Casas Misicata / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

© Sebastián Crespo

Architects: DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Javier Duran and Maria Augusta Hermida
Area: 581.02 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

To Enjoy To Listen

Courtesy of Phoenix Publishing

To Enjoy To Listen is composed of four chapters: cinemas, theaters, music halls and performing arts centers. The book aims not only visually beautiful, but also indeed practical, telling some design skills of theater buildings with a combination of gorgeous photos, elaborate drawings, a fresh layout and vivid descriptions. It even shows in a particular way with images of auditoriums, stages, foyers and corridors etc. Readers may get a deep understanding of architectural design while enjoying plays and music here.

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

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Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Berlin,
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place Second Prize Winning Proposal / Mado Architekci

© + Marcin Gierbienis

The aim of the competition for the Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place was to select the best urban and architectural design in Kutno, . Such features as spatial development, functionality and practicability were taken into consideration. In the second prize winning proposal by Mado Architekci, they combine the current appearance with the original to create a hybrid square. The hybrid would combine the features of a pro-community, commonly accessible square without any motor traffic, with a square that would satisfy the needs of a modern city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Camp at Cabot Beach / Studio North

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Architects: Studio North
Location: , Prince Edward Island,
Collaborators: Clayton Blackman, Andrew Choptiany, Sam Lock
Area: 3,900 sq ft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Matthew Kennedy

Courtesy of JAPA Javier Ponce Architects
Courtesy of JAPA Javier Ponce Architects

Active Cranes Research Proposal / JAPA

An industrial and harbor city divided in the north and south by the river Göta, Gothenburg is currently lacking a coherent relationship between the city and the river. The great differences between the north and south sides of the Göta…

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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Architects: Buratti+Battiston Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Peter’s House / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Tremithousa, Paphos,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maria Efthymiou

"Curtain," an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park by Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the winning proposal of the 2012 Folly Competition / © Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp
"Curtain," an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park by Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the winning proposal of the 2012 Folly Competition / © Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp

2013 Folly Competition

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting architects to submit proposals for the 2013 Folly Competition, a design/build studio residency, and chance to build an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique urban waterfront park in Queens,…

Freidenrich Center for Translational Research / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: Palo Alto, CA,
Design Team: Kyle Elliott, John Ruffo, Li Kuo, George Klumb, Bryan Shiles, Lih-Chuin Loh, Cathy Barrett, Mette Shenker, Stephanie Hebert
Area: 30,690 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

MAIO Studio / MAIO

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Architects: MAIO
Location: Barcelona,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jose Hevia

Renovation and Extension of ArcelorMittal’s / [baragaño]

© Mariela Apollonio

Architects: Baragaño
Location: Aviles, Asturias,
Team: Sergio Baragaño, Inés Suárez
Collaborators: Dacer0 (Structure)
Construction Management: Sergio Baragaño, Ignacio Bayon (Management), Rubén Rendueles (Technical Direction)
Promoter: Arcelormittal
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Photo © Tom Rossiter

The American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors has announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will receive the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA, have been working together since 1977, first forming their City-based practice in 1986. The pair, which has gained a reputation for excellence in designing public cultural and institutional buildings, has merited the honor thanks to their “exquisite care for detail,” “material integrity and sense of innovation.”

According to Toshiko Mori, who wrote of the couple in a recommendation letter: “Their work carries with it a spiritual value which transcends pragmatic solutions. Their projects respond to multiple and complex needs of clients, yet their solutions are simple and elegant. Their firm’s work brings forth the ideals of Modernism, yet is moderated with a contemporary sensibility and intelligence which makes their work rich, tactile, and useful.”

The firm will be honored at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver.

Story via the AIA 

Cabrera / Hauser Ziblat

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Architects: Hauser Ziblat
Location: ,
Design Team: German Hauser, Daniela Ziblat
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

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Thom Mayne, Recipient of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal

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The AIA has announced that Thom Mayne has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest honors, due to his “ambitious government and institutional projects.”

Beyond forming the firm Morphosis and co-founding the innovative Southern Institute of Architects, or SCI-Arc, in 1972, the AIA cited “Mayne’s palette of bold, angular forms, exposed structural elements, and double-skin veils that play on notions of dynamic transparency” as reason for his selection.

As former AIA Gold Medal Winner Antoine Predock, FAIA, wrote in a letter of recommendation: “[Mayne] is one of the few architects able to head a large-scale, successful practice while influentially designing theoretical premises. The result has been a 40-year body of work that is intellectually rigorous and consistently searching.”

Mayne will be honored at a special event in March in Washington, D.C. as well as at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver.

Story via the AIA 

Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil’s Modernist Icon, Dies

in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com

After complications from a previous kidney condition   Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has passed away at Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital.

For 104 years, Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares (December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012) lived a life of “intensity.” Born in Rio de Janeiro, he is best known for helping to design the United Nations Headquarters in in 1947 and for designing much of the city of Brasilia. As he described his style:  “I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves…” He received the Pritzker Prize in 1988.

Niemeyer was one of those few architects who is recognized and admired by people from all walks of life, especially by those in his native Brazil, where he is considered an icon. Indeed, always motivated to design for his fellow man, Niemeyer was a Brazilian first, and an architect second.

In Niemeyer’s words: “It is important that the architect think not only of architecture but of how architecture can solve the problems of the world. The architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.”

More about the legacy of the Master of Brazilian Architecture:

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

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© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects:
Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 904 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

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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.

Join us after the break for more.