Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

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Just two years after its opening, the Maxxi Museum in Rome is threatened with closure. The country’s current economic crisis has resulted in major cuts in cultural funding, causing a great deal of stress on the arts. As BD reports, earlier this month the museum was told that the government’s contribution to its €11 million budget would fall to less than €2 million for 2012. Now, as the museum officials failed to set a budget for 2013, the government has reportedly begun proceedings to put the high-profile museum under special administration.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 2010 Stirling Prize winning national art and architecture museum has attracted more than 450,000 visitors per year. Hadid has described the museum’s success as “remarkable”, as it quickly built a prestigious, international reputation within the world of contemporary art.

House Overlooking The Sea / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: , Japan
Completion: 2011
Total Floor Area: 540.02 sqm
Site Area: 2,620.84 sqm
Photographer: Yasuhiro Nukamura

   

OMA wins first round of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept Competition

Phase 1 Submission - Courtesy of OMA

In 2011, the Russian Federation Council confirmed that the city of will annex 150,000 hectares to the southwest in order to overcome its chronic space problems, making 2.4 times larger than its current size. The expansion is designed to relieve pressure on the over-populated, historic city center by redistributing the working places to the annexed part of the Oblast, thus addressing transport, ecological and social issues that result from high levels of commuting.

Before Moscow’s new administrative borders come into force this July, the Council invited 10 teams to develop the concept of the Moscow Agglomeration. OMA has been announced as winner of the competition’s first round that focused on a plan for the Moscow Agglomeration as a whole.

Continue reading for more on OMA’s Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept.

Update: Villiot-Rapée Apartments / Hamonic + Masson

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Architects: Harmonic + Masson
Location: ,
Client: Paris Habitat OPH
Project Manager: Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt
Green Building Adviser: Franck Boutté
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,120 sqm (GFA)
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Innovation, Science & Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic / Santiago Calatrava

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Designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava, the new Innovation, Science & Technology building at Florida Polytechnic University will establish the design scheme for all other structures within the campus’ master plan, which Calatrava is also responsible. Until the other structures within the master plan are built, the new Innovation, Science & Technology building, which just broke ground in March will also need to function as the campus itself; being able to accommodate various events and functions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Saving Suburbia Part II: Getting the Soccer Moms On Your Side

The Living Market, a plan to redevelop vacant land to create a Marketplace of community space, shops, and affordable housing. Image courtesy of Emily Talen, Sungduck Lee, and the Long Island Index.

This Article is the second of a two-part series, “Saving Suburbia.” If you missed Part I, “Bursting the Bubble”, you can find it here.

has a problem. We’ve known it for a while. We’ve chosen to ignore it.

Why? Because the are difficult. And just… not sexy. We have become so enamored with our cities, with their various complexities and potential for sustainability, that the , with their single-family home and deep carbon footprint, seem a backwards architectural wasteland.

But letting the suburbs die would be a tragic, missed opportunity. As I noted in “Bursting the Bubble,” Suburbia is not just the Myth it propagates (wealthy commuters and Soccer Moms in SUVs, carelessly polluting the environment and resistant to change), but a large, growing “other”: the suburban poor, stranded and imprisoned by sprawl.

To reverse Suburbia’s built hostility to its “other” and the very Earth itself, we must re-imagine the ‘burbs as nodes of density within a well-connected network. But to make this reality, we must get the Myth’s “chosen ones” on our side, which means versing ourselves in a tricky (and political) discourse.

We cannot just be Architects; we have to be part of a community-driven movement.

Sdr Nissum Hallen / Cebra

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Architects: Cebra
Location: Kirkebyvej, Sdr. Nissum,
Client: Holstebro Municipality
Completion: 2011
Size: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: Mikkel Frost / Cebra

Swimming Pools For Vigo University / Francisco Mangado

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Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: ,
Client: Universidad de Vigo
Project Direction: Francisco Mangado, Gonzalo Alonso Núñez
Collaborators: José Mª Gastaldo, Manuel Abreu, Javier Fuances, Enrique Jerez, Isabel Oyaga, Edurne Pradera, Isabelle Putseys
Total area: 2,800 sqm
Total cost: 5,000,000 €
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

   

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Nader Tehrani to lecture at ASA International Forum in Bangkok

Nader Tehrani…, a principal and founder of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry, will be delivering a lecture at the ASA Forum in Bangkok on

Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: , Newfoundland, Canada
Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Team Architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
Size: 130 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Bent René Synnevåg

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‘BubbleDeck’ Technology at Harvey Mudd College / MATT Construction

MATT Construction… is utilizing an innovative new slab technology called BubbleDeck, which replaces a significant percentage of a slab’s concrete mass with hollow or foam-filled plastic balls, made from recycled plastic material. The Teaching and Learning Building at Harvey Mudd

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23 Town Houses in Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: DeltaForte BV
Completion: 2008
Building Size: 5,104 sqm
Total building budget: € 3,023,091 (excl. VAT)
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Teun van der Meulen with Takashi Nakamura
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

   

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Wins Competition To Create ‘Greenest City in Italy’

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Projects like the High LineBloomingdale Trail, and Allegheny Green Boulevard illustrate that disused, industrial infrastructure is rife with re-use potential and often can create new ways for a city to connect. However, what opportunities can this infrastructure present when it is still in use?

Read about the problem facing Bari and how it might be resolved after the break…

AD Round Up: Housing Part IX

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There was a time back in 2009, where we published amazing projects that you probably haven’t seen. Like the Spikvoorde II designed by René van Zuuk Architekten. What about the Villa Beli Kriz by SADAR + VUGA in Slovenia? ECDM also shared with us the Louis Blanc Social Housing in Paris, and JVR Arhitektuuribüroo shared theirs housing project in Estonia. Last, the beautiful Sugar Cube, designed by KPMB in Denver, USA.

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10th Annual 2×8 Student Exhibition

The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter recently announced their 10th Annual 2×8 Student Exhibition which features a display of 16 of the major architectural school programs in California. Although based in LA, they have extended their invitations to…

Mirror Mongayt / BERNASKONI

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Architects: BERNASKONI
Location:
Area: 270 sqm
Client: Mongayt family
Photographs: Vlad Efimov, Boris Bernaskoni

 

Mimanimochida / Coordinate House NOGAMI

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Architects: Coordinate House NOGAMI – Yuki Nogami
Location: , Ehime,
Site Area: 310.13 sqm
Total Floor Area: 160.82 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographers: Touru Kitamura, Yuki Nogami

Steven Holl Architects Unveils VCU Institute for Cotemporary Art at Meulensteen Gallery

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Steven Holl Architects have just unveiled Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. With an inviting sense of openness, the building will form a gateway into the University, linking the city of Richmond to the campus. A dynamic architectural promenade will connect the building’s most important spaces, engaging visitors in a variety of changing perspectives. Flexible spaces throughout the building will be capable of accommodating a vast assortment of exhibitions and performances.

Continue after the break for more images and the architect’s project description.