Kurt Geiger Headquarters Building / Archer Architects

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Architects: Archer Architects
Location: London, , UK
Area: 4570.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Soar

Chicago’s Cook County Aims to Eradicate Demolition Waste

Image via Cook County

Cook County, , recently brought the elimination of construction waste to a new level by creating the first demolition debris ordinance in the Midwest. This groundbreaking ordinance requires most of the debris created from demolition to be recycled and reused instead of being sent to the landfill. The ordinance helps contribute to Cook County’s zero waste goal, part of the Solid Waste Plan Update.

The new law states that at least 7 percent of suburban construction and demolition debris must be recycled, and an additional 5 percent must be reused on residential properties. This new legislation will have a great impact as it affects about 2.5 million suburban Cook County residents.

More after the break…

House in Villarcayo / Pereda Pérez Arquitectos

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Architects: Pereda Pérez Arquitectos
Location: Villarcayo, Burgos,
Architects: Carlos Pereda Iglesias, Óscar Pérez Silanes
Collaborators: Teresa Gridilla Saavedra
Rigger: Rodrigo Fernández Bárcena
Area: 206.31 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Video: Arts and Creative Platform / Pitágoras Arquitectos

We are happy to tell you that ArchDaily has partnered with ARCHMOV. Starting today, we will feature amazing videos featuring great projects from Portuguese architects.

Designed by Pitágoras Arquitectos the Arts and Creative Platform was completed in 2012 for the 2012  European Capital of Culture.

Filming: Ivo Tavares (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Post-Production: Luís Melo (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Translation: Pedro Carvalho (INCEPTION ARCHITECTS)

Courtesy of Think Big Factory
Courtesy of Think Big Factory

Smart Tasting Prototype / Think Big Factory

Think Big Factory…, together with the Basque Culinary Center and Fagor Electrodomésticos, shared with us their development of the Smart Tasting prototype. The prototype integrates the Internet of Things concept into the tasting experience, mixing food with technology. Generating

Post-Traumatic Design: How to Design Our Schools to Heal Past Wounds and Prevent Future Violence

Rendering for the New Utoya Project in Norway, which will re-design the Utøya Island where the 2011 massacre took place. Image courtesy of Fantastic Norway.

Over a month has passed since the Sandy Hook tragedy. Its surviving students have gone back to , albeit at another facility (decorated with old posters to make it feel familiar), and are working on putting this tragic event behind them. The nation is similarly moving on – but this time, with an eye to action. 

The goal is obvious: to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again. The means, less so. While President Obama’s recent gun control policy offers some solutions, it’s by no means the only way. Indeed, opinions vary – from clamping down on gun control, to better addressing the root cause of mental illness, to even arming teachers in the classroom.

The design world has similarly contributed to the debate. A recent article in ArchRecord questioned how, in the wake of Sandy Hook, we should design our schools: “While fortress-like buildings with thick concrete walls, windows with bars, and special security vestibules may be more defensible than what is currently in vogue, they are hardly the kind of places that are optimal for learning.”Indeed, turning a school into a prison would be the design equivalent of giving a teacher a rifle. You would, of course, have a more “secure” environment – but at what cost?

As America and the world considers how we can move on after these traumas, I’d like to take a moment to consider what role design could play. If the answer is not to turn our schools into prisons, then what is? Can design help address the root causes of and make our schools less vulnerable to tragedy? If so, how?

Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten

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Architects: Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: R. Matthias Leuppi, Stephanie M. Schafroth
Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Frei

The Indicator: Architecture and Crime

© The “Real McCoy”. Courtesy, ZHA / Wangjing Soho

From the recent information overload concerning Zaha Hadid’s Wangjing Soho being pirated in China, one might think that copying was a new phenomenon in architecture. Is this really that shocking or even worth mentioning?

It must be because, for the next few hundred words or so, I’m going to be mentioning it quite a bit. Copying can be a complicated issue. In Western culture, in particular, the status of the copy is fraught with contradictions. It is a problem that has existed since long before Walter Benjamin wrote about it in “The Work of Art in the Age of the Mechanical Reproduction”.

Brotherton Barn / The Anderson Orr Partnership

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Architects: The Anderson Orr Partnership
Location: , Oxfordshire, England
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: David Stewart

Detroit by Design 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Matthew Edward Getch + Maciej Woroniecki

Aerial Perspective of Hart Plaza

Aiming to create a riverfront like none other in the world, landscape architect and architect Maciej Woroniecki shared with us their proposal in the Detroit by Design 2012 competition where they received the 2nd overall prize and the first prize for the People’s Choice Award. The goals of their proposal were born from ’s apparent weakness. They established linear interventions which recognized the severed parks and green networks and utilized them to reconnect the citizens of back to the riverfront through pedestrian friendly portals. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Diminished House / Wahana Cipta Selaras

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Architects: Wahana Cipta Selaras
Location: South Jakarta,
Architects In Charge: Rudi Kelana and Gerard Tambunan
Design Team: Endah Tri Subekti
Structure Consultant : Ricky Theo
Lighting : David Liming (Infinity Lighting)
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

AD Classics: Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber Museum) / Le Corbusier

Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

Iconic for its floating steel roof and brightly colored panels, the Centre Le is the last building Le designed before his death in 1965. Completed in 1967, the building stands as a testament to ’s renaissance genius as an architect, painter, and sculptor. It does so both intentionally, as it is an exhibition space for his life’s work, and naturally, as it is a building masterfully designed. Interestingly, the building diverges in some ways from the style responsible for his renown – concrete, stone, uniform repetition, etc. It celebrates the use of steel, with which he explored prefabrication and assembly, and a freedom through modularity, in which the plan is completely open but infinitely adaptable.

Courtesy of Yoav Messer Architects
Courtesy of Yoav Messer Architects

Econtainer Bridge Competition Winning Proposal / Yoav Messer Architects

Based on the idea of resuse, the competition winning proposal for the Econtainer Bridge by Yoav Messer Architects… will be the gateway to Arial Sharon park and will connect Lod road (route 461 which leads from east Tel Aviv to

MCC House / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

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Architects Office: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
Location: Mérida, Yucatan,
Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
Collaborators: Juan Pablo Cantón, Manuel Fuentes, Claudina Peon
Area: 543.75 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamara Uribe

Mistral Wine Store / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Author: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Raphael França, Joana Oliveira
Project Manager: Cristiane Trolesi
Project Team: Gabriel Ranieri, Maria Alice Carvalho, Mariana Santoro
Contractor: Souza Lima
Area: 126,73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Courtesy of Virserum Art Museum
Courtesy of Virserum Art Museum

Architecture of Necessity 2013 Competition

All professionally active individuals or legal persons such builders, architectural bureaus, local government, construction firms, or other companies are invited to submitted projects for the Architecture of Necessity 2013 Competition dated between 2010 and 2013, whether they have been built or…

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies / Christopher Charles Benninger Architects

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Architects: Christopher Charles Benninger Architects
Location: Lonavla, Pune,
Architect In Charge: Prof. Christopher Benninger
Design Team: Daraius Choksi, Harsh Manrao, Shivaji Karekar, Akshay Modhak, Sujit Kothiwale, Neha Kothiwale, Shalaka Vaidya, Kshitija Parmar, Madhvi Bhuradia, Noel Jerald, Er. Rahul Sathe
Area: 21,500 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

Housing and Shops / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
Design Team: Mona Farag (associate), Laura Schneider, Sven Richter (project management), Petra Jossen, Thomas Gläss, Christoph Bedall
Year: 2012
Photographs: Walter Mair