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Vespertinas Nuevo Continente School / Miguel Montor

  • Architect: Miguel Montor
  • Location: Prolongación Zaragoza 61, Colonia la Capilla, 76176 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Collaborator: Lorenzo Farfán
  • Structures: Sergio Ruiz De Velasco
  • Construction: Juvencio Álvarez
  • Project Area: 2400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Alberto Moreno Guzmán

© Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán

+green / Sinato

  • Architects: Sinato
  • Location: Japan, 〒154-0012 Tokyo, Setagaya, Komazawa, 1 Chome21−7 サナイコーポ2
  • Architect in Charge: Chikara Ohno
  • Area: 1153.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

The Library: A World History

© Will Pryce
© Will Pryce

Written by James WP Campbell and featuring stunning photography by Will Pryce, "The Library: A World History" (published by Thames & Hudson 2013) explores the evolution of libraries in different cultures and throughout the ages. It investigates how technical innovations as well as changing cultural attitudes have shaped the designs of libraries from the tablet storehouses of ancient Mesopotamia to today's multi-functional media centres.

Read on for some insights from the book and more of its beautiful photography

Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen / idA

© Markus Bertschi
© Markus Bertschi

© Ladina Bischof © Ladina Bischof © Markus Bertschi © Markus Bertschi

Straight Lines or Curves, Which Do We Prefer?

Do we prefer straight lines or curves? According to Eric Jaffe's article on Fast Co.Design, it seems we subconsciously prefer the latter. Our brains, he claims, have evolved to perceive potential threat in sharp edges. "Square watches, pointy couches, and the like activate the amygdala. The part of the brain that processes fear."  Thus, our feelings, buying habits and favorite buildings are subject to our affection of curves. Investigate for yourself and make sure to read the full article here, “Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture.

2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization and is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, making it one of the most important events on its type in the region.

The UABB has developed strong alliances with partners both local, regional and from all over the world. Among them include globally renowned cultural institutions like Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), MAXXI, OMA, Droog Design, International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, MIT, MoMA New York, and The Berlage.

The curator for this year is Ole Bouman, and amajor attraction of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale is the creative and dramatic transformation of an old Shenzhen glass factory into one of the Biennale’s core venues for this year. Spearheaded by Ole Bouman, the UABB’s curator and creative director, the project adhered to his manifesto statement of “Biennale as risk.” The revitalisation effort not only provides a unique and functional exhibition space for the Biennale but it reclaims a piece of heritage and history. As a broader objective, the makeover is also a step in redefining Shenzhen’s identity. In completing the urban intervention, Mr. Bouman now calls it a ‘Value Factory’ to manufacture ideas and knowledge.

More after the break.

Hipsterkasbah (Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University) / ALA Architects

ALA Architect's submission for Aalto University's Campus2015 international design competition proposed a "conglomerate of buildings to form an incubator of activity." Their aim was to "connect existing structures and projects to create a new areal hotspot, an urban concentration with vivid street life" in order to nurture an "open display of creativity."

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair's entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year's winning proposal, dubbed "Tent Pile," was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami's public.

Building Refurbishment in Pamplona / Alfonso Alzugaray

  • Architects: Alfonso Alzugaray
  • Location: Calle Nueva, 15, 31001 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Alfonso Alzugaray, Carlos Urzainqui
  • Collaborators: Leire Leoz
  • Area: 188.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luis Prieto

© Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto

Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition

Çanakkale, a city of unique urban heritage, is situated on the northwestern coast of Turkey along the Aegean Sea and Dardanelles. The new antenna tower to be designed will be located at the southern outskirt of Çanakkale and will broadcast to the surrounding cities. The site for the proposed tower is on the top of a hill -and within a national forest- providing stunning views of the Dardanelles.

The competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.

The scope of the competition is not only limited to the design of an iconic antenna tower but also includes development of innovative concepts for creating outdoor and indoor spaces enabling public programs of leisure, recreation and exhibition that will attract local people as well as tourists. The design and the position of the project should create a destination in the region that will be renown throughout Turkey.

More information after the break.

A House In A Forest / Igloo Architecture

  • Architects: Igloo Architecture
  • Location: Corbeanca, Romania
  • Design Team: Bruno Andreşoiu, Ana Dinuţă, Catrinel Negru, Mircea Stroescu, Dana Tigan
  • Structural engineering: Paul Sandu, Florentina Sandu
  • Installations: George Cristescu, Emanuel Mihai
  • Area: 550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Andrei Creangă

© Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă

Toormix Workshop / vora arquitectura

  • Architects: vora arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer del Torrent de l'Olla, 15, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Pere Buil, Toni Riba
  • Area: 20.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

SADAR+VUGA Shares Second in Central Mosque of Pristina Competition

The competition isn't over yet as the jury for the Central Mosque of Pristina Competition has announced two second place prizes and no winner. Organized by the Islamic Community of Kosovo, the competition seeks to create a place "where understanding, humanity, tolerance, respect and sincere love shall be cultivated." Slovenian firm SADAR+VUGA was one of the two teams awarded second prize with their project 21PR22. Follow us after the break to learn more. 

Interior. Image © SADAR + VUGA Mosque Model. Image © SADAR + VUGA Entrance 1. Image © SADAR + VUGA Mandatory 1. Image © SADAR + VUGA

Social Green House / Darkitectura

  • Architects: Darkitectura
  • Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Design Team: Julio Juárez, Hugo Maldonado, Luis Arteaga
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Julio Juárez

© Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez

Pomeranian / AEC Krymow & Partners

  • Architects: AEC Krymow & Partners
  • Location: Gdynia, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Georg Krymow
  • Building And Executive Project: Georg Krymow, Daniel Cabanek, Joanna Rogóyska, Karol Zdanuczyk, Michał Reduta, Patrycja Marcinkowska, Krzysztof Starzyk, Dominik Dratwa, Marcin Wesoły, Jacek Pietruszka, Andrzej Sobótka, Ireneusz Sosnowski, Artur Bronisz
  • Supervision: Georg Krymow, Daniel Cabanek
  • General Contractor: Warbud S.A.
  • Area: 13055.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of AEC Krymow & Partners

Courtesy of AEC Krymow & Partners Courtesy of AEC Krymow & Partners Courtesy of AEC Krymow & Partners Courtesy of AEC Krymow & Partners

Lodge on the Lake Exhibition

In light of the strong responses to their Lodge on the Lake competition, organized in collaboration with the University of Canberra and won by Henry Stephens, Nick Roberts and Jack Davies in May, the Gallery of Australian Design is hosting an exhibition of the submissions to the competition, including models of the entries created specially created for the exhibition.

Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG by George Messaritakis

Some days ago we featured BIG's Danish National Maritime Museum, the 17,500 sqm below ground museum. We now have more photos taken by photographer George Messaritakis. You can check them all after the break.

© George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis © George Messaritakis