2013 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture Recipients

2013 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture Recipients

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced two recipients of the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. In category one, the institute recognized Michael Pyatok, FAIA…, of Oakland’s Pyatok Architects, as an architect who has dedicated his

Cultural Center of EU Space Technologies / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti + SADAR + VUGA + OFIS architects + Bevk Perovic Arhitekti

© Tomaz Gregoric

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti + SADAR + VUGA + OFIS architects + Bevk Perovic Arhitekti
Location: Vitanje,
Site Area: 5,175 sqm
Client: KSEVT, Vitanje Community and Ministery of Culture
Area: 2,505 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric, Miran Kambic

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre Listed

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On the advice of English Heritage, architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed ’s first major public building: the 1977 Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in the . According to BDOnline, the popular public art museum, which houses the collection of Lord and Lady Sainsbury, was granted grade II* protection for its innovative engineering, fine design, historic association, flexibility and group value. Its revolutionary design features an innovative, prefabricated modular structure that is cleverly designed to allow for subsequent extension.

Vaizey described: “Norman Foster’s design for the Sainsbury Centre is recognized around the world as a high point of the British ‘high-tech’ movement and, by any standards, a modern classic.”

Read Foster’s response after the break.

Dai Lai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc Province,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa
Contractor: Hong Hac Dai Lai JSC + Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 730 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Films & Architecture: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”


This week we will recommend you a really surrealistic film. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, directed by Michael Gondry is a movie that takes place in a future where medicine technics allow people to modify and delete some memories. These changes are reflected in the space perception of the characters. The scenes morph and human scale is shrunk, buildings disappear and daylight turns into absolut darkness in seconds.

Enjoy the movie and let us know your comments. Do you think architecture can be described through memories? Any ideas about our memories and space perception?

Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden / People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO)

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Designed by People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO), the Tricycle House and Tricyle Garden was designed to address the theme of the 2012 Get It Louder Exhibition. The inability to own land is a fundamental condition in China unique from many western countries. The Tricycle House suggests a future where the temporary relationship and the public nature between people and the land they occupy is embraced. More images and architects’ description after the break.

TV Azteca Film & TV Sets Campus / at103

© Enrique Macias Martinez

Architects: at103
Location: , Mexico
Design Team: Hanni Paz, Sara Ellenberger, Edward O’Donnell, Eugenio Lara ,Aida Hurtado Sofía Martínez, Maxime Hurdequint,Travis Hope
Area: 11,870 sqm
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Enrique Macias Martinez

AD College Guide: CAED at CalPoly San Luis Obispo

Student-designed and -built “flying bow” along Cal Poly’s three-mile Poly Canyon Experimental Structures Lab. Courtesy (© Terry Tyson via Flickr)

The economy is an issue on everyone’s mind and has been since the Crash of 2008. People around the world are cognizant of global issues precisely because we have all finally realized that nations do not and cannot behave as independent economic entities. The multiple economic crises reverberate through economies on all continents.

Given this situation, professionals in the architecture field—practitioners, teachers, and writers—have each tried to address the subject in meaningful ways that acknowledge the hardships while reassuring their colleagues and potential students that, eventually, things will be alright.

Franz House / BAK Architects

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Architects: BAK Architects
Location: Mar Azul, Buenos Aires Province,
Architect In Charge: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
Collaborator: Arq. Leandro Pomies
Area: 87 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Courtesy of Ciclostile Architettura
Courtesy of Ciclostile Architettura

Bargellino Plug & Play Winning Proposal / Ciclostile Architettura

The Bargellino Plug & Play proposal for the urban regeneration of the Bargellino area acts as a set of management software from which the user can draw upon and benefit from an integrated system of logistics, service and quality. Designed…

Mava House / Gubbins Arquitectos

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Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos
Location: Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Design Team: Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne
Collaborators: Giacomo Visone, Sofía Valderrama
Structural Engineering: Mauricio Abella
Contractor: Julio Hernández
Site Area: 2,304 sqm
Project Area: 356 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pablo Montecinos, Courtesy of © Pedro Gubbins

Grand Central Terminal elevation drawing, Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem c. 1910 (Courtesy of New York Transit Museum)
Grand Central Terminal elevation drawing, Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem c. 1910 (Courtesy of New York Transit Museum)

Grand Central Terminal Drawing Competition Winners

The Architectural League of New York and the New York Transit Museum recently announced the winners of a competition to select sketches by contemporary architects for a new Grand Central Terminal sketchbook produced in collaboration with Moleskine. The sketchbook features…

Rooms that Follow the Scenery / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Karuizawa Saku-gun, Nagano,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Takanori Ineyama
Structure Design: Mato Structure Design Office
Construction: Daiichi Construction
Site Area: 1018.39 sqm
Total Floor Area: 95.19 sqm
Area: 115.66 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners

Sowa Unit / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

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Architects: Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kensuke Watanabe, Yuji Mukaiyama
Area: 288.84 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design

Wheelwright Prize Competition

Harvard Graduate School of Design recently announced the launch of the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship awarded annually to talented early-career architects worldwide proposing exceptional itineraries for research and discovery. With an open application process, the Wheelwright Prize recognizes…

Skatt Øst / NSW AS

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Architects: NSW AS
Location: Oslo,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein, Gudmund Stenseth, Morten Hosen, Mirjana Grahovac, Luis Santos, Tormod Slevikmoen, Tomas Løvset, Geir Klefstad
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen, Espen Grønli, Courtesy of NSW

Grundfos Kollegiet Dormitory / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: ,
Collaboration: Sjælsø, Niras
Client: Engineering College of Aarhus
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of CEBRA

Grow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 124.33 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa