AFH’s I Love Architecture Charity Auction is Live!

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If you love architecture, this is one auction you won’t want to miss! has launched their highly anticipated I Love Architecture Charity Auction, featuring over 70 sketches from 50 of the world’s top architects and designers. The time to start bidding is now, as the auction will close on June 29th. All proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity.

Contributions from: Frank Ching, DJ Spooky, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Fumihiko Maki, HWKN, J. Mayer H., Steven Holl, Bjarke Ingels, Michelle Kaufmann, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Andrew Luck, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, Alysia Reiner, Kevin Roche, Richard Rogers, Moshe Safdie, SHoP Architects, Paolo Soleri, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Zoka Zola and many more.

Start bidding here!

OMA Hopes on Turkey

CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

UPDATE: In an e-mail to ArchDaily, a Sr. PR Manager at OMA told us that while Victor van der Chijs expressed his hopes that Turkey will host the in an interview with an Anatolia news agency earlier this month, OMA is not planning on opening an office in Turkey any time soon. 

OMA, the Rotterdam-based, Dutch architecture and urban development firm, has its eyes set on the location of its next office: Turkey.

Why? They think it’s a safe bet hope that Turkey will edge out both Madrid and for the 2020 Summer .

As Victor van der Chijs, a partner at OMA, told Anatolia: “We believe that Turkey will win the Olympics. In our opinion it is almost certain [...] Comprehensive investments in sports facilities, infrastructure services and transportation will be needed. That is why we want to take part in urban master planning and projects to prepare for the Olympics.”

Could OMA, who have offices in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong (and considered having one in Brazil), be starting a new trend? With “legacy” being the new Olympic buzzword (see: our 3-part Olympic City Guide) and smart urban-planning and architecture a necessary part of the Olympic bid, could Architects begin cashing-in on (and perhaps ensuring) Olympic Glory, even before the Games are bestowed?

If so, it seems the torch starts here.

Story via Hürriyet Daily News

Looking Ahead to Greener Driving Days

Looking Ahead to Greener Driving Days

Chevrolet Volt. Electric when you want it, gas when you need it.
The Chevrolet Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you…

Grimshaw and Gruen win Union Station commission

Grimshaw / Gruen Via The Source

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected L.A.’s Gruen Associates and ’s Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in . The pair was awarded with the commission over some of the biggest names in the profession, such as Norman Foster and Renzo Piano (view the other five fantastical proposals here). They will transform the historic 1939 station and its surrounding 40 acres into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub that will host the future high-speed rail system that plans to connect L.A. and San Francisco.

The master planning process could take as little as 24 months. No surprise, considering both Gruen and Grimshaw have a great amount of experience with transit related projects. Gruen recently worked with Metro on the first phase of the Expo Line, while Grimshaw has extensive resume in Europe and is involved with the forthcoming Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan, which is planned for completion in 2014.

World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 90 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)

China is well known for its mind-bogglingly fast-paced construction, but its latest claim is truly one for the record books.

Sky City, an 838-meter (2,750-ft) building to be built by Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), of  Broad Group, will not just be the tallest skyscraper on the planet, won’t just be “earthquake-proof,” won’t just implement a sustainable design approach – it will go up in only 90 days.

Skeptical? BSB isn’t. They’ve used their building technique (which involves pre-fabricating and assembling up to 95% of the materials in modular form before construction even begins) to assemble a 15-story building in 6 days and a 30-story hotel in 360 hours, CNN reports. As for safety concerns, BSB has built a 30-story prototype that withstood a simulated magnitude 9 earthquake — whether the 220-story Sky City will be as secure remains to be seen, but BSB certainly seems confident.

More fast facts and images, after the break…

Story via GizmagCNN

Higher Atlas / Barkow Leibinger Architects

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Architects: Barkow Leibinger Architects - Gustav Düsing
Location: Marrakech
Year: 2012
Photographs: Johannes Foerster

  

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© Luke Hayes

‘From Landscape to Portrait’ Installation at Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition / Chris Wilkinson

The 244th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which is held until August 12, features a site specific architectural installation designed by architect and artist Chris Wilkinson…, Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Positioned in the center

Kaufmann Program Center / Renaissance 3 Architects

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Architects: Renaissance 3 Architects
Location: Pittsburgh, , USA
Client: Hill House Association
General Contractor: Massaro Corporation
Project Area: 20,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ed Massery

Experimentarium Science Center / CEBRA

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Architect: CEBRA
Location: Tuborg Havnevej 7, Hellerup, DK
Client: Experimentarium
Area: Approximately 30.000 m2 modernization and extension
Program: Center for Natural Science and Technology
Competition Year: 2011
Completion Year: 2015


After placing first in the design competition to transform an old mineral water bottling plant into a Science Center, CEBRA will move forward with the adapted proposal upon receipt of a substantial donation from the The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.     The  original building will be restored to serve as an interactive national center for science, technology and culture and house the Experimentarium’s diverse exhibition and education activities for the neighboring communities.  CEBRA’s solution of layering a new expression on the historic entity brings science to the forefront while acknowledging contextual cues that create links back to its surroundings.

More about the project after the break.

BRUN / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Koenji Minami Suginami, ,
Completion: December 2011
Site Area: 37.70 sqm
Total Floor Area: 93.44 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

  

© Cheng Zhou
© Cheng Zhou

Zero Mile House / Yianna Bouyioukou

Located on an urban corner lot in the city of Vancouver, the Zero Mile House establishes a relationship between the size of the lot and the size of the construction it supports. Designed by Yianna Bouyioukou…, the architectural strategy

iQuarter / Cartwright Pickard Architects

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Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location: , England
Year: 2009
Area: 94,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Cartwright Pickard Architects

  

Riethüsli Primary School / MPP Architekten

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Located on top of a plateau, which is abruptly ended by a sloped edge, the strong topographical element of the Riethüsli Primary School leads to a severe breaking point between the site and its surrounding context. Designed by MPP Architekten, the aim of the concept is to let the school act as an urban communicator. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Solvas / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: , Belgium
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

Eco Modern Flats / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas,
Completion: 2011
Thermal Area: 62,400 SF
Building: $3,810,900 | $61 per SF
Architectural Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA [principal architect], Austin Chatelain, Assoc. AIA [project manager], Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA, Jason Wright, Assoc. AIA, Chris M. Lankford, David McElyea, Assoc. AIA.
Structural Engineer: MyersBeatty Engineers
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Adaptive Creative 

  

Courtesy of Onat Öktem
Courtesy of Onat Öktem

Ödemis New City Center Proposal / Onat Öktem + Okan Can

The main objective of the project for the Ödemis New City Center by Onat Öktem… is to integrate urban functions to ensure the continuity of the pedestrian and green axis while creating a new structure. In this context, defined and undefined

NOMA Lab / GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)

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Architects: GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN)
Location: Strandgade 93, 1401 , Denmark
Project team: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, André van Leth, Lila Held, Morten Norman Lund, Lars-Erik Eriksson, Pedram Seddighzadeh, Matthew Scarlett, Bjørk Christensen, Kyle Baumgardner, Elliot Mistur, Tore Banke, Simon McKenzie and Jacob Hilmer
Project Area: 200 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Restaurant NOMA
Photographs: Adam Mørk

10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, , France
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes