Detroit by Design 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Matthew Edward Getch + Maciej Woroniecki

Aerial Perspective of Hart Plaza

Aiming to create a riverfront like none other in the world, landscape architect and architect Maciej Woroniecki shared with us their proposal in the Detroit by Design 2012 competition where they received the 2nd overall prize and the first prize for the People’s Choice Award. The goals of their proposal were born from ’s apparent weakness. They established linear interventions which recognized the severed parks and green networks and utilized them to reconnect the citizens of back to the riverfront through pedestrian friendly portals. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Diminished House / Wahana Cipta Selaras

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Architects: Wahana Cipta Selaras
Location: South Jakarta,
Architects In Charge: Rudi Kelana and Gerard Tambunan
Design Team: Endah Tri Subekti
Structure Consultant : Ricky Theo
Lighting : David Liming (Infinity Lighting)
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

AD Classics: Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber Museum) / Le Corbusier

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Iconic for its floating steel roof and brightly colored panels, the Centre Le is the last building Le designed before his death in 1965. Completed in 1967, the building stands as a testament to ’s renaissance genius as an architect, painter, and sculptor. It does so both intentionally, as it is an exhibition space for his life’s work, and naturally, as it is a building masterfully designed. Interestingly, the building diverges in some ways from the style responsible for his renown – concrete, stone, uniform repetition, etc. It celebrates the use of steel, with which he explored prefabrication and assembly, and a freedom through modularity, in which the plan is completely open but infinitely adaptable.

Courtesy of Yoav Messer Architects
Courtesy of Yoav Messer Architects

Econtainer Bridge Competition Winning Proposal / Yoav Messer Architects

Based on the idea of resuse, the competition winning proposal for the Econtainer Bridge by Yoav Messer Architects… will be the gateway to Arial Sharon park and will connect Lod road (route 461 which leads from east Tel Aviv to

MCC House / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

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Architects Office: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
Location: Mérida, Yucatan,
Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
Collaborators: Juan Pablo Cantón, Manuel Fuentes, Claudina Peon
Area: 543.75 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamara Uribe

Mistral Wine Store / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: São Paulo,
Author: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Raphael França, Joana Oliveira
Area: 126,73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Courtesy of Virserum Art Museum
Courtesy of Virserum Art Museum

Architecture of Necessity 2013 Competition

All professionally active individuals or legal persons such builders, architectural bureaus, local government, construction firms, or other companies are invited to submitted projects for the Architecture of Necessity 2013 Competition dated between 2010 and 2013, whether they have been built or…

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies / Christopher Charles Benninger Architects

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Architects: Christopher Charles Benninger Architects
Location: Lonavla, , India
Architect In Charge: Prof. Christopher Benninger
Design Team: Daraius Choksi, Harsh Manrao, Shivaji Karekar, Akshay Modhak, Sujit Kothiwale, Neha Kothiwale, Shalaka Vaidya, Kshitija Parmar, Madhvi Bhuradia, Noel Jerald, Er. Rahul Sathe
Area: 21,500 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

Housing and Shops / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
Design Team: Mona Farag (associate), Laura Schneider, Sven Richter (project management), Petra Jossen, Thomas Gläss, Christoph Bedall
Year: 2012
Photographs: Walter Mair

Cistercian Abbey Church / Cunningham Architects

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Architects: Cunningham Architects
Location: , Texas
Project Team: Gary Cunningham, FAIA, Russell Buchanan, Chris Fultz, Frank Gomillion
Consultants: Jim Smith (structural); MEP, Inc. (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing); Pam Wilson (lighting)
Photographs: James F. Wilson, Jim Reisch, Courtesy of Cunningham Architects

AZPA to Transform Nineteenth Century Building into Locarno Film Festival Headquarters

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London and Barcelona-based practice AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture) has been announced as winner of an international competition aimed to establish a permanent residence for the International Film Festival in . Breaking away from the starchitect notion of public architecture needing to make an “extravagant gesture”, AZPA’s innovative proposal partakes in an act of “urban recycling” by reusing the pre-existent, nineteenth century structure of Piazza Castello and transforming its interior courtyard into three sizable theaters. Additionally, a complimentary renovation will take place on the surrounding Piazza Remo Rossi, which will be repaved with red natural stone that essentially provides a “permanent red carpet” qualified to host an array of festival related events.

As Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo describes: “I do not want to redraw the city, but keep the city.”

AZPA’s winning design not only preserves and capitalizes on the existing integrity of the city, but the strategies employed makes this an economically viable solution. With an estimated price tag of 28 million Swiss Francs, this renovation is said to be no more than the cost of a complete demolition.

More on AZPA’s winning proposal after the break. 

Rajuela House / Muñoz Arquitectos

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Architects: Muñoz Arquitectos
Location: Mérida, Yucatan,
Architect In Charge: Javier Muñoz Menéndez
Collaborators: Gareth Lowe Negrón, Andrea Dutton Ruiz, Isabela Rincon Milet, Luis Miguel Acuña Gonzalez
Area: 592.61 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rolando Córdoba

Chesapeake Child Development Center / Elliott + Associates Architects

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Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: , OK, USA
Design Team: Rand Elliott, Bill Yen, Ken Fitzsimmons, Karl Wolf
Client: Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Area: 60,000 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing

AWP to announce masterplan for La Défense

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, ’ major business district, is about to undergo a transformation with the help of architecture firm AWP. AWP’s plan was presented to government agencies EPADESA and DEFACTO as well as local communities in November 2012, but will be released to the public for the first time in March. The proposed plan not only updates and adds to the current site: it rethinks and reevaluates what already exists.

More on AWP’s master plan for Le Défense after the break.

Sushi-teria / form-ula

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Architects: form-ula
Location: 601 Lexington Avenue, , NY, USA
Design Team: Ajmal Aqtash, Richard Sarrach, Tamaki Uchikawa
Fabrication Team: Tai-Li Lee, Brian Chu, Zack Fine, Arianna Lebed, Andrew Reitz, David Kim
Collaborators: Sebastian Misiurek
Contractor: John Gallin & Son
Area: 1,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Barkow Photo

ABI Reports Five Consecutive Months of Growth

December 2012 via Calculated Risk

Concluding 2012 with strong business conditions, the December Architecture Billings Index (ABI) marks five consecutive months of growth with a score of 52.0. Released by the American Institute of Architects (), the ABI is a leading economic indicator of construction activity that reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. By remaining above 50, December’s score reflects an increase in demand for design services. However, growth is slightly slower than the previous month, whose mark at 53.2 brought the strongest business conditions since 2007. Additionally, the new projects inquiry index remains in positive territory with a score of 59.4, also down slightly from the 59.6 mark of November.

A five-month run of growth is a trend that has repeated itself since 2010. However, analysts are optimistic. Growth in 2012 began earlier in the year, picking up speed in early August rather than late Fall.

“While it’s not an across the board recovery, we are hearing a much more positive outlook in terms of demand for design services,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Moving into 2013 we are expecting this trend to continue and conditions improve at a slow and steady rate.  That said, we remain concerned that continued uncertainty over the outcomes of budget sequestration and the debt ceiling could impact further economic growth.”

View the ABI highlights in greater detail, after the break…

Même – Experimental House / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Hokkaido Prefecture, Hiroo District, , Memu, Japan
Project Architect: Kengo Kuma, Takumi Saikawa
Client: LXIL JS Foundation
Structural Engineering: Yashushi Moribe (Showa Womden’s University)
Area: 79,5 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Video: Designer Days at Adidas HQ

Each year, the design teams at the Adidas HQ in come together to discuss and decide on trends for the seasons ahead. Inspired by founder Adi Dassler, Designer Days consists of a week of workshops for the teams to discuss innovation, brainstorm new creative concepts and think about what product lines will elevate the different pillars of the performance sport department. Constantly aiming to produce sportswear that is faster, lighter, cooler and smarter, the creative teams set the standard for innovative designs. Crane.tv goes behind the scenes at LACES – the brand new 62,000 square meter office devised by kadawittfeldarchitektur – and speaks to a few of the key design directors and the personalities who give the brand a unique feel.