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‘The Lodge on the Lake’ Third Prize Winning Proposal / Nic Moore + Monica Earl

Designed by architects Nic Moore and Monica Earl, in collaboration with Lea Fernandez, Darryl Chandler, and Terence Yong, their third prize winning proposal for the Lodge on the Lake understands that a new Lodge needs both to fulfill the requirements of a complex brief, but also to be a strong symbol of Australian domestic and political values. This scheme is sited at the tip of Attunga Point and requires the sculpting of the Lake’s shore in order to bury a low landscape building in the ridge of the promontory. This building is made by fingers of heavy earthen walls, which project into the Lake. More images and architects' description after the break.

Izmir Selects Zaha Hadid as World Expo 2020 Architect

The 8,500 year old Turkish city of Izmir has announced Zaha Hadid as the architect for its World Expo 2020 bid. As home of the Asklepion, one of the world’s oldest hospitals whose history has played a major role in the evolution of healthcare, Izmir hopes claim the title as host of the New Routes to a Better World / Health for All themed fair over its competitors - São Paulo (Brazil), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Dubai (UAE).

Polar Securities Office / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Affoltern Housing Development / EM2N

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Wehntalerstrasse, CH-8046 Zurich
  • Architect in Charge: EM2N
  • Area: 29967.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

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House in Wilrijk / Areal Architecten

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Courtesy of Areal Architecten
  • Architects: Areal Architecten
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Area: 265.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Areal Architecten

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Jesolo Lido Condominium / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Basic And Secondary School Of Sever Do Vouga / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pedro Domingos Arquitectos
  • Location: Vouga, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Pedro Domingos
  • Design Team: Pedro Gonçalves, Luís Rosário, Luís Pedro Fernandes, Hugo Amaro, Joana Fonseca, Patrícia Ribeiro
  • Area: 6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG+SG


GLASS Residential Tower Proposal / Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect

Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect recently unveiled their design for GLASS, a new residential tower composed of 10 full-floor units located at 120 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. The 18-story, all-glass building is located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, which has become, over the past decade, one of the most expensive destinations for luxury high-rise living in Miami Beach. Delicate and sensorial, the design of GLASS is a considered a response to its setting in Miami Beach, specifically intended to allow one to experience the surrounding natural landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Royal Botanic Garden Sustainable Masterplan Proposal / Grant Associates

Grant Associates, the UK landscape architects behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, has just been appointed by the Royal Botanics and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain. Working alongside Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public realm elements of the new masterplan which includes an area of 64 hectares on a spectacular location bordering the iconic Sydney Harbor waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Public School for Primary Education “Ave Maria-Patxi Larrainzar” / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Taller Básico de Arquitectura - Javier Pérez-Herreras Javier Quintana de Uña
  • Location: Avenida Marcelo Celayeta, 10, 31014 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Area: 0.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura

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GPT / Woods Bagot

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© Tyrone Branigan
  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Project Team: Alissandra Johnston, Tessa Melick
  • Project Manager: Buildcorp Group
  • Area: 3700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tyrone Branigan

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'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

52 Years Later, A Would-Be Urban Planner Responds to Harvard's Sexist Letter

In 1961, Phyllis Richman, a student at Brandeis University, was considering applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Department of City and Regional Planning. The response from Professor Doebele, which you can read above, was to question the validity/practicality of her desire to enter into higher education, being, as she would surely be, a future wife and mother.

While today it sounds almost quaint in its blatantly sexist assumptions, Ms. Richman's letter remains, unfortunately, all too relevant. In her article for The Washington Post, Richman says: "To the extent, Dr. Doebele, that your letter steered me away from city planning and opened my path to writing [a career Richman later describes as "remarkably well-suited to raising children"], one might consider that a stroke of luck. I’d say, though, that the choice of how to balance family and graduate school should have been mine."

She's absolutely right, of course; the decision was hers and hers alone to make. However, there's no avoiding that Richman eventually found success in a job that allowed her to live flexibly as a professional and parent. How many women, and for that matter men, can claim that of architecture? How many architects are convinced, just like Ms. Richman, to pursue success in other, more flexible careers?

More about Richman's letter, and where Denise Scott Brown comes in, after the break...

Video: The Obsolescence of a Building, an Interview with Álvaro Siza

In this interview by Hugo Oliveira, Álvaro Siza presents his ideas on the link between obsolescence and quality in architecture, and the role that a design's flexibility plays in this relationship. He argues that the convent is perhaps the best example of a typology which is both fit for purpose and very flexible, allowing myriad other uses when its lifespan as a convent has ended. He also laments the current tendency to design a building for a very short period of time - intended to last only as long as it is needed for its original function. He links this tendency back to the Futurists of the early 20th century, where the idea was that "each generation makes its own environment which is later destroyed", an idea he dismisses since "it also allows you to build badly because it only needs to last twenty years".

In Discussion: Peter Zumthor Speaks with Michael Govan About the LACMA Redesign

In a crowed auditorium in central Los Angeles on Sunday, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor sat down with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan to kickstart the opening of The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. The hour-long discussion, captured in the video above, began with an insightful overview of Zumthor’s most famous works before moving to an in-depth conversation about the underlying ideas that drive Zumthor’s design for the highly anticipated LACMA overhaul.

The project – already six years in the making and yet still in its schematic phase – plans to replace LACMA’s aging cluster of three pavilions with an elevated, 21st century facility. A detailed project summary, alongside images captured from Zumthor’s 6 ton, concrete exhibition model, is available for you to review here on ArchDaily. Enjoy!