Hangar 16 / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

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Architects: Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture - Iñaqui Carnicero, Ignacio Vila, Alejandro Viseda
Location: Madrid, Spain
Area: 5,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of

Sant Esteve Sesrovires Institute / Jordi Farrando

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Architects: Jordi Farrando
Location: , Cataluña,
Architect: Jordi Farrando
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Adrià Goula

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Shining Lighthouse in Belfort / Archi5

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Architects: Archi5
Location: , France
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fabien Terreaux and Amoor Maadi

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MVRDV proposes 400 meter tall ‘vertical city’ in Jakarta

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, in collaboration with The Jerde Partnership, ARUP, and developer Wijaya KaryaBenhil Property, have unveiled plans to create a new landmark in , Indonesia. Dubbed Peruri 88, the 400 meter tall vertical city integrates retail, offices, housing, a luxury hotel, four levels of parking, a wedding house, a mosque, an imax theater and an outdoor amphitheater, with an extensive amount of green space.

The team presented the plans to city and site owner, Peruri, as part of a developer’s bid competition for the prominent site.

All the details after the break…

House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Calpe, Alicante, Spain
Design Team: Fran Silvestre, María José Sáez
Structure: David Gallardo
Technical Architect: Vicente Ramos, Esperanza Corrales, Javier Delgado
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Area: 242 sqm
Photographs: Diego Opazo

AD Round Up: Brick Architecture

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For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature  in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the great Pope John Paul II Hall by Randić & Turato, a building designed for Pope’s visit to Rijeka, Croatia. Also, check out Three Courtyard Community Centre by chinese practice AZL architects or Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia, designed by Rudanko + Kankkunen . Revisit, De Eekenhof, a housing project in Amsterdam by Claus en Kaan Architekten. Finally, is never late to review the Indian Institute of Management by Louis Kahn, one of our AD Classics.

N4+ Gluebam House / Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]

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Architects: Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mu Wei, Zhou Chao, Yu Hui
Area: 60 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Li Xiao

Oscar Niemeyer Takes A Turn For the Worse

After being hospitalized, recovering, being hospitalized again, and then making a near-full recovery (even working from his hospital bed), famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has now taken a sharp turn for the worst.

Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital reports that the 104-year old has suffered kidney failure and is bleeding from his digestive tract; he is lucid, but breathing with the aid of machines.

Story via the Huffington Post 

First Place (Tied) / Archilier Architecture; Courtesy of Transforming the Bridge Competition
First Place (Tied) / Archilier Architecture; Courtesy of Transforming the Bridge Competition

Transforming the Bridge Competition Winners

Results from the Transforming the Bridge Competition for Cleveland, Ohio, are in.  The competition called for an innovative solution for the redevelopment and repurposing of the abandoned Detroit-Superior Bridge.  The brief called for a variety of uses, dedicated pedestrian and bike…

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Video: CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes by Cristobal Palma

After opening in August, the 13th Venice Biennale will end this Sunday (November 25th). This video is a recording made by Cristobal Palma of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 entitled CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes (see our coverage of the exhibit here).

The Chilean Pavilion was curated by Pilar Planchart and Bernardo Valdés. Other invited architects included Pedro Alonso (Deserta), Elemental (Metropolitan Promenade), Susuka (Limitless ), Genaro Cuadros (Playground), Germán del Sol (Kancha), Iván Ivelic (Travesies of the Amereida) and Rodrigo Tisi (Performances of Conquest). The Chilean artist Pedro Pulido also exhibited his sculpture, Nein.

More info on the Pavilion, and videos by Cristobal Palma, after the break…

“Universidad del Pacifico” Branch Office / Metropolis

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Architects: Metropolis
Location: , Peru
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Juan Solano

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Büro Ole Scheeren unveils ‘DUO’ towers in Singapore

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Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren has released plans for a mixed-use, high-rise development in the modern of Singapore. Titled ‘DUO’, the twin towers are not intended to be conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them. Their curved facades engages the city and frames a “new civic nucleus” at its base, while featuring premium offices, a five-star hotel, 660 high-end residential units and signature retail space.

DUO is lead by German-born architect Ole Scheeren, whose best known for his work with on Beijing’s CCTV headquarters and has recently turned heads with the popular floating Archipelago Cinemas. The project is expected for completion by 2017, with construction planned to break ground next year.

More images and the architects’ description after the break.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis

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Architects: Morphosis
Location: , Texas, USA
Director Of Technology & Bim: Synthesis
Associate Architect: Good Fulton & Farrell
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
Consulting Structural Engineer: John A. Martin Associates, Inc.
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: URS Corporation
Area: 16,722 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of

The Indicator: Two Degrees of Separation

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“…clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Hurricane Sandy painfully clarified the deadly implications of climate change. In fact, the superstorm was so forceful as a reminder of just what climate change means in real terms that it played a decisive role in the presidential election.

Here in the US, the issue defines political divides. A recent Pew Research Center survey  shows 85% of Democrats believe climate change is a scientific fact, while only 48% of Republicans believe so. Another poll  shows 68% of Americans believing climate change is a serious problem and 38% believing it is a very serious problem.

The impact of Sandy may have played a role in bumping these numbers up but there is still no slam dunk on the issue when roughly 30% of the population still believes climate change is not real. For those of you outside the US this is your cue to roll your eyes and say, Stupid Americans.

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

Jiading Office Complex / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

As part of the new Tongji Science and Technology Park in Jiading, Shanghai, the aim for the design by Damian Donze… of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute was to create a high level office complex with a commercial street

Courtesy of AFP
Courtesy of AFP

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Cultural Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain’s cultural cache is at an all-time high.
The magazine’s latest annual Soft Power Survey (which measures the “Soft Power” of a country, or “the ways in which a nation can shape the world…

Urban Day Care Center for Alzheimer Patients / Cid + Santos

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Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando, Angel Cid Carballo
Location: ,
Collaborators: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
Area: 497 sqm
Photography: Santos-Díez | BISimages

Films & Architecture: “The Truman Show”

What if your house, neighbourhood, even your city were part of a TV set? This is the fake world - a kind of suburban utopia - where Truman Burbanks lives, tricked by loops of spaces and stuck in routines. The film questions the idea of a “perfect” reality, and troubles the predictable scenarios of suburban life. From the perspective of and architecture, the film makes you wonder: to what extent should we have control over our environments? To what extent should we design out choice, or randomness, or disorder, in the name of “perfection”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!