Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)

2013 Mellon Lecture

Taking place this Thursday, March 7th, at 6:00pm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) will present the first 2013 Mellon Lecture, a free event, featuring Japanese architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto…, founding partner of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will present his concept

Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

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Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
Location: Sano, Tochigi,
Area: 145.08 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

LW House / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
Area: 107.97 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Takeshi Komada

Courtesy of MA2
Courtesy of MA2

Office Tower and Exhibition Center Proposal / MA2

Designed by MA2…, the office tower and exhibition hall concept design proposal is for Hong Kong’s Kai Tak development, an airport landing strip that will be reclaimed into the city as a new cultural, business, and residential district. The tower

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image is from Wolveridge Architects’  beautiful Torquay House. You can’t miss the Garden Tree House  designed by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates or Lode Architecture’s, D House  located in Brittany, France. Check out the interesting REM Island by dutch practice, . Finally, revisit the amazing Centra Metropark by KPF.

BLUE Communication Office / Jean Guy Chabauty + Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau, Jean Guy Chabauty
Location: ,
Designers: Jean Guy Chabauty and Anne Sophie Goneau
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Landfill Reclamation: Fresh Kills Park Develops as a Natural Coastal Buffer and Parkland for Staten Island

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Every natural disaster has an “aftershock” in which we realize the fragility of our planet and the vulnerability of what we have built and created.  We realize the threat to our lifestyles and the flaws in our design choices.  The response to in October 2012 was no different than the response to every other hurricane, earthquake, tornado , tsunami or monsoon that has wrought devastation in different parts of the world.  We recognize our impact on the climate and promise to address how our development has caused severe disruptions in the planet’s self-regulating processes.   We acknowledge how outdated our systems of design have become in light of these damaging weather patterns and promise to change the way we design , coastlines and parks.  We gradually learn from our mistakes and attempt to redress them with smarter choices for more sustainable and resilient design.  Most importantly, we realize that we must learn from how natural processes self-regulate and apply these conditions to the way in which we design and build our urban spaces.

Since Hurricane Sandy, early considerations of environmentalists, planners and designers have entered the colloquial vocabulary of politicians in addressing the issues of the United States’ North Atlantic Coast.  There are many issues that need to be tackled in regards to environmental development and urban design.  One of the most prominent forces of Hurricane Sandy was the storm surge that pushed an enormous amount of ocean salt water far inland, flooding whole neighborhoods in New Jersey, submerging most of Manhattan’s southern half, destroying coastal homes along Long Island and the Rockaways, and sweeping away parts of Staten Island.  Yet, despite the tremendous damage, there was a lot that we learned from the areas that resisted the hurricane’s forces and within those areas are the applications that we must address for the rehabilitation and future development of these vulnerable conditions. Ironically, one of the answers lies within Fresh Kills – Staten Island’s out-of-commission landfill, which was the largest landfill in the United States until it was shutdown in 2001.  Find out how after the break.

The West Coast’s Tallest: Wilshire Grand / AC Martin Partners

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Developer Korean Air has recently unveiled the designs for the new 73-story Wilshire Grand tower in the financial district of Los Angeles, California. AC Martin Partners designed the plans for the $1 billion mixed-use office and hotel tower that will reach 1,100 feet, making it the tallest tower west of Chicago once completed.

Read more after the break…

Saavedra House / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín + Francisco Salvador Granados

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Architects: Juan Alberto Morillas Martín +
Location: Retamar, Almería,
Architect In Charge: Juan Alberto Morillas Martín, Francisco Salvador Granados
Design Team: Juan Luis Saavedra Mercader
Area: 31,520 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

Live-Make Industrial Arts Center Competition Entry / Stefano Corbo Studio

The proposal for the Industrial Arts Center by Stefano Corbo Studio… pursues a double challenge: from one hand, to re-activate and reconvert the existing building through new functions and a contemporary language; from the other hand, to focus attention on

