Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to Design Giant Office Building Next to Grand Central Terminal

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates were recently selected to design a giant office building the landlord hopes to build next to Grand Central Terminal. Selected by SL Green Realty Corp., the architects’ design would be one of the largest Midtown towers on the East Side in a generation. While building in is a challenge, SL Green is moving ahead full steam with planning. The company is in discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to obtain additional development rights by building pedestrian improvements including underground connectors to Grand Central, according to executives informed of the planning. More information after the break.

Saint-Nazaire Theatre / K-architectures

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Architects: K-architectures
Location: , France
Design Team: Karine Herman, Jérôme Sigwalt, Olivier Jonchère, Alexandre Plantady
Consultants: Changement à Vue (stage design), Altia (acoustics), Alto (fluids), Khephren (structure), Bougon (economist)
Budget: 16.4 M€ of works, including tax
Area: 3,900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Patrick Miara

Films & Architecture: “Paris, I Love You”


This week’s film isn’t actually a movie in itself, but rather a lot of little films merged into one: “, I Love You”. Twenty shorts, each representing the 20 arrondissements – districts – of were filmed to show the French capital in its multiple identities (in the end, only eighteen made the cut). The work is an interesting attempt to use film to represent the many facets of a metropolitan urban area; it is also an exploration of the different ways we can see a city, depending on our perceptions and experiences within it.

Have you ever walked through Parisian streets? Does “Paris I Love You” capture your experiences of Paris’ districts? Let us know in the comments below.

Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Artist Residence Competition Entry / Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Located in Nikola Lenivets Park in Kaluga, Russia, this proposal for the Artist Residence, which was shortlisted in the design competition, suggests the typology of a campus, a condensed layout providing the facilities for all of the artist residence community–…

Frontier Learning: The Future of Architectural Education / Stanislav Roudavski

The ‘Fallen Star’ installation, the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School. The AA’s DLAB and Emergent Technologies and Design Program are two examples of programs that are “straying from current industry expectations and moving towards speculations on the future of practice.” Photo courtesy of the AA

Yesterday’s article “Forget the Rankings, the Best US Architecture Schools Are…” argued that students should judge architecture schools for their strength in areas that are relevant to the profession today (not for their rankings). Today, we bring you an Editorial from Architecture Professor at the University of Stanislav Roudavski, who takes that argument one step further – suggesting that architecture students should look for education opportunities that embrace the architectural world of the future.

Those who look to the future understand architecture as a dynamic system of relationships. These relationships blur the distinctions between digital and physical, natural and artificial, simulated and observable in the wild. Such an interpretation calls for broader collaborations and a commitment to explorations outside established “comfort zones.” But the life outside disciplinary comforts can be harsh. With old certainties left behind and new potentials not yet discovered, one can feel overwhelmed by the richness and complexity of available information and practices. In the contemporary condition of constant and accelerating change, what should an architect know and be able to do? From where should this knowledge be acquired and updated, from whom and in which way?

Innovation (and the learning of the new, needed for innovation to occur) can be encouraged through various strategies. [...] Innovation can also be augmented outside existing professional territories via other types of critical, open-ended learning that is deliberately oriented towards uncertain futures. In striving to address unknown demands, such learning is necessarily speculative and risky. What strategies can be adopted to benefit from such risk-taking?

More on the future of Architectural Education, after the break…

House for 6 Families / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: Regensberg, Canton ,
Design Team: Frank Schaefer Arch.ETH, Boris Egli Arch.FH, Martin Reusser Arch.FH
Civil Engineering: Bona + Fischer AG, Winterthur
Builder: E. Schäfer Bau AG, Dielsdorf
Area: 960 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Vito Stallone

AD Architecture College Guide: Domus Academy

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If there is one characteristic that defines “architecture” it is innovation. And if by innovative, you think responsive, then Domus Academy certainly qualifies. It was started by Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, daughter of Domus Magazine founder, Gianni Mazzocchi after people kept writing letters asking her to start a design school. And in 1983, she did just that.

For the basics, the school is very clear. Your accreditation comes from an affiliation with the University of Wales, in Cardiff, UK, which is awarded upon completing 180 Master’s level credits. And you also receive a Diploma Supplement from them which proves that you have a degree that is equivalent to major universities across the globe. And it’s sited in , which if one is interested in Italian design, is an ideal locale. It’s a one year program, so it doesn’t require the extensive 2- and 3-year commitments that many programs across the world demand. It will cost a similar amount, however, at €23,790 Euro. But the best aspect of that admittedly large tuition fee is that it is for a single year—11 months to be exact. That means one can immediately begin searching for a job to pay off what is, after all is said and done, a relatively small student loan compared to average ones that are three times that size. There are also unrestricted scholarships available that defray costs from between 20%-50%. And in case you’re wondering, classes are taught in English.

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Caretaker’s House / Invisible Studio + AA Inter 2

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Architects: Invisible Studio
Location: Hooke Park, , Dorset, England
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Client: Architectural Association
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Valerie Bennett, Courtesy of

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© Thorsten Arendt

“Fluxus Module” Exhibition / modulorbeat

For the exhibition, “FLUXUS – Art for Everyone!” at Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U, modulorbeat… was commissioned to develop an exhibition architecture. Their ‘Fluxus Module’ project uses 300 items from the years 1958 to 2007 that critically address the

ITEP Le Home / Laurens & Loustau Architects

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Architects: Laurens & Loustau Architects
Location: impasse de la glacière, ,
Collaborator: Laurent Didier
Client: APEAJ
Area: 883 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau

Laguna Verde House I / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos + Carlos Bisbal

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Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos, Carlos Bisbal
Location: Valparaiso, Chile
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Francisca Domínguez

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Courtesy of Andrea Zittel
Courtesy of Andrea Zittel

Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts Winner: Andrea Zittel

Recognizing one exceptional artist every two years whose work transverses the boundaries between art and architecture, Andrea Zittel… came out as this year’s winner for the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize. Accepting the award just this month at the New Museum

Multipurpose Hall Finca del Lomo / Equipo Olivares Arquitectos

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Architects: Equipo Olivares Arquitectos - Javier Pérez, Alcalde Schwartz, Fernando Aguarta García
Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife,
Year: 2010
Photography: José Oller, Javier Pérez

Klyde Warren Park / The Office of James Burnett

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Architects: The Office of James Burnett
Location: , TX, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dillon Diers Photography, Aerial Photography, Inc, Courtesy of The Office of James Burnett

Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects
Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects

New Institute Building for FOM / J. Mayer H. Architects

Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects…, the new, modern college seminar building for FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management University of Applied Sciences gGmbH will include approximately 1,400 student seats, office units, underground parking and a spacious, green campus.

Brick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza

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Architects: Alireza Mashhadmirza
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Alireza Mashhadmirza

Juniper Networks / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: , New Jersey,
Design Team: Louis Ray, Matt Gamache, Kurt Volkman, Joe Valerio
Contractor: SJP Properties
Client: Juniper Networks
Area: 16,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Matt Wargo

Block House / Taylor + Reynolds

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Architects: Taylor + Reynolds
Location: Kew, , Victoria
Architects: Lauren Taylor, Jeremy Reynolds
Area: 554 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds