Tadao Ando: New Japan National Stadium International Design Competition

The current Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

Japanese architect and the Sport Council (JSC) has launched the an international design competition for the new National Stadium of Japan. The stadium will become the new symbol of Japan and feature world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality.

The new venue is slated for competition in 2018 and is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It will also be offered to host the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other significant cultural and artistic events. And, if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue.

Continue reading for more details and a video message from Tadao Ando.

In Progress: B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Hennekijnstraat 50, 3012 Deelgemeente Centrum,
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
Collaborators: Kam Bava, David Luque, Marie Morin, Deniza Radulova, Sash Reading, Jasper Stevens, Michal Switalski, Cindy Wouters, Aynav Ziv
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Infographic: Iconic Olympic Buildings

The 2012 start today, and once again architecture is on the spotlight. With a big focus on reusable and adaptable structures, the lineup includes renowned architecture firms such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Hopkins Architects, Populous and Zaha Hadid Architects.

On this infographic we introduce you the iconic buildings of the Olympics since 776 B.C. until today! Follow our London 2012 Olympics coverage in its dedicated page.

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17

Photograph courtesy AFP

In just a few hours, the world will be watching the opening ceremony of ’s third Summer Olympic Games. For 17 high intensity days, more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will battle for the most prestigious awards in the athletic world.   However, what will remain hidden in the shadows during the excitement and energy of the opening ceremony will be the story behind the Games – the larger implications of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, and its stresses at the financial, societal, and environmental level.  This story – which lasts long beyond the 17 days – remains unwritten as the after effects of hosting the London Games will not be felt for years to come.

In this three-part series, we will delve into the effects of hosting the Olympic Games.  Our first segment will share background about London’s hope for “legacy” during and after the Games, plus, a look into the financial challenges incurred from hosting such massive festitivies.

Stay tuned for our second and third segments which will address London’s Games with regard to social issues and sustainability.

More after the break.

Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

has released the latest version of their operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Over 200 new features have been integrated into Lion with the intent to streamline your work and life. Some of the highlighted features include the built in iCloud that keeps all your content updated and in-sync with your Apple products, a unified notification center to help you stay updated on everything, and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.

Although this all sounds great, what about software we architects use on a daily basis?

A word of advice before you upgrade:

Life in spiral / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 109.0 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of Perspektywa
Courtesy of Perspektywa

Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Proposal / Perspektywa

The second prize winning design by Perspektywa… for the Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Units in Poland answers to the competition challenge with their modern architecture with classic elements. Doing so provides a dialogue between the historical surroundings and creating a

Mack Energy Corporate Headquarters / Van H. Gilbert Architect

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Architects: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
Location: , NM 88210, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Paul Coulie

Duecentosessanta MQ / Simone Bossi

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Architects: Simone Bossi
Location: 38056 Trentino,
Architect In Charge: Simone Bossi
Project Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Simone Bossi

“Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” Exhibition

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Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Annandale House / CO-AP

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Architects: CO-AP
Location: NSW 2038,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 296.85 sqm
Photographs: Ross Honeysett

House Awards 2012

House Reduction by MAKE Architecture Studio / © Peter Bennetts

Celebrating ’s best residential architecture, excellence has been rewarded by ‘House Awards’, an annual program, in eight categories, with the best architecturally designed house receiving the premier award of ‘Australian House of the Year’. Set within a historic farming property in Tasmania, Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects, won the house of the year award which is both a working farm and a place of retreat. ‘This deft touch has created a house that is an exemplar for contemporary residential architecture, simultaneously functional and beautiful. This apparently simple house has an effortless relationship to the built, cultivated and natural landscape.’ (House Awards Jury) More information on the awards after the break.

Bellarine Peninsula House / Inarc Architects

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Architects: Inarc Architects
Location: Barwon Heads VIC,
Project Architect: Cathie Wheelahan
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

adAPT NYC Request for Proposals

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Developing housing that meets the needs of how New Yorkers live today is critical…

Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects
Location: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, , British Columbia, V6T 1Z2, Canada
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler, Nic Lehoux,

Seaside Single House / modostudio

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Architects: modostudio
Location: 58019 Monte Argentario Province of Grosseto,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 90.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of modostudio

Courtesy of Alfonso Architects
Courtesy of Alfonso Architects

Alfonso Architects Awarded Tampa International Airport Expansion

Alfonso Architects, along with The Beck Group…, have been awarded $17 million to design-build the expansion of the Tampa International Airport in Florida.  The existing complex will be expanded with an additional 30,000 square feet and will include the renovation of

D38 Office / Arata Isozaki

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Architects: Arata Isozaki
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli