Gamesa / Vaillo-Irigaray y Asociados

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Architects: Vaillo-Irigaray y Asociados
Location: , Navarra, Spain
Project Architects: Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte, Daniel Galar Irurre, Josecho Vélaz Ballesteros
Area: 10675.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photography: Rubén Pérez Bescós

Indian Research Base / Bof Architekten

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Architects: Bof Architekten
Location:
Consultants: IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
m+p consult, Braunschweig
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bof Architekten, NCAOR

PARETS / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto

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Architects: Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto
Location: , Spain
Design Team: Pere Fuertes, Anna Casals, Susana Toyos, Nuria Piè, Miquel Burget, Aida Munsó, Felipe Peña
Consultants: BOMA (Structure), Eulàlia Aran (Tech. Arch.), Joan González Gou (Systems), Arcadi de Bobes (Sustainability)
Area: 4,665 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shlomi Almagor, Susana Toyos

AD Interviews: Reinier de Graaf

While the final products of OMA’s oeuvre are well-documented and widely published, a large portion of the Dutch firm’s work goes unrecognized and relatively unnoticed: the contextual, solution-oriented research undertaken by . OMA’s lesser-known twin, is vital to OMA’s approach, allowing the firm to delve into a world of context and explore possibilities beyond the built form.

It was with this in mind that we sat down with Reinier de Graaf, a partner at the firm. In addition to the building and masterplan projects he also manages on the OMA side of things, de Graaf has been the director of AMO since 2002, overseeing a diverse portfolio of projects. Over the past few years, AMO’s energies have fueled the creation of the curriculum at Strelka; a “roadmap” for a de-carbonized power grid for the EU; and an exhibition that celebrated the architect as civil servant.

From our very first question (what is OMA’s mission?), de Graaf answered with his characteristic aversion to “general terms,” explaining that “[OMA's] mission is to explore unexpected subjects [...] without a preconceived mission.”

ECSU School of Education and Psychology / The Freelon Group Architects

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: State University, 1704 Weeksville Road, , NC 27909, USA
General Contractor: DPR Construction / Burney & Burney
Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Mep Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Lighting Design: Light Defines Form
Area: 48000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Herboth

Buk Seoul Museum of Art / Samoo Architects &Engineers

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Architects: Samoo Architects &Engineers
Location: Seoul, Korea
Area: 17,113 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Young Chae Park

Fluid Crystallization / Skylar Tibbits + Arthur Olson

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From the architect. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has exhibited the Fluid Crystallization project as part of the 2013 Architectural League Prize Exhibition at the Parson’s Gallery in New York. The Fluid Crystallization installation – a collaboration between MIT Self-Assembly Lab director Skylar Tibbits and The Molecular Graphics Lab director Arthur Olsoninvestigates hierarchical and non-deterministic self-assembly with large numbers of parts in a fluid medium. 

A Suspended Room / NeM Architectes

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Architects: NeM Architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Lucie Niney, Thibault Marca
Structural Engineer: INGE.ST.AR
Area: 40 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rémy Castan

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Courtesy of Unit Architects

Emerging Architects Exhibition at Buro Happold / Unit Architects

Currently on view until August 30, Unit Architects… is presenting their 8-week exhibition in the entrance space of Buro Happold‘s 17 Newman Street offices as part of Buro Happold’s Emerging Architects event program. A great way to show off some

Interview: William Hunter Discusses Contested Urbanism in Dharavi

Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, ; © Gynna Millan; Courtesy of Flickr User Development Planning Unit University College London

Dharavi – Asia’s largest slum of one million with an average density of 18,000 residents per acre – is amidst a heated debate between its people, the government and private investors as it sits on some of India’s hottest real estate in Mumbai. While the government is grappling for solutions on how to successfully dismantle the low-rise slum and relocate its residents to a high-rise podium style typology, the investor’s profit-driven approach has placed residents on the defense, “rendering Dharavi a perfect storm of contested urbanism,” as architect, urban designer and author William Hunter describes. 

In light of this, we would like to direct you to an interview by Andrew Wade of Polis in which discusses Dharavi’s dire situation and the motivation behind Hunter’s new book, Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. Read the interview in its entirety here and read a recap on Dharavi’s situation here.

Lalux Assurances Headquarters / Jim Clemes Atelier d´Architecture et de Design

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Architects: Jim Clemes Atelier d´Architecture et de Design
Location: Lalux,
Architect In Charge: Jim Clemes
Year: 2011
Photographs: Robert Sprang

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: , Shanxi Province,
Principal: Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
Project Team: Zhang minghui, Liu xiujuan, Jennifer Tran
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

The Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer Michael Graves, is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break… 

Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital / Pich-Aguilera Architects + Corea & Moran Arquitectura

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Architects: Corea & Moran Arquitectura, Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: , Cataluña, Spain
Team: Felipe Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés, Mario Corea y Luis Morán
Project Area: 86,013 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Fitzroy North Residence / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
Builder: Whelan Master Builders
Structural Engineer: Jonicha Consulting Engineers
Building Surveyor: Wilsmore Nelson Group
Energy Rater: Green Doors
Land Surveyor: Aline Surveying
Geotechnical Engineer: Apex Geotechnical
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brendan Finn, Mark Fergus

Bloomberg’s Legacy: The Construction Boom of NYC

Freedom Tower; Courtesy of Flickr User Arturo Yee; Licensed via Creative Commons

City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s twelve years in office will leave an undeniable impression on the physical landscape of the city for future generations.  The new and revised policies of this administration have encouraged unprecedented growth of City and its outer boroughs in the years following 9/11.  According to a new series called The Bloomberg Years by WNYC, and this article by Matthew Schuerman, Bloomberg’s three consecutive terms have made New York City taller, more attractive and, in turn, more expensive.

A New Tool for Comparing Cities

Population Density © The Urban Observatory

For the last fifty years Richard Wurman – architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences – has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares .  In Wurman’s early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global was no easy task. use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. “They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend,” he tells Nate Berg of Next City.  

Thanks to sophisticated mapping tools, delving into the statistical of numerous cities has become far more manageable than in 1962, when Wurman produced his first comparative analysis using clay models of 50 different cities. Wurman’s analog-driven statistical analysis has turned into the Urban Observatory, a website that allows users to choose from 15 variables and easily compare the public data of up to 16 cities around the world in real time.

More about the platform after the break.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum / LIKEarchitects

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Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
Area: 75 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG