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Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games

Beyond 2012 is a new website launched by the British Design Council to tell the story of how the London 2012 Olympic Games were designed. The site explores how the best British designers were brought in to create the products, fashion, graphics, digital design, and of course the architecture that made the 2012 games a fantastic worldwide spectacle. See the full website here.

Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

  • Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Vereniging Elzes
  • Structural Engineer: Duyts Bouwconstructies BV
  • Contractor: Wever Bouwgroep BV
  • Contributors: Merel Martens, Dingeman Deijs, Jasper Hermans,  Santiago Baltar Bescansa, Gert-Jan van Laar, Quinten Savarit
  • Area: 1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Milad Pallesh

© Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh

Palmas Seis House / POMC arquitecto

  • Architects: POMC arquitecto
  • Location: ZAPOPAN, JALISCO
  • Project Architect: Paul Octavio Medina Campuzano
  • Collaborators: Alejandro Apolinar, Judy Jimenez, Roberto Machuca
  • Project Area: 390.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Maggie Manzano

© Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano

Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

This Parisian ghost town in Tianducheng, China has become the archetype of China's architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home. 

AD Classics: Ville Radieuse / Le Corbusier

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via land8.com

Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) is an unrealized urban masterplan by Le Corbusier, first presented in 1924 and published in a book of the same name in 1933. Designed to contain effective means of transportation, as well as an abundance of green space and sunlight, Le Corbusier’s city of the future would not only provide residents with a better lifestyle, but would contribute to creating a better society. Though radical, strict and nearly totalitarian in its order, symmetry and standardization, Le Corbusier’s proposed principles had an extensive influence on modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies.

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Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / AVA

Designed by AVA (Andrea Vattovani Architecture), their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History not only creates an icon for the city, but their intervention is able to emphasize and further develop the city structure. Since a box-like form didn‘t seem to be the best solution for integrating the museum in its surroundings, they took special notice of the urban surroundings and protected monuments in the development process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Shigeru Ban Architects
© Shigeru Ban Architects

With ever-expanding traveling exhibitions attracting over 35,000 yearly visitors from around the globe, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has outgrown their cozy 9,000 square foot facility in which they have called home since their established in 1979. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design the new museum, being the first museum he has constructed in the U.S. The project is set for completion in August 2014. Continue reading for more information.

Spanish Builders Forget to Resize Skyscraper Elevator

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / NH Architecture

Designed by NH Architecture, their competition entry for the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne was recently shorlisted for the People's Choice Award, organized by Major Projects Victoria. Their design seeks to capture this 'Melbourness' and create a new landmark for the city. From cultural to sporting, transport to tourism, this connection between the city and the river binds its colonial past with a trajectory for the next century. Their concept is generated from a combination of conceptual diagrams with the ribbons of infrastructure being over laid with a new form of public networking. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Wellin Museum of Art / Machado and Silvetti Associates

  • Architects: Machado and Silvetti Associates
  • Location: Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anton Grassl / Esto

© Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto

F-White / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Location: Kashiwa city
  • Architect In Charge: Eiji Iwase
  • Structure Design: Masuda Structural Engineering Office
  • Construction: Nagano-Koumuten
  • Furniture: tallman STUDIO
  • Area: 122.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

San Sen House / Alejandro Sánchez García Arquitectos

© Jaime Navarro Soto
© Jaime Navarro Soto
  • Architects: Alejandro Sánchez García Arquitectos
  • Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Diego Ricalde Rechia, Alejandro Delgado García, Alfredo Cortes Tellez
  • Area: 860.0 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2008
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro Soto

© Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto © Jaime Navarro Soto

AA Visiting School Tehran

Taking place August 31-September 14, the 3rd annual AA Visiting School Tehran will be examining the quality of our urban spaces, we will be looking at infill sites, leftover spaces which have been generated as a result inefficient use of public roads to examine the potential for the generation of usable public space, or in other words the third place (the first being the home, the second the workplace). Using the theme 'The Third Place-Urban Machines,' they will be using our experiences from past years in regards to prototyping and simplex manufacturing to inform proposals for urban machines and interventions. These Proposals will attempt to specifically address site concerns and conditions. Our ambition is to produce and implement these proposals on site across the city. Applications are due no later than August 17. For more information, please visit here.

AIA Compensation Survey: Architect Salary Increases Minimally from 2011

Though most architecture firms have benefited from a steady upturn in the economy over the past few years, architect salaries remain low. According to U.S. Census Bureau, architecture firms have experienced a 11 percent increase in revenue from 2011 to 2012. However, as reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the average total compensation for architecture positions—including base salary, overtime, bonuses, and incentive compensation—has increased only slightly over 1 percent per year between 2011 and 2013. This is barely more than the average increase in compensation between 2008 and 2011 when the construction sector was still in steep decline.

Aguas Claras House / Juan Almarza Anwandter

  • Architects: Juan Almarza Anwandter
  • Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Juan Almarza Anwandter
  • Design Team: Constanza Quioza
  • Builder: Alfredo Letelier, Nicolás Brugnoli
  • Structural Engineer: Antonio Mosquera
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Almarza Anwandter

Courtesy of Juan Almarza Anwandter Courtesy of Juan Almarza Anwandter Courtesy of Juan Almarza Anwandter Courtesy of Juan Almarza Anwandter

Ask Arup: What's the Optimal Tree Branch to Build a Tree House?

You asked, an expert Arup engineer has answered! 

In the first of our video series with Arup, structural engineer Matt Clark addresses ArchDaily reader Hannah Worthington's inquiry, submitted via our facebook page: "How do you work out the structural capacity of a tree branch to build a tree house?" 

Dying to get your question answered in the next "Ask Arup" video? Ask away in the comments below.