The Indicator: Vers une nouvelle norme

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Not all is well with the global economy. Eurozone is in crisis, and East Asian market is stalling, and North America (read: the US) is see-sawing until after the election. Of course, this is not news to people in the architecture profession, where many firms are just beginning to recover from the last four years of belt-tightening lay-offs and restructuring.

Here in the United States the unemployment rate, though varying state-to-state, is still painfully high nationally at 7.8%. In California it was 10.6% back in August. Compressing further down to Los Angeles where I am, it’s 10%. According to a report from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce the unemployment rate for recent architecture graduates was 13.9%, the highest among other fields.

Continue reading The Indicator after the break.

Video: Muse – Isolated System by Richard Fenwick

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The British band Muse has just released the video clip for the single “Isolated System” from their latest album “The Second Law” alluding to the thermodynamic theory.

Trying to represent Entropy in a physical way, they selected a short film realised by Richard Fenwick on 2006 entitled “Artificial Worlds V.3.0″ which shows a world being geometrized in an unstoppable process. Any thoughts about Entropy and Architecture?

10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / © Matthew Carbone
By Linda Bennett, for Archi-Ninja

Initially, was overwhelming. In my early assignments I struggled to learn the new design ‘language,’ to manage the intense studio hours (goodbye to mum and dad for a while), and deal with the tough criticism – with barely a passing mark, I was lucky to make it through my 1st year! Then there were the ‘super-students,’ those who appeared to achieve the unattainable: draw in plan, section AND perspective, as well as eloquently communicate and sell their ideas.

Six years on from this tough beginning I graduated with high distinction, achieving the highest overall aggregated marks of all students in the areas of History, Theory, Construction, Practice and Design.  I was the University of Technology (UTS) winner of the most Outstanding Design Student in 2010, awarded a scholarship to study in L.A. and was also nominated by UTS for the NSW Architects Medallion in 2011.

Today I reflect on my time at university (or college for my US readers) to recognize that the most important lessons didn’t come from the curriculum, but from what I discovered along the way. In no particular order, here is what I uncovered about surviving and achieving in architecture school:

#1. Forget about Winning or Losing

The rest of the 10 Things You Don’t Get Taught in Architecture School, after the break…

Cerro del Obispo Lookout Point / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Cerro del Obispo, San Luis Potosí,
Architect In Charge: Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
Design Team: Andrea Sauter, Anette Schick, Jennifer Schmachtenberg, Kai Timmermann
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Update: +Pool / Family + PlayLab


Over a year has passed since we first introduced you to the ideas of Family and PlayLab for a floating riverpool in ’s East River.  Since that time, the proposal has generated a lot of interest, and reached major milestones, such as completing a primarily testing of the filtration membranes to find the most effective methods to provide clean and safe riverwater for the public to swim in.  With an opening date set for  2015, the ambitious project seeks to improve the city’s natural resources by taking advantage of clean water to safely create a new kind of urbanistic public haven.

Early last week, the team celebrated the beginning of a six-month campaign to raise the first $1 million toward swimming in a clean river.  The campaign funds will go toward the design and engineering of +POOL so that it can obtain the required city and state permits, as well as support a prototype and public pavilion to fully test the + POOL filtration system.

More after the break. 

Catch Light Classrooms / LAND Arquitectos

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Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: Til Til, Santiago,
Design Team: Cristobal Valenzuela Haeussler, Angela Delorenzo Arancibia
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Video: 1 Bligh Office Tower / Ingenhoven Architects

Peter Hyatt, of Hyatt and Associates, shared with us his recently completed 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Office Tower. Designed by Ingenhoven Architects, the building is the first office tower in to get the highest score in the Australian “Green Star”-standard, a “6 Star/World Leadership”-certification. Derived from view corridors and the solar orientation, the 30-storey transparent office building offers unobstructed views of the world famous Harbor Bridge of and complements the opposite Farrer Place to create one of downtown ’s most attractive urban spaces.

Plassen Cultural Center / 3XN Architects

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Architects: 3XN Architects
Location: Molde,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mork

2012 AIA Central States Design Award Winners

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nebraska Chapter recently announced the AIA Central States Region (CSR) Excellence in Design award winners. The awards honor the highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interiors, details, unbuilt, and unbuilt for emerging professionals. More images and information on this year’s design winners after the break.

Ronald McDonald Family Room / EGM architecten

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Architects: EGM architecten
Location: Dordrecht,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EGM architecten

Garden studio in Amsterdam Watergraafsmeer / CC-Studio

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Architects: CC-Studio
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall

Courtesy of Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage + Campania Regional Government
Courtesy of Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage + Campania Regional Government

Green Boulevards International Competition

In the era of velocity, communications and sustainable development, the systems of mobility assume an increasing role as the backbone to the harmonic and democratic growth of territories. As part of the program of the Italian Pavilion at the 13th…

A Barrela Health Center / Manuel Vázquez Muíño

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Architects: Manuel Vázquez Muíño
Location: , Galicia,
Architect: Manuel Vázquez Muíño
Technical Architect: Visitación Mouzo Souto
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Santos-Díez

ONE PRIZE 2012: FROM BLIGHT to MIGHT Winners Announced!

WINNER: Made in Lower East Side (MiLES)

 has announced Made in Lower East Side (MiLES) as winner of ONE PRIZE 2012: From BLIGHT to MIGHT – an open international design competition powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative design.

MiLES and three honorable mentions were selected from the twenty finalists we presented to you in August. The competition drew 115 teams and 655 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents, generating an exciting mix of innovative solutions and 21st century alternatives to the American Dream. Continue after the break to see the winning proposal!

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Venice Biennale 2012: Feeling at Home

© Nico Saieh

This , curated by London-based Sergison Bates Architects, explores the common spaces between the public city and the private room. It considers six recent social housing projects in six cities: , Barcelona, Geneva, Paris, Trondheim and Winterthur. The work, by six different practices, reveals an interconnected culture of thought and practice, a common ground of influence and affinities that extends back to past practitioners and typological precedent.

The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch

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Location: , Norway
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 244.4 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard

VIDEO: New World Symphony / Frank Gehry by Cristobal Palma

Since its opening in January 2011 we have presented two articles related to this project designed by , home for the New World Symphony founded by renowned american director Michael Tilson Thomas. Today we have this great video that Cristobal Palma just shared with us, for a better understanding of the spaces and surroundings.

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Green Cast / Kengo Kuma & Associates
Green Cast / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma lectures in San Diego and NYC this week!

Tonight, Kengo Kuma… will be lecturing at the Woodbury School of Architecture in San Diego at 6:30pm. Shortly following his Woodbury appearance, the Japanese architect will then make his way across the country to Columbia University’s GSAAP (Graduate School of