M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

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Architects: Manifesto Architecture
Location: 31-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, , South Korea
Executive Architect: Dong-il Architecture
Area: 110300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

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Architects: Jun Aoki & Associates
Location: Ginza, , Tokyo, Japan
Area: 1475.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano

© USC School of Architecture
© USC School of Architecture

USC’s ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright and computational architect Mar Fornes. More information and the complete press release, after the break.

Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

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Architects: Team Green Architects
Location: , New Zealand
Architects In Charge: Sian Taylor, Mark Read
Area: 156.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sam Hartnett

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

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LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Washington D.C. Lincoln Memorial and the New York City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015. 

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the , was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron. 

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

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Architects: Najas Arquitectos
Location: Gonzalo Endara Crown, EC170124,
Design: Esteban Najas Raad
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

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Architects: Moore Ruble Yudell
Location: 2802 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90405, USA
Area: 42263.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Linden

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure

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Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY has constructed a light-weight, ultra-thin self-supported shell structure augmented by artist Jana Winderen’s engineered sounds at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in City. Now on view through November 21, the “Situation Room” presents itself, as Storefront describes, “a vibrating sound experiment that that aims to transform architecture into animated sensible form.”

“The overall form is an aggregate of twenty spheres of incremental diameters, combined to create an envelope of experiential tension, a sort of sublime dialogue between the comfort of the known and an uneasy interaction with the unknown,” described Fornes. “The resultant morphology resonates with a series of distributed transducers and lighting sources playing out through streams of porosity derived from structural stress flows across the elements.”

More images and information about the “Situation Room,” after the break.

MM House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
Location: , JAL,
Architects In Charge: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Area: 1557.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcos García

Preserving a Place for Protest in Paris

The “new” plaza now extends behind the historic statue that previously occupied its center. Image © Clement Guillaume

Following a three-year redesign, the Place de la République in Paris reopened this year, welcoming back the regular organized protests that make it one of the most important public spaces in Paris. For the designers of the space, TVK agency, it was important not to infringe on what many Parisians consider their inalienable right to protest – however a question remained over how the square could be more amenable to other uses at the same time. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Place for Protest,” Veronique Vienne explores how agency allowed Parisians to have their cake and let them eat it too.

In Paris, rituals of political discontent are traditionally celebrated on Place de la République. It is a favorite kick-off point for the countless marches that define democracy in the French capital. But before taking to the street in a slow-moving procession, crowds block traffic all around the esplanade, creating a gridlock that can cripple the city from Sacré Coeur to the Opéra. Meanwhile, citizens get to unfurl banners and shout slogans. It’s legal, good, clean fun.

Well, no more.

LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: Houghton Street, School of Economics and Political Science, WC2A 2AE, UK
Design Team: John Tuomey, Sheila O’Donnell, Willie Carey, Geoff Brouder, Laura Harty, Kirstie Smeaton, Gary Watkin, Anne-Louise Duignan, Ciara Reddy, Jitka Leonard, Iseult O’Cleary, Henrik Wolterstorff, Mark Grehan, Monika Hinz
Area: 6101.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alex Bland, Dennis Gilbert

Marc Mimram Reveals Design for New TGV Station in Montpellier

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Paris-based architecture and engineering firm Marc Mimram has been appointed to design a new TGV station in Montpellier, France. To be completed in late 2017, the station is intended to serve up to 3.5 million passengers a year by 2030, connecting with the existing Perpignan to Barcelona line, ultimately reducing the travel time between Paris and Barcelona.

The station’s striking roof structure is composed of five 8 metre wide pleated shells, made from a fibre reinforced, ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The high performance concrete combined with the pleated form allows the shells to be just 5-6 centimetres thick, with glass panes embedded directly into the concrete during casting.

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Their First Building in Taiwan

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Richard Meier & Partners has revealed their first ever building in Taiwan, a 163-meter apartment building close to the center of Taichung. Offering 110 apartments with views over  City Hall, the Opera House, and the Convention Center, the tower is composed of two towers connected by a central circulation core. The north tower is the taller section, with a geometric appearance that responds to the more built-up area to the north of the building. The south tower, which faces an area of smaller-scale residential buildings, features an expressive facade of translucent glass.

Villa Krona / Helin & Co Architects

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Architects: Helin & Co Architects
Location: , 25710 ,
Architect In Charge: Pekka Helin, Ritva Mannersuo
Area: 152.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pekka Helin

Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada
Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With ‘Emotional Weight’

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo DesignDaniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant ‘emotional weight’ imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in New York City. When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials – with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: “It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important.” For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing “something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful.”

Zinsganshina House / Bailorull ADD+

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Architects: Bailorull ADD+
Location: Passeig de Sevilla, 12, 08195 , Barcelona,
Authors: Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertrán
Architect In Charge: Josep Puigdemont Vinyals, Javier Jiménez Iniesta
Area: 289.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

BrandBase / Dedato

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Architects: Dedato
Location: Danzigerkade 2, 1013 AP , The Netherlands
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Between-Walls