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VIDEO Interview: Chris Baribeau of Modus Studio

Chris Baribeau of Modus Studio is the exemplar of a “community builder.” With a mantra that moves beyond the building and believes the architect to be responsible for the creation of healthy and thoughtful places, Baribeau and his Fayetteville-based practice have built works that transcends ordinary design. Embodying everything in which drives Modus Studio, the award-winning Eco Modern Flats serves as a prime example of community-based, sustainable design. 

School of Communication, San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Taller Básico de Arquitectura
  • Location: Universidad San Jorge, A-23, km299, 50830 Villanueva de Gállego, Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Project Architects: Javier Pérez-Herreras, Javier Quintana de Uña
  • Collaborators: Edurne Pérez Díaz de Arcaya (arquitecta directora de proyecto), Manuel Antón Martínez (arquitecto), Joseba Aranburu Barrenetxea (arquitecto) y Xabier Ilundain Madurga (arquitecto)
  • Project Area: 5338.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photography: Xabier Ilundain Madurga

© Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga © Xabier Ilundain Madurga

Home Studio / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

  • Architects: Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: puerto fuy, Pirihueico Lake, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Horacio Schmidt C. , Horacio Schmidt R. , Martin Schmidt R.
  • Project Area: 100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photography: Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

© Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados © Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

The New Warehouse Depot / Heinrich Böll Architekt

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

AD Architecture School Guide: University of Minnesota

For most schools, receiving an M.Arch requires 2 to 3 years, and, according to NCARB, IDP towards licensure takes an average of slightly over 5 years, excluding the time to take the exams themselves. 

The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is offering two degrees that will significantly reduce IDP requirements—pending approval by NCARB— and thus reduce the time it takes to attain one’s architecture license. Two M.S. programs, an M.S. in Architecture Research Practices and an M.S. in Architecture Metropolitan Design are designed as additional year-long degrees attained while students pursue their M.Arch’s. Even better, both are structured to not only help students attain up to 930 IDP hours toward completing the degree, but to defray tuition while doing it. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Building from 1939 Finally Built

54 years after the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, Florida Southern College, home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, opened another structure designed by the famed architect last Friday. Originally called the Usonian house, it was envisioned as a professor's home in 1939 but wasn't built until this year using blueprints left by Wright.  

Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion

Morocco will host its first pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by the Foundation FADA’ (Fondation pour l’Art, le Design, et l’Architecture) and directed by architect Tarik Oualalou, the concept for the Moroccan pavilion will be based upon Morocco’s role as an urban and architectural laboratory in the twentieth century. The project, entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” will be organized in two parts: 

BGU University North Campus Master Plan / Chyutin Architects

Chyutin Architects have won a competition to design a new campus for the Ben Gurion University in Israel. Planned for a 30 hectare site in Beer Sheva, the 300,000 square meter campus will double the University’s existing facilities, both of which will be connected. Once complete, the new campus will include a welcoming public square with commercial and cultural facilities, as well as students dormitories, a congress center, academic and research facilities, sports facilities and more. 

255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

  • Architects: Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos
  • Location: Avenida de La Rioja, 30, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects: María José Aranguren López, José Gonzalez Gallegos)
  • Technical Architect: Jacobo Arenal Frías
  • Project Area: 34178.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Carlos Lozano

© Hisao Suzuki © Carlos Lozano Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

3xLP Winner of SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition

TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance’s 2013 international digital fabrication competition titled - SKIN is announcing the overall winner: 3xLP.

A total of 68 entries from across the globe representing 14 countries on 5 continents were narrowed down to 4 finalists and 4 honorable mentions in July by the First Round jury consisting of Phil Anzalone, Maria Mingallon, Gregg Pasquarelli, Randy Stratman, and Skylar Tibbits. The Second Round juried by James Carpenter, Neil Denari, Mic Patterson and William Zahner conferred and selected from the finalists 3xLP. All four finalists were  exhibited at the ACADIA Adaptive Architecture Conference at the University of Waterloo in October, 2013.

