NYC Plans On Designer Shipping Containers for Next Disaster

Puma City Store © Danny Bright

Shipping container architecture has gained a lot of ground over the past few years for its simplicity, affordability and flexibility.  Yes the very same containers that make transatlantic voyages and are carted around hitched to trucks have become a tool for architects to design restaurants, to serve as retail or pavilions and even homes.  According to an article by Matt Chaban on the New York Observer, NYC plans to prepare for the next disaster with apartments built out of shipping containers to be used as shelters.

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Kindergarten in Les Planes D`Hosteles / ESTUDI2A2 + M. Riera

© Marc Torra

Architects: ESTUDI2A2 + 
Location: Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain
Design Team: Cristina Capel, Ma Teresa Solà
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Torra

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WorkAC, SO – IL, and Henning Larsen Architects To Compete For UC Davis Art Museum

Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design UC Davis’ next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

The University of California Davis (UCD) has selected three pairings of architects and contractors to compete to design a $30-million art museum, expected to be completed in 2016. The university has decided against a traditional competition in favor of a design-build competition, requesting that each of the prospective architects - WorkACSO-IL (working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple store fame), and Henning Larsen Architects - work with specific contractors in order to develop holistically conceived museum schemes. More information after the break.

St. Thomas the Apostle School / Griffin Enright Architects

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Architects: Griffin Enright Architects
Location: , California, USA
Architects In Charge: John Enright, Margaret Griffin
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan

The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot

© Marcel Gautherot


The construction of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian , began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), Brasilia gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by . Today, Brasilia is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil. See them all, after the break…

UPDATE: Landmark Vote for David Wright House Delayed

© David Kadlubowski, The Arizona Republic

UPDATE: As expected, The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the Phoenix City Council has pushed back the vote to give the Landmark Designation until January 16th.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who represents the Arcadia district in Arizona, has said he will ask for a delay of today’s Council vote, which could potentially give Landmark status to the David Wright House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s for his son David.

According to USA Today, DiCiccio will ask for a delay until January. City staff will also ask for a delay until Dec. 19, since they claim that the public was insufficiently notified of the meeting. The delay, which DiCiccio wants in order to start fundraising efforts, would be in the house’s best-interest: in Arizona, Landmark Designation only safeguards from demolition for three years, and the developers have expressed their intention to “to knock [the house] down” once that time has passed.

More information on the David Wright House, after the break…

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George Square Redevelopment: Six Firms Shortlisted

Six firms, Agence Ter (France), Burns + Nice (UK), Gustafson Porter (UK), James Corner Field Operations (USA), jmarchitects (UK), and John McAslan & Partners… (UK), were recently shortlisted in the project for a major redevelopment of George Square in the

The work of Oscar Niemeyer, by Patricia Parinejad


Our friend and architectural photographer Patricia Parinejad , shared with us photos of her extensive Niemeyer archives  showing the works of the Brazilian master with a particular and personal focus, capturing textures, materials, context, and the people in his architecture.

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Residence BJ41 / R79

© David Cervera Castro

Architects: R79
Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México
Architect In Charge: Roberto Ramírez Pizarro
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: David Cervera Castro

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I Want to Be Metropolitan: Boston Case Study

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I Want to be METROPOLITAN is a research project on small scale metropolises, MINI Metropolis, using as a case study to provide a different reading of the city. The study focuses on showing the efforts that the city of has made in order to grow with metropolitan characteristics while remaining at a much smaller scale than cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. The morphology of has been achieved through different metropolitan interventions that occur on different scales. These are divided on an infrastructural scale, urban scale, and architectural scale. By means of analyzing these different aspects, we can compose a vision of a future , or Fictitious , derived from its metropolitan potential.

Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster

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Yesterday, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away at 104 . We share with you a tribute to the master written by Lord Norman Foster:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of . He was an inspiration to me – and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.

Villa SSK / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Hirobe
Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
Area: 105.05 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of Andrés Jaque
Courtesy of Andrés Jaque

‘Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society’ Installation / Andrés Jaque

The “Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society” installation by architect Andrés Jaque… will be on display from December 13th until February 28th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Presented by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the

Garden House / Kochi Architect’s Studio

© Daichi Ano

Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Chofu, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Structural Engineer: MI+D architectural structure laboratorylaboratory
Garden: Michiko Tokumitsu / Tokuzou
Constractor: Sugimoto Kogyo co, ltd.
Area: 453.2 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daichi Ano, Kazuyasu Kochi

Courtesy of mode:lina architekci
Courtesy of mode:lina architekci

Tube Tank – TRIWA Pop-Up Store / mode:lina architekci

Located at the Poznań Plaza mall in Poland, mode:lina architekci… accepted a challenge to create a temporary store for Swedish watch brand TRIWA. Their goals included using renewable materials, low cost, speed of constructing, and most importantly, to further increase

House VI / NKS Architects

© Toshihisa Ishii

Architects: NKS Architects
Location: Chikushino, Fukuoka,
Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
Structure: Wood, 1 story
Area: 188.61 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii

Terry Trueblood Boathouse / ASK Studio

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Architects: ASK Studio
Location: , Iowa,
Consultants: Snyder & Associates, Shuck-Britson, Farris Engineering
General Contractor: Tricon Construction Group
Area: 1,200 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Quotes from Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)

To honor the great Brazilian architect , who died today, we’ve selected few of his inspiring quotes. Take a moment to read his words, which truly advocate architecture’s higher purpose, and remember the great work he accomplished…

Perhaps his most famous quote, which not only describes his work but also his way of life: “I deliberately disregarded the right angle and rationalist architecture designed with ruler and square to boldly enter the world of curves and straight lines offered by reinforced concrete. […] This deliberate protest arose from the environment in which I lived, with its white beaches, its huge mountains, its old baroque churches, and the beautiful suntanned women.”

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