Font Del Roure Nursery / ONL Arquitectura

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Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: C/ del Pont s/n, Masquefa, Anoia,
Collaborators: Félix López, Borja Iglesias, Tapio Lassmann, Mireia Marès
Constructor: EMCOFA, S.L.
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Budget: € 2,847,390
Photographs: José Hevia

Fournitures Select / Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

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Architects: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
Location: ,
Partner In Charge: Alexandre Blouin
Design Team: Isabelle Beauchamp (Project Architect), Jonathan Trottier
Area: 13,400 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio

8th China Flower Expo Information Center / Lab Architecture Studio

Designed for the 8th China Flower expo, which will be held in 2014, the design for the information center by Lab Architecture Studio… aims to create a very subtle expression. By blending it into nature, the project is able to

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

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Architects: Archi Union Architects Inc
Location: International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Client: Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: SHEN Zhonghai

Shanghai Vanke Headquarters / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: Shanghai, Changning,
Design Architects: (TDS), Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
Principal: Mr. Toshio Tsushima (TDS), Mr. Hiroto Kobayashi/Mrs. Naomi Maki (KMDW)
Collaborators: Shanghai Vanke: Shikyo Fu (Design Director)
Landscape: Studio On Site
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Ogikubo House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Suginami-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Video: Alpine Hut / OFIS Arhitekti

OFIS Arhitekti shared with us a video they put together for their project, Alpine Hut. Situated in a small Alpine village, part of Triglav national park with very strict rules of construction and architectural design, the client bought the site together with existing construction permit for the generic project. Basically, the main task was to give the hut a new look, create a new veranda around the house and position the openings towards the views and increasing its sustainability.

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Light Forest: Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects

Situated in the new green heart of Helsinki, the ‘Light Forest’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library intends to replace the existing green that the architects will subtract to the park in a perfectly controlled indoor environment. Occupying 4500m² of…

Somlo Winery Complex / Ekler Architect

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Architects: Ekler Architect
Location: Somló,
Architect In Charge: Dezső Ekler
Design Team: Árpád Koncz, Gyöngyi Berta, Balázs Győri, János Gatter, Veronika Katona, Dalma Kiss, Bálint Berki
Area: 5,947 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

The Bay House / Roger Ferris + Partners

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Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Roger Ferris, AIA, RIBA, Robert Marx, AIA, Myron Mirgorodsky, AIA, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Mechanical: D’Antonio Consulting Engineers
Area: 6,400 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Arch Photo Inc, New York

115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

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Architects: Paragon Architects
Location: Johannesburg,
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Bell

The ABI’s Up, But Is Building Really Making A Comeback?

via designbuildsource.com

As a follow up to a previous post we recently published regarding the positive look on the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), forward-looking indicators for building and construction activity have been turning increasingly positive over recent months, which is the good news. Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the US is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending ‘fiscal cliff’. To be sure, the good news is not evenly spread across sectors and regions. Buoyed by lower interest rates, growing demand for rental accommodation and the progressive subsiding of the mortgage crisis, the residential building sector (57.3) is improving quickly whereas activity in commercial and industrial building remains flat. More information after the break.

Kindergarten and after-school Care Center / Alexa Zahn architects

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Architects: Alexa Zahn architects
Location: Linz,
Architect In Charge: Alexa Zahn, Barbara Schwab
Building Physics: Office Krückl, DI Thomas Seidel
Statics: Office H+W, Werkraum Wien (competition)
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXVI

Photo by asli aydin – http://www..com/photos/asli_aydin/

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by asli aydin in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.

Silo 468 / Lighting Design Collective

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Architects: Lighting Design Collective
Location: , Finland
Lead Design: Tapio Rosenius, Oscar Martin, Rodolfo Lozano, Victor Soria, Gorka Cortazar, Reinaldo Alcala, Rodrigo Arcaya
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hannu Iso-oja, Tapio Rosenius, Tuomas Uusheimo

Toronto’s Anti-City Mayor Ousted

OccupyToronto: Evict Rob Ford March (November 19, 2011). Photo via Flickr User CC Jackman Ciu

Rob Ford, the Mayor famous for making enemies of “urban thinkers, designers and practitioners,” has been ousted from office for violating a conflict-of-interest act (he spoke and voted on a matter which allowed his own Football Foundation to financially benefit).

While Ford is still gearing up his appeal, which must be prepared by December 10th, many Torontonians are rejoicing in the hopes that Ford’s removal could signal a new era for Toronto. The Star‘s Architecture writer, Christopher Hume, sees Ford’s ousting as an opportunity for Toronto’s next mayor to leave behind the city’s car-centered policies and champion public space/transit.

As he puts it: “The problems that plague Toronto — and virtually every other city in the country — are built into a political system stacked against cities. Our next mayor has to join this fight, perhaps lead it, as the future prosperity of depends upon a more equitable fiscal arrangement.[...] Toronto needs a mayor [...] clever enough to see that the city belongs to all its residents, not just drivers. Just as we must share the public realm, we must share the streets and open them up for cyclists and pedestrians, who represent the wave of the future.”

Story via The Star and The Atlantic Cities 

Montebello 332 / Jorge Bolio Arquitectura

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Architects: Jorge Bolio Arquitectura
Location: Mérida, México
Design Team: Jorge Bolio, Jesús Sosa, Erika Novelo
Year: 2012
Photography: David Cervera Castro

BIG and OMA Neck-to-Neck For Miami Beach Convention Center

Courtesy of Curbed Miami

High profile architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels) and OMA (Rem Koolhaas) are in a close battle to win the redevelopment competition for the design of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Recently put on hold by a corruption probe and procedural concerns, Miami Beach’s ambitious plans to create a 52-acre convention center district are again progressing toward a crucial vote by elected officials. The committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by interim City Manager Kathie Brooks, who will issue her own recommendation to city commissioners. Commissioners could vote on the project and development teams Dec. 12. More information after the break.