Fictional Euro Banknote Bridges Brought to Life in the Netherlands

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Did you know that the fictional bridges on the Euro banknotes were actually made a reality in the Netherlands? In Tom Scott’s latest “Things You Might Not Know” , he tells the story of how the seven bridges came to be constructed in the town of Spijkenisse.

Studio for a Painter / Josep Camps & Olga Felip

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Architects: Josep Camps & Olga Felip
Collaborators: Mariella Agudo, Núria Vila, Adrià Masó, Alba Colomer
Technical Architect: Joaquim Via

Location: , Spain
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

Applications Open For The 2015 AA Visiting School In Rotterdam

Aerial view of the port and city of . Image via AA Visiting School

This year the (AA) Visiting School programme will extend its reach to the Dutch city of Rotterdam – a place which, “by some strange twist of geographical and historical fate, has the highest concentration of architects and architectural thinkers in the world.” The workshop, which will run for two weeks in July, will explore issues of inhabitance, perception, and intensity through analysis and creative interpretation of Rotterdam’s ‘core’ “or, more likely, its multiple cores, invisible to the untrained eye.” Based in the Shell Tower on Hofplein, students will be afforded the opportunity to observe and analyse the city from on-high.

Viborg Town Hall / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: 8800 , Denmark
Area: 19400.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Thorbjørn Hansen

Center for Educational, Professional and Sports Integration / Albert Faus

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Architects: Albert Faus
Location: , Burkina Faso
Project Area: 145.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Ibai Rigby, Courtesy of Albert Faus

19th Century Istanbul. © Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Collection.
19th Century Istanbul. © Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Collection.

Exhibition: ist-on situations

EAA- Emre Arolat Architects, a leading international architectural practice based in İstanbul and London, presents an exhibition exploring the urban histories of both cities. Through a two way, dual city approach the practice will reveal “situations” that unite and differentiate these two great cities at the east and west ends of Europe in their development. The exhibition covers a timeline beginning with the mid 19th century that shows key events or turning-points in the course of their stories respectively. The exhibition is curated by EAA – Emre Arolat Architects, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç from Istanbul City University and London-based Urban Planning & Development Consultant Ömer Çavuşoğlu.

Paüls Doctor Surgery / Vora

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Architects: Vora
Location: Carrer de la Creu, 43593 , Tarragona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Pere Buil, Toni Riba
Design Team: Eva Cotman, Jordi Palà
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Saigon House / a21studio

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Architects: a21studio
Location: , Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Area: 3x15m
Year: 2015
Photographs: Quang Tran

Gain an International Perspective by Studying Architecture in Barcelona

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UIC Barcelona School of Architecture has adapted to recent changes in the field of architecture to offer an education that provides an overarching perspective of the profession and the opportunity to learn a wide-range of skill sets. Learn more about what makes the school unique after the break.

OB Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

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Architects: HIBINOSEKKEI, Youji no Shiro
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Photographs: Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

The Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch Architects

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Architects: Steffen Welsch Architects
Location: VIC 3146, Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rhiannon Slatter

6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum

Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia

Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.

The complete shortlist, after the break… 

Proti Proudu Bistro / Mimosa architekti

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Architects: Mimosa architekti
Location: Březinova 471/22, Karlín, 186 00 Praha-Praha 8, Czech Republic
Collaborator: Lenka Pechanová
Year: 2015
Photographs: BoysPlayNice

Images Released of OMA-Designed Chinese Pavilion at 2015 Venice Art Biennale

Exterior view, installation by Liu Jiakun. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA

Completed images of OMA‘s design for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale’s Chinese Pavilion have been released. Juxtaposing artworks “in a field of projections and stages,” the exhibition is designed to be an “immersive environment” that brings together work by Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun, Lu Yang, Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio under the theme “Other Future.”

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

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Architects: OPUS + MEJÍA
Location: Calle # 18-9, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Design Director: Edgar Mejía Escobar, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
Coordinator: Santiago López Posada
Design Team: Carlos Cano, Juan Sebastián Restrepo, Mario Camargo
Area: 2600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Gómez

via ArchDaily
via ArchDaily

Read Through Buckminster Fuller’s FBI File

An unconventional man with radical ideas, Buckminster Fuller was an “affable weirdo” and “counterculture icon” who, as Gizmodo reports, often caught the attention of the FBI. For the first time ever, his (heavily redacted) FBI files have been released, revealing some of the reasons why the FBI felt the need to keep tabs on the world famous architect and designer, including speculations regarding Fuller and the Soviet Union. Though it seems nothing ever went beyond speculation, the files are fascinating. You can read them in full, here

INOUT House / Joan Puigcorbé

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Architects: Joan Puigcorbé
Location: , Costa Rica
Area: 651.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Jordi Miralles

An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye

“It’s really easy to build a building. From the very beginning to the realization; it’s very easy! You just give it an interesting form and you get approved. But the real issues are how to make it user-friendly and to enhance the quality of the life of the people trying to escape the influence of the “system”. That’s the challenge. In my experience […] I’ve learned that for architects, both Chinese and foreign, the use of form to create an object is easy but how to do the right thing is very challenging.”
- Zhang Bin, Shanghai, Sept 2013