10 Logements Paris / RMDM Architectes

Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Architects: RMDM Architectes 
Location: 5,9 Impasse Dupuy, ,
Project Team: Alexandre de Muizon, Philippe Maillols, Eric Dolent
Project Area: 780 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RMDM Architectes

Top Firms Shortlisted for European Research Centre

An artist’s interpretation of the vision for the whole ESS, MAXIV, Science Village area around 2020 © ESS

Five international consortia of architecture and landscape firms have been shortlisted in a to design the future research centre of the European Spallation Source (ESS)- a Partnership of 17 European Nations committed to the goal of collectively building and operating the world’s leading facility for research using neutrons by the second quarter of the 21st Century. The 21st century, large-scale science centre will focus on sustainability, creating an attractive working environment and integrating well into its surroundings. It will be built in southern Sweden and is planned to open in 2019.

Continue after the break to view the complete shortlist.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part VIII

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It’s time for our 8th round up of previously featured Kindegartens. It’s possible you missed Fagerborg Kindergarden by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, which is a contemporary wood building contrastingly placed in the middle of a 1950′s residential neighborhood. This round up also features Murgles Playhouse, a lovely interior design project for child development and a Kindergarten in Raïmat by BmesR29 Arquitectes. Check out Kindergarten 8Units, an interesting project where circles inspire growing minds. Finally, you must see Daycare Center La Mercè, a building that blurs the line between inside and outside, while contributing to urban space.

Update: Botín Center / Renzo Piano

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A week ago we told you about the Botín Center, Renzo Piano’s first major project in . We also featured some preliminar models of the project and more information on this building, which will have the largest private foundation in invest over 150 million USD. We now have more official images, including some drawings and sketches. Check them out after the break.

Logements Rue Riquet / François Noël Architectes

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Architects: François Noël Architectes
Location: Rue Riquet, Paris,
Project Area: 4,925 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Take the Mayors Challenge and Improve American City Life

Mayor Michael is searching for bold ideas that can “make government work better, solve a serious problem, or improve city life” in the United States. The Mayors Challenge encourages local architects and professionals to team up with their city officials and propose an innovative local solution that could be applied to a national problem.

Each city of 30,000 or more residents can submit one innovative idea under the direction of the mayor. As Architectural Record points out, there is nothing preventing architects from proposing a concept to their city leaders and working out a deal with them to prepare a submission. They can even negotiate some type of bonus if that idea wins! Those details will be left completely up to you.

However, the goal of the competition is to identify a need, solve a problem and share your knowledge so that other cities and citizens may benefit. Five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will win funding as well as national and local recognition. The winning city will receive a $5,000,000 grand prize and four other cities will receive $1,000,000 to help implement their ideas.

Submit your RSVP by July 16th, 2012 and apply by September 14th, 2012. Find more information on mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.

Films & Architecture: “The International”

Not that many films can have the amount of high-end architecture as location for their scenes. In “The International” the characters goes to a secondary position – through architects’ eyes - since the movie is a showroom of well known buildings and cities.

The mythic in New York by Frank Lloyd Wright serves as the space for one of the main scenes, jumping to the Phaeno Science Center by Zaha Hadid in Wolfsburg, Germany. Cities where the movie was filmed include Istanbul, Berlin, Lyon, Milan, and New York, showing us an impressive catalogue of “international” architecture.

Let us know your thoughts about the movie and international architecture. What does this concept mean today? Or was it only an utopian modern movement?

AD Interviews: Kevin Alter, Alter Studio Architects

Here is our interview with , founder of Austin-based firm Alter Studio architects. Not only is the Harvard graduate an internationally recognized architect, but he has also been a visiting critic, reviewer, lecturer and visiting professor for a number of institutions worldwide.

In addition to running his award winning practice, Alter is the Academic Director of Architecture Programs, Associate Dean for Graduated Programs, Sid. W. Richardson Centennial Professor of Architecture, Director of the Summer Academy in Architecture, and Associate Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas in Austin, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, construction and theory.

Projects from at ArchDaily:

Ferrari Operational Headquarters and Research Centre / Studio Fuksas

© Maurizio Marcato

Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior Design: Fuksas Design
Location: Maranello, , Italy
Client: Ferrari SpA
Area: 17,000 sq. m.
Project Year: 2001-2004
Photographs: Maurizio Marcato

Harvest Medical College / Shogo Iwata

© Yoshihisa Araki

Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: Hyogo,
Site Area: 1,494.48 sqm
Total Floor Area: 3,802.50 sqm
Building Area: 794.82 sqm
Photographs: Yoshihisa Araki

 

Courtesy of Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Lisbon Architecture Triennale

‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ Workshop

Taking place at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale headquarters from July 16-21, the ‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ workshop is dedicated to talking, writing, and publishing critically about architecture. Coordinated by Lev Bratishenko, Frederico Duarte and Becky Quintal (included in the Critical Distance program…

So You Want to Own Your Own Architecture Firm…

Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

By Andrew Hawkins

Following the popular post, Work/Life/Work by Andrew Maynard, about the realities of the corporate architecture profession and the necessity of working for yourself, we bring you this blog post by Andrew Hawkins from his blog Hawkins Architecture, which explains what it’s like to own your own firm. 

So you want to own your own firm. Well by all means, no time like today. Get the branding started. But there are hundreds of issues that you must be willing to address. I want to speak about a few today from my perspective as an operator of a small firm for going on 6 years. These are just topics to consider and your thoughts on them will surely be different. But they are worth the discussion. So…

Sant Antoni Sunday Market / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

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Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project Area: 1,917.95 sqm
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Olga Schmid
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Via Verde Officially Opens

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Via Verde, Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects‘ sustainable housing development for the South Bronx, is officially open. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in front of 700 Brook Avenue and East 156th Street, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with the leaders of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, largely praised the team’s commitment to revitalize a once blighted South Bronx neighborhood.  ”No one would have predicted that today there would one day be one of the most innovative, exciting, environmentally sustainable affordable housing developments in the nation – if not the world. The change that has swept through the South Bronx in the last decade challenges the very notions of what is and isn’t possible in urban revival. And investment in high-quality affordable housing – made possible by partnerships like the one behind – has been the catalyst,” explained the Mayor.  Located on a formerly contaminated industrial site, the eco-friendly housing development will provide hundreds with a healthy haven to enjoy fresh air and sunlight, natural food production, and outdoor play.

More about Via Verde’s opening after the break. 

S-AR Workshop / S-AR stacion-ARquitectura

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura
Location: ,
Project Team: César Augusto Guerrero Rodríguez, Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal, María Sevilla Gómez, Carlos Raúl Flores Leal
Client: S-AR
Project Area: 100 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal 

 

‘Quattro Punti per una Torre’ Installation / Massimo Iosa Ghini

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The idea of the Quattro Punti per una Torre installation, designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini for FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, is to use the primordial monolith, the whole massive block of stone material. In collaboration with Iguzzini, Tecnovision, and Faraonea, the project at the University of represents produced architecture and sculptures from time immemorial, repeated through the use of the large-sized ceramic slab with a finish that draws inspiration from the quarry stone. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Our House / DAR612

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Architects: DAR612 d.o.o.
Location: , Croatia
Authors: Andrea Donatović Poljičak, d.i.a. Morana Lepur Donatović, d.i.a. Jakov Poljičak, d.i.a.
Site area: 1,000 sqm
Bruto area: 400 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Robert Leš

© Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

ToyBox / Studio Gil

The concept for the ToyBox, a portable installation by Studio Gil ,… focuses on being a giant toy box for children. A 1500mmX750mm box frame supports three “landscapes” at different heights. These “landscapes” act as a surface and support frame for