Courtesy of Bob Borson of Life of an Architect
Courtesy of Bob Borson of Life of an Architect

Life of an Architect Playhouse Competition 2013

Open to anyone from anywhere, it’s that time of the year for the 2nd annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Competition  All are being called to flex your design chops to benefit needy kids with the design of a fun playhouse…

MoMA PS1 Call for Ideas: Rethinking Post-Sandy Rockaway

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Architects, artists, and designers are invited to participate in the competition to Rethink the Post-Sandy Rockaway.  MoMA PS1’s Young Architects program is seeking ideas for alternative models, creation of social spaces, urban interventions, new uses of public space, the rebuilding of the boardwalk, protection of the shoreline, and actions to engage local communities and to aid in the effort to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. Judges will be selecting 25 proposals to be displayed on  Beach in April. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, please visit here.

D-Apartment / SPACESPACE

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Architects: SPACESPACE
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Takanori Kagawa + Junko Kishigami
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / R2K Architectes

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Architects: R2K Architectes
Location: Limeil-Brevannes,
Architect In Charge: Veronique Klimine, Olavi Koponen
Area: 9,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jussi Tiainen

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first place

Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Results

The results of the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition were recently announced with the collaborative team of architects Antonopoulos Evangelos, Vetta Thalia, Gavalas Georgios, Riga Maria – Kiriaki, and Stamouli Anastasia, and Pilarinou Maria …announced as

CLW / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Meguro-ku, Tokyo,
Area: 105.64 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Susan Scott, David Scott
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013
Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013

Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2013

The topic of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism, seeks architectural ideas and methods to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn – Väike-Õismäe (“Little Blossom Hill”). Väike-Õismäe stands apart from other similar neighborhoods in Tallinn by way…

Centra Metropark / KPF

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Architects: KPF
Location: 186 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830, USA
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michael Moran

House Faes / HVH Architecten

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Architects: HVH Architecten
Location: , Belgium
Design Team: Koen Heyvaert, Inne van Herle
Landscape Architecture: Patrick Verbruggen
Year: 2007
Photographs: Tim Van De Velde

San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture

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Architects: Mike Jacobs Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Mike Jacobs, Artur Growchowski, Dan Nissimov, Maria Tiliakos, Momo Araki
General Contracting: MFH Construction
Structural Engineering: Gordon Polon Consulting Engineers
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Wells

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

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CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan’s historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - named piazza delle tre torri’ - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and will be built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower by – you guess it – Daniel Libeskind. To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break…

Grottammare Cultural Center / Bernard Tschumi Architects

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This dynamic center in , Italy, will be Bernard Tschumi Architects’ first commission in Italy. Inspired by the city’s small medieval center, the roughly 7,000 square meter structure will house a variety of exhibitions, conferences and workshops in an effort to “strengthen people’s ties to the territory with which they identify” by exchanging information about the existing city and envision its possibilities for the future.

The architect’s description after the break…

Island House / 2by4-architects

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Architects: 2by4-architects
Location: Loosdrechtse ,
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Van Schaik
Area: 32 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 2by4-architects

Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture
Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture

‘Back2rots’ Research Center Competition Entry / Andrea Vattovani Architecture

Designed by Andrea Vattovani Architecture…, their ‘Back2rots’ research center proposal consists of a new working environment for young people. Upon developing the program to determine their target and who they wanted to reach, the architects decided to develop a

How To Make Architecture, Not Art

4x4m house – Ando Tadao. Image © Dessen Hillman

Dessen Hillman is currently a graduate student at MIT, pursuing his SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism. He is interested in investigating the role of architecture in various urban settings through the scope of architecture design. 

Since the modernist movement in architecture (early 1900s), building design has been majorly focused on expressing itself as a unique entity, becoming more of an art than architecture. Buildings are now formally expressive more than ever. After pondering the differences between the two, I have, for now, come to a conclusion on one fundamental difference:

Art is a form of self-expression with absolutely no responsibility to anyone or anything. Architecture can be a piece of art, but it must be responsible to people and its context.

Read on to find out how changing the way we snap images coud change the way we evaluate architecture, after the break…

European Spallation Source (ESS) / Henning Larsen Architects + COBE + SLA

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, SLA
Location: Lund, Sweden
Design Team From : Jacob Kurek (responsible partner), Michael Sørensen (lead design architect), Helle Basse Larsen (project manager), Mikkel Eskildsen, Daniel Baumann, Martha Lewis, Silke Jörgenshaus, Hanan Ghizzaui, Magnus Kramhøft, Kyd Kitchaiya, Sebastian Mardi, Grace Xu, Uyen Phan and Erlend Lindstad (model)
Design Team From Cobe: Dan Stubbergaard (responsible partner), Thomas Krarup (lead design architect), David Engell Jessen, Johanne Holmsberg, Rune Veile, Frederik Lyng, Greta Tiedje, Louise Boss Mortensen and Dimitrie Gridorescu
Design Team From Sla: Stig L. Andersson(responsible partner and lead design architect), Katrine Sandstrøm and Laura Parsons
Area: 100000.0 sqm
Photographs: Luxigon

ESS Description

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research. ESS is located in the university city of Lund in southern Sweden.

Third Wave Kiosk / Tony Hobba Architects

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Architects: Tony Hobba Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Michael Lucas, Tony Hobba, Jordan Wright
Client: GORCC (Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee)
Area: 105 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rory Gardiner