Buenos Mares House / RDR Arquitectos

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Architects: RDR Arquitectos
Location: José Ignacio, Uruguay
Team: Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Bruno Emmer, Susana Barra, Nicolas Adrien, Ovidio Lagos
Area: 900.0 m2
Year: 2009
Photography: Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

Santa Monica Animation Studio / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Architects: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Location: , California, United States of America
Principal: Gwynne Pugh, Linda Jassim
Waisler Design Principal: Andy Waisler
Landscape Design: Studio J
Area: 17000.0 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

WEISS / MANFREDI to Design Kent State’s New, $40 Million Architecture Building

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WEISS / MANFREDI has been announced as winner of the international competition to design a new College of Architecture and Environmental Design for Kent State University in . The New York-based practice, in collaboration with the local architect of record , was one of four national finalists selected from a competitive list of 37 applicants.

The winning proposal, dubbed the Kent State Design Loft, transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that opens to the city, connects to the public esplanade and surrounding landscape, and provides an abundance of creatively designed, flexible learning spaces that can be easily transformed to accommodate design crits, exhibitions and events.

“We are captivated by the potential for this project to become an innovative incubator for the arts and an internationally legible destination for the University,” said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

The architect’s project description after the break…

Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results

first prize / Courtesy of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto and SPEECH

Organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, the team of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (Italy) and SPEECH (Russia) was recently announced the winner of Architectural Concepts Competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The challenge was to create a museum and educational center for demonstrating most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducting scientific educational programs. More images and information on the winning team and finalists after the break.

Small House / FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Aichi,
Area: 80.6 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kei Nakajima

4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan

Last week the ’s Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country’s architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas HeatherwickAlison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey, the review, expected to be complete by the end of the year, “will be a rallying point for the profession.”

In his article in The Guardian, Olly Wainwright rather hopefully questioned: “might this year-long study result in an innovative new piece of legislative guidance – perhaps along the lines of Denmark’s architecture policy, introduced in 2007?” While Wainwright somewhat flatly concludes, “somehow, that seems unlikely,” there’s no doubt that the UK could only stand to gain from learning from Denmark’s innovative policy.

So what lessons could the UK (and the world) learn from the Danes? Read on after the break…

Minamihara 3645 / Yasui Hideo Atelier

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Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Location: , Japan
Area: 164.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier

Best Shopping Center Award: Marmara Park by ECE Projektmanagement
Best Shopping Center Award: Marmara Park by ECE Projektmanagement

MIPIM Awards Winners 2013

Each year, the prestigious MIPIM Awards recognizes excellence and innovation in the international real estate sector.After a record number of submissions (over 175 projects from 46 countries!), 36 finalists were selected by the jury to compete in an onsite vote…

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

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Terraces rethinks the concept of the skyscraper, creating a vertical village composed of thin, elegant platforms layered in a playful formation. By offering lavish outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and meticulously composed lofts, architects Herzog & DeMeuron bring an unprecedented way of living to crowded and dense Beirut.

More on these contemporary living spaces after the break…

Courtesy of A+ Architecture
Courtesy of A+ Architecture

Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre Proposal / A+ Architecture

The renowned Montpellier architecture firm A+ Architecture… has been entrusted with the project of building a new site at the domaine d’O, the Jean-Claude Carrière theatre. A unique and environmentally friendly project, the project is based on a global environmental

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart

Visualization of Masdar City © Foster + Partners

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city).

But what exactly are ? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.

More on the potential of Smart Cities after the break…

Miguel De Eguía De Estella Technological Center / MRM Arquitectos

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Architects: MRM Arquitectos
Location: Estella, Navarra,
Project Architect: Miguel Alonso Flamarique, Roberto Erviti Machain y Mamen Escorihuela Vitales
Collaborators: Josep Agustí de Ciurana,
Construction Company: Construcciones Elcarte s.l., Construcciones Ecay Andueza s.l.
Client: Ayuntamiento de Estella
Area: 469,931 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas, Larrión y Pimoulier

Primary Care Center / Josep Camps & Olga Felip

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Architects: Josep Camps & Olga Felip
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Courtesy of Yalin Architectural Design
Courtesy of Yalin Architectural Design

YAP IM-Debris Competition Entry / Yalin Architectural Design

Chosen as one of the five finalists in MOMA’s Young Architectural Program (YAP), Yalin Architectural Design…’s proposal ‘IM-Debris’ focuses on how Istanbul and all the other cities in the world have to come up with local solutions to their

Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos

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Architects: Herreros Arquitectos
Location: , Panama
Project Architects: + Mallol y Mallol
Project Managers: Jens Richter (HA), Ignacio Mallol (M&M)
Project Team: Gonzalo Rivas Zinno, Carmen Antón, Joanna Socha (HA), Ruben Taboada (M&M)
Client: Banco de Panamá
Area: 35,395 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Courtesy of STRATO
Courtesy of STRATO

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / STRATO

Designed by STRATO…, the project proposal for the Collider Activity Center has two primary objectives: visual identity and vitality. Conceived as a sort of natural formation, the entire building is emphasized by the folding panels of the walls, the

108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara / Patxi Cortazar

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Architects: Patxi Cortazar
Location: , Spain
Project Architects: , José Manuel Simón
Technical Architects: Juan Manuel Galera Carrillo, Vicente Luis Mozo, Mikel Valderrama Ibáñez
Client And Construction: NASIPA S.L.
Area: 21,345 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: César San Millán

New Classrooms for the School of Economics at Murcia University / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl

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Architects: Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl
Location: , Spain
Project Architects: Pablo Carbonell Alonso, J.A. Sánchez Morales, M. Mesa del Castillo Clavel, Ricardo Crespi, Juli Novau Mañogil, Luis Miguel Guzmán Sánchez, Laura Ortín, Jiménez, Blanca de Juan Bayan
Area: 472 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Gabriel López