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The Me Too House / LADAA

Courtesy of LADAA
Courtesy of LADAA
  • Architects: LADAA
  • Location: Sagunto, Valencia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Sergio Adelantado, Sara Lopez Blanco
  • Constructor: NIDEKER S.L
  • Area: 707.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LADAA

Courtesy of LADAA Courtesy of LADAA Courtesy of LADAA Courtesy of LADAA

Fuyi River Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jeanne Lin (Designer)
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lab Modus

Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus Courtesy of Lab Modus

Architecture City Guide: Beirut

Following a brutal 15-year civil war that tore the city apart, Beirut has recovered remarkably; it was voted the number one destination to visit by the New York Times in 2009, and, more recently, received a similar title by Frommer's. The city is in the second phase of one of the biggest urban reconstruction projects in the world, run by Solidere, which has brought architects like Steven Holl, Herzog & DeMeuron, Zaha Hadid, Vincent James, and Rafael Moneo to the local scene. In less internationalized parts of the city sit the landmarks of the 1960s and 1970s, Beirut's pre-war glory days, including buildings by names such as Alvar Aalto, Victor Gruen, and the Swiss Addor & Julliard. With a city growing as fast as Beirut it is impossible to have a final city guide, so we look forward to hearing your suggestions and building on this over the years.

Photos and a map of Beirut's most exciting buildings after the break...

A Clearer Definition for Smarter Smart Growth

As cities become more conscious of their environmental and social impact, smart growth has become a ubiquitous umbrella term for a slew of principles to which designers and planners are encouraged to adhere.  NewUrbanism.org has distributed 10 points that serve as guides to development that are similar to both AIA's Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design and New York City's Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design.  Planners all appear to be on the same page in regards to the nature of future development.  But as Brittany Leigh Foster of Renew Lehigh Valley points out, these points tend to be vague; they tell us "what" but they do not tell us "how".  10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth by Bill Adams of UrbDeZine San Diego enumerates how to achieve the various design goals and principles that these various guides encourage.

Follow us after the break for more.

Mapletree Minhang Development Proposal / Aedas

With the ground breaking ceremony recently held to kick start construction, the Aedas designed Mapletree Minhang Development Project involves two sites – Mapletree Business City and VivoCity. With a site area of approximately 119,000 square meters and a gross floor area of about 297,000 square meters, Vivocity is designed as a double looped mall with high efficiency. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Media Library Drachten / ADP Archtitects

  • Architects: ADP Archtitects
  • Location: Drachten, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: ADP Archtitects
  • Collaborators: SH Studio
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gerard van Beek

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek

Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters Winning Proposal / BC Architects

BC Architects, in collaboration with ABBA architects and Adey Tadesse, won the competition for the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Ethiopia with their approach towards a "glocaldesign". With the goal of sensibly involving local materials in this mid-high-rise building, this resulted in a local nature stone façade system inspired by a 'Netela' (threaded Ethiopian textile which so nicely shows the threads of cotton and which has a character of both shadow and transparency). More images and architects' description after the break.

MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) to design its controversial expansion that will overtake the former American Folk Art Museum in New York. This news comes after an intense backlash from prominent architects, preservationists and critics worldwide pressured MoMA to reconsider its decision to raze the iconic, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-design museum in order to make way for its new expansion. 

In response, DS+R has requested that MoMA gives them the “time and latitude to carefully consider the entirety of the site, including the former American Folk Art Museum building, in devising an architectural solution to the inherent challenges of the project,” as stated by Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, in a memo sent on Thursday to his trustees and staff. He added, “We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results.” 

More on the DS+R’s commission and the fate of the Folk Museum after the break...

House in Monasterios / Ramon Esteve

  • Architects: Ramon Esteve
  • Location: Monasterios, Spain
  • Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Mayte Piera

© Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera © Mayte Piera

Lenbachhaus Museum / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Location: Luisenstraße 33, 80333 Munich, Germany
  • Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, Christian Hallmann, Ulrich Hamann, Klaus Heldwein, Florian Boxberg, Leonhard Weil, Judith Kernt, Henriette Hahnloser, Eike Danz, Diana Krumbein, Simon Weismaier, Christopher Von Der Howen, Inge Tummers, Jörg Grabfelder, Katrin Hass, Tillmann Lenz
  • Area: 12328.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Origo Coffee Shop / Lama Arhitectura

  • Architects: Lama Arhitectura
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Architects in Charge: Dan Enache,Calin Radu, Radu Nenita
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Radu Malasincu

© Radu Malasincu  © Radu Malasincu  © Radu Malasincu  © Radu Malasincu

Artis Headquarters / Roswag Architekten

© Daniela Friebel
© Daniela Friebel
  • Architects: Roswag Architekten
  • Location: Schwiebusser Straße, Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Eike Roswag
  • Project Leader: Jan Schreiber
  • Planning: Maria Scheicher, Oriol Domínguez Martínez
  • Area: 1978.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daniela Friebel

© Daniela Friebel © Daniela Friebel © Daniela Friebel © Daniela Friebel

Kemuri Shanghai Restaurant / Prism Design

  • Architects: Prism Design
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN, Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano)

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano) © Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano) Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN

New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal / Envés Arquitectos

Designed by Envés Arquitectos, their proposal for the New Central Library in Berlin was named as one of the winners of the competition, which is conceived as an open, public, free and comfortable meeting place; summing up, an urban lobby. This flexible place is able to interact with a changing user (from a kid to an ancient), but simultaneously ensures the area’s accessibility and right usage. The library also aims to become an activity catalyst, a landmark to be perceived from far away. More images and architects' description after the break.

Casas Reais / Concheiro de Montard

© Luis Díaz Díaz
© Luis Díaz Díaz
  • Architects: Concheiro de Montard
  • Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Isabel Concheiro, Raphaël de Montard
  • Area: 89.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luis Díaz Díaz

© Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz

Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

City Council has approved Cornell’s two-million-square-foot tech campus planned to break ground in 2014 on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the ambitious carbon positive campus will offer housing for 2,000 full-time graduate students, world-class education facilities, a hotel, a corporate co-location building, and more than an acre of public open space. Construction will commence with the first, state-of-the-art academic building that will be designed by Thom Mayne, founder ofMorphosis, who will incorporate the latest environmental advances, such as geothermal and solar power, to achieve net-zero energy for the landmark structure.

Cultural Landscape Path / Archiplan Studio

© Martina Mambrin © Martina Mambrin © Martina Mambrin © Martina Mambrin