American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect
Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect

A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four 'cultural cores,' each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space. 

Sant Pere Sacarrera Footbridge / Xavier Font

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
© Xavier Font
© Xavier Font
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Xavier Font
  • Main Contractor

    Excavaciones y Construcciones Benjumea, S.A
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Xavier Font

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Verstas Architects Selected for New Core of Aalto University in Finland

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd
Courtesy of Verstas Architects Ltd

Helsinki-based Verstas Architects have recently been announced as the winners of a competition to design a new central campus for the Aalto University in EspooFinland. The new core of the university will sit alongside the campus's original Main Building and Library designed by Alvar Aalto.

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Working in Brazil: The Pros & Cons

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
View of Rio De Janeiro. Image ©  SCIENTIFANTASTIC
View of Rio De Janeiro. Image © SCIENTIFANTASTIC

In this article, which originally appeared on the AIArchitectSara Fernández Cendón discusses the opportunities and challenges for US architects who are taking advantage of Brazil's infrastructure development boom, particularly in the wake of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Until Brazil was selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, only three countries had hosted both events back-to-back. Successful bids for either event are usually equal parts proof that the country already has what it takes and a promise that it will do whatever else necessary to make things run smoothly.

In Brazil’s case, the “promise” part has generated a handful of projects for architectural firms around the world; Populous is responsible for conceptual design a stadium in the city of Natal, for example. And some observers believe that World Cup building delays could generate a rush of last-minute opportunities for foreign construction professionals. But even if these two headline-grabbing events haven’t been fully planned and designed by foreigners new to Brazil, the country is evolving into an emerging market for American architects, built on its intense thirst for upgraded commercial and transit infrastructure. 

Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

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Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Andrew Prokos
© Andrew Prokos

Night photographs of the Brazilian capital created by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos are among this year’s winners at the International Photography Awards competition. Entitled “Niemeyer’s Brasilia” the series of photographs capture the surreal architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who shaped the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

More fantastic photographs and information on the awards after the break.

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Taihu New Town Primary School / MINAX

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Lu Zhigang
© Lu Zhigang

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Sports complex in Châtenay-Malabry / aEa - agence Engasser + associés

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

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Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow's New Contemporary Art Center

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal
National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal

The Russian Ministry of Culture has announced the shortlist of 10 architecture firms who will compete to design the museum and exhibition complex of Moscow's new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA, currently housed in a former factory in central Moscow, will be moved to Khoydynskoye Pole, a former airfield in northeast Moscow, as part of a larger urban planning project to develop the area. 

Ten firms were selected to advance to the second stage of the competition: five on the merit of their experience and portfolio; five on the merit of the preliminary architecture concepts submitted to the jury. See the shortlist, after the break...

Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

01:00 - 3 October, 2013

The first two days of the World Architecture Festival 2013 have been intense. Keynotes by Charles Jencks and Dietmer Eberle, and several other lectures, have filled the auditorium and the festival hall stage, while hundreds of architects watch the live "crits," where firms present their projects in front of the jury and the audience. As a jury for the Health and Future Education categories, I've seen architects from firms from all ranges, sizes and trajectories present their shortlisted projects, a very strong selection of buildings. 

After these two days the winners of each category have been announced, and today the super jury will choose the World Building of the Year, followed by a lecture by Sou Fujimoto. Stay tuned for updates via Twitter!

"From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award" - Paul Finch, Director of the WAF.

Check out the full list of winners, highly commended entries and the jury's comments:

C&C House / Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
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© Fernando Alda 

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Fuentes House / DMP Arquitectura

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque
  • Architects

  • Location

    Naucalpan, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Builders

    Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Collaborators

    Manuel Bernal, Jose Luis Ponce, Alfonso Malagón, Julio Cruz
  • Structural Engineering

    Grupo SAI
  • Area

    695.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque

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Box House / Zouk Architects

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
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© 3.2.1 Photography

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House W / HPSA

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

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Libeskind's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution Abandoned

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Libeskind's Orion Building, Post Graduate Centre of London Metropolitain University, Holloway. Image © janis.photo
Libeskind's Orion Building, Post Graduate Centre of London Metropolitain University, Holloway. Image © janis.photo

Following the news in 2010 that Daniel Libeskind was to design a "landmark" building for the UK's University of Essex, it has been announced that the plans have been abandoned. What was known as the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) "was intended to become the ‘anchor’ to a new Knowledge Gateway research park at the university’s Colchester Wivenhoe Campus". 

Steven Holl Architects Tops Out Visual Arts Building for University of Iowa

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Update: Steven Holl Architects has announced the topping out of the University of Iowa's Visual Arts Building, a commission they won in a competition in 2010. When complete, the new building will work with their Art Building West, which they completed on the University of Iowa campus in 2006, to provide a dedicated arts space for students. Read on after the break for our coverage of the design reveal from 2013, and for construction photos and up to date renders of the project.

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Sou Fujimoto Designs "Structural Waterfall" for Miami

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto
Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto

The Miami Design District, an 18 square-block neighborhood between Miami’s downtown and South Beach, has announced that the facade of its new mixed-use retail building will be designed by Sou Fujimoto. The two-floor, 17,000 square foot structure, which will feature "an elongated series of glass fins extending from the rooftop down to the open courtyard," will create unique pedestrian arcades covered by a "structural waterfall."

The Miami Design District, owned by Miami Design District Associates, aims to combine commerce with high-quality design, fashion, art and architecture, and has chosen Fujimoto on the merit of his past award-winning works, from House N in Tokyo, to the Musashino Art University & Library, to - most recently - his design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. 

Stereoscopic House / Pencil Office

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
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© Pencil Office

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