Housing Complex in Sevilla / DL+A Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: DL+A Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Sevilla,
Architect In Charge: Jose Maria De Lapuerta, Carlos Asensio, Paloma Campo Ruano
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Alda

How to Start a Practice

“Successful practices have launched in earlier recessions, and will do so in this one. It is wise, however, to be armed with as much knowledge as possible”, concludes BD‘s most recent research paper “How to Start a Practice… and Keep it Running”. The document, containing advice on every aspect of setting up a practice, from naming it to chasing late payments, aims to provide just that knowledge.

Read more about ‘How to Start a Practice’ (including how to get a 50% discount) after the break…

Saboten Beijing The 1st / Doyle Collection

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Architects: Doyle Collection
Location: Beijing, China
Area: 346 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc

AD Interviews: Mickey Jacob, President AIA 2013

Since we’re in for the AIA National Convention, we seized upon the opportunity to interview Mickey Jacob, FAIA, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects and the President of the AIA for 2013. We sat down with Jacob to get his opinion on some important issues facing the architecture profession today.

On this year’s conference theme (Building Leaders), Jacobs explained, “I want to create better opportunities for architects to take on leadership roles, and once we do, we elevate the public awareness of the importance of architecture.” He also gives his advice for students and emerging professionals, encouraging young architects to, “share your creativity, share your energy, share your leadership ability.”

Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes

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Constructing on such a vast area in the very heart of , where nothing has been built yet, calls for an encounter between the remote and the present. With the challenge to produce architectural continuity and convergence to determine the new architectural style of the site, this winning proposal by SOA Architectes aims to establish familiar ties with its environment. It is not only about unveiling what is already present in the urban unconscious of the Tolbiac district but also about inventing a new way of telling its story. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Designers Don’t Get Science (And That’s A Dangerous Thing)

Calatrava’s Bodegas Domecq. Image © v=L. Alberto Ramos

This article, by Michael Mehaffy and , originally appeared in Metropolis Mag as “Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity. 

Today’s designers seem to love using new ideas coming from science. They embrace them as analogies, metaphors, and in a few cases, tools to generate startling new designs. (Computer algorithms and spline shapes are a good recent example of the latter.) But metaphors about the complexity of the city and its adaptive structures are not the same thing as the actual complexity of the city. The trouble is, this confusion can produce disastrous results. It can even contribute to the slow collapse of an entire civilization. We might think that the difference between metaphor and reality is so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning. And yet, such confusion pervades the design world today, and spreads from there into the general culture. It plays a key role in the delusional expectation that metaphors will create reality.

Psychiatrists speak of this as an actual disorder known as “magical thinking”: if our symbols are good enough, then reality will follow. In the hands of designers, this is very dangerous stuff.

More after the break…

Child School at Can Nebot / Rahola Vidal

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Architects: Rahola Vidal
Location: , Eivissa, Spain
Architect In Charge: Víctor Rahola Aguadé
Area: 512 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: José Hevia

Happy Birthday Paolo Soleri

, detail, Mesa City Market (Arts and Crafts), 1961. Pencil, Charcoal, pastel on paper. Collection of the Cosanti Foundation. Image © . Photo: Cosanti Foundation/Soleri Archives/David DeGomez

Paolo Soleri, the visionary architect who sadly passed away in April, would have turned 94 today. A countercultural icon and disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri is best known for his theory of “arcology” – a combination of architecture and ecology – and for Arcosanti, the prototype town in the Arizona desert which embodied his ideals and became his life’s work.

Soleri’s affinity with Frank Lloyd Wright is clear from his countercultural ideology; however, whereas Wright’s utopian design for Broadacre City proposed urban sprawl, Arcosanti is a proposal for the opposite: an “urban implosion” where cities are incredibly dense and rural areas are left untouched. This is the materialisation of Soleri’s theories of arcology.

Soleri is remembered not just for his remarkable designs but also for his proposals of an alternative way of life. We invite you today to discover more about the great man:

Rossend Montané School / GGG

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Architects: GGG
Location: Sant Pere Molanta, ,
Architect In Charge: Gustau Gili Galfetti
Area: 2,791 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Hevia

Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

The condition for this proposal by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects… for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition is very unique and original since two distinct buildings, library and fine arts museum, should coexist in one site. For the architectural design that fulfills

New Forest House / PAD studio

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Architects: PAD studio
Location: New Forest National Park, UK
Project Architects: Perring Architecture and Design
Design Team: Wendy Perring, Darren Bray
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of PAD Studio

Hameau de Plantoun / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: Bayonne,
Consulting Engineers: EGIS Sud-Ouest
Area: 3,417 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers

Sports Hall / Slangen + Koenis Architects

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Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
Location: Rietlanden,
Architect In Charge: Slangen, Koenis Architects
Design Team: Jetske Bömer, Bart Solinger, Vincent van Draanen
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Bart Solinger

Courtesy of AIA New York
Courtesy of AIA New York

‘Densify’ Discussion at the Center for Architecture

Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for Manhattan’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at…

Zaror House / Jaime Bendersky Arquitectos

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Architects: Jaime Bendersky Arquitectos
Location: Vitacura, ,
Area: 824 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pablo Henriquez Palma

Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles, has been completed. The new airport, designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

Navalmoral de la Mata / Matilde Peralta del Amo

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Architects: Matilde Peralta del Amo
Location: , Spain
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Luis Asin

AIA 2013: Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business

president Mickey Jacobs © ArchDaily

Thousands have flocked to the Mile High City in Colorado to attend the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2013 National Convention. The three-day event was enthusiastically kickstarted this morning by AIA president Mickey Jacobs who honored Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with the 2013 Architecture Firm Award; highlighted this year’s theme of leadership; and featured words of advice from founder and chief shoe giver, Blake Mycoskie.

Learn TOMS Founder Mycoskie’s top advice for architects after the break.