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House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

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Bloomberg Moves Forward with Controversial Seaport City

Before he leaves office at the end of this year, Mayor Bloomberg has high hopes that his Post-Sandy plans will get off the ground. Most of his ideas have been met with consensus, however, one has stirred quite a bit of controversy: adding acres of land to Lower Manhattan in order to create apartment/office towers-cum-levees. 

Critics have launched a variety of arguments against the "Seaport City": (1) practical feasibility - beyond the "tough regulatory hurdles," the unpredictable nature of rising sea levels makes it difficult to predict how high these levee towers will actually need to be for them to safely withstand future storm surges; (2) economic feasibility - the plan would cost a whopping $20 billion dollars ($5 billion of which has yet too be accounted for); and (3) local character - local businesses are unlikely to care for their waterfront property suddenly becoming inland property, a transformation that would alter the character of the neighborhood entirely.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, maintains that Seaport City, a kind of Battery Park City for Lower Manhattan, will not only provide storm protection, but (unlike many other proposals) actually generate income, thus offsetting the project's considerable price tag: "this approach would provide the protective value of a traditional levee while also providing new land on which commercial and residential buildings could be constructed, both to accommodate the City’s growth and to help finance the construction of the multi-purpose levee.” To really understand the feasibility of the project, however, the city of New York has just released a request for proposals from architects, planners and developers. More info, after the break...

m.poli by Miguel de Guzmán

Spanish architecture photographer Miguel de Guzmán has stepped into video, a new dimension of architectural representation, as we saw a few weeks ago with his video for the Espinar House

MIY / NI&Co. Architects

  • Architects: NI&Co. Architects
  • Location: Nagoya, Japan
  • Collaborators: Yurisha
  • Structure Engineer: Toshihisa Nakano
  • Contractor: Kanou Koumuten
  • Property Management: Nagoya Property Management Co.
  • Developer: Miyataku Co.
  • Area: 428.92 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa

© Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa

Founders Hall / Overland Partners

  • Architects: Overland Partners
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Design Team: Tim Blonkvist-FAIA (Principal in Charge), Jim Shelton-AIA, , Scott Adams, Bess Swantner, Brad Bailey-AIA, Adam Bush-AIA, Steve Bellanger
  • Consultants: Project Cost Resources, Blum Consulting Engineers, EJES, Jaster Quintanilla (JQ), Lam Partners, 4B Technology, Hughes Associates, WJHW.
  • Contractor: Beck
  • Area: 108000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Totaro

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro

PXSTL Competition Finalist Proposal / Freecell Architecture

Freecell Architecture's proposal for the PXSTL Competition was recently announced one of the three finalists by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Participants were asked to reimagine a vacant lot in St. Louis’ Grand Center cultural district while exploring the critical role arts and culture play in creating vibrant, growing communities. The competition aims to demonstrate how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation, and Freecell's proposal was selected for their ability to visualize Grand Center’s long-term vitality, emphasizing community engagement, interactive elements, and cross-disciplinary collaboration among St. Louis’ many cultural organizations. More images and information after the break.

LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide

LEGO® has unveiled the newest addition to their architecturally-inspired family of products: LEGO® Architecture Studio. Designed as a tool for adults to unleash their inner creative, the 1200-piece, monochromatic set is intended to inspire the masses to think like an architect by creating their own building designs. For just $150, LEGO® fanatics can acquired their own architecture studio set and learn from some of the world’s most renowned architects with a 272-page inspirational guidebook. Though all-nighters are not a prerequisite, most LEGO® Architecture Studio owners have experienced long-lasting design charrettes due to the addictive nature of LEGO®. 

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
  • Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
  • Area: 35500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

  • Architects: EXH Design
  • Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

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AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014

With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of the year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back.  Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks largely unchanged, but a noteworthy drop in demand for institutional projects has caused participants in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast , a survey of the United State’s leading construction forecasters, to reduce projections for spending to a 2.3% increase in 2013, with next year’s projections raised to 7.6%.

An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois

"In architecture’s 'Mad Men' era, there was a woman." So begins David W. Dunlap's eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois' significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.

Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson & Owen Hatherley Selected to Curate British Pavilion

FAT Architecture, Crimson Architectural Historians and Owen Hatherley have been selected to curate the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale next June. The chosen team will respond to Rem Koolhaas’ theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” with a project titled “A Clockwork Jerusalem.”

Palace Of Water Sports In Kazan / SPEECH Architectural Office

  • Architects: SPEECH Architectural Office
  • Location: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia
  • Architect in Charge: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
  • Design Team: Tatiana Varyukhina, George Glebov, Tatiana Logunova, Alexey Shubkin
  • Area: 10387.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov

South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects

  • Architects: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: 500 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
  • Design Principal: Carol Ross Barney
  • Principal in Charge: Eric Martin
  • Project Architect: Jonathan Graves, Marc Anderson
  • Design Team: Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Huili Feng
  • Architect of Record: Champlin Architects
  • Local Architect: Lupton Rausch
  • Area: 95750.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Brad Feinkopf

© Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf

Black Family Visual Arts Center / Machado and Silvetti Associates

© Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto

Are LEED Skyscrapers Our Biggest Energy Hogs?

In an excellent article for The New Republic, Sam Roudman brilliantly tackles many of the same, timely issues as Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros in "Why Green Architecture Hardly Ever Deserves the Name." Roudman unpacks the loop-holes of LEED, most notably how it ignores a building's intended use, which often make a building anything but sustainable at all. Read the whole article at The New Republic.

Seville University Residence Hall / Donaire Arquitectos + SSW Arquitectos

  • Architects: Donaire Arquitectos, SSW Arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Flor de Azalea, 41020 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero, Miguel Ángel de la Cova Morillo Velarde, Javier Arroyo Yanes
  • Design Team: Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Jesús Núñez Bootello, Delia Pacheco Donaire, José Francisco García Gutiérrez, Hilario José García González, Oscar Manuel Ortega Pacheco, Pablo Baruc García Gómez
  • Area: 1864.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

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FABRA & COATS / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto & Francesc Bacardit architects

  • Architects: Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto, Francesc Bacardit architects
  • Location: Carrer de Sant Adrià, 13, 08030 Barcelona, Spain
  • Team: Mateu Baylina, Fabio Ferone, Pere Fuertes, Eulàlia Gómez, Anna Mañosa, Miquel Lloveras, Ivan Martínez, Eduard Álvarez
  • Consultants: BOMA (Structure), Josep Malgosa, Xavier Delgado, Montse Riera (Tech. Arch.), JSS (Systems)
  • Area: 8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shlomi Almagor, Ferran Mateo, Courtesy of Manuel Ruisánchez & Francesc Bacardit arquitectos, Edu Ferrer Alcover , Fran Bacardit, Judit Contreras

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