Plastic Moon / N MAEDA ATELIER

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Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
Location: Setagaya Tokyo,
Area: 206.59 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Haus Walde / Gogl Architekten

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Architects: Gogl Architekten
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Hannes Schroll, Michael Kapeller, Hildegard Platzer-Rieder
Lighting Planning: Akzente Lichtsysteme, Innsbruck
Area: 383 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mario Webhofer

New Cervelló School / BCQ Arquitectura

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Architects: BCQ Arquitectura
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Toni Casamor, David Baena, Manel Peribáñez, Maria Taltavull
Area: 2,974 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

New York City Preserves Public Housing by Leasing Infill Land

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For the past four decades, as cities faced financial pressures, high-rise public housing met its decline.  Cities throughout the country demolished public housing that was failing financially and socially, like Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Housing Project whose demolition was completed in 2011, to make way for mixed use developments that encouraged economic and social diversity by way of the HOPE VI Program. This strategy resulted in the uprooting and relocation of former residents who faced uncertainty throughout the process.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) stands out among housing authorities in the United States due to its size – 179,000 units in 2,600 buildings across the city – and the fact that the buildings are relatively well maintained.  NYCHA has avoided resorting to demolitions to deal with its issues, instead resorting to special police services that costs NYCHA a purported $70 million a year.  Over the past decade NYCHA has been underfunded by approximately $750 million causing backlogs in necessary repairs.

To address the mounting costs of public housing, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has proposed an infill strategy that would attract developers onto NYCHA land and create a new layer of commercial space and residential units in public housing developments.  The goal over the next five years is to develop methods of preservation for the housing development and promote mixed-use and mixed-income developments to generate income for NYCHA.

More on the plan after the break.

LM Guest House / Desai Chia Architecture

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Architects: Desai Chia Architecture
Location: Dutchess County, ,
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Warchol

EIGHT Office Complex / PEOPLE

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Architects: PEOPLE
Location: Marousi,
Associates Engineers: Konstantinos Pavlidis, Dimitrios Ptochos
Structural/Static Study: GMSteel
Photographs: George Fakaros

UK Survey Reveals Gap Between Large and Small Practices

According to the survey, large firms such as Foster + Partners make up just 3% of practices, but employ 40% of architects. Image courtesy of Foster + Partners

recent survey by the RIBA of over 2,100 UK practices revealed there is now a widening gap between ‘massive’ and ‘micro’ practices, with a ‘squeezed middle’ in between, as reported by BD.

This was the first mandatory survey of its members conducted by the RIBA, and gives a glimpse, for the first time, into the workings of every chartered UK practice. The RIBA’s executive director of membership and profession Richard Brindley described the findings as a “tale of two professions operating in different universes”. The polarized profession is most damaging to the practices in the middle; those of 10-50 employees which are large enough to have costly overheads, but not large enough to absorb them.

Large practices, employing 50 or more, include just 3% of practices, but, thanks to their size, include 40% of registered architects. At the other extreme are practices of 10 employees or less, who account for 53% of practices despite employing a meager 10% of architects. The survey found that the majority of practices employs fewer than six .

Read on for more results and analysis of the survey

Living with Sun Light / MOVEDESIGN

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Architects: MOVEDESIGN
Location: ,
Designer: Mikio Sakamoto
Area: 154 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Yousuke Harigane

Positive Signs of Growth Reflected in Steady ABI and Higher Intern Employment Rates

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For the eight consecutive month, the () is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Although the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March score was 51.9, down from a mark of 54.9 in February, this score still reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). In addition, the new projects inquiry index was 60.1, down from the reading of 64.8 the previous month.

“Business conditions in the construction industry have generally been improving over the last several months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “But as we have continued to report, the recovery has been uneven across the major construction sectors so it’s not a big surprise that there was some easing in the pace of growth in March compared to previous months.”

Key ABI highlights and details indicating higher employment rates for intern architects after the break…

end…Link Beauty Salon / Yasunari Tsukada Design

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Architects: Yasunari Tsukada Design
Location: ,
Contractor: Infinity
Area: 114.56 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

Courtesy of Raum Architects
Courtesy of Raum Architects

‘Neither Cloud Nor Rock’ Installation / Raum Architects

Raum Architects… shared with us their recent project titled ‘Neither Cloud nor Rock’, an art installation for the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Nancy. The piece covers an exterior area intended to people who work there, opposite to the restaurant. It

7 Reasons Architecture (As We Know It) Is Over

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Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling and helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement; its non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

Architecture has changed irreparably in the past decade, but those who know how to adapt just might find themselves in a far better place in a few years. It has now been 8 years since construction peaked in 2005, nearly 6 years since the subprime meltdown, and close to 5 years since the big meltdown that really kicked off the Great Recession.

Today, it appears that construction is finally beginning to pick back up, but it’s too late for architecture as we knew it. Here are seven reasons why…

Hu Huishan Memorial / Jiakun Architects

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Architects: Jiakun Architects
Location: , Sichuan Province, China
Architects: Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Zhang Tong, Sun En
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid Wins Veuve Cliquot Business Women Award

Zaha Hadid… has been announced as the winner of the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award at a ceremony in London on Monday. Now in its 41st year, the Veuve Clicquot Award was set up by the Champagne house to recognize the work of

The Lighthouse 65 / AR Design Studio

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Architects: AR Design Studio
Location: , Fareham, United Kingdom
Architect In Charge: Andy Ramus
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Gardner

Courtesy of University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts
Courtesy of University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts

University of Oregon Spring 2013 Lecture Series

With programs in both Eugene and Portland, the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts recently launched their Spring 2013 lecture series which began early this month with Neri Oxman of MIT’s Media Lab, and concludes May 16th…

Anting Culture and Sports Activity Centre / Atelier Z+

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Architects: Atelier Z+
Location: Anting, Jiading,
Architects: Zhang Bin, Zhou Wei
Design Team: Wang Jiaqi, Lu Jun, Li Ying, Li Qin, Zhuang Sheng, Guo Yue
Area: 16,171 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Z+

© ATENASTUDIO
© ATENASTUDIO

Wuxi Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO

ATENASTUDIO…, in collaboration with Archmaster studio, has developed a masterplan for a new district in Wuxi, China, which takes a 200,000 sqm buildable zoning lot to present two main keywords which are the base of all design choices and that can be