Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse / PURE Architecture

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Architects: PURE Architecture
Location: , China
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He Photography

Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU
Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU

‘Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends’ Symposium

Taking place April 26-27, the ‘Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends’ Symposium will explore the following provocative questions: How is architecture’s use value defined, and by whom? How can turning to other disciplines’ unexpected utilization of architecture expand our perception…

House in Yoro / Airhouse Design Office

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Architects: Airhouse Design Office
Location: Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Keiichi Kiriyama
Site Area: 1,027 sqm
Area: 131 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: , Finland
Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – Architect SAFA
Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) – Architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – Arch. Student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) – Interior Architect SIO
Area: 4,430 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects…, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments. Designed

Siedlung Residential Buildings / Baumschlager Eberle

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Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
Location: Lochau,
Project Architect: Robert Urbanek-Zeller
Area: 7,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eduard Hueber

Ice Dome Bolshoy / SIC Mostovik

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Architects: SIC Mostovik
Location: , Russia
Design Team: Alexander Knyazev, Oleg Tsymbal, Nikita Tsymbal, Dmitry Akulin, Inna Sitaeva , Natalya Temnikova , Valia Vdovina, Andrey Zinoviev, Nadezhda Egorova, Igor Kolchanov, Ilya Dobzhinsky
Area: 96115.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nikita Tsymbal, Andrey Veter, Michael Pakhotin, Vyacheslav Andreev, Nikita Tsymbal

Lakeside Retreat / GLUCK+

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Architects: GLUCK+
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Kees Brinkman, Holly Chacon, Kathy Chang, Steven Chen, Christopher Farnum, Peter L. Gluck, Charles Greenwald, Bethia Liu, Adam Manrique, Joseph Morin, Eric Schaefer
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Courtesy of

AIA/NCARB Survey Indicates Resurgence in Employment Rates for Architects

AIA/NCARB Survey Indicates Resurgence in Employment Rates for Architects

We have already written about the dauntingly high rates of unemployment that are awaiting architecture-degree graduates in the profession these days, but a recent survey conducted by the AIA/NCARB Internship and Career Survey reveals an optimistic view of job growth and job placement in…

Lavaflow 7 / Craig Steely Architecture

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Architects: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: Pahoa, Big Island, , of America
Architect In Charge: Craig Steely
Project Team: Luigi Silverman, Mary Barensfeld, Seth Pare-Mayer, Chris Talbot
Structural Engineer: Ray Keuning
Construction: Michael Lynch
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Logements Marnes-la-Coquette / LEM+ architectes

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Architects: LEM+ architectes
Location: ,
Engineers: Scoping
Contractor: TMCR
Area: 3,338 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’


Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ in . Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators.

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break…

Memorial to Victims of Violence / Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos

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Architects: Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Architect In Charge: Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall, Ricardo López
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

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Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels – has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City,  a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France.  Combining city development with an open landscape, Europa City creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.  Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of .

More on the project after the break…

Infant School Student in Vereda / Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos

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Architects: Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos
Location: , Madrid
Architect In Charge: María José Pizarro, Óscar Rueda
Collaborators: Alberto Galindo, Juan Navarro, Pablo Sáez, Laura Montero, Miguel Chillerón
Technical Architect: Alfonso Prieto
Constructor: PEYBER
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Rueda Pizarro, Miguel de Guzmán

Courtesy of TABB Architecture
Courtesy of TABB Architecture

Notre Dame Haiti Cathedral Competition Entry / TABB Architecture

Designed by TABB Architecture…, their proposal for the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral in Port au Prince optimizes resources, producing designed solutions and teaming up for a change. Designing a New Cathedral for Port-au-Prince,not only will imply a beautiful, energy saving, affordable building, but

Can Design Act as Gun Control?

Rendering for the New Utoya Project in , which will re-design the Utøya Island where the 2011 massacre took place. Image courtesy of Fantastic .

With the United States Senate opening up the debate on legislation for increased gun control, we felt it was time to revisit a question we’ve asked ourselves in the past: what can design do to prevent gun violence?

Read more about the recent debate about the potential of design for gun , after the break…

Sørenga 3 / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: JVA
Location: Sørenga, ,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
Collaborating Architects: 4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
Client: Sørenga Utvikling AS
Area: 14,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Knut Bry