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First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

© Nick Lehoux
© Nick Lehoux

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Three Projects Shortlisted for 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The RIBA has announced three projects—two located in Asia and one in the United States—for the shortlist of the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize. Named for Berthold Lubetkin, a Georgian-born architect, the prize celebrates the work of RIBA members building outside of the UK. Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, Grimshaw’s Via Verde and Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories will face off for the honor; the winner of this year’s Lubetkin Prize will be announced (along with the winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize) on September 26th in London.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said:

"The 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist features three exceptionally innovative projects that meet three very different urban challenges. From the blueprint for New York affordable housing and the creation of an impressive new shopping district in central Beijing to Singapore’s new sustainable gardens, these are all extremely clever solutions. These cutting-edge schemes show the leading role that architects play in delivering visionary new thinking about urban issues, and illustrate why UK creative talent has such recognition around the world."

More on the shortlisted projects after the break…

Skaters Rights to Southbank Will Be Preserved

In the latest twist in an ongoing saga, the skateboarders campaigning to save the undercroft of the Southbank Centre have succeeded in a bid to list the space as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act, as reported by Architects' Journal. The listing means that any planning decision would have to take the loss to the skating community into account. Read the full article here.

Altos de San Antonio Clubhouse / Dutari Viale Arquitectos

© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
  • Architects: Dutari Viale Arquitectos
  • Location: Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Arquitectos A Cargo: Dutari Viale (Ian Dutari, Santiago Viale Lescano)
  • Project Area: 2,015 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SP-Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos, RB-Roger Berta

© SP-Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos

Via Wines Tasting Room / Claro Arquitectos

Courtesy Claro Arquitectos
Courtesy Claro Arquitectos
  • Architects: Claro Arquitectos / Samuel Claro
  • Location: Panamericana Sur, Maule Region, Chile
  • Area: 180.0 m2
  • Year: 2009

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White Colony / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai

Defining Gensler's Secret to Success

When the $1.9-billion project is completed next year, the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower will become the world’s second-tallest building. The state-of-the-art, spiraling form, which is engineered to help it withstand typhoons, pays tribute to the city’s dynamic rise as a leading commercial center. 

The super-tower also symbolizes the ascension—and resilience—of the firm that designed it. With 3,500 employees, Gensler operates 43 offices in 14 countries. Last year, the company worked on some 6,700 projects for about 2,200 different clients, reporting a record-breaking $751 million in revenue. This year, the company projects its revenues will be closer to $800 million—astounding figures considering the industry is emerging from one of worst economies since the Great Depression. “It’s been a serious downturn and a slow recovery,” says Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA. “From 2008 to 2011, architecture firms’ gross firm billings dropped 41 percent. Now, most firms are inching back, but very slowly.”

In a landscape still riddled with fallout, Gensler has managed to weather the recent economic storms. After cutting about 30 percent of its workforce in a nine-month period between 2008 and early 2009, the firm has rapidly rebuilt and now employs more staff and generates more revenue than ever before. Many in the industry today are scratching their heads: What’s Gensler’s secret? 

Koç Contemporary Art Museum Winning Proposal / Grimshaw

Grimshaw just announced that they have been selected by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in Istanbul. Due to open to the public in 2016, the new project has been conceived to fulfill the Foundation’s vision of showcasing the growing Koç collection to the broadest possible audience and to place these works in a national, regional and international context of contemporary artists. More images and architects' description after the break.

Farmers Fishers Bakers / rizForm

© Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel
  • Architects: GrizForm
  • Location: 3000 K Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC 20007, USA
  • Project Team: Griz Dwight, Brooke Loewen, Michelle Bove
  • Engineering: CFR Engineering
  • Area: 9662.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eric Laignel

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La Casa Della Musica / Geza Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati

© Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari

House H / Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG

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Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG
  • Architects: Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG
  • Location: Hallwang, Salzburg - Austria
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG

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King’s College / Spillman Farmer Architects

  • Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Location: King's College, 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, USA
  • Managing Principal: Daniel L. Harrigan
  • Design Principal: Joseph N. Biondo
  • Project Architect: Michael J. Metzger
  • Project Team: Salvatore B. Verrastro, AIA CCS CCCA FCSI; Wayne F. Stitt, AIA; Joseph Balsamo; Clint Newton, III; Patrick B. Ytsma, RA; Randy Galiotto, Jr.; Kirk Koehler; Mark Piell; Elliot Nolter; Deirdre Kwiatek, LEED AP; Henry DelVecchio, IIDA; Kate Carter
  • Area: 31800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol

Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects recently announced they are building the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones, South Tyrol, Italy which is set to be completed in the summer of 2014. In collaboration with Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, as well as Kronplatz, the largest ski resort in the region, the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM Corones) is embedded within Mount Kronplatz. A composition of fluid, interconnected volumes, the 1000 sq. m. MMM Corones design is carved within the mountain and informed by the geology and topography of its context. More images and architects' description after the break.

0710 Duplex PZG / n232 Arquitectura

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Courtesy of n232 Arquitectura
  • Architects: n232 Arquitectura
  • Location: Arnedo, La Rioja, Spain
  • Project Architects: Victor Garcia, Martin Sáez
  • Engineer: Riojaproject
  • Area: 159.56 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cortesia de n232 Arquitectura

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Preservation: Not for Facades Only

stirring piece by the Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic, Inga Saffron, calls for the preservation—both inside and out—of architecture under threat by “warp-speed gentrification.” Saffron uses as her examples two traditionally black, historic event halls, the Royal Theater and the Blue Horizon, that are “now controlled by developers who would gut their innards and insert soulless structures behind the thin veneer of their facades, a parking garage in the case of the Blue Horizon. That would leave the public with the equivalent of a cardboard cutout of the once-glamorous venues, perfect for photo-ops but lacking in architectural flesh and blood.” The article is a spirited call to preserve not just facades, but also the inner life of architecture: what, according to Saffron, makes a building vibrant and preservation-worthy in the first place.

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