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Beam House / Future Studio

  • Architects: Future Studio
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Bunzo Ogawa
  • Area: 261.85 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

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Could Libraries Offer More in the Aftermath of Storms?

Zadie Smith recently suggested that libraries are “the only thing left on the high street that doesn’t want either your soul or your wallet." Michael Kimmelman has put forward the argument in the New York Times that local libraries could be far more important than we think in the aftermath of large storms, suggesting that "places that serve us well every day serve us best when disaster strikes" by fostering congregational activity and offering well-needed warmth, power and friendly faces. You can read the full article here.

ReForm of Garden / SPACESPACE

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The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference?

On October 23rd, the Walt Disney concert hall, the project that almost never was, will celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Throughout these ten years it has had all manner of transformative power attributed to it. But has it really transformed LA? What would the city have been like if it had never been built? Would it be fundamentally different? 

The answer? No.The city wouldn’t even be that different in the immediate vicinity of Grand Avenue. 

Boston Street House / James Russell Architect

  • Architects: James Russell Architect
  • Location: Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia
  • Design Team: James Russell & Andrew Schindler
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Toby Scott, Courtesy of James Russell Architect

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Video: Doris Sung's Living Architecture

Doris Sung, from DO|SU Studio Architecture, has done a really interesting work experimenting with software, building mediums and metals, and nature in her designs. Last year, we published 'Bloom', which was displayed at the Materials and Application Gallery in Los Angeles.

"Austria. Naturally Yours" Competition Entry / penda

In an effort to “feed the world,” penda, in collaboration with Alex Daxboeck, has won first runner-up in the two-stage competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Supporting the Expo’s theme, penda’s proposal plans to be designed and harvested by its visitors, who will plant herbs, vegetables and fruits all over it throughout the duration of the seven-month event. By the end of the Expo, the pavilion will be fully taken over by organic food, which will then be prepared by chefs and served back to the visitors in the Pavilion-Restaurant. 

Kimmelman Drafts To-Do List for Next NYC Mayor

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year reign has left an undeniable impression on the built environment, which transformed “whole swaths of the city” but also made it “increasingly unaffordable to many.” According to architectural critic Michael Kimmelman, “The next mayor can keep architecture and planning front and center or risk taking the city backward.” Understanding that “the social welfare of all cities is inextricable from their physical fabric,” Kimmelman has laid out a comprehensive, mayoral “to-do list” to “building a better city.” Read it here on the New York Times

Solar Decathlon 2013: Czech Technical University Wins Architecture Contest, Places Third Overall

Lauded for incorporating warm, natural wood finishes to create a “comfortable place to dwell and reenergize,” the jury of the 2013 Solar Decathlon has named Czech Technical University as winner of the competition’s “Architecture Contest,” placing them third overall. 

Based on a “house within a house” concept and inspired by the Czech tradition of spending weekends in the country, the “AIR House” features a flexible, open interior that is protected by an intelligent second skin - a “solar wooden canopy” that generates energy and provides hot water via photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels. Read for the team’s project description. 

Kindergarten St. Salvator Graz / Reitmayr Architekten

  • Architects: Reitmayr Architekten
  • Location: Graz, Styria, Austria
  • Owner: Parish Graz Salvator
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Paul Ott

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OfficeUS Principals: Call for Fellowship Applications

OfficeUS is seeking five fellows to take on the role of Principals during the 2014 Venice Biennale at the US Pavilion. From May 23, 2014 through November 23, 2014, the Principals will speculate on and project new futures of a history of American architectural exports on exhibit at the pavilion. The work of OfficeUS will be published as a book and exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in the spring of 2015.

Gas Kompressor Station Egtved / C. F. Møller Architects

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Caixa Ontinyent Cultural Center / Ramon Esteve

  • Architects: Ramon Esteve
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Site Manager: Gonzalo Llin
  • Architect: Ramon Esteve
  • Technical Architect: Antonio Morales
  • Project Area: 1855.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: Xavier Mollà

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Tacoma Art Museum Expansion / Olson Kundig Architects

Construction begins in late October on the approximately 16,000 square foot new wing and building renovation of the Tacoma Art Museum. The new wing will provide a home for the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, double the museum’s gallery space, provide greater art experiences for visitors, and increase the museum’s role in downtown Tacoma. Award-winning architects Olson Kundig Architects will design the expansion and renovation.

Copenhagen in 2050

As explained by this article in the Guardian, planners in Copenhagen are thinking ahead - to the years 2050 and even 2100 -  to propose plans that will cope with the storms and floods that will threaten the low-lying city due to climate change. From "percolating pavements," "pocket parks" and "cloudburst boulevards," read about some of the innovative measures they are proposing, many of which are now being adopted around the world, here.

Masia Redortra Extension / a0010 Arquitectura i Disseny

  • Architects: a0010 Arquitectura i Disseny
  • Location: 08572 Sant Pere de Torelló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects: Víctor Vergés, Joan Pascual
  • Project Area: 319.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Miquel Murcia

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