Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic

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The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Bus Shelter challenge was recently awarded to Milos Todorovic for his AdaptByMany proposal. By adapting to local conditions, transferring aesthetic ideas to users, and putting functionality as its primary role, this proposal stood out. According to Glenn Katz, one of the DesignByMany judges and an AEC Education Specialist at Autodesk, the proposal was chosen for “its simplicity, [...and for] providing a rich kit of parts and elements that can be combined in interesting and flexible ways to create any number forms responding to site conditions.” More images and Todorovic’s description after the break.

Nursery in Zarautz / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

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Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
Location: Zarautz, Gipuzkoa,
Architect In Charge: Ignacio Quemada
Design Team: Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
Installations: JG Ingenieros
Technical Architect: Juan Cruz Lizarraga
Budget: € 765,794
Area: 692 sqm
Year: 2010
Photography: Alejo Bagué

Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus First Prize Winning Proposal / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was just awarded the first prize for their design of the Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus in , China. The 170-meter high dual tower denotes the start of the new business district in the south of the city, a prefecture-level city in the southern Chinese province Guangdong. Its exposed location, height, and function in the urban fabric as the first building on the Sino-German High-Tech and Research Campus means that the dual tower is conceived as a landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Pros & Cons of Revoking the DC Height Act

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Earlier this week, Architect Robert K. Levy optimistically declared that the study which will evaluate the federal law limiting Washington building heights is a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Writing for The Washington Post, Levy states: “By conducting a detailed, comprehensive city-wide study, the D.C. Office of Planning and the NCPC [National Capital Planning Commission] will produce analyses and recommendations leading to a fine-grain, strategic plan for building heights across the District. [...] Ultimately this study is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders.”

But can the situation really be so rosy? While Congress spends 10 months studying and debating the possibility of making alterations to the capital’s policies, urbanists, planners and citizens have already begun weighing in on the matter – and opinions are decidedly divided. Many question the true motivations behind the possible changes, and whether those changes will truly improve the livability and sustainability of the city  - or just alter it beyond recognition.

We’ve gathered both sides of the argument so you can make your own informed decision – after the break…

CHV Veterinarian Hospital / dEMM Arquitectura

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Architects: dEMM Arquitectura
Location: ,
Design Team: Paulo Fernandes Silva, Isabela Almeida Neves, Tiago Lopes
Contractor: J Camilo Project
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Lobo

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

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The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural , as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

LTD_1 / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Design Team: Pysall Ruge, Peter Ruge, Justus Pysall, Nicole Kubath, Jan-Michael Strauch, George Bradburn, Tobias Ahlers, Matthias Matschewski, Bartlomiej Kisielewski, Maha Alusi, Yolanda Yuste, Philipp von Matt
Structural Engineering: Lichtenau Himburg Tebarth Bauingenieure GmbH
Mechanical & Electrical: Reese Beratende Ingenieure VDI
Client: L.T.D. Lübeckertordamm Entwicklungs-GmbH
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jens Willebrand, Klaus Frahm

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Courtesy of Bartlett School of Architecture

Unit 22 Zoetropes: Bartlett Architecture Dares To Care

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL teamed up with Roca London Gallery to create the MArch Architecture Unit 22 end of year show – ‘Bartlett Architecture Dares to Care’, which is on display until December 18. Executed through the creation…

Franciscan Chapel / SAGRA

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Architects: SAGRA
Location: Kisfakos, ,
Architect In Charge: Gabor Sajtos
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky, Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos

Music Academy by Langarita Navarro

2012 ar+d Emerging Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Presented by The Architectural Review and sponsored by the Danish architectural hardware design company, d line, the winners of the 2012 ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture for young professionals under the age of 45 included projects of exceptional merit. This…

2 Houses with 6 Homes / nodo17 Architects

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Architects: nodo17 Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Manuel Pérez Romero
Collaborator Architects: Alegría Zorrilla Miras, Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradiellos
Area: 820 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Cruz Arjona

Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

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Architects: MAD Architects
Location: , Ontario,
Director In Charge: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shen Jun, Robert Groessinger, Florian Pucher, Yi Wenzhen, Hao Yi, Yao Mengyao, Zhao Fan, Liu Yuan, Zhao Wei, Li Kunjuan, Yu Kui, Max Lonnqvist, Eric Spencer
Client: Fernbrook / Cityzen
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Tom Arban, Courtesy of MAD Architects

Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng
Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng

Seville 24/7 Center Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng

The Seville 24/7 center, proposed by Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng…, adopts the famous Spanish traditions of street life. Their project would create a retreat from the harsh sun of Andalucia, Spain and extend the street life to 24

Cube House / Agraz Architects

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Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
Location: Jalisco, Mexico
Architect: Ricardo Agraz
Area: 612 qm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

Social Housing Building in Tarragona / Aguilera Guerrero

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Architects: Aguilera / Guerrero Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Design Team: Anton Armengol Tua
Constructor: Gulinves S.L.
Client: Servei Municipal de L’Habitatge i Actuacions Urbanes S.A.
Budget: € 1,015,204.84
Area: 1,507 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pepo Segura

RC House / Esc Arquitectos

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Architects: Esc Arquitectos
Location: MTZ, , México
Design And Construction: Rafael Ojeda Núñez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

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Tower of London Competition 1890

© Descriptive illustrated catalogue of the sixty-eight competitive designs for the great tower for London compiled and edited by Fred. C. Lynde

While the Eiffel Tower was negatively received at first for its utilitarian appearance, it soon became a major attraction for Paris, in the late 19th century. It represented structural ingenuity and innovation and soon became a major feat, rising to 300 meters of7,500 tons of steel and iron. Just three years after its unveiling, London sponsored a competition for its own version of the tower in 1890. The Tower Company, Limited collected 68 designs, all variations of the design of the Eiffel Tower. Proposals were submitted from the United States, Canada, , Sweden, Italy, Austria, Turkey and Australia.  Many of the designs are bizarre interpretations of utilitarian structures, following the aesthetics of the Eiffel Tower, only bigger and taller.

Join us after the break for more on the story of the Tower of London.

Apartments BUSO / dmvA Architecten

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Architects: dmvA Architecten
Location: ,
Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Astrid Geens, Christine Loos, Michaël De Roeck
General Contractor: Brebuild
Constructional Engineer: Util
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse