AD Round Up: Aires Mateus

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

was established in 1988 and is one of the most influential portuguese architectural practices. Here are five great projects that you can’t miss again, like the amazing House in Leiria or the Casa na Areia located in Comporta, Portugal. You must check out Santo Tirso Call Center or the Sines Center for the Arts a building that works as link between Sines town and the sea. Finally, revisit the Building In Lagoa das Furnas, an outstanding project that evoke the architectural landscape of the Azores.

Mark Magazine #42

What better place to explore inventive homes and innovative architects than a country with a housing crisis? Mark #42 head to Poland, where theylook at an architecture scene in transition, checking in on a 152 cm wide house by Centrala and a drive-in home by Robert Konieczny. Elsewhere, Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro discuss the challenges of the Japanese architect, and we visit ‘weird Austin’ to discover a house by Bercy Chen that literally emerges from the bush.

Nature Centre Hindsgavl / AART architechts

© Adam Mork

Architects: AART architechts A/S
Location: , Denmark
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mork

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Saturday in Marseille, , pedestrians and city officials joined Foster + Partners to celebrate the completion of the Vieux Port Pavilion at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. Minimal, yet effective, this “discreet” intervention provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. With six slender pillars supporting its razor-thin profile, the polished 46 by 22 meter stainless steel canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.

More on Foster’s Vieux Port after the break…

Human.Kind Advertising / PPS Architects

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Architects: PPS Architects
Location: , South Africa
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lizl Sheridan

British Architects Seek Infrastructure Opportunities in Brazil

AECOM Masterplan of Rio 2016 Olympic Park

Led by UK housing minister Mark Prisk, architects from five high-profile British practices – Haworth Tompkins, Foster & Partners, Amanda Levete Architects, Avanti Architects and de Matos Ryan – have embarked on a week-long visit to in search of major opportunities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. The trip is part of the UKBrasil Season, a six-month series of dynamic and engaging projects designed to showcase the best of British business, culture, science and innovation in Brazil and become the largest post-Olympic legacy project in the world.

Mark Prisk stated: “Brazilian companies in these cities are actively looking for fast-track construction systems, innovative building materials and low carbon solutions to meet current and future demand, not only in preparation for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games but also to compete in the country’s many major infrastructure projects.

More after the break…

BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground, Breaks Schemas

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There are many things that set BIG’s latest project, , apart. The plant, which broke ground yesterday, will be the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. It will be the tallest and biggest building in Copenhagen. It will house Denmark’s first ski-slope (on the roof of the plant, no less). It will emit its CO2 emissions – not as a continuous stream of smoke, oh no – but in sudden, bursting smoke rings. 

However, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy Plant is far more than the sum of its rather remarkable features. As an urban “destination in itself” and a landmark in environmental design, it’s one of the most radical representations of architecture as a means of public engagement of our time. And, what’s more, it’s a signal that BIG has finally reached maturity, truly coming into its own as a firm.

Read more about BIG’s remarkable Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, after the break….

House K / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten

© Luc Roymans

Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten
Area: 173.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans, Dennis Desmet

Spiral Housing by OBRA Architects
Spiral Housing by OBRA Architects

Pablo Castro Lecture: Hexameter

As part of Cornell University‘s Rome 2013 Lecture Series, Pablo Castro…, founder of OBRA Architects will be delivering the ‘Hexameter’ lecture this Thursday, March 7th, at the Palazzo Lazzaroni in Rome at 6:00pm. A 2012 Rome prize winner, Castro’s design direction at OBRA has

Anatomy of a Chinese City

Courtesy of Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro

In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than . From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.

Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.

However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct. 

In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.

Read more about Anatomy of a Chinese City, after the break…

Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Ramat Gan,
Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Site Area: 500 m2
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Geron

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

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Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River water front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in , and potentially become the new image of for the whole world.

Courtesy of Buckminster Fuller Institute
Courtesy of Buckminster Fuller Institute

Buckminster Fuller Challenge: 2013 Search for Solutions Launched

Calling all students, architects, designers, artists, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs!
The Buckminster Fuller Institute… is looking for those who are committed to playing a transformative role in addressing the biggest issues in the world today and has announced a Call

Rooms / Ando Corporation

© Kimikazu Tomizawa

Architects: ANDO Corporation
Location: Wakayama,
Architect In Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
General Contractors:
Area: 288.22 sqm
Photographs: Kimikazu Tomizawa

‘Frank Gehry At Work’ Exhibition

Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Feely Fine Art, LLC.

On display at Leslie Feely Fine Art in from April 11 to June 30, 2013, the Frank Gehry At Work exhibition features a selection of over 30 diverse process models by Gehry, which are drawn from significant constructions and concepts of the architect’s prolific career. These organic forms, which consist of a wide array of materials, stand as testament to Gehry’s tactile approach, enhancing our perception of this sculptural architect and his work,  illuminating the subtleties of Gehry’s thought—and working—process. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects

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Architects: Anonymous Architects
Location: , CA,
Area: 1,200 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Anonymous Architects

Courtesy of Slant Organization
Courtesy of Slant Organization

Slant Competition 2013: ‘Evoking Memories’

Slant is inviting contestants to participate in this year’s competition, themed ‘Evoking Memories’, which calls for a design for a show garden which, if selected will become part of SlantFest, their new on-line garden festival for summer 2013. Open to any global location of your…

Little Emergency Music School in Palaiseau / ARCHICLUB

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Architects: ARCHICLUB
Location: South Paris,
Architect In Charge: Fabien Duchene + Vasily Mels
Consultants Fluids / Environnement : IDEEL environnement
Consultants Structure: ID+ engineering
Consultants Acoustics: DOT acoustics
Area: 256.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Guillaume Lelasseux