Facebook Prineville Data Center / Sheehan Partners

© Jonnu Singleton

Architects: Sheehan Partners
Location: , Oregon, USA
Year: 2011
Area: 332,390 sq ft
Photographs: Jonnu Singleton

Danial / Reza Sayadian + Sara Kalantary

© Alireza Behpour

Architects: Reza Sayadian + Sara Kalantary
Location: ,
Associate Architect: Hamidreza Razmaria
Year: 2012
Area: 1,344 sqm
Construction: tdcoffice
Structure: Mohammad Fathi
Client: Nazila Ansari
Photographs: Alireza Behpour

© Luigi Filetici
© Luigi Filetici

Cube House / Studio Schiattarella

Located in Rome’s ‘Olympic Village’, the ‘Cube House’ is laid out as a single unit in which a central element, in the form of a cube, divides and distributes its various functional areas without any interruptions: living, sleeping, cooking and…

Kyneton Residence / Intermode

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Intermode
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Project Collaborators: Carr Design Group VCON
Year: 2011
Area: 418 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Palais Thermal / KTP Architecten + formTL

© Roland Halbe

Architects: formTL + KTP Architecten
Location: , Germany
Fitter: Velabran/Novum
Client: Staatsbad Wildbad Bäder- und Kurbetriebs GmbH
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Courtesy of UncommonGoods
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

How to Make It: Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

If you are considering turning your designs and business practices into a more eco-friendly, deeper shade of green, then we strongly encourage you to attend the ‘Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs’ free event as part of the How to…

Drents Museum / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: Assen,
Year: 2011
Photographs: J Collingridge

Knowledge and Cultural Square Winning Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

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Just this Monday, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo Architecten, together with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the center of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of Oslo, . The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Guardian Parking / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architects: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, USA
Year: 2012
Area: 16,500 sqft
General Contractor: Lingo Construction
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Photographs: Joseph Mills

Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens in NYC!

© Diane Bondareff / Four Freedoms Park

October 24 marks the long-awaited grand opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Four Freedoms Park in City. Located on a triangular site formed by the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, the four-acre FDR memorial park stands for the “freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear”. It was conceived nearly four decades ago by the legendary architect , shortly before his death in 1974.

Read our previous coverage for all the design details and get a sneak peak after the break with images from the dedication ceremony.

One Taste Holistic / CROX International

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Architects: CROX International
Location: Hangzhou,
Head Designers: Tsung-Jen Lin, Director
Design Team: Ying-xiuLin ,Ben-tao Li
Year: 2012
Area: 360.0 sqm
Clients: One Taste Holistic Health Club
Photographs: Black

AD Round Up: Olympic Venues

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Time for our first selection of Olympic Venues. We have five great projects that you must check out! Like our AD Classics, Munich Olympic Stadium by Frei Otto & Gunther Behnisch and Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Don’t miss Herzog & de Meuron Bird’s Nest inside photos. Finally, revisit the great London 2012 Velodrome designed by Hopkins Architects or the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Air Flow House / UID Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2008
Area: 279.18 sqm
Structural Engineers: Hidekazu Ikeda
Site Area: 498.15 sqm
Total Floor Area: 293.41 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Kenneth Frampton wins 2012 Schelling Architecture Theory Prize

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British-American architect and historian Kenneth Frampton has been confirmed as this year’s winner of the Theory Prize of the Schelling Architecture Foundation. The jury is honoring Frampton for his “fundamental studies on tectonics and the architectonic large-scale form as predominant elements of urban landscapes. His theoretical range encompasses a vastness that no other prominent thinker in architecture has yet achieved. In addition, he will be honored for his accurate studies in which he has been analyzing current construction processes as well as the history of modern architecture since the early 19th century”.

As the winner of the 2012 Theory Prize, Frampton will now participate as a jury member in the selection of the Schelling Architecture Prize winner. Given that of the ten winners of the Schelling architecture prize four of them have already won the Pritzker Prize – most recently Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu – the nomination for the Schelling Architecture Prize is in itself a distinction.

The three nominated practices for the €20,000 Schelling Architecture Prize are:

Footbridge in Ljubljana / Arhitektura d.o.o.

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Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
Location: , Slovenia
Design Team: Peter Gabrijelčič, Boštjan Gabrijelčič, Gregor Cipot
Year: 2012
Collaborators: Tomaž Budkovič, Daniel Zorec, Simon Sever
Photographs: Courtesy of Arhitektura d.o.o.

ArchDaily U.S. Election Poll: Where do Architects Stand?

For architecture there is much at stake in this, where two contrasting visions of government’s role in the economy are boiling over.

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will have global economic implications. In the midst of one of the most severe global recessions in history, policymakers around the world are waiting to see which way the will go this coming November. Will it stay the course of potential recovery—as yet incomplete—set by President Barack Obama? Or will it veer to the right into the still vague and undefined policies of challenger Mitt Romney?

For architecture specifically there is much at stake in this, the most expensive presidential race in history, where two contrasting visions of government’s role in the economy are boiling over. The Democrats advocate a course of continued federal investment and regulation to steer the country through rough economic waters they say were created by eight years of Republican policies. The Republicans point the finger and say Obama’s policies have not succeeded. They prioritize bringing down the deficit, reducing the size of the federal government and less regulation. Both sets of policies claim to be the answer to get the economy growing again.

Regardless of who wins the chances that economic growth will magically spring back to pre-recession levels are slim to non-existent. But whose policies would be more likely to at least make the long climb out of the well more tolerable?

Vote in our Presidential Poll after the break

Germany’s Leuphana launches Online-University with Urban ThinkTank

’s Lüneburg is venturing into global online learning with the launch of the Leuphana Digital School, a “cost-and-barrier-free” academic platform that offers collaborative web-based learning led by distinguished scholars and experts.

So-called social learning systems are radically changing the field of academic education and setting new standards for the communication of knowledge. Internationally distinguished scientists from the Columbia University New York, the Arizona State University, the London School of Economics, the Goldsmiths University of London, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ETH Zurich, the Collegium Helveticum and the University of Zurich, the Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou and the City University Hong Kong, as well as leading experts from politics, media and economy will be advising students participating in Leuphana’s online-University, starting with the prototype course: “ThinkTank – Ideal City of the 21st Century”.

2012 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced!

Butaro Hospital, Rwanda / . © Iwan Baan. “The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda’s Burera District has 140 beds and serves 400,000 people.”

The Winners for this year’s coveted Curry Stone Design Prize, which awards talented designers who “harness their ingenuity and craft for social good,” have just been announced!

In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Prize, this year the five winners will share the $25,000 award equally. An awards ceremony will take place on November 15, 2012, at Harvard Graduate School of Design, followed the next day with a forum of presentations by the 2012 winners and panel discussions. The awards ceremony and daylong forum are free and open to the public.

A big congratulations go out to The Center for Urban PedagogyJeanne van HeeswijkLiter of LightMASS Design, and the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation! More info on these incredible organizations, after the break…