Torremadariaga Basque Biodiversity Centre / IA+B Arkitektura Taldea

© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: IA+B Arkitektura Taldea
Location: , Spain
Leading Architects: Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
Collaborators: Oier Arregi, Victor Araujo, Aitzol Artetxe, Mikel Azkuna, Erramon Berastegi, Ramon Gonzalez, Asier Hormaetxea, Ignacio Lumbreras, Fernando Martin, Carmen Montero, Celia Lana, Garbiñe Olabarri, Iñaki Peralta, Saioa Zabala
Area: 3,142 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Michal Šeba
© Michal Šeba

TRH Market Stalls / Edit!

With locally grown and organic food becoming more popular in the Czech Republic, EDIT!… was asked to design a market stall for a new concept of Green Markets. Through a reconfiguration of the typical retailing method, the architects create a

Etoile Lilas Cinema / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

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Architects: Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Magali Lamoureux
Area: 5,527 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Location: , Limburg,
Stability: Ney&Partners
Execution: Cravero bvba (steal) / MEG (fundaments)
Initiator: Provincie Limburg / Z33
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Three Courtyards House / Miguel Marcelino


Architects: Miguel Marcelino
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge:
Site Area: 2,175 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG

Architectural Criticism in the Age of Twitter / Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger © James Callanan

There’s a saying that goes “Those who can’t do, teach.” But many could also claim: “Those who can’t do, critique.” Criticism, particularly , tends to get a bad rap for being subjective, impenetrable, and – ultimately – useless. But Paul Goldberger, a champion of the craft, would disagree.

In his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize earlier this month, Goldberger, the long-time architecture critic for The New York Times and current contributor to Vanity Fair, suggests that Architectural Criticism isn’t just vital – but more important than ever before.

With the advent of visually-oriented social media like Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr, it’s never been easier for the architectural layman to observe, share, and consume architecture. However, in the midst of this hyper-flow of image intake, Goldberger argues, meaning gets lost.

That’s where the critic comes in.

Guest House / doisamaisv arquitetos

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Architects: doisamaisv arquitetos
Location: , São Paulo, Brasil
Design Team: Fabiana Cyon, Ana Paula de Castro, Vito Macchione Ferreira
Area: 3,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

AD Round Up: Beach Houses Part VI

© Djan Chu

For today’s Round Up we have some great houses previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss: Box House by Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato, an amazing XS scale project in Ilhabela, Sao Paulo. Take a look at Summer Retreat in Fuglevik, Norway by RRA. Check out Atelier Tekuto’s Mebius,which aim was to provide a place where one had a multiplicity of spatial choice depending on the seasons or what mood one is in. Don’t miss Punta House in Punta del Este, Uruguay designed by the great Marcio Kogan. Finally, revisit House D by Panorama + WMR.

In Progress: The Blue Planet / 3XN

© Adam Mõrk

Architects: 3XN
Location: Kastrup,
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Client: Den Blå Planet
Area: 9,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Hamburger Hof / NPS Tchoban Voss

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Architects: NPS Tchoban Voss
Location: Berlin-Mitte,
Area: 2,338 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: René Hoch

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to Design Giant Office Building Next to Grand Central Terminal

© Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates were recently selected to design a giant office building the landlord hopes to build next to Grand Central Terminal. Selected by SL Green Realty Corp., the architects’ design would be one of the largest Midtown towers on the East Side in a generation. While building in is a challenge, SL Green is moving ahead full steam with planning. The company is in discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to obtain additional development rights by building pedestrian improvements including underground connectors to Grand Central, according to executives informed of the planning. More information after the break.

Saint-Nazaire Theatre / K-architectures

© Luc Boegly

Architects: K-architectures
Location: ,
Design Team: Karine Herman, Jérôme Sigwalt, Olivier Jonchère, Alexandre Plantady
Consultants: Changement à Vue (stage design), Altia (acoustics), Alto (fluids), Khephren (structure), Bougon (economist)
Budget: 16.4 M€ of works, including tax
Area: 3,900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Patrick Miara

Films & Architecture: “Paris, I Love You”

This week’s film isn’t actually a movie in itself, but rather a lot of little films merged into one: “, I Love You”. Twenty shorts, each representing the 20 arrondissements – districts – of were filmed to show the French capital in its multiple identities (in the end, only eighteen made the cut). The work is an interesting attempt to use film to represent the many facets of a metropolitan urban area; it is also an exploration of the different ways we can see a city, depending on our perceptions and experiences within it.

