Kukkula Winery / Studio B Architects

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Architects: Studio B Architects
Location: , California,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Skalko

Video: Andy Sturgeon / Gardener Profile

Award-winning landscape gardener, Andy Sturgeon, creates natural spaces with a strong design aesthetic. One of the top ten landscape designers in the UK, we talk to Andy about the ways in which he works with nature and is inspired by other forms of design outside his field. Crane.tv travels to Surrey to visit one of his current projects – a private garden halfway through the building process.

Why Spain’s Crisis Is the End of An Era

Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao inspired cities across Spain to get their own “Guggenheim,” many of which now stand empty/unfinished in the light of the country’s economic crisis. Photo via Flickr User CC Txanoduna

The Recession’s ripples have reached far. We, in the midst of a veritable architecture meltdown, can attest to that. But even our situation can’t compare to Spain’s, a country where “the mother of all housing bubbles” meant the Recession didn’t just land – it tsunami-ed onto her shores.

The metaphor may seem overblown, but it’s not so far off. Spain, a country that once stuffed its cities with show-stopping cultural centers, airports, and municipal buildings, has been shocked still.The new Spain is populated with empty high-rises, half-finished “starchitecture,” and plans gathering dust. A quarter of its architects are out of work and about one half of its studios have closed their doors.

Spain, once a beacon for architects across the globe, has hit a standstill.  For the first time in decades, thousands of architects are fleeing its shores. So what does this mean for architecture in Spain – and the world? Has the Recession signified the end of an era? Has the torch of architectural innovation been passed?

In a word? Yes.

Exclusive insight from some of Spain and ’s acclaimed architects, after the break…

Edogawa Garage Club Renovation / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa, ,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozu

Video: Empire State of Pen / Patrick Vale

We found this great short video by London-based illustrator, artist and animator Patrick Vale.  The Manhattan perspective is taken from the Empire State Building looking south toward the new development of the Freedom Tower.  The Flat Iron building lies in the foreground, while the Brooklyn and  Verrazzano Bridges anchor the eastern edge with Jersey City’s Goldman Sachs Tower flank the western edge. After marveling at the final illustration at the end of the time-lapse clip, we were hooked and wanted to see more of Vale! Check out more illustrations by Vale – including great ones of Florence and London – after the break.

Which is your favorite?

Nike Camp Victory / Skylab Architecture

Courtesy of Skylab Architecture and Hush Studio

Architects: Skylab Architecture
Location: , Oregon,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Skylab Architecture and Hush Studios

© Alexandre Braleret
© Alexandre Braleret

Iceberg Trading Post / Alexandre Braleret

With Greenland’s glaciers turning into icebergs, this could be considered as a sustainable motive force for Greenland economy by reactivating “white gold rush”. In response to this, the Iceberg Trading Post project, by Alexandre Bralerest…, proposes icebergs as mass

Juso Continuing Care Unit / SARAIVA + ASSOCIADOS

© João Morgado

Location: Aldeia de Juso, ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Courtesy of RMC Architects & Engineers
Courtesy of RMC Architects & Engineers

National Museum of Afghanistan Proposal / RMC Architects & Engineers

Designed by, RMC (Raafat Miller Consulting) Architects & Engineers…, their proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan aims to best represent the heritage and the people of the country through a practical, innovative and enduring physical plan. This building

Housing Building at C/ Fontana / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

Courtesy of Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

Architects: Duch-Pizá Arquitectos
Location: ,
Main Collaborator: Claudio Hernández
Technical Architect: Oscar Menendez
Collaborators: G. Riveron, P. Skytta
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

© Thilo Folkerts
© Thilo Folkerts

Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

Established in June 2010, 100Landschaftsarchitektur… shared with us the current status of Jardin de la Connaissance which is still up and thriving. With the knowledge truly disappearing into the forest, the book structures have decayed in the natural setting, but

Hôtel du Val d’Amblève / Artau Architecture

© JL. Deru

Architects: Artau Architecture
Location: Stavelot,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,330 sqm
Photographs: JL. Deru

Kobuchi Apartment / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

© Daici Ano

Location: , Japan
Design Team: Toru Kudo, Koh Kitayama, Mayumi Watanabe
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Daici Ano

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Venice Biennale 2012: Venezuela Pavilion

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’s participation at the 13th Venice Biennale is presented through a series of reflections about the urban situation – the city of the 21st century.

La ciudad socializante vs la ciudad alienante is aimed for the general audience, not just the architects, presenting a series of graphic-chromatic notes and sketches by Domenico Silvestro, who was very kind and showed us the pavilion. You can see him on the photos below.

AD Round Up: Architecture in Denmark

Courtesy of BIG & JDS

For today’s Round Up we have our first selection of previous featured projects in the great . The main image belongs to Plot’s (BIG + JDS) VM Houses in Copenhagen. Don’t miss Tivoli Concert Hall designed by 3xn or Sports & Culture Centre by Dorte Mandrup + b&K brandlhuber & co. Revist, SHL’s Performers’ House, a transformation of  an existing historic boiler house. Finally, is never late to visit the amazing Kastrup Sea Bath by  White arkitekter AB

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Venice Biennale 2012: Radix / Aires Mateus

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In the exteriors of the Arsenale we found Radix, the installation designed by Portuguese office Aires Mateus (Francisco and Manuel ), an elegant contemporary response to the architectural setting of the Biennale.

© Nico Saieh

The installation recognises the nearby docks of the Arsenale designed by Jacopo Sansovino between 1568 and 1573, which is flanked by arched walkways that inspire this structure. Radix is an arch supported on three points with the fourth corner hanging over the water,  turning the otherwise massive steel structure into a lightweight balanced volume.

More pictures after the break.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Pasticcio / Caruso St. John

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Pasticcio, the exhibition curated by Caruso St John, invites a group of seven contemporary European architects from different countries and generations, whose practice in engaged with the language and the history of architecture, both recent and ancient. Their work tries to establish continuities with an architecture before modernism.

The group is formed by BIQ stadsontwerp bvBovenbouw ArchitectuurHermann CzechHild und KKnapkiewicz Fickert, and Märkli Architekt.

Themes include a consideration of proportion, ornament, typology, and interest in making interiors, in colour and in working with existing buildings, but the works are linked in spirit rather than in form or programme. The intention is to show how potent and diverse a contemporary architecture grounded in continuity and a common culture can be.

Community Board Approves SPURA Redevelopment Plan, What’s Next?

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is one of the many adopted acronyms used to describe ’s division of neighborhoods. But unlike SOHO, NOHO, or Tribeca, SPURA is actually the name of a development site in Lower Manhattan, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, to be exact. The history of the site is a story of politics, economics and social pressures. After fifty years of debates between community leaders, activists and designers, the City Planning Commission has given a proposed development plan the green light. That means that following a land-use review process called ULURP, a city council vote and the Mayor Bloomberg’s final approval, the site may finally transition from a street level parking lot into a mixed-use development full of retail stores, offices, community facilities, a new Essex Street market, a hotel, a park and 900 apartments that will occupy 1.65-million-square-feet.

Join us after the break to read more on the development and to see other alternative creative proposals that this site has inspired over the years.