Municipal Center for Citizen Activities / Sección B Arquitectura

  • Architects: Sección B Arquitectura
  • Location: Plaza los Luceros, 9B, 41019 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Project Architects: Oscar Benítez Carmona, Eduardo Fernández de Alba, Vidal Gómez Martínez
  • Technical Architect: Blanca Cruz Naranjo
  • Project Area: 1624.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

House R / Gardera-D Architecture

  • Architects: Gardera-D Architecture
  • Location: Anglet, France
  • Collaborators : Stéphane Bauche, Delphine Prunet
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mathieu Choiselat

© Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat © Mathieu Choiselat

Green Infrastructure: Not Enough For Storm Protection

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, much has been made of "green infrastructure" and its potential to defend cities against waves and floods. Now though, two articles, from the New York Times and Grist, claim that green infrastructure would actually protects us very little. But, since engineered "gray" solutions, such as storm-walls, also have their limitations (namely just moving the surge elsewhere), it seems the solution is a combination of both "gray" and "green" (moving the surge to where it can safely release its energy). Read the original articles here and here.

Harvest Elementary School / Zendejas Arquitectos + Marván Arquitectos + Martinez Arquitecto

  • Architects: Zendejas Arquitectos, Marván Arquitectos, Martínez Arquitecto
  • Location: Calle Francisco Alcocer Pozo, Candiles, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Jose Zendejas Hernandez, Francisco Marván Carmona, Rodrigo Marván Cuevas, Wilfrido Martinez De León
  • Collaborators: Jose Zendejas Foyo, Juan Pablo Soto Martìnez, Claudia Tapia Melèndez, Karlo Ivàn Trejo Lòpez
  • Area: 1006.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

AD Interviews: Jakob + MacFarlane / FRAC Centre

During the opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, France, we had the chance to interview architect Brendan MacFarlane, one of the founders of the Paris-based firm Jakob + MacFarlane (the architects behind the building).

Why Iwan Baan's TED Talk Was Right

Iwan Baan's recent TED talk on ingenious informal settlement 'architecture' became instantly popular, clearly striking a chord with people across the globe. The lecture has been called everything from heartwarming to condescending, but for Parsons graduate students Meagan Durlak and James Frankis it was reaffirming. Durlak and Frankis have spent time working in Sao Paolo's favelas and understand that finding a balance between the good and the bad is key to the revitalization of these settlements. This article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Response to Iwan Baan's TED Talk," journals some of their experiences working in South American slums, and why we need to stop treating those slums as a blight. 

Meagan Durlak and I were excited to see the TED talk by architectural photographer Iwan Baan on the ingenuity found within informal settlements. In his presentation he walks us through a range of communities across the world, capturing many such settlements, including houses above a lagoon and a repurposed office block.

Baan’s view of informal settlements resonates with our own work; it’s an under-told story that we very much applaud. He shows an overview of people’s lives and their unique methods for adapting to difficult conditions. Perhaps as interesting as his film are the reactions to it from TED viewers. Many found the innovation in informal settlements to be inspiring and heartwarming; others claimed that this talk is just a life affirming story for the rich 1% of the world, perpetuating inaction for areas which need immediate aid. The two sides of the argument reminded us of our own work and the battles we have gone through in trying to wrap our heads around the systems of informal settlements, as well as the difficulties we have had in explaining their hidden properties to others.

WSJ Announces David Adjaye as 'Architecture Innovator' of 2013

The Wall Street Journal has announced David Adjaye as "Architecture Innovator" for 2013. The 47-year old Tanzanian-born and British-educated architect, whose current projects span from affordable housing apartments in Harlem to the African American History and Culture Museum in Washington D.C., "has the unique ability to speak to experiences and to people outside the norms of his profession," delivering his message across cultural boundaries. 

Ballard Aperture House / First Lamp Architecture and Construction

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