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Summer House / Khachaturian Architects

  • Architects: Khachaturian Architects
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Project Architects: Artur Khachaturian, Gianna Hovhannisyan
  • Structural Engineering: Viktor Grigoryan
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Artur Khachaturian

© Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian

Auditorium Center in WU Campus / BUSarchitektur

  • Architects: BUSarchitektur
  • Location: Welthandelsplatz, 1020 Viena, Austria
  • Design Team: Laura P. Spinadel, Jean Pierre Bolivar, Bernd Pflüger
  • Project Area: 28349.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Courtesy of BOAnet.at

Courtesy of BOAnet.at Courtesy of BOAnet.at Courtesy of BOAnet.at Courtesy of BOAnet.at

Australia Plans for Greener Cities by 2020

As cities continue to attract more people, naturally vegetated areas slowly wither, leaving little to no green spaces for city dwellers to escape to, no trees to purify the air and enhance the environment. Australia plans to change this. The 202020 Vision is a concerted effort from the government, academic and private sectors to create twenty percent green areas in Australia's urban centers by 2020. “Urban heat islands, poor air quality, lack of enjoyable urban community areas are all poor outcomes when green spaces aren't incorporated into new developments and large scale building projects.” Read about the 202020 initiative here, "More green spaces in urban areas, says new national initiative."

Blairgowrie Back Beach / Wolveridge Architects

  • Architects: Wolveridge Architects
  • Location: Blairgowrie VIC 3942, Australia
  • Design Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Aeroville / Philippe Chiambaretta

  • Architects: Philippe Chiambaretta
  • Location: 48 Rue des Buissons, Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), 93290 Tremblay-en-France, France
  • Interior Design: Saguez & Partners
  • Construction Project Management: Artelia
  • Structural Engineering: Terrel
  • Mep Engineering: Barbanel
  • Façades engineers : VS-A SAS
  • Landscape Design: Compagnie du paysage
  • Sustainable Engineering: Green Affair
  • Area: 110000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jean-Phileppe Mesguen

© Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen © Jean-Phileppe Mesguen

Robert A.M. Stern: Old-Fashioned yet Unfazed

In the mutable world of architecture it's easy to get distracted by the trendy new thing, be it the tallest tower or the "blobbiest" form. Robert A. M. Stern (Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and a practicing architect in his own right), on the other hand, remains purposefully old-fashioned (to the point of becoming obsolete). In an exquisitely written article for the New York MagazineJustin Davidson reports that, despite the mockery of his colleagues, Stern seems unfazed. If his architecture has the power to inspire, he says, then he's done his job. Read the full must-see article here. 

Sakurai House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

  • Architects: Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates
  • Location: Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Ken Yokogawa, Kazunori Yadomoto, Takamichi Kawakatsu
  • Structural Engineers: Ryozo Umezawa, Motonori Toyama
  • Landscape Designer: GA Yamazaki
  • General Contractor: Takuji Miyashita, Kazuki Shimomoto
  • Area: 267.29 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd., Ken Yokogawa

© Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd. © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa

Hospital in Puyo / Pm, Mt

  • Architect Office: Pm, Mt
  • Location: Puyo, Ecuador
  • Architects in Charge: Patricio Martínez, Maximiá Torruella
  • Client: Makiber, SA
  • Quantity Surveyor: ARDÈVOL / VALERI Consultores
  • Structural Consultat: BIS Arquitectes
  • Services Consultant: JG Ingenieros
  • Construction Company: Makiber, SA
  • Area: 15710.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Sebastían Crespo

© Sebastían Crespo © Sebastían Crespo © Sebastían Crespo © Sebastían Crespo

Winning Entry for New Pottery Museum in South Korea / PWFERRETTO + UTOP

Seoul-based architectural firms, PWFERRETTO + UTOP, were recently selected winners of a competition commissioning a new pottery museum in the Goheung region of South Korea. The winning entry extends the museum experience throughout the 97,000 square meter site and is organized around four concepts, "genius loci, traditional village, landmark roof and nature journey."

House on a Stream / Architecture BRIO

  • Architects: Architecture BRIO
  • Location: Alibaugh, Maharashtra, India
  • Design: Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani
  • Structural Design: Vijay K. Patil & Associates
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Aarhus Harbour

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has won a competition to design a landmark urban sculpture in Aarhus Harbour, a new district in Denmark's second largest city. The tower, shaped like a "sharp origami cut," is designed to "celebrating vision and social encounters at the edge of the water." Made of welded steel plates, the structure will be manufactured in a shipyard before being sailed to site. 

Kickstarter: DIY Concrete House Ring

Dream of one day making your own home? Well, here's a fun mini alternative in the meantime. The "DIY Concrete House Ring" is a high quality silver and concrete ring that lets users experience the process of 'making'. The ring itself is made from a DIY compact kit, and comes in two familiar architectural silhouettes - gable roof or saltbox roof - and in either light or dark concrete. The project was developed by Linda Bennett, author of "10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School" and "Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know…" via her blog, archi-ninjaCheck out the project's debut on kickstarter (which offers fantastic perks for backers) for more information. 

Dreamhouse / Claus en Kaan Architecten

  • Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen Luca Baialardo, Timo Cardol, Aksel Coruh, Luuk Dietz, Paolo Faleschini, Antonia Rief
  • Area: 1050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sebastian van Damme

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme

Substances of Concern: Why Material Transparency Matters

The materials we select and specify to make up our buildings have a real meaningful impact on human health and the environment. Unfortunately, due to a lack of material transparency, that impact is frequently negative, damaging the environment and harming populations across the globe.

In February of this year, Chinese authorities were forced to face the tragic facts and admit that “cancer villages” existed in areas where harmful chemicals, many of which are banned in developed nations, are prevalent in current manufacturing processes. There are many that believe these chemicals are contributing to make cancer the number one killer in China, surpassing cardiovascular disease.

Winners of 2013 Architecture at Zero Competition Announced

Industry leaders recently came together to announce the winners of the 2013 Architecture at Zero competition, which included five professional and one student awardee. The competition, which is co-sponsored by AIA San Francisco and Pacific Gas & Electric, focuses specifically on the design of zero-net energy structures. 

While zero net energy is easily achieved in smaller buildings, it's a challenge in larger structures - and the competition challenged entrants to think big. With the aim of being as close to zero net energy as possible, competition entries had to be a mix of affordable and market rate housing units and include a full neighborhood-serving grocery store on the ground level. 

Read more for the winners...

Carlos Santa María Center / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

© Adrián Vidal
© Adrián Vidal

© Adrián Vidal © Jorge Allende © Adrián Vidal © Jorge Allende

NYIT Students Turn Plastic Bottles Into Disaster Relief

Last week’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines has reminded designers of the ongoing challenge of creating safe, temporary shelters when natural disasters hit. Crates of food and water are some of the first types of aid delivered to these ravaged areas; so what if these resources could be designed to also provide shelter and minimize waste? The New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture asked just that question and came up with a solution: SodaBIB, a new type of shipping pallet that would allow commonly used plastic bottles to be used for shelter.

Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team

Orangerock / Möhn + Bouman

  • Architects: Möhn + Bouman
  • Location: Emmen, The Netherlands
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee