Courtesy of AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee
Courtesy of AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee

Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee just launched their Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition, which is open to students and professionals world-wide. The project site consists of the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between…

Solvay Brussels School / ART & BUILD ARCHITECT

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Location: City of ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Art&Build

BTC Tower / Westfourth Architecture

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Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: Bucharest,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Cristiana Ştefan, Antoniu Craiovan, Iulian Dimitriu, Crina Popescu, Daniel Bilan, Mircea Enescu, Karoly Markos, Marinela Paşca
Structural Engineer: Britt, Popp şi Asociaţii
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Electrical: Conseng
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 27,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Mărgulescu, Ştefan Tuchilă

EPA’s Battle of the Buildings Competition

Museum of Arts and Design / Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture © pov_steve

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s () program has launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.  This year, 3,200 buildings across the country will be competing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment.  With that kind of challenge, every participant wins.  Last year, 245 participants saved a combined $5.2 million on their utility bills and prevented nearly 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.  The competition is open to commercial buildings, which are responsible for approximately 20% of the nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion annually in energy bills.

A winner will be announced in April 2013.  In the meantime, follow us after the break for more on the potential behind this competition.

Video: Paris Vol. 5 / The Seventh Movement

Two friends, the photographers of The Seventh Movement, gave themselves one week to photograph as much of as possible. Unsure of where this would lead, the ambitious project turned out to be larger than they could ever imagine. After an intense week in and spending countless hours editing, organizing and re-editing thousands of photographs, they settled on this time-lapse production – a synthesis of their best work. It is a bit long, but well worth the watch.

Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Neo Di Sheng, Benjamin Chan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 77.0 sqm
Photographs: Katherine Lu, Andrew Chung

Army Residential Complex / Hootanpei

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Located in a land about 80 hectares in , the design for the Army Residential Complex by Hootanpei was chosen in an architectural competition. With the contractor’s demand of 28-30 towers with 20-30 floors, the most important factor of design was minimum interference between pathways and driving ways and also suitable green places to create comfort and welfare for residents. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of 4am Architekci
Courtesy of 4am Architekci

“Reunite the River with Our City” / 4am Architekci

The “Reunite the River with our City” project, an public initiative by 4am Architekci…, aims at creating a new approach in Poland for introducing changes to the shape and character of Warsaw and to propose solutions to the topic

Private House / Gramazio & Kohler

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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Raffael Gaus
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Roman Keller

Sipopo Congress Center / Tabanlioglu Architects

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Architects: Tabanlioglu Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Salih Yılgörür, Ali Çalışkan, Sertaç Tümer, Utkan Yonter, Emre Çetinel, Elvin Erkut, Tugce Güleç
Interior Design: Hacer Akgun Marino, Eda Lerzan Tuçbil, Esra Çanakkale, Gonca Yılmaz Ağbaş, Anday Bodur
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Emre Dörter

AIACC names Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects as 2013 Firm Award Recipient

AIACC names Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects as 2013 Firm Award Recipient

American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) has awarded Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects… with the 2013 AIACC Firm Award. The jury praised the practice’s ability to achieve a delicate balance between producing high quality architecture and having a long-standing commitment

Video: TOKYO SKYTREE® / Nikken Sekkei

This short video via ja+u takes you on a brief journey through the Tokyo Skytree’s various observation decks that range in altitude from 340m all the way up to the 450m high spiral Tembo Galleria. A quick time lapse of the construction that took place from 2008-2012 illustrates the tower’s growth as it quickly surpassed the Tower’s 333m pinnacle.  See our previous coverage here.

Parking Garage ‘de Cope’ / JHK Architecten

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Architects: JHK Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Burg + Schuh, Sander Copier

© Philipp Ohnesorge
© Philipp Ohnesorge

Luxodrome / Charles Wagner

The proposal for the Luxodrome, designed by Charles Wagner…, is a concept started after analyzing the recent topography of a velodrome, which is most of the time just a circle built by two lines and two half circles. With

Courtesy of Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven
Courtesy of Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven

‘The Seed of Light’ Powerful Design Competition Proposal / Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven

Designed by Illinois Intitute of Technology architecture students, Andrea Zuniga and Daniel Caven…, the winning proposal in the Powerful Design Competition held this summer in Chicago will redefine Chicago’s south side skyline, adding a new member to the series

Casa Diego Rivera / DCPP arquitectos

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Architects: DCPP arquitectos 
Location: City, Distrito Federal,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 240.0 sqm
Photographs: Onnis Luque

Writer’s Studio / Cooper Joseph Studio

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Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
Location: Dean Road Ghent, NY,
Architect In Charge: Wendy Evans Joseph
Project Manager: Thruston Pettus
Desing Team: Farzana Gandhi, Jonathan Lee
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Elliott Kaufman

New York City’s The Battery Conservancy announces International Design Competition

The Battery Conservancy announced today that it is launching the Americas Design Competition, an open-call opportunity for designers across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean to propose designs for innovative portable outdoor seating for The Battery, the 25-acre green oasis at the southern tip of Manhattan overlooking New York Harbor. will fabricate the winning design for use in its new Battery Green scheduled to open to the public in 2014 adjacent to the park’s Broadway entrance.

Registration for The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: “Draw Up A Chair” opens July 31, 2012, and submissions are due no later than October 30, 2012. All interested designers are directed to The Battery Conservancy website for additional information: More information after the break.