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The British Pavilion © John Riddy
The British Pavilion © John Riddy

Venice Biennale 2014: British Council Calls for Proposals

Responding to Director Rem Koolhaas’ theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “Fundamentals”, the British Council has launched an open call for exhibition proposals that investigate how an aspect of British architecture has adapted to the…

Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

© Arne Maasik

Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
Location: ,
Area: 10,130 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Arne Maasik

Why LEED Doesn’t Work in Rural Africa and What Will

Learning Center embellished with thousands of bottle caps; Courtesy of Charles Newman of Afritekt

Originally published on InterconOhioan and -based architect Charles Newman, AP discusses the pitfalls of LEED in rural Africa. Newman, who is currently working for the International Rescue Committee in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, is dedicated to the integration of sustainability in communities worldwide. Learn more about his work and travels on his blog Afritekt

While in a small southern town of the Democratic Republic of Congo in mid-2012, a colleague of mine approached me for some guidance on a large health proposal he was putting together. A portion of the grant would be earmarked for the construction of hundreds of clinics across the DR Congo, and he mentioned that the donor would be very interested in “green” building standards. Knowing that I was a LEED Accredited Professional, he began asking how we might be able to incorporate such building standards into the designs for the pending projects. I rattled off some general guidelines such as using local materials – recycled ones if available, incorporating existing infrastructure, natural ventilation, etc. He jotted down a few notes, then began to pry a little deeper. “What about the LEED point system? Could we incorporate that into our strategy?”

My response was frank: “No, not really. LEED doesn’t work here in rural Africa.”

Pettelaarpark / ZZDP Architecten

© Michel Kievits

Architects: ZZDP Architecten
Location: Hertogenbosch, Nederland
Architect In Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
Design Team: Lysann Theiler, Frank Hoekzema
Area: 12600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michel Kievits

Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters Extension Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp Architekten) have won the first prize in the competition for the extension of Gebr. Heinemann Headquarters in ’s HafenCity. The new building designed for the -based, tradition-rich trading company impressed the jury as “an independent urban-planning and architectural contribution characterized by timeless, harmoniously self-contained architecture.” Viewed from the northwest, the new extension is a companion piece to the Maritime Museum, with the two buildings flanking the “Heinemann-Speicher” in the middle. From the Ericus Bridge, the new construction highlights the corner of the ensemble on Shanghaiallee and makes a characteristically urban statement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VÅGEN high school and SANDNES Culture Academy / LINK Arkitektur AS

© Hundven-Clements Photography

Architects: LINK Arkitektur AS
Location: Holbergs gate 23, 4306 , Norway
Client: Rogaland Fylkeskommune
Area: 22500.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography

Online Master Class: “Codesigning Workspace: The future for collaborative environments”

The IE Master in Work Space Design presents the Online Master Classes series. 

Introducing: “Codesigning Workspace: The future for collaborative environments” with from Studio Tilt.

Collaboration is by its very definition about people, and about transforming their relationships with one another. Using space as a way to transform these relationships is at the heart of a collaborative environment: It needs to be open, inspiring, collegiate and creative. Designing workspace is changing too, to keep up. Without the user at the heart of workspace design a space will suffer in its conception. But fostering and harnessing these values as the space evolves is the crucial next step to the environment of the future, remaining adaptable, interactive, and iterative. How do we do this? What is the future of the collaborative environment?

Date: June 25, 2013. 17:00 Madrid.
Speaker: Oliver Marlow, Studio Tilt. Professor at IE Master in Work Space Design.

To register click here.

Raul House / Mathias Klotz

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Mathias Klotz
Location: Laguna de Aculeo,
Project Architects: (KLOTZ y ASOC), Magdalena Bernstein
Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Mathias Klotz

Ny Anstalt Correctional Facility Winning Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, in collaboration with Friis & Moltke, just won the competition to design the Ny Anstalt correctional facility in , . The 8,000 square meter facility is the first such facility in , focusing on the contrast between beauty and roughness as a guiding theme for the project. This concept is also present in the choice of materials: concrete, wood and corten steel, which is rooted in a desire to adapt the complex to the landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Access Pavillion in “Els Turons de Les Tres Creus” / Toni Girones

© Aitor Estévez

Architects: Toni Gironès
Location: , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Toni Gironès Saderra
Area: 200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Aitor Estévez, Toni Gironès

Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos
Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos

New York Library / TEN Arquitectos

Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: Nueva York, United States of America
Architect In Charge: Enrique Norten
Proyect Year: 2013
Photographs: Cortesia de TEN Arquitectos…

In a neighborhood of high-end retail and luxury residences, this new branch library will fulfill a much needed

GI Multi-family Housing / Burnazzi Feltrin Architects

© Carlo Baroni

Architects: Burnazzi Feltrin Architects
Location: , Pergine Valsugana, Trento,
Design Team: Burnazzi Feltrin Architects (Burnazzi Elisa arch., Feltrin Davide arch.) and Pegoretti Paolo arch.
Area: 340.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Carlo Baroni

AD Classics: Igualada Cemetery / Enric Miralles + Carme Pinos, photos by David Cabrera

© David Cabrera

Completed in 1994, the Igualada Cemetery was designed by Enric Miralles and to be a place of reflection and memories. After 10 years of construction, their envision of a new type of cemetery was completed and began to consider those that were laid to rest, as well as the families that still remained.

The Igualada Cemetery is understood by the architects to be a “city of the dead” where the dead and the living are brought closer together in spirit.  As much as the project is a place for those to be laid to rest, it is a place for those to come and reflect in the solitude and serenity of the Catalonian landscape of Barcelona, Spain. More on the project after the break.

Legal Medical Institute of Granada / Andrés López, Jesús Bozzo & Rosa Palacios

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Architects: Andrés López, Jesús Bozzo, Rosa Palacios
Location: Campus de la Salud, Granada, Spain
Area: 3,405 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Courtesy of The Borderless Workshop
Courtesy of The Borderless Workshop

2013 MAPEO Workshop Hopes to Explore Experimental Mapping Techniques

A new Kickstarter campaign is hoping to raise a goal of $3,500 to fund the second annual MAPEO Borderless Workshop – a workshop that focuses on community mapping and brings diverse people and minds together to think about cities within the…

Ningbo Facade / LAB Architecture Studio

© Yu Wei

Architects: LAB Architecture Studio
Location: Zhejiang, China
Architect In Charge: , SIADR
Design Team: Donald Bates, Alexander Adkins, Dean Boothroyd, John Doyle, Nicole Tang, Sam Kashuk, Tim Fowler, Kourosh Akbarza
Area: 18,100 sqm
Photographs: Yu Wei

UCSD: A Built History of Modernism

Geisel Library © Darren Bradley

At just a little over 50 years old, the University of California San Diego is one of the younger college campuses in the United States, but despite this it is one of the most architecturally fascinating universities around. In the official UCSD campus guide, Dirk Sutro emphasizes that “UCSD does not have a single example of the historical-revival styles prevalent at other University of campuses… and at San Diego’s two other major universities”. The history of UCSD architecture is one of ambition, which has made the campus a display case of modernism in all of its forms from the last half a century.

Thanks to photographer Darren Bradley, we can now share this history and a selection of the exciting structures it has produced.

Find out more about the UCSD campus after the break

Dornier Museum / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

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Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
Location: Claude-Dornier-Platz 1, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Project Manager: Frank Karlheim
Project Architects: Christof Killius, Lisette Oberleitner, Ana Prikic, Kerstin Schaich, Katrin Wittmann
Area: 7,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten