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New Istanbul International Financial Center Master Plan / HOK

Courtesy of HOK
Courtesy of HOK

Integral to Turkey's plan to make its economy one of the world's 10 largest by 2023, the HOK-designed master plan for the Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) is now in construction. Built on a 170-acre site on the city's Asian side, the Turkish government's goal for the landmark IIFC project is to establish Istanbul as a global center for finance. The IIFC will house the head offices of the country’s financial market governing bodies, state-owned and private banks, and related businesses. It will include approximately 45 million square feet of office, residential, retail, conference, hotel and park space. More images and architects' description after the break.

AD Classics: Marin Civic Center / Frank Lloyd Wright

The Marin County Civic Center was Frank Lloyd Wright's last commission and largest public project, including several civic functions that would serve Marin County and San Francisco, which after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge became closer than ever. Wright was selected for the project in 1957, winning a vote out of hope he would be able to best represent a democratic government open to the people through the Civic Center.

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Makoko Floating School / NLE Architects

A. H. McCoy Federal Office / Schwartz-Silver Architects

  • Architects: Schwartz-Silver Architects
  • Location: 100 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269, USA
  • Area: 428000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alan Karchmer

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer

Terraços de Cascais / Humberto Conde

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Location: Cascaes, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho, Joana Catarré
  • Area: 3055.89 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

NN House / PANDA

© Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai
  • Architects: PANDA
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto
  • Area: 62.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai

Nikau House / Strachan Group Architects

  • Architects: Strachan Group Architects
  • Location: Parnell, Auckland
  • Architect In Charge: Strachan Group Architects
  • Design Team: Dave Strachan, Pat de Pont, Jessica Knight
  • Engineer: Thorne Dwyer Structures
  • Builder: Dave McGillivray
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring

Hunter Medical Research Institute / Denton Corker Marshall + SKM-S2F Architects

Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association
Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association
  • Architects: Denton Corker Marshall, SKM-S2F Architects
  • Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Area: 15900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association

Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association

UK Government Grants Approval to Liverpool Waters Scheme

controversial plan to redevelop a large area of Liverpool's waterfront has received an effective green light after the Communities Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, chose not to call in the scheme for a public inquiry. The £5.5 billion scheme is designed by Chapman Taylor and provides 9,000 homes, 300,000 square meters of office space and 50,000 square meters of hotel and other facilities. The scheme also includes the 55-story 'Shanghai Tower' and a cruise ferry terminal.

The plan has attracted criticism, in particular from English Heritage and UNESCO who worry that the size of the developments will negatively affect the Liverpool skyline, dominated for almost a century by the 'Three Graces' a trio of listed buildings that have come to define the view from the Mersey River. UNESCO has strongly opposed the development, placing Liverpool's world heritage site on it's 'endangered' list and threatening that if the scheme goes ahead, the area could lose its world heritage status.

Read more about the reaction to the scheme after the break...

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The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model

Last week an online call was put out by Rome's MAXXI museum promising the first five architecture students to respond a chance to travel to Rome and build a model of Sou Fujimoto's latest project. The five selected entrants started on their work at MAXXI on Monday and their experience is being broadcast over the course of this week in a series of photos and videos detailing the ups, downs, opinions and thoughts of the students as they work.

Read more about the model and exhibition after the break...

Fresno House / Felix Raspall + Federico Papandrea

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects: Felix Raspall, Federico Papandrea
  • Location: Cariló, Argentina
  • Architect In Charge: Felix Raspall, Federico Papandrea
  • Structure: Roberto Alfie
  • Area: 135.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Like a Houseboat / Shipley Architects

  • Architects: Shipley Architects
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Dan Shipley
  • Builder: Rick Fontenot of Constructive General Contractors
  • Client: Rick & Julie Fontenot
  • Area: 1490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

© Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith

House with Music Room / Beer Architektur Städtebau

  • Architects: Beer Architektur Städtebau
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Structural Engineering: Gordian Kley
  • Area: 440.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daniel Mosch

© Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch

Exhibition for Frank Gehry Prints and Sculpture

On view now until April 13, is the Stamberg Aferiat + Associates designed exhibition for Frank Gehry prints and a sculpture for the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York City. The exhibition celebrates architecture, a more than ten-year collaboration with the renowned architect, and their one-year anniversary in a designed space by architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat. The exhibit features a newly editioned sculpture and an enlarging of Gehry's Marques de Riscal Winery image. More images and description of the exhibition after the break.

SEED Evaluator 3.0 to Launch During PID Week

Design Corps – a partner of Public Interest Design Week – has announced that Version 3.0 of the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator, an evolving web-based tool, will officially launch next Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference at the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus. SFI participants will receive the first peek at this new, collaborative design tool. Thereafter, it will be available free of charge, online at SEEDNetwork.org.

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Gianmaria Socci Architecture + Also Known As Architects + Alkistis Thomidou

A multidisciplinary, international team led by Alkistis Thomidou, Chryssa Komantou & George Anagnostakis of Also Known As Architects, and Gianmaria Socci won a special mention for the "Rethink Athens: towards a new city center" competition with a proposal based upon a new practice of citizenship, one that would physically reshape public space and let people regain control over their city. The proposal provides an intense linear space that will awaken hibernating potential for activities to shape the surrounding territory that will be unburdened of the existing restrictions to constitute a field enriched with traces of the city’s memories. More images and architects' description after the break.

C+S Architects: 'Feeling Contexts' Exhibition

Summarizing the philosophy and methodology of C+S Architects, the Keller Gallery at MIT Department of Architecture will serve as a new context for the work of C+S Architects. As if lifted from their Treviso, Italy studio and planted directly within MIT, a working table of models and drawings will compose the central space of the gallery, juxtaposed with the firm’s recent built works. Taking place March 14-April 10, C+S re-writes the contexts as a map of the potentialities, where to graft interferences which react with the physical, economic, social and political spheres. These interferences are frames in search for the beauty of the ordinary, open to the flowing of time, energy, people. For more information, please visit here.