Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles, has been completed. The new airport, designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

Navalmoral de la Mata / Matilde Peralta del Amo

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Architects: Matilde Peralta del Amo
Location: ,
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Luis Asin

AIA 2013: Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business

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Thousands have flocked to the Mile High City in Colorado to attend the American Institute of Architects (AIA) . The three-day event was enthusiastically kickstarted this morning by AIA president Mickey Jacobs who honored Architects with the 2013 Architecture Firm Award; highlighted this year’s theme of leadership; and featured words of advice from TOMS founder and chief shoe giver, Blake Mycoskie.

Learn TOMS Founder Mycoskie’s top advice for architects after the break. 

4 Porches and 4 Skylights House / Ferran Vizoso + Jesús Cardona

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Architects: Ferran Vizoso, Jesús Cardona
Location: , Islas Baleares, Spain
Area: 145 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: José Hevia

Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

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Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: (EWR), 3 Brewster Road, Newark, NJ 07114, USA
Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
Design Team: Tian Gao, Kristina Kesler, Magda Stoenescu, David Iseri, Rasmus Kristensen, Ana Lopis, Allesandro Perinelli, Garrett Pruter
Client: Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
Collaborators: Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
Mep Engineers: ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Quantity Surveyor: PT Projects – Peter Turvey
Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
Kitchen Consultant: Next Step Design
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Millwork: Allegheny Millwork
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Stark, Courtesy of Slade Architecture

Servef Center in Novelda / Calatayud-Navarro Arquitectos

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Architects: Calatayud-Navarro Arquitectos
Location: ,
Authors: Carlos Calatayud Revert, Jesús Navarro Morcillo y José Ramón
Client: Servicio Valenciano de Empleo y Formación
Area: 1,004.54 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Diego Opazo

AIA Honors Joint Creativity by Revising Gold Medal Award Criteria

Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by the 2013 Winner: Thom Mayne of Morphosis

In the wake of Pritzker’s refusal to retroactively acknowledge Denise Scott Brown’s role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize, the American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors have voted to expand the prestigious Gold Medal award’s criteria to include either an individual or two individuals working together in a collaborative partnership. In order to be considered, partners must have created a singular body of distinguished architectural work.

A Refugee Camp Is a City / World Refugee Day 2013

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Written by Ana Asensio Rodríguez. June 20th. World Refugee Day.

When we think of emergency architecture, what usually comes to mind are villages razed by flooding, by a hurricane or tornado. Families who have lost everything. From catastrophe emerges a new home for a new life, a new future to rebuild from the debris. But there are many other emergencies of an equally – if not more – dramatic nature.

Political and armed conflicts displace tens of millions of people every year. In the 2012 census collected by ANCUR, it was estimated that “43.3 million people in the world were displaced by force due to conflict and persecution. Children constitute 46% of this population.” These are not people who are starting from 0 with a new home, but rather who have run to save their own lives, taking with them only what they can carry – the things that will furnish houses that aren’t houses, because their inhabitants aren’t citizens.

But a refugee camp is also a city.

Quimper City Council / Guinée et Potin Architects

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Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
Location: Quimper,
Architect In Charge: Guinée et Potin
Design Team: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin, Solen Nico, Jean Chevalier
Landscape Designers: Guillaume Sevin Paysages
Engineering: ISATEG, ITAC
Area: 1,519 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

How Virtual Public Squares Are Changing the Nature of Political Protest

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“Most social movements become social moments when they appear in a public square,” says Seyla Benhabib, a professor of Political Science at Yale University, in the video above. “These are informal spaces of deliberation and communication.”

Occupy Wall Street, which took over New York‘s Zuccotti Park, is just one example of this phenomenon. As we’ve reported, the social movements that spread through Turkey like wildfire took physical form in Istanbul’s historic Taksim Square and Gezi Park. Only a few days ago, protests took similar shape in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as citizens protested a raise in bus fares as well as many other social issues. There are countless other examples throughout history of people utilizing public space as a vehicle for self expression and social change, but what’s different about today’s social movements is that they also occupy cyberspace – heavily.   