Have you ever walked through Parisian streets? Does “Paris I Love You” capture your experiences of Paris’ districts? Let us know in the comments below.

Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Artist Residence Competition Entry / Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Located in Nikola Lenivets Park in Kaluga, Russia, this proposal for the Artist Residence, which was shortlisted in the design competition, suggests the typology of a campus, a condensed layout providing the facilities for all of the artist residence community–…

Frontier Learning: The Future of Architectural Education / Stanislav Roudavski

The ‘Fallen Star’ installation, the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School. The AA’s DLAB and Emergent Technologies and Design Program are two examples of programs that are “straying from current industry expectations and moving towards speculations on the future of practice.” Photo courtesy of the AA

Yesterday’s article “Forget the Rankings, the Best US Architecture Schools Are…” argued that students should judge architecture schools for their strength in areas that are relevant to the profession today (not for their rankings). Today, we bring you an Editorial from Architecture Professor at the University of Melbourne, Stanislav Roudavski, who takes that argument one step further – suggesting that architecture students should look for education opportunities that embrace the architectural world of the future.

Those who look to the future understand architecture as a dynamic system of relationships. These relationships blur the distinctions between digital and physical, natural and artificial, simulated and observable in the wild. Such an interpretation calls for broader collaborations and a commitment to explorations outside established “comfort zones.” But the life outside disciplinary comforts can be harsh. With old certainties left behind and new potentials not yet discovered, one can feel overwhelmed by the richness and complexity of available information and practices. In the contemporary condition of constant and accelerating change, what should an architect know and be able to do? From where should this knowledge be acquired and updated, from whom and in which way?

Innovation (and the learning of the new, needed for innovation to occur) can be encouraged through various strategies. [...] Innovation can also be augmented outside existing professional territories via other types of critical, open-ended learning that is deliberately oriented towards uncertain futures. In striving to address unknown demands, such learning is necessarily speculative and risky. What strategies can be adopted to benefit from such risk-taking?

More on the future of Architectural Education, after the break…

House for 6 Families / L3P Architects

© Vito Stallone

Architects: L3P Architects
Location: Regensberg, Canton ,
Design Team: Frank Schaefer Arch.ETH, Boris Egli Arch.FH, Martin Reusser Arch.FH
Civil Engineering: Bona + Fischer AG, Winterthur
Builder: E. Schäfer Bau AG, Dielsdorf
Area: 960 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Vito Stallone

AD Architecture College Guide: Domus Academy

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If there is one characteristic that defines “architecture” it is innovation. And if by innovative, you think responsive, then Domus Academy certainly qualifies. It was started by Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, daughter of Domus Magazine founder, Gianni Mazzocchi after people kept writing letters asking her to start a design school. And in 1983, she did just that.

For the basics, the school is very clear. Your accreditation comes from an affiliation with the University of Wales, in Cardiff, UK, which is awarded upon completing 180 Master’s level credits. And you also receive a Diploma Supplement from them which proves that you have a degree that is equivalent to major universities across the globe. And it’s sited in , which if one is interested in Italian design, is an ideal locale. It’s a one year program, so it doesn’t require the extensive 2- and 3-year commitments that many programs across the world demand. It will cost a similar amount, however, at €23,790 Euro. But the best aspect of that admittedly large tuition fee is that it is for a single year—11 months to be exact. That means one can immediately begin searching for a job to pay off what is, after all is said and done, a relatively small student loan compared to average ones that are three times that size. There are also unrestricted scholarships available that defray costs from between 20%-50%. And in case you’re wondering, classes are taught in English.

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Caretaker’s House / Invisible Studio + AA Inter 2

© Valerie Bennett

Architects: Invisible Studio
Location: Hooke Park, , Dorset, England
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Client: Architectural Association
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Valerie Bennett, Courtesy of