‘POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.’ Exhibition

Taking place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in from June 19 – July 20, the ’POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.‘ exhibition will investigate what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings by 30 architects of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street that address both ends of the architectural drawing spectrum, understanding its codes and protocols and deploying the personal obsession of each architect in the articulation of a position now. For more information, please visit here.

The Bow / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: , Canada
Architect In Charge: Foster + Partners
Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Spencer de Grey, Nigel Dancey, James Barnes
Area: 199,781 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nigel Young – Foster + Partners

Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)
Courtesy of Georges Batzios + Rena Sakellaridou, and Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH)

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou)… shared with us their proposal, titled ‘Calligraphic-scapes,’ for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought

Forum at the Eckenberg Academy / Ecker Architekten

© Brigida Gonzalez

Architects: Ecker Architekten
Location: Adelsheim,
Client: Baden-Württemberg Department of Property and Construction – Heilbronn Office
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez, John Ruffolo, Image Agency

KMC Corporate Office / RMA Architects

© Robert Stephens

Architects: RMA Architects
Location: Cyber City, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robert Stephens, Rahul Mehrotra, Courtesy of RMA Architects, Rajesh Vora, Carlos Chen

Køge University Hospital Winning Proposal / Rådgivergruppen USK

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Rådgivergruppen USK, headed by C.F. Møller, Alectia and Rambøll, has been named as the winner of the competition to build the new University Hospital, an expansion of the existing Køge Hospital, which will be increased threefold to a total area of 177,000 m². A visionary project in terms of both architecture and functionality, the hospital’s various functions can be structured on a highly flexible basis, with good opportunities to support Region Zealand’s vision of holistic patient care. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lutkemeerweg / MAS architectuur

© John Lewis Marshall

Architects: MAS architectuur
Location: , The
Architect In Charge: MAS architectuur
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall

Aurea Residence / Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture

© Dale Tu

Architects: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture
Location: , WA, USA
General Contractor: Delen Construction Services Inc
Artwork: Cassandria Blackmore
Engineering: LFD Structural Engineering
Area: 3,300 sq ft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dale Tu

Medical Facility in Burges / Cristian Panaite + Katrien Devreese

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: +
Location: Dudzele, Bruges, Belgium
Area: 215 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

2013 Great Places Award Winners Announced

Northerly Island / + SmithGroupJJR

Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have been named winners of the 2013 Great Places and were honored during the 44th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) earlier this month. The EDRA Great Places recognizes professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form and human activity or experience.

The winners after the break…

Fremantle Additions / Jonathan Lake Architects

© Robert Frith

Architects: Jonathan Lake Architects
Location: Western Australian,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robert Frith

Kunstcluster / van Dongen-Koschuch

Courtesy of van Dongen-Koschuch

Architects: van Dongen-Koschuch
Location: Nieuwegein,
Architects: Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch
Project Team: H. de Haas, J. Baks, J.W. Baijense, F. Jaubert, R. Versteeg, R. Bos, K.R. Sluijs, S. Lin, R. Duarte
Area: 27550.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of van Dongen-Koschuch

SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem


Today, SANAA (Sejima & Nishizawa and Associates) unveiled plans for a 400,000 square-foot building in Jerusalem that will form a new, interdisciplinary downtown campus for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The competition-winning proposal, designed by the 2010 Pritzker laureates in collaboration with Israel’s Nir -Kutz Architects, features an array of stacked horizontal slabs that react to the area’s topography and surrounding context in order to create a series of outdoor terraced viewing platforms and multi-level interior spaces where students and teachers can meet, study and display their work.

More on the new SANAA-design downtown campus after the break…

Kensington International Kindergarten / Plan Architect

© Ketsiree Wongwan

Architects: Plan Architect
Location: , Thailand
Area: 2,270 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Qatar to Accommodate Soccer Fans with Floating Hotels

Aerial View of Doha, ; Courtesy of Flickr User Oryx; Licensed via Creative Commons

In response to the mounting criticism of Qatar’s ability to host the 2022 World Cup, the “tiny Gulf Arab state” is considering developing floating hotels, luxury villas and a water park off the coast of Doha called Oryx Island to house the influx of visitors that will need accommodation during the games.  As stated by the WSJ, the island would be developed by Barwa Real Estate Co, a local firm partly-owned by the government, at a cost of $5.5 million. 

House in Agrinio / John Karahalios

Courtesy of John Karahalios

Architects: John Karahalios
Location: ,
Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of John Karahalios

The Indicator: No More Interns

Sampson Kempthorne workhouse design for 300 paupers, plan view, via wikipedia

The title “intern” should be banished from the profession of architecture. It’s about time. It has run its course. It’s outmoded and contributes to a culture of exploitation in the guise of opportunity. Frankly, it makes us look so nineteenth century.

More importantly, I’m tired of seeing articles decrying the state of interns every summer when “intern season” kicks in. Can we just be done with this? It’s depressing. Don’t exploit the interns! Pay the interns! No free labor! Class action lawsuit! Solidarity! FU pay me! All very well and good. However, if labor laws and ethics have not fixed the problem, maybe getting rid of the title will. It’s just a title, but it sets a bad precedent.

‘Pretty Vacant’ Installation / RAAAF

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Currently on display until January 31, 2014, the ‘Pretty Vacant’ installation by design and research studio Rietveld Landscape encourages visitors to take a fresh look at the empty spaces of the Centraal Museum in The . The blue window literally and figuratively sheds a new light on the space and complements the architecture of this medieval chapel. More images and architects’ description after the break.