Vertebrae Staircase / Andrew McConnell

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Inspired by the spine of a whale, the Vertebrae  is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single component, or vertebra, that mate with each other creating a unified spine running from floor plate to floor plate. These interlocking vertebrae create a rigid and self-supporting structure.

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My Hair is at MoMA PS1 / TempAgency: Kutonotuk & mcdowellespinosa

2013 PS1 YAP Finalist: TempAgency

“My Hair is at MoMA PS1″ is exactly what it sounds like.  TempAgency, composed of architecture firms Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa, has designed an installation that uses human hair from hair salons and barbershops as architecture.  The finalist for 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program found inspiration in the material waste to develop a project of cultural and design significance.  Join us after the break for more images.

Interior Light-Single Family Housing / Viraje architecture

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Architects: Viraje architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jesús Damian Herranz Busquiel
Technical Architect: Raúl Hinarejos Arjona
Area: 363.0 m2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Germán Cabo Arnal

Courtesy of Spark Architects
Courtesy of Spark Architects

Thaihot City Plaza Mall / Spark Architects

Aiming to become a unique destination full of surprise and discovery, the design proposal for the Thaihot City Plaza Mall has a multi-faceted façade that has different functions, in plan and elevation. Designed by Spark Architects…, this facade moderates

George Square Controversy

George Square Competition Entry / John McAslan + Partners

There has been some controversy over the past few months for the George Square redesign in , , since we last announced the six shortlisted architecture firms in December.  Following the submission and assessment by a jury in January, the project went through an upheaval when Labour leader of the Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson announced that the submitted designs would be scrapped in favor of a “facelift” for the square.  Numerous reports on the Herald Scotland present conflicting arguments for the turn of events and the abrupt change in plans have left the council, jury, design firms and the public in discontent.  It is unclear what the status of the project is today, but for the moment it is on hold as the council discusses ways in which to proceed.

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House MF+FS / João Rapagão

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Architects: João Rapagão
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: João Rapagão
Collaborators: Nelson Resende, Susana Correia, Christophe Teixeira, João Pinto
Year: 2006
Photographs: José Campos

‘VIII BIAU – With the Sea in Between’ Exhibition

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Taking place February 15-March 31, the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (VIII BIAU)’s ‘With the Sea in Between’ exhibition will be in the Galeria Boavista in Lisbon. The exhibition, which will also include conferences by keynote speakers, represents a selection of exemplary works of architecture, public spaces, publications and research, rewarded at the VIII BIAU. Attendees will be invited to travel through the architecture of the nine countries rewarded: Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and . For more information, please visit here.

Namhae Cheo-ma House / JOHO Architecture

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Architects: JOHO Architecture
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon Lee
Area: 576 sqm
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, Jeonghoon Lee

Time Lapse Video: Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel

Located in the heart of Valle del Elqui, a narrow valley stretched in between the Andes Mountains in , the Elqui Domos Hotel by architect Rodrigo Duque Motta is known for its wooden-structured cabins that provide translucent fabric domes, enabling an truly unique experience that encourages a close connection with nature. This experience is highlighted in this time lapse video by James Florio, in which he includes over 6 months, 23,000+ photos 300GB of time-lapse.

Twin Peaks House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: Undisclosed
Design Team: Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows Andrew Bos, Robert Kennon
Area: 280 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Deskontalia Store / VAUMM

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Architects: VAUMM
Location: Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain
Design Team: Javier Ubillos Pernaut, Marta Alvarez Pastor, Iñigo garcía Odiaga, Jon Muniategiandikoetxea Markiegi, Tomás Valenciano Tamayo
Year: 2012
Photography: Aitor Ortiz

© Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

Podčetrtek Traffic Circle / Enota

Designed by Enota…, their just completed Traffic Circle in  Podčetrtek marks the entrance to the dark monolithic volume of the municipal sports hall on one and the thermal spa complex on the other side of the regional road. With

Te Mirumiru / Collingridge & Smith Architects

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Architects: Collingridge & Smith Architects
Location: Kawakawa, northland
Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
Client: Ngati Hine Health Trust
Mechanical & Electrical Consultant: Eco Design Consultants WSP
Planning Supervisor: Simon Yates
Lightning Consultant: Mike Renwick, Lighthouse Remuera
Contractor|: Howard Harnett Builders
Area: 572.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Cattaneo / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: , Zurich, Switzerland
Client: Reppisch-Werke AG
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Aggrenad / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: , Korea
Construction: Kim, Dong Shik
Structure: RC
Site Area: 433.00m2
Gross Floor Area: 198.55m2
Area: 121.26 sqm
Photographs: Kim, Yong Gwan

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

13th Annual Structures for Inclusion Conference

The thirteenth annual Structures for Inclusion conference (SFI-13)… will be held March 23-24 at the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus. The conference is preceded by the Public Interest Design Institute, a training program sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, that will be held at

House SODAE / VMX Architects

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Architects: VMX Architects
Location: Amstelveen,
Design Team: Don Murphy
Client: Sylvie Murphy
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photography: Courtesy of VMX Architects

Cardinet Quintessence / Périphériques architectes

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Architects: Périphériques architectes
Location: 155 rue Cardinet , 75017 ,
Project Management: Anne-Françoise Jumeau, Emmanuelle Marin, David Trottin
Project Directors: Anne Clerget, Claire Oiry, S. Razafindralambo, J.L Anthonioz, E. Mares, V. Nodale, G. Plasson , J. sturari, F. Coquin, A. Thierry
Client: Nexity seeri
Area: 6115.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia