Courtesy of AUA
Courtesy of AUA

Zhengzhou Airport District Urban Planning EXhibition Centre Proposal / AUA

Constituting the northern portion of the planned ‘Future Square’ in the rapidly developing Airport District of Zhengzhou, China, Atelier of Urban Architecture (AUA)…‘s design is an iconic addition to the area. The proposed urban planning exhibition centre and associated

GENyO Laboratories / Planho

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Architects: Planho
Location: , Spain
Area: 5,633 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Alejandro González

Courtesy of DawnTown
Courtesy of DawnTown

Landmark Miami DawnTown Ideas Competition

DawnTown is launching Landmark Miami, their latest ideas competition for the 2013 season. The competition is centered around the idea of how cities are recognized and perceived through architecture. Many cities worldwide are instantly identified by their exclusive architectural elements: Seattle…

Valle de Egüés Town Hall / Otxotorena Arquitectos

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Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Location: , Navarra,
Architect In Charge: Juan M. Otxotorena
Collaborator Architects: Gloria Herrera, Iñigo Jiménez
Structural Engineer: José Ignacio Etayo
Construction Company: ACR
Area: 7,894.15 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Xuhui District, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Design Team: Alex Han, Fuzi He
Client: Jade Museum
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia Zhi

Courtesy of the University of Canberra
Courtesy of the University of Canberra

The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition

As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invite designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister…

Library House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Total Floor Space: 155.71 sqm
Site Area: 315.51 sqm
Area: 163.93 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Hillside Hall / LLB Architects

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Architects: LLB Architects
Location: Hillside Hall, 140 Campus Avenue, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI 02881,
Associate Architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects
Landscape Architect: Carol R. Johnson Associates
Structural Engineer: Odeh Engineers
Contractor: KBE Building Corporation
Area: 122725.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Burk & Jagger

The Curving House / JOHO Architecture

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Architects: JOHO Architecture
Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon LEE
Design Team: Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho
Contractor: Dong-jin Chea
Area: 140.57 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sun Namgoong

Foster Responds to Kimmelman’s “Offensive” Diatribe Regarding the New York Public Library

The ’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

When applying “major surgery” to a beloved, 20th century “masterpiece”, you’re going to face some harsh criticism. Such is the case for , as the legendary British architect has been receiving intense backlash from New York’s toughest critics for his proposed renovation to the New York Public Library. First, the late Ada Louise Huxtable exclaimed, “You don’t “update” a masterpiece.” Now, the New York Time’s architecture critic Michael Kimmelman claims the design is “not worthy” of Foster and believes the rising budget to be suspect.

More on Kimmelman’s critique and Foster’s response after the break…

© Tord-Rikard Söderström
© Tord-Rikard Söderström

Furniture Fair Installation / Gert Wingårdh

On view now until February 9th, the installation by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh… at the Furniture Fair in Stockholm suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an ‘altar’ where panels hold sway. In collaboration with

Alcácer do Sal Residences / Aires Mateus

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Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Alcacer do Sal, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Francisco & Manuel
Design Team: Giacomo Brenna, Paola Marini, Anna Bacchetta, Miguel Pereira
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Interface “Reconnect Your Space” Competition Invites Designs for Humans’ Deep Seated Love of Nature

Some people love . Others fancy London, Sydney, or Hong Kong. While preferences for cities are split, science says that all of us may in fact be hard-wired to love the natural world. , Inc. (NASDAQ: TILE), the world’s largest manufacturer, designer and marketer of carpet tiles, today launched a global competition named “Reconnect Your Space” that calls for architectural, interior or urban landscape design entries that put this affinity for nature, or biophilia, at the forefront.  Biophilic design incorporates natural elements into manmade environments in order to help people feel and perform better.

Interface’s “Reconnect Your Space” competition invites architects, designers and students of these disciplines to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence the design of a new or existing space, either inside within built environments or outside in cities. One winning submission will be selected as the most unique, inspiring and purposeful way of reconnecting this space with nature. “Reconnect Your Space” is also intended to foster dialogue, spark ideas and pique global interest in biophilic design for working, playing and living.

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXVIII

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We are near to the 110,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above is the amazing Andalucia’s Museum of Memory by Alberto Campo Baeza and was taken by DSJohnson84. Check the other four after the break. 

Podium at Menlyn / Boogertman + Partners Architects

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Architects: Boogertman + Partners Architects
Location: , South Africa
Area: 22,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Schmucker

The Non Program Pavilion / Jesús Torres García • Architects

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Architects: Jesús Torres García • Architects
Location: Salobreña,
Design Team: Jesús Torres García, Laura González Romero, Alba Márquez Cañas, Juan Diego Guarderas García
Area: 263 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Jesús Torres García

Brookings Institution Reports University-driven Urban Economies Proposer

WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism Shortlisted Proposal for Kent State; Click on the photo for more.

Think the best way to promote the economic and creative development of a city is to build stadiums and shopping malls? Think again. In a recent New York Times article, Steve Lohr reveals the findings from a Brookings Institution study that looks into where and why specific cities emerge as hubs of creativity and innovation.  By studying the patent filings of the ’ 370 metropolitan areas, the study revealed that cities with the most innovation were centers of education and research.  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont.; Rochester, Minnesota; Corvallis, Oregon; and Boulder, Colorado topped the list as the “output of innovation”.  Lohr suggests that this data can help promote policies that encourage urban development for economic feedback.

More after the break.

Monolit Office Building / Igloo Architecture

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Architects: Igloo Architecture
Location: ,
Architect Of Record: Oro Design (Oana Rădulescu, Gilda Ciobotăraşu, Răzvan Salomia)
Design Team: Bruno Andreşoiu, Adrian Ciocăzanu, Ana Dinuţă, George Barbu, Andrei Creangă
Area: 3600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Igloomedia / Cosmin Dragomir