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Multi-Purpose Sports Hall Competition Entry / MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos

MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos… shared with us their proposal for the multi-purpose sports hall in Budapest XVI District, which was selected as a finalist in international competition. Their design aims to be a transition between the urban landscape and

Iba Dock / Architech

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Architects: Architech
Location: Hamburg,
Design Team: Han Slawik
Client: IBA Hamburg GmbH
Area: 1,075 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rüdiger Mosler, Courtesy of – Architecture and Technology, Courtesy of IBA Hamburg GmbH

Courtesy of Segmento Urbano Arquitectos
Courtesy of Segmento Urbano Arquitectos

‘C Spot’ World Architecture Festival Proposal / Segmento Urbano Arquitectos

Given the opportunity to be engaged in a project with high social concerns, the C Spot comes as a reflex of a sustainable mission where the developer contributes to reduce levels of illiteracy by awarding the communities. This would be…

Delany House / Jorge Hrdina Architects

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Architects: Jorge Hrdina Architects
Location: Seaforth, Australia
Architect In Charge: Jorge Hrdina
Project Team: John Marshall, Terry Bail, Tracy Loveridge, Dan North
Structural Engineer: D’Ambrosio Consulting
Lighting Consultant: LDP Lighting
Area: 745 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brigid Arnott

Ferriol House / RIPOLLTIZON

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Architects: RIPOLLTIZON
Location: ,
Architects: Pep Ripoll and Juan Miguel Tizón
Collaborator: Xisco Sevilla 
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jaime SiciliaMiguel Coelho

Courtesy of Serie Architects
Courtesy of Serie Architects

Aarvli Resort / Serie Architects

Construction is currently underway as of last month for the Aarvli Resort, designed by Serie Architects…. Located in Goa, India, the project draws inspiration from the famous forts of Maharashtra. A typical fort is based on a system of

Forth Valley College / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: , United Kingdom
Project Manager: Davis Langdon
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dave Morris

Okusawa House / Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A.

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Architects: Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A.
Location: Setagaya-ku, , Japan
Site Area: 165.13 sqm
Building Area: 38.40 sqm
Area: 82.48 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jin Hosoya

Ways to help affected communities after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

Following Hurricane Sandy’s devastating path through the Caribbean, up the Atlantic and into the East Coast of the , hundreds of communities are in need of immediate relief and facing the daunting challenge of rebuilding. In effort to help, Architecture for Humanity and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are mobilizing their teams to provide instant assistance and plan for the long term reconstruction efforts. Professional design and construction volunteers from both organizations will be working together to help households, schools, heath facilities, small businesses and local government rebuild in the coming days and weeks. However, relief and reconstruction cannot happen without your support. Learn how you can help after the break.

Forest House / Kube Architecture

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Architects: Kube Architecture
Location: Great Falls, Virginia,
Structural Engineer: Stearns Engineering Company
Construction: MT Puskar
Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Burk

Splitters Creek House / Nest Architects

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Architects: Nest Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Emilio Fuscaldo & Imogen Pullar
Site Area: 36,000 sqm
Area: 333 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Granleese

Glamour Magazine names Zaha Hadid as ‘Woman of the Year’

Zaha at her London studio on the “Lotus” via

As per usual, Zaha Hadid has been making headlines this week, starting with the release of her newly constructed Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing and followed by an outpour of recognition within the world of architecture for her 62nd Halloween birthday. Well now, the Dame is making waves in an entirely different territory, as Glamour Magazine has announced Hadid as the “Woman of the Year 2012”.

The magazine centered around fashion, beauty and gossip, has labeled the first female Pritzker Prize laureate as “The Lady Gaga of Architecture”. Glamour praised Hadid’s tenacious demeanor that allowed her to succeed in a “man’s job” and become “one of the most accomplished architects on earth”.

Read Glamour’s complete tribute here.

