Update: The Shard / Renzo Piano

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We have been covering Renzo Piano’s Shard for throughout its design and construction process.  Slated to become the tallest building in Europe, the Shard will make a remarkable impression of the skyline, dwarfing most of the metropolis as the 1000ft+ tower streamlines toward the sky.   The tower has been constructed in an era of economic uncertainty, and although its height alludes confidence and a feeling of power, as it takes shape, many question the motives behind the project and its future implications on the city.

More about the Shard after the break.

Campus EDF / ECDM

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The completion of a building in the planning project of , Paris is a unique opportunity for ECDM to design one of the markers of the future center of excellence established on the plateau. The uniqueness of the site, and it’s present and future characteristics, make it an interesting emerging area. The Campus EDF project is dense and compact, a volume which unifies a diversity of programs. The building is treated as a block framed by blocks of green, a building perfectly inscribed in a geometric landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Carlotta / Architrend Architecture

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Architect: Architrend Architecture – Gaetano Manganello & Carmelo Tumino
Site: Ragusa, Sicily,
Project: 2003
Completed: 2005
Materials: Stone, Steel, Glass, Wood
Area: sqm 13.620
Volume: cum 5.000
Photo: Umberto Agnello

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Europan 11 Proposal: Diventare / ferrarifrongia

The proposal by ferrarifrongia… for the Deventer dock is to create a community pervaded by artistic spirit, a desire to build, house atmosphere, and play. The first intent of the project is to release the dock surface to become a

Paju Free School / UOSarchitects

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Architect: UOSarchitects, Jung ki Jung
Location: 478-5, Seongdong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, , Korea
Client: kyoung sook, Cho
Site area: 1,794sqm
Total floor area: 1,630.70sqm
Consultant: Hi structure engineers(struct.), kunchang engineering(mep)
General contractor: Chungyong Construction co.,LTD.
Project year: 2009 ~ 2011
Photographs: Park Wan Soon 


Private Villa / doxiadis+

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Wanting to preserve what was found by minimizing the building’s visual impact on the surroundings, but also to exploit the precious sea views, the house by doxiadis+ is nestled into the slope of the hill and most of its volume hidden underneath the earth like a snail. Only two small volumes protrude, framing the views and signalling their presence, giving it the scale of the nearby traditional volumes and a very simple, almost poetic dimension. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Black Box / Tectoniques

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Architects: Tectoniques
Location: , France
Areas: 220 sqm
Cost: Unreported
Client: Private
Shell, concrete base: Alfred Carayol
Wood frame: Arbosphère
Photographs: Georges Fessy, Agence Tectoniques 


HP:Mercury 3 / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners

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Architects: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: HP campus, Yehud Industrial Area,
Partner in charge: Amir Mann
Design Team: Asaf Mann, Danny Rozen, Sivan Hecht, Amit Haas
Client: Mercury Interactive/HP (The Israeli start-up company Mercury Interactive was bought by Hewlett-Packard mid-construction)
Completed: 2008
Area: 20,000 sqm
Construction: Omer Construction & Engineering
Project Manager: Amnon Regev
Photographs: Amit Goren

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall by CTBUH

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently published The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall. Within this decade, the World’s first kilometer-tall building will be constructed, along with many other buildings over 600-meters tall. “The term “supertall” (which refers to a building over 300 meters) is thus no longer adequate to describe these buildings: we are entering the era of the “megatall.”

Continue reading for more details on “The Tallest 20 in 2020″.

Amiral Job Building / PPA

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Architects: PPA
Client /developer: City of Toulouse
Collaborators: Sylvie Bouet, Alvaro Costela, Charles Séguier, Carole Unhassobiscay
Landscaping: Agathe Turmel
Area: 3,900 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Modernist or Convicted Felon

Modernist or Convicted Felon?

1. His room is spare, clean, and well lit.
2. The dining area is spacious and white, with a subtle, almost imperceptible low humming drone.
3. He eats alone, although he is often surrounded by others.
4. He spends time in isolation.
5. Daily, he shuffles aimlessly in the enclosed yard, trying to avoid eye contact, until it’s time to go back inside.

