, Federico
 Ferrer Deheza
Project Area: 151.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Lucas Carranza

Sutherland Hussey Wins Competition to Design Sessay Community Hub

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Sutherland Hussey Architects and Gross Max Landscape Architects as winners of a competition to design a new community hub for Sessay Village in North Yorkshire. The proposal, which jury chair Robin Snell believed to have “best expressed the client vision,” aims to become a well-used public destination that properly serves more than 20 local organizations, including a primary school, cricket club and the Sessay First Responders.

The narrow, single-story pavilion will stretch between two circular sports fields, connecting it’s inner halls directly to the outdoors. Continue after the break for more images of the project.

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Image © Albert Večerka/Esto

Several projects have been selected to receive this year’s Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award celebrates projects which exhibit design excellence in the field of architecture, and is one of the highest such in the industry. The recipients will be recognized for their work at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

View the winners after the break.

PUCP Engineering and Science Classroom Building / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

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Architects: Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos
Location: Avenida Universitaria 1801, San Miguel Lima 33,
Project Architects: Patricia Llosa Bueno, Rodolfo Cortegana Morgan
Collaborators: Felipe Galarza Cerf, Daniela Chong, Duilio Dall’Orto Mas
Project Area: 17638.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Juan Solano

ARCHISHAPE: “Architecture Shapes in Minimalist Clothing”

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Working in reverse, Italian architect Federico Babina’s latest set of deconstructs the stylistic forms of 25 famous architects into a series of abstract compositions that embody the essence of each architect’s style. This “process,” as Babina says, aims to reveal the “ideal connection between architecture itself as a form of representation and the representation used in its design.”

“The architecture is a set of shapes that draw volumes and voids which sequence generates functions and meanings. These illustrations are one of the possible ways to watch, observe and describe architecture… In these pictures you can read architectural references or simply let your mind get lost between the lines and colors for more imaginative interpretations.”

View all 25 illustrations, after the break.

Architecture Doesn’t Need Rebuilding, It Needs More Thoughtful Critics

In the last few weeks, a number of reactionary architectural commentators have come out of the woodwork to denounce what they see as the currently negative direction of contemporary architecture. They claim that architecture needs to be “rebuilt” or that it is “imploding.” From their indications, architecture is on life-support, taking its last breath. The critique they offer is that contemporary architecture has become (or always was?) insensitive to users, to site conditions, to history—hardly a novel view. Every few years, this kind of frontal assault on the value of contemporary architecture is launched, but the criticisms this time seem especially shallow and misplaced. Surveying the contemporary global architecture scene, I actually feel that we’re in a surprisingly healthy place, if you look beyond the obvious showpieces. We’ve escaped from the overt dogmas of the past, we’ve renewed our focus on issues of the environment and social agency, we’re more concerned than ever with tectonics and how to build with quality. But the perennial critics of contemporary architecture appear not to have examined that deeply, nor that thoughtfully either. And unfortunately the various rebuttals to their critiques, ostensibly in support of modern and experimental architecture, have been ham-handed and poorly argued.

Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera

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Architects: Luis López López, Emilio López Herrera
Location: Cotopaxi,
Project Area: 450.0 m2
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

13 New Buildings Join the World’s 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

Arquine’s second annual International Architecture and Latin American City festival, MEXTRÓPOLI, will take place from March 6-10, 2015 in Mexico City. To encourage citizen participation, the festival will be broken down into six parts: listening, dialogue, observation, taking action, participation and celebration.

MEXTRÓPOLI aims to convert Mexico City into a pioneering city, making it an architectural reference for the continent. The festival also serves as an important cultural project for the city, encouraging urban regeneration and promoting Mexico city’s artistic heritage.  

Rosa and John’s Residence / Zminkowska De Boise Architects

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Architects: Zminkowska De Boise Architects
Location: Muswell Hill, N10,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Cronin, Courtesy of Zminkowska De Boise Architects

President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica
President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica

Renzo Piano On ‘Civic Duty’ In Our Cities

In The New Yorker’s latest Postcard from Rome Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Renzo Piano in his Senate Office at the Palazzo Giustiniani, just around the corner from the Pantheon. Piano, who was named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in September 2013 (when he was 75 years of age), immediately “handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects.” He then “asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie - the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities.”

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

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Architects: Chartier Dalix Architectes
Location: Boulogne-Billancourt,
Area: 6766.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: P. Guignard, Cyrille Weiner, David Foessel

Entre Muros Dwelling / Azootea

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Architects: Azootea
Location: 26322 Anguiano, La Rioja,
Project Architects: Alegría Zorrilla Miras, Claudia Olalla Gil
Structures: Jofemar s.l.
Project Area: 73.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo

Winery / A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados

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Architects: A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados
Location: Presandães, 5070-129 Alijó,
Project Architects: Alexandre Burmester e Jorge Toscano
Collaborators: Arq.o José Carlos Gonçalves, Arq.o Helder Magalhães e Arq.o Guilherme Burmester
Project Area: 3160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

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Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: Koyasan, , Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Group DCA Office / DCA Architects

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Architects: DCA Architects
Location: Sultanpur, , Delhi, India
Architect In Charge: Amit Aurora, Rahul Bansal
Contractor: DCA Workshop
Area: 413.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kapil Kamra

Five Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan UCL’s New Campus in London’s Olympicopolis

London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid-_-s Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

Five consortiums have been shortlisted to envision the University College London’s () new 125,000-square-meter campus on a key section of London’s Olympicopolis. Planned for the site’s cultural and educational district, nearby the future homes of Victoria & Albert Museum, University of the Arts London and Sadler’s Wells, the campus’ first phase will include the university’s first School of Design, a “Museum of the Future,” and the UCL Center for Experimental Engineering. 

The complete shortlist, including Aecom, Gehl Architects and Stanton Williams, after the break.

Cut Paw Paw / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: VIC 3011, Australia
Directors: Mark Austin and Andrew Maynard
Design Architect: Andrew Maynard
Project Architect: Mark Austin
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Tess Kelly