Jiaxing College Library & Media Center / LYCS Architecture

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The competition winning proposal for the College Library & Media Center, designed by LYCS Architecture, seeks to break antiquated design conventions by intelligently negotiating contemporary architectural design into the traditional Chinese campus. Surrounded by rich woods and luscious water, the 42000m2 library plays with hierarchy – the hierarchy of multiple, increasingly private spaces; the hierarchy of the pace of spatial experience; and the hierarchy of introversion and extroversion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Venice Biennale 2012: The Banality of Good: New Towns, Architects, Money, Politics / Crimson Architectural Historians

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Presenting six cities built between the World War II and the present day, the installation sets their extraordinary diversity against the spatial, demographic, and economic formulas that lay behind their development. Displayed through a mix of bold typography, architectural elements, models, and painted canvases, this installation evokes the mix of complexity and control common to modern cities.

Car Vela / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Jason Crum (American, 1935-2004). Project for a Painted Wall, New York City, New York. Perspective. 1969. Courtesy of MoMA: 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political
Jason Crum (American, 1935-2004). Project for a Painted Wall, New York City, New York. Perspective. 1969. Courtesy of MoMA: 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political

MoMA Exhibit: 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design

MoMA‘s new installation 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political… will exhibit works from the museum’s collection that offer fresh perspectives on the last 50 years of architecture that is a signature of the evolving conditions of our political

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Venice Biennale 2012: Pictographs – Statements of Contemporary Architects / Valerio Olgiati

© Nico Saieh

Through this installation, Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati explores the ambiguous and complex “common ground” of inspiration and imagination in architecture. Images, selected by architects from around the world, represent the infinitely varied forms of visual material that are collected in their imaginations and subsequently transformed through the creative process.

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AD Round Up: Interiors Part X

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For today’s AD Round Up we have five great interior projects you can’t miss. The main image belongs to Hania Stambuk’s Pullpo Advertising Agency a refurbishment on the abandoned facilities of a salt factory in Santiago, Chile. Check out, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects or McCarthy Residence by Stanley Saitowitz and Natoma Architects. Revisit, BanQ an interesting restaurant design by Office dA. Finally, you must see the amazing Water Pumping Plant Renovation by german architects Wenk und Wiese.

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AD Interviews: Sergei Tchoban & Sergey Kuznetsov (SPEECH) i-city at the Venice Biennale

During the opening of the 13th Venice Biennale, we had the chance to talk with Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov, partners at  SPEECH and curators of i-City, the Russian pavilion, awarded with a Special Mention at the Biennale.

i-City presents us the Strolkovo Innovation Center, a new development that aims to concentrate intellectual capital around five clusters (IT, Biomed, Energy, Space, Nuclear Tech), with projects by David Chipperfield, SANAA, OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, Stefano Boeri, , Valode & Pistre architectes and Mohsen Mostafavi among others (more details about the project itself in a future article).

An interesting project, presented in detail with a big amount of information that remains invisible inside the space of the pavilion. A series of QR Codes wrap the inside of the pavilion spaces,  and all you can sense at first is light and space. At the entrance you are provided with a tablet, and you walk around the pavilion scanning these codes to obtain the information about Strolkovo.

On the lower level, a dark interior is perforated with peep holes that show images of former Soviet Scientific Towns, a legacy from the past that serves as background of the Strolkovo project.

National September 11 Memorial Museum / Davis Brody Bond

WTC Memorial & Museum © Joe Woolhead

To honor the memory of those who tragically lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, New York-based has been commissioned to design the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the heart of the former World Trade Center site in New York. Serving as a complement to the National September 11 Memorial, the museum will tell the story of through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental artifacts, while commemorating the life of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 terrorists attacks.

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Bavarian Parlament / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

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Architects: Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4,350 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

National September 11 Memorial / Handel Architects with Peter Walker

North Pool looking South © Joe Woolhead

Today in Lower Manhattan, thousands of visitors are crossing a landscaped plaza of oak trees towards two black granite, sculptural voids, carved deep into the earth, to commemorate the victims of September 11, 2001. Designed by Michael Arad of , the National September 11 Memorial has transformed the last remnants of the former World Trade Center (WTC) towers into a power civic space for contemplation and healing. Here, the painful memory of 9/11 is preserved and honored, while the necessary bustle of everyday life is able to move forward.

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Residence Ödberg / Project A01 Architects

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Architects: Project A01 Architects
Location: Klosterneugurg,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Philip Kreidl

9/11 Retrospective / A Family Picture of the Freedom Tower

September 2001 © R. Cilento

The Twin Towers had a profound presence in my life.  I would greet them every morning, watching the sunlight dance across their facades, and, in the evening, I would search for patterns in the office lights that never seemed to fade.  As a child, I would stand at the base of the towers and crane my neck in an effort to see the very top where the towers met the sky, trying not to stumble backward onto the stone of the plaza, mesmerized by their dizzying height and stoic duality.

I was in science class in the 6th grade when the towers were hit.

And, so began the quest of what would fill the emotional and physical gap left in my city.  But, my focus today, on this day of remembrance, is the progress that has been made at the site and the promise for its future.

River Sauna / Jensen & Skodvin Architects

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Architects
Location: ,
Project Architects: Jan Olav Jensen (pl), Dagfinn Sagen, Helge Lunder, Torstein Koch, Thomas Knigge, Sigrid Moldestad
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Jensen & Skodvin Architects

The House / Buensalido Architects

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Architects: Buensalido Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Mitch Mauricio

Courtesy of Complex City
Courtesy of Complex City

Mediatheque / Complex City

Designed by Complex City… in an area of Toulouse, France, the Mediatheque is built through network connections and brick concepts. As a place of network connections, the media library becomes a space which preserves and gives access to audio-visual contents,

Changxing Riverside Village / Wang Jun-Yang

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Architects: Wang Jun-Yang
Location: , Jiangsu, China
Design Team: Archidot, Luo Yijiang, Qiao Hua, Zhang Lei
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Jun-Yang

San Francisco 2012 Architecture and the City Festival

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AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design is currently hosting their ninth annual Architecture and the City Festival, which will be going on until September 30. The event, which takes place in San Francisco every September, is the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. The month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. For more information, please visit here.

DEA Vogelweh Kleeblatt / Molter-Linnemann Architekten

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Architects: Molter-Linnemann Architekten
Location: Kaiserlautern, Germnay
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Heinrich, Molter-Linnemann, RN Pearson, Auto Motor Sport