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Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos +19

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award, Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman +33

New Mahle Distribution Center / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Hassan Bagheri
© Hassan Bagheri

Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture. 

Oculus. Image © Flickr user noktulo © Hassan Bagheri © Hassan Bagheri Roof Plan +12

It's "Time For Strategic Architecture"

00:00 - 5 September, 2014
It's "Time For Strategic Architecture", Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates
Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates

In an article for the New York Times, Alexandra Lange discusses a number of US projects which are "transforming, but not disrupting," their respective communities. In this vein, she cites Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates' new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury, Boston, as a prime example of a new kind of architecture which "comes from understanding of past civic hopes, redesigning them to meet the future." Examining some of the key concepts that make for successfully integrated community buildings, such as the creation of spaces that actively forge personal connections, Lange concludes that perhaps it is now "time for strategic architecture."

Final Design Concepts Unveiled for Arizona’s Mesa City Center

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8

The final design concepts for the redesign of Arizona’s Mesa City Center have been unveiled by the competition's three finalist design teams: Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore; Woods Bagot + Surface Design; and Otak + Mayer Reed.

The Mesa City Center redesign project aims to develop an 18 acre site in the city’s downtown and enhance the urbanization of the area. When complete, the city center will be transformed into a public space with both programmed and passive space that can be used for informal gatherings as well as events. “The signature public space will be a key element in the activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center with a variety of uses that activate the public space,” the competition website states.

Read on after the break for descriptions and images from the architects of their design proposals…

Houseboat / Mjölk Architekti

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Houseboat / Mjölk Architekti, Courtesy of Mjölk architekti
Courtesy of Mjölk architekti
  • Architects

  • Location

    K Vltavě, 143 00 Prague-Prague 12, Czech Republic
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Mjölk architekti

Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti +27

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Pies Descalzos School  / Giancarlo Mazzanti, © Sergio Gomez
© Sergio Gomez

© Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos +41

ProfMedia Management / UNK project

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
ProfMedia Management / UNK project, © Sergey Ananyev
© Sergey Ananyev
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Nikolay Milovidov, Anna Dykhanova, Sergey Markin, Tatyana Kulikova
  • Area

    2270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev +13

Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río , © Nasser Malek Hernández
© Nasser Malek Hernández

© Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández +26

New Details Released of Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's Designs for Mexico City's New Airport

00:00 - 4 September, 2014

Yesterday, a consortium led by Foster + Partners and Fernando Romero of FR-EE were announced as the winners of the competition for the design of Mexico City's new international airport. Designed in conjunction with a masterplan developed by Arup, the airport will initially include three runways, but is designed to expand to up to six runways by 2062, all served by the single terminal building.

One of the world's largest airport terminals at 555,000 square meters, the building is enclosed by a single, continuous lightweight gridshell, the largest of this type of structure ever built with spans reaching up to 170 meters.

By utilizing a single airport terminal, passengers will not need to travel on internal train services or underground tunnels, and the design of the building ensures shorter walking distances and few changes of level, all making for a more relaxing experience for users.

The building is designed to be the world's most sustainable airport, with the single lightweight shell using far less material than a cluster of buildings, and cooling and ventilation strategies that require little to no mechanical assistance for most of the year.

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
D&P Residence  / Atelier Paralelo, © Joana França
© Joana França
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Author

    Thiago de Andrade
  • Collaborators

    Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
  • Project Area

    592.5 m2
  • Project year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +35

Spotlight: Daniel Burnham

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Spotlight: Daniel Burnham, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

The impact Daniel H. Burnham had on urban planning and the American city is still felt today, many years after his death, on what would have been his 168th birthday. Over the course of his lucrative career, Burnham pioneered some of the world's first skyscrapers, inspired the City Beautiful Movement with his vision for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and created urban plans for numerous cities before urban planning even existed as a profession. Burnham said of his unusual large scale thinking, "Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood."

LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community, Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community
Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community
  • Architects

  • Location

    7 Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Yong-hwan Shin
  • Constructor

    Nordic Bros. Design Community / Seong-Won Park
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community +10

Video: JS Dorton Arena, the Fairground Pavilion That Was a Modernist Marvel

00:00 - 4 September, 2014

The JS Dorton Arena, originally designed as a livestock judging pavilion for the North Carolina fairgrounds, was a deliberate political statement for the North Carolina State University about the courage of progress and value of taking risks. The architect, Matthew Nowicki, imagined a symphonic spatial experience where design, material and construction are choreographed in a highly challenging and sweeping, ambitious vision. Foregoing interior columns, the building combines intersecting parabolic arches of reinforced concrete with a grid of draped tension cables inspired by the tension system of the Golden Gate Bridge to support the entire span of the roof - the first of its kind.

Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +34

Frank Gehry’s Design for Ground Zero Arts Center Shelved

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
Frank Gehry’s Design for Ground Zero Arts Center Shelved, Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners
Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners

Frank Gehry’s design for the performing arts center at ground zero in New York has been shelved and the planning board will instead select a design from three other finalist architects, the New York Times has reported. This follows on reports from February that Frank Gehry’s original design was being revised and his plans for an initial 1,000 seat center were being abandoned. “We’re in the process of selecting a new architect,” said John E. Zuccotti, the real estate developer who is the chairman of the arts center’s board. “Three architectural firms are being considered.” Gehry, however, has said that he’s heard “zero at ground zero” and hasn’t been informed of the board’s decision. To learn more about the plans for the performing arts center see the full article from the New York Times.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell, © Albert Vecerka / ESTO
© Albert Vecerka / ESTO
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
  • Area

    53000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO +22