Social Health Centre / Estudio Lavín

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Architects: Estudio Lavín S.L.
Location: Isora,
Design Team: Alejandro Lavín Della Ventura, Francisco Miguel Lavín Della Ventura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio Lavín S.L.

AD Round Up: In Progress

It doesn’t matter if it’s made from steel, wood or concrete, it’s always interesting to watch a work in progress. That’s why for today’s Round Up we’ve selected posts of five great projects when they were under construction. The main image belongs to Jurgen Mayer’s Metropol Parasol, a gigantic wooden structure in Sevilla, . Also check out the construction of the Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture by or the Porta Fira towers in Plaza Europa by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. If you like steel constructions, don’t miss the Wyly Theatre, designed by REX and OMA. Finally, revisit the construction of “Mountain Dwellings” by BIG.

Habitat ITESM Leon / SHINE Architecture + TAarquitectura

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Architects: SHINE Architecture + TAarquitectura
Location: León, México
Design Team: Salvador Ferreiro, Minche Mena, Michael Smith, Rubén Vázquez, José Zermeño
Photographs: Courtesy of SHINE Architecture

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Venice Biennale 2012: Meeting Lines / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + Habiter Autrement (Mia Hägg)

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Jean Nouvel and Mia Hägg presented “Meetings Lines” at the Venice Biennale. For ‘Common Ground’ they decided to show their finalist project for the Slussen Masterplan competition, an ambitious urban design project that seeks to replace much of the degenerated water and transportation infrastructure in the heart of Stockholm. The project proposes three different public spaces, designed as living links for the city, inspired by infrastructure such as the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

More about the exhibit after the break.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Copycat, Empathy and Envy as Form Makers / Cino Zucchi Architetti

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The International Jury of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale has awarded (CZA) a special mention for their installation, Copycat. Empathy and Envy as Form Makers. Their contribution is based on the notion that “we are all a bit copycats”, understanding that cultures are propagated by following “infectious” processes that combine imitation and innovation. CZA presents a collection of “almost-alike” objects and images with the idea that “similarity” rather than “originality” is where people find common ground.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Inhabitable Models / Eric Parry Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Lynch Architects

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Inhabitable Models presents the work of three practices -Eric Parry Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Lynch Architects- who find their common ground in an engagement with London, as a city of found fragments. Perhaps uniquely among world cities London exists as a series of largely unplanned, independent, layered fragments which nonetheless come together for a host of legal, political, and economic practicalities. In responding to this conception of London, each practice seeks to resist the temptation of “hallmark” architecture in favor of one which is contextually sensitive and rigorously place-specific. Indeed, the practices’ appreciation of the fragmentary and unplanned applies both to the London that they find, as well as to the London they leave behind.

World Architecture Festival in Singapore

The World Architecture Festival is only a few weeks away. This intense architecture event will take place in Singapore on Oct 3rd-5th, a city where architecture is everywhere, as you can see on the above video.

More than 500 projects will be displayed WAF festival gallery, and 300 presenters are getting ready to share their work with the world. 95 internationally renowned architects and thinkers are shaping up to critique over 30 different award categories in front of WAF’s audiences. 60 of the leading names in global architecture are preparing to share with you their thoughts on 25 of today’s most crucial questions. And last but not least, the drinks are on ice for 4 nights of celebrations!

Speakers include Thomas Heatherwick, Will Alsop, Eva Castro, Neil Denari, Jim Eyre, Wolf D. Prix, Moshe Safdie, Ma Yansong, and more.

Keep in mind that these are the last days to register at a reduced price, so hurry up!

Gehry’s donation to SCI-Arc endows annual thesis prize

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SCI-Arc Trustee Frank Gehry and his wife, Berta, have donated $100,000 to the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). The noteworthy contribution will go towards the establishment of the , which will be annually awarded to the best thesis projects selected by critics and jurors at the Graduate Thesis Weekend hosted in September. The first will be awarded at the 2012 graduation ceremony on September 9th.

The entire school community, including students, faculty, staff, administration and board, is extremely appreciative of this extraordinary gift to SCI-Arc,” said SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. “Thanks to this contribution, we can warranty that SCI-Arc’s advocacy for architecture as a rousing, speculative adventure will endure.”

The Pritzker Prize laureate’s generous giving hasn’t been the only thing making headlines lately. Check out the latest on Gehry’s controversial design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington and the details on his new partnership with Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg.

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President of Madrid Puts Foot In Mouth, Offends Architects Everywhere

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Politicians caught on camera say the darndest things. Like – if you’re Esperanza Aguirre, President of Madrid – that architects “should be killed.”

The Politician was unknowingly recorded while speaking with the Mayor of Valdemaqueda, a municipality of Madrid, about their town hall. The building, known as Casa Consistorial de Valdemaqueda (1998), designed by Paredes Pedrosa, was an award-winner at the Spanish Biennale of 1999. Their conversation (translated by yours truly) went as follows:

Mayor: The town hall? Oh, that thing. Well, it’s gotten prizes, president. Architecture prizes.

Esperanza Aguirre: That’s the only positive thing that’s come from the Crisis, that that’s all over. [...] I have never seen anything uglier.

Mayor: You don’t like it?

Esperanza Aguirre: How could I like it, hidden at the end of a plaza like this!

Mayor: Well, because they’re the architects of the Community.

Esperanza Aguirre: Well, they should be killed.

Mayor: They’ve gotten awards.

Esperanza Aguirre: Mario, it’s so stupid (addressing a person next to her). Do you know why we should have the death penalty? I dislike architects because their crimes last longer than their own own lives. They die and leave us with this.

Find out what Ms. Aguirre has had to say for herself since, and take a peek at the original video footage after the break …

Casa Di Sassuolo / Enrico Iascone Architetti

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Architects: Enrico Iascone Architetti
Location: Sassuolo,
Design Team: Enrico Iascone, Carlotta Menarini, Camilla Belletti, Alberto Vitali
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,600 sqm
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Visionary Palimpsest, New York. Past Futures, Present Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2012
Visionary Palimpsest, New York. Past Futures, Present Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2012

‘Past Futures, Present, Futures’ Exhibition

Storefront for Art and Architecture is opening up its fall exhibition season starting September 25th with ‘Past Futures, Present, Futures’. The exhibition, which will be up until November 17th, presents 101 unrealized proposals for New York City, with 101 reenactments…

Himmelhagen / Snøhetta

Himmelhagen / Snøhetta

Norwegian-based architecture firm, Snøhetta…, has just been announced the winner for the Ordrupgaard competition to design an underground extension to the existing museum in Denmark.  In addition to the necessary gallery space to hold the Ordrupgaard’s expanding French collection, Snøhetta’s proposal

Roman Mars. Photo © Raymond Ahner
Roman Mars. Photo © Raymond Ahner

Disruptive Minds: Roman Mars, Host of 99% Invisible

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A few months ago, in a little Bavarian town, far far away, an architect, by the name of Peter Zumthor (you may have heard of

School of Dentistry for Charles Sturt University / Brewster Hjorth Architects

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Architects: Brewster Hjorth Architects
Location: Wagga,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Mushenko

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Venice Biennale 2012: Eduardo Souto de Moura

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’s structure overlooks the old buildings in front of the Arsenale from the waterfront, on the path leading to Alvaro Siza’s structure that we featured yesterday.

This structure is an exploration of material, building systems and language. The facades frame views of these old buildings, reinterpreting the existing landscape, according to the will of the viewer. According to Souto de Moura “geography becomes how we want it to be. This it the great leap of the modern movement, and as a result of postmodernism”.

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The installation “reflects the evolving relationship between interior and exterior, the gradual opening up of options, and their dependance and influence on the architectural language”.

More photos after the break:

International Architecture Award 2012: New Headquarter Building / BOLLES + WILSON

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BOLLES + WILSON recently received an ‘International Architecture Award 2012‘ for their design of a new headquarter for a concrete plant in , . The building, which is highlighted by an optimal concrete beam, is a combination of the existing vertical cement silo complimented by a new horizontal administration deck. The deck hovers, cantilevering dramatically over green fields (entrance side) and also symmetrically out over a re-naturalized cement quarry (wildlife protection zone). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Polideportivo in Sa Indiotería / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

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Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Palma de Mallorca,
Project Architects: Jordi Herrero Campo, Genovard
Project Area: 2,607 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.
Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.

Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal Proposal / de Architekten Cie.

Despite unique climate challenges in the city of Keelung, Taiwan, the design for the Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal by de Architekten Cie.… is an example of how one can naturally ventilate the building during the winter