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Mirador de los Dominicos House / Carreño Sartori Arquitectos

  • Architects: Carreño Sartori Arquitectos
  • Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborators: Claudia Wagner
  • Builder: Hector Fuentes. Constructora Los Benedictinos limitada.
  • Technical Advisors: Eduardo Valenzuela (CALCULO), ICG (ELECTRICIDAD y CORRIENTES DEBILES), Pedro de la Piedra (CLIMA), Patrcio Vega (SANITARIOS).
  • Area: 343.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

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Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization / Partar Architecture Studio

The design for the Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization by Partar Architecture Studio began with “a key question that discussed the feasibility and impossibility of imagining a unique design which best suits the spatial quality of traditional Iranian architecture." Partar’s design process was based on this challenge, and has led to an interesting proposal that attempts to bridge the art of architecture and the technology of construction using an understanding of the phenomenological aspects of Persian art and ornament, coupled with traditional Persian building techniques. 

House in Oiso / Atelier HAKO Architects

  • Architects: Atelier HAKO Architects
  • Location: Oiso, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Structural Engineer: Shin’itsu Hiraoka, Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Area: 8972.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects

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Why Garden Cities Should Stay in the 20th Century

After the Wolfson Economics Prize announced a challenge to deliver new garden cities in the UK for the 21st Century, Feargus O'Sullivan of Atlantic Cities responds, calling the attempt to bring back garden cities "misguided". His article gives a comprehensive rundown of why garden cities were popular during the 20th century, why they are becoming popular again and, ultimately, why they are a bad idea that will not succeed this time around - finishing with some ideas from The Netherlands and Sweden that would be much more appropriate. You can read the full article here.

Living by the Sea / Minarc

  • Architects: Minarc
  • Location: Malibu, CA, USA
  • Design Team: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

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Tiny Houses: Downsizing The American Dream

In the wake of the housing crisis and Recession, the "American Dream" of a super-sized home in the suburbs has lost its appeal; today, it's the "tiny house" that seems more aligned with America's readjusted ideals. Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, a couple out of Colorado, are just one example of people taking the "tiny" leap - they began the construction of their 124 sq ft. home back in 2011, and their journey has been documented in a new film called "TINY: A Story About Living Small," which premiered on Al Jazeera America last Sunday. 

BIM: Collaboration Via the Cloud

This article on Line/Shape/Space by Jeff Yoders discusses how BIM can be used to good effect by bringing different professionals together early on in a design project. By utilizing the shared BIM model over the cloud - or even by providing a dedicated "Computer-Aided Visual Environment" or "BIM CAVE" (seriously) - clashes can be detected early, design priorities can be more balanced, and ultimately the time and cost requirements of a project can be significantly reduced. You can read the full article here.

El Fabuloso / MEMA arquitectos + Colette Studio

  • Architects: MEMA arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Collaboration: Colette Studio
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mauricio Mendoza

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Rosewood Abu Dhabi / Handel Architects

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"A House for Pink Floyd" Compeititon Entry / Arqbauraum

Pink Floyd, "considered to be one of the icons of revolutionary, progressive music," was adept at using "sonic experiments and philosophical lyrics to cross social boundaries and redefine values." The international design competition A House for Pink Floyd similarly aimed to translate that philosophy into a built architecture, the focus of which being on "creating any object of architecture that transcends rules and standardization and innovates through itself." 

With no constraints to site, program or size Arqbauraum's entry, "based on man meeting with himself, and doing so through the senses," aims to "return to man a place for him to pulse with the world, a space that appealed to solidarity and to the strength of the use of words."

How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent suburbs, is in densification. Architects are introducing compact urban living models to small towns all across the country, retrofitting single-use zoning into more walkable, diverse and connected communities. Perhaps nowhere is this evolution more evident than Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, home to the country’s oldest shopping malls. Learn how the town became denser and greener, transitioning to a transit-oriented development, “Gray, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate.”

Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto

  • Architects: Pedro Ferreira Pinto
  • Location: 7570-782 Comporta, Portugal
  • Contractor: Tetrapod
  • Area: 310.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Casa do Pego

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GMT Mysłowice Win Competition to Design Poland's Stadion Ruch Chorzów

The design for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland's largest football clubs, has been unveiled. The winning proposal, designed by GMT Mysłowice, will have a capacity for 12,000 seats and, although described as not being "the most impressive [design] overall," has been selected for its simple, clean form and "value for money." With ruch meaning 'movement' or 'motion' in Polish, the concept for the design has hinged around "giving passers-by a different perspective from every possible angle as they move along the stadium."

The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

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Can a School Ensure East London's Olympic Legacy?

In this article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright reviews Chobham Academy, a new school built as part of East London's Olympic Legacy by architects AHMM. While he finds the school impressive and ambitious, Wainwright questions whether the campus, which acts as the 'fulcrum' between the poverty-stricken streets of Leyton and the high end flats of the former Athlete's Village, will be able to bring the two parts of this community together. You can read the full article here.

Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

  • Architects: Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi
  • Location: Daxing, Beijing, China
  • Area: 4964.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

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Carre Plantagenet / inSpace

  • Architects: inSpace
  • Location: Rue Jules Siegfried, 76100 Rouen, France
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

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Nord-Østerdal High School / Longva arkitekter

  • Architects: Longva arkitekter
  • Location: Tynset, Norway
  • Area: 13500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ivan Brodey

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