Seal Rocks House 4 / Bourne Blue Architecture

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
Location: , NSW Australia
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Richard Birch, Shane Blue

Courtesy of BudCud + Centrala + ARUP
Courtesy of BudCud + Centrala + ARUP

Nowa Huta of the Future Proposal / BudCud + Centrala + ARUP

Nowa Huta of The Future, designed by BudCud, Centrala, and ARUP…, is aimed at being a brand new direction of touristic experiences and a recreational map of Krakow. Their strategy has a potential of engaging new groups

Casa O / 01Arq

© Mauricio Fuertes

Architects: 01Arq
Location: Colina,
Design Team: Cristian Winckler, Pablo Saric, Felipe Fritz
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

The New SEED Field Guide – Call for Projects

The New SEED Field Guide – Call for Projects

The Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network, which just announced its 3rd annual Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design, is offering yet another exciting opportunity for Public Interest Designers.
SEED is looking for design projects (whether Architecture, Communication Design, Industrial Design,…

Multi-generational: Living at Mühlgrund / ARTEC Architekten

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Architects: ARTEC Architekten
Location: Vienna,
Architect In Charge: Bettina Götz, Richard Manahl
Design Team: Björn Wilfinger, Ronald Mikolics, Michael Murauer, Anna-Maria Wolf, Aniko Horvathova, Kathrin Schelling, Wolf Deucker, Jun Wook Song
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ARTEC Architekten

Social Media in Action: Comprehensive Guide for Architecture, Engineering, Planning and Environmental Consulting Firms / Amanda Walter & Holly Berkley

Social Media in Action: Comprehensive Guide for Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Firms is, first and foremost, a how-to guide. Using facts, figures and a wide range of research to back up its claims, the book lays out exactly how Architecture firms can get the most bang out of their buck.

But the book also takes the time to establish the why of social media – particularly post-Recession – and offers a fascinating glimpse into its future relevance. As the authors explain in the very first chapter: “This new form of media is not a trend. It is the way businesses communicate.” As an Architectural Blog, we see the power and reach of social media strengthen everyday, and couldn’t agree more.

If you have wet feet about jumping on the social media bandwagon, whether out of intimidation or a lack of time, be aware that that many have already dived right in, and, as Walter and Berkley put it, are “riding that wave with some exciting results.” So, let us stress: if you haven’t jumped yet, you need too. Social Media in Action is a good way to start.

For more tips about improving your social media presence from Social Media in Action, read on after the break…

Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition Entry / LAVA

Designed by LAVA…, the proposal for the Tehran Stock Exchange fuses visionary geometries and forms with traditional elements of Persian culture. The vision seeks to define a new typology for the next century, mixing virtual and human interaction. Inspired

K House / D.I.G Architects

© Tomohiro Sakashita

Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: Nagoya City,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

Gero Restaurant / Isay Weinfeld

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: , Brazil
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Team: Fausto Natsui, Tomás Gioia Brunoro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

2012 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards Announced

© Benjamin Benschneider. Bertschi School Living Science Building, by KMD Architects, a Recipient of a Merit Award in Educational Facility Design by the .

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on Architecture for (CAE) has selected 15 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The 15 winners represent the best of emerging trends and ideas, “honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities,” according to the AIA’s press release.

See the complete list of winners, after the break…

In Progress: Lotte World Tower / KPF

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Construction of the in Seoul, South Korea designed by high-rise architectural firm KPF is well underway. Won via an international design competition, this new tower will rise up to a pinnacle height of 555 meters. Organized around a mixed-use program including retail, office, hotel and an observation deck at the peak, the tower pulls inspiration from historical Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain, and calligraphy. More details after the break.

 

Komedianten Cultural Center / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

© Max Plunger

Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: , Sweden
Project Team: Lars Gauffin, Mariano Tellechea, Johan Nicklasson, Andreas Wallin, Anders Rosell, Eva Nygren, Oscar Pyk, Mårten Setterblad
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4,800 sqm
Photographs: Max Plunger

AD Round Up: Architecture in South Korea

© Youngchae Park

   

For today’s AD Round Up we have five great projects from . The main image belongs to iArc’s Incheon Tri-bowl, an amazing pavilion completed in 2010. Check out,  Z-House designed by Hohyun Park+Hyunjoo Kim or Pan Gyo Housing by MACK Architect(s), a low-density and sustainable community near Seoul. Revisit AnL studio’s Oceanscope, a public observatory deck made of recycled materials. Finally, you can’t miss the retail project, Galleria Centercity designed by UNstudio.

Refugio La Parva / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

© Natalia Vial

Architects: elton+léniz arquitectos asociados
Location: Lo Barnechea, ,
Design Team: Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz
Architect Office: Cristobal Teixido
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Natalia Vial

Amtrak and HOK unveils design for new Washington Union Station

View from H Street – Courtesy of

A national landmark and one of the busiest multimodal transportation hubs in the country, Washington Union Station, designed by Daniel Burnham, is about to undergo some significant changes. The 1907 station is currently operating beyond capacity, serving 100,000 passenger trips per day on Amtrak and commuter trains, Metrorail and buses. Over the next 15 to 20 years, passengers are expected to triple and the number of trains will double, so change is necessary in order to accommodate this growth.

HOK, in collaboration with Amtrak and Parsons Brinckerhoff, have unveiled a plan to revitalize the station and bring it up to 21st century standards. Continue after the break for more.

Son Ferriol Kindergarten / Duch-Piza Arquitectos

© Jaime Sicilia

Architects: Duch-Piza Arquitectos
Location: City,
Technical Architects: Oscar Menendez Vinent
Partner Architect: C. Hernández
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

The relationship between social dynamics and architecture has always been intimate.  It is a constant dialogue between social norms and politics, stylistic trends and aesthetic choices, individual preferences and the collective good.  The Modernist Period was a time when architecture took on the challenge of many social problems.  In all the arts –  architecture, design, music and film – the period was highly politicized and the choices often gave way to a utilitarian ideal that was a hybrid of efficiency, simplicity and comfort.  Jake Gorst’s new film Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, supported by Design Onscreen, is a message of preservation that takes us through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s.

On August 14th, Cook+Fox Architects hosted a private film screening at their office on 641 Ave of the Americas, presenting the treasures along the island’s shore that have fallen between the cracks of history.  The film looks at works from Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, , Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski and many others.

Follow us after the break to catch up on the history of the development of these houses on Long Island.

J. J. Pan and Partners

Founded 30 years’ ago by one of Taiwan’s most respected architects, J. J. Pan & Partners has been steadfastly pursuing its vision of creating lasting, beautiful architecture that is appropriate to its role, harmonious with its time and place, and that best expresses the cultural, social and technological environment. A must have companion to the original J.J. Pan and Partners title, this publication is fully illustrated with photographs and plans of J.J. Pan’s most interesting projects.