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11th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

13:00 - 4 August, 2009

“Edge-Paracentric Architecture”, the 11th International Alvar Aalto Symposium will take place in Finland between August 7 and August 9.

Demolition fail

12:17 - 4 August, 2009

Another building-related fail. We should make this a series.

Adaptive Formations / Design Studio 4of7

12:15 - 4 August, 2009

Design Studio 4of7 in conjunction with the University of Belgrade’s Graduate Program has spent a year exploring alternatives for the Port of Belgrade, a 110 hectare site on the river Danube bank in Southeast Europe.  The port belongs to the central zone of the city and currently, the former industrial riverfront has attracted developers, city authorities, architects and planners to design its future potential.  Over the last two academic terms, the Graduate Program has had the opportunity to work with the actual redevelopment of the site and exchange ideas with Daniel Libeskind Studio and Gehl Architects who are both working on the master plan.

More about the design after the break.

Bridge From Recycled Grids / Aristide Antonas

07:30 - 4 August, 2009
courtesy of Aristide Antonas
courtesy of Aristide Antonas

Once again, our friend Architect Aristide Antonas surprises us with a wonderful project, this time in London. The design is really interesting but also the way he work the infographics, all in black and with, very sober and austere.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did looking at the project and understanding it!

Rosa Parks Transit Center / FTL Design Engineering Studio

01:00 - 4 August, 2009
Rosa Parks Transit Center / FTL Design Engineering Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Detroit, MI, USA
  • Project Architect

    Parson Brikerhoff, MI
  • Budget

    $22.5 Million USD
  • Fabric

    PTFE glass
  • Area

    4645.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Sandy Bay Road House / Fearon Hay Architects

01:00 - 4 August, 2009
Sandy Bay Road House / Fearon Hay Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New Zealand
  • Architect

    Fearon Hay Architects
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

AIA COD / SO Architecture

17:00 - 3 August, 2009

We recently shared Albert McDonald’s winning entry for the COD competition, and now SO Architecture just shared their proposal with us.  The proposal entitled “Free Plan (T)” incorporates the free plan of Le Corbusier in an effort to leave the inner organization undisturbed.  Yet, the free plans also means “no walls shall disturb one to live among nature”.   Taking inspiration from Raymond’s work and incorpation of nature, the firm proposes to “take the house into the landscape”.

More about SO Architecture’s proposal after the break.

Spain Pavillion for Shanghai 2010 Expo

13:00 - 3 August, 2009

The Spain Pavilion will have a steel structure and a wicker cover. Spanish handcrafters will weave out different patterns by using different colors of wicker, said Benedetta Tagliabue, designer of the pavilion. The wicker will be covered by a special material that is water-proof. It will also keep the pavilion at a comfortable temperature, said Tagliabue.

Also, the pavilion of course is very strong, she said. The designers have considered the possibility of bad weather during the Expo period such as typhoons or the summer Plum Rain season, said Tagliabue. The Spanish government is going to invest 1.8 million euros (US$2.6 million) in the pavilion, said Javier Conde de Saro, Spain’s commissioner general for World Expo Shanghai.

The pavilion, with a total floor area of 8,500 square meters, will have both open squares for cultural performances and an indoor area for exhibitions and cafeterias.

Seen at Archtracker. More images after the break.

Pima County Behavioral Health Pavilion and Crisis Response Center / Cannon Design

12:02 - 3 August, 2009

Cannon Design shared with us their latest mental health center for Pima County.  The project creates a “holistic healing campus” to serve various facets of behavioral medicine.  By integrating the architectural design with the raw beauty of the Sonora Desert, the project “balances the challenges of a complex interdisciplinary program, unique environmental conditions, and a lean construction budget.”

More about the health center and more images after the break.

Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue

01:00 - 3 August, 2009
Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ban Tha Song Yang 63150, Burma
  • Architects

    TYIN Tegnestue
  • Project team Students

    Pasi Aalto. Jan Kristian Borgen, Mari Folven, Ragnhild Førde, Sunniva Vold Huus, Olav Fåsetbru Kildal, Lene M. N. Kværness, Oda Moen Møst, Ørjan Nyheim, Karoline Salomonsen, Anne Sandnes, Ola Sendstad, Kristoffer B. Thørud, Caroline Tjernås, Anders Sellevold Aaseth
  • Project Team Professors

    Hans Skotte & Sami Rintala
  • Client

    Safe Haven Orphanage
  • Budget

    29.000 NOK (Approx. 4,650 USD)
  • Sponsors

    Norsk Betongforening, Bygg uten grenser, Minera Norge, Spenncon, Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)
  • Project Year

    2009

Alan Voo House / Neil M. Denari Architects

01:00 - 3 August, 2009
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architects

    Neil M. Denari Architects
  • Project Team

    Neil Denari and Duks Koschitz with Joe Willendra
  • Program

    2,000 sf conversion of residence
  • Client

    Eric Alan and Rhonda Voo
  • Budget

    US $700,000
  • Project Year

    2007

Villa G / Saunders Architecture

01:00 - 3 August, 2009
Villa G / Saunders Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bergen, Norway
  • Architect

    Saunders Architecture
  • Principal Architect

    Todd Saunders
  • Structural Engineer

    Node AS
  • Services Engineer

    Node AS
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Todd Saunders
  • Builder

    Bygg AS, Trond Folkedal
  • Area

    368.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

Flying Walls / ateliermob

14:00 - 2 August, 2009

Children curiosity is the tool for a wider reflexion about different ways and velocities of interact and percept daily spaces, depending on our age, using one Portuguese traditional materiality applied to exterior doors to protect from sun and insects, usually rejected and depreciated by contemporary architecture.

In the context of the Festival des Architectures Vives at Montpellier (18th-21st June), on the theme “Ephémères Curiosités”, ateliermob purposed to reinvent children’s universe on one antique mansion’s courtyard of Montpellier.

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Switzerland Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010

13:00 - 2 August, 2009

Switzerland unveiled the model of its national pavilion for World Expo Shanghai, a pavilion with soybean-fibre coverage and entertaining rooftop cable cars.

The design by Buchner Bründler Architects, chosen out of the 104 candidates through a world-wide competition, focuses on the sustainable development as well as harmony and balance, which coincide with the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang.

“This piece of work best shows the characteristics of modern Switzerland – pursuing excellence, innovation and high-quality life,” said Manuel Salchli, deputy commissioner general of the Swiss pavilion in the Expo. “We hope to attract a big percentage of the 70 million visitors to the Expo Shanghai.”

The most distinguished feature of the pavilion is the outside curtain, made from degradable soybeans and dye-sensitized solar cells that are capable of generating electricity, introduces Salchli. The curtain will present an image of forest, which will remind people of the nature, said Salchli. And the fibre of the curtain could be degraded after being disposed in the soil in two week.

Seen at Archtracker. More images after the break.

Celosia Building / MVRDV + Blanca Lleó

01:00 - 2 August, 2009
Celosia Building / MVRDV + Blanca Lleó

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Architect

    MVRDV & Blanca Lleó
  • Client

    EMVS
  • Budget

    12.6M Euro
  • Area

    21550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

House in Saijo / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 2 August, 2009
House in Saijo / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Saijocho Saijo, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Suppose Design Office
  • Program

    Personal house
  • Area

    246.0 sqm

Up to 35: Student Housing International Competition

13:00 - 1 August, 2009

OLIAROS, a young property development company, is calling architects up to 35 years old to submit proposals for the construction of an affordable student housing complex in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic centre of Athens, Greece.

Civic center in St Germain en Laye / Atelier 9 portes + Philippe Harden

01:00 - 1 August, 2009
Civic center in St Germain en Laye / Atelier 9 portes + Philippe Harden

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Architects

    Atelier 9 portes (Barbara Kozielewski, Michal Kozielewski, Olivier Rozé ) and Philippe Harden, Paris
  • Client

    Town of Saint Germain en Laye
  • Area

    1660.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008