Małopolska Garden of Arts / Ingarden & Ewý Architects

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Architects: Ingarden & Ewý Architects
Location: Krakow,
Collaboration: Jacek Ewý
Cooperation: K3 Architekci
Interior Design: & Pracownia
Structure: GSBK Biuro Konstrukcyjne
Floor Usable Area: 4330.76 sqm
Area: 1579.3 sqm
Photographs: Krzysztof Ingarden

Audi Urban Future Initiative: The state of our urbanized world

A few days ago we had the chance to attend the Audi Urban Future Awards, where 5 young and innovative practices presented their visions on the future of mobility for five of the world’s most intense urban regions: Boston/Washington Area (USA), Mumbai (), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Istanbul (Turkey) and the Pearl River Delta region ().

The Audi Urban Future Award went to Höweler + Yoon and their proposal for BosWash, a new mega region that connects commuters and center through a new intelligent infrastructure, a project that Audi has committed to push forward.

These regions deal with the most important issues that cities are facing in the urban era: the dilemma between density and sprawl, opportunities, transportation, long term versus fast growth, energy, infrastructure, and as we have seen in the last days, the natural environment.

In the following videos we will see the thorough diagnostics of the cities presented by the architects, along with a short description of their projects. Their proposals will be featured in a following article.

Istanbul, Mumbai, Perl River Delta and Sao Paulo after the break:

Light Lab 5.1 / VAV Architects

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Architects: VAV Architects
Location: , Finland
Architects: Pablo Bolinches Vidal, Darragh Breathnach, Daria Leikina
Collaborators: Veniyana Lemonidi, Matteo Goldoni, Jonathan Russell, Nicholas Dunlop, Tati Leonteva, Alexandra Polyakova, Tereza Scheibova, Anna Podrouzkova, Libor Mládek, David Buhagiar, Aulon Harizaj, Jim Walsh
Area: 7 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: VAV Architects, Jonathan Russell

Video: In Conversation with Marc Newson


Marc Newson is one of the most accomplished industrial designers of our time. A self-confessed control freak, Newson’s innovative perspective has been applied to everything from cutlery to spaceships. He regularly lends his skills to brands such as Nike, Ford and Qantas. His numerous international accolades include receiving a CBE for services to design and being appointed “Royal Designer for Industry” in the UK. Examples of his work are housed in most major permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of his earliest pieces, The Lockheed Lounge, holds the record for the world’s highest price paid for a piece of furniture. A complete catalogue of his works to date has also recently been released by Taschen books. Married to the prominent fashion editor and stylist, Charlotte Stockdale, Newson’s family life has had a profound influence on his attitude to design. Though he compares our current design climate to the industrial revolution he also seems nostalgic, lamenting both his daughter’s affinity for the iPad and the fact that the future is simply not as optimistic as he imagined.

Courtesy of Fionn Byrne & Kyle Xuekun Yang
Courtesy of Fionn Byrne & Kyle Xuekun Yang

2012 AIM Competition Awards Announced

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” Participants were challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development.…

How to Re-Invent the African Mud Hut

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It’s not often that a project requires you to bulk up on your haggling skills.

Then again, it’s not often that a project requires you to re-invent the African Mud Hut either. But that was exactly the task presented to Karolina and Wayne Switzer, participants of the Nka Foundation’s “10×10 Shelter Challenge” to design and build a 10 by 10 feet shelter deep in the heart of .

The pair, who just completed their project this month, were dependent upon the local community to make the shelter a reality, and had to learn early on how to communicate with the locals – not just to negotiate prices for materials and labor, but to overcome the local stigma associated with mud architecture (usually only used by the very poor).

The result was a contemporary, durable shelter built with a construction method inspired by local tradition: the pounding of the fufu root, a diet staple for the community, which uncannily paralleled the pounding of fresh soil into the forms. Hence the local’s name for the structure: “Obruni fufu” (white man’s fufu).

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 10×10 Challenge (open to students and graduates of design, architecture, art, or engineering, until October 2013), check out the Nka Foundation’s website, www.nkafoundation.org, or email at info@nkafoundation.org

Full description of the project, after the break….