Kempart Loft / Dethier Architectures

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Architects: Dethier Architectures
Location: Liège,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Dethier
Artist: Jean Glibert
Area: 154 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Serge Brison

China Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects

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Architects: MAD Architects Location: , China Director In Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Design Team: Yu Kui, Daniel Gillen, Bas van Wylick, Diego Perez, Jordan Kanter, Huang Wei, Julian Sattler, Liu Weiwei, Tang Liu, Mao Peihong, Maria Alejandra Obregon, Nickolas Urano, Gus Chan, Shin Park, Alejandro Gonzalez Area: 12,959 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Xiazhi, Iwan Baan

City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC’s Historic Pier 57

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’s City Council have unanimously backed a proposed plan to restore and redevelop the aging giant that is Pier 57. Built in 1952, the 300,000 square foot pier was hailed by Popular Mechanics as a ‘SuperPier’ for its vast size and unconventional construction, as most of the pier’s weight is supported by ‘floating’ air-filled concrete cassions. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003. The latest decision brings a concrete end to years of speculation as to what the fate of the pier would be.

Read more about the proposal after the break…

TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS

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Architects: Atelier cnS
Location: , China
Project Architects: Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Mark Magazine #43

Just arrived to ArchDaily, Mark Magazine #43. New museums keep popping up in the USA. Farshid Moussavi’s Museum of Contemporary Art in ClevelandZaha Hadid’s Broad Art Museum in East Lansing and Morphosis’s Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. In the Netherlands, Ector Hoogstad gave Eindhoven University of Technology a new library and Powerhouse Company added an impressive villa to their growing portfolio. On the eve of the launch of his new feature film, Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski talks about his background in architecture. Finally, we checked out Zhujiajiao, near Shanghai, where Atelier FCJZ, Atelier Deshaus and Mada s.p.a.m. realised a milestone in China’s urban development, thanks to the reintroduction of a small-scale methodology coupled with respect for local identity.

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

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Architects: OMA
Location: , Japan
Partner In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
Project Architect: Rami Abou Khalil
Team: Yolanda do Campo, Benedict Clouette with Jackie Woon Bae, Cass Nakashima, Phillip Poon, David Theisz
Area: 444.75 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

London’s Design Museum Announces Designs of the Year 2013

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London’s Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year , celebrating the best of international design from the last 12 months. Among the seven category winners include the renovation and reimagining of a faded 1960s tower block in Paris and the ”quiet” graphics of David Chipperfield’s 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Common Ground.

The seven category winners are:

Funeraria Tangassi / Tatiana Bilbao

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Architects: Tatiana Bilbao
Location: , , Mexico
Arquitectos A Cargo: , David Vaner, Catia Bilbao
Design Team: Tatiana Bilbao, Guido Ebbert, Israel Alvarez, Michel Trejo, Thorsten Englert
Area: 2,160 sqm
Proyect Year: 2011
Photographs: Iwan Baan

ASPAYM Center for persons with disabilities / Amas4arquitectura

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Architects: Amas4arquitectura
Location: Calle San Juan de Sahagún, León,
Architects In Charge: Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
Collaborator: Pablo Guillén Llanos
General Contractor: Construcciones Moral Calvo S.A.
Area: 1035 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura

After 12 Years, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien’s NYC Gem To Be Demolished

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“There are of course the personal feelings — your buildings are like your children, and this is a particular, for us, beloved small child. But there is also the feeling that it’s a kind of loss for architecture, because it’s a special building, a kind of small building that’s crafted, that’s particular and thoughtful at a time when so many buildings are about bigness.” – Billie Tsien, quoted in The New York Times 

After only 12 years, the Tod Williams & Billie Tsien-designed American Folk Art Museum is slated to be demolished. Despite the acclaim it has received from critics, including high praise from the likes of Paul Goldberger and Herbert Muschamp, and the importance it has been given in ’s architectural landscape, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, which bought the building in 2011) reports that it must tear down the building to make way for an imminent expansion.

At the time of its construction, the building was of the first new museums built in New York in over thirty years. Unfortunately, the building will more likely be remembered for its short life, taking, in the words of The New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin, “a dubious place in history as having had one of the shortest lives of an architecturally ambitious project in Manhattan.”

Read more about the ’s imminent demolition, after the break…

The Indicator: UNStudio UNTraditional

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By now you have probably heard that UNStudio, the Dutch firm led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is on target to relaunch this June as an open-source web-based knowledge hub… that, by the way, will still pursue adventurous architecture. We could say they are “launching” this initiative, but it seems more accurate to say they themselves are “relaunching”.

Because of the difficult economic climate in Europe, van Berkel and Bos began to reimagine the practice along the lines of something more fluid, flexible, and agile, a knowledge-based approach to how they work within the office and how they engage the larger world. They are basing this around four topics or “knowledge platforms”: sustainability, materials, organization, and parametrics.

New Central Library of Berlin Winning Proposal / FAR frohn&rojas

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Mediating between iconic metaform and the human scale, this proposal by FAR frohn&rojas is one of the winners of the architectural competition for the new central library of the state of at the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport in . By twisting a three dimensional grid from horizontal to vertical, the three key urban drivers of the site – the runway, the motorway and the former airport building – are resolved. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Tinshed / Raffaello Rosselli

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Architects: Raffaello Rosselli
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Raffaello Rosselli
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Syke, Richard Carr, Courtesy of Raffaello Rosselli

The B-Side: Death to the Resume

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Having been involved in the creative industries education for over decade now, one of the most common questions students ask in interviews (and parents ask on open days) is about ‘getting a job’ at the end of the course. As if a graduating student can simply go and trade in their degree certificate and swap it for a ‘good job’. If only employment was this easy.

‘Getting a job’ in the Arts has always been a difficult undertaking; with no boxes to tick it can be a complicated process finding an appropriate vacancy – and so ensues the hellish time of resume writing and job interviews.

A drastic [most revolutions are] but more appropriate approach to this situation is not to think of ‘getting a job’ as ‘getting’- the mere word suggests a degree of affordance, of being gifted employment – but rather as ‘creating a job’. ’Creating’ is about being pro-active and entrepreneurial; it involves going out, attending events, talking to people, doing internships and apprenticeships – essentially increasing your exposure. After all, how will employers know they need you in their firm if they only see your skills in a nice little list on a sheet of A4? You must make yourself indispensable, and for that you don’t need a resume. You need guts.

More after the break…

Brasiliana Library / Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

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Architects: Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida
Location: Biblioteca Brasiliana, Cidade Universitária, USP, Brazil
Project Area: 21,950 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ricardo Amado

Cebes School / OVAL

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Architects: OVAL
Location: Oporto, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Avelino Oliveira, Gil Brito, Elina Briede, Catarina Ferreira
Construction: Triplano
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

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Courtesy of DMP Partners

Sejong Art Center Winning Proposal / DMP Partners

Designed by DMP Partners…, their winning proposal for the Sejong Art Center (SAC) is composed of two theaters, a main theater with more than 800 seats, a medium sized theater with 300 seats, a film theater with 250 seats,