Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson
Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg © Andreas E. Larsson

“Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson”

Opening tonight in Los Angeles at the WUHO Gallery: Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson.
For more than two years, Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson… documented the lives of residents in the

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Venice Biennale 2012: Museum of Copying / FAT

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The Museum of Copying, curated by British architect’s , was one of my favorite exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The subject of copy in architecture has always interested me, in relation to how the series of copies in the form of iterations are what make architecture evolve. The concept is explored in this exhibit with three installations, starting with Villa Rotunda Redux, the iconic Palladio building copied (or reinterpreted?) through history now digitally fabricated and casted.

During the Biennale we had the chance to talk with Sam Jacob (@anothersam) from FAT, who explains us more about the Museum of Copying on this video (full interview coming soon!).

More about the Museum of Copying from the architects after the break.

Center for High Performance Athletics in Jamor / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

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Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, ,
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

OMA wins competition for new engineering school in France

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OMA has been selected from four competing international architectural practices to design the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris.

Spearheaded by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in , the winning “lab city” concept contrasts the corridor linearity of the typical laboratory. The design proposes a low level, glass-roofed superblock that contains an interior open plan grid, where various activities can interact and be overlooked simultaneously. Continue after the break to learn more.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Ukraine Pavilion

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Curated by Alexander Ponomarev and Olilga Milentiy, the Ukraine Pavilion presents mobile museums projects under the concept of “Mirage Architecture”. The focuses on a conceptual design for a Museum of Contemporary Arts in the Antarctic.

“In order to build new Utopia, there is no need to raze the world. There are still places on Earth with clean, free spaces, offering room for cooperation and co-creation. On of these places is the Antarctic”, says Milentiy.

Learn the story behind the ukrainian pavilion after the break

TBC Bank Headquarters / Architects of Invention

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Taking the place of the existing building complex that was built in the 70th century for the Soviet Military Headquarters of the Caucasus region, the TBC Bank Headquarters strives towards being an oasis, representing both a nourishing source but also a sense of rescue. Designed by Architects of Invention, their second prize winning proposal offers visitors an experience, a discovery of boundless resource within secure parameters. Visitors enter through the building’s opening, like a key entering a lock, and a lush and fertile oasis appears before them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Architect Says: A Compendium of Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom from Iconic Architects

This post, by Maria Popova, first appeared on her excellent blog Brainpickings.

There’s something inescapably alluring about pocket-sized compendiums of quotes by great architects and designers — take, for instance, those of Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. Fittingly, The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom (public library) gathers timeless wisdom on design and architecture from more than 100 of history’s most vocal — and often dissenting — minds. What emerges, besides the fascinating tapas bar of ideas about the art and science of building, is the subtle but essential reminder that what lies at the heart of creative legacy aren’t universal formulas and unrelenting tents but perspective, conviction, and personality.

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) stands for the honesty of drawing:

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies.

More quotes from architects, after the break…

Will Developers Demolish the David Wright House Today?

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via User SDR on the Save Wright Chat page.

Last we updated you on the David Wright House, the Arizona home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son, things were looking up – the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) had gotten the unanimous decision of the Phoenix Historic Commission to recommend Landmark to the City Council.

Unfortunately, the developer, John Hoffmann of 8081 Meridian, says that really doesn’t matter to him.

According to yesterday’s New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, Pheonix city policy requires owner consent before designating any building for historic preservation. Since “8081 Meridian never gave its consent, and has no intention of doing so, Mr. Hoffman says he rejects the landmark process outright.”

Hoffman’s demolition permit has been voided by city officials, but he maintains that the permit is legal – it just expires today.

More on the precarious fate of the David Wright House, after the break…

Hard Werken / I.S.M.Architecten

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Architects: I.S.M.Architecten
Location: Kessel-Lo,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 310 sqm
Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

Bacardi Complex / Frank Gehry

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continues to amaze us – we recently shared the octagenarian’s vision for Zuckerberg’s expanding Facebook campus, and now the architect will tackle a master plan for ’s iconic Bacardi Tower and annex.   Designed by Enrique Gutierrez, a collaborator of Mies van der Rohe, with amazing tile work by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, the Latin-infused modernist tower served as the Bacardi headquarters for nearly 50 years.  Just this morning, the National YoungArts Foundation announced that it is the proud new owner of the main 8-story tower, and the “Jewel-box” 1975 annex, designed by  Igancio Carrera-Justiz, with glass mosaic walls based on designs by German artist Johannes Dietz.    The organization acquired the property for a steal – the Miami Herald estimates the buildings’ $10 million price tag weighs in at less than half of its market value – and is excited to make a permanent home to expand their activities.

Gehry work will not involve either of the buildings’ exteriors, which will be completely preserved, but rather, the project will include transforming the site’s parking lot into a park that will connect with a Gehry-designed performance hall just north of the existing buildings.

More after the break. 

Beaumaris House / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Drew Carling, Peter Maddison, Petra Mueller
Photographs: Gerrard Warrener, Rhiannon Slatter

Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos
Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos

International Airport of Nacala / Fernandes Arquitetos

Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos…, the Nacala airport aims at better utilization of natural lighting and ventilation, reducing consumption of power associated with the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. It will have water intakes and sewage treatment

Oklahoma 93 / C Arquitectos

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Architects: C Arquitectos
Location: , México
Architect in Charge: René Caro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Onnis Luque

Courtesy of Be Open
Courtesy of Be Open

BE OPEN Sound Portal / Arup

Located in Trafalgar Square in London, the BE OPEN Sound Portal focuses on an experience that would be all about the sound. Designed by Arup…, they thought it would be great if people could really concentrate on sound in

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: ,
Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

Gate House / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Arnhem,
Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch)
Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

‘House of Flags’ Installation / AY Architects

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Installed on Parliament Square, , the ‘House of Flags’ is a flexible, demountable, and totally reconfigurable architectural intallation conceived as a gigantic ‘house of cards’ in the Eames’ spirit. The project was designed by AY Architects after an invited international design competition initiated by the Greater London Authority for the Mayor of London’s ‘Wonder Series of Incredible Installations’. 206 panels depict the flag icons of the nations and combined create a collaged image of the world. All together they make up a large building jigsaw, a united ‘house’ of symbols, shimmering colors and perforations. More images and architects’ description after the break.