Finalists for the Masterplan of Tirana, Albania / Grimshaw Architects

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Grimshaw Architects is one of two finalists selected in a competition for the master plan of central Tirana, .  The competition brief called for a comprehensive strategy that built upon the international identity of the city – particularly its waterways and the major boulevard running between them.  It also called for an integration of transportation links – a city-wide transformation to streamline the infrastructure and bring vitality into the experience of the city.

Read on for more on Grimshaw’s strategy to enrich Tirana.

Citylights / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Dominique Perrault Architecture shared with us their winning proposal in the international architecture competition launched by General Electric Capital Real Estate for the requalification of the Pont de Sèvres Towers. Their design response, which could at first appear minimalist, proposes a luminous landmark for one of the most ambitious programs in the service sector of the Western Paris area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Narbethong Community Hall / BVN

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Where is LEED Leading Us?…And Should We Follow?

CityCenter, a LEED Gold Building in Las Vegas, demonstrates the irony of a LEED Certified, sustainable, building in the unsustainable context of the desert.

At this point, it’s fairly uncontroversial to say that the Earth is under siege. From us, from our resource-consuming ways, ultimately, from our thoughtlessness.

is not just a catch-phrase, but a mindset. As Architects, implementing the principles of means putting thoughtfulness back into our actions, conscientiously considering our built environment, and reversing the havoc we have wreaked on our resources.

To do that, we need to know what Green Design means, and be able to evaluate what it is and isn’t. Using Earth Day as our excuse then, let’s examine the single most influential factor on the future of Green Design: LEED.

To its credit, LEED has moved a mountain: it has taken the “mysticism” out of Green Design and made Big Business realize its financial benefits, incentivizing and legitimizing it on a grand scale.

But as LEED gains popularity, its strength becomes its weakness; it’s becoming dangerously close to creating a blind numbers game, one that, instead of inspiring innovative, forward-looking design, will freeze us in the past.

Read the 10 Pros & Cons of LEED, after the break…

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MeasuringUP Symposium

Presented by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, the MeasuringUP symposium is dedicated to advancing regional knowledge and efforts for environmentally responsive architecture. Taking place May 10-11 on the Portland State University campus, the event sets out to…

Northface House / Element Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
Location: Stavanger,
Design Team: Cathrine Vigander, Vidar Kutsen, Hallvard Huse, Alexander Wærste
Consultants: Boye og Waage & Co AS, Jan Petter Dybdahl AS and Moelven Massivtre AS
Gross area: 277 sqm.
Completion: 2010
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Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (MMAW) / Camilo Rebelo

The design proposal for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (MMAW) by Camilio Rebelo… results from the fusion of two themes always present in the history of Art expression: nature’s figurative and abstract representation. The museum demonstrates an amalgam

Utsav House / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Satirje, Maharashtra, India
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Roy Katz, Jeevaram Suthar, Pandurang Malekar, Mangesh Mhatre
Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

 

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The Siege of Sarajevo Museum – The Art of Living 1992-1996 Fama Collection / Studio Zec + ahA + Filter

A collaborative work by Studio Zec + ahA + Filter…, The Siege of Sarajevo Museum – The Art of Living 1992-1996 project is launching a new way of interacting and learning about the phenomenon of the Siege of Sarajevo.

House THE / n-lab architects

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Architects: n-lab architects
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Structural Engineer: INCA Ingénieurs Conseils Associés, L-Niederanven
Project Year: 2010
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Kickstarter: Cosmic Quilt – Interactive Installation + Student Workshop / The Principals

The Principals, a Brooklyn-based practice that work on industrial design and interactive environments, are posing a question to the design community: What would it be like if the environment we inhabit responded to our present in an active way? What if we shift the scale of the way in which our devices operate to the way our buildings function? The questions posed by The Principals are the considerations of a project called Cosmic Quilt that is planned to be exhibited on Design Week 2012 on May 19-21. In order to create a mock-up of this type of space, the group is enlisting the help of 20 students from the Art Institute of and the help of financial backer’s through Kickstarter.

More on the planned project after the break.

D.I.Y Urbanism: Almere Oosterworld / MVRDV

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MVRDV‘s proposal for an urban development in Almere Oosterworld, the Netherlands, is a template for a project that puts power into the hands of neighborhoods and communities.  This development strategy is bottom-up, inclusive and very intuitive to the needs of individuals and their communities.  It allows the design to develop organically and over a stretch of time as needs change and neighborhoods grow.  MVRDV writes that the proposal “is a revolution in Dutch urban planning as it steps away from governmental dictate and invites organic urban growth in which initiatives are stimulated and inhabitants can create their own neighbourhoods including public green, urban agriculture and roads”.  

Find out how it’s done after the break.

Youth Center in Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: Reimerswaalstraat 101, 1069 AG Amsterdam,
Client: Ymere Ontwikkeling, Jollemanhof 8 – Huys Azië, 1019 GW Amsterdam
Completion: 2011
Site area: 150 sqm
Building size: 285 sqm
Total building budget: € 550.000,- (excl. VAT)
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck, with Andrius Raguotis, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Ruud Smeelen, Giorgio Terraneo
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

  

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Unveiling Exhibition of VCU Institute for Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects… invites you to join them in the unveiling exhibition of their Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. The event will take place at the Meulensteen gallery in New York on April 26 from 6-8pm. The

Sydney Architecture Walks / Supple Design

Sydney Architecture Walks / Supple Design

Supple Design… shared with us their Sydney Architecture Walks, which consists of an ongoing series of public walking and bicycle tours of Sydney that use contemporary architecture to open up conversations political, cultural, economic and environmental. Their premise is that

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modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

In response to the overwhelming interest in the April Parametric Design Workshop, this workshop, another intensive parametric design workshop, will be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of April 28-29, 2012 by Studio Mode / modeLab…. It will consist

Cañadas Park / Abis Architecture

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Architects: Abis Architecture
Location: Pliego, , Spain
Design Team: Rafael Landete Pascual, Angel Benigno González Avilés, María Isabel Pérez Millán, Emilio Cortés Saura
Clients: Pliego City Council, The Ministries of Public Works and Planning, the Ministry of Presidency and Public Administration of the Region of Murcia
Cost: 1,238,583€
Construction Company: Etosa – Electrisur C. Pliego U.T.E.
Completion: 2010
Site Area: 21,700 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos

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Open House Rome 2012

The free event that has unveiled secret places in the most beautiful cities all over the world is, for the first time ever, in Rome the weekend of May 5-6. An idea both simple and revolutionary, Open House Rome 2012,…