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"Designing Recovery" Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities

“Designing Recovery,” a competition focused on the planning and rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities, has announced its three winning entries, by sustainable.to Architecture + Building, GOATstudio LLP, and Q4 Architects.

The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  Make It Right,  Architecture for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, and Dow Building Solutions, was envisioned to aid communities affected by devastating natural disasters – in this case, New York City, New Orleans, and Joplin, MO.

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, speaks about projects in Asia and his design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s celebrated Lightfall with architect, educator and National Academician Stan Allen. The event will take place October 23, from 6:30pm till 8:00pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets, please click here.

“A Short History of the Highrise”

The New York Times has published “A Short History of the Highrise” - an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. Organized in four short films - “Mud,” “Concrete,” “Glass,” and “Home” - viewers are given the option to "dig deeper" into each subject and explore additional archival material while viewing the film. Check out the film here

Lycée Albert Einstein / NBJ Architectes + François Privat

  • Architects: NBJ Architectes, François Privat
  • Location: Lycée Albert Einstein, 354 Avenue du Commando Vigan Braquet, 30200 Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • Architect In Charge: Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion, François Privat
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

© Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski © Paul Kozlowski

Padarie / CRIO arquiteturas

© Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects: CRIO arquiteturas
  • Location: Rua Tenente Coronel Fabrício Pilar, 822 - Mont'serrat, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, 90450-040, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Bernardo de Magalhães, Lívia Fonseca
  • Area: 250 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

Shyo Ryu Ken,Kyobashi / STILE

  • Architects: STILE
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Ietsugu Ohara
  • Clients: KIHARA Inc
  • Construction: Yaohousing Inc. / Kenji Kogaito
  • Area: 122.67 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hirokazu Matsuoka

© Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka

The Indicator: Why the Solar Decathlon Should Enter the Real World

I don’t mean to poo poo the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon project, but the more I hear about it the more I wonder if this isn’t an indication of just how far behind the United States is in terms of energy policy and the design of smart environments. Are we really that far behind that we need a program like this to prove this stuff really works? Are people still disbelieving? Do they really need demonstration homes to show how photovoltaics produce electricity or how sustainable principles can be applied to architecture? I suppose it makes sense in a country that still obsesses about the Case Study Houses and has debates about climate change. 

The purpose of the Solar Decathlon is primarily to educate the public on high-performance building practices. Since 2002 when the DOE held the first one, it’s been putting “green” building in front of people who otherwise would not get to experience it—or, in reality, a self-selecting population of people who are probably already into such things. 

Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Plans Unveiled For Crystal Palace Rebuild

UPDATE: Following ongoing discussions, the city of London and the Chinese ZhongRong Group have finally unveiled plans for the Crystal Palace replica, announcing a competition to find the “the best not the biggest” architects to take on the project.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "Paxton's stunning Crystal Palace was a beacon of innovation in the 19th century, encapsulating a spirit of invention which was to shape London and the world for generations to come. Since the iconic building was destroyed, the conundrum of what to do with the crumbling site has not been successfully resolved.” Until now.

Check out renderings and more information, after the break…

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

  • Architects: Slade Architecture
  • Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), John F Kennedy Airport, NY 11430, USA
  • Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
  • Design Team: Tian Gao, David Iseri, Magda Stoenescu, Goizeder Arteche, Frances Calosso, Yuko Okuma, Allesandro Perinelli, Will Choi, Marco Juliani, Lauren Lochry, Santi Slade, Garrett Pruter
  • Collaborators: Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
  • Mep Engineers: ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
  • Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor: PT Projects - Peter Turvey
  • Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International Inc.
  • Acoustic Engineers: Cerami & Associates, Inc.
  • Kitchen Consultant: Next Step Design
  • Contractor: Holt Construction
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anton Stark

© Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark

Alaloum Board Game Café / Triopton Architects

  • Architects: Triopton Architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis

Cardal House / Cannatà & Fernandes

  • Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
  • Location: Bemposta, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes E Michele Cannatà
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning exhibition of Moshe Safdie’s work. Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveys the renowned architect’s career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms. 

Mayfair House / Squire and Partners

  • Architects: Squire and Partners
  • Location: Waverton Street, London, Greater London, UK
  • Interior Designer: Bill Bennette
  • Structure: Heyne Tillett Steel
  • Planning Consultant: The London Planning Practice
  • Contractor: GPF Lewis Ltd
  • Landscaping: Haynes Design
  • Area: 807.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Gareth Gardner

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner

MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital

In September 2012, the Haitian Ministry of Economy and Finance called for the reconstruction of the hospital of the State University of Haiti, a medical facility located in the heart of Port-au-Prince that has been operating in ruins since the 2010 earthquake. After the Ministry received large development grants from the US and France, the challenge for designers was to create an earthquake resistant hospital within the $48 million budget, while also phasing the construction to maintain an operational capacity of 500 beds. MASS Design Group was one of the design teams to come up with such a proposal.

For the team's project description, read on.

Gulf Islands Residence / RUFproject

  • Architects: RUFproject
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Sean Pearson, Alyssa Schwann
  • General Contractor: H.Hazenboom Construction Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: Parallel Consulting Structural Engineers Ltd.
  • Mechanical Engineer: Jade West Engineering Co. Ltd.
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Braun Geotechnical Ltd.
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ivan Hunter

© Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter

A House Forever / Longhi Architects

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects: Longhi Architects
  • Location: La Planicie, Lima, Peru
  • Principal In Charge: Arch. Luis Longhi
  • Project Team: Arch. Carla Tamariz, Arch. Christian Bottger
  • Area: 550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano