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Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once more, Iwan Baan shared with the Za Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito in , . An impressive black volume in the middle of the city of Suginami in and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito.

You can see the complete photoset on Iwan’s website.

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Porta Fira Towers / Toyo Ito AA + Fermín Vázquez (b720 Arquitectos)

© Nils Becker, Toyo Ito AA

Architects: Toyo Ito (ITO AA) + Fermín Vázquez (b720 Arquitectos)
Location: Plaza Europa 45-47 (Hotel) 41-43 (Oficinas), 08902 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, , Spain
Total Area: 80.108 sqm (56.014sqm s/r + 24.093sqm b/r)
Hotel: 34.688sqm (23.395sqm s/r + 11.293sqm b/r)
Offices: 45.420sqm (32.619sqm s/r + 12.800sqm b/r)
Proyect date: 2004-2006
Hotel: April 2006 – Jan 2010
Offices: April 2006 – May 2009
Photos: Nils Becker, Toyo Ito AA

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Taiwan Solar Powered Stadium / Toyo Ito

 

Solar Powered Stadium by Toyo Ito

Construction is finished for Japanese architect Toyo Ito’s Solar Powered Stadium in Taiwan. The stadium’s roof is covered by 8,844 solar panels. The stadium is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and it was built to coincide with the opening of the World Games, to be held this July.

The “World Games Stadium” holds 55,000 spectators and it cost $150 million to build. The stadium will hold the record for largest solar-powered stadium in the world with it’s 14,155m2 roof. It could potentially generate  1.14 gigawatt hours of electricity every year, enough to power up to 80% of the sorrounding neighbourhood.

Seen at deputydog. More images, after the break.

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral Underway in New Zealand

Courtesy of Christchurch City Libraries’ Flickr

Shigeru Ban just can’t get enough of paper tubes. The Japanese architect, renowned for his design of structures that can be quickly and inexpensively erected in disaster zones, is at it again in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which was hit hard by a devastating earthquake last February. The earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed over 200 people and inflicted irreparable damage on the city’s iconic gothic cathedral of 132 years. The cathedral was a copy of one in Oxford, England, and was one of the most famous landmarks of the Christchurch, pictured on postcards, souvenirs and tea towels.

A pioneer in so-called “emergency architecture,” Shigeru Ban has begun construction on a highly anticipated, unique replacement: a simple A-frame structure composed of paper tubes of equal length and 20 foot containers. The tubes will be coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants that the architect has been developing since 1986 – years before environmental friendliness and the use of inexpensive recycled materials were even a concern in architecture.

Read more about Ban’s visionary Cardboard Cathedral after the break…

Courtesy of Aires Mateus Architectes
Courtesy of Aires Mateus Architectes

Aires Mateus Architectes Lecture

Aires Mateus Architectes… will be delivering a lecture on March 28th at 7:00pm at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Manuel Aires Mateus will be presenting one of their well-known projects, the Alcacer do Sal Residence, located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal.

Kickstarter: BrickItUp!

BrickItUp is a kickstarter project, created by Jose Luis, that allows for simple and intuitive 3D modeling. Block by block, users can easily create 3D spaces and environments without any limitations. BrickItUp caters well to collaboration and allows users to work on a project live with each other. When working in groups, users are able to see what each person is working on in real-time, making distance a negligible factor in collaboration.

More on BrickItUp after the break.

MAD building / MAD arkitekter

© Jiri Havran

Architects: MAD arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Project Management: Vedal Prosjekt AS
Structural Engineer: Multiconsult AS
Landscape Architect: Grindaker AS
Developer: Oslo S Utvikling AS
Thermal Consultant: Erichsen og Horgen AS
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Kurt Singstad

Courtesy of City of Green Bay
Courtesy of City of Green Bay

Request for Proposals: Downtown Master Plan Update

Adopted by the City of Green Bay in 2003, the Smart Growth Plan 2022 relied heavily on the participation of the citizens of Green Bay and provides city leaders with a guide to use while assessing policy and development proposals. The city of Green…

Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects

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Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
Location: Ahmedabad,
Structural Consultant: Saurachana Strucon
Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
Civil Contractor: Tricon, Tejas Shah
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Duke University Law School / Courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch
Duke University Law School / Courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch

A Conversation on Firm Culture with Carole Wedge and Jessica Lane

As part of AIA San Francisco‘s continuous effort to highlight women in architecture and better understand the imbalance of gender in the profession, they are hosting two great women for a conversation on firm culture, leadership and mentorship which will take…

KC Grande Resort & Spa-Hillside / Foundry of Space

© Teerawat Winyarat

Architects: Foundry of Space
Location: , Trad,
Design Team: Makakrai Jay Suthadarat, Rinchai Chaiwarapon, Singha Ounsakul
Interior Design: Alisa Tejasrisukko, Thissana Leelahapant
Area: 8,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Teerawat Winyarat

'Mother Nature's Child' / © Fuzzy Slippers Productions
'Mother Nature's Child' / © Fuzzy Slippers Productions

Two Films at the National Building Museum During the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

The National Building Museum, in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival will be showing two films related to both the natural and built environment. Taking place Sunday, March 17 from 11:30am to 12:45pm, ‘Mother Nature’s Child’ focuses on nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development is explored…

A House in Kamigamo / Méga

© Kei Sugino

Architects: Méga
Location: Kyoto-city, Kyoto,
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Design Team: Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka (former staff)
Site Area: 245 sqm
Area: 134 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kei Sugino

Iceberg / ATOMIC3

Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Architects: ATOMIC3
Architectural Design: Appareil Architecture
Lighting Design:
Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Interactive Systems Design: Philippe Jean/Les Ateliers Numériques
Technical Coordinator Set: Guillaume Simard
Technical Coordinator Sound/Light/Interactive System: Alexis Rivest
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Businessman Offers to Save Brutalist Landmark From Demolition

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Divisive concrete behemoth Preston Bus Station may yet be saved from its planned demolition. On the heels of a well co-ordinated campaign to save the brutalist monument, local businessman Simon Rigby has stepped in and offered to relieve the council of the building planning refurbish and operate the bus station himself.

Read more about the controversy and Rigby’s plan after the break…

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

ⓒ Nacása & Partners inc.

Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, , communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

Coal Mill / Atelier Hoffman

© Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Architects: Atelier Hoffman
Location: Libčice nad Vltavou,
Design Team: Patrik Hoffman, Marcela Jirásková, Pavel Hicz, Tomáš Havlíček, Robert Bóžek
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Wendell Castle, “The White Edition" Big Table, Originally designed 1970, USA with limited editions 2006-2011 / © Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century
Wendell Castle, “The White Edition" Big Table, Originally designed 1970, USA with limited editions 2006-2011 / © Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century

Design Days Dubai

The only design fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Design Days Dubai is the most diverse design fair globally presenting galleries from six continents. On view March 18-21, R 20th Century will be presenting iconic works by Wendell Castle, Oscar Niemeyer and Joaquim…