SEEDocs: Bancroft School Revitalization

Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) have released the latest installment of SEEDocs, their series of awesome, mini-documentaries that highlight inspirational stories of award-winning public interest design projects.

While June’s doc featured an incredible community garden in New Orleans, designed/built with help from the Tulane School of Architecture’s Tulane City Center, this month focuses on the revitalization of an abandoned, abestos-ridden school in Manheim Park, a low-income, neglected neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

Check out more images and info about this empowering project, after the break…

Szatmáry Palace / MARP

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Architects: MARP
Location: Pécs,
Design Team: Márton Dévényi, Pál Gyürki-Kiss
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tamás Török

Armadillo House / Formwerkz Architects

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Architects: Formwerkz Architects
Location:
Design Team: Alan Tay, Pung Whei Huong
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Jeremy San

Inspiration Hotel Winning Proposal / Paul Dieterlen Architecture

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Located in the “Albufera de ”, one of the national territory´s most singular natural areas, the winning proposal for the Inspiration Hotel is formed as a huge ring shaped wooden pier 160 meters in diameter that rises above the Albufera´s water surface. Designed by Paul Dieterlen Architecture, the building is resolved with two main rings, one with an eight meter section which contains the architectural program and the public areas, and another one, with a three meters section turn to the interior that works a continuous circular path. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects

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Unsangdong Architects shared with us the latest photos of the nearly finished “Culture Forest”, the Culture & Art Center in , Republic of Korea. Read the architect’s description and view schematic renderings on our previous post or the first stage of  the construction, here.

More photos after the break.

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Courtesy of Design Initiatives

Jinzhou New Area Medical Center / Design Initiatives

The proposal for a Jinzhou New Area Medical Center by Design Initiatives… is located as closest as possible to the existing wing of the hospital in order to shorten the routes and form one integrated complex with that existing wing.

Moore Studio / Omar Gandhi Architect

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Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: Hubbards, Nova Scotia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography, Mike Burns, Courtesy of

Chapel of the Intercession / RdsBrothers

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Architects: RdsBrothers
Location: Voronkov, Kiev region,
Architects: Roman Seliuk, Dmytro Seliuk
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 9 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of RdsBrothers

Maosi Elementary School, Best Architecture Award Recipient 2008
Maosi Elementary School, Best Architecture Award Recipient 2008

3rd China Architecture Media Awards Competition

The 3rd China Architecture Media Awards (CAMA) is now open for individual submissions. As a biannual program, CAMA is the first architectural award established in Greater China to advocate the construction of civil society through engaging architectural practice. Through an…

Ridge Road Residence / StudioFour

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Architects: StudioFour
Location: The Ridge Road, Moonah Links Golf Course, Fingal,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg / Territoires

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Landscape Designer: Territoires
Location: Porte des Lilas, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

AIA Selects Four Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

Massachusetts General Hospital – The Lunder Building; Boston /

The American Institute of Architects () Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has announced four recipients of the National Healthcare Design Awards program. The awards program highlights the “best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research” that exhibit “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital”.

The AIA National Healthcare Design Award recipients are:

Where Does the Internet Live?

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One day, Andrew Blums internet stopped working. He called a repair man, who told him that, quite simply, a squirrel had chewed on his internet.

Blum was perplexed. The internet is a nebulous, untouchable “cloud” – isn’t it? Or, as Blum puts it in his TEDTalk: “The Internet is a transcendent idea. It’s a set of protocols that has changed everything from shopping to dating to revolutions. It was unequivocally not something a squirrel could chew on. But that in fact seemed to be the case. [...] And then I got this image in my head of what would happen if you yanked the wire from the wall and if you started to follow it. Where would it go? Was the Internet actually a place that you could visit? Could I go there?”

The question prompted Blum to explore the physical wires, cables, and boxes that make up the internet – an adventure he chronicles in his book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the InternetA big part of that journey was visiting Data Centers, those power-guzzling monstrosities where all your Data (and we mean all your data) goes to live.

Curious for more? Check out Blum’s TEDTalk, and revisit our past coverage on Data Centers, including our Editorial “Data Centers: Anti-Monuments of the Digital Age

 

Clayton Community Centre / Jackson Architecture

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Architects: Jackson Architecture
Location: Clayton, Victoria,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Archiphoto Pty Ltd.

AD Round Up: Kindergartens Part IX

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For today’s AD Round Up we’ve compiled previously featured kindergartens projects. You must see, the Leimond Nursery School by Archivision Hironati Studio. Don’t miss, Elisa Valero’s Kindergarten in El Serrallo or the Early Childhood Learning Centre in Wakathuni designed by a group of masters students from the University of . Take a closer look to Day Center by spanish practice, FLEXO Arquitectura. Finally in today’s Round Up, revisit La Cabanya Nursery by Lluís Jordà Sala + Sau Taller d’Arquitectura.

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Venice Biennale 2012: 13178 Moran Street

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Grounds for Detroit – In this collaborative project, a distinct urban space – the mid-block of residential neighborhood – has been imported to Venice from Detroit. The installation is a recreation – and re-imagining – of a project undertaken in a abandoned single-family house in Detroit 2010.

In the original work, five architects collectively bought a property on Moran Street for $500 cash at a public auction. Each practice then contracted a distinct intervention within its formerly domestic spaces: a kitchen was transformed into a mobile threshold; a bedroom into a hermetic multi-sensory chamber; the dinning room a stepped interior topography; and the detached garage became a atmospheric observatory.

See Your Kitchen in a Whole New Light

See Your Kitchen in a Whole New Light

Whether you’re looking to design a beautiful new kitchen or elevate your next dinner party, you’ll enjoy the Jenn-Air® Master Class Series of videos from Jenn-Air®. Featuring a panel of esteemed experts, including two designers and one chef, the series…

Keelung Harbor Service Building / Neil M. Denari Architects

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Yesterday, we announced that Los Angeles based Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), in collaboration with Taiwanese architectural firm Fei and Cheng Associates, have been selected as winner of a highly publicized, international competition for the new Keelung Harbor Service Building in ’s largest port city. As promised, we now present to you the winning proposal.

Serving as a “Gateway to the Nation”, the project site consists of a new cruise ship port terminal, a 250 meter long, three level building that will accommodate the largest ships in Asia; a 53,000 square meter Harbor Authority office complex; parking for 1000 cars; and a third phase 23,000 square meter speculative office building. The NT$6.2 billion (US$211.5 million) renewal project will be completed in phases. Construction will commence next year on the three-floor terminal, which is planned for completion by 2015. Work on the complex’s office building is expected to come to a conclusion in 2017. Learn more after the break, with the architects’ complete project statement.