Roman Mars. Photo © Raymond Ahner
Roman Mars. Photo © Raymond Ahner

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A few months ago, in a little Bavarian town, far far away, an architect, by the name of Peter Zumthor (you may have heard of

School of Dentistry for Charles Sturt University / Brewster Hjorth Architects

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Architects: Brewster Hjorth Architects
Location: Wagga,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Mushenko

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Venice Biennale 2012: Eduardo Souto de Moura

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’s structure overlooks the old buildings in front of the Arsenale from the waterfront, on the path leading to Alvaro Siza’s structure that we featured yesterday.

This structure is an exploration of material, building systems and language. The facades frame views of these old buildings, reinterpreting the existing landscape, according to the will of the viewer. According to Souto de Moura “geography becomes how we want it to be. This it the great leap of the modern movement, and as a result of postmodernism”.

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The installation “reflects the evolving relationship between interior and exterior, the gradual opening up of options, and their dependance and influence on the architectural language”.

More photos after the break:

International Architecture Award 2012: New Headquarter Building / BOLLES + WILSON

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BOLLES + WILSON recently received an ‘International Architecture Award 2012‘ for their design of a new headquarter for a concrete plant in , . The building, which is highlighted by an optimal concrete beam, is a combination of the existing vertical cement silo complimented by a new horizontal administration deck. The deck hovers, cantilevering dramatically over green fields (entrance side) and also symmetrically out over a re-naturalized cement quarry (wildlife protection zone). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Polideportivo in Sa Indiotería / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

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Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Palma de Mallorca,
Project Architects: Jordi Herrero Campo, Genovard
Project Area: 2,607 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.
Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.

Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal Proposal / de Architekten Cie.

Despite unique climate challenges in the city of Keelung, Taiwan, the design for the Joint Office Building and Passenger & Cargo Terminal by de Architekten Cie.… is an example of how one can naturally ventilate the building during the winter

G-Flat / architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: Koh Kitayama – architecture WORKSHOP
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Koh Kitayama, Mariko Hama, Yurie Kobayashi, Hiroko Hasama, Toru Kudo
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 2635.78 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

nycobaNOMA ‘Crafting the Interview 3.0′ Event

The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA) will be hosting the ‘Crafting the Interview 3.0′ event, which has been postponed to take place October 13 at FXFOWLE from 11am – 5pm. In order to provide…

Studio House Sabinos / Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura

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Architects:
Location: , México
Architect In Charge: Juan Carlos Loyo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,763 sqm
Photographs: Juan Carlos Loyo

2011 Mural Project by Artmakers Inc, Courtesy of Nka Foundation
2011 Mural Project by Artmakers Inc, Courtesy of Nka Foundation

Ghana: Nka Foundation announces 10X10 Shelter Challenge

The Nka Foundation has announced a new competition, open to all students and graduates of design, architecture, art, engineering and schools interested in rural community projects in Africa, that is a design-build challenge at the Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the…

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Venice Biennale 2012: ConVivência: Lucio Costa and Marcio Kogan / Brazil Pavilion

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The Brazilian Pavilion brings together two outstanding professionals from two different generations: Lucio Costa (1902-1998) and Marcio Kogan (b. 1953). Costa is the world renowned urban planner who conceived Brasília, the country’s new capital inaugurated in 1960, with public buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer (b. 1907). Costa was one of the core ideologues of Brazilian modernism and the author of some of the master-pieces of modern Brazilian architecture.

Marcio Kogan, an architect and movie director, stands out in the contemporary scene with major projects both in and other countries. Costa’s installation Riposatevi -a masterpiece, albeit not familiar to all- will be exhibited. Marcio Kogan has created an original piece for Venice.

The Abbotsford Warehouse Apartments / ITN Architects

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Architects: ITN Architects
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Architect In Charge: Nigel Grigg
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathew Moore, Michael Downes, Nigel Grigg

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Venice Biennale 2012: Public Works, Architecture by Civil Servants / OMA

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“Forty years ago the public cause proved a powerful source of inspiration.  Given the numbers of architects that chose to serve it, one might even speak of a common ground. In the age of the ‘starchitect’, the idea of suspending the pursuit of a private practice in favor of a shared ideology seems remote and untenable. In the context of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, this exhibition hopes to provide a small contribution towards finding that common ground once more…” – OMA Partner , August 2012

Throughout Europe in the late 1960s and early 1970s, large public works departments employed architects to design a multitude of public buildings in an effort to serve the public cause. Reinier de Graaf describes this “heyday of public architecture” as “a short-lived, fragile period of naïve optimism – before the brutal rule of the market economy became the common denominator.”

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Venice Biennale 2012: Revisit – Customizing Tourism / Cyprus Pavilion

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In a time of rapid physical and digital connections the global phenomenon of tourism becomes more and more of a common activity. Tourism brings people from all over the world on a common ground giving them the opportunity to interact with a locality, places, and people. However, the conventional tourist entertainment character and the lack of local interaction alienate the notion of the common ground in most tourist destinations. Resorts, theme-parks, international hotel chains, global market icons, and city guides turned tourism into a travelling monopoly with global rules that are applicable everywhere. Common ground is at stake!

The pavilion was curated by Charis Christodoulou and Spyros Th. Spyrou.

The fate of Neutra’s Cyclorama Center looks dismal

An old post card of the Cyclorama – Courtesy of Flickr user fauxto_digit

The battle over ’s mid-century Cyclorama Center is nearing an end. Located in the heart of the Gettysburg National Military Park, the concrete and glass cylindrical drum was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra and completed in 1962 under the ambitious Mission 66 initiative aimed to improve visitor services at national parks.

Controversy surrounding the building’s fate started in 1999, when the National Park Service first announced plans to demolish it. This sparked a raging battle between 20th century architecture supporters and Civil War purists, ultimately leading to the federal court.

However, despite these relentless efforts, the structures fate appears to be dismal.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Shifting Grounds (Beyond National Architecture) / Ireland Pavilion

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The Irish Pavilion, designed by heneghan peng architects with the support of Arup, and curated by John McLaughlin, charts a position for Irish architecture in a global culture where the modes of production of architecture are radically altered. has developed a national culture of architecture derived from local place as a material construct. They now have to evolve our understanding in the light of the globalized nature of economic processes and architectural production which is largely dependent on internationally networked flows of products and data. They have just begun to represent this situation to themselves and others. How should a global architecture be grounded culturally and philosophically? How does it position itself outside of shared national reference points?

Video: Sir Terence Conran, At Home With…


Sir Terence Conran transformed Britain’s homes with Habitat. Here, the much-loved high priest of British design opens up to at his home in Berkshire about his long and varied career. Credited with helping in the regeneration of the Shad and Tower Bridge area in London, including the Design Museum, Conran has also built a restaurant empire, with institutions like Bibendum and the Boundary under his belt. We talk to the man about all things design, including his advice for young designers.

Saatchi & Saatchi / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: The Rocks, Sydney,
Project Team: William Smart, Victoria Judge, Anita Panov, Maggie Lum, Marie Burgess, Tonie Sauers
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Sharrin Rees