Courtesy of Terreform ONE
Courtesy of Terreform ONE

ONE Prize 2013 Competition

Terreform ONE is holding the annual ONE Prize event, which aims to explore the social, economic, and ecological possibilities of urban transformation and design. This years theme is ‘Stormproof’ with a call to deploy ecologically sound design to mitigate storm impact through urban…

Courtesy of LIXIL JS Foundation
Courtesy of LIXIL JS Foundation

3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition

Organized by the LIXIL JS Foundation, the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition invites university research laboratories from around the world for a site-specific challenge, with this year’s theme of ‘Retreat in Nature”. The site is Memu Meadows in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan, which is composed of experimental…

Van Beuningenplein / Concrete

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Architects: Concrete
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Rob Wagemans, Erikjan Vermeulen, Bram De Maat
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

An accessible travel chain begins with safe streets and sidewalks. This street in Foshan, China, has separate rights-of-way for pedestrians, human-powered vehicles, and motor-powered vehicles
An accessible travel chain begins with safe streets and sidewalks. This street in Foshan, China, has separate rights-of-way for pedestrians, human-powered vehicles, and motor-powered vehicles

2013 Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship

The 2013 Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship has officially been launched in the wide field of Universal Design education: teaching the social art of architecture. This is a competitive opportunity open to faculty members of undergraduate architectural design studios in accredited schools of architecture throughout the…

© Atelier Federico Raponi
© Atelier Federico Raponi

Science and Technology Museum in Beijing / BL/KLM Architects + BIAD

Science and technology evolve at an astounding rate. They are in constant motion and change, with such fierce speed that both surprises and excites. The non-stop evolution is boundless, and it gets faster and more dynamic every day.
Companies, industries,…

Video: Water / Cherry by Kengo Kuma Associates

The Water / Cherry House by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma Associates is located on a cliff along one of ’s many beautiful coastlines. The home is a series of separate enclosures connected by open-air walkways that run between water and rock landscapes, fusing interior and exterior spaces into one. Various screens in the house can be opened to further connect living spaces with the outdoors, exposing panoramic vistas onto the home’s lush, peaceful surroundings to create a structure that is truly in tune with its natural environment. Check out this video by JA+U for a tour!

Should Obama Create U.S. Department of Cities?

Skyline © David Blaikie

Author Richard Florida of the NY Daily News made an argument in his “, build a lasting urban legacy” article that President should create a new federal department at the cabinet level called the Department of Cities. Although the President has listed many issues that he would like to focus on in his second term, such as immigration, gun control and climate change, an initiative to create a more promising future for American cities could define the President’s term and leave a lasting impression on the country.

The President made efforts in his last term to rethink and revitalize America’s urban centers with the Office of Urban Affairs, created in 2009, but these efforts have gone largely unrewarded. Pair this with the existing Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is becoming increasingly out of date and irrelevant, and it’s clear that Mr. President needs to rethink his approach. But despite the challenges that the Obama Administration faces, creating a Department of Cities to finally tackle the issues plaguing our most vital urban nuclei could be one of the most important and far-reaching moves he makes.

Read more about the future of our cities!

Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick

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In this jaunty little clip, Louis Kahn stresses the importance of honoring your materials to a group of students at the University of  Pennsylvania. 

Estonia-born in 1901, had a steadfast belief that all materials had their own destiny and wouldn’t tolerate any attempt to deviate from that. During the age of clean and the use of cutting edge materials, his architecture was often dismissed for being overly symbolic and heavily venerating buildings of the past. Influenced by the arid nature of many of his sites, Kahn’s buildings often took the form of cavernous brick shells with large geometrical cut outs, which he would like to describe them – in his bizarre Kahn-way - as ruins in reverse.

Here are a few of Kahn’s intriguing brick creations:

For more information about Kahn and his brick channeling abilities you can read this rather excellent article by the Guardian’s Olly Wainwright, entitled “Louis Kahn: the brick whisperer“.