Black and White Office / TOYA Design

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Architects: TOYA Design
Location: , Poland
Architect In Charge: Tomasz Wojtkowiak
Design Team: Tomasz Wojtkowiak, Anna Sędecka, Dominika Gieburowska
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TOYA Design

H&M Seoul Hongdae Store / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

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Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
Location: Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
Design Team: Jea-Ok Kim, Ji-sun Park, Jung-ho Choi, Jeong-tae Kim
Area: 271.53 sqm
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

‘The Great Sky’: Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

The ‘Great Sky Visitor Center’ is a shimmering mirrored disc floating above the flat horizon of the Great Fen atop a shallow cone of fenland planting – a dramatic profile and marker in the landscape, but also one camouflaged when…

Post-Tsunami Housing / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: Kirinda,
Client: Philip Bay
Area: 71 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Dominic Sansoni

Elizabeth Beach House / Bourne Blue Architecture

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Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
Location: , Australia
Project Architects: Claire Lavis, Shane Blue
Area: 264 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture

Lamp Lighting Solutions 2013 Awards Finalists

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This year, the Lighting Solutions 2013 celebrated its 5th version. The awards are organized by LAMP, an architectural technical lighting company, specialized in, advising on and designing efficient solutions adaptable to any project by way of innovative and competitive products and services.

Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2013 closed its registration period with record on all the previous editions, with a total of 608 projects submitted from 52 countries and 61% internationalization.

More details on the winners after the break.

GV-17 House / SANGRAD + AVP Arhitekti

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Architects: AVP Arhitekti + SANGRAD
Location: Sv. Martin na Muri, Croatia
Project Architects: Aleksandra Duka and Vedran Pedišić
Budget: 100,000 Euro
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sandro Lendler

Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto
Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto

Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013

Who are currently the most noteworthy young architects in Norway, and how are they positioning themselves both at home and abroad?…

Country House Punta Callao / Gestaa

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Architects: Gestaa
Location: Región de los Lagos,
Architect In Charge: Tomás Alvarez Robledo
Collaborators: Eduardo Sánchez, Nicolás Marileo, Juan Pablo Labbe, Francisco Vera
Constructor: Stamparini Mendez
Area: 247 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Gestaa

Cipreses Residential Complex / Juan Carlos Doblado + Nómena Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Carlos Doblado + Nómena Arquitectos
Location: , Lima, Perú
Constructor: Graña, Montero S.A.
Structure: Marcos Tinman
Area: 2681474.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos

One World Trade Center Will Soon Top Out at 1,776 Feet

After weather conditions refused to cooperate on Monday, the final two sections of Freedom Tower have been lifted to the summit of the One World Trade CenterConstruction of the gargantuan 758-ton, 408-foot spire – a joint Canadian-U.S. venture – began in December 2012, when 18 separate pieces were shipped to Manhattan from Canada and New JerseyThis final addition, including a steel beacon, means that the height of the building will soon rise from 1,368 feet to a more patriotic 1,776 feet once the segments are permanently installed within the next few weeks. However, it’s not yet certain that the building will officially be the tallest in the U.S.

Read more after the break…

Aigurande / 2NE Architecture

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Architects: 2NE Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: 2NE Architecture
Area: 1,033 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

HASE BLDG.8 / C+A Coelacanth and Associates

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Architects: C+A Coelacanth and Associates
Location: Nagoya, Aichi,
Area: 79.67 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of

The Indicator: Cooper Union, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

The architecture that sunk the architecture school. ’s $111 million New Academic Building. Via Wikipedia

Beginning in 2014 The for the Advancement of Science and Art (known more commonly as ), the famed New York City college, will start charging tuition.

For more than 100 years, Cooper Union, which includes a prestigious architecture school, has been “free” (full-tuition support to all students). As such it has always stood apart, charting its own path and following its own independent mission. That Cooper Union is now dead.

For Cooper Union to have survived it would have had to remain simpleminded. And I mean this in the most flattering way.

1st prize / Courtesy of Hélène Grialou & Sebastien Gafari
1st prize / Courtesy of Hélène Grialou & Sebastien Gafari

‘Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders’ Winners Announced

Aiming to bring attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 ASEAN nations, the ‘Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders’ sought proposals that focused on local border sites, where specific cultural, social and ecological issues can be addressed while engaging in…

Where are the Architect Heroes?

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This blog was written by Doug Wingall, the President of HDR Architecture, for the AIA Blog Off on the theme “What does architect as leader mean to you?” It was originally published on HDR Architecture‘s blog BLiNK.

Architects and designers are trained in school to be creative and critical thinkers. We are shaped and molded into being the purveyors of ideas that can have a positive influence not only on the built environment, but society in general. By the very skills and talents which architects and designers possess, we are inherent problem solvers.

In fact, one of our country’s greatest politicians, Thomas Jefferson, believed that architecture embodied the soul of his new country–a building was a metaphor for American ideology, the process of construction equal to the task of building a nation.

So why aren’t there more architects and designers working on the national and global stage to solve pressing social, environmental and economic challenges? Currently, lawyers comprise 37 percent of all U.S. senators and nearly 24 percent of all U.S. congressmen. Banking and business occupations account for 20 percent of the Senate and 22 percent of the House. According to the AIA, in the last 50 years, only one architect has served in a national capacity: U.S. Congressman Richard Swett, who represented New Hampshire from 1990 to 1994.

Why aren’t there more architects on a national or global leadership level influencing the policy that ensures positive change?

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo / Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

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Architects: Hironori Matsubara, Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory
Location: , Kinshasa, Congo
Architects In Charge: Hironori Matsubara, Yoko Tatemoto
Construction: ACADEX local volunteer’s construction team
Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of
Area: 271.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Youth House of Culture and Knowledge / 2NE Architecture

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Architects: 2NE Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 1,652 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 2NE Architecture