Our Ideal City? Seen through the eyes of the Pacific West Coast.

View of via Flickr user Shootyoureyeout

As most New Yorkers know, people are willing to shell out a hefty sum to live in a place where work and play are right around the corner from each other.  But as the article by Ken Layne in The Awl points out, the west coast is a somewhat different place.  UNLIKE New York City, which is crowded with restaurants, bars, and entertainment, as well as offices, design firms and businesses; Silicon Valley, which caters to programmers and tech companies that hire at $100k a year, offers few of the amenities that a nearby town like does.  So, Layne concludes, residents are willing to spend hours of their day  making their way into the fortressed office parks of Silicon Valley, flanked by parking lots and boulevards, just to have a cultural reprieve to call home.

Hut-to-Hut / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

© Pasi Aalto

Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Karnataka,
Design Team: Sami Rintala, Pasi Aalto, Gunilla Bandolin,Robin Belven, Einar Syversen, Helder Matos, Ida Mosand, Monica Bellika Esaiassen, Kristin Rønnestad, Marta Correa, Moritz Kerschbaum, Olav Kildal, Jonny Klevstad, Karoline Førsund and Dagur Eggertsson
Collaborators: Eden Project, Loowatt Ltd., Buro Happold, Annapurna Garimella, Suresh Heblikar, Jim O’Donnell, Sujata Goel, Kalidas Shetty, Talavane Krishna, Arnun Balakrishnan and Murali Krishna
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Courtesy of Fernando Romero
Courtesy of Fernando Romero

Mexican Architect Fernando Romero to Speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Mexican architect Fernando Romero… will be speaking tomorrow evening, January 16, at NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego on the topic of “You are the Context” as part of the school’s lecture series. Free and open to the

Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Projeto Paulista Arquitetura
Built Project Coordinator: Luis Mauro Freire
Design Team: Luis Mauro Freire, Maria do Carmo Vilariño, Fábio Mariz Gonçalves, Zeuler Rocha Melo de Almeida Lima, Eurico Ramos Francisco e Lívia Leite França
Project Area: 48,277 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Instigations Engaging Architecture, Landscape, and the City / Mohsen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen

Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

The creative imagination is not solely based on the intuitive capacities of individuals. One of the tasks of design education is to help provide the tools, techniques, and methods that enhance constructed imagination. At the same time, the modes and practices of design need to confront the challenges of our contemporary societies. The commitment to societal engagement through design excellence is at the core of the pedagogy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Team 2: Green Terraces Site in Bogotá-Soacha border, Colombia
Team 2: Green Terraces Site in Bogotá-Soacha border, Colombia

Student Finalists announced in AECOM’s Humanitarian Urban Design Competition

Finalists of AECOM’s fourth annual Urban SOS student competition have been announced! Understanding that this rapidly globalizing world is currently undergoing mass migrations, geo-political shifts and new patterns of commerce, which enhance the role of cities as the stage sets…

Islamic Funeral Pavilion / Atelier PUUUR

© Teo Krijgsman

Architects: Atelier PUUUR
Location: Kruislaan, Amsterdam,
Architect In Charge: Furkan Köse
Landscape: Karres & Brands Landschapsarchitecten
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Furkan Köse, Teo Krijgsman

Courtesy of Sci-ARC
Courtesy of Sci-ARC

Oyler/Wu Lecture & Gow + Karlsson Exhibition Opening Reception

Two key events are coming up at SCI-Arc this month starting with the ‘Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu: Lineworks’ lecture which takes place tomorrow, January 16, at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall at 7pm PST. Established in Los Angeles in…

Parcial Plan R-8 (90 + 15 housing) / Virginiaarq

© ImagenMas

Architects: Virginiaarq
Location: Astorga (León),
Architect In Charge: Virginia González Rebollo
Area: 12,242 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: ImagenMas,

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid by Brad Feinknopf



Brad Feinknopf, a nationally recognized architectural photographer, kindly shared with us his recent photographic work on Zaha Hadid‘s Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at State University. Known for his traditional, yet cutting edge approach to photography, his quality work here emphasizes the unique exterior and interior spaces of the building created by Hadid’s investigation into the lines of circulation and visual connections. Photographed during the day and night, he also captures its interface between city and campus. Additional images by Feinknopf can be viewed after the break.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Headquarters / SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , MI, USA
Area: 4,366 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism

© Rene de Wit

Architects: Shift architecture urbanism
Location: Oranjestraat 55, , The Netherlands
Project Architects: Harm Timmermans, Pieter Heymans
Area: 292 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rene de Wit

© Studio84
© Studio84

Jerusalem Museum of Nature & Science Second Prize Winning Proposal / MYS Architects

Located in the heart of Jerusalem, next to Israel’s government assembly building, the second prize winning proposal in the Jerusalem Museum of Nature & Science competition creates a vibrant flexible building that integrates seamlessly into the landscape and urban setting.…

Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Great Barrier Island, ,
Interiors Collaborator: Penny Hay
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Sanlitun South / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Shu He

Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Design Team: Keisuke Nibe, Koki Hashimoto, Judith Tse
Client: Guo Feng Development
Consultants: Beijing Architectural & Engineering Design Company
Area: 24,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shu He, Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

Technogym Village / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

© Marc Eggimann, © Vitra

Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: ,
Team: Augusto Barichello, Fabrizio Ferranti, Elenora Grassi, Barbara Soro, Andrea Ravogli, Stefan Kastner
General Contractor: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.
Client: Technogym
Area: 54,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Eggimann, © Vitra, Leo Torri, Courtesy of Technogym

2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Centra Metropark; Iselin, New Jersey / Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects () has selected the 2013 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 700 total submissions, 28 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

Top honors in architecture were awarded to the following:

Railway Service Building / blauraum

© Martin Schlüter

Architects: blauraum
Location: ,
Client: HPA Hamburg Port Authority AöR
Area: 1,400 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Martin Schlüter