Iwan Baan: The Way We Live

The City and the Storm, 2012; © Iwan Baan, Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Iwan Baan‘s name may ring a bell for all those following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation across New York City and New Jersey’s coast.  The photographer’s iconic photograph made headlines when it was featured on New York magazine’s front page days after the storm, showing lower Manhattan in complete darkness, set against its vibrant counterpart uptown, as the ’ east coast was recovering from the extensive damage left in Sandy’s wake.  The image not only brings to mind the absolute helplessness that New York City faced during the storm, but also lends a hand in a social commentary that is notably pervasive in Baan’s work.

Starting February 20th, 2013, The Perry Rubenstein Gallery in  will feature the Baan’s work in his first, two-month exhibition entitled The Way We Live, honing in on the images that encapsulate the world of architecture, urbanism and human engagement.

More on Iwan Baan: The Way We Live after the break.

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza / Skidmore Owings & Merrill

SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Location: , Henan,
Area: 240,169 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

Courtesy of Make Architects
Courtesy of Make Architects

St. James Market Developement Proposal Granted Planning Permission / Make Architects

Make Architects… was just granted planning permission by the Crown Estate for the £450million St. James Market development plan located in the heart of Westminster, UK. Also given the go ahead by Westminster Council, their plan also includes three associated residential developments,

Kavouri Residences / Kokkinou-Kourkoulas Architects

© George Fakaros

Architects: Kokkinou-Kourkoulas Architects
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Maria Kokkinou, Andreas Kourkoulas
Collaborators: Artemis Halari, Eleni Theodorou, Stratos Vasileiou, George Nikopoulos, Tassos Ringas, Marianna Athanasiadou, Katerina Kourkoula
Structural Engineer: Andreas Mitsopoulos
Area: 1,600 sqm
Photographs: Erieta Attali, George Fakaros

The Indicator: On a Clear Day You can Almost See Beijing

© Jason Lee for Reuters via theatlantic.com

I remember the smog in Beijing rendering the most beautiful skies. There was an innocence to the air pollution back then, before the engines of economic development really got going.

It was just a pretty sunset, or a delicate brown haze that romantically softened the edges of things—while wrecking your lungs, of course. But, like the sand storms, pollution gave the city a different, rarified quality.

Treehouses Bebelallee / blauraum

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Architects: blauraum
Location: Bebelallee 64, , Germany
Client: Robert Vogel GmbH & Co.
Area: 8,800 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Martin Schlüter, Dominik Reipka

Courtesy of STUDIO Magazine
Courtesy of STUDIO Magazine

Call for Papers: Studio Issue #4 TRANSFORMATION

STUDIO architecture and urbanism magazine is currently accepting proposals for our forthcoming issue TRANSFORMATION. This issue aims to investigate which were, are, and will be the dynamics and the transformation processes of the cities. Through their decisions, men repeatedly adapt…

Flashback: New Synagogue Dresden / Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch

© Norbert Miguletz

Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Kuno Fontaine, Christoph Kratzsch, Dirk Lang, Lukas Petrikoff, Tobias Wagner
Plot Area: 2,690 sqm
Covered Area: 1,286 sqm
Year: 1997
Photographs: Norbert Miguletz

Trump Towers Proposal / Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos

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Designed by Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos, the Trump Towers is an innovative project that will contribute to the development of the port area of , the future home of the 2016 Olympic Games. Defined as five rather slender towers, with broad front to Francisco Bicalho Avenue, they are similar, equal in height and in geometrically tessellated form. This development is carefully arranged creating a sinuous line suggested by gardens occurring at different heights in each tower. This language gives a sense of order that connects with the landscape and stimulate diversity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Whitney Studio / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Danny Bright

Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
Location: Madison Avenue, , NY,
Design Team: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Project Architect: Virginie Stolz
Area: 700 sqft
Photographs: Danny Bright

Cahier d’Exercices / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Location: Old , , QC, Canada
Client: Cahier d’Exercices
Area: 1,600 sq ft
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Gilles Saucier

Courtesy of TEX-FAB
Courtesy of TEX-FAB

TEX-FAB 4 APPLIED Research Through Fabrication Conference

Going back to where it all started, TEX-FAB… will be holding their Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Conference at the University of Texas Arlington School of Architecture from February 28 to March 3. The event will include their largest selection of workshops

Crystal Bridges Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architect

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, , Arkansas 72712,
Design Team: Marlon Blackwell, Meryati Johari Blackwell, Michael Pope, Bradford Payne, Jonathan Boelkins, Stephen Reyenga, William Burks, Angela Carpenter, Casey Worrell
Year: 2011
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Poona House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Rajiv Saini
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Architect In Charge: Rajiv Saini
Design Team: Suprio Bhattacharjee, Kalyani Kale, Neeraj Singh, Ruchi Sharma
Area: 12,000 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

Villa S2 / MARC architects

© Raphael Drent

Architects: MARC architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Marc van Driest, Taco van Iersel
Structural Engineer: BREED Integrated Design
Building Physics: Nieman
Photographs: Raphael Drent

The Menil Collection selected to receive AIA Twenty-five Year Award

© Paul Hester

The Menil Collection Houston, designed by architect Renzo Piano, has been selected for the 2013 . Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this June at the National Convention in Denver.

More on The Menil Collection after the break.

Bridge House / 123DV

© Christiaan de Bruijne

Architects: 123DV
Location: ,
Area: 825 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

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At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects () has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.