Thomas H. Beeby named 2013 Driehaus Laureate

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Recognized as one of the “Chicago Seven” architects who challenged modernist orthodoxy in the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas H. Beeby has been selected as the 11th recipient of the Richard H. from the University of Notre Dame. The prestigious award honors Beeby’s lifetime contribution to classical and traditional architecture, as he was one of the leading figures who helped bring traditional architecture and urban design back into the public consciousness. For over 40 years, Beeby – the current Chairman Emeritus of HBRA Architects – has spearheaded a wide spectrum of work that has embodied a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact within the modern world.

“Tom Beeby has had a transformational role in modern architecture’s return to classical and traditional design principles,” says Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. “Beeby’s recent design of the Tuscaloosa courthouse is a great example of how the rigor and richness of classicism can be used to achieve a sense of place and purpose that will be relevant well into the future.”

Read the Jury’s Citation after the break…

San Giovanni Church / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
Design Team: Mauro Alpini, Fabio Capanni, Giacomo Pirazzoli, Fabrizio Rossi Prodi
Collaborators: Giovanna Maini, Tomohiro Takao
Year: 2007
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

AIA Releases Roadmap to Healthy Design

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The AIA is joining numerous other city agencies in the promotion of healthy communities through intelligent design choices. A new document: Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design is a series of guidelines that offer architects and designers specific methods for the design of buildings and communities that encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

Learn more after the break.

Low Cost House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Dongnai Hospital, Quyết Thắng, , Dong Nai province,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto
Design Team: Kosuke Nishijima
Contractor: wNw House JSC
Client: wNw House JSC
Area: 40.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Films & Architecture: “Contempt”

In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, , one of the main representatives of the 60′s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, adapted the Alberto Moravia novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon), written almost 10 years before, into Contempt. The result is a film where each scene is a composition in terms of colour, proportion, and contrast. And as an extra gift for us architects, most of the story takes place in and around the Villa Malaparte in island, a stunning house on a rocky coast.

We invite you to enjoy this classic and let us know your ideas about the movie, this amazing house and the relationship with the surrounding landscape. More after the break.

Courtesy of EFFEKT + Rubow
Courtesy of EFFEKT + Rubow

The New Urban School, Mixed Use Sports Complex Proposal / EFFEKT + Rubow

Designed by EFFEKT + …Rubow, the Mixed Use Sports Complex, in connection with the urban school, combines the planning of the new school district with the transformation of existing historical buildings and new plazas into one united and modern project. Located

What Architecture Has to Say About Education: Three New Hampshire Schools by HMFH Architects

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Never is the value of architecture so poignant, as when it becomes a tool to facilitate learning, development and exploration. Inspired by this video, which presents three new schools in Concord, New Hampshire that physically embody the educational philosophies of independence, collaboration, and creativity, we spoke with HMFH Architects to delve further into this vital question: how can architecture help children develop the early skills, creativity and inquisitiveness needed to become the independent and inspired adults of future generations? Find out after the break.


DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Oslo,
Area: 36,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Jeroen Musch

Wang Shu: Imagining the House

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’s design process always begins with an intense study of the location. The architect spends as long as possible on the site, absorbing its atmosphere. He then produces drafts in the form of hand-drawn sketches, creating them in relatively quick succession. Imagining the House follows this process in various buildings. Photographic documentation of the locations elucidate Shu’s on-site research. The reproductions of drawings in this book demonstrate how the designs change and become more concrete over the course of the process. The book provides unique insights into the work of an architect who has hitherto received little attention in Europe, thereby addressing a considerable omission in the publishing world.

Hintonburg Home / Rick Shean

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Architects: Rick Shean
Location: , Ontario,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Fritz


Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / WEAVA Architects + SWAN Architectes

In terms of both the cityscape and its symbolic significance, the proposal by WEAVA Architects + SWAN Architectes… for the Helsinki Central Library will represent a modern and dynamic image of an urban public facility for the citizens of the

Paloma / Tetrarc Architects

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Architects: Tetrarc Architects
Location: ,
Project Director: Michel Bertreux
Project Manager: Rémi Tymen
Study: Olivier Perocheau, Richard Sicard, Florent Delaboudinière, Timothée Naux
Landscape Designer: Louise Follin
Construction Site: Guillaume Blanchard, Marc-Antoine Bouyer, Alice Pedel
Computer Graphics Designer: Mikaël Trocmé
Area: 5,611 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown Competition

Hosted by Architecture for Humanity, the Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown is a youth empowerment challenge for all US students. Using a ‘March Madness’ bracket system, they are putting the top 8 school teams from different regions against each other, to…

Bascuñan House / Matías Silva Aldunate Architect

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Architects: Matías Silva & Arquitectos
Location: Lago Panguipulli, , Los Lagos,
Architect : Matías Silva Aldunate
Collaborators: Eduardo Guimpert
Constructor: Octavio Morales
Area: 100.0 m2
Year: 2010
Photographs : Cortesia de Matías Silva & Arquitectos

BMA Project / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

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Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: Tokyo,
Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki, Kazuya Nishimura
Producer: Komura Agency
Structure: Takushi Nakata / Rhythm Design
Contrctor: Shin Corporation
Area: 262.71 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ryota Atarashi

Courtesy of Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian Lo
Courtesy of Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian Lo

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian Lo

Through their concept of turning a traditional library inside out, Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, and Adrian Lo… started with a simple architectural question: Why can’t we turn this inside out, have the users surround the books, thus huge

4 Colors / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: ,
Architects: Kazuyasu Kochi, Mana Kochi
Constractor: Imai Kensetsu
Area: 177.8 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Daici Ano, Kazuyasu Kochi

2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt

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Architects: M.I.G. Architekt
Location: ,
Architect: Goran Ivo Marinovic
Structure Engineer: Veljko Kostic
Site Area: 741 sqm
Ground Area: 112 sqm
Area: 344 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ana Kostic