Draw Me a House / Thibaud Herem

Draw Me a House is an interactive colouring book for children, budding architects and anyone interested in the built environment. Come on a journey across time and around the world. Color in, think about it , doodle and engage  with architectural elements from Malian houses to skycrapers. Draw a new top on the Chrysler building, design a deluxe doghouse, color in a gargoyle and fix up the Parthenon.

AIA California Council’s 2012 Design Award Recipients

Surfhouse, Hermosa Beach / – Image courtesy of Art Gray.

The American Institute of Architects, California Council () has announced the 2012 Design Award Recipients. Since 1982, has recognized excellence in architecture and design through the Design Awards Program. An esteemed Design Awards jury has selected these award winners out of 300 submittals. Continue after the break to review the projects!

In Progress: XXI Century National Film Archive / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: City,
Architects: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Design Team: Alonso de la Fuente Obregón, Rafael Cedillo Sánchez, Phillip Schlauch, Birgit Hammer, Djurdja Milutinovic, Alfredo Hernández Soto, Rodrigo Medina, Juan Manuel Ortuño, David Stalin Vergara, Dolores Robles – Martínez Gómez,Isaac Smeke, Andrea León
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Guido Torres,

Expansion of Communication with Graphisoft BIMx

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So what exactly is BIMx and how can it be used? Graphisoft BIMx is an interactive 3D presentation tool that allows all the stakeholders in a project to have access to the building model, without requiring any specialized BIM skills. BIMx is a game changer that allows for innovation with the types of models created and the presentation/utility of these models.

Beauty Center / ZSK Architects

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Architects: ZSK Architects
Location: , Hungary
Architects: László Kalmár, Zsolt Zsuffa
Assistant Architects: Csaba Helmle, Mihály Kanyó, Zsófia Lázár, Gábor Nagy, Szilvia Rehus, Balázs Rose
Structural Expert: Gergõ Dobszay
Interior Design: Balázs Kriszta, Barna Orsolya, Bódy Szilvia, Finta Csaba, Pucsek Viktor
Statics: István Szabó
Engineering: László Rádonyi, László Nagylucskay
Electricity: Vilmos Szalmási
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders

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Architects: Joel Sanders Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge:
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Aaron / OTTO

Films & Architecture: “The Architect”

, is not a renowned film. We have to admit that there’s not that much unique about it in terms of cinematography. However, for us the plot of this movie is quite relevant. The director uses an specific example, one built utopian residential complex in to illustrate the issues that were not considered during design of these uniformity-driven blocks.

Tell us your thoughts about this topic, and what is the kind of responsibility that relies on architects, or on the whole profession of architecture?

AD Classics: Prince Home and Studio / Bart Prince

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Nestled in the suburbs of Albuquerque, New are the otherworldly forms of Bart Prince’s Personal Residence and Studio. As home and work place for the architect the structure truly reflects Prince’s main design principle that form so closely follows function. This ideal leads to the relatively uncommon architecture produced by Bart Prince. More after the break.

Sauna / Formløs Architecture

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Sitting on the brink of a waterfall near Loddgard farm in central , the sauna, designed by Formløs Architecture, is simple and sculptural. As if cut from one piece of wood, the sauna hovers one foot above the ground and stretches out over the water. The idea for the sauna came from a wish to bring festival guests together in an atmosphere where all social constructions from daily life can be forgotten and the opera singer from the capital sits shoulder to shoulder with the local farmer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Terrace House Tokiostrasse / ARTEC Architekten

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Architects: ARTEC Architekten
Location: Terrace House Tokiostrasse, Vienna,
Architect In Charge: Bettina Götz, Richard Manahl
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 48,881 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ARTEC Architekten

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National Museum of Afghanistan Proposal / Paul Preissner Architects

The proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan by Paul Preissner Architects… reconsiders the method of the museum, which is dedicated to collections of historic artifacts and archeological evidence of past cultural moments. By allowing for the collection to be

Santo Domingo Savio Kindergarten / Plan B arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B arquitectos
Location: Medellín,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Work Team: Juan Pablo Giraldo, Juan Camilo Ramirez, Miguel Martos, Carlos Blanco
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Courtesy of Plan B arquitectos

V4 house / Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto

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Architects: Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto
Location: são paulo . sp .
Architect In Charge: Diana Radomysler, Fabiana Cyon, Fernando Falcon, Oswaldo Pessano
Project Manager: Nelson Batista
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Co Architect : Renata Furlanetto
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

The World’s Most Epic Material Library

Keeping the material library organized is a difficult task for many architects, let alone keeping it up-to-date with the latest, most innovative materials. Well, today we stumbled on this video, by The Economist, that highlights Andrew Dent, vice-president of Material ConneXion, and his thoughts on the evolution of material science. has created the world’s largest resource for advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes. Their online archive and material libraries, based in seven cities world-wide, feature over 6,500 of the world’s most cutting-edge materials that are all commercially available for use.

Andrew Dent believes Material ConneXion will help bridge the gap between science and design as we move from the “synthetic century” into a “biological century”, where intelligent, nature-inspired materials consume less resources and less energy.

Video: The Story of Lego®

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As we reported yesterday, the LEGO Group, the company responsible for everyone’s favorite bricks, just turned 80.  We’ve often talked about ’s major impact on young architects’ development, but few are aware of architecture’s influence on LEGO… so we thought we’d keep the LEGO celebrations going by sharing this cute (if unabashedly cheesy) video on the birth of LEGO.

If the intro about wooden toys doesn’t tickle your fancy, get right to the plastic bricks by skipping forward to 08:20.

Story via LEGO.com

Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria

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Architects: Iñaki Echeverria
Location: , Tabasco,
Design Team : Iñaki Echeverria, Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Osvaldo Estrada, Jonathan Hajar, Javier Marroquín, Roberto Fuerte, Guillermo López, Jorge Durán, Daniela González, Leonel Alcántara, Fredy E. Lamadrid, Rafael Brioso, Israel Meneses, Fernanda Téllez, Xochitl Zúñiga, Víctor García
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Luis Gordoa, Ivan Parra

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and interiors that support progressive models of acquiring knowledge. New interpretations of kindergartens, schools, universities, and libraries are featured along with architecturally innovative offices and conference rooms. These examples are rounded out by more experimental projects that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium.

Proposed Demolition of Josep Lluis Sert’s King School Cambridge

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At a time when sustainability is high on the agenda and construction costs continue to soar, many residents are questioning a proposal to demolish a sound and respected school building to replace it with a new school one that will strive to be a “green facility”. The Martin Luther King Elementary School (1968-1971) was designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert (Sert, Jackson and Associate). As it stands today, the school compliments the many other buildings in Cambridge that Sert worked on while also teaching at Harvard University, including the Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex just across the street.

Read on to find out what the community is doing to save the building from demolition and why it can prove to be a more sustainable option for the city.