Hotel & Catering School / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graca Correia

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Architects: Graca Correia
Location: Portalegre,
Collaborators: Ana Neto Vieira, Nuno Miguel Ferreira, Telmo Gervásio Gomes, Ricardo Cardoso, Pedro Gama, Nuno Vasconcelos
Client: Fundação Robinson
Area: 4,005 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves, Courtesy of Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graca Correia

Stirling Campus in Forth Valley College / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: , Scotland
Project Managers: Davis Langdon
Main Contractor: Miller Construction
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Group
Quantity Surveyor: Turner Townsend
Landscape Architects: Horner + MacLennan
Client: Forth Valley College
Area: 7,900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dave Morris

Gensler to Envision the Office Building of the Future

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Last year, Gensler‘s LA Office researched how they could turn an existing building into more useful and sustainable structures. By highlighting the architectural phrase of ‘hacking the planet’, they even envisioned a plan to hack the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC (and LA’s Union Bank) by adding residences, big box retailers and a rooftop soccer field. As part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) , their vision for the office building of the future focused on how offices could become obsolete unless we turn them into useful spaces that improve the overall urban fabric.

More images and architects’ description after the break.

House ANY / Spado Architects

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Architects: Spado Architects
Location:
Architect In Charge: DI Harald Weber
Design Team: Hannes Schienegger, Elisabeth Spieß, Erich Krappinger, Lukas Kucher
Area: 325 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Gym Hall TNW / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Utrecht,
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team: Arne van Wees, Gerbrand van Oostveen
Structural Engineer: ABT Delft
Installations: Nelissen
Fixtures: Janssen-Fritsen
Contractor: PBO Bouw
Year: 2011
Photographs: Luuk Kramer, Patrick Bals

4th International Holcim Forum “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – April 11-13, 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will advance concepts on how construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development.

The focus of the three-day conference will be on the ongoing economic challenges in many parts of the industrialized world driving a paradigm shift. Governments, companies and individuals are all becoming aware that although sustainable development incurs costs, it also offers considerable economic potential. The Holcim Forum includes workshops and site visits and will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), and chaired by architect Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, together with co-chair, engineer Battula K. Chakravarthy, IIT Bombay.

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Video: The failure of bridges and economies / Thomas Fisher

This interview with professor and author Tom Fisher, Dean of University of Minnesota, is part of a documentary series called “Things May Happen”, in which he describes the dangers of . This topic is also the subject of his recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design. Fisher discusses examples in which our systems, whether they be architectural, structural or even social and financial, fail with disastrous consequences. In a TEDxUMN talk at the University of Minnesota, Fisher spoke about the 1-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007, the failure of New Orleans’ levees during Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast, the Wall Street investment bank failures, the housing foreclosure crisis and now the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Covering a whole spectrum of “when things go wrong” scenarios, Fisher illuminates the failed foresight in designing systems that are resilient to disaster.

Interestingly, he notes that our economic system, as designed, has a tendency to fail and fail big enough to affect the global economy. Our lifestyle, as designed, is unsustainable and requires “five planets to support”. These warnings are part of Fisher’s discourse and is a call for resilient and considered design systems that anticipate failure and avoid disaster.

Watch Fisher’s TEDxUMN talk here on ArchDaily and find some more about the project in Things May Happen’s website

High Square / Francisco J. Nicolás Ruy-Díaz

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Architects: Francisco J. Nicolás Ruy-Díaz
Location: , Andalucía,
Area: 2,050 sqm
Year: 2008
Photography: Javier Orive

San Francisco Approves Nation’s Tiniest Apartments

An artist’s concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, has actually surpassed as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

W Barcelona Hotel / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Barcelona,
Area: 42,818 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Video: Emerging Urban Landscapes, The Istanbul Series


Shaped by the Ottoman Empire, known for historical Byzantine structures and its famed Grand Bazaar, has always been a melting pot of influences and culture. In recent years, due to thriving economies, emerging cities such as have begun cultivating a design landscape. Rapid progress often compromises preservation of heritage and promotion of the arts. On the 5th of November 2012, Taksim Square, one of the few remaining green areas of the city was closed off until late 2013, without the knowledge or consent of its citizens. Here we speak to Özlem Yalim Özkaraoglu, Director of the Design Biennial, and designer, Koray Malhan, about dictatorial urban planning and the future of Turkey’s most notable city.

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© Eva Vieira

Shell.ter Pavilion / LIKE Architects

The Shell.ter pavilion, a temporary installation for the Cerveira Creative Camp, is built from monoblock chairs in the gardens of a natural park in the north of Portugal, during a short summer workshop by LIKE Architects…. Resembling the most

Facts Tåkern Visitor Centre / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

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Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Location: ,
Design Team: Gert Wingårdh, Jonas Edblad. Team: Ingrid Gunnarsson, Aron Davidsson, Jannika Wirstad, Peter Öhman
Area: 750 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Christian Badenfelt, Åke Eson Lindman, Tord-Rickard Sîderstrîm

Broom Way Residence / Nonzero Architecture

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Architects: Nonzero Architecture
Location: Brentwood, ,
Design Team: Peter Grueneisen, Gary Georges, Perkin Mak, Marc Jones, Gregg Oelker, Jonathan Brown
Structural Engineer: Paul Franceschi
Civil Engineer: Steve Siegrist
Interior Design: Laurie March
General Contractor: Greeniron Constructs
Area: 4,200 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Juergen Nogai

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AD Interviews: San Rocco at the 13th Venice Biennale

During the 13th Venice Biennale we had the chance to interview the team behind San Rocco: Matteo Ghidoni, Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.

is a very particular architecture magazine, described by its creators as something that “does not solve problems. It is not a useful magazine […] is neither serious nor friendly”, a curated selection of writings around particular topics related to the current state of architectural thinking and criticism. has a five year plan, a limited time frame where 20 editions will be published with topics that range from “Scary Architects” and “Collaborations”, to “What’s wrong with the primitive hut” or “Houses for billionaires”.

Book of Copies at Museum of Copying, Venice Biennale © Nico Saieh
Book of Copies at Museum of Copying, Venice Biennale © Nico Saieh

During the 13th Venice Biennale, San Rocco was present in two exhibits at the Arsenale, including the launch of their project “Book of Copies” at the “Museum of Copying” exhibit curated by FAT. ”Books of Copies” is an online database comprised of images that can be copied in order to produce architecture. As such, “Books of Copies” are receptacles of a collective form of knowledge that we can provisionally call “architecture”. During the Biennale, visitors can photocopy and remix their own magazines.

San Rocco can be found online, or as part of the itinerant Archizines exhibit. You can connect with San Rocco on Facebook for more updates.

Sustainable Market Square Winning Proposal / TomDavid Architects

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TomDavid Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Sustainable Market Square in . In their proposal, they successfully combine indigenous techniques for shelter and heat control, the accountability of it’s residence, and innovative low-maintenance materials. In doing so, they create an efficient and pragmatic icon for the next generation market which serves as a catalyst for improvement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Shell and its Contents – Italia B&B Showroom / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographs: Amit Geron

Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects

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Architects: NEXT Architects
Location: Purmerend,
Dimension: 66m
Photographs: Jeroen Musch, NEXT Architects