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Reconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in Japan

Still rebuilding after the catastrophic tsunami of 2011, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, and other notable Japanese architects, have teamed up on the "Home for All" project to provide community-focused housing to disaster-stricken communities. While the architect-driven initiative seems to be a success, Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times asks in this exquisitely well-written article: are a set of "starchitects" the right team for the job? (Spoiler: Yes)

ALGODeQ: ALGOrithmic Design Quest Competition

This competition is a call for methods and forms that inspire hope and dreams through new technology, creative logic, and aesthetic intuition. Its purpose is to encourage the development of new design methods for better architecture and better cities (and, broadly, better design in general), and to recognize groups and individuals who have taken up this challenge.

Famous Museums Recreated in Candy

Originally posted in Metropolis Magazine as "Iconic Museums, Rendered In Gingerbread", Samuel Medina looks into a fun project to realize world-famous buildings in various types of candy.

Had Hansel and Gretel stumbled across one of these sugary structures, they may have taken off in the opposite direction. Dark, gloomy, and foreboding, the confectionary architecture would have made quite the impression on Jack Skellington, however. The project, by food artist Caitlin Levin and photographer Henry Hargreaves, is clearly indebted to the gothic mise-en-scène of the latter’s expressionistic underworld, a dreary, but whimsical land where one might half expect to find a twisted (gumball) doppelganger of the Tate Modern or Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI.

Find out more about the process behind this sweet project after the break

Easily the most idiosynchratic choice, the Karuizawa Museum by Yasui Hideo is made of chocolate bars, gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, and sour flush. Image © Henry Hargreaves I.M. Pei's pyramids at the Louvre are recreated with gingerbread, hard candy, and licorice. Image © Henry Hargreaves The curving form of the Museo Soumaya by FR-EE is draped in candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, and taffy. Image © Henry Hargreaves Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome, with gingergread replacing its concrete shell, hard candy for glass, and lollipop sticks for columns. Image © Henry Hargreaves

GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 "Changing the Face" Competition in Warsaw

Poland-based GowinSiuta Studio has won "Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw," an annual design competition (now in its 13th year) to revamp the "sawtooth-topped Rotunda, a favorite landmark and meeting spot in central Warsaw." Alongside being awarded the $15,500 prize money, the practice also plans to see their proposal realized by 2015. The studio's proposal, entitled Modern Urban Oasis / Warsaw City Lounge, transforms the Rotunda into an integral part of a public square. 

Latin America's Top 8 Smart Cities

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Hennekijnstraat 100, 3012 EB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
  • Area: 15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

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MUCAB / Martín Lejarraga

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MOS Architects Take on Humanitarian Design in Nepal

In this article, which originally appeared on Australian Design Review as "Reframing Concrete in Nepal," Aleksandr Bierig describes how New York-based MOS Architects, a firm better known for its experimental work, is designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal.

Strangely enough it has become almost unremarkable that an office such as New York-based MOS Architects would find itself designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal. Now under construction in Jorpati, eight kilometres north-east of the capital, Kathmandu, is the Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre, which finds itself at the intersection of any number of tangential trends: the rise of international aid and non-governmental organisations, the seeming annihilation of space by global communications networks and the latent desire of architects to use their designs to effect appreciable social change. Emphasizing simple construction techniques and sustainable design features, the building hopes to serve as a model for the surrounding communities, as an educational and environmental hub, the provider of social services for Nepalese women and as a home for some 50 children.

MOS Architects, founded in 2003 by US architects Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, is not a practice known for its involvement in humanitarian projects. Its work is often experimental and, at times, willfully strange. Alongside its architecture, MOS makes films, teaches studios, designs furniture and gives lectures on its work. It was after one lecture in Denver, Colorado in 2009 that Christopher Gish approached Meredith and Sample to ask if they would be interested in designing an orphanage. 

Frank Gehry: "I'm Not a Starchitect"

For Peter Aspden's first encounter with the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LAFrank Gehry did not "exude sweetness." "You are not going to call me a [...] ‘star-chitect’? I hate that." In a candid interview with the Financial Times, Gehry discusses the problem of being branded for beginning the Bilbao Effect in spite of the fact that he insists that "you can’t escape your signature." Gehry talks at length about Facebook's latest headquarters and, in particular, his relationship with his client, Mark Zuckerberg. Read the full interview here.

Modernism in America Awards

DOCOMOMO US invites submissions for the first annual Modernism in America Awards. The awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

Jinguyuan Mixed use Complex / Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect: Pu Miao, Hanjia Design Group
  • Architect Of Record: Jiang Ninqing
  • Area: 6220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

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Cycle d'orientation de Cayla / LRS Architectes

  • Architects: LRS Architectes
  • Location: Chemin William-Lescaze 8, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architects Collaborators: Baillif et Loponte Architectes, Susanna Fritscher
  • Client: DCTI / Etat de Genève
  • Area: 17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

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D. Residence / LP Architektur

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Tavonatti House / PAR Arquitectos

  • Architects: PAR Arquitectos
  • Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Pablo Lopez, Alvaro Cortés, Rafael Grez
  • Construction: Constructora Casa Viva Ltda
  • Structures: Ingevsa, José Manuel Morales
  • Landscape: Paisaje MPB - Francisca Pérez, Beatriz Majluf
  • Project Area: 1683.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Diego Elgueta

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Call for Expression of Interest: Connecting Divided Places

The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) is seeking curriculum partners for Connecting Divided Places, a project that investigates social, economic, environmental, and cultural divisions in cities. They are calling out to municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and companies interested in working with them to address the wicked problems dividing their cities and regions. They are looking for organizations interested in collaborating on design solutions that make for more balanced, healthier, and resilient city-regions of the future. They want to know what challenges your city is facing.

House 3 in Payandé Hill / Arquitectura en Estudio

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DawnTown Announces 2nd Design/Build Competition

DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios to their new competition: DAWNTOWN DESIGN/BUILD 2.

Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors

In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!

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