AIA and NIBS Launch Building Research Information Knowledgebase

AIA and NIBS Launch Building Research Information Knowledgebase

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences… (NIBS) have developed the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal offering free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of

Haus Berge / KHBT

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Architects: KHBT
Location: Offenbach,
Design Team: Karsten Huneck, Bernd Trümpler
Year: 2012
Photographs: Johannes Marburg

Assemblage Wins Iraqi Parliament Competition

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Assemblage has succeeded against a prestigious shortlist – which included Zaha Hadid Architects, Capita Symonds, Fevre Gaucher and ADPI – in an international competition for the new Iraqi parliament complex in Baghdad. The $1Bn USD project challenged contestants to design a new, large scale complex amidst the remnants of a partially built super mosque planned by Saddam Hussein (photos of the existing site here).

The London-based practice will be awarded $250,000 USD and asked to produce a master plan for the surrounding city, as well as additional government buildings, a new hotel and public parks. The anonymous jury plans to exhibit the submitted projects, along with the judging committee’s decision. However, a date has yet to be announced.

Continue after the break for more images and the architects’ description.

Donoso – Smith House / EMa arquitectos + Raimundo Salgado

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Architects: EMa arquitectos + 
Location: Los Dominicos, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Design Team: Klaus Matuschka, Orlando Etcheberrigaray, Raimundo Salgado
Constructor: Nautilus
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

In Progress: The New School University Center / SOM

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Quickly rising on the corner of 14th Street and 5th Avenue in , this new, multipurpose facility will soon become the “heart” of The New School – an avant-garde university in New York City. The University Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), combines all aspects of a traditional campus into a single, 16-story building, offering 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 150,000 square feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the levels above.

The brass-and-glass structure, which is the largest construction project in the university’s 91-year history in Greenwich Village, is scheduled for completion in 2014.

In progress images and more information after the break.

Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: Wageningen,
Commissioned By: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Sebastian van Damme

Video: Pininfarina, Legendary Italian Design


Launched in 1930 by Battista “Pinin” Farina, the Italian car design firm Pininfarina is now run by the founder’s grandson Paolo . The company has partnered with all the big hitters over the years including Ferrari and Rolls-Royce and since 1986 Extra, headed up by Paolo Trevisan, has widened the Group’s design scope to reach anything from the Eurostar to Lavazza coffee machines. Often collaborating with other heritage brands such as Scotch whisky label Chivas, much importance is placed on striking a balance between history and innovation. Visiting the HQ in Cambiano, Italy, we interview and Trevisan to discover why they see problems as opportunities and how this ethos has spurred their success despite Europe’s current economic climate.

© Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan
© Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry – Cultural and Memorial Center / Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Designed by Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan…, the proposal for the Yad Le’Banim Building – Cultural and Memorial Center seeks to emphasize the duality between everyday life activities and commemoration. In a center that houses both cultural communal facilities

Shoffice / Platform 5 Architects

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Architects: Platform 5 Architects
Location: St. John’s Wood, Saint John’s Wood, City of Westminster, NW8, UK
Structural Engineer: Morph Structures
Contractor: Millimetre
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography

The Indicator: In Praise of Shadows

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Junichiro Tanizaki’s (1886-1965) book In Praise of Shadows has been haunting me lately. There it sits on my shelf, as it has for years, ever since it was part of a reading list for an art history course I once took as an undergrad.

It’s a thin volume. Ever so slight, it easily gets lost amongst more substantial books. But every time I’ve gone through my library and thought I don’t need it anymore, I hesitate and then put it back on the shelf.

Cioccolato / SAVVY Studio

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Architects: SAVVY Studio
Location: , Nuevo León,
Proyect Year: 2011
Photography: Courtesy of SAVVY Studio

Luminous / Jun Sakaguchi

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Architects: Jun Sakaguchi
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 1,513 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

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© BAKOKO

Timber Café Proposal / BAKOKO

Taking advantage of solid timber’s unique benefits, the Timber Café by BAKOKO…, an emerging Tokyo architecture practice, is a proposal for a sustainable pop-up restaurant. The temporary building can be flat packed into a standard 40′ shipping container and

Henry Ford Health System / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , USA
Area: 840 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

KfW Westarkade / Sauerbruch Hutton

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Architects: Sauerbruch Hutton
Location: ,
Client: KfW Bankengruppe
Area: 39,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jan Bitter , Sauerbruch Hutton

Video: Paris in Motion / Mayeul Akpovi

Video: Paris in Motion / Mayeul Akpovi

Mayeul Akpovi… shared with us a time lapse video he made, which goes through a sequence of experiences and places, highlighting the day and night life of the big city. ‘Paris in Motion’ includes about 3500 photos as he successfully

Luff Residence / Pohio Adams Architects

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Architects: Pohio Adams Architects
Location: , Australia
Design Team: Chris Adams, Bianca Pohio, Katharina Hendel
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sharrin Rees

CDS Offices / BAKOKO

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Architects: BAKOKO
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Alastair Townsend, Kayoko Ohtsuki
Project Manager: Cosmos More
Main Contractor: Wakoh
Client: CDS K.K. – Tokyo
Area: 810 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BAKOKO