Italian architect Gae Aulenti dies at 84

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Architect, designer and theoretician (1927-2012) died late Wednesday night in her Milan home at the age of 84. The Palazzolo della Stella native will always be remembered as being one of the few well recognized women that worked in Italian postwar design. Throughout her career, Aulenti’s multi-faceted talent contributed greatly to the evolution of art, architecture and design.

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Aesop Ginza / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Construction: Zest
Area: 38.04 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alessio Guarino, Takumi Ota

House in Colares / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
Location: Estrada da Ribeira de Janas – Colares, ,
Collaborators: Bernardo Lacasta
Structure And Foundations: Grese
Special Technical Facilities: E.a.c.e.
Area: 250.0 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG, Patrick Monteiro

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXXII

Photo by Ken Lee 2010 – http://www..com/photos/kenlee2010/

We have now over 100,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Ken Lee 2010 in Snøhetta’s Oslo Opera House, Norway. Check the other four after the break.

Solar Carve Tower / Studio Gang Architects

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Jeanne Gang is about to make her debut, as the Chicago-based architect just unveiled the latest project planned to border City’s beloved . The 180,000 square-foot office tower with ground level retail will replace an existing, disused meatpacking plant along 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. It will feature a “gem-like”, glass facade that is intelligently shaped to avoid the disruption of light, air and views from the .

Dubbed the Solar Carve Tower, the mid-rise structure is currently pending city approval and is planned for completion in 2015.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

Nursery in La Pañoleta / Antonio Blanco Montero

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Architects: Antonio Blanco Montero
Location: Camas, Andalucía,
Structure Calculation: Sergio Estévez Salazar
Contractor: TEMIR S.L.
Area: 593.95 m2
Year: 2012
Photography: Fernando Alda

New York: Night and Day

Amidst the post-Sandy recovery efforts, we would like to share with you : Night and Day by Philip Stockton. The New York-based animator and director created the film in attempt to explore the city’s relationships between night and day from a series of fifteen preconceived locations. Using an interesting mix of non-traditional video time-lapse and animation, Stockton combined four to eight hours of footage from each location into single sequences using rotoscoping techniques.

Review each location after the break…

27 VPO / Equipo Olivares Arquitectos

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Architects: Equipo Olivares Arquitectos
Location: Tacoronte,
Design Team: Javier Pérez-Alcalde Schwartz, Fernando Aguarta García
Year: 2009
Photography: José Oller, Courtesy of

Interview: Michael Rotondi on Architecture Education

Given the state of the economy around the world, many people are returning to school in the hopes of acquiring new skills while riding out the worst of the effects of the global recession. Toward that end, ArchDaily has begun a College Guide to help people explore different educational options. There are many issues to consider beyond a school’s “name” such as the types of programs architecture schools offer. The Guide has highlighted schools with programs in Building Ecology, Forensic Architecture, and Human Rights, to name a few, while some of the practical issues have included cost analysis, financial aid, and access to cross-disciplinary training.

What has not been explored in the Guide because of its scope is a more theoretical examination of pedagogical strategies. What direction has architecture academics taken and where should it go in order to remain socially relevant, practically agile, and economically competitive? To discuss these issues, we interviewed Michael Rotondi,  a founding student and current Distinguished faculty member of SCI-Arc and principle at RoTo Architecture. Throughout the conversation, Mr. Rotondi’s insight combine with a constant and voracious intellectual curiosity to provide visions that are important to both students and educators.

Read our interview with Michael Rotondi after the break

Courtesy of STL Architects
Courtesy of STL Architects

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / STL Architects

Designed by STL Architects…, the new Daegu Gosan Public Library focuses on the evolution of the role of the library in regard to the new ways we now learn and teach. With extensive amounts of information, that could historically

Beyond the “Made In China” Mentality: Why China’s Innovation Revolution Must Embrace Pre-Fab Architecture

Chinese construction company ’s rendering for Sky City One, soon to be the world’s tallest skyscraper. (© Image: via Gizmag)

When Wired correspondent Lauren Hilgers arrived to Broad Town, the headquarters of the Broad Sustainability Group in Changsha, China, she soon realized that this was not your typical workplace environment. At Broad Town, employees must be able to run 7.5 miles over the course of 2 days; recite company “policy” – covering everything from how to save energy to how to brush your teeth – at a moment’s notice; and refer to their boss as “my chairman.”

It may sound strict, but the workers at Broad are on a higher mission. The CEO and founder of the company, Zhang Yue, a.k.a the chairman, doesn’t just consider himself the head of a construction company, but of a “structural revolution.”

In a few years, Zhang has turned the world of skyscraper design on its head, pushing the technical and structural capabilities of pre-fabrication to its utmost (perhaps you’ve heard of the 30-story hotel he built in just 15 days). Not only do Broad’s techniques save time and money, they represent a potentially game-changing opportunity for China to maintain its unfathomable rate of growth in a way that’s both safe and sustainable.

But where does innovation enter in this revolution? China, for years an intellectual playground for Western architects, has become increasingly concerned with nurturing its own latent intellectual capital. However, if Broad’s paradigm takes hold (which, pragmatically-speaking, it should), what will that mean for architectural innovation? In a world of pre-fab structures, can architecture exist?

Puur Pavilion / emma Architecten

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Architects: emma Architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Year: 2012
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall, John van Helvert

House in The Patagonia Fjords / Armando Montero + Samuel Bravo

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Architects: + Samuel Bravo
Location: Región de Aysén,
Architects: Samuel Bravo, Armando Montero
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Samuel Bravo

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Giancarlo Mazzanti, Timayui Kindergarten, Santa Marta
Giancarlo Mazzanti, Timayui Kindergarten, Santa Marta

‘Colombia: Transformed’ Traveling Exhibition

Intercontinental Curatorial Project, which promotes the role of architecture as the vital part of contemporary culture and life, presents its ongoing traveling exhibition Colombia: Transformed. The event is to be shown November 8-9 as part of the Dialogues with the…

The Charmer / Jonathan Segal Architect

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Architects: Jonathan Segal Architect
Location:San Diego, , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Matthew Segal
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin

emv – 170 Social Housing VPO / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

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Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
Location: Camino de Sanchinarro, ,
Architect In Charge: Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido
Design Team: María José Arquero, Almudena Carro, Javier García Germán, Myriam López
Collaborators: Agustín Martín, Raquel Marugán, Emilio Ontiveros, Pilar Recio
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Ángel Baltanás, Elena Almagro

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Courtesy of JBAD

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / JBAD

Designed by JBAD (Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design)…, the proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library proposes to simply, and radically, invert the conventional relationship of public space, circulation and access. In doing so, the public space typically defined

Atelier-Bisque Doll / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Minoh, Osaka,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2009
Area: 151.25 sqm
Site Area: 328.16 sqm
Total Floor Area: 151.25 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda