Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design
Courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design

Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York

As part of Season of Cambodia, a multidisciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York City, Parsons The New School for Design and Cambodian Living Arts will be presenting a two-day colloquium titled, ‘Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism…

Fox House / PIQUE

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Architects: PIQUE
Location: , Oregon,
Area: 4,175 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nicole Werner, Alan Brandt, Bob Woodward

Zhongwei Cultural Complex / hpa

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Architects: hpa
Location: Zhongwei, Ningxia, China
Area: 80000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex

University of Toronto Instructional Centre / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Design Principal: Andrew Frontini
Architectural Team: Alan Mortsch, Alice Wong, Larry Silva, Claudia Bader,
Interior Design: Diana Shams
Area: 150,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Brittain, Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site

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In an effort to generate innovative ideas for the re-use of one of the most important building sites in Detroit’s redeveloping downtown, Rock Ventures LLC has collaborated with Opportunity Detroit to launch the  Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site. Entrants are challenged to create compelling visions for a new urban development on the famous 92,421 square foot Hudson’s site that would play a significant role in the regeneration of downtown Detroit. 

Submissions should consider the significant history of the site, its physical and cultural context, and its potential for the future. Successful proposals will demonstrate optimism about revitalizing Detroit, with great architecture providing a positive, catalytic impact on the community. The deadline for submissions is April 30. More information here

Roprachtice House / PRODESI

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Architects:
Location: Roprachtice,
Architect In Charge: Vaclav Zahradnicek, Radim Oblouk
Contractor: DOMESI
Construction: Wooden
Area: 138.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jindřich Jelínek, Lina Nemeth

Giveaway Winner: Signed copy of ‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Populous we gave you the chance to win a signed copy of: ‘‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide“. To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

Which is your favorite stadium and what makes it so special?

We now have the winner: Gregory Horen. Congratulations, you will be contacted through your email. Thanks everyone for participating and stay alert… more giveaways to come!

Off-grid itHouse / Taalman Koch

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Architects: Taalman Koch
Location: Pioneertown, California, of America
Year: 2007
Photographs: Art Gray, Patricia Parinejad

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the Pritzker Prize

Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy

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An intense gender debate has been making headlines after Denise Scott Brown called for Pritzker to “salute the notion of joint creativity” and retrospectively acknowledge her role in ’s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ luncheon in late March. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown’s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard’s GSD Women in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid, along with MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, architecture photographer Iwan Baan, Rice School of Architecture dean Sarah Whiting, and Berkeley College of Environmental Design dean Jennifer Wolch. 

Responding to the outrage, Martha Thorne, executive director of Pritzker Prize, promised to “refer this important matter to the current jury at their next meeting”, respectfully pointing out that this presents an “unusual situation” considering each Laureate is chosen annually by a panel of independent jurors who change over the years.

More on the controversy after the break…

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI

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Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo
General Constructors: Yasumatsu Takken
Area: 10,313 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

Demystifying the London Airport Conundrum with Ricky Burdett

There’s no denying that London’s airport capacity is insufficient (to put it mildly) – not just for its current needs, but, most worryingly, for the future. Nor are architects ignorant to the situation; in the last few years we’ve published proposals from the likes of Foster+PartnersZaha Hadid ArchitectsBeckett Ravine, and Grimshaw Architects, offering their own unique perspectives on what could be done.

However, for all the proposals (some emphasizing new off-shore airports, others on bulking up infrastructure or existing facilities), it’s hard to untangle what’s actually being done towards making these ideas reality. To clarify the situation, and lay our doubts at rest, we spoke with , one of the commissioners of the newly created Independent Airports Commission.

In the video above, Burdett, a renowned architect and professor of Urban Studies at the LSE (who has previously served as architecural advisor for both the 2012 London Olympics and the Mayor of London, 2001-2006), explains the political situation in that has been preventing action, and describes how the Independent Airports Commission has been assembled in order to help the government through this process.

