Mei Li Zhou Church / Tsushima Design Studio

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: Hangzhou,
Principal: Toshio Tsushima
Project Architect: Takeaki Nakamoto
Area: 1,025 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Boat’s House at Millstätter Lake / MHM architects

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Architects: MHM architects
Location: , Carinthia, Austria
Design Team: Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
General Contractor: STRABAG AG Villach
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Ott photografiert

Courtesy of DCPP
Courtesy of DCPP

Dr. York / DCPP Architects

Architects: DCPP ArchitectsPablo Perez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Area: 65 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of DCPP…

JDS Shortlisted For Master Plan in Lexington, Kentucky

Town Branch Commons bird’s eye view. Photo © Space Group and MIR

JDS Architects and 4 other national/international firms have been shortlisted to design a Master Plan for Town Branch Commons in Lexington, .

The Competition, which attracted over 23 proposals, poses an interesting challenge: to bring the Town Branch Creek, which has been underground for over 100 years, to the surface (an idea originally proposed in 2011 by architect Gary Bates and the Norway-based firm Space Group), and redesign the Commons as a two-mile linear stretch of green space to connect the eastern and western sections of downtown Lexington.

Lexington’s Downton Development Authority and the dean of University of Kentucky’s College of Design, Michael Speaks, were floored by the quality of the proposals they received – a fact Speaks attributes to Jeanne Gang‘s influence; the well-known architect has designed two plans in Lexington and lectured there recently. As Speaks told  Kentucky.com, “Firms have heard that Lexington is friendly to good design, that the mayor is knowledgeable and wants good design.”

Find out which other firms have been shortlisted, after the break…

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Concentration / FJL + Desarrollo Integral de Proyectos

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Architects: FJL + 
Location: Independencia, Santiago, Chile
Architect In Charge: Francisco Javier Leiva
Coordinator Architect: Silvia Durán
Constructor: Ingevec S.A.
Technical Inspection: Juan Eduardo Mujica y Cía. Ltda.
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cristián Ciolina

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park Detroit

Lafayette Park, an affordable middle-class residential area in downtown Detroit, is home to the largest collection of buildings designed by Ludwig in the world. Today, it is one of Detroit’s most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods, although it is surrounded by evidence of a city in financial distress. Through interviews with and essays by residents; reproductions of archival material; and new photographs by Karin Jobst, Vasco Roma, and Corine Vermeulen, and previously unpublished photographs by documentary filmmaker Janine Debanné, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies examines the way that Lafayette Park residents confront and interact with this unique modernist environment.

Courtesy of Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan
Courtesy of Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan

Market Square Cover Competition Entry / Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan

Designed for the market square cover competition, the ‘flying carpet’ proposal by Michael Labory & Bertrand Schippan… is a modular and sustainable cover with the goal for the efficient arrangement of the functional facilities. This is attained by putting them

Forget the Rankings, the Best US Architecture Schools for 2013 Are…

Gund Hall (home of the Graduate School of Design) during Harvard Graduation. Year 2007. Photo CC Wikimedia User Tebici.

Every year, when DesignIntelligence’s latest rankings of the Best US Architecture Schools comes out, most of the anticipation is centered around one question: who’s number 1?

But despite our laser-focus on the rankings, the report is actually much more. It is also a survey of hundreds of design educators and professionals, an invaluable insight into the current state of architecture and architecture education today.

So with this in mind, and with the rankings aside, which universities are really producing best equipped (and most marketable, in this competitive market) for the architecture profession today? When you look at the data, only two Universities stand out from the pack.

Read more to find out which two Universities are best preparing students in 2013, after the break…

House rehabilitation in Bellaterra / YLab

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Architects: YLAB arquitectos
Location: Bellaterra Neighbourhood in , Barcelona
Authors: Tobias Laarmann and Yolanda Yuste López
Industrials: Soldevila Construccions de Fusta, Cristalería Bonanova, Belscon 21, Agrostís Serveis Integrals de Jardineria
Suppliers: Grup Sesaelec, Neocerámica, Solnhofen, Materia-Barcelona, Catalonia Cerámica
Garden Area: 700 meters
Area: 442.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of YLab Arquitectos, Ivan Raga

Habitation TSL / adn Architectures

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Architects: adn Architectures
Location: ,
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Courtesy of VAUMM + Taperstudio
Courtesy of VAUMM + Taperstudio

Confederación Hidrográfica del Miño-Sil Office Building Proposal / VAUMM + Taperstudio

Located where two rivers come together, the Confederación Hidrográfica Miño and Sil office building will be protected by the official use the building serves. Designed by VAUMM + Taperstudio…, their compact and geometrically absolute design aims to turn the

Freedom Park, Phase 2 / GAPP + Mashabane Rose Architects + MMA

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Architects: GAPP + Mashabane Rose Architects + MMA
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng,
Area: 11,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Bird

Nest & Cave House / Idis Turato

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Architects: Idis Turato
Location: Opatija,
Collaborators: Ana Staničić, Ida Križaj, Ivan Arbanas (structural engineer)
Site Area: 1771 sqm
Area: 393.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sandro Lendler, Ivan Dorotić, Želimir Gržančić

Video: 1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron

One of the centers of cultural and civic life, the 1111 Lincoln Road project by Herzog & de Meuron is featured in the video above, made by Elizabeth Priore. This project was chosen as it has changed people’s perception about what a utilitarian structure can be; and has ignited conversations worldwide about its design and use. This garage has reshaped the urban fabric of the city and people are going there to get married, relax, and enjoy a cocktail. The video is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. More information after the break.

Dynamo Metal Workshop / phalt Architekten

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Architects: phalt Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Cornelia Mattiello, Frank Schneider, Mike Mattiello
Year: 2008
Photographs: Dominique Wehrli

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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The Louvre Museum, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, aims at creating a welcoming world which associates lights and shadows as well as shimmers and calm places in a serene atmosphere. Its objective is to belong to its country, to its history, to its geography, avoiding being either a dull translation of this reality or a pleonasm meaning boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Weisman Art Museum

Peter VonDeLinde, , and Christian Korab, an architectural film studio team based out of Minneapolis, recently created an amazing short film on Frank Gehry‘s newly expanded Weisman Art Museum. Gehry’s 11,000 sq.ft. expansion showcases his sculptural talent featuring its stainless steel facade curving out from the entrance. This video was produced in conjunction with the Weisman featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Architecture magazine.

Boaçava House / Una Arquitetos

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Architects: Una Arquitetos
Location: sao Paulo, Brazil
Design Team: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti