emv – 170 Social Housing VPO / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

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Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
Location: Camino de Sanchinarro, ,
Architect In Charge: Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido
Design Team: María José Arquero, Almudena Carro, Javier García Germán, Myriam López
Collaborators: Agustín Martín, Raquel Marugán, Emilio Ontiveros, Pilar Recio
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Ángel Baltanás, Elena Almagro

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Courtesy of JBAD

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / JBAD

Designed by JBAD (Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design)…, the proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library proposes to simply, and radically, invert the conventional relationship of public space, circulation and access. In doing so, the public space typically defined

Atelier-Bisque Doll / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Minoh, Osaka,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2009
Area: 151.25 sqm
Site Area: 328.16 sqm
Total Floor Area: 151.25 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

A Circle in a Square / Binocle

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Architects: Binocle
Location: Prefecture,
Architectural Design: Massimo Bartolini and Lorenzo Bini
Collaborators: Enrico Forestieri
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Osamu Nakamura

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Courtesy of Aétrangère

Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape) Competition Entry / Aétrangère

The Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape) is an innovative urban space that explores the value of urban hybridization as a design opportunity to address sustainable and technological issues in the definition of the contemporary public space. The starting point…

Boekenberg Park / OMGEVING

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Architects: OMGEVING
Location: , Belgium
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of OMGEVING

Ocasa / JENDRETZKI

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Architects: JENDRETZKI
Location: Long Island City, , United States
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pablo Corradi

Starchitect Trick-Or-Treaters

Ando as a mime © Building Satire

What’s scarier, Ando as a mime or Zaha as a witch? With their Costume Critique | Morbid Models post, Building Satire transformed Tadao Ando, Bjarke Ingels, , Rem Koolhaas and Jean Nouvel into creepy trick-or-treaters. Review them all after the break!

Giveaway Winner: ACME Studio’s new series based on Le Corbusier

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Last week, thanks to the courtesy of ACME Studios, we gave you the chance to win a pen and card case based on ’s 1947 Modulor theory.

All you had to do to participate was become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

used his Modulor in many buildings. Name three.

After more than 200 comments, we now have the winner: Danielle Jones. Congratulations to the winner, you will be contacted through your email. Thanks everyone for participating and stay alert… more giveaways to come!

M9-C Building / BP Architectures

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Architects: BP Architectures
Location: ,
Design Team: Jean Bocabeille, Ignacio Prego
Budget: € 25,670,000
Area: 9,845 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BP Architectures, Sergio Grazia, Luc Boegly

AD Round Up: Zaha Hadid

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In case you hadn’t noticed, today is the birthday of the most influential woman in architecture, Zaha Hadid. So you can’t miss this special Round Up with 9 great projects by the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. The main image is MAXXI Museum in Rome, where Zaha Hadid intended ‘a new fluid kind of spatiality of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, designed to embody the chaotic fluidity of modern life’. Check out, Tondonia Winery Pavilion in La Rioja, or the great London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics. Also in London, ROCA Gallery, a space where the main concept is water erosion. Don’t miss Chamber Music Hall, created for solo performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s chamber music masterpieces or the amazing Guangzhou Opera House, in China. Like pavilions design? take a look at Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion and Burnham Pavilion in Chicago. Finally, revisit one of our AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station. Happy Birthday Zaha!

Takanawa House / Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A.

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Architects: Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A.
Location: Minato-ku,Tokyo,
Site Area: 161.50 sqm
Building Area: 95.15
Area: 229.49 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

SOM breaks ground on New York’s First Net Zero Energy School

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A few days before the wrath of Sandy, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) broke ground on what will be the first net zero energy school in New York City and the Northeast U.S. Located on a 3.5-acre site on , at the intersection of Crabtree Avenue and Bloomingdale Road, P.S.62 Richmond will serve 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. When completed in Fall of 2015, the cutting-edge primary school will harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis.

Learn more after the break…

Rácz Thermal Bath / Budapesti Műhely

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Architects: Budapesti Műhely
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Csaba Valkai, Anikó Varga, Péter Kis
Structural Engineering: András Szabó, Tamás Tamássy
Mechanical Engineering: Ervin Barta
Electrical Engineering: Ferenc Haasz, Gábor Somogyi
Landscape: Adrienne Szalkai
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

Lebbeus Woods, Experimental Architect, Dies

The Light Pavilion by in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.

Lebbeus Woods, the American architect, artist, and theorist, died yesterday at the age of 72.

Woods may be best known for his radical re-imaginings and re-constructions of cities in crisis. While most of Woods’ politically-charged, fantastical sketches were too fantastical to be built, many have been displayed in Art Museums across the globe; the last exhibit occurred just this March at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City. His only built project, the Light Pavilion of the “Sliced Porosity Block,” commissioned by his longtime friend Steven Holl, was completed and opened this year.

In his blog, Woods described the Pavilion as a space “designed to expand the scope and depth of our experiences. That is its sole purpose, its only function. If one needed to give a reason to skeptics for creating such experimental spaces in the context of this large urban development project, it would be this: our rapidly changing world constantly confronts us with new challenges to our abilities to understand and to act, encouraging us to encounter new dimensions of experience.”

Indeed, it is this quality that characterizes all of Woods’ works. As Geoff Manaugh, the author behind BLDGBLOG , puts it: “Woods’s work is the exclamation point at the end of a sentence proclaiming that the architectural imagination, freed from constraints of finance and buildability, should be uncompromising, always. One should imagine entirely new structures, spaces without walls, radically reconstructing the outermost possibilities of the built environment. If need be, we should re-think the very planet we stand on.”

More on Woods’ life and career, after the break…

Wave Dilfert / The Principals

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Wave Dilfert: Wave (moves in wave-form oscillations) + Dilfert (geek-like intelligence, absorbs information like a sponge).

Wave Dilfert is a new kind of space that reads the changes in light and shadow occurring within it, catalogs and calculates them, then pulses, contracts or expands in reaction. The installation was inspired by the work of Ushahidi; a non-profit, crowdsourcing disaster relief, tech innovator. Much how Ushahidi de-mystifies the complexities of war-torn or disaster ridden locales, The Principals developed a system that could de-mystify the complexities of space through sourcing the information of its users and making it accessible through interaction.

Tree Hut / Barnaby Gunning Architects

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Architects: Barnaby Gunning Architects
Location: Bridport, England,
Main Contractor: Mike Parsons, Parsons Building & Construction
Windows And Doors: Rationel windows and doors
Area: 290 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Barnaby Gunning Architects

Video: Ellen van Loon, Architect Profile


is an architect at the forefront of her field. Alongside six partners, including Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, her work at the Dutch architecture practice, OMA, has encompassed some of the most iconic modern buildings in the world, including the award-winning Casa da Musica in Portugal. Two of her projects, The Rothschild Bank headquarters and Maggie’s Centre near Glasgow, were recently nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize. She joined the practice in 1998 to lead the design for the headquarters of Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Her specific expertise lie in the balance of business acumen and an in-depth understanding of all technical and operational aspects. Here we profile Ellen, with The Rothschild Bank as a backdrop, learning about the strong bond that forms between architect and building.