A few days ago, + released the short video above about these digital spaces, what they call the “virtual public square”. Of course, the physical places that people use to express themselves are certainly no less important; however, it is interesting to consider the vital role social media and virtual communication now play in the unraveling of political events. 

More after the break.

Frederiksberg Courthouse / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: 3XN
Area: 5,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

OMA-designed Luxury Home in Manila Nears Completion

OMA-designed Luxury Home in Manila Nears Completion

Vanity Fair reports that Developer Robbie Antonio’s OMA-designed “Stealth,” a $15 million private residence/art gallery in Manila will be completed by the end of the month. The home is a series of stacked, irregular boxes with rooftop pool and waterfall.

Richard Rogers Partnership Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid 1997-2005 Coloured structural 'trees' in the airport terminal © Manuel Renau Image courtesy of AENA and Manuel Renau
Richard Rogers Partnership Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid 1997-2005 Coloured structural 'trees' in the airport terminal © Manuel Renau Image courtesy of AENA and Manuel Renau

‘Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out’ Exhibition

Focusing on key projects and using previously unseen archival material, drawings and personal items, the ‘Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out‘ exhibition will explore Roger’s career, from the influence of his Italian family to his impact on how we experience cities…

Beyond the High-Line: Re-Imagining Open Space for our Crowded Urban Future

“The Gensler team recognized the greater potential of considering urban open space as part of a network of spaces. It looked at combining individual spaces across district boundaries to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.” The Thames River Park, Image © Gensler

This article, by David Gensler, co-CEO of Gensler, originally appeared in Fast Company

Those of us associated with the building of cities are often asked to do tricky things. Build a 632-meter-high skyscraper and give it the world’s tallest and fastest single elevator, traveling at speeds of more than 40 mph so folks can soar to the top in fewer than 40 seconds with no transfers. Build a data center in Houston that makes its own electricity (handy during a hurricane) and turns rain water into an asset. Design an office building that makes people happy to come to work.

But one of the biggest challenges facing us today requires, perhaps, one of our best magic tricks of all time: Creating open space when there seems to be none left.

How do we give people in cities public spaces (parks, gardens, squares, even wide tree-lined streets) to gather and room to breathe in our increasingly built-up and built-out urban environments?

More on David Gensler’s thoughts on reutilizing , after the break…

AIEP Building / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Horacio Schmidt Cortés, Horacio Schmidt Radic, Martin Schmidt Radic
Location: Ejército Libertador E 623 – Avda Ejercito Liber 569, Puente Alto, Metropolitan Region,
Associate Architects: Rafael Pino, Cristián Pino, Rodrigo Toro
Area: 4500.0 m2
Year: 2008
Photography: Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos

Shortlist Announced to Design Moscow’s First Park in 50 Years

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In the 20th century, it was going to be the site of the world’s tallest skyscraper, but it became the world’s largest hotel. In 2006, the hotel was replaced with a fence, the largest advertising space in all of Europe, enclosing acres of undeveloped, highly valuable land. In 2014, it will become ’s first – and most important – park in over 50 years.

Zaryadye Park, located on 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, will become a gateway to Moscow, one that will “project a new image of Moscow and to the world.” Because of the Park’s significance, the city of Moscow (with aid from the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design) has decided to host an international competition for its re-design.

The 6 finalists shortlisted for this significant project, after the break…

Els Gorgs Institute, Cerdanyola del Valles / BAAS, Jordi Badia

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Architects: BAAS, Jordi Badia
Location: Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
Architect: ,
Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Huishang Bank Headquarters / Y Design Office + Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

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Y Design Office has released a proposal for the new headquarters of the Huishang Bank, located in the new financial district of , Anhui. The site is at the cross-section of two major roads, Yun Gu and the Luzhou Road. Yun Gu Road is the new financial street which connects directly to the new city center. Luzhou Road connects the site to the older city centers.