L.S.G. HEad Office Building / Urban Office

© Arthur Tintu

Architects: Urban Office
Location: Bucharest,
Architect In Charge: Lilian & Iana Captari
Structural Engineering: Mircea Neacsu, Incona
Mechanical, Electrical Engineering And H.V.A.C: Gerhard Lipcovich, LSG
Area: 2,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Arthur Tintu

Live Online Seminar: Introducing ArchiCAD 17

The latest BIM software from GRAPHISOFT was announced recently. ArchiCAD 17 will be shipping soon. The company has also announced an upcoming free online seminar that will familiarize you with all the new features and enhancements to the software.

Scheduled for June 18, the demonstration of will feature the actual model used to design one of Moscow’s most prestigious buildings, the Mosfilmovskaya Street multi-purpose building complex.

All the information after the break.

Silk Pavilion / MIT Media Lab

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“Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication“, claims the ‘about’ page of MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk .

Tetris, Social Housing and Artist Studios / Moussafir Architectes

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Architects: Moussafir Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy (architect project manager)
Engineering: SIBAT
Contractors: SRC
Area: 794 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

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Architects: Christian Kerez
Location: Leutschenbach, Saatlenfussweg 3, 8050 Zürich,
Architect In Charge: Christian Kerez
Team: Christian Scheidegger (project manager), Lukas Camponovo, Andrea Casiraghi
Structural Engineer: Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug, Joseph Schwartz with dsp, , Walter Kaufmann, Mario Monotti
Construction Management: BGS, Rapperswil
Area: 11500.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Kerez

The Timber Tower Research Project: Re-imagining the Skyscraper

Dewitt-Chestnut Apartments © Hedrich Blessing via

SOM has come up with a structural system for skyscrapers that uses mass timber as the main structural material and minimizes the embodied carbon footprint of the building. The firm believes that their proposal is technically feasible from the standpoint of structural engineering, architecture, interior layouts, and building services and would revolutionize the traditional skyscraper as we know it.

Read on to learn more about The Timber Tower Research Project.

St. Alphege Learning & Teaching Building / Design Engine Architects Ltd

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Architects: Design Engine Architects Ltd
Location: Sparkford Road, , UK
Architect In Charge: Design Engine Architects Ltd
Principal Contractor: Geoffrey Osbourne Ltd
Structural Engineers: Heyne Tillet Steel
Area: 1,570 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Design Engine Architects Ltd

Zaha Hadid Architects + AECOM to Design 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar

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 have been selected to work alongside AECOM for the design and construction the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The 45,000-seat stadium will be nestled within a rich cultural fabric of traditional Islamic architecture, historical buildings, distinctive mosques and archeological sites that belongs to one of the oldest inhabited areas of Qatar, just south of Doha. As noted by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, embracing the identify of this cultural heritage will be a crucial part to the success of the stadium. 

Politiecommissariaat Brugge / Beel & Achtergael Architecten

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Architects: Beel & Achtergael Architecten
Location: Brugge,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Lieven Achtergael, Isabelle Dierickx, Pietter Lansens, Tom Mockett, Jeffrey Berghman, Rein Bultynck, Sofie Philips, Kris Broidioi, Steve Salembier, Vincent De Keyser, Ida Lievens
Area: 11,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

MoMA presents ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’

Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, . Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes exhibit at the MoMA opens on June 15th. The exhibit will be centered around Le Corbusier‘s worldview of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curator Jean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier’s journeys and developments as an architect, revealing how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

More on ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’ after the break.

Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

Green Health City Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

Designed to support and promote the condition of physical and emotional human health, the Green Health City proposal by Peter Ruge Architekten… is an ecologically sustainable development located in China’s Hainan Province, in Boao Lecheng on the Wanquan River. By

Are Renderings Bad for Architecture?

Hotel + Congress Center Proposal. Image courtesy of OOIIO Architecture.

At the opening of a recent article for The Guardian, Olly Wainwright finds himself observing a slew of thesis projects produced by the best and brightest students of the UK. But Wainwright is most struck – not by the display of technical skill or imagination – but by the sheer lack of connection these projects had with actual, built, imperfect architecture: “Time and again, the projects seemed intent on fleeing the real world of people and places, scale and context; retreating instead into fantasy realms of convoluted forms with no seeming purpose.”

It’s a trap that many Architecture schools have fallen into, in the UK and around the world, but it’s not just a symptom of the misguided nature of architecture education. It’s also symptomatic of Architecture’s obsession with the image of architecture, an image completely detached from reality.

More after the break…

Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants / RMA Architects

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Architects: RMA Architects
Location: Amber, Rajasthan,
Architect In Charge: Rahul Mehrotra
Consultants: Integrated Designs, Vijay K. Patil & Associates
Area: 88 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Carlos Chen, Charles Garcia, Rajesh Vora, Courtesy of

The Cornell Journal of Architecture 9: Mathematics

While mathematics in architecture has historically referenced notions of order, proportion, and ideal form, the discipline of mathematics itself has shifted to encompass uncertainty, incompleteness, relativity, and chaos towards a situation in which truth itself is elusive. This move stems in part from an engagement with real phenomena, in which natural systems were shown to behave non-linearly and unpredictably. In architecture, while computational developments enabling dynamic and variable modeling have been subsumed into our culture of design and production, a new kind of idealism has emerged.

Park House / another APARTMENT

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Architects: another APARTMENT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
Area: 27.6 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of Building Trust international
Courtesy of Building Trust international

PLAYscapes International Design Competition

As a reminder, the the registration deadline for the PLAYscapes International Design Competition is rapidly approaching with just under a month left. Building Trust International is calling all professional and student architects, designers, engineers and artists to find exciting design proposals…

Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Maxthreads

Designed by Maxthreads Architectural Design & Planning…, their vision for the Taichung City Cultural Center is to create an unconventional and exceptional gathering space for visitors and inhabitants, animated by a public program. As the entry sequence into an

Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Location: , Ontario,
Area: 17,300 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shai Gil