Self-Sufficient House / Pieter Brink

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Architects: Pieter Brink
Location: Het Holtien, Dwingeloo, Nederland
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Pieter Brink

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Love Architecture Festival 2013

Architecture has a role in daily life. It is all the places and spaces we live and work in. It is the buildings, streets, squares and odd little corners that make up our daily environment. This year’s Love Architecture Festival,…

China’s Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate…

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The architecture world has been abuzz over news that a Chinese construction company plans to build the world’s tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called is expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz, an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile’s critique.

Read Sottile’s and Klemanowicz’s conflicting opinions, after the break…

Play Perch / Syracuse University

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Architects: Syracuse University School of Architecture
Location: East Genesee St, Syracuse NY
Architect In Charge: faculty members Larry Bowne and Sinéad Mac Namara
Student Designers: Ford Bostwick, John Cardone, Jeffery Cheung, George Guarino, Zachary Harwin, Christina Hoover, Brian Luce, Sean Morgan, Sally Morrow, Doug Moskowitz, Steven O’Hara, Michael Palmer, Michaelle Williams, Mark Zlotsky, Ben Anderson-Nelson, Tom Arleo, Jessica Borri, Gabriel Boyajian, Charles Brock, John Coleman, Mark Hernandez, Tyler Holdren, Dong Min Shin, Winnie Tu, Emily Wutz, Sherina Zheng, Daniel Hopkins
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Syracuse University

Law May Render Architects Unnecessary in Spain

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As if architects in  weren’t struggling enough – what with the Crisis closing half the country’s studios and putting over 25% of Spanish architects out of work - a new law could now render Spanish architects effectively unnecessary.

A preliminary document reveals that, if passed, The Law of Professional Services (LSP) will modify labor regulations in order to allow engineers, or really any one “competent” in construction, to take on the work of architects:

“Exclusivity is eliminated. Architects or engineers with competency in construction will be able to design and direct projects, including , cultural, academic or religious buildings. [...] If a professional is competent enough to execute one building’s construction, it is understood that he/she will also be capable of executing other kinds of buildings, regardless of its intended use.”

Unsurprisingly, Spanish architects have risen up against the law, mobilizing both physical protests as well as social media campaigns. Even Pritzker-Prize winner Rafael Moneo has offered his opinion on the matter…Hear what Moneo has to say, after the break…

Pappas Headquarters – Mercedes Salzburg / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Dirk zweering
Area: 41,550 sqm
Photographs: Angelo Kaunat, Gerhard Hagen, Andreas Körner

© Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan
© Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan

Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition

Organized by ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design, with Alfredo Billembroug & Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank, the ‘Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities’ exhibition is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was…

New Concrete House / Wespi de Meuron

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Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: S.Abbondio,
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects

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ALA Architects have just won the design competition for the new Central Library with their entry “Käännös”. Located in the heart of , the 16,000 square meter library building will consist almost entirely of public spaces and will offer a wide selection of services. It will serve as the new central point for the city’s impressive public library network and is slated to open in 2018. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alegria / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: Bayonne,
Architect In Charge: Agence Bernard Bühler
Consulting Engineers : Bet Cazeaux, Therm’eco, Argeo
Area: 169 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler

Haus Schudel / OOS AG

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Architects: OOS AG
Location: Feldis/Veulden (GR),
Architects: Andreas Derrer, Manuel Schudel
Design Team: Christoph Kellenberger, Severin Boser, Lukas Bosshard
Construction Management: Christian Bühlmann
Wood Engineering: Pius Schuler AG für Holzbauplanung
Civil Engineering: Andreas Gudenrath
Area: 222.0 sqm
Photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli

Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

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For HSB Stockholm’s architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of . Berg | C.F. Møller’s proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester

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Architects: , Nili Gal Mester
Location: Neve Tzedek,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yael Engelhart

Public Toilets / Piotr Musialowski + Lukasz Przybylowicz

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Architects: Piotr Musialowski, Lukasz Przybylowicz
Location: Kazimierz Dolny,
Area: 220.0 sqm
Photographs: Maciej Gasienica Giewont

Everybody Finds Somebody Someplace / htmn

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Architects: htmn
Location: -shi, Tokyo
Architect In Charge: Hiroaki Takada, Nakahata Masayuki
Structure Design: Ryo Kuwako, Kuwako
Area: 3,980 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Improving Residential Market Leads to Larger Homes and an Increase in Property Enhancements

Paschke Danskin Double Loft, Rhode Island / 3six0 Architecture © John Homer Photography

According to the AIA, The American Institute of Architects, the American housing market is at its strongest growth level since 2005. As the once struggling residential market continues to improve, the size of homes is also growing in both high-end and custom homes as well as in additions to existing homes. Data from the Home Design Trends Survey reveals that preferences for accessible spaces in homes – such as open-space layouts and single-floor design – is also on the rise.

To see the survey’s findings and to learn more about today’s housing market, read on.

J2 Residence / assemblageSTUDIO

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Architects: assemblageSTUDIO
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada,
Area: 12,000 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Chambord Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montréal, QC,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 1800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams