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Update: Facades+ Performance Symposium

Taking place April 11-12 in New York, the Facades+ Performance Symposium will focus on cutting through the jargon to consider the heart of high performance building envelopes. Presented by The Architect's Newspaper and enclos, they recently announced that an additional workshop will take place on Friday, April 12. This workshop will focus on the fundamental concepts and workflows for creating performance-based design models with the parametric design tool, Grasshopper for Rhino3D. Using Grasshopper, participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to emphasize the relevant applications of parametric design for professional practice. To sign up, and for more information on the two-day event, please visit here. A video can be viewed after the break.

The New York Times Wants Your Images of High-Rise Life

When one thinks of the stereotypical "American" life, images of Suburbia, of small homes with white picket fences, immediately come to mind. But beyond the stereotype is the lived experience of millions of Americans, who have grown up in cities across the country, and indeed, the world. 

Haagsche Zwaan / ZZDP Architecten

© Michel Kievits
© Michel Kievits
  • Architects: ZZDP Architecten
  • Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • Architect In Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
  • Design Team: Ramon Gianotten, Danny Honhoff
  • Area: 27500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Michel Kievits

© Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits

XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

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2012 Worldwide City Rankings Reveal Important Regional Trends

Mercer, a consulting leader that helps other organizations around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their employees, releases a survey annually that helps multinational companies and other organizations compensate employees when placing them on international assignments. Their survey for the year 2012 evaluates over 221 cities around the world on their quality of living with New York City as the base city and highlights several trends that can add onto what we as designers and urban planners believe makes a city successful and livable.

Read on for the 2012 results.

Green Square Library & Plaza Proposal / Gus Wüstemann Architects

The proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza in Syndey rethinks a common emphasis on new technologies and the transformation of a reading room in a library being an inside storage space of books to a public space that communicates with its boundaries. For this design, Gus Wüstemann Architects suggests a bridge from the virtual world to the authentic world, from nature to culture, society and technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Communicating Vessels / Victor Gonzalez Marti

Courtesy of Victor Gonzalez Marti
Courtesy of Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Architects: Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Location: Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Victor Gonzalez Marti

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Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750

Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at New York's Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University, will present the 62nd A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts Series. The Mellons are among the most prestigious art history lecture series in the world and have been delivered annually since 1952 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. For this year's series, Bergdoll will present "Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750."

More about the lecture series after the break...

Dialogue House / Wendell Burnette Architects

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
  • Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Project Team: Wendell Burnette, Christopher Alt
  • Client: Thomas and Laura Hyland
  • Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: C.A. Energy Designs
  • Landscape Design: Debra Burnette Landscape Design
  • Contractor: The Construction Zone, Ltd.
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea Second Prize Winning Proposal / Archiplan

Designed by Archiplan, their second prize winning proposal for the Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea is an extension design concept for the performers practice facilities in the basement of the existing plaza. The main issue is the vitalization of the environment which is now 'blocked' by the retaining wall on the edge of the main road and by the steep slope that makes a disconnection of the site. By embracing art, culture, and the city itself, this proposal connects the two-dimensional old theatre-plaza and the nearby park to link the performer and the citizens while allowing the art and culture flow well. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maranello Library / Andrea Maffei Architects

Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects
Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Location: Strada Nazionale Abetone Superiore, 41053 Maranello Modena, Italy
  • Design Team: Arata Isozaki, M+T & Partners
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects

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House in Kawachinagano / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

AD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar Aalto

In the commune of Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, about 40 kilometers southwest of Paris, sits one of the most important private houses designed by Alvar Aalto: Maison Louis Carré. The client, Louis Carré, was a prominent French art dealer who was also very interested in architecture. He desired a house that would be able to accommodate many guests for art viewings, but also incorporated a private component. He commissioned Aalto to design his house in 1956, and Louis Carré and his wife, Olga, were able to move into their new home three years later.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig

House K / becker architekten

  • Architects: becker architekten
  • Location: Rieden am Forggensee, Germany
  • Project Team: Michael Becker, Bernhard Kast, Franz G. Schroeck
  • Structural Engineer: Harald Boeller, 88161 Lindenberg
  • Area: 478.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of becker architekten

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The Pier / Kavakava Architects

Pier was part of the "lift 11" urban installations festival (www.lift11.ee). The aim of the installation was to encourage temporary uses and bring out beauty of decaying place.

House No47 / H&P Architects

  • Architects: H&P Architects
  • Location: Ha Tinh city, Vietnam
  • Architect In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Team: Nguyen Lam Tung, Le Huu Sang, Tran Huyen Trang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Van Thinh
  • Contractor: HPA Viet nam jsc
  • Area: 370.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nguyen Van Tho

© Nguyen Van Tho © Nguyen Van Tho © Nguyen Van Tho © Nguyen Van Tho

2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations

The Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee, recently launched the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations. Intended to catalyze iconic, sustainable, and functional design for representative corridors in Chicago’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, they are seeking entries that integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago’s urban fabric. Each design team must submit designs for three different prototype sites and demonstrate how BRT station design can be adapted to each context. Submissions are due by May 13. For more information, please visit here.