More info on this controversial commission, after the break…

House Lev / Metarquitectura

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Architects:
Location: Puebla,
Architect In Charge: Arq. Ezequiel Aguilar Martínez, Arq. Sergio Álvarez
Area: 890 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Patrick López Jaime

AD Interviews: Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the directors of the UK firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects who received the World Building of the Year Award for their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.

Chris Wilkinson founded the firm in 1983, partnering with Jim Eyre in 1987. Since then, the practice has displayed their innovation through the informed use of technology and materials, applied to projects in areas as diverse as transportation, the arts, infrastructure, masterplanning, as well as commercial, industrial, retail, leisure, educational, cultural and residential buildings. The firm has also developed a tremendous expertise in bridge design, with more than 30 projects of this type.

A good example of their applied innovation is the Cooled Conservatories, where climate control for 20,000 sqm in a complex environment posed a tremendous challenge. The sustainable cooling strategy lead to the reduction of, with air conditioning, would have been an otherwise big carbon foot print. 

For the 2012 Olympic Games, the firm designed the Basketball Arena, one of the biggest temporary venues erected for any Olympics, an iconic building that was the result of a tight budget and the requirement to recycle two thirds of the structure after the games.

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ArchDaily partners with Google for Google Nose BETA

High Line Park smells wet / Photo by Marcin Wichary / http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/

Just to be clear.. this was after all our April Fools ;)

We know a good idea when we see it. That’s why as soon as we heard about Google Nose we decided to call our friends at and work something out between us. has the power to bring you the scent of food, animals, and all sort of things. But what about buildings? That’s where we come in.

You won’t have to travel to Sydney to smell the Opera House. Or fly thousands of miles to Pisa to catch the smell of “leaning”. Starting today, you will be able to smell every building in the world from your computer. So far, we’ve been trying Google Nose with the following:

High Line Park on a rainy day (smells like wetness)
- Any of our AD Classics (smell old)
Kumutoto Toilets (smells like crustaceans… what were you thinking?)
Burj Khalifa (smells like gold)
Barbie Shanghai Store (smells like cotton candy)

We only have one problem. There are probably dozens… or even hundreds of buildings worldwide! So we do need your help. Prepare your noses and get out there. Smell those buildings and share your scents with us in the comments. We will do our best to replicate the smells and share them with the world.

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Call for Projects: Eme3 International Architecture Festival 2013

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Bringing together the new producers of emergent architecture in a space for experimentation, display and debate, eme3 just launched the period for the submission of projects to take part in the 8th edition of eme3 Festival to be held in from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats. Inviting architects, designers and artists to present innovative and unconventional projects that go beyond common trends in urban planning and construction, they are searching for projects that are product of a critical reflection to reality, with an eye on the political, economic and social context. Submissions are due no later than April 19. For more information, please visit here.

Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design

Knox Innovation Opportunity and Centre / Woods Bagot. Image © Peter Bennetts

This article, which originally appeared on GreenBiz, is by Lance Hosey, the chief sustainability officer of the global design leader RTKL

Sustainability leader Hunter Lovins once called the building industry “dynamically conservative — it works hard to stay in the same place.”

But old habits cannot fully address new challenges. According to 350.org, fossil fuel corporations currently have in their reserves five times the amount of carbon that, if burned too quickly, may raise atmospheric temperatures to a catastrophic level where Hurricane Sandy-scale storms could become the norm. Quicker, deeper progress is imperative.

Architecture is an essential arena for sustainable innovation. Buildings represent about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S. and three-quarters of its electricity. With the built environment growing — the U.S. building stock increases by about 3 billion square feet every year — architects have a historic opportunity to transform its impact for the better.

Keep reading to find out the 6 Steps architects can take to transform the profession, after the break…

Collective Eco-Housing La Canopée / Patrick Arotcharen Architecte

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Architects: Patrick Arotcharen Architecte
Location: , France
Project Architects: Patrick Arotcharen and Carole Magot
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers , Mathieu Choiselat

Stacked Cabin / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

© John J. Macaulay

Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: Muscoda, Wisconsin,
Area: 880 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: John J. Macaulay