House M / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Meran,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2012
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Framework Sculpture / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

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Artist Gijs Van Vaerenbergh shared with us his recent project, Framework, a monumental geometric sculpture, which was recently on display in , above the ring road on the Artoisplein. With this sculpture, Vaerenbergh has once more produced a work in the public space that is based on the language and expertise of the architecture to create an autonomous art object. The result has become a tangible spatial drawing that plays on the visual experience of the object in space as well as the environment. Both interact and determine each other’s ‘view’. More images and artist’s description after the break.

154 Rental Social Housing and Public Building for the Barcelona Municipal Housing / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: ,
Collaborators: Llorenç Vallribera, Sílvia Ocaña, Martin Álvarez, Leonardo Fernández, Gianluca Giaccone
Installations: FONT I ARMENGOL S.A.
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Budget: € 11,347,427
Promotor: Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge de Barcelona
Area: 18,790 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Gianluca Giaccone

Domus Vitae Winning Proposal / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architects, the first prize winning proposal for the Domus Vitae, a new city morgue and social facilities complex, is aimed at being a new architectural presence with a continuous but porous body. The design includes balconies, porches, patios, terraces, overhangs and suspended volumes which capture, tame or magnify natural light. These features create spaces for which the atmospheric quality is supposed to be a decisive added value. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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modeLab Applied Data Trees in Grasshopper

Moving from concept sketch to parametric model, this webinar by modeLab, which takes place this Friday at 2:00pm-4:30pmEST, will cover the ins and outs of working with and managing data trees in Grasshopper for real world design applications. Through a…

Qingtao Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , China
Landscape Architects: E Design
Client: Qingtao Vanke
Area: 1,850 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Leiner Furniture Store / Zechner & Zechner

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Architects: Zechner & Zechner
Location: Innsbruck, Grabenweg
Structural Engineers: ZSZ Ingenieure ZT GmbH, Innsbruck
Building Services Planning: ab-concept GesmbH, Graz
Site Area: 6,900 sqm
Client: Kika Möbelhandels Ges.m.b.H. – Rudolf Leiner Ges.m.b.H., St. Pölten
Area: 5,350 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thilo Härdtlein

St. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL Architecture

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Stemming from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies, the competition winning proposal for the St. Horto project by OFL Architecture fits perfectly within the project area in . By redefining the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions, the architects create a dynamic and attractive space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Martello Tower Y / Piercy&Company

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Architects: Piercy&Company
Location: Suffolk,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Sentosa House / Nicholas Burns

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Architects: Nicholas Burns
Location: Sentosa Island,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Stone House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province,
Contractor: wNw House JSC
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

AIA Ranks Columbus, Indiana as US’s 6th Most Architecturally Important City

The 166-foot high campanile, or free-standing bell tower, of The First Christian Church, designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, in Columbus, . Completed in 1942, it was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches of contemporary architecture in the United States. Photo via Flickr User CC clarkmaxwell

New York, San Fran, Chicago…Columbus, Indiana. Which of these doesn’t go with the others? Well, according to the , none. Columbus, Indiana, a small town of about 44,000 has been ranked by the as the nation’s 6th most architecturally important city, right after Washington DC.

So what’s so special about Columbus? Apparently, a 1950s philanthropist by the name of J. Irwin Miller took it upon himself to foot the bill for any new public building in the city. The result? Today, Columbus has more than 70 buildings designed by internationally renowned architects – including I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Harry Weese.

Check out a Video on Columbus “The Athens of the Prairie,” after the break…

Cultural Center Pontault Combault / Archi5

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Architects: Archi5
Location: Pontault Combault,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Thomas Jorion

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OKE / aq4 arquitectura

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Architects: aq4 arquitectura
Location: Ortuella, Vizcaya,
Team: Ibon Bilbao, Jordi Campos Garcia, Caterina Figuerola Tomás, Carlos Gelpí Almirall
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

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Curry Stone Prize Winners’ Inspiring Videos

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Each of this year’s winners of the Curry Stone Design Prize are incredible examples of the powerful, and truly varied reach, of Public-Interest Design – which is why we’re sharing these short films, by Room 5 Films, on each of the winning projects. From the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda designed by MASS Design Group to the “Liter by Light” project (that recycles plastic bottles to bring a safe source of light to the slums of the Phillippines), each of these films are inspiring snapshots into the work and worlds of each of these winners.

More videos on Winners, after the break…

Materiale Edili Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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

“Pig-Ugly” Housing Gives Development A Bad Name, Says UK Planning Minister

The minister branded housing developments like Harrisons Wharf (pictured) as “pig-ugly,” an insult to the community. Image via the Daily Mail

For once, British architects, the Prince’s Foundation, and NIMBYs have something they can all agree on. In a speech to the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA),  planning minister, Nick Boles, has come out swinging against the “pig-ugliness” of British housing, which has given it a bad name:

“We are trapped in a vicious circle. People look at the new housing estates that have been bolted onto their towns and villages in recent decades and observe that few of them are beautiful. Indeed, not to put too fine a point of it, many of them are pig-ugly [...]In a nutshell, because we don’t build beautifully, people don’t let us build much. And because we don’t build much, we can’t afford to build beautifully. My personal mission as planning minister is to help us break out of this vicious cycle once and for all.”

The criticism has been welcomed by many British architects as a necessary wake-up call for Britain and a call-to-action for its architects.

More on this story, after the break…

Fast Track / Salto AB

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Architects: Salto AB
Location: Nikola-Lenivets,
Design Team: Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
Client: Festival Archstoyanie
Area: 51 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Karli Luik, Nikita Shohov, Andrej Yagubskij & Alan Vouba