New operations Center Rolle / Burckhardt + Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt + Partner
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Burckhardt, Partner
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner

© Taro_Jason Halayko (Ritsumeikan University)
© Taro_Jason Halayko (Ritsumeikan University)

Project Lost Homes / Tsukihashi Laboratory (Kobe University)

A collaborative effort by Osamu Tsukihashi + Tsukihashi Laboratory…, many professors and architecture students at all over Japan, “Projects Lost Homes” aims at lamenting lost towns and considering the disaster and the damaged areas brought about by Great East Japan Earthquake. Damaged

Main Ridge House / McAllister Alcock Architects

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Architects: McAllister Alcock Architects
Location: Main Ridge,
Design Team: Karen Alcock, Clare McAllister, Maria Danos, Brett Seakins, Jack Tu
Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Shannon McGrath

Tred Avon River House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Easton, Maryland,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: Peterson & Collins
Interior Designer: Baron Gurney Interiors
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie

Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the Social Sciences Competition

RIBA is now inviting expressions of interest from architect-led design teams with exceptional design skills for the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the Social Sciences, the world’s leading center for social sciences. The next step…

Printemps Store / Biecher Architectes

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Architects: Biecher Architectes
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Christian Biecher, Bruno Etienne, Marcel Zugerm Jane Landrey
Engineering: Artelia
Area: 7,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Holy Family School / Ferrier Baudet Architects

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Architects: Ferrier Baudet Architects
Location: , Australia
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Sandison

Currimundi Beach House / Loucas Zahos Architects

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Architects: Loucas Zahos Architects
Architect In Charge: Loucas Zahos Architects
Area: 329.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Sebastian West

New LA Subway Could Spell Acoustical Doom for Gehry’s Disney Hall

Disney Hall / Gehry Partners

Architect Frank Gehry has voiced concerns that the new Los Angeles subway, scheduled for construction in two to three years, may disturb concerts in his famous Disney Hall. The planned subway line would run 125 feet below the venue’s parking garage and recent simulations have shown that the rumblings could be audible inside the concert hall. Gehry has called for the review of previous noise projections for the metro project, which two years ago predicted no audible impact on his design. “It would be a disaster for Disney Hall,” Gehry told the LA Times. “The flag is up and we should go over it and make sure.”

Read more after the break.

Castillo de Cala Intervention / Republica DM

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Architects: Republica DM
Location: Huelva,
Year: 2011
Photography: Jesús Granada

CASA REX / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo, SP,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Project Area: 603 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

AD Interviews: Charles Renfro

DS+R (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) is one of the most acclaimed architecture practices of these days. The firm was started by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio back in 1979, and they were later joined by as a partner in 2004.

In the past years the firm has been involved in several cultural projects, including the Blur Building at the Swiss Expo 2002, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Julliard School, the Alice Tully Hall and the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center in New York and the Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. They are also currently working on the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Image & Audio in Rio de Janeiro, the Columbia Medical Building and Business School in New York… and the list just keeps growing.

But for sure one of their most important projects has been The Highline, together with James Corner / Field Operations. This urban regeneration project has not only changed Manhattan, but also inspired cities around the world to understand their hidden value. This project is currently on its third stage, which includes a multi-use venue designed by DS+R, the Culture Shed.

In all these projects, there is a common denominator between private/public space relationships, as discussed with Charles Renfro in this interview. In this conversation you will also learn about a very important aspect of the firm’s work, one that is very hard to transmit in traditional architecture media or even on the web: the experience. The art and performance projects that the firm has been doing since its beginning has added a particular layer to their built work. After you see their installations (and the effect they create in people), and then go back to their built projects, you start to see them as a series of situations where users are not static, but part of this performance.

Take for example the sunken auditorium at the Highline, a place that is meant to be seen by the cars driving below, who get a glimpse of the active urban life above. Or the hanging media center at the ICA, that uses the sea as a facade. Or The Art of Scent exhibit at the MAD Museum, where they exhibit the intangible. Or at the Blur Building, where you enter into a cloud.

DS+R’s work is very clear and bold at first glance, but with many underlaying moments and situations that reflect the careful design of each project.

Thanks to UNIACC Architecture School for making this interview possible. Projects by DS+R at ArchDaily:

Does the Cost of Architectural Education Create a Barrier to the Profession?

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A recent report by the Architectural Education Review Group has highlighted the high cost of education as a barrier which prevents less wealthy students from accessing the profession, reveals BDonline. Among a number of concerns raised about the current state of architectural education, it says that the cost to study architecture in the UK could “create an artificial barrier to the profession based solely on a student’s willingness to accept high levels of personal debt”.

Architecture has long been seen as a pastime of the wealthy, as evidenced by Philip Johnson‘s claim that “the first rule of architecture is be born rich, the second rule is, failing that, to marry wealthy”. However, the report acknowledges the fact that making the profession open to people of all backgrounds is not only a moral imperative, but will be vital to bring the best talent into the field.

Read more about the barriers surrounding the profession of architecture after the break…

Tent House / Nómena Arquitectos

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Architects: Nómena Arquitectos
Location: Cañete, ,
Architect In Charge: Nómena
Design Team: Talía Valdéz
Area: 27,825 sqm
Photographs: Juan Solano

Penn Station, Re-Imagined

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UPDATED: This morning, four architectural firms, invited by the Municipal Art Society(MAS), displayed how they would transform New York’s darkest & dingiest hub – Penn Station – into a space worthy of its site in the heart of the city.

New Yorkers have been up in arms about Penn Station ever since its Beaux-Arts predecessor, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was demolished in 1963. Its replacement is a dark, cramped station that lacks both the operational and security features it needs to sustain the hundreds of thousands of travelers who use it daily. As Michael Kimmelman put it in his inaugural piece as architecture editor for The New York Times: “To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.”

As we reported last month,Madison Square Garden’s (MSG) 50-year permit expires this year, and it will be either renewed without limit, or extended 10-15 years, by The Council in the coming months. The problem, according to MAS, is that “MSG happens to sit on top of the busiest train station in North America [a.k.a, Penn Station] and constrains its ability to serve over half a million people every day. [...] 2013 presents with a truly unique opportunity and together we need to seize this moment.”

And so MAS invited Diller, Sofidio, & Renfro; ; SHoP; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, to do just that. See their visions, after the break…

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Folm Arts / Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects

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Architects: Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects
Location: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Architect In Charge:
Area: 55 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yoshiro Masuda

Changbaishan Exhibition Hall Winning Proposal / ZNA

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ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates just won the competition to design the Changbaishan Hall in Jilin, China. The center is centered on the functions of displaying, negotiation & reception and signing, and also has the advanced function of conducting activities, business & leisure, etc. as well as the indispensable supporting functions of office, storage and finance, etc. The construction of their project skillfully uses Jilin cultural elements, pursuing energy conservation and environmental protection and adhering to the principles of low construction energy consumption & durable construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.