Courtesy of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)
Courtesy of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS)

‘The Competition’ Screening

As a follow up to ‘The Competition’ trailer we published this month, architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) announced that the documentary he directed and produced is going to be shown at Instituto Cervantes New York, as well as Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The…

Architects of the 21st Century: Speak Up, Speak Out

“Take Five: A Titan of Architectrual Criticism has Died, but Architects are Best Prepared to Carry on the Conversation” was originally published in AIArchitect.

In a stirring call-to-action written for AIArchitect, Robert Ivy, FAIA and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officerreflects on the state of today. He recognizes that the late, great was unquestionably the best critic of our time. However, the time of the singular architectural voice has passed; in the 21st century, and with the rise of the Internet, we have all become architectural critics – architects, informed citizens, and, often most vociferously, not so informed citizens. In this world of critical noise, Ivy proposes that the architect must step up to take on the role of architecture critic… and advocate.

Read Ivy’s stirring article in full, after the break…

Cala D’or House / Flexo Arquitectura

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Architects: Flexo Arquitectura
Location: Cala d’Or, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Tomeu Ramis, Aixa del Rey, Bárbara Vich
Collaborators: Belén Torres, Cristina Oliver
Area: 275 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Kagawa ,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 50.9 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Courtesy of Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden
Courtesy of Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

Future Floda Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

With the goal to inspire new visions for the future development of the central part of Floda, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden…’s proposal was recently selected as the the winner of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s

KAP / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 140.18 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

The design for the Bratislava Culenova New City Center by Zaha Hadid Architects… is based on a dynamic field strategy which aims to organize the city’s new city center program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. In a series

Apartment “H” / Re-Act Now

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Architects: Re-Act Now
Location: Constanta,
Design Team: Mario Kuibus, Adela Antoniu
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Andrei Margulescu

Bapagrama Stone House / Pragrup

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Architects: Pragrup
Location: ,
Design Team: Ravindra Kumar, Mahaveer Bhurat, Kavitha C. A., Lekha Nanjaiah
Structural Consultants: Pragrup
Area: 1,200 ft2
Photographs: Courtesy of Pragrup

Courtesy of d-code Architects
Courtesy of d-code Architects

Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Entry / d_code Architects

Designed by d-code Architects…, the proposal for the Museum of Underwater Antiquities, which received an honorable mention, is a synthesis of a building characterized by orthometrical simplicity with incorporated high-tech components and a surrounding area of curved and parabolic shaped paths, installations and water parks.

38 Social Housing in Eaubonne / LEM +

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Architects: Agence LEM +
Location: 32-34 route de Margency, Eaubonne,
Area: 3,186 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Thierry Ardouin

New Adobe Campus in Lehi City / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: Adobe Way 3900 N, , UT 84043, USA
Project Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, John McGill, Raul Garduno, Moses Vaughn, Jason Halaby, Pauline Souza
Associate Architects: GSBS Architects
Area: 280000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Saint Denis Archives Building / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

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Architects: Antonini + Darmon Architectes
Location: Saint Denis, France
Budget: 2,6 M €
Client: SEM Plaine Commune
Area: 1,562 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Antonini + Darmon Architectes

Video: Izu Book Cafe / Atelier Bow-Wow

Two Izu retirees hired architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima to design them a home equipped with a neighborhood bookshop and cafe. The Japanese practice stepped up to the challenge and constructed an elegant, curved structure whose white walls and wooden ceiling hug the hundred degree undulating street on which its located and embraces the wooded forest it backs to. The home – which features two bedrooms, a kitchen, cafe, bookshop and atelier – is accessed beneath a bridged part of the structure and organized as a sequence. Take a tour through this interesting space with this short made by JA+U Magazine.

College Track / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

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Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: 4301 3rd Street, , CA 94124,
Project Team: Eric Haesloop, Stefan Hastrup, Jerome Christensen
Area: 13800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Wakely

Electricity Authority of Cyprus / Eraclis Papachristou Architects

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Architects: Eraclis Papachristou Architects
Location: Paphos,
Project Team: Eraclis Papachristou, Panayiotis Panayi, Yiannos Tsiolis, Panayiota Pieri, Demetris Savva, Elia Ioannou
Area: 6,201 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Smithsonian Hires BIG to Rethink Historic D.C. Campus

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The Smithsonian Institution has commissioned the innovative practice of Bjarke Ingels to reimagine the heart of its antiquated Washington D.C. campus. The Danish architect has agreed to an eight- to 12- month, $2.4 million contract to draft the first phase of a master plan that seeks to dissolve the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area.

More on this news after the break…

D House / Lode Architecture

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Architects: Lode Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Moulinet