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The Indicator: Two Shows, Many Cities: “A New Scuplturalism” at MOCA and “Never Built” at the A+D Museum

Here in Los Angeles we have a complicated relationship with architecture and two con-current museum exhibitions demonstrate this in ironic and puzzling ways. This came into clear relief when, on Saturday, August 03, 2013, something amazing and unprecedented happened: architecture was on the front page of a major US newspaper, the Los Angeles Times

This, it must be said, is a very unusual thing for architecture. Moreover, it was not the type of architecture you might expect to grab the spotlight. It was the un-built original plan for Los Angeles International Airport by Pereira and Luckman, c. 1952. If you’ve been to LAX you’ve seen their Theme Building. They also did the plan for LAX that was finally accepted—the less visionary, less ambitious plan. This was being re-presented to the world in the context of “Never Built” a show about the unrealized architectural dreams of Los Angeles currently showing at the A+D Museum. 

Bennetts' London Office / Bennetts Associates Architects

© Peter Cook © Morley von Sternberg © Morley von Sternberg © Peter Cook

BIG, OMA Shortlisted by HUD to "Rebuild by Design" Post-Sandy

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced ten shortlisted teams to compete in the multi-stage regional design competition “Rebuild by Design.” Each team will aim to “promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding.”

The 10 multidisciplinary teams are:

CL House / BAM! arquitectura

  • Architects: BAM! arquitectura
  • Location: Saladillo, Buenos Aires
  • Project Architects: Gonzalo Bardach, Matías Mosquera
  • Project Area: 160.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Courtesy of BAM! arquitectura

© Cortesía de BAM! arquitectura © Cortesía de BAM! arquitectura © Cortesía de BAM! arquitectura © Cortesía de BAM! arquitectura

Midtown Financial Company / a + i architecture

  • Architects: a + i architecture
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Architecture Project Team: Dag Folger, Michael Lehner, Carrie Gibbs, Elizabeth Fennell, Phil Ward, Alan Calixto
  • Area: 110000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

Networking @ Urban Office

nycobaNOMA (New York Coalition of Black Architects and New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) is inviting all to come out and join professionals in the design, architecture, development, real estate, and construction fields for an evening of networking at the Urban Office Showroom in New York City. Taking place Tuesday, August 20th, from 6:30-8:30 EST, participants can expect not just networking, but good spirits at the beautiful midtown showroom. Fore more information, please visit here.

The Courtyard House / Formwerkz Architects

  • Architects: Formwerkz Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Team: Alan Tay, Livina Rahmayanti, Cai Xun, Alicia
  • C&S Engineer: Portwood & Associates
  • M&E Engineer: Elead & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Salad Dressing
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim

AIBS / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

© Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux

London ASOS Headquarters / MoreySmith

© Jamie Smith
© Jamie Smith
  • Architects: MoreySmith
  • Location: London NW1 7AW, UK
  • Area: 100000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jamie Smith

© Jamie Smith © Jamie Smith © Jamie Smith © Jamie Smith

Saint John Baptist Chapel / Alejandro Beautell

  • Architect Office: Alejandro Beautell
  • Location: Tenerife, Islas Canarias, España
  • Team: Jorge Díaz, Eloy Fernández,
  • Client: Tenerife Bishopric
  • Area: 77.15 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Efraín Pintos

© Efraín Pintos © Efraín Pintos © Efraín Pintos © Efraín Pintos

Glazed Software Factory Winning Proposal / HENN

Developed for the architectural competition organized by real estate company, STI Immobilienmanagement, HENN's design for the Glazed Software Factory was just announced as the winning proposal. The company's new office building, located in Karlsruhe, consists of open, transparent spatial structures allowing for a varying range of office types. This strategy combines areas of communication and concentration with one another to provide a bright and diverse working environment for customers and staff. More images and architects' description after the break.

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Ngunguru House / Tennent + Brown Architects

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie
  • Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
  • Location: Ngunguru, Northland, New Zealand
  • Project team: Hugh Tennent, Neil Drummond
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

Lonsdale Street Dandenong / BKK Architects

© John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects: BKK Architects
  • Location: Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Team: Simon Knott, Perry Lethlean, Scott Adams, Lisa Howard, Noelle Teh, Lin Tan, Michael Roper, Michael White
  • Area: 70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Ten Spectacular Drawings Win RIBA's "Eye Line" Competition

The results of RIBA Journal's recent drawing competition, Eye Line, are in. Top of the pile was Tom Noonan's drawing "Reforestation of the Thames Estuary," part of his Master's Thesis project at the Bartlett School of Architecture; however, the range of styles and content mean that there's something for everyone in the top ten. Read the full article and see all the drawings here.

Winner Announced for Flinders Street Station

Despite not winning the "People's Choice Award," HASSELL and Herzog de Meuron have, with a unanimous vote, won the competition to design the Flinders Street Station in Victoria, Australia. 

As the Guardian reports, Victoria's premier, Denis Napthine, noted that the proposal displayed a "beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design [...] The design was judged to offer the best experience for rail travellers with a layout that was spacious, comfortable and easy to get around."

Nevertheless, the "People's Choice" poll, which garnered more than 19,000 participants, had preferred a proposal from a team from the University of Melbourne: Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina. Find an image from this proposal, after the break...