AD Classics: Yokohama International Passenger Terminal / Foreign Office Architects (FOA)

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The triumphant critical reception of the International Passenger Terminal was the product of inventive architectural methodology and socially conscious thinking. Designed by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in 1995, the futuristic terminal represented an emergent typology of transportation . Its radical, hyper-technological design explored new frontiers of architectural form and simultaneously provoked a powerful discourse on the social responsibility of large-scale projects to enrich shared urban spaces.

Vermani House / Eleena Jamil Architect

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Architects: Eleena Jamil Architect
Location: , Federal Territory of ,
Area: 320.0 sqm
Photographs: Marc Tey

Rico / TASS

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Architects: TASS
Location: , Fukushima,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of TASS

Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter

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Architects: Atelier Alter
Location: , Guangxi,
Architects In Charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
Area: 17576.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Alter

FIRST PRIZE: Sankofa House / M.A.M.O.T.H (France). Image Courtesy of Nka Foundation
FIRST PRIZE: Sankofa House / M.A.M.O.T.H (France). Image Courtesy of Nka Foundation

Three Winning Schemes Reinvent the African Mud Hut

The Nka Foundation recently challenged young graduates and students of architecture to redesign the African mud hut for Ghana. The result, three designs received top honors for being both functional and beautiful, and will now be realized through a series of building workshops that you can participate in. Learn more and check out the winning designs, after the break.

Artist’s Studio / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: VIC, Australia
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Michelle Ng
Year: 2014
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography

12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America

GOLD: Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park (Medellin, Colombia) . Image Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Teams from and Colombia have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Latin America, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winner is a Colombian water reservoir turned public park and low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica.

The 12 recognized projects share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Latin American winners, after the break…

LC BAR / Regaa Estudio Arquitectura

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Architects: Regaa Estudio Arquitectura
Location: , JAL, Mexico
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Efraín Alvarado

Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses
Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses

Second Solo House to Open Its Doors

What happens when eight world-renowned architects are given carte blanche to design holiday homes on a dream site in Spain? This is precisely what French developer Christian Bourdais set out to discover with the launch of the Solo House project in 2010, and now, you can find out for yourself. Just two years after the completion of Solo Pezo, by Chilean architect Pezo von Ellrichshausen, the second of twelve houses is now emerging for tours and site visits. Solo OFFICE, by Office Kersten Geers David van Severen, will open its doors to visitors this week, October 9 through 11, as it nears fruition. More about the project, after the break.

Ribera 1 House / Escribano + Bourquin

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Architects: Escribano + Bourquin
Location: Santo Tomé, Santa Fe Province,
Project Area: 264.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Federico Cairoli

Hufton + Crow Named Architectural Photographer of Year 2014

Heydar Aliyev Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow

Hufton + Crow have been named “Architectural Photographer of the Year 2014” by Arcaid Images. The news was announced in Singapore at the World Architecture Festival after the duo’s interior image of Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre staircase received the highest score from the judges. Hufton + Crow also received runner-up in the award’s exterior category with another image from the Heydar Aliyev Centre. You can check it out, after the break.

Notre Dame du Haut, commonly known as Ronchamp. Image Courtesy of Flickr User scarletgreen
Notre Dame du Haut, commonly known as Ronchamp. Image Courtesy of Flickr User scarletgreen

Spotlight: Le Corbusier

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” 

The Swiss-born architect, urban planner, designer, painter and writer Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the modernist movement in architecture.  Over the course of his five-decade career, he saw work built across Europe, India, and the United States.

Street House / gh3

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Architects: gh3
Location: , ON,
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
Photographs: Raymond Chow

AD Interviews: Viktor Várkonyiv / Graphisoft

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an invaluable technological advancement for the architecture, engineering, construction and building management industries. But for people who don’t use it on a daily basis, can seem overwhelming.  This animated video breaks BIM down in layman’s terms explaining what it is, how it works and what the benefits of using it are.

Read on after the break to learn more about BIM and our interview with Viktor Várkonyi, the CFO of Graphisoft, one of the frontrunners in BIM development.

The High Line’s Final Chapter is Complete; But Don’t Close the Book Just Yet

View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)

With the opening of the final section of New York’s High Line last month, the city can finally take stock on an urban transformation that took a decade and a half from idea to reality - and which in the five years since the first section opened has become one of the great phenomena of 21st century urban planning, inspiring copycat proposals in cities around the globe. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “The High Line’s Last Section Plays Up Its Rugged Past,” Anthony Paletta reviews the new final piece to the puzzle, and examines what this landmark project has meant for ’s West Side.

The promise of any urban railroad, however dark or congested its start, is the eventual release onto the open frontier, the prospect that those buried tracks could, in time, take you anywhere. For those of us whose only timetable is our walking pace, this is the experience of the newly opened, final phase of the High Line. The park, after snaking in its two initial stages through some 20 dense blocks of Manhattan, widens into a broad promenade that terminates in an epic vista of the Hudson. It’s a grand coda and a satisfying finish to one of the most ambitious park designs in recent memory.

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: – State of ,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
Collaborators: André Chung, Christiana Matos
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan
Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan

Can You Imagine a City Without Air Conditioners?

Despite Finland’s relatively cool temperatures, climate changes have made heat waves more common in Northern Europe, and the demand for cooling buildings in summer is increasing. Instead of installing air conditioners for individual buildings, Helsinki is pioneering a vast network of underground infrastructure that pumps cold water from lakes and seas into local buildings. Beneath an unassuming park in downtown Helsinki sits a reservoir containing nearly 9 million gallons of water that is recycled and cooled by waste energy after it is used for cooling, replacing the need for air conditioning in the city and cutting carbon pollution by 80%. Read more about this undertaking in this article from Fast Co. Exist.

London Mayor Rejects Skyline Campaign Proposals Amid Planning Controversy

Despite rejecting many of the proposals, Johnson has highlighted ’s Docklands as an area for concern, including Foster + Partners’ proposal for the tallest residential building in the . Image © Foster + Partners

London‘s Mayor Boris Johnson has largely rejected the proposals by the Skyline campaign, organized by the Architects’ Journal and the Observer, which aimed to introduce measures to allow more considered development in London, following the news that the UK‘s capital is currently going through its biggest building boom in recent memory.

The Architects’ Journal reported on Friday that the mayor rejected proposals for a presumption against tall buildings submitted for planning permission, a review of over 200 tall buildings currently either proposed or being constructed, a more rigourous system of masterplanning, and an independent skyline commission to examine new proposals. However, he did support the idea of a city-wide 3D model containing both existing and proposed buildings, which would allow planning officers to make more informed decisions.

More on the issue, and a detailed look at the mayor’s response to the proposals, after the break