4 Dwellings in Cantón de Santa María / Patxi Cortazar

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Architects: Patxi Cortazar
Location: , Spain
Technical Architect: José Ramón Hurtado Mendoza
Client: Comunidad de Propietarios
Construction: Nasipa S.L.
Year: 2011
Photographs: César San Millán

XX Models: Young Belgian Architects

Presented here are twenty recent projects by an equal number of young Belgian architectural firms, published in conjunction with the ‘XX Models: Young Belgian Architecture’, at the Centre for Fine Arts in . The showed one architectural model every two months beginning September 2008. Most projects include a public or collective dimension, public rather than private commissions were privileged, and a balance was sought between Flemish and Francophone firms. Each projected is examined in depth; selected offices include JDS Architects, Matador, URA, A229, Dierendonckblancke Architecten, B612 Associates and noA, among others.

The ‘World’s Greenest Commercial Building’ Opens in Seattle

Courtesy of Miller Hull Partnership

The Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000 square foot office building in Seattle that aspires to be the world’s greenest commercial building, opens its doors to the public today on Earth Day. This $30 million “living laboratory,” designed by Miller Hull Partnership, distinguishes itself from other sustainable projects with its composting toilets, the exclusion of 350 common toxic chemicals – including PVC, lead, mercury, phthalates, BPA and formaldehyde – along with a strict energy and budget that aims for self-sufficiency under the Living Building Challenge. The environmentally-conscious Bullitt Foundation hopes that the new center will demonstrate that carbon-neutral office space can be “commercially viable and aesthetically stunning,” a series of systems that can be easily copied elsewhere without being overly demanding in upkeep.

Read more about the Bullitt Center after the break…

Un Zeste de Citron / Y. Architectes

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Architects: Y. Architectes
Location: Saint Priest, Rhône,
Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
Area: 238.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Brice Robert

Guerrero House by Alberto Campo Baeza / © Roland Halbe
Guerrero House by Alberto Campo Baeza / © Roland Halbe

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2013 Architecture Award Winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the recipients of its 2013 architecture awards. Beginning in 1955 with the inauguration of the annual Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, this is awarded to a preeminent architect from…

BA 105 / Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
Location: Evreux,
Area: 40,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 11h45

Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects
Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects

Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

The proposal for Healthy Urbanism is a collaboration between a visionary client, a health scientist and ISA – Interface Studio Architects… to investigate the potential for health outcomes to influence large-scale neighborhood and building design. The consulting team developed a

St-Zotique Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montréal, Quebec,
Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Courtesy of ASPECT Studios
Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Green Square Library Competition Entry / John Wardle Architects + ASPECT Studios

Part park, part urban square and part garden, the public realm of the Green Square Library proposal is a unique landscape offering to this new urban community and is an exemplar of contemporary community public space design and place making.…

Bitxo House / Lagula Arquitectes

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Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
Location: (Avià), Barcelona, Spain
Client: Queralt Sales, Xavier Planas
Project Architects: Lagula Arquitectes SLP, Toni Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López, Manel Morante y Marc Zaballa
Collaborators: Eduard Reus, structures; Jordi Culell, Engineer
Area: 412 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Lagula Arquitectes

AD Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

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Architects: Pedro Ramírez Vázquez
Area: 37000.0 sqm
Year: 1960

Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces

Courtesy of Flickr user Chrissy Olson

In 2011, and Project for Public Spaces () signed a 5-year cooperative agreement to aspire to raise international awareness of the importance of public space in cities, to foster a lively exchange of ideas among partners and to educate a new generation of planners, designers, community activists and other civic leaders about the benefits of what they call the “Placemaking methodology.” Their partnership is helping to advance the development of cities where people of all income groups, social classes and ages can live safely, happily and in economic security and in order to reach these ambitious goals, the duo recently released 10 informative steps that cities and communities can take to improve the quality of their public spaces.

To find out what these steps are, read on!

“If you Build It, Will They Come?” – The Architecture Foundation Discusses Cultural Centers’ Impact on Cities

The considerations regarding urban regeneration are far and wide. From the reuse of derelict – like WORKac’s project in St. Petersburg’s New Holland Island - to the master-planning of cultural communities – like the design of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi - to the development of an entire districts – like Foster + Partner’s for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong – the design of cultural centers that range in program, function and attraction have been a keystone in redeveloping the cultural impact of cities.  The “Bilbao Effect” is still cited as proof that architecture has the capacity to revitalize cities centers and elevate their status in global design with these “architectural trophies“.  If you Build it, Will They Come?: New Cultural Projects in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and St Petersburg is a talk, organized by The Architectural Foundation that explores the relationship between grand urban cultural projects and the developmental strategies that are unique to each city.  The discussion focuses on presentations from designers of the aforementioned projects in an effort to find both the specific relationships that exist between development and the site as well as the general understanding of how cultural centers thrive and revive the urban environment.

More on each project after the break..

Bekaert Office Building / BURO II & ARCHI+I + Sileghem & Partners

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Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I, Sileghem & Partners
Location: Esserstraat 8550 ,
Project Director & Project Architect: Ir. arch. Michel Van der Beken
Design Architect: Arch. Steven Vanwildemeerch
Interior Architect: Int.arch. Bart Decloedt
Area: 7224.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Klaas Verdru

Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ Exhibition

Taking place now until June 30 at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the ‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ exhibition pays tribute to Saarinen’s brief yet brilliant career, in which he designed numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings,…

Woodskin: The Flexible Timber Skin

Courtesy of MammaFotogramma

Have you ever wanted to create delicate, complex shapes from , but can’t because it’s too stiff and unforgiving? Well all that might soon change, thanks to Milan-based design studio MammaFotogramma. They have created a type of flexible, ‘Woodskin‘ triangular tiles of Russian plywood.

Read more about Woodskin after the break…

Puche Houses / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín + José María García Ramírez + Francisco Salvador Granados

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Architects: + Francisco Salvador Granados + José María García Ramírez
Location: , Andalucía, Spain
Architect In Charge: José María García Ramírez, Francisco Salvador Granados, Juan Alberto Morillas Martín
Design Team: Juan Alberto Morillas Martín, José María García Ramírez, Francisco Salvador Granados
Area: 6507.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Courtesy of MADE Expo 2013 & Federlegno Arredo
Courtesy of MADE Expo 2013 & Federlegno Arredo

Instant House @ School Competition

On the occasion of MADE expo Milano Architettura Design Edilizia, set to take place at the Milan Fairgrounds at the beginning of October, Federlegno Arredo S.r.l. is promoting the Instant House @ School competition to find the most novel projects for residential cityscapes and urban society. With the…