Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo

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Thanks to and , Portugal’s two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer pavilion – a la the Serpentine Gallery – in the city’s most important green space: Ibirapuera Park.

51 Public Social Dwellings / Conxita Balcells Associats S.L.P

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Architects: Conxita Balcells Blesa
Location: ,
Architect: Conxita Balcells Blesa
Area: 3,875 sqm
Year: 2007
Photography: Courtesy of Conxita Balcells Blesa

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Courtesy of H Architecture

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Competition Entry / H Architecture

The Incubator Matrix: Live/Work/Play proposal for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition consists of a facility for a new industrial ecosystem to revitalize downtown Detroit. Designed by H Architecture…, their design is a live/work

+ node / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima,
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 116 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of

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Courtesy of archedesign

‘Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature’ – MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / archedesign

The ‘Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature’ proposal by archedesign… for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas accommodates nature, instead of fighting it. Selected as one of the winning entries, the concept both creates a more fluid connection between the urban

D.H.C Energy Production Center / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

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Architects: Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje
Location: Zaragoza,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jordi Bernardo, José Hevia

Three Finalists Selected for PXSTL Competition

PXSTL site on Washington Boulevard. Photo courtesy of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

Launched by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, three finalists were just selected for their PXSTL Competition. Focusing on the interplay of art, design, architecture, and urban life, PXSTL invited designers, architects, and artists to re-imagine and develop a vacant lot in the St. Louis Cultural District. The finalists include Design Collective Rebar, Collaborative Freecell Architecture, and Artist Oscar Tuazon. More information after the break.

Strømbu Rest Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

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Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Location: , Norway
Design Team: Christine Petersen, Rickard Riesenfeld
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

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Architects: Graft Architects
Location: Ackerstraße, Berlin,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tobias Hein

Winner of Centro Cultural Chapultepec Competition / Javier Mosquera González

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Designed by Javier Mosquera González, the Winner of the Contest for the Cultural Center of Chapultepec, pretends to act as a lighthouse of culture, including intermediate spaces, high rise gardens and a sequence of solid and filtered spaces.

SFU UniverCity Childcare / HCMA

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Architects: HCMA
Location: , BC
Architect In Charge:
Electrical Engineer: MMM Group
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler

Aachenmünchener Headquarters / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: Borngasse, 52064 , Germany
Project Manager: Stefan Haass, Jascha Klusen
Area: 29050.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jens Kirchner

House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: Worsley, , UK
Area: 465 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

In Progress: The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Location: London, England,
Structural Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: Edco Design London
Client: The British Land Company plc
Area: 84,424 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Courtesy of The Leadenhall Building Development Company

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Leadenhall Building became the tallest building in the City of London when it topped out on June 18th. The 50 story tower opposite Lloyd’s of London rises to a height of 224.5 meters 802 feet), its slender form creating its own distinctive profile within an emerging cluster London. The building’s tapering profile is prompted by a requirement to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, in particular from Fleet Street. The building comprises a number of distinct architectural elements that provide clarity to the composition both as a whole and as a legible expression of its constituent parts. These elements include the primary stability structure, the ladder frame, the office floor plates, the northern support core, the external envelope and the public realm.

More images and video of The Leadenhall Building after the break…

Health Faculty of San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

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Architects: Taller Básico de Arquitectura
Location: Universidad San Jorge, A-23, km299, 50830 Villanueva de Gállego, , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Javier Pérez-Herreras, Francisco Javier Quintana De Uña
Design Team: Edurne Pérez Díaz De Arcaya, David Santamaria Ozcoidi, Leire Zaldua Amundarain, Daniel Ruiz De Gordejuela Telleche, Irene Ajubita Díaz
Building Company: San Jorge Ute
Building Engineer: Carlos Munilla Orera
Area: 8853.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

Videos: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

The Parisian designer’s aesthetic is deeply rooted in his boundless embrace of nature. Enjoy this video on Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance!

Tapping into the Potential of New York’s “Lost” Underpasses

Broadway in Harlem; Kevin Harber via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons

The Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) cuts through myriad neighborhoods on its route between Queens and Brooklyn. Sometimes it takes the form of an elevated six-lane highway with nothing but dark parking lots below; sometimes as a deep trench that segregates neighborhood pockets. The Cross Bronx Expressway in the South Bronx similarly creates boundaries, isolating neighborhoods from each other.

Projects such as these, built under the heavy handed politics of Robert Moses in the mid-20th century, show little regard for community development. The effects of these projects can be seen today; the  spaces below the highway overpasses of tend to be dark, dingy places that we avoid or rush past. They’re perceived as “lost space” within the city, yet they have an innate potential to be much more.

, a non-profit dedicated to promoting public space, sees that potential. With their new project, Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities, they hope to take these “lost” spaces and turn them into safe and exciting venues that will, at long last, reconnect long-separated communities.

More on this exciting program, after the break.

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