Beckett Rankine unveils Offshore Airport in the Thames Estuary

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With both Heathro and Gatwick pushing their limits, it is imperative that the UK begins to move forward with expanding their global aviation capacity. Over the years, multiple proposals have been presented, including Norman Foster’s “ Britannia Airport”. Now, Beckett Rankine has unveiled an inventive, offshore proposal located on the Goodwin sands in UK territorial waters nearly three kilometres off the east coast of .

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Louvre Lens / SANAA

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French photographer Julien Lanoo has shared with us a first look at the Musée du Louvre’s new sister gallery: Louvre Lens. The design, first conceived as part of an international competition in 2006, was created by the Pritzker Prize laureates of SANAA, in collaboration with New York studio Imrey Culbert, landscape designer and museographer .

The 360 meter long, steel and glass structure is integrated within a 20 hectare wasteland that was originally used as a coal mine before the 1960s. It is expected to attract 500,000 visitors every year and envisioned to help revitalize the post-industrial town.

Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Crosswinds Apartments / VSDP

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Architects: VSDP
Location: , India
Project Team: Vivek V. Shankar, Dhanaprakash, Jano Christopher, Jhanavi
Cladding: Hunter Douglas India Ltd
Façade Installer: Srinivas
Structural Engineer: Pase Group
Building Contractor: Babji Mali
Landscape Design: Earthworks
Area: 8,300 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pallon Daruwala

Renewal of the Old Main Seminar of Comillas University / Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos + Ulargui y Pesquera

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Architects: Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos + Ulargui y Pesquera
Location: Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
Design Team: Alberto Alonso Ortiz, Joaquín Barrientos Barquín, Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira, Floren Muruzábal Sitges, Eduardo Pesquera González, Jesús Ulargui Agurruza
Area: 8,869 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados
Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados

Cranes of Palermo Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

The architectural proposal for the Cranes of Palermo is based on the relationship between the intervention image and the rich local history of Sicily, particularly its Baroque of scenographic and ornamented elements. Designed by De Fournier & Associados…, the

Scandic Hotel Fornebu / NSW AS

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Architects: NSW AS
Location: ,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein (Responsible Partner), Gudmund Stenseth (Project Architect), Tiffany Otis, Emelie Tornberg, Luis Santos, Chiara M. Zorzi, Geir Klefstad, Taylor Ferring
Area: 25,000 sqm
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos
Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of Brasilia, the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos…, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail,

Renovation and Reconstruction of the Castle of Novara / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

Nogales House / DX Arquitectos

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Architects: DX Arquitectos
Location: Nogales, Valparaíso Region,
Design Team: Juan Luzoro, Roberto Mercado
Collaborators: Justyna Skrobanska
Area: 135 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pablo Blanco Barros

Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados
Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados

Parque Burle Marx Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

The proposal for the Parque Burle Marx offers a mix of offices, office and residential buildings, local commerce, and urban park, and an ecological station for conservation areas. Designed by De Fournier & Associados…, the Faunal corridor, which will

Crown Woods College / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Royal Borough of Greenwich, , UK
Structural Engineer: BDP Engineering
Services Engineer: BDP
Quantity Surveyor: Cyril Sweett
Client: Balfour Beatty
Area: 16,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Durant, Courtesy of

Casillo Headquarters in Corato / Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Architects: Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners
Location: Corato, Province of Bari,
Design Team: Massimo Alvisi, Junko Kirimoto, Alessandra Spiezia, Arabella Rocca
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anna Galante

Harbour me, Celia! / Peter Haimerl Architektur

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Architects: Peter Haimerl Architektur
Location: , Bayern, Germany
Year: 2008
Photographs: Edward Beierle

Dormitories for ITRI Southern Taiwan Campus / Bio-Architecture Formosana

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Architects: Bio-Architecture Formosana
Location: , Taiwan
Site Area: 52,792 sqm
Floor Area: 6,182 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-Architecture Formosana

Loft in Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos

© Fran Parente

Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marília Caetano
Team: Madalena Vidal
Project Area: 162 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente

TEDxRamallah: Simply Look Inside You, Never at Others / Suad Amiry

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In this TEDxRamallah, Palestinian Architect – who works in architectural restoration on Palestinian buildings – discusses her journey as someone finding a path for herself.  Although she speaks about her nationality and her family’s refugee history, her focus is on learning how to find the things that are fulfilling in one’s life in the face of challenges.  Her sense of humor and passion is inspiring.  Not only is she an architect working in a field for which she has a passion, she has also stumbled upon the role of an author, having written “Sharon and my Mother–in-Law: Ramallah Diaries”, which is an account of living under Israeli occupation.  Even in the dire political circumstances of of her refugee status, Amiry finds humor under tragic circumstances.

More about Amiry after the break…

Prato Lofts / MDU Architetti

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Architects: MDU Architetti
Location: Prato, Province of Prato,
Design Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
Structural Engineer: Venturi & Motta
Building Cost: € 750,000
Client: CDM immobiliare
Area: 703 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Courtesy of

2013 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Recipients

2013 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Recipients

Three influential groups have been chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to receive the 2013 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The award recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others…