Houses in Setubal / OW arquitectos

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Architects: OW arquitectos
Location: Setúbal, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Sónia Carvalho Cabaça
Design Team: Patrícia Esteves Vicente, Sónia Carvalho Cabaça, Susana Cruse Maio
Structural & Civil Engineering: Engilaje lda.
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim / Space Group

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Architects:
Location: , Norway
Project Development Team: Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl, Anne Wodstrup, Fredrik Krogeide, Gesine Gummi, Claudia Laarman, Thomas Bang Jespersen, Jens Niehues
Area: 35000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Hebeisen, Courtesy of Space Group, Ivan Brodey

Yuguandi – Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

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Interior Designers: BLVD International
Location: City, China
Design Team: Honglei Liu, Jiang Min, Zongmao Lin, Haijun He, Yijun Lin
Area: 11,302 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

NBBJ Reveals Plans to Extend Samsung’s Silicon Valley Headquarters

Samsung Headquarters /

NBBJ‘s design for the new Samsung Headquarters in will become one of the new buildings to relieve the city of its dull, nondescript two-story office architecture that dominates the landscape and introduce a new culture of office environments with a little push from the architecture itself.  According to the LA Times by Chris O’Brien this architectural endeavor is just one move to establish ground in the rivalry between Samsung and Apple, whose highly anticipated spaceship-like, Foster + Partners-designed Cupertino Campus has made waves in the design community.  Technologically innovative and influential companies like Samsung, Apple, Google (also designed by NBBJ), Facebook, and Nvidia have engaged in a cultural shift of the work environment to create a hospitable and creative community for their employees.  The architecture of the campuses and offices introduced by each of these companies reflect the goals of an innovative business model that engages its employees in an innovative work environment that fosters collaboration and creativity.

See how the new Samsung Headquarters innovates office building design after the break.

Dental Clinic in Oporto / Paulo Merlini

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Architects: Paulo Merlini
Location: Porto,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Bunker House / Estudio Botteri-Connell

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Architects: Estudio Botteri-Connell
Location: , Buenos Aires,
Design Team: Sofía Botteri , Patricio Connell
Collaborators: Jose Mesía, Jose Chavez, Rosalía Vicente
Structural Engineering: Juan Turdo, Rosana del Pano
Project Area: 286 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

“Connec+ Minneapolis” / Harvard University
“Connec+ Minneapolis” / Harvard University

ULI Announces Finalist Teams for 2013 Student Urban Design Competition

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected the finalist teams in the eleventh annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Graduate-level student teams representing Harvard University, Yale University, a joint team from Ball State University and Purdue University,…

Video: The churches of Ouro Preto, Hidden Gem

In this quiet colonial mining town nestled amongst the Serra do Espinhaço mountains evidence of an intense baroque revival can be seen in the 13 churches of .

House Booth / Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos

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Architects: Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos
Location: Punta Ballena, Maldonado,
Architect In Charge: Marcelo Daglio
Collaborators: Jimena Cáceres, Pedro Baubeta
Landscape Planner: Elena Artagaveytia
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos

AD Interviews: Michel Rojkind

While in Mexico City, we had the chance to visit Michel Rojkind ’s office in La Condesa to interview  him and jam on his recording studio hidden in the architecture workshop. We have been big fans of Michel’s work, the result of constant investigation and iteration pushed by by the collaborative character of his studio and multiplied by Michel’s passion for architecture.

Michel is part of a fantastic new generation of Mexican architects that brings fresh ideas to a context with a strong tradition. He started his architecture studies while also being the drummer of a well known Mexican rock band, graduating from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1994. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked with Isaac Broid and Miquel Adriá on Adriá+Broid+, and he started his own studio Rojkind Arquitectos  in 2002.

Since then, the firm has been on a strong path of innovation and exploration of architectural programs and building techniques, successfully translating the complex forms of these new ideas into realities that can be built with local manufacturing skills. 

Michel is very good at communicating his ideas, something very important to deliver the vision he has for his projects, but he is also very good at transmitting his passion, something that anyone who has been on his lectures will agree, inspiring young architects to demonstrate that it is possible to run the kind of studio that you want to run, despite all the problems and frustrations you will face along the way.

Michel is currently finishing the extension of the National Film Archive in Mexico City   which we are going to visit in a few days, so stay tuned for more updates on Instagram  and Facebook .

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Where Does Zoning Fit Into Our Future City Planning?

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“Let’s dump the word “zoning,” as in zoning ordinances that govern how land is developed and how buildings often are designed. Land-use regulation is still needed, but zoning increasingly has become a conceptually inappropriate term, an obsolete characterization of how we plan and shape growth.” - Roger K. Lewis 

Zoning, a concept just over a century old, is already becoming an outdated system by which the government regulates development and growth.  Exceptions and loopholes within current zoning legislation prove that city planning is pushing a zoning transformation that reflects the current and future goals and needs of city building.  To determine how zoning and needs to evolve we must first assess the intentions of future city building.  

Planners, architects, legislators and community activists have already begun establishing guidelines and ordinances that approach the goals of sustainability and livability.  For example, the AIA has established Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design and has made a commitment to the Decade of Design: Global Solutions Challenge. has come up with Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design and its Zone Green initiative in regards to updating its zoning resolution. In addition, Philadelphia has augmented its zoning to include urban farms and community gardens and it is safe to assume that many other cities will follow this precedent.  

So what is it about current zoning codes that makes it so outdated?  Follow us after the break for more.

Courtesy of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)
Courtesy of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)

‘The Competition’ Screening

As a follow up to ‘The Competition’ trailer we published this month, architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) announced that the documentary he directed and produced is going to be shown at Instituto Cervantes New York, as well as Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The…

Architects of the 21st Century: Speak Up, Speak Out

“Take Five: A Titan of Architectrual Criticism has Died, but Architects are Best Prepared to Carry on the Conversation” was originally published in AIArchitect.

In a stirring call-to-action written for AIArchitect, Robert Ivy, FAIA and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officerreflects on the state of today. He recognizes that the late, great was unquestionably the best critic of our time. However, the time of the singular architectural voice has passed; in the 21st century, and with the rise of the Internet, we have all become architectural critics – architects, informed citizens, and, often most vociferously, not so informed citizens. In this world of critical noise, Ivy proposes that the architect must step up to take on the role of architecture critic… and advocate.

Read Ivy’s stirring article in full, after the break…

Cala D’or House / Flexo Arquitectura

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Architects: Flexo Arquitectura
Location: Cala d’Or, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Tomeu Ramis, Aixa del Rey, Bárbara Vich
Collaborators: Belén Torres, Cristina Oliver
Area: 275 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Kagawa ,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 50.9 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Courtesy of Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden
Courtesy of Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

Future Floda Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

With the goal to inspire new visions for the future development of the central part of Floda, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden…’s proposal was recently selected as the the winner of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s

KAP / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 140.18 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

The design for the Bratislava Culenova New City Center by Zaha Hadid Architects… is based on a dynamic field strategy which aims to organize the city’s new city center program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. In a series