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The European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism () is a joint program that aims to produce highly qualified, university trained urban designers, physical planners and researchers. The program brings together the strengths and richness of different design approaches and methods, and the long traditions and experiences in and design of each of the participating universities.

The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design, and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this European postgraduate master’s degree.

More info after the break.

Excellence in Design Awards Evening 2012
Excellence in Design Awards Evening 2012

AIA UK 2013 Excellence in Design Awards Call for Entries

The American Institute of Architects UK Chapter recently announced its call for entries in their annual Excellence in Design Awards. Entries are sought from architects based in Britain, and from architects throughout the world for built projects in the UK. Students of architecture who…

The Rise of the Endless City

Aerial view of San José, California, USA. Image via Wikimedia Commons User Robert Campbell

“While [...] everyone would like to be as sustainable as Copenhagen, creating true sustainability in a mega-city is a totally different story.” 

In this article, which originally appeared in The Dirt, Jared Green explores how mega-expanding and merging with other cities, fast becoming endless cities – must focus their growth in a productive, sustainable way. Expanding on the theories of Ricky Burdett, a Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, he explores which mega-cities are doing growth right (Bogota, London) and which are only headed towards increased inefficiency and inequality.

Read more about our endless cities – and how limiting them is the key to sustainable development – after the break…

Residence and Day Center for the Mentally Handicapped / Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje

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Architects: Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje
Location: , Spain
Project Architect: Jesús Arcos
Design Team: Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover
Collaborators: Aroa Álvarez, Rubén Páez, Marilena Lucivero
Client: GISA
Area: 2,098 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

Headquarters for the Asturias Association of Architects in Oviedo / Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

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Architects: Ruíz Larrea & Asociados
Location: C/Marqués de Gaztañaga, , Asturias,
Project Architects: César Ruíz-Larrea Cangas, Antonio Gómez Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Ortega Barnuevo
Area: 1,572.21 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

Courtesy of Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture 2013
Courtesy of Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture 2013

MEA2013: International Design Competition on Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture

Organized by Building Green Magazine, the MEA2013 Awards competition aims at highlighting projects that follow the principles of sustainability in architecture during the last five years in the Mediterranean zone, mainly through environmentally responsive passive design solutions. The goal is to enhance the exchange of ideas…

Amsterdam Tower / JSa

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Architects: JSa Archirectura
Location: City,
Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Aisha Ballesteros, Karen Cheirif, Francisco Martínez, Juan Manuel Soler, Irvine Torres, Juan Pablo Victal, Sofía Villareal, Romelia Hernández, Ingrid Ramos, Juan Reyes
Real Estate Development: Javier Sánchez, Santiago Sánchez, Alvaro Becker
Interior Design: Javier Sánchez, Leticia Serrano, Cecilia Solis, Karen Kimura
Area: 12,281 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of JSa Architectura

Courtesy of Felix
Courtesy of Felix

Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / Felix

The Green Square Library and Plaza designed by Felix… aims to be truly new public arena which will act as the hub of the vibrant community. Their design presents a building and landscape that engenders a contemporary public space for

The Squaire / JSK

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Architects: JSK
Location: Airport, 60547 , Germany
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolae Sotir, Roland Horn, Martin Joppen, Bavaria Luftbild, Leitner, Euroluftbild

AD Interviews: Fernando Romero / FR-EE

Fernando Romero  is part of the new generation of young Mexican architects that have reshaped the profession in a country with a longstanding tradition.

Fernando studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and shortly after graduating went to Europe, ending up working at OMA where he became a project leader of the Porto House of Music (1996-1999). In 2000, he went back to Mexico where he established his own firm FR-EE   which as of today has built more than ten million square feet, with offices in New York and , and many on-going projects.

The practice has a strong focus on research, and the process of each building is the result of an integrated workflow  with a multidisciplinary team. These processes are documented on a series of publications by the firm, including You Are the Context , launched at the Guggenheim  a few months ago.

Some of his recent works include the G20 International Convention Center, the iconic Soumaya Museum and the Jumex Tower.

In this interview, Fernando shares with us his views on architecture, the role of the architect, and how he has setup this particular type of practice.

Interior Restoration of an Attic Duplex / Cavaa Arquitectes

© Filippo Poli

Architects: Cavaa Arquitectes
Location: , Spain
Project Authors: Jordi Calbetó i Oriol Vañó, Elena Albareda
Collaborators: Pep Vinuesa, Valentí Albareda
Construction: Mètric integra
Photographs: Filippo Poli

Courtesy of NORD Architects + 3RW Architects
Courtesy of NORD Architects + 3RW Architects

New Healthcare Center Winning Proposal / NORD Architects + 3RW Architects

The two young Scandinavian design practices, NORD Architects from Copenhagen, Denmark and 3RW Architects… from Bergen, Norway, have recently won the competition for the design of a new healthcare center in Randaberg, Norway which is designed to be like a

Postgraduate Advanced Training Centre / Pitagoras Arquitectos

© José Campos

Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Architects: Fernando Seara De Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque
Collaborators: Marlene Sousa, Mariana Paiva, Carla Guimarães, Francisco Oliveira, Hélio Pinto
Year: 2009
Photographs: José Campos

Espacio Salto Del Roldan / Sixto Marin Gavin

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Architects: Sixto Marin Gavin
Location: Sabayes, Huesca,
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

The Boathouse / TreStykker 2012

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Architects: TreStykker 2012
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: TreStykker 2012
Built: TreStykker 2012
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TreStykker 2012

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge:
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House Ef / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

© Quiroga Carrafa

Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos
Location: , Tigre, Buenos Aires,
Architect In Charge: Eric Fritz, Fernando Fritz
Project Team: Hernán Feldmann
Structure: José Zaldua
Area: 400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

London Calling: London’s Import/Export Culture

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The following article is by Simon Henley of Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR). His column  will look at ’s every-day reality, its architectural culture, and its role as a global architectural hub.  

As a city, London is more than ever an architectural capital for propagating and consuming design culture. It has the highest concentration of architectural practices of any city in the world. Publications, exhibitions, events and a variety of pop-ups, pavilions and charrettes (not to mention the ever more popular pecha-kuchas) also attest to the fact. Schools like the Architectural Association (AA) in London’s Bedford Square have formed the minds of a number of world stage “star” architects.  

Then there’s the skyline itself – stuffed with transplanted talent. Renzo PianoShard, the city’s new spire that stands high above the rest.  Uruguayan Rafael Viñolys controversial Walkie-Talkie, which swells by the day. Herzog & de Meuroncurrent work at The Tate Modern. John Nouvel’s shopping mall at St Paul’s, and the many 1980s American corporate buildings for commercial giants in The City of London by SOM, KPF and HOK.  

Reflecting on this state of affairs of ‘high end architectural culture’ versus ‘high end commissioning culture’, one cannot help but see a curious chasm in London. In some ways, we are still today very much like the Victorians. Great inventors who leave it to the rest of the world to move our inventions forward. 

Is London truly the world capital of architecture?  Or a metropolitan trading post, an exporter of architectural ideas?  Read more of Simon Henley’s take, after the break…