CAH Dronten / BDG Architects Zwolle

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Architects: BDG Architects Zwolle
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BDG Architects Zwolle

Shortlist Revealed for New Keelung Harbor Service Building

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The international competition for a new service building in ’s major port city Keelung called for the design of a modern passenger and cargo terminal transfer station and maritime gateway art plaza. The objective is to improve the quality of the services for passengers and cargo, accelerate the development of surrounding areas, and ultimately promote local prosperity of the region. The new service building design is to be a new “Gateway to the Nation” – one that could become a form of Landmark of Keelung. The site of the new building should be integrated with the other commercial buildings in an effort to develop the entire area. The diverse programs cover an area of 82,615 m2 and include car and coach parking.

The two-stage competition was announced in early May 2012 and recieved thirty one submissions from twelve countries in the first stage. On July 19th the jury unveiled five nominated groups to continue to the second stage whose deadline is in September.

Follow us after the break for details on the five shortlisted firms.

Rope Pavilion / Kevin Erickson

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Architects: Kevin Erickson
Location: , MB, Canada
Architect In Charge: Kevin Erickson
Photographs: Courtesy of Kevin Erickson

Flashback: Signal Box / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: ,
Project Year: 1994
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

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Architects: Li Xiaodong Atelier
Location: ,
Design Team: Li Xiaodong, Liu Yayun, Huang Chenwen, Panxi
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 175.0 sqm
Photographs: Li Xiaodong

AIDS Memorial Receives Approval / studio a+i

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Designing a memorial is a challenge of crafting a moment of pause – a slight change in one’s daily activity to experience a sense of place to respectively reflect and acknowledge.   While memorializing a historical event, such as a war or a cultural achievement, has a definitive beginning and end – a set number of deaths, or a memorable proclamation declared on a set date – the act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic has no such tangible point in history.  ”AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society. It is important to create a space that conveys our sense of solemn respect, remembrance and loss, without resorting to symbolism around a date, image, or names, ” explained Mateo Paiva and Esteban Erlich of the Brooklyn-based firm studio a+i, the winners of an international design competition for an AIDS memorial at St. Vincent’s Hospital Park.

Set within the western tip of a triangular-shaped plot of land created by Seventh Avenue, 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue, the memorial will honor not only the city’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, but also the efforts of the caregivers and activists who respond to the crisis.   After drastically transforming the design to address community concerns about safety and to fit within the confines of a downsized site,  studio a+i ’s new design has just received approval from Community Board 2 and will proceed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the City Planning Commission.

More after the AIDS memorial after the break.

Lili’s Garden / EGB Hornung & Associés

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Architects: EGB Hornung & Associés
Location: 27 Rue du Château,
Architect In Charge: Pia Mai
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 650.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EGB Hornung & Associés S.ÀR.L.

‎”The Importance of the Way Stories are Being Told” eBook

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Following the debate “Communication and Bottom-UP. The importance of the way stories are being told.” dpr-barcelona is committed to expand the debates and conversations avoiding them to get lost after a few days of the event. With this motivation, they published a digital-pamphlet [kindle + ePub] exploring the thought and ideas of thinkers and doers; articulated by simple detonating questions posed through emails, tweets and conversations intending to communicate effectively the very essence of the debate: “the importance of telling stories.” This digital pamphlet is a starting point for a open and written debate were everyone can also sum opinions: Those interested in responding will be able to add more contents using Booki, which is an open platform that allows to write collaborative books and even generating a very personal version. To download the book for kindle [.mobi] and ePub format, please visit hereText courtesy of .

Interiors Journal

Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian combined their educational backgrounds with Interiors, an online journal that marries and film.

Interiors is an online journal, published on the 15th of each month, in which films are analyzed and diagrammed in terms of space. Interiors focuses on how space is used throughout a particular scene and how the architecture of the film impacts its narratives and characters.

Courtesy of Luka Machablishvili
Courtesy of Luka Machablishvili

Ninotsminda Border Checkpoint / Luka Machablishvili

The Border Checkpoint Terminal in Ninotsminda, Georgia is a modern two storied building with a total area of 1.78 hectares and is located between the old custom building and border. Designed by Luka Machablishvili…, the project considers all modern

Bus Station / DTR Studio

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Architects: DTR Studio Architects
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: José María Olmedo, José Miguel Vázquez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Javier Callejas

White Cube Bermondsey / Casper Mueller Kneer Architects

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Architects: Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
Location: Bermondsey, Borough of Southwark, SE16, UK
Design Team: Jens Casper, Marianne Mueller, Olaf Kneer
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,440 sqm
Photographs: Paul Riddle

[CASABLANCA] Sustainable Market Square Competition

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[AC-CA] just launched their next competition which aims at designing a New Sustainable Market Square in , Morocco. A market square is a public open area where market stalls are traditionally set out for trading, commonly on particular days. It is usually situated in the center of the town, surrounded by buildings and streets. To create a sustainable market, environmentally conscious design techniques will be implemented. The of this new structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact. Early bird registration ends July 31 with the submission deadline November 5. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Red Hill / Inarc Architects

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Architects: Inarc Architects
Location: Mornington Peninsula, VIC,
Architect: Clodagh McCallig
Project Architect: Ben Stibbard
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Sports Facility Strijp / LIAG architects

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Architects: LIAG architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Erik Schotte, Thomas Bögl, Bruce Kee, Carina Nørregaard, Martin Pasman, Arie Aalbers and Hong Siem
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4489.0 sqm
Photographs: Vulkers Fotografie

Zaha’s Heydar Aliyev Center on Fire

Zaha Hadid’s recently-opened Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku caught fire today. Flames started in the ceiling and, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry and Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office, were successfully prevented from spreading throughout the inner parts of the museum. Thankfully, no one has been hurt.

It hasn’t been long since the world was sadden by a fire that caused extensive damage to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles.

Reference: Today.AZ

Element house / Sami Rintala

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Architect: Sami Rintala
Landscape Architects: Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Location: Anyang Park, Anyang, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Materials: Steel, , Concrete, Gravel, Glass
Construction: October-December 2005
Finish: January 2006
Constructed Area: 72sqm
Client: Anyang City / Public Art Project
Collaborators: John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
Photography: Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

Batman & Architecture: The Dark Knight Rises and Gotham’s Buildings Fall

There is no other comic saga more influenced by than . Gotham, and the fictional architects that built the city, have been main characters since the first plots. Writer and architect Jimmy Stamp describes in these essay the fascinating architectural references and metaphors that have filled Batman stories for the last 60 years.

Batman, Gotham City, and an Overzealous Architecture Historian With a Working Knowledge of Explosives

By Jimmy Stamp

New York, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Gotham. Every city in every atlas—real and fictional— has a unique character shaped by history and geography. More than a mere sense of place derived from architecture and planning, cities have a feeling that pervades the consciousness of those who live there until themselves become a a piece of the urban fabric, a fractional embodiment of the city itself. Perhaps more than any other person—real or fictional—Batman is integrally linked to his city, the city he has sworn to protect. In every sense of the word, he is a true avatar of Gotham. And Gotham City itself is an avatar, not only of the dreams of its fictional architects, but of our collective urban paranoia.

Read the full post after the break