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Synthesis Design + Architecture Wins Competition to Design Pavilion for Volvo

Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA)…, the forward-thinking Los Angeles-based architecture firm led by architect and USC professor, Alvin Huang, has recently won an international competition to design a rapidly deployable pavilion to showcase and charge Volvo’s new plug-in electric

MuCEM / Rudy Ricciotti

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Architects: Rudy Ricciotti
Location: ,
Associate Architects: C+T architecture
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steven Massart

National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

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Gehry Partners has just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in . Though rumors from last year reported Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel as the competition’s top contenders, with Nouvel taking the lead, a winner has yet to be confirmed.

Gehry’s design, which is intended to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art, aims at setting a new standard for 21st century Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most defining element of the design is the “translucent stone” facade, which is made of a new type of glass developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the qualities of jade.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…

Basis Terminal Galzigbahn / Driendl Galzigbahn

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Architects: Driendl Galzigbahn
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Photographs: Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn

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Courtesy of Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

Aiming to seamlessly integrate into the UNESCO World Heritage site, this proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History is derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history. Designed by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio…, their proposal

Necessary Hauntings: Why Architecture Must Listen to its Forgotten Women

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This article, by Alexandra Lange, originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine as “Architecture’s Lean In Moment.”

“Women are the ghosts of modern architecture, everywhere present, crucial, but strangely invisible,” writes historian Beatriz Colomina in “With, Or Without You,” an essay in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2010 catalog, Modern Women. “Architecture is deeply collaborative, more like moviemaking than visual art, for example. But unlike movies, this is hardly ever acknowledged.”

Colomina goes on to chronicle the history of modernism’s missing women, acknowledged, if at all, as working “with” Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, or Charles Eames. To put yourself in the shoes of Lilly Reich, Charlotte Perriand, and Aino Aalto, simply watch the cringe-worthy video of the Eameses on the Home show in 1956; Ray['s] introduced as the “very capable woman behind him” who enters after Charles has bantered with host Arlene Francis.

This spring, these ghosts came back to haunt us: Arielle Assouline-Lichten, a student at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, read excerpts from an interview with in which she mentioned her own absence from partner Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize. “They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony,” Scott Brown said. “Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.”

Read all of Alexandra Lange’s essay, after the break…

Ananta Legian Hotel / Airmas Asri

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Architects: Airmas Asri
Location: , Bali, Indonesia
Client: Pt. Real Estate Perdana
Area: 3133.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Airmas Asri

Chetham’s School of Music / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: , England, UK
Area: 10,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

Domus Sent Sovi / MSB Estudi‐taller d’arquitectura

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Architects: MSB Estudi‐taller d’arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Miquel Subiràs
Constructor: Instal.lacions Cat
Area: 925 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MSB Estudi‐taller d’arquitectura, Miquel Merce

Courtesy of Rijeka Architects Association (DAR)
Courtesy of Rijeka Architects Association (DAR)

Delta and Porto Baros Area Competition

The Port of Rijeka Authority and the City of Rijeka, in cooperation with Rijeka Architects Association (DAR) just launched the Delta and Porto Baros Area Competition will calls for the urban-architectural concept design for the area’s development. Participants are encouraged…

Dolls House / Edwards Moore

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Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frasen Marsden

Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami
Location: Tokyo,
Construction: kwiksync co.,ltd
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Residence in Larissa / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

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Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
Location: Nikaia, Larissa,
Architects: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Liana Nella-Potiropoulou
Area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Charalambos Loizides

Cellebroedersstraat / a2o architecten

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Architects: a2o architecten
Location: Cellebroedersstraat, Hasselt,
Founder: Haumont nv
Contractor: Deholi nv , Centrum-Zuid 2607, 3530 Houthalen
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Niels Donkers

Van Buchem House / Siebold Nijenhuis Architect

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Architects: Siebold Nijenhuis Architect, Broekbakema
Location: , South Holland
Landscape: Gudrun Bosch
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Menno Emmink

Mayor of London Suggests Three Potential Sites for Major Airport

Foster + Partners’ Proposal for Thames Hub

Identifying connectivity as the key to prosperity within the 21st century, Mayor Boris Johnson acknowledged the wider economic and regeneration potential of a new hub airport at a City Hall meeting today.

In his speech, Johnson recommended three optimal locations for the new airport: the Isle of Grain in north Kent; Stansted; or on an artificial island in the middle of the Thames estuary. These three suggestions come as a result of a year-long, independently peer-reviewed investigation by the Transport for London, which confirmed the inability of London’s current major airport, Heathrow, to meet demands due to space restrictions.

More on London’s future hub airport after the break…

Crux Pavilion / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

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Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects
Location: Lisbon,
Architect In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Collaborators: Joao Quintela, Tim Simon, Peter Weeber
Builder: Kairos
Structural Consultant: Luis Mendieta
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diana Quintela

Hotel Bergresort Werfenweng / ArchitekturConsult

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Architects: ArchitekturConsult
Location: Werfenweng,
Project Manager: Herwig Zöhrer and Manfred Schuster
Design Team: Diethard Susnik, Hans Kaponig, Sue Weigelt, Ingrid Brigant, Annemarie Scheidl, Martina Kletzenbauer, Eva Gugerbauer, Alexandra Nahrgang
Area: 6,185 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Helmut Lackner