Courtesy of Kana Arhitekti
Courtesy of Kana Arhitekti

Hotel in Montenegro Competition Entry / Kana Arhitekti

The main goal of the Hotel in Montenegro proposal was not to create a resort type of hotel, but rather a new town square, a vibrant part of this sleepy city. This approach by Kana Arhitekti… significantly upgraded the quality

One One Eagle Street / Cox Rayner Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones

: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Australia
Area: 64,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn, Stefan Jannides, Leon McBride, Scott Needham

ERA3 – Eraclito Housing / LPzR architetti associati

© Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

: LPzR architetti associati
Location: via Eraclito 3, Milano,
Design Team: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Federico Reyneri
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria

Central Municipal Library / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

© Jean-Luc Valentin

Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Location: Hasengasse 4, 60311 , Germany
Client: DIC Deutsche Immobilien Chancen und Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jean-Luc Valentin

An Opportunity for Revitalization in Detroit

, Michigan; Courtesy of Flickr User DandeLuca, licensed via Creative Commons

Young entrepreneurs gravitate to places where they can become the founders of a revitalized culture; where land is cheap and available, and innovation is uninhibited by a status quo.  Detroit, Michigan has become one of those places. The media gives us a portrayal of a wasteland, a post apocalyptic landscape of dilapidated homes and , but there is plenty opportunity for start-ups to redefine Detroit’s future. That it why young innovators and risk-takers are needed to bring new energy and awaken new markets within the city.  A recent article by Chuck Salter for Fast Company identifies six entrepreneurs who have started businesses in Detroit.  They vary from grassroots campaigns to inform people of opportunities within the city to small scale enterprises that bring retail and infrastructure to the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.

More after the break.

Myrkdalen Hotel / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: JVA
Location: , Norway
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Nils Røsvik, Tuva Salomonsen Hansen, Anna Zeuthen Andersen
Consultants: Seim & Hultgreen AS, Sweco Norge AS, Oras Bergen AS, Bravida Norge AS, Vangen Elektriske AS, Vestlandske Limtreindustri AS
Area: 7600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Mediterrrani 32 / Isern Associats

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Isern Associats
Location: Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona,
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect

Jawahar Kala Kendra © Charles Correa Associates

The Royal Institute of British Architects () presents the first major UK showcasing the work of renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born in 1930). Rooted both in modernism and the rich traditions of people, place and climate, Correa has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture and urbanism for post-war India. He has designed some of the most outstanding buildings in India and has received many of the world’s most important architecture awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (1984), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1988) and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (1994), and is still working today.

Villa Upper Austria / Two in a Box-Architekten

© Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture

: Two in a Box-Architekten
Location: Upper Austria, Austria
Architect In Charge: Christian Stummer, Andreas Fiereder
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dietmar Tollerian-Archipicture

Can Glowing Trees One Day Replace Electric Streetlights?

Courtesy of Wikivisual

“We don’t live in nature any more – we put boxes around it. But now we can actually engineer nature to sustain our needs. All we have to do is design the code and it will self-create. Our visions today – if we can encapsulate them in a seed – [will] grow to actually fulfill that vision.” - Andrew Hessel in a recent ArchDaily interview

“Engineering nature to sustain our needs” is exactly what the Glowing Plant Project aims to do. Synthetic biologist Omri Amirav-Drory, plant scientist Kyle Taylor and project leader Antony Evans are working together to engineer “a glow-in-the-dark plant using synthetic biology techniques that could possibly replace traditional lighting” – and perhaps even create glow-in-the-dark trees that would supplant (pun intended) the common street light.

How is this possible? Read on to find out.

Restaurant Tour Total / Leyk Wollenberg Architects


Location: Jean-Monnet-Straße 2, Berlin,
Architect In Charge: Leyk Wollenberg Architects
Design Team: Dietmar Leyk, Petra Wollenberg with Inken Blum, Florian Spaelty, André Rossmann
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2012

Courtesy of Moko Architects
Courtesy of Moko Architects

‘BS25′ Silos – Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center Proposal / Moko Architects

The proposal by Moko Architects… for the Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center restores a part of a house factory in Żerań which operated in the past,. They turn a building in a non-developed area with abandoned halls and warehouses into

Reconnecting the Subway with the Sky

Courtesy of MTA-CC/NYCT Arup

In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above — lenses in the concrete sidewalks.

However, it proved extremely difficult to keep the skylights clean, and light eventually stopped passing through. Subway authorities moved toward an almost exclusive reliance on electric . While this allowed for greater flexibility in station design, permitting construction at any location and depth, it also created a sense of disorientation and alienation for some passengers.

For the design of Lower Manhattan’s Fulton Center, Arup, in conjunction with design architect Grimshaw sought to reconnect the century-old subway system with the world above.

Read more about this “enlightening” subway station, after the break…

Ochoalcubo: Japan + Chile

Sou Fujimoto and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow) at the Ochoquebradas site © Courtesy of Max Nuñez

In , a very special project is being developed.

Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who started his business in Chile in the 80′s, has always been an advocate for design and architecture in the country. In Chile, more than 40 schools of architecture have flooded the market, but the ever growing number of professionals has had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Seeing the almost infinite landscape of cookie cutter housing in the suburbs, Godoy asked himself: why not break this model into smaller pieces, each designed by a particular architect, each an opportunity for a young professional? With this in mind, and to foster the appreciation for , Eduardo and his team at Interdesign started a project called “Ochoalcubo” (Eight-Cubed). His original idea was to make 8 projects, with 8 buildings designed each by 8 architects, to create developments where the singularity of each piece was key, in order to demonstrate how the individuality of the architect could result in good architecture.

Online Master Class: “So you want to be famous?”

The IE Master in Architectural Management and Design presents the Online Master Classes series.

Introducing: “So you want to be famous?” with Peter Murray from Wordsearch Communications. Peter Murray discusses the way that throughout the ages have used media to promote ideas and projects, to increase their profile and, ultimately, win more work. The lessons of Palladio, Corbusier, Foster, Gehry and Koolhaas are highly relevant to today’s practitioners.

Date: June 13, 2013. 17:00 Madrid.
Speaker: Peter Murray, Wordsearch Communications and NLA Founder. Professor at Master in Architectural Management and Design.

To Register please click here.

Clearing Almere / Frank Goerge

Courtesy of Frank Goerge

: Frank Goerge
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Frank Goerge, Hamburg
Structural Design : Carola Goerge, Hamburg
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Frank Goerge

Courtesy of Mauro Turin Architectes
Courtesy of Mauro Turin Architectes

Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique Competition Entry / Mauro Turin Architectes

The proposal for the Château of Chillon Restaurant & Boutique by Mauro Turin Architectes… takes into account the cultural significance of the historical national monument and uses century-old construction along with various updated methodologies. Their aspiration is to add, in a notion

El Golf D17 Beach House / rrmr arquitectos

© Elsa Ramírez

Architects: rrmr arquitectos
Location: Asia,
Architects In Charge: Roberto Riofrío Navarro, Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Area: 255 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Elsa Ramírez