Utsunomiya Beauty School / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: , Tochigi Prefecture,
Site Area: 1,564.10 sqm
Built Area: 716.86 sqm
Total Floor Area: 2,135.84 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

Courtesy of Cornell University, Department of Architecture
Courtesy of Cornell University, Department of Architecture

2013 Design for Biodiversity Symposium: Architectural Approaches to Urban Ecology

Taking place February 1-2 at Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall at Cornell University, the Design for Biodiversity Symposium will focus on the extended threshold between building and environment. Since its emergence in the 1970s, the field of Urban…

Montblanc Police Station / taller 9s arquitectes

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Architects: taller 9s arquitectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Oriol Cusidó & Irene Marzo
Area: 1,673 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

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Architects: Tonic Design
Location: , North Carolina, United States
Builder: Tonic Construction
Area: 2,400 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Tonic Design

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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Introduction to Simulation with Kangaroo Webinar

Taking place tomorrow, January 11th from 2:00-4:30pm EST,  modeLab‘s Introduction to Simulation with Kangaroo Webinar will apply physical properties and forces to geometry to offer a fun and interactive way to implement physics-based constraints into your parametric workflows. Through a series…

Campo de Santa Cruz / José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia

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Architects: José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia
Location: Coimbra,
Authors: José Cabral Dias, Luís Miguel Correia
Collaborators: Daniel Gameiro, Luís Spranger Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira Barbosa, João Fôja, Patrícia Miguel, Vanda Correia
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of , Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Mineral Lodge / Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Christian Girard
Design Team: Christian Girard, Christophe Hebert, T.Sugi, M.Shun, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel
Area: 371.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: N.Borel

EVOA – Environmental Interpretation Center / Maisr Arquitetos

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Architects: Maisr Arquitetos
Location: Lezíria,
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Filipa Miguel Ferreira

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Shieh Arquitetos Associados
Location: , Brazil
Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shieh Shueh Yau
Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
Site Area: 545 sqm
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Stankuns

Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten

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Architects: Dolmus Architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Gani Turunc, Cédric von Däniken, Miriam Egger, Marco Cappuccini
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Guggisberg, Aytac Pekdemir

How to Pleasantly Demolish a High-Rise

As the Atlantic Cities best describes, “Leave it to to turn one of the dirtiest and noisiest processes of the urban lifecycle – the of highrises – into a neat, quiet and almost cute affair.”

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation has discovered a new, more efficient way to disassemble, rather than demolish, a tall building over 100 meters. The process, known as Taisei’s Ecological Reproduction System or Tecorep, begins by transforming the structure’s top floors into an enclosed “cap”, which is then supported by temporary columns and powerful jacks. As demolition workers begin to disassemble the building from within, they use interior cranes to lower materials. After dismantling an entire floor, the jacks quietly lower the “cap” and the process is repeated.

“It’s kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks,” says one Taisei engineer, according to this report in the Japan Times.

Learn about the advantages of this process after the break.

AD Interviews: Richard Hassell / WOHA

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival held in Singapore, we had the opportunity to interview Richard Hassell, one of the founders of the highly acclaimed practice WOHA.

We were excited about this interview, as I have been very interested on WOHA’s work after featuring them extensively at ArchDaily,  given their approach to the important issues of density and sustainability in South Asia, mixing particular programmatic needs with the local identity.

The Singaporean firm was started in 1994 by Wong Mun Summ (Architect from the National University of Singapore) and Richard Hassell (Architect from the University of Western Australia), and has been involved in projects that range from tall residential towers, to hotels, commercial buildings, transport infrastructure, and also urban research projects such as their vision for Singapore 2050.

In this interview Richard digs deeper into how WOHA operates and his views about the profession.

WOHA’s work has been recognized with important awards, including the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2011), several RIBA International Awards (2010 and 2011), the World Architecture Festival Awards (2009 and 2010) and the prestigious Aga Kahn Award for Architecture (2007).

As of today, several projects from WOHA are under construction: Oasia DowntownPARKROYAL and Skyville @ Dawson. See the completed projects by WOHA at ArchDaily:

NOVA ISKRA Design Incubator in Belgrade / Studio Petokraka

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Architects: Studio Petokraka
Location: , Serbia
Design Team: Milica Maksimović & Aleksa Bijelović
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Relja Ivanić

Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District

URBAN FABRIC: Building ’s Garment District; Courtesy of © 2012

New York’s Garment District, consisting of 18 blocks in the west side of midtown, was the city’s most well known industries in the boom of the 1920s through the early 50s.  The influx of immigrants and the geography of New York City made it a natural hub for manufacturing and trading activity.  The work began in small workshops and at home in crowded tenements and eventually grew out of these crammed space into factories and warehouses.  The industry inadvertently transformed Seventh Avenue into rows of skyscraper factories that faithfully abided to New York City’s zoning regulations.  The 125 loft buildings all shared the pyramidal forms due to step-back laws governing design.

Now, The Skyscraper Museum in New York City is celebrating this neighborhood and its influential development of business, industry and architecture and the mark that it left on the city with an exhibition called URBAN FABRIC.  It is curated by Andrew S Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program, and will be running through February 17th.

Learn more and watch the curator’s lecture after the break.

Ave Plaza / Drozdov&Partners

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Architects: Drozdov&Partners
Location: , Oblast,
Design Team: Oleg Drozdov, Vyacheslav Zhemir, Irina Goydenko
Area: 23,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Courtesy of Gras Arquitectos
Courtesy of Gras Arquitectos

‘The Crown of Septiemvri’ Soccer Stadium Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

Located in the old plot of the Olympic stadium of Sofia, Bulgaria, the proposal for the new soccer stadium by Gras Arquitectos… aims to create a new mixed complex, keeping as much as possible the green and central qualities of

12 Towers in Vallecas / nodo17 Architects

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Architects: nodo17 Architects
Location: Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas, , Spain
Design Team: Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradillos, Félix Toledo Lerín
Contractor: Fercaber
Structure: Joaquín Antuña + JOFEMAR
Instalations: Pérez Barja
Year: 2008
Photographs: Amparo Garrido

Tokyo Balconies / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
Area: 31.12 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano