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81 VPO in Vitoria / Alejandro Díaz de Tuesta + Gonzalo Gárate

© Jorge Allende
© Jorge Allende
  • Architects: Alejandro Díaz de Tuesta + Gonzalo Gárate
  • Location: Zabalgana Hiribidea, 42, 01015 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Jorge Allende

© Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende

Design Talk: Abhay Wadhwa of AWA Lighting Designers

Organized by New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA), lighting designer Abhay Wadhwa, founder and design principal of AWA Lighting Designers, will speak about Contextualizing Light: The Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Design at the 2013 Design Talk. AWA Lighting Designers are known for their architectural lighting designs nationally and internationally and were just featured in the Index Furniture Journal's January-February 2013 issue.  The event will take place at the Mohawk Showroom in New York City on April 18th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: AB Wiesler, Michael Gruber, Stuttgart
  • Design Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Sebastian Finckh, Paul Angelier, Hugo Reis, Julian Blümle
  • Structural Engineer: Gunter Kopp, Leutenbach, Nellmersbach
  • Service Engineers: IB Funk und Partner, Leutenbach
  • Area: 488.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: David Franck

© David Franck © David Franck © David Franck © David Franck

Föhr House / Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

© Francesco Di Gregorio
© Francesco Di Gregorio

© Francesco Di Gregorio © Francesco Di Gregorio © Francesco Di Gregorio © Francesco Di Gregorio

AD Round Up: Flickr Part XCI

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Can Architecture Make Us More Creative?

What do MIT’s Building 20, the Ancient Greek Agora, 18th Century British teahouses, and early 20th century Parisian cafés have in common?

They were some of the most creative spaces in the world.

People who gathered there would interact. People, such as Socrates or Chomsky or Edison, exchanged ideas, argued about morals, and discussed technologies. They participated in an informal discourse driven by passionate involvement.

And these places, although for different reasons, fostered interaction by bringing people together and giving them a place to talk. As Jonah Lehrer put it, “the most creative spaces are those which hurl us together. It is the human friction that makes the sparks.”

The question, then, is how can contemporary architecture foster the same kind of creativity?

To learn more about architecture and its role in creativity and learning, keep reading after the break.

Jacobsvlinder School / DKV architecten

© Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Architects: DKV architecten
  • Location: Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
  • Architect In Charge: Roel Bosch, Herman de Kovel, Paul de Vroom
  • Project Team: Paul de Vroom, Edward Schuurmans, Thijs de Haan, Hans Oldenburger
  • Constrction Engineer: Zonneveld Ingenieurs
  • Installation Advisor: Schreuder
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode, Courtesy of DKV architecten

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode

CAPITheticAL Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

The winners of CAPITheticAL, the international competition to design a hypothetical Australian capital city, were announced just last month in Canberra at the Gallery of Australian Design. A hundred years after the original call for design entries for Australia’s capital city, CAPITheticAL asked professional designers and students to imagine how an Australian national capital might look if created today. Western Australian landscape architecture firm Ecoscape won the $70,000 first prize for its submission, The Northern Capital. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

CAPACITY: Gensler Los Angeles Academic Studio

CAPACITY, the Gensler Los Angeles led academic studio at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was created with the intent to survey, understand and visualize the dynamic set of infrastructure constraints impacting and contributing to Downtown Los Angeles’ capacity to evolve. The video above highlights the documentation and synthesizing done by the SLO_GenLA '13 Professional studio which shows the capacity of Los Angeles’ infrastructure and demonstrates how the limits of each system may physically impact the future built form of the city. Once these variables, which include building information and zoning, energy, waste management, and water were universally known and their units of measure understood, scenarios for the future were generated.

House Pedralbes / BCarquitectos

  • Architects: BCarquitectos
  • Location: Barcelona, España
  • Architect In Charge: Susana Zanón, Gabriel Barba
  • Structural Engineer: Manuel Lopez
  • Contractor: Luis Parés
  • Area: 950.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Julio Cunill

© Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill

New XIUYI Kindergarten Proposal / Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China

Designed by Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China, their proposal for the New XIUYI Kindergarten in Kunshan, China aims to strongly connect to the layout of the traditional village. They do this by spreading 30 classrooms into nine buildings and forming a relatively independent settlement type of a space. The organic arrangement creates both interesting private play areas and diversified public spaces, at a scale appropriate for children. More images and architects’ description after the break.

P&P / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Young Lim + Sun Kim
  • Area: 467.55 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects

  • Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
  • Location: María de Molina 11, Madrid, Spain
  • Client: IE Business School
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

'Smart Harbor' Young Architects Competition

Young Architects Competitions (YAC) recently launched their latest challenge, 'Smart Harbor', which calls all architects, students, and designers 35 years and younger to create an urban transformation of dismissed shipyards. Deep and controversial economical transformations have been hitting Europe. On one side they show a highly destructive potential; on the other side they are the key to undiscovered scenarios once unimaginable. Beneath the remains of ancient systems often lays the opportunity to write new cultures. YAC aims to promote a field of research focusing on such contemporary living axioms: in synthesis it shall be smart. Modern technologies can provide users quick information and discretional points of view like never before. The deadline for submissions is June 24. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Seen From Above: Jeffrey Milstein Captures the Art of Airport Design

Newark Liberty International Airport © Jeffrey Milstein
Newark Liberty International Airport © Jeffrey Milstein


Inspired by a childhood spent filming planes at LAX with an 8-millimeter videocamera, New York photographer and former Berkeley architecture student Jeffrey Milstein has turned his fascination for aviation into a career. Typically known for photographing the underbellies of aircrafts, Milstein's latest series captures the artistic composition and elaborate array of patterns formed by airports and only seen from above. He describes this series as revealing "the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel, such as waterways, roads, and airports that grow organically over time much like a living organism."