© Yosuke Owashi
© Yosuke Owashi

Clopen Shelf Panel / Torafu Architects

The ‘Clopen’ shelf panel, designed by Torafu Architects…, is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it’s made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, they made space between two

Dutchess House No. 1 / Grzywinski + Pons

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Architects: Grzywinski + Pons
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Matthew Grzywinski, Amador Pons
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Floto + Warner/OTTO

Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric / Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman
Villa Rotonda Model overlaid with axonometric / Peter Eisenman and Matt Roman

Palladio Virtuel Exhibition

The 2012–13 season at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery opened on August 20 with Palladio Virtuel. The exhibition, which is on view until October 27, presents a groundbreaking new analysis of the work of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio by…

Movement Disorder Clinic / Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

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Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Cohlmeyer Architecture

West Lake Hills Residence / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: , Texas, USA
Project Team: Specht, Louise Harpman, Sheryl Jordan, Brett Wolfe
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5500.0 sq ft
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Taggart Sorensen, Meg Mulloy, Scott Specht

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Microrayons vs. Favelas - Courtesy of the Strelka Institute
Microrayons vs. Favelas - Courtesy of the Strelka Institute

Venice Biennale 2012: Strelka Institute to host discussions on shaping tomorrow’s cities

Russia’s leading creative think tank, Strelka Institute…, is hosting a series of discussions with preeminent voices in architecture and urban design in the pre-opening days of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Inspired by the Biennale’s theme of Common Ground,

Tyršův Stadion / QARTA architektura

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Architects: QARTA architektura
Location: ,
Architects: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák
Interior Design: David Wittassek
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Roman Polášek

Nanjing Conference Center / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: , China
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 120,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

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Venice Biennale 2012: Design Onscreen Film Festival

For the first time ever, Design Onscreen – the Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film – will present the Design Onscreen Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale, August 27 through the 29th at the Arsenale’s Teatro Piccolo. All sixteen screenings are free and open to the public and most will be followed by dynamic in-person discussions and audience Q&As, featuring top architects and design experts from around the globe, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Rick Joy, , Vittorio Garatti, Deyan Sudjic (Director, Design Museum London), Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art); Moshen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Architecture), and David Chipperfield (Curator and Director of the 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale).

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Wentworth Rd House / Edward Szewczyk Architects

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Architects: Edward Szewczyk Architects
Location: Vaucluse, , Australia
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Justin Alexander

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Venice Biennale 2012: “Lars Müller Publishers – Book Fever”

Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Join the authors and editors of Lars Müller Publishers for a rare book signing opportunity with architects Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto, and Steven Holl on August 28th at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale! This event will kick off the exhibition Lars Müller Publishers – Book Fever, which will feature sixty publications – new releases, bestsellers, milestones from the past, and rare treasures – for the public to explore.

Founded thirty years ago, Lars Müller Publishers’ carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art has lead them to become a renowned international publisher. One milestone you may remember was their release of Peter Zumthor’s Works (1998), which was the first survey of the oeuvre of the architect now known worldwide that set new standards for the monograph as a book genre.

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Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre PUR / Schneider & Lengauer

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Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: ,
Photographs: Dietmar Tollerian

Giveaway Winners: Three copies of ‘Draw Me a House’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Cicada Books, we gave you the chance to win three copies of: ‘Draw Me a House‘. To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

When did you first know that you wanted to become an architect and why?

After more than 400 comments, we now have the winners: Dina Moutafi, Andrea Alejandra Esquivel Velázquez, and Beth Sass. Congratulations to the winners, you will be contacted through your emails. Thanks everyone for participating and stay alert… more giveaways to come!

NYU Bobst Library Renovation / Joel Sanders Architect


As reported by David W Dunlap for the NYTimes, the safety-restoration applied to and Richard Foster’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on the NYU campus near Washington Square is close to completion.   While the library, which was constructed in the early 1970s, remains intact, the tremendous atrium space – a soaring 150 ft void – is proving to be more of a safety hazard than the magnificent architectural experience the architects intended.  Since 2003, the library has been marred by claiming the lives of three students who leaped to their deaths (even after the university installed 8ft polycarbonate barriers).   Charged with the task of eliminating the possibility for such a future occurrence, Joel Sanders Architect responded with a perforated alumium screen that completely walls off the atrium from the library’s levels.

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Gurisentret Outdoor Stage and Visitor Centre / Askim/Lantto Architects

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Architects: Askim/Lantto Architects
Location: The Edøy Island, ,
Project Leader: Niels Marius Askim
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Kvernberget Print og Reklame AS, Niels Marius Askim, Bjarne Ytrøy

The Indicator: BTTB

Courtesy of Discogs.com / Ryuichi Sakamoto, BTTB

I spent much of the nineties living in Tokyo, but it wasn’t until I had left that Ryuichi Sakamoto’s(1) music began to inform me about its complex environments.

His album, somewhat ironically (I think) titled BTTB, or, Back to the Basics, came out way back in 1999. Though post-dating my Tokyo Period, it sonically completed my memories of that city. Having leapt through time, it resolved my incomplete Tokyo soundtrack.

BTTB tries to be minimal, but, like the city it came from, struggles with complexity(2). Its opulent density made it seem like the piano had been miked on the inside, my ear forced down to the machinery of strings. The tension between richness and absence I perceived reminded me of trying to find my way in and around all of Tokyo’s jumbled systems.

Boecillo Municipal Civic Centre / José M. Martínez + Inés Escudero + Fernando Nieto

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Architects: José M. Martínez + Inés Escudero +
Location: , Spain
Architects: José Manuel Martínez Rodríguez, Inés Escudero Conesa, Fernando Nieto Fernández
Photographs: Pedro Iván Ramos Martín

Video: London 2012 Olympic Stadium / Populous

Architectural firm Populous specialises in monumental sporting and entertainment structures and was responsible for the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Games. The structure has changed the face of East London and is the focal point of the world’s biggest sporting activity until 13 August. We meet Rod Sheard, the architect behind the build at Populous’ studio to discuss how they approached the project with legacy and sustainability in mind, and why sport is one of the few tools left that still brings people together.