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Valacco - Cordova House / Juan Carlos Sabbagh

  • Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh
  • Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Collaborators: Nicolás Sabbagh Cruz, Sebastián Vargas Hazbun
  • Area: 283.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Juan Carlos Sabbagh Cruz

© Juan Carlos Sabbagh Cruz © Juan Carlos Sabbagh Cruz © Juan Carlos Sabbagh Cruz © Juan Carlos Sabbagh Cruz

Alfonso Reyes 200 / AMBROSI I ETCHEGARAY

  • Architects: Ambrosi I Etchegaray
  • Location: Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Gabriel Ortiz, Rubén Oliveros, Miguel Montor
  • Client: Grupo Desarrollador FG2. Arq. Fernando Guevara
  • Project Area: 880.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Eastern Promises Exhibition

Currently on exhibit until October 6th at MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, the Eastern Promises, Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia focuses on the promise of a pioneering architecture, which is especially associated with East Asian countries. Projects from China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea reflect local traditions and conditions as well as a critical awareness of global media technologies leading to an architectural approach that is less interested in iconic objects and spectacular forms than in a structural realignment of society in its spatial dimensions. A program of selected short films rounds off the exhibition with moments of experimental city viewing and everyday appropriation of (public) space. More information after the break.

Why Cycling is Part of Being Dutch

Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? You may be shocked to learn that up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere - outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read "Bike Street: Cars are guests." Ever wondered why the Dutch are so bike crazy and how bicycles came to be such an important part of everyday life in The Netherlands? Click here to read all about it and look here for our story on Why Cycle Cities Are the Future!

Baton Rouge Magnet High School / Chenevert Architects + Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects

  • Architects: Chenevert Architects, Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects
  • Location: 2825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Samuel J. Herpin, AIA and Norman Chenevert, AIA
  • Design Team: Christopher G. Remson, AIA; Trula H. Remson, FAIA; Jason Hargrave, AIA; Whitney LeJeune, AIA; Jonathan Guelfo, AIA; David Wiesendanger, AIA; Donnie Moutz
  • Area: 305036.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sean Calamia

© Sean Calamia © Sean Calamia © Sean Calamia © Sean Calamia

Kickstarter: London Skyline Reimagined as Chess Set

Imagine your city skyline as a chessboard battleground; which landmark would declare itself as the almighty king and who serve as its faithful pawn? Well, according to British designers Ian Flood and Chris Prosser, London’s Canary Wharf, Renzo Piano’s Shard and Norman Foster’s Gherkin would all deserve high ranks while the ubiquitous London terraced house fulfilled the role of the pawn. 

OZ 3459 / estudiotrama + arqtipo

  • Architects: estudiotrama, arqtipo
  • Location: Saavedra 3459, Olavarría, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Project Architects: Diego Aceto, Dario Litvinoff, Diego Lorenzo, Matías Tozzini
  • Collaborators: Paola Castelnuovo, Cecilia Gimenez, Lucas Gorroño
  • Project Area: 300 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian

Arrowtown House / Kerr Ritchie

  • Architects: Kerr Ritchie
  • Location: Arrowtown, New Zealand
  • Area: 130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Paul Mc Credie

© Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie

Lo Curro House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

  • Architects: Peñafiel Arquitectos
  • Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect: Jose Domingo Peñafiel
  • Project Area: 820.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne

Southern States Outlaw LEED Building Standards

The US Green Building Council’s federally adopted LEED certification system has come under legislative siege with lobbyists from the timber, plastics and chemical industries crying out, “monopoly!” Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama have lead efforts to ban LEED, claiming the USGBC’s closed-door approach and narrow-minded material interests have shut out stakeholders in various industries that could otherwise aid in the sustainable construction of environmentally-sensitive buildings.

Most recently, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, slipped in a last minute amendment to both the Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation appropriation bills stating no tax money may be used to require implementation of any green building certification system other than a system that:

ADEPT Selected to Construct “Green Loops City” in China

Danish practice ADEPT has won an international, invited competition to master plan the 17KM2 site of Laiyan New Town and Binjian District in Hengyang, China. Their winning proposal, “Green Loops City” was lauded for developing an innovative and sustainable way to accommodate rapid urban growth while preserving Hengyang’s cultural heritage and lush surrounding landscape. 

Aidi Su from ADEPT stated: “Much of Hengyang’s cultural and natural resources are still very much intact when compared to other Chinese cities facing rapid urban development. This is an incredible opportunity for us to make a difference in Chinese cities.”

INDEX: Award 2013 Recipients Announced

The world’s biggest design prize, INDEX: Award has announced their 2013 recipients. From the Danish capital’s pioneering plan of how to address the changing climate to a Dutch take on intelligent roads of the future, each of the five recipients will receive a €100,000 award to implement their ideas which all offer sustainable solutions to global challenges. 

The INDEX: Award 2013 recipients are: 

Green Screen House / Hideo Kumaki Architect Office

© Yukinori Okamura © Yukinori Okamura Courtesy of Hideo Kumaki Architect Office © Mayuko Ebina

Woodcube / architekturagentur

  • Architects: architekturagentur
  • Location: Am Inselpark, 21109 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area: 4130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Martin Kunze

© Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze

La Floresta House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

  • Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
  • Location: 08198 La Floresta, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects: Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa y Xavier Morell
  • Project Area: 247.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Courtesy of Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, Ivan Raga, Sara Roig

© Ivan Raga © Ivan Raga © Sara Roig © Sara Roig

Welcome to the Wellness Center: A New Breed of Recreation Design

The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions
The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions

Until recently, student health and counseling services have predominantly been offered independently of athletics and recreation. But as institutions contemplate a more unified approach to health and wellness, the boundaries of these traditionally separated campus services are becoming blurred. Many believe that unifying these various programs and services under one roof is in the best interest of their students’ long-term health, as well as a potential budgetary and operational boon. 

This recent shift in mindset has supported the emergence of a new breed of recreation centers that is only anticipated to multiply. “We’re seeing more and more universities come to us with a new set of challenges and program needs, as opposed to simply saying ‘we need this type of building,” says Brad Lukanic, Cannon Design’s executive director of education. 

More on this new breed of Wellness Center, after the break...

The House of Chutes-Lavie / Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne

  • Architects: Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge: Damien Fluchaire, Julien Cogne
  • Engineering Firm: Auxitec BET
  • Area: 835.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FDC-Studio , D. Fluchaire, P. Terraz , A.Ravix

Courtesy of FDC-Studio © D. Fluchaire © P. Terraz Courtesy of FDC-Studio