Makoko Floating School / NLE Architects

Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects

Unpredictable climate changes along the world’s most vulnerable coastal communities, have produced some fascinating design solutions that test the resiliency of architectural possibilities and the need for adaptation that will produce these changes.  The coastal community of Makoko, a slum neighborhood, off the Lagos Lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria, is receiving an upgrade to its current solution, which is building homes supported on stilts within the lagoon’s waters.  NLE Architects, with sponsoring from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Heinrich Boell Foundation from Germany, designed the Makoko Floating School, phase one of a three-phase development that will become a floating community of interlocked and floating residences.  Construction on the project began in October 2012 and was completed just last month with grand appraisal from the community and UN visitors.

More on Makoko’s floating schools after the break…

Fresno House / Felix Raspall + Federico Papandrea

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Architects: Felix Raspall + Federico Papandrea
Location: Cariló,
Architect In Charge: , Federico Papandrea
Structure: Roberto Alfie
Area: 135 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Infographic: ArchDaily, The Past 5 Years

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Exhibition for Frank Gehry Prints and Sculpture

On view now until April 13, is the Stamberg Aferiat + Associates… designed exhibition for Frank Gehry prints and a sculpture for the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York City. The exhibition celebrates

On Zombies and the Immortality of the Shopping Mall

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This article, which originally appeared on Bullett Media, is by writer Matthew Newton. Newton has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, Forbes, and Guernica, and is currently at work on No Place for Disgrace, a collection of nonfiction stories based on the faded promise of the American suburbs. You can follow him on Twitter @newtonmatthew.

In November of 1977, filmmaker George A. Romero arrived with cast and crew at Monroeville Mall, a sprawling indoor shopping center located in the suburbs east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The young director, who by that time had established himself as a pioneer in the horror genre, was set to start production on his latest film, Dawn of the Dead, a sequel to his 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead. Once again Romero’s slow-shuffling ghouls — starved as always for brains and entrails, meaty thigh bones and plump jugulars — would be unleashed on bumbling humans ill-prepared for a world gone rotten.

This time around, however, Romero, who in Night of the Living Dead touched on issues of race in the civil-rights era, had plans to skewer a new social dilemma: the rise of the American consumer. And to properly lampoon the nation’s burgeoning shop-till-you-drop culture, Romero needed the ideal backdrop.

Read more of Matthew Newton’s take on the immortality of the shopping mall, after the break…

A. H. McCoy Federal Office / Schwartz-Silver Architects

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Architects: Schwartz-Silver Architects
Location: 100 West Capitol Street, , MS 39269, USA
Area: 428000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model

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Last week an online call was put out by Rome’s MAXXI museum promising the first five architecture students to respond a chance to travel to Rome and build a model of Sou Fujimoto’s latest project. The five selected entrants started on their work at MAXXI on Monday and their experience is being broadcast over the course of this week in a series of photos and videos detailing the ups, downs, opinions and thoughts of the students as they work.

Read more about the model and after the break…

Like a Houseboat / Shipley Architects

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Architects: Shipley Architects
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Shipley
Builder: Rick Fontenot of Constructive General Contractors
Client: Rick & Julie Fontenot
Area: 1,490 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

New Istanbul International Financial Center Master Plan / HOK

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Integral to ’s plan to make its economy one of the world’s 10 largest by 2023, the HOK-designed master plan for the International Financial Center (IIFC) is now in construction. Built on a 170-acre site on the city’s Asian side, the Turkish government’s goal for the landmark IIFC project is to establish as a global center for finance. The IIFC will house the head offices of the country’s financial market governing bodies, state-owned and private banks, and related businesses. It will include approximately 45 million square feet of office, residential, retail, conference, hotel and park space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ST-House / PANDA

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Architects: PANDA
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

AD Classics: Marin Civic Center / Frank Lloyd Wright

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The Marin County Civic Center was Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission and largest public project, including several civic functions that would serve Marin County and , which after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge became closer than ever. Wright was selected for the project in 1957, winning a vote out of hope he would be able to best represent a democratic government open to the people through the Civic Center.

Courtesy of Anyone Corporation
Courtesy of Anyone Corporation

Call for Submissions: In Pursuit of Architecture 2003–2013

Since its inception in September 2003, the journal Log has sought to present through writing the kinds of thinking and concepts that drive the making of architecture today. In Pursuit of Architecture, a special tenth anniversary issue of the magazine, will feature ten buildings…

Terraços de Cascais / Humberto Conde

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Architects: Humberto Conde
Location: Cascaes, Portugal
Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho, Joana Catarré
Area: 3055.89 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Filmtheater Weltspiegel Cottbus / Studio Alexander Fehre

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Architects: Studio Alexander Fehre
Location: Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 78, 03046 Cottbus,
Design Team: Alexander Fehre, Roger Gasperlin, Judy Hänel
Client: Ralf Zarnoch
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Courtesy of Atelier CMJN
Courtesy of Atelier CMJN

Living Landscape: The Great Fen Visiting Center Proposal / Atelier CMJN

Atelier CMJN …shared with us their proposal for the Great Fen Visiting Center which aims at reconnecting humans with nature. In terms of sustainable development, or in the broader term ecology, is the reconnection of humans with their environment by

LF House / Itara Arquitectos

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Architects: Itara Arquitectos
Location: , Lambayeque, Perú
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Itabashi, Martin Ramírez.
Area: 467 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Itara Arquitectos

Tanatorio de Almudevar / Sixto Marin Gavin

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Architects: Sixto Marin Gavin
Location: Almudevar, Huesca,
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Two Sports Centers Boshuizerkade / René van Zuuk Architects

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Architects: René van Zuuk Architects
Location: Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Design: René van Zuuk
Design Team: Kersten Scheller, Peter Hagelaar, Wulf Oschwald, Javier Paz Taibo
Area: 1590 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of René van Zuuk Architects