MTH / aat+makoto yokomizo, architects


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Architect: aat+makoto yokomizo, architects Inc
Location: , Kanagawa-pref.,
Structure: Structured Environment / Alan Burden
Construction: Kenmotsu Giken
Site area: 640.16 sqm
Building area: 79.39 sqm
Total floor area: 136.81 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Hiro Sakaguchi

Biodiversity Center / Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura) + Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz

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Architects: Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura),
Location: Loja,
Completion: January 2011
Colaborators: Alvaro Castellano Pulido, architectural student; Ana Delgado, architectural student; Marta Reguera Gútiez, architectural student; Daniel Usero Guerrero, architectural student; Luis Miguel Ruizaviles, architect; Fernando Alvarez DeCienfuegos Montes, Graphic Designer
Promotor: Ayuntamiento da Loja
Constructor: Construccions Mellado Romero S.L
Cost: 425.297,73 €
Built Surface: 430,40 sqm
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla


City Talk discusses the High Line and Delancey Underground

Professor Doug Muzzio of City Talk sits down with Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line, and Dan Barasch, co-founder of the Delancey Underground. The conversation focuses on the latest plans for the third and last section of the High Line and the potential of the subterranean public park proposal below Delancey Street. Muzzio states, “Ones a great West Side story, the other could be a great East Side story.” City Talk is known to discuss the important issues of with the people who help the city function. Professor Doug Muzzio is a political analyst for CUNY TV and a professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs.

Architecture for Autism: Architects moving in the right direction

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How do we know that sulfuric acid does not cure scurvy? Is it our wonderful intuitive sense about sulfuric acid’s properties? That can’t be it. Vitriol (sulfuric acid) used to be the Royal College of Physicians’ favored choice. The British Admiralty preferred vinegar. Still others favored a variety of remedies including the seemingly ridiculous notion of fresh fruit.[1] This mess wasn’t sorted out until a young Scottish naval surgeon named James Lind did something revolutionary. In 1747 Lind conducted world’s first controlled clinical trial.[2] Fresh fruit won, sulfuric acid and vinegar lost.[3]

Similarly, there are various untested claims about which architectural interventions are beneficial for individuals with (see: here, here, here, and here). For the most part, these claims are mired in anecdote and conjecture. This makes it impossible to decipher which ones are sulfuric acid, vinegar or fresh fruit. Fortunately there are a few architects that have started to embrace the Lind spirit.  This is the most important and necessary step architects need to take. If architects do not try to verify their claims through fair tests then they run the risk of undermining the public’s trust or worse, unintentionally doing harm to a vulnerable population.

Update: Developer moves forward with The Cloud / MVRDV

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Despite the controversy, the South Korean developer plans to move forward with MVRDV‘s design of The Cloud. The Dutch firm has received harsh criticism after releasing their design for the two residential towers that will be built in ’s redeveloped Yongsan business district. Unconvinced by ’s sincere apologies, critics remain outraged, claiming the design resembles the collapsing World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corporation, states, “Allegations that it [the design] was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless.” Further stating that there will be no changes to the project. Construction will begin in January 2013 and The Cloud is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Connected by a cloud-shaped section halfway up the buildings, the additional program will include sky lounges, restaurants and a swimming pool. View more information on the design here on ArchDaily.

Reference: The Sydney Morning Herald

Species Deposit / María Langarita and Víctor Navarro

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Architects: María Langarita and Víctor Navarro 
Location: Madrid,
Collaborators: Gonzalo Gutiérrez, Juan Palencia, Ana Rosales
Landscaping: Jerónimo Hagerman
Client: Matadero Madrid
Completion date: 2011
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán


'Overlap the City' by David Chen

2011 AIM Competition Awards

The second year of the AIM Competition invited participants to implement Green Transformation to the Shougang Group, the yin of dialectics of Beijing’s urban development. The design was to play an equally as significant role as the CBD (Central Business…