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Healthcare Center / José Soto García

  • Architects: José Soto García
  • Location: Calle Pizarro Prolongación, Jerez, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: José Soto García
  • Constructor: Itaca Construcciones Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza
  • Area: 62557.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Imagina2

© Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2

Espai Caixa / MIRAG

© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: Girona, Province of Girona, Spain
  • Authors: Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca

Ginko Eco-Neighbourhood Housing / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Nicolas Laisné, Christophe Rousselle
  • Location: Avenue André Reinson, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Architects: Nicolas Laisné & Christophe Rousselle
  • Area: 8206.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

  • Architects: Christian Kerez
  • Location: Leutschenbach, Saatlenfussweg 3, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Christian Kerez
  • Team: Christian Scheidegger (project manager), Lukas Camponovo, Andrea Casiraghi
  • Structural Engineer: Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug, Joseph Schwartz with dsp, Zurich, Walter Kaufmann, Mario Monotti
  • Construction Management: BGS, Rapperswil
  • Area: 11500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Kerez

Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez

The Green House / K2LD Architects

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
  • Architects: K2LD Architects
  • Location: singapore
  • Design Team: Ko Shiou Hee, Leong Lai Ping, Elita Ong, Huang Sijie
  • Area: 732.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Maxthreads

Designed by Maxthreads Architectural Design & Planning, their vision for the Taichung City Cultural Center is to create an unconventional and exceptional gathering space for visitors and inhabitants, animated by a public program. As the entry sequence into an urban fabric, this proposal reflects the new city’s philosophy of combining nature and innovative technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silk Pavilion / MIT Media Lab

"Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication", claims the 'about' page of MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk Pavilion.

© Steven Keating © Steven Keating © Markus Kayser Schematics of the human-constructed portion of the pavilion © Jorge Duro-Royo

Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants / RMA Architects

© Carlos Chen
© Carlos Chen
  • Architects: RMA Architects
  • Location: Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Architect in Charge: Rahul Mehrotra
  • Consultants: Integrated Designs, Vijay K. Patil & Associates
  • Area: 88.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Carlos Chen, Charles Garcia, Rajesh Vora, Courtesy of RMA Architects

© Charles Garcia © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora

Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes
  • Location: Rue du N, 75018 Paris, France
  • Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy (architect project manager)
  • Engineering: SIBAT
  • Contractors: SRC
  • Area: 794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

The Cornell Journal of Architecture 9: Mathematics

While mathematics in architecture has historically referenced notions of order, proportion, and ideal form, the discipline of mathematics itself has shifted to encompass uncertainty, incompleteness, relativity, and chaos towards a situation in which truth itself is elusive. This move stems in part from an engagement with real phenomena, in which natural systems were shown to behave non-linearly and unpredictably. In architecture, while computational developments enabling dynamic and variable modeling have been subsumed into our culture of design and production, a new kind of idealism has emerged. 

Zaha Hadid Architects + AECOM to Design 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar

Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected to work alongside AECOM for the design and construction the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The 45,000-seat stadium will be nestled within a rich cultural fabric of traditional Islamic architecture, historical buildings, distinctive mosques and archeological sites that belongs to one of the oldest inhabited areas of Qatar, just south of Doha. As noted by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, embracing the identify of this cultural heritage will be a crucial part to the success of the stadium. 

MoMA: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

MoMA's new exhibition, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes focuses on the way in which Le Corbusier focused on the world of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curatorJean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier's journeys and developments as an architect, how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

Are Renderings Bad for Architecture?

At the opening of his latest article for The Guardian, Olly Wainwright finds himself observing a slew of thesis projects produced by the best and brightest students of the UK. But Wainwright is most struck - not by the display of technical skill or imagination - but by the sheer lack of connection these projects had with actual, built, imperfect architecture: “Time and again, the projects seemed intent on fleeing the real world of people and places, scale and context; retreating instead into fantasy realms of convoluted forms with no seeming purpose.”

It’s a trap that many Architecture schools have fallen into, in the UK and around the world, but it’s not just a symptom of the misguided nature of architecture education. It’s also symptomatic of Architecture’s obsession with the image of architecture, an image completely detached from reality. 

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Politiecommissariaat Brugge / Beel & Achtergael Architecten

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects: Beel & Achtergael Architecten
  • Location: Brugge, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge: Beel & Achtergael Architecten
  • Design Team: Lieven Achtergael, Isabelle Dierickx, Pietter Lansens, Tom Mockett, Jeffrey Berghman, Rein Bultynck, Sofie Philips, Kris Broidioi, Steve Salembier, Vincent De Keyser, Ida Lievens
  • Area: 11500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

Næstved Arena Winning Proposal / CEBRA

Danish architects CEBRA have won the competition to design Næstved Arena, a new multipurpose venue for sports, music and culture events in eastern Denmark. Located in a green urban pocket, the arena is surrounded by a football stadium and sports hall on one side and a residential area on the other. The 10.000 m2 arena opens new possibilities for attracting national and international events to the region. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014 and has a capacity of 2,500-4,000 spectators, depending on the type of event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BAT 021 Housing / Urban Platform

© Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison
© Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison

© Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison © Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison © Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison © Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison