New Shoots Childrens Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

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Architects: Collingridge and Smith Architects
Location: , Bay of Plenty,
Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
Area: 650 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

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Courtesy of RAMSA

Robert A. M. Stern Architects announces the RAMSA Travel Fellowship

The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention – key…

AD Classics: La Muralla Roja / Ricardo Bofill

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La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a housing project located within the La Manzanera development in ’s Calpe. The building makes clear references to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean Area, a result of the architects’ inspiration by the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah. The striking colors that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.

Courtesy of Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, Engin Ayaz
Courtesy of Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, Engin Ayaz

‘Seapeaker’ YAP Istanbul Modern Proposal / Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, Engin Ayaz /

‘Seapeaker‘, was recently named as one of the five finalists for Istanbul Modern “Young Architects Program” 2013 cycle. Designed by the collaborative team of Evren Başbuğİnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, and Engin Ayaz…, the main intent of

New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: Frederikshavn,
Area: 13,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema

Arabista Ribera School / Victor García Martínez

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Architects: , Victor García Terol, José Gozalbez Esteve
Location: , Spain
Collaborators: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
Area: 13450 sqm
Photography: Diego Opazo

K House / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: , Brasil
Architects In Charge: Arthur Casas, Regiane Khristian e Beto Cabariti
Area: 566.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Rebière 21 housing / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

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Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
Location: Paris,
Project Manager: Charlotte Fagart
Project Team: Pierre Aubertin
General Contractor: Léon Grosse
Area: 1445.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ronan Lacroix

Trinity College Theological School Extensions / Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

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Architects: Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peter Elliott, Justin Mallia
Design Team: Felicity Soh, Julian Tuckett, Wil Goodsir
Structural Engineer: Clive Steele & Associates
Landscape Architects: John Patrick & Associates
Head Contractor: Ducon
Year: 2010
Photographs: John Gollings

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L’Aquila

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In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the fourth anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a -designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of this medieval city.

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

SESCAM / FPC+BGT Estudio de Arquitectura

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Architects: FPC+BGT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Toledo,
Design Team: Fernando Pardo Calvo, Bernardo García Tapia
Rigger: R7 Consultores
Engineering: NB-35
Installations: INTEINCO
Collaborators: Stefano Presi, Stefania Albiero, David Marsinyach Ros ,Elena Castillo Viguri
Budget: 21,919,828.74 €
Client: Consejería de Sanidad de la Junta de Comunidades de Castilla
Area: 20283.57 sqm
Year: 2009
Photography: Miguel de Guzmán

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

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Architects: NADAAA
Location: 2450 Fillmore Street, , CA 94115, USA
Principal In Charge: Dan Gallagher
Design Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
Project Manager: John Chow
Team: Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Juliana Sohn

House in Coiros / Bals Arquitectos

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Architects: Bals Arquitectos
Location: , La Coruña, Spain
Design Team: Belén Salgado, Antonio López
Area: 293.2 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Héctor Santos-Díez

How to Design Safer Cities

Copenhagen, Superkilen

Can a good public space influence social behavior and make a city more secure? 

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, professor at the University of Stanford, performed a social psychological experiment. He placed an unlicensed car with a lifted hood in a neglected street in The Bronx, , and another similar car in a wealthy neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. The car in The Bronx was attacked in less than ten minutes, its apparent state of abandonment enabling the looting. The car in Palo Alto, however, remained untouched for more than a week.

Zimbardo then took his experiment one step further and broke a window of the car in Palo Alto. Almost immediately, passersby began to take things out of the car and within a few hours, the car had been completely dismantled. In both cases, many of the looters did not appear to be dangerous people. This experiment lead Harvard Professors George Kelling and James Wilson to develop the Broken Windows Theory in 1982: “If a broken window is left without repair, people will come to the conclusion that no one cares about it and that there is no one watching it. Then more windows will be broken and the lack of control will spread from the buildings to the streets, sending a signal that anything goes and that there is no authority.”

Read more about designing safer after the break…

RIBBON / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -Shi, ,
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Structural Engineering: Yamabe Structural Office
Site Area: 160 sqm
Area: 172 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

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Courtesy of Archithinks

Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Entry / Archithinks

Designed by Archithinks…, the competition proposal for the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum and Cultural Coastal Center aims to display the spectacular and dramatic industrial beauty of the Silo through unwrapping its building skin and exposing its unique structural anatomy.

AADD House / Helder de Carvalho

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Architects:
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: Carla Zuzarte, Cláudio Ferreira, Michael Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo, Sidónio de Jesus
Engineering: Jasmim Reis
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Campos

Films & Architecture: “North by Northwest”

Our latest movie in our Films & Architecture series is another ’60s classic, this time by the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. In North by Northwest we see a in the heyday of its architectural glory, with one scene taking place at a newly constructed United Nations building. In fact, the last scene takes place in a “house” that, under Hitchcock’s instructions, was meant to seem designed by (in reality, the house was just another set design). The film shows a variety of urban spaces, and puts special emphasis on the contrast between the densities of  urban and rural realms.

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